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Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor errors happen. That is a fact. Medicine isn’t the only occupation in which errors occur. There are mechanic errors, fast food errors, printing errors, etc… Every sort of work is going to have errors. Doctor errors, however, can have pretty significant, even life-threatening, consequences. We go to a doctor and expect that he or […]

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 […]

Patient Safety Checklist to avoid Doctor Errors

Patient Safety Checklist

Avoiding doctor errors is something everyone wants to do.  After all, a visit to the doctor or a hospital is about feeling better, not worse.  Most of the time patient safety is a high priority for healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, there are times that mistakes are made and patients find themselves worse off than when they […]

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

A bad outcome to a medical procedure is the last thing anyone plans on when going to the doctor.  After all, you go to the doctor to be healed. It is possible, however, that despite a doctor’s best efforts you won’t get better. If a doctor does the best job he or she can do […]

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Victims of Medical Malpractice Often Need Help Overcoming Guilt When a client comes to talk to us about whether they should file a medical malpractice case or not, one of the greatest hurdles that we have to overcome right away is guilt. Surprisingly, when we talk to people about the fact that doctors were responsible […]

Understanding Hospital Negligence

Understanding Hospital Negligence

No one goes to the hospital and thinks of it like staying at a hotel. There is always a risk of a bad outcome. When treatment at a hospital results in injury or death, victims or their families may question whether it was the result of hospital negligence (a form of medical malpractice). As complicated […]

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Complications and bad outcomes are always a possibility in medical treatment. When doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care and that leads to injury, illness or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment — from […]

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

As a victim of medical malpractice, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Coping with the new reality you find yourself is difficult. Adding the complexity of a medical malpractice lawsuit may just feel like more than you can bear. Having a good lawyer on your side will make all the difference. So, how do you find […]

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

In the month of July, a new batch of first-year medical residents walks through the doors of academic hospitals around the country. Unfortunately, those same hospitals see the rate of medication errors rise exponentially, contributing to what has been dubbed “the July effect.” You may want to ask “is July a Bad Month to go to […]

Chicago doctors, hospital executives arrested for kickback scheme

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that several doctors and at least two hospital officials were arrested for being involved in an alleged kickback scheme at Sacred Heart Hospital. After the arrests were made, authorities reported that they had been investigating the hospital for three years. Authorities suspected that hospital officials and doctors were performing […]

Ignoring alarms in hospitals leads to dozens of deaths every year

If you have been reading some of the recent posts on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, you may have come to the conclusion that there are too many things that can go wrong when patients are receiving medical treatment in hospitals. Inadequate hospital policies may lead to serious and fatal incidents of hospital negligence, […]

Nursing home fined for patient’s Coumadin-related injuries, death

When Chicago nursing home patients are prescribed Coumadin or warfarin, their nurses and other caretakers must be especially careful and attentive when administering the drug. Coumadin helps to prevent strokes and other complications from blood clotting problems. However, this drug can also be very harmful when it is not administered correctly. Not all patients respond […]

Dozens of injuries reported due to inadequate staffing at nursing home

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for elderly Chicago residents and other vulnerable patients. In order to provide patients with a safe facility, though, nursing homes must make sure they are properly staffed. Nursing home residents need to be carefully monitored, they often need to be bathed and groomed by someone else, and […]

Lawsuit: Clinic gave woman vitamins instead of birth control pills

While some medication errors may be life threatening, it seems others may be life giving. Demonstrating the importance of assuring patients in the U.S. are given correct medications, a medical clinic was named in a malpractice lawsuit after mistakenly giving a woman the wrong pills. The patient had gone to the clinic for birth control […]

Medications prescribed to pregnant women show adverse effects

Chicago patients rely on doctors for safe care, including the prescribing of medications that are both effective and safe. However, there are times when doctors prescribe medications with potential risks or without proven effectiveness specifically for the patient’s condition. Medication errors are a serious matter, and even more serious when an unborn baby is involved. […]

New doctor learns valuable patient safety lessons at mother’s bedside

While a hospital may seem like a safe place to stay, that’s not always the case. Hospital workers have a lot to pay attention to with patient care, and as one new doctor learned, sometimes simple safety issues are overlooked. A Harvard Medical School graduate learned some of her most valuable lessons — particularly about […]

Studies give pregnant women conflicting information about SSRIs

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many Chicago women and their partners. However, women might also become overwhelmed by all of the conflicting dos and don’ts they may hear about from others or read about in magazines and books. For example, some women are told to stay away from having any caffeine while others are […]

Pharmacy teams in ER may help improve patient safety

Doctors in Chicago write numerous prescriptions each week, and careful consideration should be made by a doctor each time a patient needs medicine in order to protect patients from medication errors, complications or dangerous side effects. Doctor mistakes occur when dealing with medication, varying between incorrect doses, failing to warn a patient of a drug’s […]

Chicago doctors warned not to prescribe Pradaxa to some patients

To avoid making serious or fatal prescription medication errors, Chicago doctors need to have a vast knowledge of medications that are used to treat a variety of illnesses and other health concerns. Doctors need to inform patients about the risks that are associated with prescription drugs, and they also need to know how prescription drugs […]

Chicago doctor charged with area’s largest medication fraud

While trust is important in any relationship, it’s crucial in a doctor-patient relationship. Patients must be able to trust that their physicians have their best interests in mind. Unfortunately, not all doctors put the safety of their patients first. Some doctors take advantage of vulnerable patients simply to make more money. One such case in […]

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