November 24, 2015

Misdiagnosis of Skin Cancer Leads to Lawsuit

by Levin & Perconti

A woman has filed a lawsuit claiming a Chicago dermatologist failed to diagnose her skin cancer in a timely manner. The woman filed the lawsuit against the doctor and Northwestern Hospital, Northwestern Medical Group, and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The lawsuit states that the woman went to the doctor because of a skin abnormality and was treated between August 2010 and May 2013. According to the complaint the doctor failed to do a biopsy of the area and therefore did not provide the proper course of treatment. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

Skin Cancer is Dangerous
According to the CDC, melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer and it can be deadly. More than 9,000 people each year die from melanoma in the United States. If promptly diagnosed, skin cancer can be treated and can often be removed before it causes damage or spreads. In this case, the woman’s skin cancer went undiagnosed for nearly three years. Had it been correctly diagnosed when she first visited the doctor it would have been in the early stages. Treatment is most successful when cancer is discovered early. The doctor in this case was negligent in the failure to order testing that would have diagnosed cancer.

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November 21, 2015

$8.25 Million Awarded to Family of Man Who Died After Knee Surgery

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The family of a man who died after complications following knee replacement surgery was awarded more than $8 million. After a 10-day trial the jury deliberated for just over two hours before coming back with a verdict. In the case the man, a husband and father, died after what was supposed to be routine knee surgery. He suffered a heart attack following surgery that reportedly went improperly treated. The lawsuit stated that the medical professionals did not order the correct tests that would have prevented the situation from occurring. They failed to diagnose and treat reduced blood flow that led to his death from myocardial infarction.

Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional is negligent in the treatment of a patient. Doctors are required to provide proper care. If they perform a treatment improperly or, as in this case, fail to perform treatment, the result can cause serious injury or death. The man suffered confusion and disorientation after a heart attack. According to the lawsuit the doctors failed to order a simple and inexpensive non-evasive test that could have provided critical information in preventing the man’s death. Medical personnel did not recognize the signs of a heart attack until it was too late. The jury agreed that this was indeed a case of medical malpractice.

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November 18, 2015

Man Brings Lawsuit Against Health Center for Wrongful Death of Wife

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A man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a Rolling Meadows cancer center for medical malpractice after his wife died of breast cancer. The lawsuit names Northwest Oncology and Hematology and the treating doctor alleging that they were careless and negligent in the medical treatment of his wife. According to the lawsuit, the doctor failed to monitor and test the woman, whose cancer was thought to be in remission. Instead, the woman’s cancer had indeed returned and she died in 2013. When a doctor or medical professional fails to properly diagnose or treat a patient it may be considered malpractice.

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November 14, 2015

Hospital Infections are Widespread and Dangerous

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When you go to the hospital you expect to get proper care to resolve your medical condition. However, recent studies have found that some patients are actually acquiring infections at hospitals, causing serious illness or even death. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 25 hospital patients contracts an infection while in the facility. This amounts to more than 720,000 patients a year. While not all of the infections contracted are serious, some are deadly. It is estimated that 75,000 people died because of hospital acquired infections in 2011 alone, which equates to more than 200 deaths per day. This number seems staggering, yet it may be growing.

Types of Hospital-Acquired Infections
People expect a hospital to be a sterile and safe place. Yet there are a large number of infections that people get after arriving at the facility. About half of the infections are contracted inside the ICU while the other half are contracted in the general care rooms or as a result of surgery. The most common infections that occur in hospitals include:

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November 10, 2015

Woman Sues Hospital and Doctors After Misdiagnosis Leads to Amputation

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A woman is suing her doctors along with an Evanston hospital after a misdiagnosis led to the partial amputation of her foot. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that the doctors misdiagnosed a foot injury. The woman visited the hospital after having stepped on a needle. She was misdiagnosed with cellulitis, given a prescription for Cipro and sent home. Three days later, after the symptoms worsened, the woman was admitted to the hospital and developed gangrene in her foot. This caused the amputation of one of her toes and surrounding tissues. The lawsuit further states that the doctor failed to properly monitor her condition and did not order an MRI in a timely manner. Had that been done, the outcome would likely have been very different.

Misdiagnosis by Doctors
Misdiagnosis is a form of negligence or malpractice on the part of a doctor. Doctors and medical professionals are held to a high standard and are obligated to provide the proper level of care. When they do not take the steps necessary to determine a correct diagnosis, they are negligent in their duties. Further, when the negligence leads to serious injury or death, the doctor can be held responsible. In this case, the woman ended up losing part of her foot, an injury that will have lifelong consequences. The lawsuit states that the doctor waited too long to provide the right medical treatment, resulting in gangrene and the loss of a toe.

