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April 2017 Archives

Hospital surgical errors: Foreign object in body after procedure

Thousands of surgeries are performed in Illinois and throughout the country every day. The majority of these operations are conducted without incident, and patients quickly begin the healing or rehabilitation process. However, surgical errors may result in serious complications to a patient. This negligence from a medical team can cause catastrophic repercussions.

SCOTUS rejects GM's ignition switch appeal

The Supreme Court recently rejected General Motors Co.'s appeal seeking to block some lawsuits related to defective ignition switches in its vehicles. The justices upheld a federal appeals court ruling from last year that the company's 2009 bankruptcy does not shield it from liability for injuries and deaths that occurred pre-bankruptcy because GM knew about the problem and kept it secret from the public for over a decade.

SCOTUS rejects GM's ignition switch appeal

The Supreme Court recently rejected General Motors Co.'s appeal seeking to block some lawsuits related to defective ignition switches in its vehicles. The justices upheld a federal appeals court ruling from last year that the company's 2009 bankruptcy does not shield it from liability for injuries and deaths that occurred pre-bankruptcy because GM knew about the problem and kept it secret from the public for over a decade.

Lawsuit filed over hospital's failure to diagnose man's condition

Hospitals in Illinois and throughout the country routinely make errors in their care of patients. In most situations, these errors are reparable and patients recover and may even be unaware something amiss occurred. However, some errors by medical providers can prove fatal. The survivors of a man who passed away last year have recently sued a hospital, other medical groups and physicians in another state for failure to diagnose his condition.

Errors in electronic health records from hospital negligence

Electronic health records are becoming more common in Illinois and across the country as many hospitals have begun using technology instead of traditional paper for patient information. However, health systems in another state have actually attributed some hospital errors to the new technology. While no deaths were recorded, hospital negligence was reported as the cause of several missed dosages or incorrect administration of medication.

Pfaff Nominated to Board of Directors for the Attorneys Information Exchange Group

Bruce R. Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. has been selected from an impressive field of nominees to serve on the Board of Directors for the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG). The nominations of Bruce and three other new Directors will be formally submitted for approval by the Board at its meeting at the upcoming AIEG Spring Seminar in Orlando, FL, April 19-21, 2017.

Doctor's failure to diagnose condition led to his probation

Illinois residents seek the services of physicians every day when various symptoms arise. Doctors routinely diagnose medical conditions and plan treatments accordingly. Patients accept the diagnoses and treatments because of the physicians' extensive training and expertise. However, a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a specific condition can lead to catastrophic results.

Getting a 2nd Opinion Could Save Your Life

The Mayo Clinic recently published results of an investigation of patients referred to its General Internal Medicine Division for second opinions. Researchers found that 21% of the patients in the study went home with a completely different diagnosis than the one they had from their referring provider. Sixty-seven percent left with a modified diagnosis and only 12% of patients' diagnoses remained unchanged after their visit.

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