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Failure to notify physicians of dialysis solution adjustment leads to wrongful death

In a recently reported wrongful death case, one of America's largest kidney dialysis clinics, DaVita, Inc., was found liable for compensatory and punitive damages arising out of the wrongful deaths of patients who suffered fatal cardiac arrests or ischemic strokes after undergoing dialysis with GranuFlo. DaVita used that dialysis solution which has an increased concentration of acetate that converts to bicarbonate in the body. Even though GranuFlo's manufacturer advised DaVita to notify physicians to adjust patient's bicarbonate prescriptions downward when they were undergoing dialysis with GranuFlo, DaVita did not provide the notification, and many physicians did not make necessary adjustments. This case is yet another example of how poor communication inflicts needless injury and death upon patients. Our office has substantial experience with companies that provide dialysis and in issues similar to this. We seek accountability from those whose negligence or recklessness has caused injury or death of your loved one. We are here to help you navigate a difficult time, please contact us at 872-225-0195 or send us a message online for a free consultation. 

Some hospitals “dump” patients before they are ready

Imagine going to the emergency room to receive treatment for a serious condition, such as diabetes or chest pain. After the health care provider sees you, you feel groggy and disoriented, and may not have the mental capacity to give the doctor a phone number for a relative to pick you up. Despite being obviously unable to function on your own yet, hospital staff deems you ready for discharge and calls a taxi or walks you to the bus station. This nightmare situation sounds like something out of a dystopian movie, but unfortunately can occur to patients in Illinois and elsewhere.

Top 5 construction site injuries

As a construction worker, you take pride in your job and accomplishments. Working in construction is not easy, but it is commendable and fulfilling. Unfortunately, the construction industry is highly dangerous. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were 1,034 construction fatalities in 2016.

Is asbestos in your everyday hygiene and beauty products?

When you purchase a product to use on your skin, the last thing you want is something that contains ingredients that could make you sick. This is especially true if you have heard that some cosmetic or hygienic items might contain asbestos. Is deodorant, makeup and baby powder safe for you and other Illinois residents to use, or does it contain dangerous amounts of asbestos?

Common diagnostic errors and medical malpractice

A serious medical condition can greatly affect your life. If you get a severe illness, disease or injury, it may lead to significant disability, loss of enjoyment of life or even death. A misdiagnosis could make the outcome even worse. Diagnostic errors can lead to delayed treatment, incorrect treatment or no treatment whatsoever. 

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