You trusted your physician to guide your medical care and help you make the best decisions for your well-being. You trusted their expertise, experience and skill.
You go to the doctor because you have trouble breathing and the doctor diagnoses you with asthma. After six months of unsuccessful treatment and bouncing around to different specialists, you find out that your "asthma" is lung cancer -- which has now spread, making treatment more difficult.
The medical liability insurer Coverys published a report revealing the top causes of medical malpractice claims. Illinois residents who are about to undergo surgery should know that surgical errors came in second after diagnostic errors. The insurer analyzed the claims filed with them and closed between 2014 and 2018. Researchers found that surgery-related claims composed 25% of these (32% were diagnosis-related).
It's stressful enough when Illinois residents visit the emergency room with an unforeseen health condition. Now, reports are showing that overcrowding in ERs poses a serious health and safety hazard for the visitors. This is a problem that affects millions. In 2016, for example, 145.6 million people in the U.S. visited an ER with 12.6 million being admitted to the hospital afterwards.
Most people in Illinois receive calls on their mobiles phones while they are at work, but the consequences of these distractions are more serious for health care workers. A recently published research study tracked medication errors among pediatric nurses while keeping track of whether they received phone calls prior to making a mistake.
Any health care settings could expose patients in Illinois to medical errors. A white paper from the nonprofit Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety explained the global scope of the problem. Primary and outpatient medical providers were the venues for as many as 40% of harmful medical errors around the world. Among those errors, the foundation's researchers estimated that about 80% of them could have been prevented.
Though medical and scientific advancements have helped people in Illinois live longer and healthier lives, doctor and hospital errors continue to be a problem. One out of every 20 individuals treated by a medical facility is exposed to preventable harm. Unfortunately, 12 percent of medical mistakes result in death or permanent disability.
When people in Illinois go to the doctor or the hospital, they may expect their illness to be detected and treated accurately. Unfortunately, however, around 40,000 to 80,000 people each year may lose their lives due to mistaken diagnosis or the failure to diagnose deadly conditions. In an analysis of over 11,000 medical malpractice claims filed after a serious medical error, researchers found that some types of misdiagnosis were both more common and more dangerous. The most significant errors were linked to the "big three" conditions, the researchers said: infection, cancer or vascular issues.
Medical patients rely on their doctor's training and expertise to be able to both diagnose and treat their diseases and illnesses. However, doctors sometimes make mistakes and do not diagnose the issue correctly.
People in Illinois own various items and property that will break down over time. In these situations, people need to call the appropriate professionals to fix the problem. This could be bringing their car to a mechanic or having a HVAC professional come and fix a furnace or air conditioning unit and many other situations. When people's bodies break down through injuries or illnesses people also need to go to the appropriate health care professionals to fix the problem.