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.
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.
A hospital in Illinois is facing a personal injury lawsuit after a man suffered a brain injury while in its care. The complaint, filed by the injured patient's wife on Dec. 12, claims that the staff at Alton Memorial Hospital failed to properly monitor her husband's vital signs. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking compensatory damages for the man's brain injury as well as other costs.
Athletes playing team sports in Illinois are at risk for suffering from a concussion during games and practices. According to the American Academy of Neurology, sports concussions are most common in football and rugby, and they are also prevalent among hockey and soccer players. After sustaining a head injury, it is important for an athlete to follow the concussion management guidelines that are outlined by the AAN.
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.
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.
Residents in Illinois may want to learn more about the causes and symptoms associated with the occurrence of brain injuries. People who suffer brain injuries may exhibit a number of different symptoms, some more severe than others. Some of the common symptoms include numbness, debilitating headaches, nausea, excessive fatigue and slurred speech. More serious head injuries may lead to to weakness in the appendages, loss of vision, loss of consciousness or vomiting.
Illinois patients who suspect that they were the victims of medical malpractice may be unsure where they will find the time to collect their medical records, contact an attorney and initiate a malpractice case. It may be even more difficult if they are still recovering from a botched surgery or are undergoing long-term treatment as a result of a delayed diagnosis. However, because of the statute of limitations on medical malpractice suits, it may be beneficial to start the process as soon as possible.