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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 […]

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 […]

The Value of Transparency

The Value of Transparency

Why does transparency matter? We are a society that makes purchasing data based on research and comparison. We want to read others’ reviews of services and service providers before we buy. We are genuinely curious about how well they performed the service. We think it is valuable to know how well their customer service was […]

How error-prone terms can lead to medication errors

How error-prone terms can lead to medication errors

Medication errors account for a good percentage of medical malpractice cases and the fact of the matter is that they are far too common. Whether a doctor fails to identify potentially harmful drug interactions or a patient is given the wrong drug or dosage, error-prone terms can lead to medication errors and people can suffer […]

Prescription Reviews Reduce Costly Medical Errors

Prescription Reviews Reduce Costly Medical Errors

Medication errors are caused by many things. With so many factors it can seem like a daunting task to avoid them.  The FDA has indicated that drugs with very similar names, drugs with similar packaging, and sometimes even a physician’s bad handwriting all contribute to medication errors. In the emergency room getting the right drug, in […]

CDC worried about increase in antibiotic-resistant superbugs

At some point, most Illinois residents have likely been prescribed an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are readily prescribed to treat infections such as strep throat and ear infections. Additionally, doctors are often quick to administer antibiotics to patients suspected of suffering some sort of bacterial infection when the source of such an […]

Medication errors found in 9 percent of Illinois nursing homes

The rate of cited drug errors in Illinois nursing homes is lower than the national average, according to the director of the state’s public health department. The news sounds comforting for Cook County residents with loved ones in long-term care facilities, but the medication error citation rate is still 9 percent. That excludes mistakes that […]

Chicago-area family awarded $7M in medication error lawsuit

Illinois residents who have ever been sick or hospitalized know the benefits of both over-the-counter and prescription medications. When administered correctly, these medications can be extremely beneficial and life-saving. There are cases, however, were errors related to the type of or dosage of medication can occur that adversely impact an individual’s health and wellbeing. The […]

Family awarded settlement in lawsuit related to medication error

When hospitalized, patients are routinely given a variety of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to control pain and aid in their recovery. In cases where a patient is in pain, nurses typically ask a patient to describe their level of pain on a scale of 1 to 10 and the appropriate medications are administered. Prior to […]

Failure to advise patient about medications lead to amputation

Individuals who undergo medical procedures or surgeries must also often take some sort of prescription medication. These medications may be to prevent infections or some other adverse side effect of the procedure. If the dosage of these medications is incorrect or the wrong medication is administered, the effects can be devastating and result in a […]

Hospital sued over deaths linked to medication errors

For any individual, dealing with a serious medical condition or illness can be both physically and emotionally draining. When a child is ill, however, the impact on an entire family is often magnified. Parents who have children that require hospitalization often rely heavily upon the hospital’s doctors and nurses for support, guidance and medical expertise. […]

Hundreds of medication errors linked to electronic health records

Technological advances within the medical community are credited with vastly improving the qualify of America’s healthcare system. Today, robots aide doctors in performing numerous surgical procedures and a variety of medical devices have improved both the quality and longevity of patients’ lives. While there is no doubt these types of technological advances have many benefits, […]

Deadly superbugs linked to over-prescription of antibiotics

The invention and development of antibiotics was one of the most important medical advances of the 20th Century. These drugs have saved countless lives from bacterial infections. But in recent years, a new class of bacteria has arisen that common antibiotics like penicillin and streptomycin cannot defeat. These so-called “superbugs” are more than an annoyance. […]

Auto-medication devices fail, cause patients to suffer

The world is always changing; and in the past 20 years, this has meant an immense surge forward in our technological capabilities. One of the areas in which technology has had the biggest impact is in the medical industry. People are able to live longer, healthier lives nowadays thanks to vast improvements to medical machinery, […]

Hospital worker pleads guilty to infecting patients with hepatitis

A hepatitis C outbreak in several states in 2011 has been traced to a hospital employee who purposely tainted needles in order to spread the disease. The worker is expected to be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with this frightening incident. Thirty people […]

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