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How political parties have looked at medical malpractice

Different political parties have opposing viewpoints on many issues, including medical malpractice. Since the politicians are the ones who make the rules regarding how these cases can work, it's important to note how differently they may look at them and how this can change the process.

Examples of medication errors in Illinois

You go to the doctor or the hospital in Illinois expecting help and professional medical assistance. You trust them to take care of you and help you overcome any ailments. What if, instead of doing that, the medical professionals do more harm than good? One common way that this happens is due to mistakes with medications.

How cerebral palsy impacts a child

Often, cerebral palsy happens because of issues while a child is being born that limit the amount of oxygen that the child gets. The lack of oxygen can then cause brain damage. Of course, many parents will not see the full impact of cerebral palsy right away, so it is something you may want to look out for as your child grows.

Why do people neglect to start medical malpractice claims?

People in Illinois do not always start medical malpractice claims when they should. In some cases, of course, this could be because they simply do not yet know that anything is wrong; they may think that excess pain they are feeling is just part of the normal recovery process and not because the doctor made a mistake. In cases where people do know that mistakes were made, though, why would they choose not to seek compensation?

The definition of wrong site surgery in Illinois

There are four different ways that wrong site surgery, often referred to as WSS, can occur. First of all, surgery could be done on the wrong side of a patient, such as amputating the left arm when the right arm needed amputations. The surgery can also, as the name implies, simply occur at the wrong site, such as when surgery is done on a leg instead of an arm.

Research shows how common a negligent surgeon really is

Johns Hopkins University, one of the most prestigious schools in the United States, recently did a study to look at events that are called "never events". These are things that should not, under any circumstance, happen during medical surgery. The results of this study were put out in the publication Surgery.

Medical negligence can lead to serious birth injuries in Chicago

A doctor who is helping to deliver your child in Chicago is never going to try to harm your baby, but that absolutely does not mean that the doctor is not at fault when injuries do occur. If the injury is the result of negligence on the doctor's part, and if you did not receive the expected high level of care that you deserve, that medical professional may still be responsible.

What are the first steps to take in a medical malpractice case?

Things can absolutely take a turn for the worse in hospitals in Illinois, meaning that people do not get the care that they expect -- or that they deserve. This could be caused by deliberate action that is taken by a doctor, though such instances are rare. In many cases, the real problem is negligence. This is when the medical staff simply fails to provide proper care, and the patient is injured as a result.

$2.4 million award for nurse's death

A Williamson County, Illinois, jury awarded over $2.4 million damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit over the death of a nurse who was treated in a hospital room. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by behalf of the family of a 47-year-old nurse who sought treatment for severe abdominal and back pain. She was married for 24 years and is survived by a son and a granddaughter.

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