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October 2015 Archives

Jury says hospital negligence caused woman's death

Nearly every Illinois resident who has been to a hospital emergency room knows the wait can be long and tedious. The cases that are the most life threatening are, naturally, taken first. However, there are cases in which hospital negligence prevents a patient with an urgent medical condition from receiving much-needed care in a timely manner, which can lead to serious consequences.

$12.2 Million Verdict Affirmed

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.

Anesthesia errors may be hospital negligence

Surgeries and other invasive procedures require the use of anesthesia. Certain Illinois doctors spend time being educated on how these medications work, how much to use and other considerations. However, despite their education and experience, anesthesiologists are still human and can make mistakes. Hospital negligence claims can be made against the party or parties responsible for those errors.

Nursing negligence blamed for infection risk to 67 patients

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.

Jury says negligent surgeon is responsible for man's death

Many Illinois residents have suffered from post-operative complications, such as infections and bleeding. In most of those cases, the problems have been dealt with quickly and efficiently in order to ensure the patients' safety and recoveries. In the remainder of cases involving post-surgical complications, a negligent surgeon may have caused the patients' health to deteriorate to the point of serious, permanent damage or death.

Illinois patients suffer every year due to surgical mistakes

Technology has made several surgical procedures safer than at any other time in history. Even so, no amount of technological advances can save an Illinois patient from surgical mistakes made by doctors, nurses and other medical staff. No surgical procedure is 100 percent risk free, but the risk should not come from the people to whom you entrust your life.

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