February 2, 2016

Botched Surgery Caused Serious Injury, Lawsuit

by Levin & Perconti

Surgery often comes with some degree of risk. We trust that our doctor will provide the best care possible and will do what is necessary to ensure a successful outcome. Sometimes, however, mistakes happen. Mistakes during surgery can have devastating results, as one man has learned. The man underwent a colonoscopy, an exploratory procedure that should not be dangerous. In this instance, the man alleges that he suffered a ruptured colon as the result of the negligence of the doctor performing the procedure. The man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the doctor as well as the Midwest Center for Digestive Health SC in Oak Lawn.

Colonoscopy Mistake
A colonoscopy is a procedure used to assess and diagnose digestive disorders including cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colonoscopies are recommended to be performed every ten years. The use of this screening measure can provide early detection of cancer. When colon cancer is diagnosed early it can be treated much more successfully. The colonoscopy is a routine procedure that, in this instance, went wrong. The doctor tried unsuccessfully twice to perform the complete procedure and was unable to do so. He then sent the man home. Later that same day the man went to the hospital where doctors discovered that air in his abdomen from the colonoscopy had caused his colon to rupture.

Ruptured Colon
A ruptured colon is a very serious and life-threatening injury that must be quickly treated. In this case, doctors performed emergency surgery and were able to repair the colon and save the man’ life. However, the man suffered an infection following the surgery, which became septic. Sepsis can occur when an infection reaches the bloodstream and is carried throughout the body causing harm to other organs. The man developed symptoms that still continue and had to undergo a colostomy. A colostomy is surgery to remove a portion of the colon, requiring the use of a colostomy bag.

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January 28, 2016

Man Dies During Hair Restoration Surgery – Lawsuit Filed

by Levin & Perconti

A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County claiming medical malpractice on the part of the doctors who performed hair restoration surgery on her husband. The man underwent surgery for hair restoration and died during the procedures. The suit alleges that the doctors were negligent in not utilizing an EKG monitor during the surgery, even though the man had a history of heart disease. The use of a monitor could have prevented the man’s death, according to court documents. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Hair Restoration Procedures
Hair restoration is generally considered a safe procedure. Nobody thinks that having their hair restored will end with serious medical injury or death. There are different types of procedures that may be performed to restore hair. Hair from one area may be extracted and transplanted into the scalp. Each procedure may take up to four hours and is often done with local anesthetic. Candidates for any type of elective surgery should undergo a series of medical examinations and tests to ensure that the procedure can be safely performed. If an underlying medical condition exists it must be evaluated prior to the surgery.

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January 25, 2016

Pharmacist Sued For Causing Bad Drug Interaction

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A lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging a pharmacist gave a customer incorrect information that caused a severe drug incompatibility. The woman visited a Walgreen pharmacy in Markham looking for sinus medication. According to the lawsuit, she asked the pharmacist which medication could be taken safely along with the anti-epilepsy medication Kepra that she was already prescribed. The pharmacist told her that she could safely take Sudafed with it. However, after taking the over-the-counter medication, the woman lapsed into a coma. She now suffers from memory loss due to the incompatibility of the drugs.

Medication Errors
According to the FDA, medical errors injure more than a million people per year in the U.S. and account for at least one death per day. This includes a variety of medical mistakes, including pharmaceutical errors. Incorrect dosage, incorrect prescriptions, and drug interactions generally account for the most common medication mistakes. Sometimes the doctor prescribes medication without checking to see if there is a potential for negative interaction with other medications the patient is taking. In this instance, the woman specifically asked the pharmacist for a medication that would be safe to take with her prescription. The lawsuit alleges that the pharmacist and drugstore were negligent and were responsible for providing proper medical advice.

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January 21, 2016

Hospital Sued for Using Contaminated Needles

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A woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The lawsuit alleges that a nurse used needles potentially contaminated with HIV and hepatitis B and C. The woman is seeking damages and medical expenses in excess of $50,000. According to the lawsuit, the woman was a patient at the hospital for treatment of a gluteal abscess and polymicrobial sepsis. Because she was a type I diabetic, she required insulin injections several times per day. The nurse administered the insulin shots. Later, doctors informed the woman that the nurse used the wrong needles. Even worse, the needles she used were previously used on a patient who was positive for HIV as well as hepatitis B and C.

HIV and AIDs
HIV and AIDs are typically transmitted through sexual contact or through the sharing of contaminated needles. In this instance, the woman may suffer from dangerous and life threatening injuries that may not be immediately evident. HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, causes a compromised immune system, which can lead to AIDS, and can be dangerous or fatal to patients. HIV may take months or even years after exposure to show up in the person’s system. There is no actual cure for HIV, although treatments have been able to successfully suppress or slow the disease in some cases.

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January 16, 2016

Podiatry Mistake Leads to Malpractice Lawsuit

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A man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging medical malpractice on the part of his podiatrist. The man had implanted joints in his feet, which had loosened, causing pain. The podiatrist removed the implants but did not replace them with a stabilizing mechanism. As a result of the botched surgery, the man suffered foot and ankle pain along with limited mobility. The initial problem, degenerative disease, should not have originally been treated with a surgical implant because it is not recommended for this type of use. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Degenerative Disease
Degenerative disease is also known as osteoarthritis. This disease commonly affects joints in the body and can be very painful and debilitating. It often impacts the feet, due in part to the constant wear and tear over time. The joints in the feet as well as the ankles may swell and become stiff and difficult to move. The typical treatment for this problem includes medications, physical therapy, orthotics, and weight reduction. In this case, the man claims that the podiatrist should not have performed implant surgery and as a result, the man’s condition worsened. In fact, the surgery left him with persistent foot pain and a loss of mobility.

