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Illinois nursing home blamed for resident’s fatal fall injuries

When it becomes more difficult for elderly parents to live on their own, Chicago families might consider moving a loved one into a nursing home. Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for the frail, disabled and ill to live, and families trust that these facilities will provide their loved ones with quality care. […]

Surgical sponges now equipped with bar codes to prevent injuries

In order to better prevent surgical errors, a bar code reader is now being put to use in the medical industry to help make sure that any surgical sponges used during operations are not left in the bodies of patients after the procedures. Some mistakes during surgery are inevitable, but negligence from nurses and doctors […]

Woman lit on fire during Cesarean-section surgery files lawsuit

A Cesarean-section is a common surgery performed on many Illinois women and other women in the U.S. who experience complications during the delivery of a baby or who are physically unable to have a vaginal birth. Although C-sections are commonly performed, doctors and other medical professionals are susceptible to making serious or fatal surgical errors […]

Mother says nurse was negligent, mistakenly severed baby’s finger

Instead of being discharged from the hospital as planned, a mother witnessed a horrible incident that caused her 3-month-old baby to remain hospitalized longer than planned. After a hospital stay last year, a mother was informed that she could take her baby home. But shortly before she planned on leaving the hospital with her daughter, […]

Illinois facility fined after nurses operated X-ray machines

In Illinois, not all medical professionals can operate X-ray equipment or other types of equipment involving the use of radiation. Under state laws, only those who are properly licensed including dentists, chiropractors, and certified radiologic technologists can safely use and operate radiologic equipment. These laws are meant to protect patients in the Chicago area and […]

Illinois doctors, hospital blamed for woman’s injury during rehab

Illinois hospitals and doctors may be well aware of the physical and emotional damage they can cause patients and families to suffer if a mistake is made during surgery or if medical equipment is not properly sanitized. But something as simple as failing to make sure that medical staff receive proper instructions for a patient’s […]

Patients can take precautions to avoid surgical errors, part one

It is tragic when already ill or injured patients in a Chicago hospital undergoing surgery suffer further injury because of surgical errors and medical malpractice. Although it is the responsibility of hospital staff and other medical professionals to make sure that they are following procedures closely in order to prevent themselves from making mistakes that […]

Doctors, pharmacists warned not to confuse drugs with similar names

We have mentioned in other posts on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog that medication errors made by pharmacists and doctors are not uncommon, especially when so many drug names look and sound alike. Patients in Illinois and throughout the entire country can certainly take precautions to avoid suffering further health complications from a medication […]

Most hospital errors in the U.S. go unreported, new study reveals

A report released this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that the vast majority of hospital errors, many of which result in patient injury or death, go unreported. An astonishing 80 percent of such errors are never reported by medical personnel, some of whom may tell the grieving families of […]

Hospital fined for improperly storing medications, vaccines

Illinois patients may assume that hospitals are safe places for receiving medical treatment, undergoing surgery or giving birth. Although this is true in many cases, there are also numerous instances of medical malpractice that occur at our nation’s hospitals each year. Unfortunately, hospital mistakes that should have been prevented can potentially cause patients to suffer […]

Illinois tops list for providing large payouts in med mal suits, continued

Earlier this week, our Chicago medical malpractice law blog discussed some of the interesting findings a group of researchers discovered while analyzing data of surgical malpractice claims. Researchers concluded that although malpractice claims involving surgical errors have decreased over the years, injuries resulting from errors made before, during or after a surgery are amounting to […]

Illinois tops list for providing large payouts in med mal suits

An analysis regarding reports of medical malpractice in the United States suggests that fewer claims of surgical errors have been reported since the 1990s. However, the analysis also suggests that when a surgical error does occur, payouts for damages tend to be very high due to the extent of a patient’s injuries from a medical […]

Woman suffers eye injuries after CVS fills wrong prescription

After taking a prescription for what she was told would help to treat pink eye, a woman later suffered severe injuries to her eyes after realizing that the pharmacist had filled a prescription that was meant to treat ear infections. The woman is now suing a CVS pharmacy for the medication error claiming that the pharmacist […]

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