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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.

Family accuses doctor of failure to diagnose kidney impairment

When doctors locate evidence suggesting the presence of an infection in an infant, taking the necessary measures to treat the condition is vital. Failure to diagnose a condition properly can bring about disastrous consequences that could leave a child in Illinois with long-term or permanent health concerns. A family in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and medical facility accusing them of negligence in the treatment of their child.

The incident reportedly began when the child was around 17 months old. According to the lawsuit, the family took her to the doctor after she began experiencing constant bouts with urinary tract infections. The family asserts that a subsequent blood test indicated abnormal levels of kidney activity, which indicated the possible presence of kidney impairment or failure.

1 claims negligence responsible for wrongful death of wife

Cancer is a major health condition that has affected the lives of many individuals in Illinois and across the nation. In some cases, patients may undergo a procedure to have a cancerous mass removed to reduce the likelihood the condition will worsen, and if doctors fail to provide the necessary care, the results can be catastrophic. A man in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against a medical professional after claiming that negligence led to the wrongful death of his wife.

The incident reportedly began when the woman was scheduled to undergo surgery to have a polyp removed from her colon. According to the lawsuit, the woman visited the same doctor twice over a three year period for a similar procedure, and on both occasions the procedure was unsuccessful. The woman reportedly chose to visit another doctor after the second surgery, and she was informed that her cancer had spread to several of her lymph nodes and liver.

Delay in care causes child to suffer a permanent brain injury

When a child is born, parents in Illinois and elsewhere expect medical professionals to be capable of providing their baby with the necessary care. Should a newborn child experience medical issues, parents may rely on doctors to provide swift medical attention, as delays in treatment could prove harmful to the child's health. A family in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after negligent treatment left their child with a permanent brain injury.

According to the lawsuit, the incident took place while the couple's 2-month old child was in the hospital. The lawsuit states that while hospital staff members were attempting to administer intravenous therapy, the child suddenly began to experience issues with breathing. Although medical professionals were aware of the issue, they reportedly failed to take the necessary measures to treat the condition.

Family files lawsuit over wrongful death of newborn child

When a child is born with a heart abnormality, medical professionals in Illinois and elsewhere may schedule an operation to attempt to repair the defect. Due to the fragile nature of newborn children, doctors must be diligent in taking every precaution, as any form of negligence could place a child's health at risk. A family in another state has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital after claiming that the negligent acts of staff members led to the wrongful death of their newborn child.

The child was born with a congenital heart defect and was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the defect. While the surgery was underway, doctors located signs of poor blood flow to her arteries, and she was taken back to intensive care and placed on a ventilator. For reasons unknown, a staff member reportedly took her off the ventilator while she was still under the effects of sedation, subsequently causing a drop in her blood pressure.

Incorrect diagnosis leaves woman with permanent brain injury

Prior to deciding on a path of treatment, medical professionals in Illinois must be diligent in properly diagnosing the condition of a patient. Should doctors fail to provide this standard of care, a patient could end up with injuries that may alter his or her life substantially. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $7 million after an incorrect course of treatment left a woman with a permanent damages and a severe brain injury.

According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited a hospital after falling ill. During her stay, medical professionals performed numerous scans and tests before eventually diagnosing her with a brain tumor. Upon reaching this conclusion, doctors administered steroids to treat her condition, but the lawsuit states that the diagnosis was incorrect. Instead of having a brain tumor, the woman was reportedly suffering from an infection in her brain.

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