August 30, 2016

Botched Dental Implants Led to Serious Injuries

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Dental implants have become commonplace and are used by thousands of people every year. While implant surgery is typically considered safe, mistakes can be made which can cause injuries. In one recent case, a woman implant patient claims that she was left with injuries after implant surgery was improperly done. The surgery left her with large gaps between her teeth and pain that required additional care. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the dentist and A Center for Dental Implants in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are often utilized to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw where it will then be covered with a tooth and crown. Dental implants look very much like regular teeth and once they are properly placed they are considered permanent. People may get just one implant but they are also utilized instead of partial or full dentures. Dental implants require a special surgical procedure. Typically, all implants can be completed at the same time.

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August 25, 2016

Negligent Care by Doctor Caused Permanent Eye Injuries

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Doctors are responsible for ensuring that their patients are properly cared for and that they provide the necessary diagnosis and treatment in every case. One man recently filed a lawsuit against several doctors alleging that they failed to provide adequate care. Their negligence caused him to suffer permanent eye injuries. According to the lawsuit, the doctors did not timely treat him and failed to refer him for further treatment, which was necessary.

Failure to Treat

When a doctor fails to properly diagnose or treat a patient, serious injuries can result. The failure to treat is negligent, just as making a mistake while treating a patient. Negligent actions by a doctor occur when he makes a mistake or fails to do something that should have been done. A doctor knows, or should have known, that his actions, or lack of actions, could cause harm to the patient. Negligence by a doctor or other medical professional is also usually called medical malpractice.

Improper Eye Treatment

The man in this case claims to have suffered permanent damage to his eyes as a result of improper treatment. The doctors did not take sufficient measures to prevent injuries and did not refer the man for surgery in a timely manner. As a result, the man’s condition was allowed to worsen and has now resulted in permanent injuries. Eye care is a very important area of concern because if a problem is not promptly treated it may lead to blindness in some situations.

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August 23, 2016

Misdiagnosis Led to Further Injuries

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When you go to a doctor you expect that every step will be taken to properly diagnose and treat your medical problem. Sometimes, however, that is not the case. A man filed a lawsuit against Northwestern Medical Group, Northwestern Medicine, Hinsdale Orthopaedics, and two doctors alleging negligence. The lawsuit states that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and that his injuries were improperly evaluated and treated.

Misdiagnosis

The man in this case sought medical treatment after he injured his arm with broken glass. The man was treated and released. However, the man’s arm was not healing properly and he experienced pain. He later found out that the glass had lacerated his tendon and surgical repair was necessary. The original diagnosis was not thorough enough and the doctors failed to determine that the man’s tendon was severely injured. As a result of misdiagnosis, the injury worsened.

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August 19, 2016

Couple Allege Negligence in Misdiagnosis of Headaches

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A couple filed a lawsuit against a doctor and several health care providers alleging they were negligent in failing to properly diagnose the husband’s medical condition. The man sought medical treatment to find the problem causing severe headaches. The doctors failed to diagnose the cause of his headaches, which was later found to be a cerebral aneurysm. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 to cover the extensive medical treatment that was required because of the misdiagnosis.

Frequent Headaches

The man in this case suffered severe headaches, which were occurring frequently. He went to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment but the correct diagnosis did not occur. Instead, the doctors missed the real reason for the man’s pain and did not provide proper treatment. Headaches can be symptoms of a number of different conditions. Doctors must perform all the proper tests and evaluations until they find the actual cause of the problem. That apparently did not happen in this case.

Cerebral Aneurysm

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August 16, 2016

Toxic Medication Overdose at Hospital Led to Patient’s Death

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When we enter the hospital for treatment we trust that the doctors and other medical professionals will provide us with the best care possible. Unfortunately that is not always the case. A medication mistake proved deadly for one woman. A lawsuit was filed against the doctors and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital alleging that they administered a lethal dose of Fentanyl which caused the woman’s death the next day. The lawsuit was filed by the woman’s estate administrator and seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Medication Mistakes

Medical mistakes, including medication errors, are the third highest cause of death in the United States. This is a chilling fact that is very sobering. Medication mistakes impact hundreds of thousands of people every year and are responsible for about 1,000 deaths every day. The problem seems to be getting worse before it gets better. Medication mistakes include various things such as:

