The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) recently called on the U.S. Senate to reject the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1215) and any similar legislation that seeks to thwart state-delegated powers to govern medical malpractice cases and to place a nationwide cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.
Many Illinois residents and others around the nation have undergone open heart surgery through the years. Though a major operation, the surgery is performed with great success and offers a promising prognosis to many. However, complications can arise after surgery that can cause serious problems for patients. A lawsuit was recently filed by a woman who claims her problems after surgery arose due in part to hospital negligence.
Making the decision for a loved one to live in a nursing home is often difficult for family members in Illinois and across the country. A level of trust is placed in the facility and its caregivers that the patient's needs will be met. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. One facility's alleged failure to provide reasonable care to its patients in another state has led to two separate lawsuits against it, both based upon claims of hospital negligence.
Childbirth should be a celebratory occasion for new parents and extended family members. For the majority of Illinois families and others around the country, this is the case. However, when tragedy occurs, the once-happy event can quickly turn into a dire situation. A woman in another state recently died after delivering her baby. Her family wants to hold the medical center liable for the hospital negligence that contributed to her death and has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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.
A surgeon from one of the leading research university hospitals has presented data that lists medical mistakes as the third largest cause of death in this country. He reports that hospital errors and other medical blunders in Illinois and throughout the nation have caused the deaths of 250,000 annually. The surgeon has petitioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add medical errors to the leading causes of death list. However, the CDC contends that these types of errors are not consistently named on death certificates.
Having a child in the hospital is a traumatic experience for Illinois parents and other family members. Most children's stays are uneventful and patients are released to complete their recoveries at home. However, there are instances when hospital errors are made and patients suffer as a result of the hospital's negligence. Recent research shows that many errors are not documented in hospital records, but have been identified by the parents of the patients.
Hospitals in Illinois and throughout the country serve thousands of patients each day. The majority of patients are treated and released when medical conditions improve. However, some patients die in the hospital due to a variety of reasons. A recent article in a medical journal addresses those deaths that occur as the result of preventable hospital errors.
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.
Though going to the hospital and undergoing medical procedures is often done in hopes of getting better from ailments, not everyone successfully recovers. In some cases, death may occur due to medical errors or hospital negligence. These instances can often lead to devastation to the surviving families, and many families wish to pursue legal action in order to address their situations.