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Previous medical records used in Illinois lawsuit

Nearly everyone relies on a doctor to ease pain, cure diseases or even save a life. Clinical professionals are highly trained and often working with a broad range of experience, but they can make mistakes. If one results in a painful or debilitating problem, the mistake may warrant compensation.

One of the ways that the medical profession and attorneys attempt to prove a doctor's liability is any past record of malpractice or medical errors that resulted in a patient's pain or reduced abilities. If records have been lost or altered, this may also show suspicion and result in a physician's loss of license.

An Illinois woman alleged in a lawsuit that a surgeon operated on the wrong side of her spine after diagnosis. The surgery to treat the left herniated disk in her spine resulted in success, according to the doctor. However, the woman began experiencing pain and weakness a week later.

Although concerned about a possible blood clot, the doctor claimed her patient was recovering. The lawsuit claims contradictorily that decreased sensation never returned and the patient now has to use a walker or wheelchair to stay mobile. One of the plaintiff's lawyers also pointed to 17 counts of unprofessional conduct from different patients also alleging wrong-side surgeries.

The doctor's employer is also a defendant, as the suit alleges it was negligent in credentialing the surgeon. An attorney can help patients in similar situations after medical errors discern who may be at fault and create the proper lawsuit to claim financial damages or other types of restitution that a court may award or a plaintiff may win in a settlement.

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