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Helping victims of medical negligence in Illinois

People in Illinois are not experts in everything and from time to time need to hire other people to help them complete certain projects. This could be hiring an electrician, a plumber, taking their car to a mechanic and the use of other professionals. People also need to go to the doctor from time to time when they are sick or injured. Most people do not know what may be wrong with them and when they do know what is wrong may not have the expertise to fix the ailment.

Medical errors lead to many deaths each year

The body is not perfect and people in Illinois need to go to the doctor from time to time. This could be for a routine check up to try and prevent something more serious from occurring. However, many other times it is because the person is sick or injured and needs medical attention in order to get better. Doctors therefore play a very important role in people's lives and when people go to them, they expect they will do their job and do everything within their power to heal them.

Federal law reducing unnecessary tests not being enforced

MRIs, CT scans and other diagnostic imaging tests may uncover diseases and help treatment. But unnecessary tests do not help prevent a missed diagnosis, may harm patients and impose unnecessary costs. A federal law passed in 2014 to reduce unnecessary tests, however, was not implemented.

Routine medical test death leads to $2.6 million settlement

Fatal medical negligence is not limited to complicated procedures. Like a surgical error, a routine procedure can also have deadly consequences. In one medical malpractice case, the University of Chicago paid $2.6 million to the family of a 61-year-old woman who died when her artery was damaged in a medical test. Her daughter, who filed the lawsuit, claimed that she literally bled to death.

Congress considers ending military malpractice immunity

Three U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1950 blocked lawsuits against the military for medical negligence. However, Congress is now considering legislation that would allow service members to sue the federal government for medical malpractice committed by military doctors and facilities.

Colonoscopy death leads to malpractice suit

Even routine medical procedures can lead to death when performed negligently. In one case, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a St. Clair physician, a medical practice and a health care foundation for alleged medical malpractice during a routine colonoscopy that caused the patient's death.

Family of surgery fatality awarded $1 million

A wrongful death lawsuit cannot diminish the pain associated with the loss of a loved one but can help mitigate some of their financial expenses. Recently, the family of a 35-year-old state Department of Transportation engineer agreed to a $1 million settlement for a surgical error during a routine procedure that led to her death.

St. Francis Hospital found guilty of medical malpractice

Most Cook County area residents will need to visit the hospital in their lifetime. A hospital is an important community institution, treating millions of sick and injured people each year. Most of the time a hospital helps their patients feel better, but occasionally a hospital causes unexpected serious injuries to a patient.

Common hospital medical mistakes

Most Cook County area residents will be admitted to the hospital in their lifetime. Hospitals are important places in order to help critically injured and sick patients feel better. Most of the time patients are able to get better while they are in the hospital. But, occasionally an unexpected hospital error occurs that leads to a patient suffering unexpected injuries or even death.

The Illinois Survival Act

Almost everyone in Chicago will need to undergo a major medical procedure at least once in their life. Whether that is a surgical procedure, time in the hospital or other medical care, all of these procedures carry a risk to the patient. But, occasionally these risks are multiplied when there is negligent medical care. Those who have been affected by a deadly medical malpractice case or other wrongful death situation ihave legal rights.

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