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.
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.
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.
An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit following a knee surgery on April 25, 2013, alleging that the medical staff on duty during the surgery failed to follow correct safety protocol. The plaintiff believes that he developed a focal compression injury and acute compartment syndrome as a result of mistakes made during his knee surgery.
Residents of Illinois may know that medications ordered in the fast-paced environment of emergency rooms may contain errors. The errors, according to a new study, are responsible for many deaths each year, and hospitals have taken a new approach to diminish this number by adding full-time pharmacists to the ER staff.
Residents in Chicago may be interested in a study conducted by the Journal of Patient Safety, which estimated that 440,000 people die per year as a result of medical errors. The toxicologist who ran the study asked whether hospitals were taking every step necessary to prevent doctor errors and whether they were learning from past mistakes.
Chicago residents may be concerned about the findings contained in a report released by the New England Journal of Medicine in October. The study looked into how medical professionals behave when they observe a colleague making mistakes, and the conclusion drawn is that these errors often go unreported. It is already known that hospital and doctor mistakes are a leading cause of death in the United States, and they fuel an increasing number of medical malpractice cases.
Illinois parents may have heard about a mother who lost her 11-year-old daughter to undetected respiratory arrest during routine surgery in 2002. The use of a simple monitor during the application of anesthetic could have prevented the alleged medical malpractice from ever occurring in the first place. Ten years later, she began working to get legislation passed in California so the same tragedy wouldn't happen to others.