A widespread culture of silence among healthcare workers enables medical errors to go unchallenged in Illinois and throughout the country. A report produced by VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses revealed that over half of the nurses, doctors, clinical support workers and administrators that responded had seen colleagues break rules and make mistakes.
People in Illinois may be interested in a study that demonstrates some of the reasons why emergency room physicians are sued much more frequently than are other doctors. The study was conducted by the nation's largest medical malpractice insurance company, and the results were released on April 13.
A woman is alleging in a civil complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court on March 16 that a doctor and his medical practice, Northwest Health Care Associates, caused her permanently disabling injuries due to negligent medical treatment. In her lawsuit, the woman is seeking more than $50,000 in damages as well as her costs.
On March 11, an Illinois woman filed suit for over $100,000 against her psychologist, claiming she received negligent care. The plaintiff was treated for mental health care for four years by the psychoanalyst. The woman says that as a result of the doctor's subpar treatment, her psychological and mental condition has declined.
Some Illinois residents may have heard of a growing trend in medical care known as concierge medicine practices. These companies usually charge patients a membership fee for what they advertise as better medical service including same-day appointments. Doctors pay a per-patient fee as well, and in return the companies offer marketing and other services. In general, concierge medicine practices maintain that they offer doctors and patients a way to connect but that they are not responsible for the doctors. However, a ruling on Feb. 10 may bring changes to the industry.
According to studies, many of the readmissions back to the hospital after surgery are due to infections at the incision points. Illinois residents will be interested to know that researchers have been studying hospital readmissions in an attempt to control health costs and to ensure better care for patients. It is hoped that by instituting changes, the readmissions to the hospital after surgery will be reduced.
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.
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.
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.
When a doctor performs surgery on the wrong part of the body or performs the wrong procedure, it is known as wrong-site surgery. This type of surgical error more common that Chicago patients might think, and it is a major cause for medical malpractice lawsuits. Wrong-site surgery happens when health care providers fail to communicate properly according to best practices. Recent data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority suggest that the number of wrong-site surgeries is not going down.