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August 11, 2016

Improper Medical Care Caused Shoulder Infection

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A cyst removal should be considered a routine procedure, not one that causes more severe injuries. Yet for one woman, this is exactly what happened. The woman underwent a procedure for the removal of a cyst. However, after the procedure the woman suffered from a severe shoulder joint infection. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging the doctor failed to perform the procedure properly and did not provide adequate care. The medical malpractice lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

About Cysts

A cyst is a closed sac-like structure that can be located in almost any part of the body. There are many types of cysts but most of them feel like small bumps that may be painful to the touch. Cysts may be filled with various materials such as liquid, semi-solid, or gaseous substances. Most cysts do not pose any health risks; however, in some cases it is best to remove them. This is particularly important if they are located near an organ or if they are causing pain or discomfort.

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August 8, 2016

Surgery Mistake Caused Serious Injury, Led to Lawsuit

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We trust that when we have surgery the doctor will take all the necessary steps to prevent us from further injury or harm. However, that is not always the case. A malpractice lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging negligence during surgery caused serious injuries. The lawsuit states that the man underwent a surgical procedure during which a clip was not removed. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 as well as legal costs.

Medical Mistakes

According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, medical mistakes are now the third most common cause of death in the United States. As medical patients, we assume that the doctor knows what to do and is careful not to make any mistakes. Yet thousands of people are injured or die every year because of medical errors. Medical mistakes consist of many types of errors including such things as misdiagnosis, pharmacy errors, medication dosage problems, failure to diagnose, and surgical mistakes.

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August 4, 2016

Woman Died After Medical Procedure Went Wrong

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When we are sick we often require treatments and procedures that assist in the diagnosis of our medical problem. In one recent case, a woman died after a medical testing procedure was allegedly administered improperly. The woman’s estate administrator filed a lawsuit stating that the hospital and doctors were negligent by failing to provide proper care to the woman and thereby causing or contributing to her death.

Endoscopic Procedures

Endoscopies are generally safe procedures that are completed to view and diagnose internal medical problems throughout the digestive tract. In this case, the woman underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, EGD. The procedure is exploratory and is performed using a scope with a camera which is used to view the inside of the esophagus and stomach. The procedure is not supposed to be invasive. The procedure may be completed as outpatient surgery or can be completed in the ICU or emergency room using special portable equipment.

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July 31, 2016

Hospital Found Negligent In Woman’s Death

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When we enter the hospital we trust that the doctors and other professionals will provide us with the proper medical care and treatment we need. Sometimes, however, the hospital is negligent in providing the care necessary. This was the situation for a 41-year-old patient who died after the hospital failed to properly resuscitate her after she suffered cardiac arrest during a biopsy procedure. Mount Sinai Hospital was ordered to pay $8 million to the woman’s son as the result of a jury decision after a malpractice lawsuit.

Admitted to Hospital

The woman in this case was admitted to the hospital with various symptoms including chronic cellulitis in her leg, diabetes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The woman was being evaluated and while staying in the hospital she developed pneumonia along with shortness of breath. While the original symptoms had subsided for a period of time, they reappeared. The woman began having some breathing issues related to her lungs. The doctors recommended an elective esophagogastroduodenoscopy, called an EGD.

Procedure Gone Wrong

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July 28, 2016

Medical Negligence Led to Amputation of Man’s Leg, Lawsuit

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A bunion is a bone deformity near the joint of the big toe. In some cases, a bunion can become painful and can make walking and wearing shoes difficult. A bunionectomy is a very common procedure done to repair a bunion. This is usually considered minor surgery and is done routinely with minimal complications. However, for one man, a bunionectomy ended with the loss of his leg to amputation. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against Diversey Medical Center and two doctors, claiming negligence caused his injuries.

Bunionectomy

A bunionectomy is surgery that is done to remove part of the bone and tissues that are causing the toe to be misaligned. There is extra bone material that needs to be removed through a surgical procedure. An incision is made and an ostectomy is performed. This is the removal of bone through surgery. A patient who has a bunionectomy would never expect that complications could arise that would require amputation of the leg. Yet that is what happened in this situation.

Improper Post-Surgical Care

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