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January 13, 2016

Misdiagnosis Led to Permanent Eye Injury

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When you visit the eye doctor you should be able to rest assured that you will receive the best diagnosis and treatment possible. This was not the case for one woman. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging medical malpractice led to a permanent eye injury. The woman visited the Panton Eye Clinic because of pain and swelling of her left eye. According to the lawsuit, the doctors failed to properly diagnose the condition and did not perform the proper tests or prescribe the appropriate medication. As a result, the woman suffered serious and permanent injury to her eye. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Malpractice by Eye Doctors
Eye problems can become serious if they are not properly treated. In this case, the woman reported that she had corneal ulcers which were not diagnosed. Initial treatment utilizes medicated eye drops to reduce swelling and pain. If the problem does not quickly improve, surgery may be required. When eye injuries or illnesses occur, fast diagnosis and treatment are needed to prevent eyesight loss. Permanent injuries can happen if the eye doctor misdiagnosis the problem. Medical malpractice may apply to any situation where a doctor or medical professional provided negligent care.

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January 7, 2016

Hospital Blamed for Medical Malpractice in Woman’s Death

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Hospitals are required to provide patients with the best possible care and people relly on doctors and staff members to keep them safe. Sometimes, however, mistakes are made and when they are they may prove to be deadly. A man has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and doctor alleging negligent care, medical malpractice, and wrongful death of his fiancé. The woman was a patient of Mount Sinai Hospital to undergo an operation. Before and during the operation, the woman’s airway was not properly checked and the doctor did not detect an esophageal intubation soon enough. As a result, the woman suffered from oxygen deprivation to the brain and died several days later.

Standard of Care
Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high level of care. This is based on the fact that they have a high degree of knowledge, education, and experience in medicine. When they fail to provide proper care it may be considered medical malpractice. In this case, the doctor should have been checking the patient at all times to ensure that her airway was not obstructed. The lawsuit states that the doctor did not provide the standard of care necessary and was negligent.

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January 3, 2016

Misdiagnosed Spinal Infection Prompts Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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When we go to the doctor we expect that the medical professionals will help us, rather than make us worse. Sometimes, however, medical mistakes occur and when they do they can be very serious. A recent lawsuit was filed by a patient who alleges that doctors’ misdiagnosis led to permanently disabling injuries. The lawsuit names Waukegan Illinois Hospital Company, LLC, Vista Emergency Department Lindenhurst, the parent companies, and two doctors alleging medical malpractice. The woman is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Misdiagnosis is Common
When you visit the hospital or doctor you place your health in their hands because you trust that they will properly diagnose and treat your problem. In fact, the problem of misdiagnosis occurs commonly in medical facilities and hospitals across the country. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. Doctors must provide a high level of care to patients and correct diagnosis is the first step. In this case, the woman visited the hospital emergency room with severe chest and back pain. She was diagnosed with unspecified musculoskeletal pain and sent home. Later she was correctly diagnosed with a spinal infection.

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January 1, 2016

Levin & Perconti File Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Hospital

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago Heights hospital alleging medical malpractice in the death of her husband. The man was a patient of St. James Hospital suffering from pneumonia and other issues. The man was known to be at a high risk for developing pressure sores. While the man was in the hospital he developed a stage 2 pressure ulcer on his coccyx. The wound worsened and caused the man’s condition to deteriorate over time, leading to his death. The woman is represented by Levin & Perconti, a leading medical malpractice law firm in Chicago.

The Reality of Medical Mistakes
Medical mistakes and negligence takes place quite often. Most times, the victim is not seriously injured so the situation does not require further action. However, sometimes the negligent action causes a traumatic injury or even death. When this occurs, the victim or family is entitled to receive compensation for damages. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high level of care to patients. In this case, the patient developed a very serious bed sore within just days of treatment. Medical malpractice is never acceptable and victims need to seek recovery of damages incurred because of the negligence.

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December 30, 2015

Misdiagnosis Leads to Death – Lawsuit Filed

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A lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the mother whose son died after an alleged misdiagnosis at a local hospital. The lawsuit was filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital, and the parent company, as well as five doctors who treated the son. According to the lawsuit, the 20-year-old son was a cancer patient and was receiving treatment in the pediatric unit. He arrived at the emergency room on January 31, 2014 complaining of severe pain. He also had a rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. He underwent a variety of tests including a CT scan and blood tests and medications were prescribed. However, according to the lawsuit, only one of the two prescriptions was given to him and he later died as a result of cardiac arrest.

Misdiagnosis and Mistakes
Mistakes are certainly more common in hospitals and medical facilities than most people imagine. The hospital should be considered a place to receive treatment to improve your condition, not make it worse. In this instance, the son was only provided one of the two medications which were vital to improvement. When misdiagnosis, miscommunication, or mistreatment occurs they are all considered forms of medical malpractice. In this case, the miscommunication between hospital workers was likely the reason why he did not receive the medications that could have saved his life.

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