When individuals in Illinois think of what constitutes a medical mistake, they may think of a negligent doctor or other medical staff member dispensing the wrong medication or making some other practical gaffe. Since this type of mistake can lead to injury, illness or death, it is taken very seriously. However, one mistake that is particularly egregious is if the patient is misidentified. In some cases, this logistical error is due to a similarity in the names of the patients. However, that is no excuse, and should not protect a negligent doctor from being held accountable.
When an Illinois resident undergoes a surgical procedure, there is always a danger that something could go wrong. It's an unfortunate fact that some patients who have surgery, large or small, will have complications, and some even die, following the procedure. One issue that is not expected and should not happen is a surgical error. When there is a mistake due to a negligent surgeon, an error on the part of the medical staff, or for any other reason, the patient is transformed into a victim. The individual who has been harmed, or the family whose loved one died, need to understand his or her rights with regard to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When a person needs to be placed in a nursing home in Illinois, the goal is that he or she receives necessary care without concerns about neglect, abuse or even nursing home death due to mistakes or mistreatment on the part of the staff. However, it is an unfortunate reality that these things sometimes occur. Often, the victim's family might not realize what is happening before it is too late. Making matters worse, abuse can come in many different forms and it can go beyond physical and emotional mistreatment.
It is an unfortunate reality that when an Illinois resident is out on the road as a driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, there is a chance that he or she will be involved in a car crash. This can lead to serious injury and even death. Those who are involved in an automobile accident as a pedestrian are perhaps the most vulnerable of all. An accident can happen to anyone at any time, and those who have suffered the loss of a loved one need to be aware of how to pursue compensation in an attempt to recoup their losses.