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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.

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.

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