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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 […]

What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

You may have seen ads on TV or on billboards for medical malpractice lawyers and their firms.  You may have heard of someone who was part of a medical malpractice lawsuit. You may even have heard people on the news discussing medical malpractice.  This all may lead you to ask: “What is Medical Malpractice?” What […]

Pets now get to visit Chicago hospital patients. But is this safe?

When hospital patients are recovering from a serious injury, illness, surgery or other health complication, they often need the support of their loved ones in addition to receiving care and treatment from hospital workers. Hospital patients may feel more at ease when they have a loved one by their side to advocate for their safety […]

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 […]

Cook County hospital accused of negligence after patient is assaulted

Hospitals in Chicago are certainly responsible for implementing policies and procedures that are meant to reduce and prevent incidents of medical malpractice. For example, hospitals need to implement policies regarding the sterilization and proper use of medical equipment. These medical facilities also need to make sure they are properly staffed so that patients will receive […]

Should psychiatrist be held partially responsible for shooter’s actions?

It has already been one month since the tragic school shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but Americans have certainly not forgotten about what happened. Public discourse continues on the subject of how to make sure the mentally ill get the proper treatment they need in order to protect themselves from doing dangerous things […]

Falls in U.S. hospitals rank high as cause of patient injuries

Hospital patients in Chicago require frequent care and monitoring, particularly the elderly or those in weak or frail condition. One major concern regarding patient safety is the prevention of patient falls. Sometimes hospital negligence is to blame in such cases. Efforts to reduce the number of patient falls have included the use of bed alarms, […]

Transition coaches improve outcomes after patients leave hospitals

Several hospitals in the Midwest are testing new methods that would prevent repeat visits by elderly patients and other vulnerable patients. These measures could reduce the number of hospital negligence claims by protecting patients from common medical problems that may arise after they are discharged from a hospital visit. These methods include the use of […]

About half of all doctors feel burned out, survey reveals

Chicago residents are likely to understand feeling extremely worn out physically, mentally and emotionally after a long work week. By the time Friday comes around, workers are ready to take a couple of days to catch up on sleep and to recharge so that they can return to work on Monday feeling refreshed and ready […]

Patients can avoid costly risks by questioning medical treatments, part two

Earlier this week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we mentioned that a group representing more than 370,000 doctors from nine different medical societies recently suggested that too many U.S. patients are at risk of suffering health problems and financial consequences from overmedication and overtreatment errors. The group of medical professionals — which includes […]

Patients can avoid costly risks by questioning medical treatments, part one

How many times have you questioned your doctor about a medication you were prescribed to take? Have you ever questioned your physician or a loved one’s doctor about a diagnosis or recommended treatment? Medical experts and patient safety advocates believe that those who ask questions in Chicago doctors’ offices and hospital rooms may not only […]

Chicago hospital failed to inform family about patient’s death

When a patient is taken to an emergency room to receive treatment for life-threatening injuries, a serious illness or other medical condition, it is expected that Chicago medical professionals will do whatever they can to try to save the patient’s life. In the event that a patient’s life cannot be saved, even after providing quality […]

Physicians who oppose new FDA drug proposal fear medication errors

Chicago doctors prescribe drugs to patients after evaluating the need for the medication. Physicians know a patient’s health history and can explain to patients any adverse reactions a new drug might have. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would like to relax some restrictions on certain prescription drugs in order to give consumers easier […]

Man dies from physical activity, doctor held partly responsible

There have probably been plenty of times when you have forgotten to tell someone something you were supposed to tell them. Although this might not have caused any major problems, forgetting to tell someone something probably caused some sort of disruption in plans or tasks. Communication is important. It helps families to organize their busy […]

Illinois woman who suffered paralysis from surgery wins settlement

If you have a surgery coming up in the next few weeks or months, you might be feeling a little nervous about the procedure. You probably also have many questions for your doctor and the surgeon who will be performing the operation. What is the purpose of the operation? What will the next step be […]

Baby mistakenly given to wrong mother due to hospital’s error

Two families are upset after hospital staff gave a newborn baby to the wrong mother for breast feeding a few weeks ago. Fortunately, the incident of hospital negligence did not result in any injuries, but the incident is a reminder of how easily mistakes can be made amongst doctors and nurses in Illinois and throughout […]

Poor literacy skills can affect a patient’s health

In order to avoid medical malpractice and to create a better relationship with patients, doctors should be aware of patients’ literacy skills. According to a study from 2003 conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, roughly 90 percent of adults in the country are not proficient in reading. The study was based on literacy assessments […]

Patients can take precautions to avoid surgical errors, part two

Earlier this week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we began discussing some precautions surgery patients can take in order to make sure that their doctors and other hospital staff are fully aware of the types of surgeries they are performing and that the surgeries will be performed on the correct body parts and […]

Patients can take precautions to avoid surgical errors, part one

It is tragic when already ill or injured patients in a Chicago hospital undergoing surgery suffer further injury because of surgical errors and medical malpractice. Although it is the responsibility of hospital staff and other medical professionals to make sure that they are following procedures closely in order to prevent themselves from making mistakes that […]

Patients want to see doctors’ notes; M.D.’s object

A survey of patients’ wishes indicates that over 90 percent of them would like to have access to notes that doctors add to their medical charts or type into their computer systems during an appointment or examination. Yet, many doctors object to such requests. Although patients in Illinois and throughout the entire country may think […]

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