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August 2014 Archives

Learn about the legal grounds for lawsuits based on misdiagnoses

Illinois residents may benefit from learning more about how missed or erroneous diagnoses may be partially rectified through filing a lawsuit. Even though physicians are trusted professionals, they are still human and susceptible to making costly mistakes. Sometimes, physician errors are related to administering the wrong treatment or existing injuries being exasperated from a lack of much-needed treatment. Medical professionals are typically held liable if a missed or delayed diagnosis causes a disease or injury to progress beyond what it normally would have if it had been properly diagnosed in a timely fashion.

Patient files lawsuit following botched knee surgery

An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit following a knee surgery on April 25, 2013, alleging that the medical staff on duty during the surgery failed to follow correct safety protocol. The plaintiff believes that he developed a focal compression injury and acute compartment syndrome as a result of mistakes made during his knee surgery.

Illinoisans may have less information about their hospitals

Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had denied that such changes were taking place, the government is taking away access to information related to how often certain types of mistakes are made in hospitals. This will have the effect of not allowing patients to research which hospitals have a higher rate of errors or which errors that they may make.

Doctor Errors: Negligent Intubation

Negligent intubation is one of the leading causes of malpractice suits filed against anesthesiologists.  These are also the type of doctor errors that should not occur.  Intubations can either be by endotracheal or tracheostomy tube.  The purpose of intubation is to provide adequate oxygen to patients who cannot breath on their own.  Sometimes this is because they are undergoing surgery and general anesthesia is required.  Sometimes patients need to be intubated because their medical condition is so serious they can't breathe on their own.  Patients with a severe head injury will be intubated to prevent aspiration, or vomiting into their lungs.  Patients with airway obstruction, such as an acute laryngeal edema, are intubed to protect and control the airway.

Asking doctors the right questions may help reduce complications

Chicago residents may be hesitant to ask their doctors questions when they receive medical treatment, but a strong doctor-patient relationship is vital for efficient care. By knowing the right questions to ask their doctors, patients may be able to positively impact their recovery from illnesses or surgeries.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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