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.
People in Illinois are increasingly scheduled for surgery at outpatient surgery centers in lieu of having the procedure take place in a hospital. These centers have surged in popularity, touting sleek facilities and the ability for patients to go home the same day.
People throughout Illinois know that there are risks associated with any surgery, but some injuries and even fatalities have nothing to do with allergic reactions or unexpected problems. One error that is completely preventable is operating on the wrong side of the body or applying a surgical procedure to the wrong patient. Prior to 1999, the medical community lacked a clear process for tracking and reporting these mistakes, but the Joint Commission found wrong site surgeries to be the third leading cause of surgery-related injuries and deaths.
Hospitals and staff take precautions to avoid errors, but there are instances when medical mistakes harm patients. Common causes of wrong-site surgery have been identified, and measures are now in place to stop surgeries from happening on the incorrect side or place on the body. While WWS is very serious, Illinois residents have little to fear because these incidents are rare. Additionally, doctors will make efforts to verify information with their patients before surgery is performed.
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.
Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had denied that such changes were taking place, the government is taking away access to information related to how often certain types of mistakes are made in hospitals. This will have the effect of not allowing patients to research which hospitals have a higher rate of errors or which errors that they may make.
Patients in Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere may be interested in a developing investigation into multiple cases of serious injury after the use of robotic devices in surgery. One woman who underwent a hysterectomy with a robotic surgical device suffered a punctured intestine, which led to septic shock and other issues. A man who went through prostate removal surgery with a robotic device suffered nerve damage to multiple limbs.
Bariatric bypass surgery is a lifesaving and life changing event for most people who have the procedure done. Sometimes, however, complications from the procedure lead to death or major disability. Even though there are risks inherent to all types of surgery and use of anesthesia, there are risks specific to the individual operation, (i.e., the bypass surgery). Sometimes these complications come about as a result of medical malpractice.
Patients and their doctors in Illinois may have already intuited that emergency surgery is riskier than a planned operation, and a new study adds some evidence to support the idea. Researchers focused on the common factors present in cases with complications over eight months of gallbladder surgeries. Out of almost 600 surgeries, they spotted 22 patients with complications and noted several similarities within the group.