When one visits a health care facility because they are sick or injured, a team of professionals assists them. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists all work together to provide patients with the medical care they need. Unfortunately, this means that if an instance of negligence occurs, it may be the fault of more than one party or it may be the fault of the health care facility as a whole.
Most people in Illinois undergoing surgery naturally are nervous about the procedure. After all, they put their complete trust in the surgeon not only to remedy their medical issues, but also not to make any mistakes that would put them in a worsened condition.
The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a decision that could have a major effect on how long a party has to file a lawsuit in wrongful death cases involving medical malpractice. Previously, the date of death was the starting point for the two years in which a person had to file a lawsuit.
Aurora residents may be interested to hear that a settlement has been reached in the amount of $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving an Illinois man whose physician reportedly failed to diagnose and treat the man's cancer. The settlement followed on the heels of a Cook County jury's ongoing deliberations in the lawsuit.
When a resident of Illinois is sick or injured, they expect that the doctors and nurses taking care of them will do so competently and appropriately. After all, most medical professionals have gone through years of schooling in order to get where they are. However, there is always the chance that something could go wrong.
Whether it is a minor cold or a major operation, whenever an individual in Illinois seeks medical care, they expect that they will be treated not just competently, but with care and respect. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. In today's busy in-and-out environment, many general practitioners are simply overburdened, underpaid and expected to treat many patients as quickly as possible. This leaves them with little room to truly know their patients. Moreover, specialists may focus more on tests and procedures than on the patients themselves.
Aurora residents may be disturbed to hear that a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that as many as 200,000 deaths annually are caused by a medical error. Sometimes medical malpractice is due to a poor decision made by a physician. Other errors are system errors, caused by which include a lack of communication between health care providers, mistakes made when a patient is transferred to a different unit and issues with electronic medical record systems.
We have all heard stories in the Illinois news media about otherwise preventable medical mistakes that worsened the patient's condition causing them undue pain and suffering or even costing them their lives. In fact, a new study reported that medical mistakes in health care facilities and hospitals result in 251,000 deaths annually, making it the third highest cause of fatalities in the nation. To break this down, this calculation amounts to about 700 fatalities daily -- that is, 9.5 of all fatalities each year.
Medical malpractice incidents seem to make the news in Illinois more and more frequently these days, and with good reason. Negligence on the part of health care professionals is inexcusable - when a person is sick or injured and is seeking aid to ease their suffering and regain their health, they expect to be treated competently. Unfortunately, acts of medical malpractice do occur, so it is important to know who could be held responsible.