No one expects it, but the truth of the matter is that even those who go to the hospital or to a medical professional to improve their health can often walk away with a worsened condition. As a result, patients often end up subjected to repeated hospital trips that cost them both financially and emotionally. As hospital bills pile up, so does the resentment towards the very people entrusted to perform their medical duties. Medical malpractice suits are one way to hold those negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions.
Chicago residents may know that distractions on the road are dangerous for all drivers on the road, but they may be surprised to hear that disturbances in an operating room can increase the chances of surgical errors. A recent study concluded that when a surgeon is stressed out, he or she is more likely to make a mistake on a patient in an operating room. The stress can be brought about by something trivial and could last briefly-it still has the potential to be dangerous.
It might come as a big surprise to Chicago residents that 90,000 people die annually due to infections acquired in hospitals, according to a report released in 2018. Doctors can be expected to get sued every seven years and more than 17,000 medical malpractice suits are filed every year. While the medical mistakes and surgical errors that contribute to medical malpractice are huge, several academic medical centers are attempting to save lives and improve patient care by taking small measures.
When Illinois residents go to the doctor's office to find out what is ailing them, they rarely consider the fact that their doctor might not be making a correct diagnosis or that the treating physician has failed to diagnose their problem, but this is often the case. An incorrect diagnosis or a failure to diagnose can lead to delays in treatment that can adversely affect a patient's health.
Nursing homes are legally bound to provide their residents with a high standard of care and to take care of their individual needs. This could range from helping them perform daily tasks such as changing clothes and brushing hair to more advanced needs, such as helping people walk or take medications. In order to achieve these standards, nursing homes must be well staffed and their staff must exercise the necessary care when dealing with the residents. Unfortunately, four nursing homes in our state failed to live up to this obligation between July and September, and were fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a result.
Deciding to put an elderly loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision to make, but it makes the emotional strain easier to bear when one knows family members are getting the care and attention they need. However, recent surveys and investigations are reporting a disturbing trend -- nursing homes across the country are not doing enough to prevent bedsores and other infections that led to sepsis.
Though it is unfortunate, it not uncommon for an Illinois resident to go to a doctor get better and walk away with a worsened condition. Five such people were profiled for a Netflix documentary that sheds lights on medical mistakes that have led to serious personal injury. Titled 'The Bleeding Edge', the documentary highlights the unregulated world of medical device implants.
Our readers in Illinois probably know that medical malpractice claims are some of the most difficult cases to pursue. These cases oftentimes involve highly complicated fact patterns and technical medical terms, which can make it hard non-medical professionals to understand what, in fact, occurred in the case. In order to attempt to be successful in these types of claims, Illinois residents need to know the various stages in these cases.
Our readers in Illinois know that it is an unfortunate reality that many people who go to a hospital or doctor for medical treatment end up worse off than they were prior to the treatment. The cause? Medical malpractice. News reports these days commonly cite how, even despite the advances in technology with healthcare, medical mistakes are causing more injuries and illnesses than perhaps ever before. When an Illinois resident suffers from a medical mistake, it may be time to consider pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is an unfortunate reality that hundreds of Illinois residents will be victims of medical malpractice incidents each year. These medical patients go to the doctor's office or hospital expecting to receive the best of care, only to see their condition or injury worsened by a healthcare professional's negligent or reckless conduct. When this occurs, a medical malpractice lawsuit might be necessary. So, what are the first steps that Illinois residents need to take in a medical malpractice case?