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Surgical errors lead to additional surgery; 2 deaths reported

Physicians in Illinois and across the country perform surgeries every day at hospitals and medical centers. Many of the procedures are scheduled for specific times, while others may be performed in an emergency, unplanned situation. Whatever the circumstance, patients and their families expect to receive a certain standard of care at a sufficiently staffed facility. A recent investigation conducted at a medical center in another state has determined that surgical errors occurred there due to the facility's inadequate staffing.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that the medical center did not properly staff its operating room between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. The facility was also short-staffed on weekends, according to the investigation. When emergencies occurred, the surgical staff was forced to stop procedures in process and remove the patient from the operating room.

Woman claims illness due to hospital negligence

Many Illinois residents and others around the nation have undergone open heart surgery through the years. Though a major operation, the surgery is performed with great success and offers a promising prognosis to many. However, complications can arise after surgery that can cause serious problems for patients. A lawsuit was recently filed by a woman who claims her problems after surgery arose due in part to hospital negligence.

The woman, a school board member in another state, had a cardiac bypass and aortic root replacement. The surgery was successful, but the healing and recovery took longer than normal. She was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in her chest a month following her surgery. She had a total of four surgeries and several rounds of potent antibiotics. The lawsuit asserts that one of the drugs caused hearing loss.

In The News - 2 Tazewell County Wrongful Death Cases

A recent article in the Pekin Daily Times about the upcoming retirement of Associate Judge Richard McCoy features a discussion of its effect on the two high-profile wrongful death cases pending in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court for Tazewell County, Illinois.  Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. represents the plaintiffs in both these lawsuits.   

Pfaff, Gill & Ports Sponsors DMSF's 28th Annual Golf Classic

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. is very proud to continue its support of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and the Fund's 28th Annual Golf Classic.  This year's event held on Monday, June 5th raised $1.7 million in one day to help deserving Chicago 8th graders attend private college-preparatory high schools throughout the country. 

Failure to diagnose leads to $70 million verdict

The birth of a child is miraculous moment for Illinois families and others around the nation. Many tests are conducted shortly after the birth to evaluate a newborn's condition. Examinations and additional tests are also common throughout a child's life. Unfortunately, a failure to diagnose an issue in a child can result in delays and complications. A family in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after experiencing this devastation.

A woman in her late 30s had gone through her pregnancy with no complications. After her son was born at 9 p.m., several newborn screening tests were performed at 1 a.m., just four hours after his birth. State requirements specify that these tests be given closer to discharge. No additional screening tests were given, though the discharge occurred 48 hours after birth.

Facility faces 2 separate lawsuits claiming hospital negligence

Making the decision for a loved one to live in a nursing home is often difficult for family members in Illinois and across the country. A level of trust is placed in the facility and its caregivers that the patient's needs will be met. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. One facility's alleged failure to provide reasonable care to its patients in another state has led to two separate lawsuits against it, both based upon claims of hospital negligence.

One lawsuit was filed by the administrator of the estate of a man who died when he was a resident of a community hospital's nursing home facility. The allegations against the hospital state that the staff did not provide ordinary and reasonable care for the man. The patient, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, required supervision while walking as well as assistance in moving from one place to another. His death occurred from severe injuries suffered when he fell in a shower room.

Informed consent ruled irrelevant to surgical negligence claim

In Illinois and all other jurisdictions, where a plaintiff loses a medical malpractice case at trial, that claimant may appeal the decision to the appropriate appellate court. Occasionally, the appellate court will reverse the jury verdict and remand the case back for a retrial or other disposition. This can happen in medical malpractice cases that involve the issue of surgical negligence, as well as in many other medical negligence claims.

Recently, in a medical malpractice case in another state, the plaintiff appealed a jury verdict entered in favor of the medical defendants. She appealed the trial judge's refusal to tell the jury that plaintiff could withdraw a written informed consent that had allegedly been given for numerous procedures. The lawsuit was filed against the plaintiff's gastroenterologist regarding an allegedly botched surgical procedure performed during an endoscopy.

Facility sued for hospital negligence after mom's death

Childbirth should be a celebratory occasion for new parents and extended family members. For the majority of Illinois families and others around the country, this is the case. However, when tragedy occurs, the once-happy event can quickly turn into a dire situation. A woman in another state recently died after delivering her baby. Her family wants to hold the medical center liable for the hospital negligence that contributed to her death and has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A 39-year-old woman went to the hospital for a repeat elective cesarean section delivery shortly after noon on April 12, 2016. The woman's baby boy was born approximately two hours after her arrival. Shortly after the delivery, the woman and baby were bonding in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. However, court documents state that urine was detected in the woman's catheter near 5 p.m. Around 11:30 p.m., there was concern that the woman had active internal bleeding.

Multi-million dollar settlement for infant's birth injuries

Childbirth is an exciting event anticipated by hundreds of expectant parents in Illinois and elsewhere every day. However, the joy of a birth can quickly turn to fear and sadness when complications arise in the delivery process. A couple in another state experienced a devastating outcome when their doctor left the delivery room for an extended period of time, resulting in severe birth injuries to their newborn son.

A 19-year-old woman had gone through a normal pregnancy and was in the process of delivering her baby. However, the baby was born with limp limbs and was blue in the face. It was necessary for a medical team to revive the infant, who had severe brain damage from the lack of oxygen. According to a lawsuit filed by the couple, the doctors had failed to perform a cesarean section and had left the expectant mother's room for 8 minutes for a phone call with his stockbroker.


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