When a loved one is taken ill, an Illinois resident entrusts doctors, nurses, hospitals or other healthcare providers with his or her safety and wellbeing. However, when negligence on part of the medical care provider leads to an aggravation of the illness, an injury or death, people are devastated. In efforts to find justice on behalf of the victim of medical malpractice, people often take legal action. Sadly, many of these claims are not properly grounded and, as a result, lawsuits are dismissed.
As Americans age, many families are relying on nursing homes to help care for older relatives. In fact, an estimated three million people will live in nursing homes by 2030. These elderly family members often have complex medical situations and other needs that require around the clock care from specialized medical professionals. Since family members cannot offer care, they place their trust in these professionals.
Say that you’re an Illinois resident who was injured while receiving medical care. You strongly suspect that the care provided was shoddy and that it was a direct catalyst in the medical harm visited upon you.
When you suffer a medical emergency and you have to go to the hospital, you expected the best care imaginable. Really, this is the standard for all medical personnel. There is no wiggle room, no acceptance for second-best. Doctors, surgeons, nurses, and hospitals have to be perfect, or they risk not only the health of one of their patients, but their reputation as well.
We have previously noted that adverse results sometimes do occur with surgeries and that such outcomes are not always tied to acts of medical negligence.
Here's a health-related statistic that might reasonably grab the attention of patients and health consumers generally in Illinois and nationally: According to a recent government report, Americans miss out on about 30 percent of care that is recommended to treat their injuries and illnesses. Alternatively, the outcome in many instances is the ordering up of diagnostic tests that are unnecessary and can lead to inappropriate and dangerous follow-up procedures.
The first crucial step in solving any problem is to correctly identify what that problem actually is. In medicine, for instance, a patient cannot be correctly treated until the doctor examines him and comes up with the correct diagnosis to explain his symptoms. An incorrect diagnosis could not only lead to an incorrect course of treatment, it could also allow the patient's condition to worsen.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to its website, this agency is tasked with improving the quality, effectiveness, safety and efficiency of the American healthcare system. As part of that mission, the AHRQ regularly releases reports on issues affecting patient safety. Many hospitals and safety experts use these reports as inspiration for improving patient outcomes and refining patient safety practices.
Recent studies indicate that when individuals are already burdened with overwhelming medical bills, they are less likely to seek necessary medical care that they require presently. It can be very difficult to bring oneself to seek out additional overpriced treatment when one is already overcome by medical debt. This is just one way that overpriced medical care can directly harm patients.
When a patient brings health-related concerns to his or her physician, there is a unique trust present in that interaction. The patient trusts that the physician will exercise his or her expertise in such a way that any questions will either be properly answered or referred to a specialist who can answer them. When physicians fail to exercise their expertise in accordance with professional standards of care and patients suffer from those physicians' failure to diagnose their conditions, trust between patients and their doctors can shatter.