N.B. What follows is the text of a pamphlet authored for JCAHO. We have reproduced it with our comment that this is good advice, whether coming from a health organization or a law firm. Healthcare settings can be dangerous and mis-information can lead to tragic consequences. Please do your best to communicate clearly with your healthcare team and to make sure they communicate clearly with you. You should know what the treatment plan is and make sure that is what happens. Please remember you have the right to discharge your doctor and replace him or her with someone whom you feel is more suitable. Good luck-Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd.
In every new job, a person is bound to make mistakes. However, in the medical profession, those mistakes could have deadly consequences. Since nurses in Chicago are often responsible for the routine care of patients, they must be particularly careful to avoid errors. This may be difficult when a nurse is new on the job, nervous and perhaps unused to the long, demanding hours. Nevertheless, careful attention to detail may help new nurses avoid mistakes that could lead to nursing negligence claims.
For too many Illinois couples, the joy of childbirth suddenly becomes a nightmare. Delivery mistakes can put the lives of the mother, the child or both in jeopardy. When the birth of a child goes wrong, parents are often left with questions, injuries and an uncertain future.
Every industry has its own set of policies and procedures that are designed to maintain safety. They dictate how and when certain actions are to be taken and what safety measures need to be in place prior to any movement being made. In the medical field, these protocols are in place in order to keep patients safe. When nursing errors occur here in Illinois and elsewhere, it is often because of a failure to follow proper procedures.
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.
Most Illinois parents look forward to the opportunity to watch their children grow into the adults they were destined to become. For some families that is not possible due doctor or nursing negligence that leaves their child with a permanent disability that essentially takes away the future the child would have had otherwise. In some cases, the child will require care as long as he or she lives.
Illinois readers may already be aware that bedsores are a serious issue for people who are bedridden, such as the elderly -- especially after an injury. Mobility is important to prevent bed sores (also called pressure sores). If a patient is unable to move on his or her own, the nursing staff is often tasked with ensuring he or she is repositioned and rolled in order to prevent injury. When a patient develops bed sores due to nursing negligence, a medical malpractice claim may be in order.
Illinois residents go to emergency rooms when they are ill or injured in order to receive treatment. After being examined by a doctor, a course of treatment is often ordered. Usually, it is the job of the nursing staff to carry out the orders of the doctors. When mistakes are made in carrying out those orders, it might constitute nursing negligence.
Bruce Pfaff and Matthew Ports yesterday learned that the First District Appellate Court in Chicago, Illinois affirmed a verdict for $12.2 million they obtained for a southwest suburban family two years ago. The verdict was against AES, a corporate subsidiary of Fresenius, and a plasmapheresis nurse who was called on an emergency basis to provide care to the firm's client who was in the emergency department at Advocate Christ Medical Center. The nurse delayed 6 hours in responding to the hospital even though she had finished her other duties and was only 45 minutes away when she received the call. The nurse chose to do a non-emergency case at another hospital to make more money, then she went home for 3 hours before finally going to Advocate Christ. By the time she arrived at the hospital, a 50-year-old husband and father of three had arrested and could not be saved. He died of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a blood disease.
Flu season is coming up as 2015 enters the fall and winter seasons. Like many Illinois residents, people around the country are lining up to get flu shots in the hopes of avoiding the illness. Unfortunately, it appears that nearly 70 employees of an out-of-state company were put at risk of much deadlier diseases attributed to nursing negligence.