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Newborn child suffers permanent brain injury

As patients in Illinois and elsewhere prepare to welcome a child into the world, they rely upon medical professionals to take every possible measure to provide the necessary care to them and their newborns. Any form of negligence that is present during such a process could have disastrous consequences that may leave a child with severe or life-altering injuries. A settlement has reportedly been reached in a recent medical malpractice lawsuit after an incident left a newborn child with a permanent brain injury.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman was admitted to a medical facility after going into labor. The lawsuit states that her child was born the next day and that the child appeared to be exhibiting signs of fetal distress. However, the lawsuit asserts that medical professionals failed to address the child's condition and state that complications left the child with permanent brain damage.

Medical malpractice: Hospitals using technology to stop infection

People rely on their medical providers for comprehensive health care. Though most providers adhere to that standard, there are far too many who do not. They may administer care that is wrong or unneeded, or they may even fail to offer life-saving treatment, resulting in medical malpractice. Many health care facilities are working to improve patient care by employing technology. Some hospitals right here in Illinois are using tracking technology to determine whether medical providers are washing their hands properly to prevent spreading infection to patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that medical workers only wash or sanitize their hands about half as often as needed. This can lead to infection in patients. One study found, in 2015, over 633,000 infections in hospitals due to heath care issues.

Woman suffers brain injury after cosmetic surgery

People trust that when they go to the doctor, they will be given the best care possible. That is generally the case, but there are instances where a medical professional may neglect to provide proper treatment. When this happens, the consequences can be devastating to Illinois patients and their families. If the patient receives a brain injury due to a physician's error, he or she may need lifelong care as a result. One out-of-state family is contending with just that after they say that their daughter suffered brain damage during what they say should have been routine cosmetic surgery.

The young woman's mother reports that her daughter sought breast augmentation surgery last year. Her family was supportive and assumed everything would turn out fine, since the woman was healthy and they knew several other people who had the same surgery. However, they say that after the woman was anesthetized, she was left alone with no observation of any kind for 15 minutes. Her family says that she went into cardiac arrest and that when doctors finally returned and tried to revive her, she suffered a second cardiac arrest. They also allege that doctors didn't call 911 despite the woman being neurologically unresponsive.

Failure to diagnose: Incorrect diagnosis leads to permanent harm

When errors during medical testing procedures lead to an incorrect or inaccurate diagnosis, the health of a patient in Illinois or elsewhere may be placed at significant risk. Failure to diagnose a condition can lead to improper paths of care that do little to address the issue, or may leave a person's condition untreated altogether. A man in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming negligent care left him with permanent injures.

According to reports, the incident began when the man visited the facility for care after experiencing issues with chest pain, numbness and weakness. After administering tests, doctors diagnosed him with a condition known as conversion disorder. However, the lawsuit states that the diagnosis was incorrect and that the man was later diagnosed with spinal cord inflammation.

Family claims negligence leaves girl with permanent damage

Patients in Illinois and across the nation who suffer permanent injuries at a young age may encounter a multitude of hardships throughout life. Such a scenario could increase the need for additional medical treatments that can not only prove costly, but may also cause the patient to experience a lesser quality of life. A family in another state has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that the presence of negligence during treatment left their 6-year-old daughter with permanent damage.

According to reports, the incident began when medical professionals began administering treatments to address a birthmark on the girl's cheek. The family states that her doctor performed a procedure to remove the mark with the use of a laser. However, they claim the procedure left her with multiple wounds stretching from her nose and mouth to across the side of her face.

Failure to monitor oxygen levels leaves child with brain injury

When medical professionals fail to properly monitor the condition of a patient during pregnancy, the results can be disastrous. In some cases, a similar form of negligence could increase the risks a child may suffer a severe brain injury, and such an injury could leave a child in Illinois with a need for long-term or permanent medical care. A woman recently filed a lawsuit against a medical facility claiming that negligent treatment left her son with permanent brain damage.

The incident reportedly began when the woman visited the facility while she was 34 weeks pregnant. She says that while at the facility, she informed medical professionals that she had concerns about her babies sudden lack of movement. However, she asserts that staff members failed to notify doctors of the issue and says that they also failed to initiate testing procedures to monitor the child's oxygen levels.

Medication error leads to wrongful death claim

There are a variety of variables that could alter the path of treatment that is necessary to treat a medical condition. An improper course of treatment could have a substantial effect on the health of a patient in Illinois and in some cases, a similar situation could leave one with life-altering injuries or worse. A family in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit after the untimely passing of a loved one.

According to reports, the incident began when the woman received a prescription for hormonal birth control medication in 2014. Nearly one month later, she was forced to visit an urgent care facility after she began experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing. After being diagnosed with bronchitis, he was treated and released after being told to return if her condition did not improve.

Family awarded $9 million judgment in wrongful death claim

When medical professionals fail to properly address the condition of a patient in Illinois or elsewhere, the results can be cataclysmic. Patients who are released from the hospital after failing to receive the necessary standard of treatment can suffer in various ways, and in some cases, such an incident could prove fatal. A family in another state was recently awarded a substantial monetary judgment after filing a wrongful death lawsuit following the untimely loss of a loved one.

According to the lawsuit, the incident began when a woman visited an urgent care facility complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. Her family states that she had visited a hospital two days later with similar symptoms and was sent home with a prescription and told to return if her condition failed to improve. After being evaluated by a doctor on her second visit, her family claims she was given an inhaler and released from the facility.

Wrongful death: Failure to reset device leads to sudden loss

There may be a multitude of scenarios in which the actions or decisions of another party could have a devastating impact on a person's well-being. In a medical setting, it could take little more than a single act of negligence to place the life of a patient in Illinois at risk. A family has reportedly reached a settlement agreement after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in another state after the untimely death of a 61-year-old woman.

According to reports, the incident took place after the woman was admitted to the facility because she began to experience difficulty breathing and a fever. While she was at the facility, a staff member had to replace the battery on a device that was monitoring her blood oxygen levels. The lawsuit states that after doing so, the staff member failed to take the necessary steps to reset the device.

Wrongful death: Unnecessary operation proves fatal

There are a variety of ways in which diagnostic errors could lead to an improper path of treatment. Should a misdiagnosis leave a patient in Illinois scheduled to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure, the impact the operation could have on his or her life could prove disastrous. A family has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that errors during an unnecessary operation led the apparent wrongful death of a loved one.

According to reports, the lawsuit stems from an incident in which a 74-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo an adrenalectomy. The lawsuit states that a doctor scheduled the operation after concluding that a mass on her adrenal gland indicated the presence of cancer. During an operation to remove her adrenal gland and kidney, errors were made that caused her to begin losing blood rapidly.

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