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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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A lawsuit filed against MetroSouth Medical Center and five doctors has been successfully settled for $4.29 million. The suit was filed on behalf of the family of a woman who died as a result of medical malpractice in 2010. The woman died as a result of the failure of doctors to recognize and treat a pericardial effusion, which led to a cardiac tamponade, causing her death. The case was set to go to trial on October 21, 2015, however it was settled instead. John Perconti and Jordan S. Powell of Levin & Perconti represented the family.

Medical Malpractice
The patient in this case died after the doctors and medical professionals failed to perform the proper tests and provide the treatment necessary. The woman went to the emergency room at MetroSouth Medical Center on the morning of February 28, 2010 complaining of chest pain. It was determined that she had low blood pressure and a CT scan was done, which showed that she suffered with what was considered a mild pericardial effusion. This condition occurs when fluid fills between the heart muscle and outer layer of the heart. The woman was sent to ICU and an echocardiogram was ordered to be done in the morning to rule out the possibility of cardiac tamponade.
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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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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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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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As a medical patient, we put trust in our physicians to properly diagnose and treat our medical issues. The overuse of antibiotics is one way that doctors may cause us harm, rather than good. There are several reasons why doctors prescribe antibiotics more frequently than they should. Antibiotics are often an easy option. Because they can treat a large variety of symptoms they can be given easily, without a thorough diagnosis of the actual cause of the problem.

Harmful Effects of Antibiotic Overuse

Sometimes antibiotics are necessary in the treatment of a disease. However, when prescribed incorrectly, or too often, may suffer from some serious medical problems. Some of the problems that can be caused by the overuse of antibiotics include:
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A 13 year old girl died after her doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat her for an infection. The teen and her parents were vacationing when the she become ill with symptoms that included vomiting. The doctor improperly diagnosed her with Norovirus, a bug that often causes an upset stomach. After her condition worsened her parents rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with TSS, toxic shock syndrome. She died within a week.

TSS Can Be Misdiagnosed

TSS is a very serious bacterial infection that is linked to the use of tampons. The infection was brought into the public eye in the 1980’s and though rare, is still a threat. If left untreated, it can progress quickly into sepsis. The prognosis once the infection has progressed is often bleak. You can recover from TSS, however, the diagnosis and treatment must be made quickly. Most importantly, a swift and vigorous treatment is imperative to try to stop the infection from worsening. Misdiagnosis can be deadly. Unlike some illnesses, TSS can take over the body very fast and has serious consequences.
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In our healthcare system the only method a patient has to hold a doctor or hospital responsible for botched medical care is through the medical malpractice system. Because the medical field in the United States is a profit-based system, only substantial financial judgments that make malpractice more costly than proper care can reduce the number of avoidable healthcare provider errors. Unfortunately, due to the efforts of powerful lobbies for the insurance and medical fields, many states have enacted so-called “tort reform” laws that severely limit the rights of patients who have been injured by their medical providers. One such law is making it difficult for a Texas man and his two children to recover for the death of his wife that was allegedly caused by a missed emergency room diagnosis.

Texas Woman Allegedly Died Because ER Did Not Properly Diagnose Her

News Channel WFAA reports that two young boys are growing up without a mother because an emergency room failed to properly diagnose her. The two boys were only two and seven years old when their mother went to the emergency room at Arlington Memorial Hospital in 2013. According to her husband she had suffered a seizure and was incoherent. She underwent a CT scan which shows clearly defined dark spots on her brain. According to the family’s attorney it should have been obvious to anyone that there was blood on her brain. But the emergency room doctors sent the woman home after diagnosing her with a possible sinus infection. Her husband claims to have argued with hospital personnel, and that he pointed out that he watched her have a seizure. Five hours after the woman was discharged she had another seizure. According to her attorney her brain aneurism could have been treated if the ER had properly diagnosed it, but instead the mother of two lost her life. According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, her family is now suing, but they have a tough road ahead of them. Because unlike most medical malpractice cases in most states, they do not just have to show that the ER doctors were negligent in their treatment of the woman. Instead they have to prove that the doctors were “grossly negligent” thanks to a Texas tort reform law.
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Earlier this year we wrote about how the ill-advised medical malpractice laws in Texas will likely prevent those responsible for failing to diagnose the initial Ebola patient in America responsible. Despite the missed diagnosis, harsh tort reform laws will likely prevent any civil recovery against those responsible. Now the doctor involved in the case has admitted that his diagnosis was erroneous, but the doctor still insists that his care was appropriate under the circumstances.

Hospital Acknowledged that Nurses and Doctors Had Access to Patients Travel Information

Back in October The New York Times reported on Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s response to its failure to diagnose Thomas E. Duncan with Ebola. Mr. Duncan was a Liberian national visiting who had just traveled to the United States to visit loved ones when he visited the hospital and was sent home. He was later diagnosed with Ebola, which caused his death. The hospital that originally sent him home released a statement blaming an error in its electronic health records system for the missed diagnosis. It initially claimed that the doctors involved did not receive information that Mr. Duncan had traveled from Africa. However, the hospital then back tracked and claimed that there was no electronic records flaw and that “the patient’s travel history was documented and available to the full care team in the electronic health record…”
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Doctors are trained to provide us with necessary, sometimes life saving, health care. But even though most of the time doctors help their patients, sometimes they hurt their patients. When such medical malpractice occurs, the effects can be life altering for both the patient and his or her family. Recently a Milwaukee jury realized this, and awarded a woman and her husband $25.3 million. But misguided tort reform laws may deny the couple the money a jury said they deserve.

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that Ascaris Mayo, a mother of four, lost both of her arms and both of her legs in 2011 after doctors failed to detect a Strep A infection she suffered from. Mayo went to the hospital in 2011 for severe abdominal pain, a rapid heartbeat, and fever. She spent about nine hours in the hospital, and then was sent home with directions to see her gynecologist for “fibroid issues.” Only hours later, she collapsed at home due to the strep infection and subsequent septic shock. The septic shock ultimately led to the loss of all of her limbs because of damage to her vascular system. After a trial, where the jury heard the detailed evidence in the case, the jurors determined that a doctor and a physician’s assistant were responsible for the injuries because they failed to provide Ms. Mayo with alternative medical diagnoses that would have led her to pursue treatment. She was never told that a life-threatening bacterial infection was a possible diagnosis based on her symptoms-if she had been told, she would have sought further treatment.
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