Podiatrists are responsible to diagnose, treat, and assist patients in resolving medical issues that involve the foot and ankle. Treatment requiring the knowledge of a podiatrist can range from minor treatments to those that involve complicated surgical procedures. The ankle and foot are crucial to an individual’s ability to live an active and healthy lifestyle. That is why even minor errors made by podiatrists can cause significant injuries to unsuspecting victims. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident or incident while receiving treatment from a podiatrist in the state of Illinois, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today for a risk-free initial consultation. Our attorneys will be happy to assist you in determining your rights to relief.
Failure to Diagnose Medical Conditions
Podiatrists, like many other medical professionals, are tasked with the responsibility of diagnosing medical conditions based on the symptoms presented by their patients. However, podiatrists routinely provide negligent care by failing to diagnose a patient’s condition. Some common forms of negligence which result in malpractice suits include:
- Failure to Diagnose Heel Pain: One of the most common forms of heel pain in patients are a result of bone spurs. Bone spurs are small bone growths that develop under one’s heel bone. These bone spurs can only be detected by completing and reviewing an x-ray.
- Failure to Diagnose Osteomyelitis: Osteomyelitis is a rare but serious bone infection that develops after an individual obtains an infection. Osteomyelitis can occur when the infection travels through the bloodstream, through an open fracture, or through surgery. Failure to diagnose osteomyelitis is particularly damaging because, over time, the infected part of the patient’s bone will die.
Other conditions that commonly occur but are sometimes missed during diagnosis include plantar fasciitis, pronation, and achilles tendinitis. If a podiatrist has failed to diagnose an illness which resulted in damages, contact us today.
Failure to Properly Treat Medical Conditions
Once a condition has been diagnosed, podiatrists have a responsibility to properly treat the conditions that they have diagnosed. However, some podiatrists are often found to engage in negligence by providing the wrong method of treatment, by making errors when treating a condition, or by failing to provide adequate follow up care. In addition, others are found negligent due to their failure to explore other possible options if the problem persists. Proper medical treatment is crucial for the wellbeing of you or your loved one. If you believe your level of service was substandard, which resulted in your injuries, contact us for a review of your claim.
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