When you rely on a medical professional, you hope that this person will do whatever it takes to provide you with the best possible care. And while this typically happens, there are times when things take a turn for the worse as the result of a mistake.
The medical care that you can get in Illinois is some of the best in the world. As such, it's very important that doctors are held to a high standard of care. If you go to them, you deserve to get the best treatment. Simple negligence, whether it's from a doctor's uncaring attitude, a hospital that is understaffed, or something else entirely, can be very harmful. Not only should you not have to worry about this type of harm, but you deserve compensation when you do suffer as a result.
The parents of an Illinois boy who was reportedly permanently disabled by more than two dozen surgeries have reached a $30 million-plus settlement with the hospital where the surgeries were performed -- Chicago's Rush University Medical Center -- and the pediatric surgeon involved, according to the law firm representing the parents. This ends a malpractice case brought three years ago. It is also reportedly the fourth largest award for a medical malpractice case in our state.
When you enter an Illinois hospital or medical facility, you may be given medication by a variety of health care professionals. In an office setting, patients can receive on-site medications as well as prescriptions through a nurse or a doctor. In a hospital, any number of people could administer medication including doctors, emergency room personnel, nurses, pharmacy staff and others.
Most patients leave their doctors' offices with prescriptions in hand. Unfortunately, sometimes the dosage is written down wrong, or it might be a completely different medication than intended and the pharmacist might not catch the mistake. In an emergency, pharmacists can play a key role in making sure that you get the right medicine in the right amount.
It's no secret that the elderly are at greater risk of being injured in their day-to-day lives, simply due to the impact of aging. However, if your loved one is in a nursing home, don't assume that any injuries are no one's fault. There are a few ways in which the nursing home could actually be responsible.
One of the most memorable experiences for a mother is the birth of her child. Many women get to live this experience without any abnormal occurrences. For some women, the birth of their child is one that is full of bad memories that cast a shadow on the experience. Those bad memories might be the result of medical malpractice leading to birth injuries of their babies.
You absolutely don't want to go to the doctor and have the wrong diagnosis made, but is that all on your doctor? Are there things that you can do to help with the process and make sure that he or she comes to the right conclusion?
When someone undergoes a surgical procedure there is the assumption that the person performing it will provide a certain level of care to the patient. When a surgeon fails to do so the result can be devastating and leave the patient seriously hurt or even in the worst cases, dead.