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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chicago nursing home patient wins lawsuit over injuries from fall

We have mentioned before on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog that nursing home residents need to be carefully monitored, especially those who have trouble walking and getting out of bed on their own. Elderly nursing home patients may suffer broken bones or head injuries when they fall. They may also suffer additional health complications […]

Family says Illinois nursing home did not follow safety laws

There are many things Illinois families worry about when choosing a nursing home or long-term care facility for their loved ones. Families are concerned about the safety of their loved ones. They want to make sure their loved ones will continue to receive the medical treatment they need, and they also want to make sure […]

Nursing home neglect results in patient’s choking death

In Chicago, some nursing home patients need assistance doing very basic activities like using the restroom and eating their food. These patients require extra care and attention, and when they do not receive the assistance they need, the consequences may be devastating for patients and their families. For example, a patient died last December in […]

Illinois nursing home sued after patient freezes to death

It has been over a year now since an Illinois nursing home resident wandered outside of her facility and froze to death. The woman’s family announced last month that they are pursuing a wrongful deathlawsuit against the McHenry nursing home. The family says the nursing home had promised to provide 24-hour security for residents. However, […]

Man says he lost his leg due to poor care at Joliet nursing home

Last month, a lawsuit was filed against a nursing home in Joliet for failing to provide proper care and medical treatment to a patient at the facility. As a result of the nursing home’s negligence, the patient had to have part of his left leg amputated. Having part or all of a limb amputated is […]

Wrongful death lawsuit blames Illinois nursing home for overdose

A wrongful death claim against an Illinois nursing home may finally be resolved this month. According to reports, the case was scheduled to go to trial this week. The wrongful death claim was filed against the nursing home in 2007 after a resident died from a medication overdose. The administrator of the deceased resident’s estate […]

Family to be compensated for patient’s death at Illinois nursing home

After spending the last four years pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home in Illinois, a woman’s family will finally be compensated for their pain and suffering. The woman’s family argued that the patient’s nursing home was responsible for her death because staff failed to take measures to prevent the patient from developing […]

Use checklists to avoid nursing home negligence in Chicago, part two

Last week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we began discussing how one woman has made it her goal to provide nursing home and hospital patients and their families with checklists that they can use to avoid becoming victims of medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. Many injuries and illnesses that are suffered by […]

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

Earlier this week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we began discussing a troubling report that was recently published by Bloomberg News. The report suggests that nursing home abuse is not as uncommon as we would like to think it is, and anyone could become a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, especially […]

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 […]

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