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Levin & Perconti Attorneys Assist Family In $12 Million Award for Failure to Diagnose and Treat Lung Cancer

A jury voted to award $12 million to the family of Doris Newberry after her death following a failure to diagnose and treat her lung cancer. Her family, with the help of Levin & Perconti attorneys John Perconti, Michael Bonamarte and Cari Silverman, were able to prove that the defendants — including family practice doctors Dr. Iza, and Dr. Jeffrey Lindahl of Alexian Brothers Medical Group, as well as radiologist Dr. Jeffrey E. Chung, of Radiological Consultants of Woodstock — failed numerous times to appropriately diagnose and care for Newberry’s cancer. As a result, she experienced pain and suffering and disfigurement, and an untimely death, which could have been prevented had her cancer been diagnosed following a 2010 X-ray which revealed a lung abnormality.

  • Iza saw Newberry several times between June 2008 and August 2010, including an August visit following a July 2010 chest X-ray that showed abnormal findings.
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A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reveals that 54% of American physicians report feeling burnt out at work. Lead study author, Stanford pediatric physician Daniel S. Tawfik, and his team found that those experiencing burnout were TWO times as likely to have made a major medical error in the last 3 months. Study authors also believe that based on this information, 1/3 of all American physicians are experiencing burnout at any given time.  Researchers describe burnout as “emotional exhaustion or cynicism.”

The study questioned 6,586 physicians in active practice at an American hospital or clinic and asked them to report feelings of burnout, excessive fatigue, recent suicidal thoughts, their thoughts on patient safety on the unit in which they primarily work, as well as those who had made a major medical error. The authors found:

  • 54.3%  of physicians admitted feeling burnt out
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The largest ever medical malpractice verdict was awarded on Monday to now-17-year-old Faith DeGrand from Wyandotte, Michigan. After a two week trial and 2.5 hours of deliberation, the 8 person jury found Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan and two doctors guilty of malpractice, awarding $135 million to the girl.


Doctor Vacationed Twice While Victim Lay Paralyzed

Faith DeGrand was 10 years old when she went to Children’s Hospital of Michigan for a relatively routine pediatric scoliosis surgery. Following protocol for the surgery, a rod and screws were placed in her back to help straighten her spine. Her surgeon inappropriately placed the surgical hardware, causing compression on the young girl’s spine. Immediately following the surgery, Faith experienced severe pain, paralysis of her arms and legs, and lost all bowel and bladder control. She was unable to walk or use the bathroom, bound to a wheelchair and forced to use a catheter. Realizing the placement of the surgical devices was causing Faith’s injuries, another surgeon removed them. However, the damage was already done. Faith spent the next year in a wheelchair and will spend the rest of her life using a catheter and unable to have full control of her arms and legs, a condition known as a quadriparesis.

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A bunion is a bone deformity near the joint of the big toe. In some cases, a bunion can become painful and can make walking and wearing shoes difficult. A bunionectomy is a very common procedure done to repair a bunion. This is usually considered minor surgery and is done routinely with minimal complications. However, for one man, a bunionectomy ended with the loss of his leg to amputation. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against Diversey Medical Center and two doctors, claiming negligence caused his injuries.

Bunionectomy

A bunionectomy is surgery that is done to remove part of the bone and tissues that are causing the toe to be misaligned. There is extra bone material that needs to be removed through a surgical procedure. An incision is made and an ostectomy is performed. This is the removal of bone through surgery. A patient who has a bunionectomy would never expect that complications could arise that would require amputation of the leg. Yet that is what happened in this situation.

Improper Post-Surgical Care
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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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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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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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When we enter the hospital we expect that doctors and others will provide us with the best possible care. We trust that we will receive the proper diagnosis and treatment of the illness or malady that we are suffering from. In one recent case, a disabled man received negligent care at a hospital when they failed to adequately diagnose or treat him. A lawsuit, filed on his behalf by his guardian, alleges that the negligent care resulted in his deteriorated health condition, which caused him to suffer severe and permanent injuries. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 in a jury trial.

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We trust that our doctors and other medical professionals will always give us the best of care and will provide us with the correct medications to treat our ailment. In one recent situation this was not the case. A woman has filed a lawsuit against a doctor and health care provider alleging that they were negligent in their care and treatment. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000 as well as legal fees. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor is negligent in providing care to a patient.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis is a disorder of the bones caused when there is a lack of blood flow. A reduced blood flow reduces the oxygen to the bone tissues and they begin to die. This can happen when there is a bone fracture or break. Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, causes small breaks that lead to the eventual collapse of the bone and most commonly affects middle-aged people. It can also be caused by the use of some medications. In this case, the woman indicates that the doctor’s negligence caused her to suffer avascular necrosis in her right hip.
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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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