Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. filed a new lawsuit today in Tazewell County Circuit Court against Pekin Hospital, Pekin ProHealth, Inc., and the estate of Dr. Dwayne McQuitty. The suit was filed on behalf of the surviving wife of a 35-year-old Pekin man who bled to death in April after a negligently performed kidney operation, and failure of the doctors and hospital employees to diagnose and treat post-operative internal bleeding.
Many people here in Illinois and elsewhere who file medical malpractice claims expect that the medical personnel and facilities where the mistakes occurred will change their policies and procedures to ensure that the same thing does not happen to someone else. Few people would go as far as one man has in order to help eliminate the same type of hospital errors that left him paralyzed. He is working with the hospital to improve the communication processes that contributed to his injury.
With the amount of medical malpractice claims that are filed across the country, including many here in Illinois, researchers are attempting to identify the problem areas. A recent study revealed that surgical mistakes happen in nearly half of all procedures, but the surgical mistakes are not coming from surgeons. The anesthesiologists, resident physicians and nurse anesthetists who are tasked with administering and monitoring the medications given to patients are making the mistakes.
Matthew D. Ports of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. recently negotiated a $1.8 million settlement for the wrongful death of a newborn, survived by his loving mother and father. We claimed that the delivering physician and the nurses failed to identify the baby's deteriorating condition as could be seen on the fetal monitoring strips. We believe that a c-section done at any time in the hours before delivery would have easily saved the child.
When a child's health and/or life are in jeopardy, Illinois parents rely on medical personnel to properly diagnose and treat the child. However, there is always the possibility that hospital negligence can occur, which causes more harm to the child. It is then that many parents will explore the possibility of filing a medical malpractice suit against the parties believed to be responsible.
Each year, numerous people undergo surgical procedures across the United States, just as they do here in Illinois. Many of these procedures are performed without any adverse health consequences for the patients, but many other patients end up becoming the victims of surgical errors. Those mistakes often have serious or fatal results.
Illinois residents have the right to expect that the medical professionals tending to them are competent and will not make any mistakes -- especially ones that leave patients with serious or fatal injuries. The anger, disappointment and confusion people in this situation experience might lead them to the desire to file a hospital negligence claim. However, there are some things to consider prior to filing.