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Dentist accused of giving patients hepatitis C

For the first time in American history, a dentist is accused of allowing hepatitis C to spread among his patients. The dentist’s practice has been shut down, but not in time to possibly infect dozens of people. Authorities in the state where the dentist practiced shut down his clinic in late March. Inspectors found at […]

Robotic system may be causing sensitive surgical errors

According to a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the manufacturer of a robotic surgery system is listed as a defendant in approximately 30 different product liability lawsuits. Intuitive Surgical is the company and its product is the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Adoption rates for this system have been climbing in […]

Underreported errors for robotic surgery causing consternation

Technological advancements in the medical industry are absolutely crucial. They allow doctors and surgeons to push the boundaries of medicine, hopefully granting us a better quality of life. But there are dangers to technological advancements in healthcare. For one, they may be improperly used, or the medical staffers may not be properly trained to use […]

‘Lecter’ surgeon’s license not suspended for months, part II

In our last post, we discussed a surgeon who harmed so many patients with his errors that his colleagues said he was one of the worst they had ever seen. One fellow surgeon compared him to Hannibal Leceter. We detailed several cases of the doctor committing horrific surgical errors against his patients, crippling and even […]

‘Hannibal Lecter’ surgeon’s license not suspended for months

If you heard of a doctor called “the worst surgeon I’ve ever seen” by a colleague and repeatedly compared to fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter by another, you would not exactly be rushing to his office. In fact, you would probably be wondering how a physician with a reputation for committing horrific surgical errors on […]

Man could have lost the wrong testicle due to surgical error

A medical center in California was issued a $75,000 fine by the state’s Department of Health after an unnecessary incision was made during a surgery that occurred in December 2011. According to reports, a 33-year-old man was supposed to have his left testicle removed due to the discovery of a lesion. When surgeons began the […]

Hospital fined $75K for operating on patient’s wrong testicle

A surgical error that led to a patient having the incorrect testicle operated on caused officials in the state where it ocurred to fine the hospital $75,000. This case of wrong-site surgery appears be a sadly typical example of how this seemingly basic mistake can happen. The patient went to the hospital in 2011 for […]

Tool fell down patient’s throat during dental procedure

The prospect of going to the dentist creates enough anxiety for many people as it is. What if the dentist fumbled one of the instruments and let it fall into your mouth and down your throat? This frightening surgical error scenario actually happened to a Chicago-area man last November. He went to a dentist in […]

Surgeons operate on wrong side of woman’s brain, damaging it

Wrong-site surgeries are relatively rare, but they do occur more often than anyone would like. In fact, this type of surgical error is often referred to as a “never event,” or a medical mistake that should never happen to patients. Yet, surgeons sometimes operate on the wrong body part. Sometimes they replace the left knee […]

Surgeon accused of faking hundreds of operations

A surgeon is facing bizarre and troubling accusations from hundreds of his former patients. They say he only pretended to operate on them, collecting payments for joint replacements and other operations that he faked. The patients say they continued to experience pain and other symptoms as a result of the doctor’s fake surgeries. While we […]

Doctor commits 38 mistakes during surgery, suit alleges

Though most medical professionals are just that — professional — some in Cook, Illinois, may not have their patients in mind all of the time. If a doctor loses her or his focus, it is possible for mistakes to occur. This may be what happened in the case of one woman who recently filed a […]

Man says surgeon botched his nose jobs, left him deformed

A man who was left with a virtually useless nose after a string of 24 operations says his cosmetic surgeon is responsible for his current state. He has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon for allegedly performing operations he was not qualified to do, causing the man’s nose to become little more than […]

Medical malpractice lawsuit avoids arbitration in court decision

Many business contracts in Illinois contain an arbitration clause that requires the parties to go to arbitration to resolve a legal dispute instead of going to trial. Like other forms of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration typically costs less and damages are frequently capped lower than state law. Readers can likely understand why businesses would like […]

Chicago hospital investigated for unnecessary throat surgeries

Medical malpractice cases in Chicago usually do not involve federal agents, doctors wearing a wire or criminal charges. But the staff of a for-profit Chicago hospital is dealing with a FBI investigation after allegations arose that surgeons were using their patients as cash cows by performing unnecessary surgeries on them, a particularly sinister form of […]

Another study suggests distractions during surgery are dangerous

Last year, The American Journal of Surgery published a study that analyzed whether sleep-deprivation would affect medical students or not when the students performed new tasks and tasks that they were already familiar with performing. Researchers concluded that the students had to use more energy in order to perform new tasks well when they were […]

Patient disfigured after Illinois surgeon damages spinal cord

As we have mentioned in other posts on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, there are risks that are associated with any type of surgery. However, surgeons, nurses and hospitals also have a duty to minimize and prevent these risks by providing their patients with the quality care that they need and deserve. When doctors […]

Lawsuit: Irreversible surgery leaves child with wrong genitalia

When Chicago doctors and hospitals are negligent, they risk making mistakes that may never be fixed or repaired. In addition to suffering physical scars and injuries, victims of medical malpractice may be left with emotional scars that they must deal with for the rest of their lives. This week, one couple’s lawsuit against two medical […]

Doctor says inexperience cause of fatal robotic surgery mishaps

Last month on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had questioned whether doctors receive sufficient training before performing robotic surgeries on patients. The da Vinci robotic surgery system, which is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., was used to perform about 400,000 procedures in the U.S. last year, including hysterectomies, heart valve repair surgeries and […]

Despite suing doctor for mistake, woman is happy with the outcome

Incidents of medical malpractice in Illinois and throughout the U.S. often result in devastating injuries or the loss of a life. Although one woman did suffer emotionally and physically from a surgical errorthat was made over a year ago, the mistake has also given her and her family a lot to celebrate. In fact, the […]

Retained sponge causes patient to suffer permanent injuries

As we have mentioned before on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, there are some types of surgical errors that are 100 percent preventable. Surgical errors that are 100 percent preventable are called “never events” because these mistakes should never happen. So why are these so-called never events still occurring in our country? Why are […]

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