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When visiting the doctor, we tend to expect that we will be given answers that lead to a healthy recovery. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Misdiagnosed illnesses and injuries happen from time to time, but just because a doctor makes a mistake doesn’t mean you’re left without options. Medical malpractice cases can be complicated, but a Chicago malpractice attorney can help you decipher the details of your issue and give advice on how to proceed.

Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis, or Failure to Diagnose

A medical care provider’s job is to run the appropriate tests and recognize specific symptoms in order to diagnose a problem in patients. Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to list all of the possible reasons a doctor might misdiagnose a problem, but there are a few common reasons. Failure to administer the proper tests to check for an ailment, or failing to act on test results in a timely manner can all contribute to more serious health problems. Another common cause of misdiagnosis is the misinterpreting of test results and misinterpreting symptoms that a patient may be showing. Malpractice lawyers in Chicago have experience with all of the above possibilities, as well as other situations regarding medical malpractice. If you suspect you’ve been misdiagnosed, it’s important to discuss the case with a legal professional to get help.

What Can You Do?

You may think that you are entirely at fault for the misdiagnosis if you didn’t think to get a second opinion. That’s not the case. When a doctor misses a diagnosis, it may cause more severe health problems, especially if the ailment needs immediate attention (for example, cancer). Getting a second or third opinion can’t hurt, but if you didn’t, you still may be eligible for compensation. Misdiagnoses can cause the patient to require hospital stays, surgeries, emotional pain, and suffering, all of which may qualify for reimbursement. Malpractice lawyers in Chicago will be able to help you organize the details of your situation in order to build a case, so if you think you’ve been misdiagnosed, it’s important to discuss the matter with someone who can represent you.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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