Spinal cord injuries can alter a person's life forever; they can sometimes cause a person to become paralyzed or to suffer other serious disabilities. One of the things that sometimes leads to a person suffering a disabling spinal cord injury is when a doctor makes a mistake when operating near a person's spinal cord. If a person has suffered a spine injury in a surgical procedure and suspects that the injury was caused by a surgical error, they should consider talking with an attorney about what their rights and options are. Such individuals may be entitled to compensation for the impacts their spinal cord injury has had on them.
Recently, in another state, a verdict was reached in a wrongful death case involving a misdiagnosis.
During some medical and surgical procedures, doctors will provide patients with an oxygen supply. Given the rather combustible nature of oxygen, it is very important for hospitals and medical professionals to make sure to not commit any negligence that could create a fire hazard when performing procedures in which an oxygen supply is being used. When oxygen-related flash fires occur during a medical or surgical procedure, the results can be deadly.
One type of harm that sometimes results from errors by medical professionals or hospitals during a surgery is nerve damage. Nerve damage can have many impacts on the life of a surgical patient; for example, it can sometimes impair their mobility. Mobility impairments can cause a person to face many costs, including costs for mobility assistance devices and costs for making changes to one's home to accommodate such impairments.
A case has recently arisen in another state in which a man has accused a medical team of negligently failing to detect foot fractures.
When an Illinois resident needs surgery, he or she does not usually expect to suffer from complications that can eventually lead to even worse illness or injury. However, situations like this are occasionally reported in the news. In a recent out-of-state case, a man was awarded $776,000 at the conclusion of a lawsuit alleging surgical negligence. His now deceased wife, who initiated the suit, claimed that she suffered from complications that led to end-stage liver disease after a botched gallbladder surgery.
Sadly, lack of appropriate care causes the death of many Illinois patients. In one such case, a 26-year-old medical school graduate was killed after being hospitalized on a short-staffed Memorial Day weekend. She died from a blood clot that developed in her brain and her family filed a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence.
Illinois residents typically expect hospitals to be places for treating illnesses, not places for contracting them. However, if a patient with a potentially deadly infectious illness is not property diagnosed, how many people are put at risk? That is the issue that prompted a recent class-action lawsuit against an out-of-state hospital. The plaintiffs argue that hospital negligence caused other patients, staff members, volunteers and visitors to be exposed to tuberculosis.
Illinois residents suffering from an illness, injury or other ailment go to the hospital expecting to leave in better condition than when they arrived. A lot of faith is placed in the doctors and other medical staff to diagnose and treat whatever ails them. Few expect that going to the hospital will involve an element of unnecessary risk, or that patients could become the victim of hospital negligence.
When a child is born at an Illinois hospital, it is vital for the hospital and its staff to act properly in relation to post-birth care. If a hospital and its staff are negligent in the providing of post-birth care, it can result in infants getting seriously hurt. Some examples of negligence that sometimes occurs in connection to post-birth care at hospitals are: failure to properly evaluate an infant's condition, failure to properly diagnose problems an infant is experiencing and failure to provide proper treatment to an infant.