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January 2015 Archives

Misdiagnosis may lead to more measles cases

Measles is an infectious virus that was thought to be essentially eliminated in the United States many years ago. This was due in large part to the effectiveness of the MMR vaccine that inoculated individuals, especially children, from the three formerly common diseases of measles, mumps and rubella. Recently, however, there has been a noticeable increase in the virus. This is due to a variety of factors, including lower vaccination rates and misdiagnosis. Illinois parents are advised by authorities to get the vaccination on schedule and be aware of the signs of the virus in their children.

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism

If an Illinois patient begins to experience shortness of breath, sudden chest pains or begins to cough up blood, there is a chance that they could be suffering from a pulmonary embolism. If a pulmonary embolism is not diagnosed in a timely manner, the condition may be fatal.

Possible treatments for pulmonary embolism

A pulmonary embolism is serious because this blockage in a lung can damage the lung and even other organs, but Illinois residents should know that it is treatable. Pulmonary embolisms are usually blood clots that travel from a leg vein to the lung, and it is important to stop a blood clot from growing and to prevent new clots.

Illinois wrongful death in medical malpractice cases

When you have lost a family member due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, you have probably been left to deal with both the immense emotional impact as well as significant financial expenses and losses. You may be left facing medical expenses for treatment your loved one received before the untimely death. You also may have incurred funeral and burial expenses as a result.

Vicarious liability in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, people who have come to harm due to the action or inaction of an organization may choose to place a civil suit against the business or group under the principle of vicarious liability. This form of liability refers to the responsibility that an employer, owner or supervisor has to properly control and regulate their employees so as to ensure safety and consistent quality of practice. This would mean that any medical business or other establishment might be included in a lawsuit that stems from a surgical error committed by an employee.

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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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