There are many important responsibilities that hospital nurses here in Illinois have. One is to alert a patient's doctor of any significant changes they notice in a patient's condition. The sooner a patient's doctor is made aware of such changes, the sooner the doctor can take steps to address the changes. Thus, when a nurse, after noticing a major change in a patient's condition, fails to notify the patient's doctor of the change in a timely fashion, great harm can occur. For instance, when such a failure occurs in relation to the delivery of a child, it can sometimes lead to the infant suffering birth injuries.
Bruce Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., recently established the Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarships at his law school alma mater, University of California, Hastings College of the Law. The purpose of the scholarships is to identify law students who have strong desire and aptitude to be great civil trial lawyers. With law school tuition exceeding $50,000 per year (it was $700 per year when Bruce attended in the late 1970's), deserving law students will get substantial help paying their bills and relieving their debt loads.
When an Illinois resident needs surgery, he or she does not usually expect to suffer from complications that can eventually lead to even worse illness or injury. However, situations like this are occasionally reported in the news. In a recent out-of-state case, a man was awarded $776,000 at the conclusion of a lawsuit alleging surgical negligence. His now deceased wife, who initiated the suit, claimed that she suffered from complications that led to end-stage liver disease after a botched gallbladder surgery.
Sadly, lack of appropriate care causes the death of many Illinois patients. In one such case, a 26-year-old medical school graduate was killed after being hospitalized on a short-staffed Memorial Day weekend. She died from a blood clot that developed in her brain and her family filed a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence.
It is extremely important for hospitals here in Illinois to do everything they can to ensure that their patients receive proper care. This includes making sure to have adequate staffing. When a hospital negligently allows itself to become short-staffed, it can increase the stress and demand on the staff that is present, which can in turn increase the chances of errors, such as diagnosis errors, occurring. Medical errors at hospitals can have major consequences. They can sometimes lead to a patient dying.
The birth of a child is a typically a joyous event that forever changes the landscape of the lives in which the child touches. Unfortunately, not every birth in Illinois is routine and free of complications. For some new parents, the joy of new life is marred by complications and heartache due to cerebral palsy birth injuries.