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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June 19, 2016

Doctors Caused Patient’s Injury – Lawsuit Filed

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When you get medical treatment, you expect that your health will improve. In one recent case, a man alleges that his arm was injured due to the negligence and improper care of a Hoffman Estates doctor. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover damages caused by the injuries the man suffered to his arm. According to the lawsuit, the doctor failed to properly diagnose and treat the problem, causing the condition to worsen. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $50,000.

Compartment Syndrome

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June 16, 2016

Failed Surgery of Medical Implants Blamed for Man’s Permanent Injuries

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When we have surgery we expect that the procedure will resolve our medical problem, not cause injury. Yet, that is exactly what happened to a man who underwent surgical procedures as a minor. The man, who is now an adult, had surgery to correct a discrepancy in the limb length of his right leg. The procedure allegedly left him with limited range of movement and permanent disability. The man filed a lawsuit in Cook County, alleging medical malpractice.

Limb Length Discrepancy

Normally, both of a person’s legs are approximately the same length. However, in some cases, the legs may be different lengths. There are a number of reasons this can occur. The child may have had a birth defect, suffered an infection, or had a serious accident or injury. When one limb grows to a longer length than the other, it can present problems walking, can put a strain on the hips, and may damage the spine. In many cases, limb length discrepancy is resolved with surgery.

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June 14, 2016

Botched Hair Transplant Caused Disfigurement, Lawsuit

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For those who are balding, a hair transplant could seem like the answer to your dreams. But for one man, the procedure turned into a medical emergency. The man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hair clinic citing medical negligence. The lawsuit claims that the man suffered severe and permanent injuries and disfigurement due to the negligent care he received as part of a hair transplant. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $50,000.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplant procedures are done to place hair onto the head in areas that are bald or balding. During the operation, the doctor removes hair follicles from other areas, such as the neck. The follicles are taken in small groups, roots and all, and are then replanted into prepared sections of the scalp. The hair should take root in the new areas, however, sometimes the procedure does not work, and the hair does not grow properly.

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June 9, 2016

Wrong Diagnosis Leads to Unnecessary Surgery and Lawsuit

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When we visit the doctor, we expect that he will properly diagnose the illness and provide the correct treatment. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a Chicago woman. The woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County, alleging that her doctor wrongly diagnosed her condition, and as a result, underwent unnecessary hernia surgery. The lawsuit names Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Mercy IPA, and the doctor and is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.

Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis, and other medical mistakes, occurs with alarming frequency. According to the CDC, medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medication errors, failure to diagnose, improper treatment, surgical errors, and mistakes by doctors, are among the most common problems. In this instance, the woman was misdiagnosed with a hernia that required surgery. As it was determined later, this was the incorrect diagnosis and treatment.

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June 6, 2016

Improper Diagnosis and Care Led to Girl’s Death from Meningitis

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Bacterial meningitis is a serious medical condition, and one that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. A recent malpractice lawsuit was filed by the father of a girl who died after her condition was not properly diagnosed or treated. The lawsuit was filed against Waukegan Illinois Hospital, Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, and several doctors. According to the suit, the girl went to Vista Ambulatory Care Center, because of a streptococcus pyogenes infection. Negligence and malpractice were reportedly responsible for her death two days later.

Streptococcus Pyogenes

Streptococcus pyogenes is a type of bacterial infection, which is part of the group of strep infections known as GAS, group A streptococcus. GAS infections occur to approximately 700 million people worldwide every year. Of these, death is the result in about 25% of the reported cases. The infection is very swift and can quickly turn into sepsis, infection of the blood. This can cause rapid death, as the infection spreads to the major organs and tissues of the body. Once sepsis takes over, treatment is difficult. For these reasons, GAS infections must be diagnosed and treated quickly.

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June 3, 2016

Patient Files Lawsuit for Negligent Knee Surgery

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Knee replacement is a very common type of surgery and is typically considered routine. Surgical procedures are supposed to be safe and patients trust that their doctors and other medical staff will provide responsible care. This, unfortunately, was not the case in one recent knee surgery that reportedly went wrong. A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a surgeon, hospital, and medical group alleging negligence and breach of duty caused serious injury and suffering.

Medical Negligence

Doctors and surgeons are held to a high standard of care. When they breach that duty they are likely negligent. Negligence occurs when a medical professional provides improper care or fails to take the precautions necessary to provide proper treatment. For example, failing to diagnose a patient’s condition may be considered medical negligence, or malpractice, if the patient suffers serious harm as a result. In this instance, the lawsuit states that the woman sustained injuries because of a knee replacement that went wrong, and had to undergo another surgery to correct the problem.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Thousands of people undergo knee replacement surgery every year in the United States. The surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is done to improve mobility and reduce pain and is common among older patients. While every surgery comes with some risks, the problem in this instance was reportedly due to a mistake and negligence. According to court documents, the incorrectly sized knee components were used in the procedure. As a result of the woman sustained further injuries to her knee and had to undergo additional surgery to correct the problem.

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May 31, 2016

Hospital and Doctor Named in Negligence Lawsuit for Prescription Error

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Medical mistakes are, unfortunately, a very common occurrence in the United States. In fact, medical errors account for thousands of deaths each year and are now the third top cause of death. Of the many errors, medical mistakes are likely the most common. A man recently filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a doctor and hospital claiming negligence led to serious injuries. The lawsuit claims the man was prescribed the wrong medication, in the incorrect dosage, causing pain and serious side effects. He seeks damages that include money for his injuries as well as legal fees.

Prescription Errors

Prescription errors include several areas of concern. A doctor may prescribe a medication that is incorrect or in the improper dosage. Some medications may have adverse interactions with other types of medications, so it is essential for doctors to fully understand the patient’s medical history before making a prescription. A pharmacy may make a mistake when filling a prescription by using the wrong ingredients or the improper mixture.

Dosage Mistakes

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