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November 6, 2015

Woman Died From Heart Attack After Medical Negligence, Lawsuit States

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A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of a woman who died as a result of alleged medical negligence. The woman was a patient of Primary Care Joliet and the suit names this facility as well as the doctor and nurses who provided care. The patient died in 2013 after suffering a heart attack. According to the lawsuit, the doctor and other medical professionals knew about the patient’s elevated blood pressure but did nothing about it. Further, they discouraged her from getting treatment elsewhere for hypertension. The hypertension was noted on more than one occasion, yet no treatment was rendered for it.

Medical Malpractice

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of law and are required to provide proper care. Malpractice may include giving the wrong care, or as in this case, failing to treat a patient. Medical malpractice is a common occurrence and diagnosis errors alone could make up 160,000 deaths each year. In this situation, the medical staff did not treat the patient for hypertension, which is known to be a leading cause of heart attack. Indeed, the woman subsequently died from a heart attack, even after asking her doctors about treatment for high blood pressure.

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November 3, 2015

DuPage County Woman Sues for Surgical Malpractice

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For many people, surgery is necessary as part of their medical treatment. Many types of surgery are routine and should have a good outcome. Sometimes, however, surgery goes wrong and the patient is left with severe medical problems as a result. In this case, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital for medical malpractice. The lawsuit alleges that the woman suffered sepsis after surgical mesh was not removed during surgery. As a result, the woman’s bowel was permanently damaged.

Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice happens more frequently than you might imagine. Malpractice occurs on a daily basis in the United States and may be the result of misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, prescription problems, or performing procedures in a negligent manner, to name just a few reasons. Malpractice often goes unreported because it can be difficult to prove without the help of a qualified attorney. When you suspect that malpractice may have occurred it is best to take immediate action. It is also important to note that there are legal time limits in place regarding how long you have to file a case.

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October 30, 2015

Couple Sues Hospital for Malpractice after Surgery Goes Wrong

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A husband and wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hospital and doctors. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the man was significantly injured during surgery while at Rush University Medical Center. The man underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy at the hospital. The suit states that the surgeon removed too much of the small intestine during the procedure, which was done in 2013. As a result, the man suffered both physically and mentally and is unable to work.

When Medical Procedures Go Wrong
We count on our doctors and surgeons to provide the best possible care and to help us resolve our medical issues. Sometimes, however, a surgery does not go as expected and the result can be devastating. Medical malpractice is more common than many people think. In fact, as many as 400,000 deaths occur every year in the United States as the result of a medical mistake.

In this case, the surgeon was to complete a procedure that is commonly called “The Whipple Procedure” which is typically done to remove a tumor in the pancreas. When properly performed, the surgery removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, a small part of the stomach, and a portion of the duodenum, the top portion of the small intestine. In this case, the couple alleges that the surgeon took out too much of the duodenum, which caused the patient the inability to properly heal after surgery.

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October 28, 2015

Malpractice Suit Filed Against Local Medical Center

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The family of a man who died has filed a malpractice lawsuit against his Addison doctors and local medical center. The man died from complications after a colonoscopy and esophagus operation that went wrong, according to the suit. The operation was performed by the medical team at St. Alexius Medical Center in Addison, Illinois. The man allegedly suffered sepsis and a perforated bowel, which occurred as a result of the colonoscopy. The family is seeking compensation for medical expenses, drug costs, and other relief totally $50.000.

Malpractice Lawsuit
A malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate in many cases where negligent medical care occurred. Doctors are held to a high standard of care and must take steps to ensure that the treatment rendered is correct. In this case, the family states that the doctors were negligent in their surgery as well as in the aftercare, which resulted in a perforated bowel and sepsis, leading to the man’s death. Caregivers are required to provide appropriate care at all times. Sepsis is a severe infection in the body, making it difficult to treat. It can lead to death if it goes untreated for a length of time. Sepsis often occurs as the result of an infection in one area of the body that has not been quickly eliminated.

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October 23, 2015

Woman Sues after Husband Declared Dead Twice

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against a doctor, hospital and medical staff after her husband was mistakenly declared dead. The husband died after the doctor initially declared him dead and did not perform further treatment, which the suit alleges could have saved his life. The incident happened last year when the 46 year old suffered a heart attack while shopping as reported by USA Today.

At the hospital, the doctor declared him dead, even though his wife and family members noticed movement. The doctor, as well as nurses in the room, told the family that the movement was normal after death but that he was actually dead. Even though the family tried to protest the diagnosis, the doctor repeatedly denied that the man was alive. In fact, the coroner went into the room twice to pronounce the man dead but left each time, claiming the man was alive.

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