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October 2014 Archives

Illinois woman sues doctors for medical malpractice

A woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County against two doctors for treatment she alleges was so negligent it forced her to have to have her leg amputated above her knee. According to the complaint, the woman went to Norwegian American Hospital seeking treatment for an injured knee on Feb. 2, 2013.

Facts and laws about brain injuries

Some residents in Illinois might benefit from learning more information concerning traumatic brain injuries. The National Conference of State Legislatures defines traumatic brain injury as a jolt, blow, bump or penetrating injury that disrupts a normal functioning of the brain. The Center of Disease and Prevention claims that, on average, more than 50,000 people are killed and 1.7 million are injured from traumatic brain injuries every year. The indirect and direct costs related to these types of injuries is estimated to total approximately $60 billion.

Doctor may have misdiagnosed thousands of coal miners

In an important case that could have an impact on those involved with the Illinois coal mining industry, a deceased coal miner's autopsy results have called into question the diagnosis techniques of a leading Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions doctor. The autopsy of the miner, a 67-year-old West Virginia man, definitively showed that he died of black lung disease, a debilitating condition caused by the chronic inhalation of coal dust.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Illinois

Gallstones can cause excruciating pain, and the surgical removal of the gallbladder, also known as cholecystectomy, is the most common means of addressing serious gallbladder issues. The laparoscopic approach to this surgery has become the primary way of performing the procedure, allowing for small incisions and quicker recovery times. The process involves creating very small incisions in the abdominal area so that video equipment and surgical instruments can be used to effectively perform the procedure.

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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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