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November 2016 Archives

Mom says baby's brain damage was caused by failure to diagnose

Even when a pregnancy is going well, expectant mothers here in Illinois and across the globe can be hyper vigilant about their health and the health of their babies -- as they should be. Sadly, this can sometimes cause doctors to ignore their concerns by believing that a mother is simply being paranoid. The result could be a failure to diagnose a serious issue that could cause injury or death to either the mother or the infant.

Failure to diagnose is high with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is used to describe a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The damage done to the lungs by these conditions is irreversible, but it can be arrested through treatment -- especially if it is diagnosed early. However, the failure to diagnose COPD in its early stages is high. Part of the reason for this is that primary care doctors here in Illinois and across the country tend to underutilize spirometry (a test used to determine lung function). 

You have legal rights in the aftermath of a brain injury

Most Illinois residents do not expect to leave a medical facility in worse shape than when they arrived. They expect medical personnel to be competent and not to make mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, and some of those mistakes can cause a permanent brain injury that will forever alter the life of the patient.

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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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