July 22, 2016

Surgical Mistakes Blamed for Woman’s Injuries

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A woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against a hospital, medical group, and two doctors alleging negligence during surgery caused serious injuries. The woman was a patient at St. Alexius Medical Center where she underwent a surgical procedure. The procedure was not performed properly, according to the woman, and she was injured as a result. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Failure to Properly Perform Procedure

The lawsuit indicates that the woman underwent a surgical procedure through Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, S.C. although the exact operation was not disclosed. After the procedure, the woman complained of extreme physical pain and also suffered from vomiting. The woman claims that the doctors did not perform the procedure properly and that caused her to suffer injuries along with pain.

Negligence

Negligence occurs when a responsible party fails to provide proper care or take proper precautions to keep someone safe. Particularly, in the case of a doctor, negligence may happen due to a mistake or the failure to do something that should have been done to prevent injuries. Negligence by a doctor is often the same as medical malpractice. Doctors and other medical professionals must provide a high standard of care. Failure to do so could result in medical malpractice if the patient suffers a serious injury or dies as a result.

Surgical Procedures

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July 19, 2016

Victim Receives $3.5 Million Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case

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The legal team at Levin & Perconti has reached a $3.5 million settlement for their client in a medical malpractice case. Their client was seriously and permanently injured while in the care of a Chicago psychiatric hospital. The man was admitted to the hospital because he was suicidal, yet he was allowed to be near hazardous cleaning chemicals that were not secured. The chemicals were used for stripping floors in the psychiatric unit of the hospital. The man suffered severe internal burns after ingesting the chemicals that were left unsecured.

Improper Handling of Hazardous Chemicals

A cleaning service was using chemicals to strip the floor, but left them within reach of patients in the psychiatric ward. OSHA, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, provides guidelines regarding the use of hazardous chemicals. Dangerous chemicals must be properly used and stored. In this instance, the situation was made worse because the chemicals were left in an area where psychiatric patients were located. Many of these patients may have diminished mental capacity or, as in this case, have suicidal ideations. Chemicals of this type could cause severe injuries or death.

Chemical Ingestion

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July 14, 2016

Improper Use of MRI Machine Led to Serious Injuries

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The use of diagnostic and testing equipment is a necessary part of the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions. When we go to a medical facility for tests we expect that the employees will keep us safe from harm and will take precautions to make sure to properly operate the equipment. A recent lawsuit filed in Cook County indicates that a woman was injured during an MRI procedure. The lawsuit is requesting a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000.

MRI

An MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, is a medical test that utilizes magnetic pulses along with radio wave energy to view the internal organs and other areas of the body. An MRI is a special piece of equipment that has specific requirements. The MRI is different from a CT scan. During an MRI, the patient’s body passes into a unit where it must remain still for a period of time while the testing is done. The woman states that the machine was not operated properly and that the MRI machine was not of an adequate size. As a result, the woman suffered physical injuries to the left side of her body.

Negligent Care

The medical personnel that operate MRI machines must be properly trained in the use of the equipment. MRIs may be either open or closed. The closed type may have been utilized in this case. The equipment may not have been the right size to accommodate the woman, or she could have been improperly positioned on the table. Whatever the reason, the woman sustained injuries because of the negligent care provided. The medical professionals should have been more careful and should have noticed that the woman was not aligned to fit into the machine.

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July 13, 2016

Surgical Mistake During Hysterectomy Caused Injuries

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When you enter the hospital for routine surgery, you expect that the doctor and medical staff will do everything necessary to keep you from harm. You also trust that your original medical issue will be correctly resolved. That wasn’t the case for one woman who recently filed a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered serious and permanent injuries from skin burns that occurred while she was undergoing an abdominal hysterectomy. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims the doctor is responsible for failing to provide proper medical care which caused her injuries.

Surgical Mistakes

Surgical mistakes happen more often than most people realize. Many times, the mistakes are minor and do not negatively impact the health of the patient. But sometimes the injuries are much more serious. When a mistake causes a severe injury, the doctor may be negligent and could be responsible for medical malpractice. The woman states that the doctor in this case did not properly evaluate her medical condition and failed to perform the operation correctly.

Botched Hysterectomy Procedure

The woman in this case required a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is a procedure that is done to partially or completely remove a woman’s reproductive organs, including the uterus. It is often done in response to pain caused by fibroids, or for other medical reasons such as cancer. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus, cervix, and ovaries. In this case, the lawsuit states that the procedure was an abdominal hysterectomy. This is open surgery where an incision is made through which to make the removal. Most hysterectomies are completed using this procedure.

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July 8, 2016

Long Hospital Wait Contributed to Patient’s Permanent Injuries

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When we go to the emergency room we expect to be seen by a physician as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, a man recently suffered permanent and disabling injuries after his diagnosis and treatment was delayed after a fall. The man entered the hospital after a fall, but it took hours for the staff to determine his condition. In the meantime, the man was in extreme pain. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County stating that the neglectful medical care led to permanent injuries. The man is now a quadriplegic.

Prolonged Wait Time

According to the lawsuit, the man waited for hours to receive medical care. The incident happened at St. Joseph Hospital. The man came to the hospital after suffering a fall. He was in severe pain, but the medical staff took hours to examine and diagnose his condition. The lawsuit states that the staff was negligent by not providing adequate medical attention in a timely manner. The man’s condition deteriorated because of the failure to promptly provide proper medical care.

