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Are We Tracking Outpatient Surgery Center Infection Rates?

How Do Outpatient Surgery Centers Track Infections?

While it can be very troubling to hear about outpatient surgery center infection rates, it is important to have this information. Without it, there is no way to recognize patterns and improve patient safety. Unfortunately, there are some facilities for which some of this information is not available. Ambulatory care centers, where many outpatient surgical […]

How Much is My Medical Malpractice Case Worth?

How Much is a Medical Malpractice Case Worth?

How much is my medical malpractice case worth? This question is a very important one. In our civil justice system money is the only thing clients can recover and money is often the only difference between whether their family survives or thrives following the catastrophic injury or death of a loved one. Still, it is […]

Should Hospitals be Performing Random Drug Tests?

Should Hospitals be Performing Random Drug Tests?

When we go to a hospital or doctor’s office we do so with the intent to be healed. We have an ailment or injury and we trust our health care provider to help us find a solution for it. Now even the best healthcare involves some degree of risk and we are made aware of […]

Discovery Through Trial Lawyers and Civil Justice System

Discovery Through Trial Lawyers and Civil Justice System

When an individual is the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence by a company, a hospital, or a medical professional, the victim is put into an immensely difficult situation. Already struggling to recover from the harm, they must now prove their case using evidence held by the very people who harmed them; the ones […]

Are Doctors Distracted By Mobile Technology?

Are Doctors Distracted By Mobile Technology?

We live in a day and age when the advances in technology are having a profound effect on how well doctors and hospitals can treat us and keep us healthy. Tablet computers and smartphones give doctors incredible access to information and tools to help them be better doctors. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. […]

Doctors, not hospital procedures to blame for majority of medical errors

The way our health care system is set up, doctors are afforded a tremendous amount of responsibility and trust. When an Illinois resident goes to the doctor or hospital, he or she is often seen by one doctor who is solely responsible for conducting an examination, diagnosing any health problems, establishing a treatment plan and […]

Doctor with marred record subject of medical malpractice lawsuit

The process of obtaining a medical degree and becoming a licensed medical doctor is challenging, lengthy and strenuous. This is necessary to ensure that those men and women who are entrusted with the care and very lives of patients are experienced, competent and consciousness. While the majority of medical doctors embody these qualities, there are […]

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 […]

Patient dies after falling off table during procedure

Illinois residents who are admitted to a hospital to undergo medical procedures have certain expectations with respect to the type of care they will receive. Any medical procedure is accompanied by risks and potential complications. In addition to these risks, there are a number of other safety concerns that, if breached, may cause a patient […]

Couples sue hospital after botched kidney transplant

Hospital settings often become the temporary home for many patients who have serious conditions and illnesses. Due to the fragile physical condition of patients, it’s imperative that hospitals take measures to ensure rooms and equipment are clean and sterile. It’s also crucial that hospitals take the time to routinely inspect building components that could potentially […]

Woman sues hospital after falling from hospital bed

People who are ill or who have undergone a medical procedure are often required to stay in the hospital overnight. While in the hospital, patients readily depend upon members of the nursing and hospital staff to provide for their care and comfort. There are, however, a number of medical errors that can occur as nurses […]

Doctor sued for failing to properly remove medical device

Even seemingly minor or routine medical procedures require a doctor to use care, precision and skill. Doctors, however, are human and, just like most Illinois residents, have an off day now and then. Unfortunately, the medical profession does not allow for bad days and patients often pay the price. Parents who have a child with […]

Report: VA hospitals fail to be “accountable” for poor care

It’s not an understatement to say that Chicago residents trust health care professionals with their lives. It’s horrifying to think that medical malpractice could make your condition worse or kill you while under a hospital’s care, but it happens. According to a federal review, military veterans’ hospital may be among the worst offenders. Veterans Administration […]

Illinois hospitals strive to reduce preventable medical errors

In Illinois, preventable medical errors contribute to the injury and death of thousands of patients. In addition to the harm suffered by patients, these medical errors also end up costing hospitals millions of dollars. In an effort to improve patient safety and reduce the number of preventable medical errors, many hospitals around the state have […]

Is there racial bias in America’s ERs?

Discussions of lingering racial bias in the United States are often uncomfortable, but sometimes necessary. One would hope that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals would give good care to all of their patients, regardless of their race or ethnicity. But a new government study suggests that the quality of care children are receiving in […]

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 […]

Hospital changes mind, gives teen heart transplant

Back on Aug. 13, we discussed a teenager from another state who needed a heart transplant due to a life-threatening condition. He went to the hospital to get on the transplant list, but doctors rejected him and refused to put him on the list. Readers may be relieved to learn that this case of possible […]

Medical testing, poor follow-up paralyzed woman’s face

Medical testing is an important part of the improvement of our knowledge of diseases and advancement of new treatments. People who volunteer to test experimental medications or procedures contribute a great deal to society. But they may be risking their health if the testers do not fully disclose the risks the experiment carries, or fails […]

Don’t worry about health care system when considering malpractice

When a person is admitted to the hospital, she or he may often think that everything will be alright, and that the best care will be provided. This may be true in most cases, but from time to time, ahospital mistake may occur. Such a mistake may involve doctors, nurses, orderlies and any other members […]

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