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Nursing homes don’t always provide care patients are billed for, part one

Earlier this week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we mentioned that a local nursing home is currently being sued for causing the wrongful death of a patient who overdosed on medications that had not been prescribed correctly by doctors. Some families might assume that this case is an isolated incident and that their […]

Lawsuit over patient’s death filed against Chicago nursing home

For some Chicago families, choosing to put a loved one or aging parent in a nursing home can be a difficult decision to make. Children of aging parents don’t want their loved ones to think that they are abandoning them, but at the same time, many families understand that they don’t have the equipment, time […]

Dozens of maggots found in Cook County nursing home patient’s ear

CBS Chicago reported last week that a lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home located in Arlington Heights for its negligence. The nursing home is accused of failing to provide a 92-year-old woman with proper care and treatment after the woman’s family learned that dozens of maggots had been living in the nursing home […]

Families should know how to watch out for nursing home abuse

The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is difficult for many families in Chicago. Families have many questions: Will my loved one be well cared for? How will my mother or father react to being moved into a nursing home? How can I make sure my loved one is not in […]

Loss of balance common factor in elderly falls, study says

When Chicago nursing home patients are neglected or not properly cared for by staff, they could suffer a number of preventable illnesses or injuries. In extreme cases, nursing home abuse and negligence can lead to fatal health complications. Some common signs of negligence in nursing homes include bed sores, rapid weight loss, dehydration and bruises. […]

Nurse accused of stealing painkillers from hospital patients

Patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities are entitled to receive top notch care every moment of every day by their nurses and doctors. Unfortunately, nursing negligence does happen in Chicago nursing homes and other medical facilities, and includes actions such as a lack of monitoring, feeding, treating and bathing patients when they are […]

Nurse burnout, short-staffing detracts from quality patient care

Chicago workers and business owners might know all too well that being short-staffed at work can negatively impact employees and their customers. When fewer workers are responsible for getting more work done, quality may lack because workers get burned out. Recent research suggests that this is exactly what happens in hospitals and assisted living facilities […]

Gov. signs new laws to protect Illinois nursing home patients

Victims of nursing home neglect or abuse certainly have a right to seek compensation for their injuries or for a loved one’s wrongful death in Chicago. Sadly, nursing home abuse or neglect often results in fatal injuries due to residents’ frail and poor medical conditions. Although obtaining compensation is important for victims of medical malpractice, […]

Assisted-living patient dies because of filing error at facility

An assisted-living home resident was accidentally deprived of life-saving CPR in a shocking case ofnursing home negligence earlier this year. Why was the man deprived of CPR? The answer: a filing error. Families in Illinois who place loved ones in nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities might certainly be worried about abuse or incidents of […]

Patient died after doctor failed to correct surgical error

If you have been reading our Chicago medical malpractice law blog for awhile now, you might be shocked by some of the mistakes medical professionals have made while they were supposed to be providing quality care to all of their patients. Just last week, we mentioned a lawsuit that was recently filed by an Illinois […]

Nursing home neglect investigation reveals horrible conditions

Nursing home patients in Chicago and throughout the entire state of Illinois need very specific medical treatment based on their needs and conditions. When they do not receive this care or when staff does not make sure that residents are safe in nursing homes, these patients are at risk of suffering further health complications. Nursing […]

Surgical error almost prevents woman from ever having children

Many women in Illinois and throughout the entire U.S. have been fortunate to have the experience of being overcome with joy after first learning that they were pregnant. Unfortunately, many women have also had to experience the tragic loss of a baby after a miscarriage or another reason arising from acomplicated pregnancy. Although miscarriages commonly […]

Pregnancy could result in injuries for woman with rare condition

Although a woman’s rare condition was finally diagnosed correctly by doctors after numerous medical tests were performed, doctors did make one assumption about her condition that was incorrect. Now, the 23-year-old woman is pregnant and she is at risk of suffering permanent injuries when it comes time for the labor, delivery and birth of her […]

Surgery mishap leads to costly injuries for Illinois patient

As we mentioned earlier this week on our blog, patients have a right to be informed about the risks and dangers of any surgical operation. This allows patients to make educated decisions regarding their health and to make any necessary preparations in the event that a complication does occur during or after surgery. However, if […]

Nursing homes lack emergency plans in natural disasters, study says

Every year, about 3 million people who spend time in a nursing home are susceptible to harm if the facility does not have adequate safety measures in place. Though incidents of nursing negligence in our Illinois homes and other facilities throughout the U.S. are often due to factors including lack of supervision, medication errors and abuse […]

Failure to monitor baby’s heart rate led to injuries, parents say

For many new parents in Chicago, there may be nothing more exciting and joyful than holding one’s baby for the first time after he or she is born. In March 2010, one couple who was prepared give birth to a healthy baby and bring their child home soon after were not so fortunate to share […]

Doctors pierce Illinois patient’s small intestine during surgery

Medical errors are not as uncommon in the U.S. as some people might like to believe. Unfortunately, when medical professionals do make serious mistakes, Illinois patients are not left unscathed. These mistakes can happen at any clinic, nursing home or hospital where medical professionals fail to put their patients’ health and needs first at all […]

Illinois nursing home sued for patient’s injuries from falling

Nursing home facilities in Illinois are responsible for ensuring that employees have been trained on how to properly administer drugs to residents and to make sure that residents are getting the appropriate care and therapy they need each day to improve their quality of life. Nursing home employees are also responsible for assisting many residents […]

Doctors order unnecessary tests to avoid lawsuits, study suggests

Earlier this week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we discussed how a doctor’s assumptions about a patient’s symptoms or health condition can be a form of medical malpractice if the doctor fails to take measures to conduct a thorough examination of the patient in order to rule out any other serious illnesses or […]

Nursing homes in U.S. still need improvement, study suggests

Though most facilities have improved over the past three years in the U.S., the quality of nursing home care still continues to be a reported problem in more than 560 nursing homes in the country. Poor quality of care at these facilities can lead to nursing home negligence, causing Illinois patients and other patients in […]

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