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July 6, 2016

Woman Sues Medical Center for Burns Caused by Laser Surgery

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Cosmetic surgery is a choice that we make and is usually considered safe and harmless. In one recent case, however, the patient claims she was severely burned due to negligence during the procedure. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against Renu Cosmetic Laser Center and a doctor, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and a jury trial.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is used in many types of cosmetic procedures. When done properly, laser treatments are typically harmless. Laser surgery makes a very small incision rather than a cut made with a traditional scalpel. Lasers are also used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as scar removal. In this case, the woman experienced severe pain and physical harm due to burns caused by the laser. She received second-degree burns on her hands and arms because of the alleged negligence of the doctor.

Serious Burns

Burns can be caused by a variety of things, including lasers. Lasers that are used carefully do not cause burns. However, if care is not taken, the laser can be very harmful to skin. The laser is designed to burn the skin, but it is not to be left in one place for too long a time. The woman in this case suffered second-degree burns, which are very serious. Burns of this severity will likely leave permanent scars and may require further medical treatment.

Negligence by Doctor

The doctor in this case is accused of failing to properly perform a cosmetic procedure and failing to exercise caution while using a laser. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to use a high degree of care. In this instance, the doctor knew, or should have known, that his negligent use of the laser equipment could cause serious harm to the patient. Negligence by a doctor is also commonly called medical malpractice.

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July 4, 2016

Man Suffers Vision Loss Due to Negligent Medical Treatment

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Those who have good vision often take it for granted. When we visit the eye doctor we trust that the care we receive will help to ensure that our vision remains intact. Yet that was not the case for one man, who experienced permanent eye injuries because of the alleged negligent care he received from the doctors. The man filed a malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against Yorkville Eye Professionals and several eye doctors. He is represented by Levin & Perconti.

Intraocular Pressure

According to the complaint, the man suffered severe and permanent damage after the doctors failed to properly monitor the intraocular pressure on the man’s eyes. Intraocular pressure, IOP, is the fluid pressure inside the eye. IOP is measured using a method called tonometry. It is one of the only ways to determine the early presence of glaucoma.

An initial screening test is done using a puff of air into the eye. This will find an increased IOP. Further testing is then completed using special eye drops. A more precise test is then done to more accurately measure the fluid pressure. When there is damage to the optic nerve, the fluid may not drain properly and will build up. The IOP can help diagnose ocular diseases such as glaucoma.

Glaucoma

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June 30, 2016

Negligent Post-Surgical Care Caused Woman’s Death

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People who have surgery expect that they will receive proper care and treatment after the procedure is completed. Post-surgical care is important to a satisfactory recovery. Sometimes, however, post-surgical care is not properly provided. A recent lawsuit was filed claiming that negligent care contributed or caused a woman’s death after surgery. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and several doctors alleging wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Complications after Surgery

After surgery, the woman experienced many complications including an anastomotic leak. This type of leak is caused by the breakdown of a post-surgical closure. It is associated with colorectal surgery and is a very serious medical problem. Digestive fluids leak into the body and the result is often peritonitis. Peritonitis is an infection that is considered a serious medical emergency. Patients must be properly monitored after surgery to ensure that an infection does not occur. Immediate medical treatment is required at the first signs of peritonitis.

Symptoms Went Untreated

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June 26, 2016

Lasik Surgery Caused Eye Injuries, Prompted Lawsuit

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Lasik eye surgery has become quite common, and is generally considered to be a routine procedure. While Lasik is typically safe, there are some problems and complications that may occur if the procedure is not done properly. A woman filed a malpractice lawsuit in Chicago against Vision One Lasik Center in Arlington Heights, alleging negligence caused serious eye injuries. The lawsuit requests payment of damages of more than $50,000 plus legal fees.

Lasik Surgery Gone Wrong

Lasik eye surgery is a corrective procedure done to improve vision so that glasses are no longer required. Lasik uses a laser to reshape the cornea in order to repair the focus of the eye. During surgery, the doctor opens the top area of the cornea to access the eye. The flap is closed at the completion of the procedure. Lasik surgery is used on people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. There are other types of procedures available, depending on the patient’s needs. In this case, the woman claims that the surgery caused her pain and loss of vision, and that the procedure should not have been performed.

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June 23, 2016

Woman Injured During Sleep Study Files Lawsuit

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Many people have trouble sleeping at night. In fact, there are so many people affected by sleep problems that there are clinics dedicated to diagnosing and treating the situation. A sleep study should not be dangerous, yet it was harmful for one woman. The woman allegedly suffered facial injuries due to the negligent care of a doctor, hospital, and sleep center. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Advocate South Suburban Sleep Center, Tinley Park Sleep Center, LLC, and a doctor, seeking damages of more than $50,000 from each party for her injuries.

Sleep Study Injury

The woman in this case took part in a sleep study conducted through the sleep center associated with Advocate South Suburban Hospital. The purpose of a sleep study is for a patient to be observed and monitored during sleep to determine the cause of sleep problems. In this case, the center utilized a face mask as part of the procedure. The mask was affixed to the woman’s face; however, it caused burns and lacerations. The lawsuit states that the staff failed to properly monitor the woman while she was undergoing the procedure.

Serious Injuries

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