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Thousands of Surgical Errors Occur Every Year (Infographic)

Surgical Errors

Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must […]

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 […]

Am I a victim of medical malpractice?

Am I a victim of medical malpractice?

A bad medical outcome is an unfortunate result of receiving medical care.  Every patient that receives medical care does so with the intention to get better and heal. When that doesn’t happen patients can rightfully be very frustrated. While a bad medical outcome does not always mean that medical malpractice has occurred it may be […]

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 […]

Doctors and hospitals opt for disclosure over secrecy

At times throughout any professional’s career, a second set of eyes can be helpful. When proofing a colleague’s work, a co-worker may notice an error or be able to provide helpful feedback on ways to improve upon a work product. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals typically do not work in settings or under conditions […]

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 […]

When a differential diagnosis is not conducted, patients may pay

When Chicago parents rush their ill children to the emergency room, they do so because they believe that something is seriously wrong with their children, and because they also trust emergency room workers and doctors will do what is necessary to figure out what may be causing their children’s concerning health issues. Unfortunately, when a […]

Fingertip infection not treated properly, Illinois patient sues

Chicago patients who must undergo intense surgical operations or medical treatments might assume that their risk of being injured by a doctor’s mistake is greater because of the complex nature of a surgery or medical treatment. But even patients who suffer from seemingly minor illnesses or injuries may be permanently harmed by doctors’ mistakes. Earlier […]

Evidence proving eye exam not performed may bolster med mal case

Our Chicago medical malpractice law blog has discussed a variety of mistakes that have been made when doctors were trusted by their patients to provide them with quality care. When these mistakes are made, patients have every right to take legal action in order to hold doctors accountable for their errors. We have also mentioned […]

Anesthesiologist accused of stabbing, injuring Illinois patient

Last month, it was reported that an anesthesiologist is being sued in Illinois for harming one of her patients. The medical malpractice lawsuit accuses the doctor of administering an epidural steroid injection incorrectly during a patient’s surgery. The doctor’s mistake has allegedly caused the patient to suffer permanent injuries from anesthesia complications. The lawsuit claims […]

Malpractice claims make up small percent of medical costs in U.S.

As health care costs continue to rise in the U.S., some argue that high medical malpractice payouts are partially to blame. In an effort to lower our nation’s health care expenses, medical malpractice reform efforts have included putting caps on different types of medical malpractice awards. Although reformers may argue that limiting what medical malpractice […]

Conflict among Chicago doctors, nurses may lead to medical errors

What causes medical professionals in Chicago and throughout the country to make medical errors that harm or kill thousands of patients every year? As our medical malpractice law blog has mentioned in other posts, there are many factors that may contribute to serious or fatal medical errors here in Illinois and across the country. Inexperienced […]

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