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What do you mean by a "recorded diagnosis" ?
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I say recorded because the result was delivered word of mouth and then 'confirmed' in writing by the local doctor who was instructed by a lab in Illinois. I was wrongly diagnosed with HIV; I have crossed my 50th b'day and with a new marriage so this was a shocking blow to me; necessitated psychological counseling; we were both traumatized; husband got shingles and filed for legal separation. The matter is before the court. September 23 will be exactly two years since this has happened.
I consulted a doctor in Trinidad and Tobago who uses a lab in Illinois. The lab gave him the wrong diagnosis.
Thank you for your reply,
The Statute of Limitations for personal injury in Trinidad and Tobago is 4 years. But, the Illinois Statute of Limitations for negligence/personal injury/medical malpractice is only two years. So, if you want to sue the lab that gave the wrong diagnosis, you would have only 2 years to sue them.
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Thanks; but I am uncertain whether I should seek an Attorney in Illinois; and whether it is permissible for an attorney in the Illinois to pursue a matter in the US for a non resident of the US. Really at this time I need to know my best option.
An Illinois Attorney can certainly represent you in the United States, even though you are a nonresident. You probably would be better off suing in Illinois because that is where the lab can be served. I doubt very much if the Courts in Trinidad Tobago would have personal jurisdiction over the Illinois lab and personal jurisdiction would be required in order for the Court to enter a legally binding judgment against the lab.
Andrea, thanks for your advice. As I have a time constraint; would it be possible for you to just list one or two legal firms in Illinois that I can approach?
I cannot refer specific Attorneys by name, but I will be glad to give you the link to the Illinois Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. It is a free service. You can call them, tell them your situation and ask for the names of several Attorneys with experience in medical malpractice litigation. You can have a 30 minute consultation for $25. Here is the link:
Here is the link for the Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service:
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