While it is true that Illinois birth injuries are common, that does not mean they are to be expected or accepted. Many times injuries could have been prevented. Whether caused by a negligent doctor or medical error, any birth injury should be carefully reviewed to determine its cause.
A Cook County Circuit Court jury has awarded the family of a deceased Vietnam veteran $7 million in a wrongful death case. The verdict was reached late on Wednesday, December 12.
Most medical patients never even know the name of the radiologist who interprets the results of x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs or other imaging. They rely on a doctor to pass along the results to them, and determine the best treatment or surgical plan. Most often, it never crosses a patient's mind that a doctor may have been provided with incorrect information. However, what happens if the radiologist gets it wrong?
If you or a loved one is about to have a medical procedure or surgery, there are only a few ways of being rendered unconscious for the procedure. While the doctor may explain the details of the surgery or procedure, they may not go in depth about the anesthesia process. The truth is, anesthesia carries risks for medical injury too, as does the medical procedure one is being put under for. Anesthesia error, rather than actual surgical error, could happen to a patient and cause unnecessary injury.
When you or a loved one needs medical care, you want to know that you can be cared for in a way that will be beneficial or at least stabilizing to your own or a loved one's health. Doctors and hospital staff often do the very best they can and can perform what some would characterize as miracles.' Other people do not have this experience and instead have a negative experience with their healthcare. These experience can result in a worsened medical condition or in a worst case scenario, death.
Part of receiving medical care is the dialog between doctor and patient. In some cases, other health care professionals, like nurses or similar staff, may step in to answer questions and make recommendations. When a person is ill or has an injury, there is often a few options in terms or care, or there may only be one option. Before a person goes through with their treatment decision, the appropriate healthcare provider must notify the patient of the potential benefits and potential risks of the treatment or procedure.
Have you ever left for work in the morning, but couldn't shake a nagging suspicion that you had forgotten something? Maybe you think the garage door was left open, or you can't locate one of your credit cards. Either way, it's not a good feeling to have. Well imagine that feeling a person has when they realize something was left in their body after a surgery.
Cook County's residents expect that, when they need medical care, they can turn to an experienced doctor to obtain a quick and accurate diagnosis, as well as effective and timely treatment.
A missed diagnosis can be devastating for victims and their families. When a patient entrusts their medical care to their doctor or other healthcare professional, it is important they are familiar with their options if their trust was violated and a diagnosis was missed. Medical malpractice claims serve to protect victims in these situations.
There are different types of medical malpractice claims and a claim based on a lack of informed consent is one type. Informed consent is an important part of the medical process and of receiving medical care and treatment. In circumstances when there is no informed consent, a medical malpractice claim for unauthorized treatment may follow. So, what is informed consent and why is it so important?