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Understanding Medical Malpractice (Infographic)

Understanding medical malpractice

Understanding medical malpractice and why it happens can be difficult. This post and infographic will hopefully help. When we go to a doctor or hospital, we put our faith in the ability of our doctors to provide us with a certain level of skilled health care. We do so because one of the most fundamental […]

Brain Injuries during surgery are almost always preventable

Brain Injuries during surgery are almost always preventable

Surgeries are never risk-free. They can result in unintended injuries, even under the best care; however, there are some types of injuries that raise an immediate red flag to medical malpractice lawyers. Brain injuries during surgery are one of those types of “red-flag” injuries. They are the type of injury that should almost never occur, […]

Young mother who underwent breast augmentation suffers brain damage

Many people wrongly assume that medical procedures that are considered to be cosmetic in nature are somehow safe or carry fewer risks than other surgical procedures. Sadly, for the family of one 18-year-old teen mother, the reality of exactly how dangerous so-called cosmetic procedures can be is all too real. Last August the 18-year-old mother […]

Thirteen-year-old brain dead after routine tonsillectomy

A 13-year-old girl, who suffered from sleep apnea, recently underwent a medical procedure to remove her tonsils. Doctors recommended the procedure, hoping the routine tonsillectomy would help cure the girl’s sleep condition. Three days after the so-called routine procedure, the girl was declared brain death. Today, the girl’s family sits beside her hospital bed as […]

New technology offers hope for brain injury detection and treatment

Individuals impacted by brain damage often suffer permanent and debilitating injuries that deeply affect their quality of life. In cases where a brain injury is the result of a medical error, the extent of damage and a patient’s prognosis is often unknown and may take months or even years to assess. As with most injuries, […]

Formerly homeless woman awarded $7.5M in birth injury case

It’s a sad reality that millions of Americans today live in poverty. Difficult economic times coupled with a job loss or chronic medical condition can quickly result in a family being forced out onto the street. Regardless of economic or social status, these individuals still require and are entitled to receive medical care. A formerly […]

Vaginal delivery of breech baby results in injury and lawsuit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of babies born in the U.S. are delivered via Cesarean section. While the number of C-sections has skyrocketed in recent years, the procedure is still considered major surgery and, many contend, puts both mother and baby at risk. As the result of growing concern over […]

NFL lawsuits shed light on devastating impact of brain injuries

The human brain is undoubtedly the most important and complex of all human organs. Not only is the brain responsible for nearly every bodily process, but parts of the brain essentially comprise an individual’s personality, emotions and very humanity. It stands to reason, therefore, that a brain injury can have devastating and far-reaching implications on […]

Midwest hospital settles birth injury lawsuit for $5.25M

Birth injuries can turn any expectant parent’s dream of welcoming a new child into the world into an all-out nightmare. All too often, negligence that occurs during labor, delivery or immediately following delivery causes permanent damage to fragile newborns. When birth injuries do occur, hospitals and doctors can often be sued for damages. In a […]

Some hospitals limiting CT scans for children

Children with serious injuries and illnesses often present a major challenge to physicians. Often, these patients are unable to explain where or what hurts, making it difficult to decide on the best way to treat the problems. As part of the examination, doctors will ask for several tests to be conducted, including CT scans, to […]

Unnecessary operation leaves patient in vegetative state

In December 2008, a diabetes patient underwent a controversial operation that had been advised by his doctor. The patient, a father of two young children, thought that the operation would improve his health. He was wrong. The man suffered a permanent brain injury during the operation. The controversial operation known as “manipulation under anesthesia,” involved […]

Hospital patient suffers brain injury after throat swells shut

Many Joliet residents may associate brain injuries with concussions suffered during sporting events or serious accidents involving slips, trips and falls. However, another common cause of a brain injury is medical negligence. Lack of oxygen or lack of blood flow to the brain are serious problems that may cause a patient to suffer a disabling […]

Child dies 3 years after suffering brain injury during birth

Just days before turning 3 years old, a boy died from a severe brain injury he had suffered during birth. The boy’s parents and family are devastated by their recent loss, but they are trying to focus on the fact that their child will no longer have to suffer from his injuries that he has […]

Study: Multiple brain injuries may lead to higher risk of suicide

Folks in Chicago may be at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries when they are involved in car accidents, are harmed while playing sports, or become injured after a slip-and-fall accident. And Chicago natives who are serving our country overseas may also be at risk of suffering TBIs when they are injured during combat. The […]

Young woman left brain damaged after endoscopy procedure

Earlier this year, a young woman had an endoscopy performed so that doctors could try to figure out what was causing the woman to experience odd stomach pain. The procedure involves inserting a small camera inside a patient’s body to get a close look at different organs and parts of the body. Although the procedure […]

Illinois woman sues doctor over mother-to-baby infection, injury

Illinois women who are currently pregnant or have been pregnant understand that it is important for them to visit their doctors on a regular basis throughout their pregnancies. During prenatal care checkups, doctors will perform exams to make sure women are healthy throughout their pregnancies. Doctors will also perform medical tests to make sure women […]

Lawsuit: Teen died from oxygen deprivation during dental procedure

Chicago patients may feel some pain and discomfort for a few days after getting their wisdom teeth pulled. Fortunately, the recovery from this surgery is fairly quick, and many teens and young adults experience no complications after the surgery. But for one teen, a routine wisdom teeth surgery resulted in a severe brain injury. The […]

Nursing home neglect results in patient’s choking death

In Chicago, some nursing home patients need assistance doing very basic activities like using the restroom and eating their food. These patients require extra care and attention, and when they do not receive the assistance they need, the consequences may be devastating for patients and their families. For example, a patient died last December in […]

Cook County agrees to pay millions for boy’s med mal injuries

When medical malpractice causes Chicago patients to suffer irreparable harm, families are often left devastated by the consequences of such mistakes, especially when young children are the victims of medical negligence. Brain injuries, for example, may prevent children from being able to have a normal childhood, and children harmed by brain injuries caused by medical […]

Patient’s lawsuit against Illinois neurologist heads to trial

Brain injuries are very dangerous because these types of injuries can cause permanent and disabling mental and physical conditions. When Chicago residents suffer a brain injury in an accident, it is important that they get medical attention right away. When doctors are able to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat brain injuries, patients may be […]

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