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August 2016 Archives

Family makes accusations of hospital negligence in lawsuit

Most Illinois families expect the medical staff attending to their loved ones to be thorough and accurate in the diagnoses and treatment of them. When a serious mistake is made at any point during the process, a family can lose one of its members. A lawsuit alleging hospital negligence often follow such an unexpected and potentially preventable death. 

Does study say patients bear responsibility in surgical errors?

Many Illinois residents have undergone operations performed by orthopedists. In some cases, surgical errors occurred that caused further harm to the patients and might have required additional surgeries in order to correct the initial mistake. A new study by medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Company appears to claim that patients either are misinterpreting the results of a procedure or are somehow complicit in their injuries.

Bruce Pfaff Included In 23rd Edition Of The Best Lawyers In America®

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. is proud to announce that founder Bruce R. Pfaff has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in the following practice areas: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs. 

Failure to diagnose cystic fibrosis could be medical malpractice

Some Illinois families already know that cystic fibrosis is a condition that attacks the digestive system and lungs. It is an inherited condition that can be life-threatening. If some parents knew ahead of time that they were carriers of the disease, they might choose not to have children who could end up with the disorder. Under these circumstances, a failure to diagnose that the parents carry the gene for cystic fibrosis could constitute medical malpractice.

Should patients be responsible for preventing hospital errors?

Have mistakes by medical personnel become so pervasive that they are considered to be commonplace? Several articles have been written advising patients to take certain steps to limit the probability that they will be the victims of serious or fatal hospital errors. An Illinois resident can do -- or should be required to do – only so much when seeking medical help and intervention.

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