A surgery is complicated, but you expect that your surgeon knows how to monitor your health while you're under the knife. One Chicago-area man and veteran of the war in Vietnam is now going to be receiving $12 million in his medical malpractice case, according to news from Dec. 3. An unfortunate medical error led to the man going into cardiac arrest during an operation in 2007, and now he'll be receiving the funds in order to live and receive the medical care he needs every day.
Giving birth is normally seen as a very happy time, but if birth injuries take place during the process, you could be faced with a child who needs ongoing care. Chicago readers may keep track of medical malpractice stories that come across the news, and this case based in Los Angeles has finally been settled. According to reports, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has approved a large payout for a toddler who suffered serious brain injuries during birth.
A simple medical error can cause serious injuries or even death, and when a medical provider knows better than to perform a surgery or procedure and does so anyway, he or she could be putting your life at risk. This story from Oct. 24 discusses a doctor who used stents in what were allegedly healthy patients and in circumstances where they weren't needed. Because of this, one patient is claiming that she now has heart problems when she wouldn't have developed without the placement of the stents.
A professional sports player uses joints, bones and tendons differently than most people, and the strain can often result in surgeries and injuries that need time to heal. That's why it's interesting that Alex Rodriguez has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his doctors after recently suing Major League Baseball (MLB). According to the lawsuit, the player had been cleared to continue playing as a third baseman when he further injured himself due to a misdiagnosis of his injuries from previous seasons. A report from Oct. 7 shows just how much pain and suffering the player is claiming after he had to go in for another surgery to repair a tear he didn't know he had.
There are countless conditions that a person in Chicago may go to the hospital for, seeking the medical attention of a physician. She or he could have broken a finger or torn a ligament, suffered a burn or been in a car crash. Whatever it is, patients often run the risk of being misdiagnosed and this could come back to haunt them if they rely solely on the word of the doctor. Medical errors are more common than most people think and could result in some unnecessary suffering for the patient. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is one person who believes that he has been a victim of medical malpractice, and he plans to sue for the consequences of the mistakes allegedly made by his team's physician.
Perhaps one of the most egregious medical errors comes when a patient undergoes surgery and staff members forget to retrieve equipment from inside the individual before closing up the incisions. This type of surgical error is often in the news because it is so stunning to discover that a towel or tool has been left behind. It is likely that there are patients in Chicago who have been the victim of such an error. Besides the nature of the mistake being rather impersonal, there is also the issue of infection, as seen in one woman's case after she underwent a double mastectomy in June 2012.
The number of medical malpractice cases across the country has declined in recent years, according to Public Citizen, an organization based in the nation's capital. The group went on, stating that the $3.1 billion paid to patients on behalf of doctors in 2012 was the lowest amount of awards for malpractice cases since 1998; when this figure was adjusted for inflation, it was the lowest ever recorded. When combined, malpractice payouts and malpractice insurance premiums account for about 0.5 percent of national health care expenses. Public Citizen was sure to note this because many legislators are claiming that medical malpractice suits are to blame for higher health care costs -- if the data is accurate, these claims are exaggerated.
Millions of people live in Chicago. And of those millions of people, a considerable number are in need of medical attention each day. When the situation is an emergency, they may choose to go the hospital to seek the care they need at the emergency room. This is the acceptable norm for individuals in need of urgent care, but when patients seek out emergency medical attention, they do not often consider the likelihood that a medical error could be made.
Many people in Chicago find themselves being mistreated or misunderstood by their doctors. Not all physicians behave the same and some may be willing to bend the rules or ignore guidelines, potentially resulting in surgical errors or a missed diagnosis. But even when a case of medical malpractice is obviously apparent, some patients choose not to file a claim. This could be for a number of reasons, one of which is the belief that such claims--and their subsequent payouts--are increasing the cost of the healthcare system. According to a recent study, this is not true.
When people go to the hospital, they usually do not think twice about the possibility that a medical professional may make a mistake that could cost them the health they are trying to preserve. Residents of Cook, Illinois, should understand that medical errors happen and how harmful these errors can be to patients. Many of these medical errors will end up as the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit. What is the most common kind of medical error resulting in a medical malpractice claim? According to a recent study, it is missed diagnoses.