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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 […]

Illinois nursing home neglect may outstrip hospital errors

Illinois nursing home neglect may outstrip hospital errors

Hospitals have been the focus of most patient safety studies, like a 2010 Department of Health and Human Services report that estimated substandard hospital care was responsible for 180,000 patient deaths annually. Federal officials also have been concerned about standards of care outside hospitals. A new Medicare report suggests medical malpractice is widespread. Cook County […]

State files criminal, civil charges for nursing home neglect

Patient care mistakes in Cook County long-term care facilities may go undetected. Nursing home residents are often elderly, very ill or incapacitated, which makes them targets for abuse. Many residents are silent victims of nursing home neglect. Prosecutors in a state on the East Coast have brought criminal and civil charges against Medford Multicare Center […]

Illinois families turn to technology to monitor loved ones’ care

Hidden cameras sometimes catch people doing what they shouldn’t be doing. Video surveillance cameras can capture criminal behavior and proof of liability. You’ve probably read about “nanny cams,” which secretly monitor the activities of child care workers. The same technology is being put to use to detect nursing home neglect and abuse. A hidden camera […]

Nursing home profits, losses affect Illinois quality of care

Understaffed nursing homes are detrimental to residents who have the right to quality health care. Government and private nursing home operators operate within budgets that all too often take precedence over safety. Illinois nursing home neglect is just as likely to be caused by an overworked employee as it is a lax one. A 97-year-old […]

Did you know that bed rails can be deadly?

Bed rails can be both a blessing and a curse to individuals who are residing in a nursing home. Families in Illinois should be aware of the reasoning behind this statement, especially in circumstances involving dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This is because these individuals are often most at risk when it comes to the potential […]

Is grandma being treated well at her nursing home?

Families in Chicago often worry about their aging loved ones. As their health deteriorates, these individuals often become harder to care for and if a family can afford it, they may put the person into a nursing home. But once that person has become a resident at such a facility, it does not mean that […]

Nursing home patient died from injuries suffered during fire drill

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one in Chicago is often a lengthy and challenging process for families. Families want to make sure their loved ones will receive the proper care and attention they need and deserve. And in order to trust that a nursing home and its workers will take proper care of […]

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 […]

Recent nursing home deaths raising concerns amongst families

Nursing home patients in Chicago may be old, frail and nearing their final days, but this does not mean that their medical needs should go unaddressed or neglected. Why, then, have two patients recently died from not being administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation when they were found unresponsive by nursing home workers? Were both patients victims of […]

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