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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.

Failure to diagnose remains a common concern in radiology

Upon visiting a medical facility for treatment, patients in Illinois and elsewhere rely on doctors to be capable of identifying and treating their conditions. Failure to diagnose a condition promptly and accurately can be harmful to patients in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, a similar outcome remains a major concern, and in certain fields, an error in diagnosis can have dire consequences to a person's health.

Recent studies indicate that errors in diagnosis are far too common in the field of radiology. According to studies, radiologists play a vital role in diagnosing a variety of serious health concerns and that nearly 15 percent of medical malpractice claims involving diagnostic errors involve radiologists. In addition, studies suggest that nearly 80 percent of diagnostic errors in this field result in serious or fatal injuries.

Wrongful death: Medical negligence can take numerous forms

A multitude of individuals in Illinois and elsewhere are forced to visit a medical facility for treatment each day. Regardless of the nature of one's condition, patients generally expect medical professionals to provide a certain standard of care, as negligence can have a disastrous impact on one's well-being. Unfortunately, there are a variety of scenarios in which a person could be subjected to medical negligence, and each incident runs the risk of ending with long-term consequences, or in some cases, an apparent wrongful death.

One major concern for many who visit a medical facility pertains to errors during surgery. Operating on the wrong patient or failing to provide the necessary care during a procedure can open a patient up to a variety of potentially harmful consequences. Another concern for patients is the presence of bacteria and germs, and if medical professionals fail to be diligent in washing their hands frequently and keeping equipment clean, they could subject a patient to the risk of infection in the process.

Couple files lawsuit regarding wrongful death of unborn child

The loss of a child is something that no parent in Illinois should ever have to experience, especially when that loss comes as the result of another party's negligence. Unfortunately, far too many families have been forced to endure a similar loss when a medical professional or facility fails to provide the necessary care during pregnancy. A couple in another state has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that the negligence of a facility and doctor led to the wrongful death of their unborn child.

According to reports, the woman first visited the facility experiencing pain on her right side and a urinary tract infection. She was pregnant at the time and informed doctors that she had a history of kidney stones. Although a test was performed indicating the presence of several kidney stones, she was released from the facility, despite exhibiting a high heart rate, a fever and nausea.

Man files wrongful death claim against medical facility, doctor

Prior to performing a scheduled procedure, medical professionals in Illinois must keep watch over a patient's condition and address any concerns. Should an infection be present, doctors may choose to delay the operation to prevent complications and protect the health of a patient. A man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of his mother claiming that her doctor ignored the presence of an infection prior to performing an operation.

According to reports, the incident took place after the woman was admitted to the facility and scheduled to undergo spine surgery. However, the procedure was pushed back for one month due to the presence of a skin infection. On the day the operation took place, tests showed that her white blood cell count was abnormally high and continuing to rise, which is a sign of an infection.

Failure to diagnose condition leads to severe brain damage for 1

When addressing the symptoms of a patient in Illinois, medical professionals may need to consider a variety of variables in forming a plan for treatment. Doctors must generally be thorough before issuing a diagnosis, as failure to diagnose a condition properly could cause one's health issues to go unnoticed and deteriorate over time. A jury has recently awarded a man a judgment of $18.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a facility failed to test him for HIV.

According to reports, the man initially visited the facility with symptoms of facial paralysis. He claims that he was informed that his symptoms were consistent with an HIV infection, he signed a consent form to be tested. Although some of the factors that could put him at risk for HIV were reportedly present, his neurologist cancelled the test without informing him.

Wrongful death: 1 dies after having allergic reaction to dye

Having an allergic reaction can be a scary experience, and in some cases, a similar incident can be deadly if the reaction isn't treated promptly. Individuals in Illinois who visit a hospital for treatment may expect doctors to keep a constant watch over their conditions to prevent a similar incident from causing harm to their health. A family has been awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit following the wrongful death of a 40-year-old woman.

According to reports, the woman initially visited a medical facility for a CT scan. Prior to performing the scan, medical professionals administered a contrast dye, and after having an allergic reaction to the dye, the woman went into shock. She lost consciousness soon thereafter, and while doctors gave her medication, they reportedly failed to keep watch over her condition to prevent it from deteriorating, and she passed away soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: Delay in treatment leads to death of child

A woman has been awarded a judgment of $4 million at the conclusion of a recent medical malpractice trial following the untimely death of her 1-month-old child. Such a loss is something that no parent should ever have to endure, especially when it occurs due to negligence. Families in Illinois who experience the loss of a child under similar circumstances could speak with an attorney for assistance in pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim.

According to the lawsuit, the woman took her child to the doctor after noticing symptoms of a common condition known as whooping cough. However, she claims that doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat the condition in a timely manner. The woman asserts that the delay in medical care created complications that ultimately led to the death of her child, and she filed a lawsuit against the facility soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: Doctor found negligent during investigation

When individuals in Illinois visit a hospital for treatment, they may see a variety of medical professionals during their stay. With numerous doctors and nurses assisting with the care of a patient, keeping a person's treatment and condition documented thoroughly could be essential to ensuring the proper care is provided. A doctor in another state has recently agreed to a reprimand after his negligence led to the apparent wrongful death of a 67-year-old woman.

The woman was reportedly admitted to the hospital while suffering from abdominal pain and a fever. She informed medical professionals of a history of kidney stones, and her patient chart was updated to reflect her symptoms, which included the fever, abdominal pain, swollen joints and a sore throat. However, upon visiting the patient, the doctor reportedly failed to look over the notes on her chart, and he sent her home with pain medication after reaching the conclusion that she was merely suffering from inflammation.

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