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Malpractice damages awarded for "loss of chance"

In Crown Point Indiana, a Lake Superior Court jury awarded malpractice damages to a Hammond county man whose chances of lung cancer recovery were reduced by the lack of early treatment by his health-care provider.

The attorney who represented the man's family summed up the importance of the case in his comments:

"Patients should know that malpractice damages can be recovered even though a health care provider may not have caused the disease but caused the patient to lose chances of recovery."

This case shows that every percentage of a chance for recovery has value.

When treatment is delayed due to misunderstanding the disease, misdiagnosis, or any other factor, a medical malpractice or delay of treatment malpractice suit might be pursued.

Treatment delays can greatly reduce the medical options patients have. The verdict in this case illustrates how a delay in treatment resulted in the health-care provider being responsible for damages.

It is difficult to understand all of the details of medical malpractice law. If you believe that you may have a medical malpractice case, call the Sweeney Law Firm to get your questions answered and learn your legal rights. There is no cost or obligation for us to evaluate your case.

Read the entire story here:
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/article_fdf21006-c7b6-5df8-a1fe-35f96d836b06.html#ixzz1Q8TN32mf