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Failure to diagnose is a common concern for parents

Many parents in Illinois and elsewhere consider the well-being of their kids to be paramount, and they may wish to ensure they receive the best care possible should a medical emergency arise. Should a child receive a lesser standard of treatment, the impact it could have on his or her life could be devastating. While there are numerous forms of negligence that can leave a child's health at risk, studies indicate that a failure to diagnose a condition properly remains a major concern.

With regard to children, recent studies indicate that the most common reason parents file medical malpractice lawsuits pertains to diagnostic errors. Whether stemming from a missed or incorrect diagnosis, this failure could lead to either an improper course of care or delay in treatment, both of which could have a substantial impact on a child's well-being. The study states that one major concern that may contribute to such negligence involves a failure to notify a child's physician of vital test results in a timely manner.

Family claims experimental operation led to wrongful death of 1

Undergoing a major surgical procedure can be a stressful and harrowing process. Should anything go wrong during such an operation, the health of a patient in Illinois could be placed in jeopardy, and with new procedures, the risk of errors could be substantial. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $2.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming a rushed procedure led to the wrongful death of a loved one.

The lawsuit reportedly stemmed from an incident in which the woman was scheduled to undergo an operation to remove a pacemaker. The family asserts that the facility chose to use a new procedure in which medical professionals would remove the device with the assistance of a laser guiding system. During the procedure, the family asserts that the laser pierced her blood vessels and heart, leaving her with internal bleeding.

Failure to diagnose: It happens more often than one might think

When patients in Illinois and elsewhere visit the hospital for treatment of a medical condition, they rely on doctors to be diligent in identifying the source of their pain and develop a plan of action. However, things don't always go as planned, and in some cases, a person may receive an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis. A failure to diagnose a condition can have disastrous results, and studies suggest that such an outcome is unfortunately common.

Similar concerns can be broken down into two categories; misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. A misdiagnosis refers to a scenario in which a patient is given an incorrect diagnosis, which may prompt an improper course of treatment that may do little to help treat the condition. A missed diagnosis refers to a situation involving a lack of diagnosis, which could cause one's condition to go untreated altogether.

Wrongful death claim possible after hospital removes organs

Illinois readers know hospitals owe patients a certain standard of care. This includes reaching the right diagnosis and providing proper treatment for the medical condition. When a hospital does not meet this standard, it can often result in a patient suffering and possibly even dying prematurely. Recently, a woman died due to the erroneous actions of a hospital, and now a wrongful death claim is possible.

The woman filed a civil claim against a hospital after she underwent surgery to have her kidneys removed. The surgery took place, even though test results indicated there were no signs of cancer. It was only after the surgery took place that doctors realized she did not actually have cancer. After this terrible medical malpractice incident, she was forced to undergo dialysis multiple times per week.

2 suffer harm due to surgical errors during heart transplants

A heart transplant is a major operation that can have a substantial impact on the health of a patient in Illinois. Failure to take the necessary precautions during such a procedure can be exceedingly hazardous, and those who are subjected to negligence could suffer irreparable harm in the process. Two individuals have filed separate lawsuits against a medical facility in another state after claiming surgical errors left them with serious injuries.

According to reports, one of the incidents began when a man was set to undergo a heart transplant at the facility. During the operation, he claims that a doctor sewed one of his major veins closed, and he says that he was forced to undergo an emergency procedure to repair the error. The man asserts that the incident left him with serious injuries that subsequently forced him to remain hospitalized for three months.

Family claims negligence led to wrongful death of son

When patients in Illinois and elsewhere are set to undergo a medical procedure, they generally expect those performing the operation to be qualified and capable. Even in a minor procedure, the presence of negligence could place the health of the patient at risk. A family in another state has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a dental procedure led to the apparent wrongful death of their 2-year-old son.

According to reports, the child was scheduled to undergo a procedure to perform a root canal and place crowns on his baby teeth. However, the family claims that the person who ordered the procedure lacked the necessary qualifications to make such a decision. The lawsuit also asserts that during the procedure, a staff member ignored an alarm on a device that was set to monitor the boy's pulse and oxygen saturation.

Error in medication leads to apparent wrongful death

Correctly diagnosing the condition of a patient in Illinois is the first step to planning a path of treatment and prescribing the necessary medications. However, even if one's condition is properly identified, should the patient be given the wrong type of medication, the results can be catastrophic. A family in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a facility after an error in medication led to the apparent wrongful death of a 64-year-old man.

According to reports, the man first visited the facility suffering from nausea and vomiting. After being admitted to the hospital, medical professionals administered several doses of a drug named pegfilgrastim. However, the lawsuit states that he was given the wrong medication, as he was previously prescribed a drug with a similar name, filgrastim.

Wrongful death: Medical errors rank 3rd in causes of death

Visiting a medical facility for treatment can be a scary and stressful experience and the level of care patients receive can have a significant impact on their health. Any form of negligence that is present during the treatment of a patient can have disastrous results, and in some cases, errors can prove fatal. Families in Illinois who lose a loved one due to medical errors may wish to pursue accountability through a wrongful death lawsuit, but the process can be intimidating.

While medical professionals and facilities are constantly working on increasing patient care, medical errors continue to be a major issue. Studies indicate that medical errors rank as high as third in leading causes of deaths across the nation. Recent reports suggest that medical negligence is responsible for up to 250,000 deaths every year, with many more suffering serious harm when a proper standard of care is not provided.

Wrongful death: 1 dies after doctor burns small bowel in surgery

Undergoing a major surgical procedure can be a scary and intimidating process. Patients in Illinois who are scheduled for a procedure generally expect to receive a certain quality of care, and if doctors fail to provide the necessary care, the results can be disastrous. A family in another state was awarded a judgement of $13 million after an error during surgery led to the apparent wrongful death of a 43-year-old woman.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman was set to undergo a procedure to remove a polyp from her colon. During the procedure, the lawsuit states that her doctor burned a portion of her bowel without noticing it. Although she was given medication following the surgery, she remained in severe pain for up to four days before her doctor decided to take additional measures.

Surgical errors: Doctor mistakes organ for cancerous tumor

Being scheduled to undergo a major operation can be a stressful and scary experience. Any mistakes during a procedure can have dire consequences and surgical errors continue to be a growing concern for patients in Illinois and across the nation. A woman in another state was recently awarded a substantial settlement following an incident in which a doctor removed a major organ after mistaking it for a cancerous tumor.

The incident began when the woman visited the hospital to schedule surgery for a back injury she suffered in a motor vehicle accident. During the surgery, the lawsuit states that a doctor removed one of her pelvic kidneys after mistaking it for a cancerous tumor. The lawsuit also asserts that the doctor who removed the organ was only supposed to make the initial incision and prepare the way for her actual doctors.

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