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Determining Who Is at Fault for Medical Record Errors and Medical Identify Theft

An Advocate Christ Medical Center patient is speaking out after he says the hospital sent him someone else’s medical records and his insurer declared fraud. The hospital located in Oak Lawn, Illinois, released a statement to CBS Chicago declaring “Protecting patient privacy is one of our top priorities. We are taking this seriously and conducting a thorough review.”

The patient, identified as Darnell Payne, told the Chicago news outlet that he requested his medical records in hopes to release them to his insurer. He later was notified by his insurer that his claim was fraudulent because the files that were released belonged to a different patient and did not support his request for coverage or payment.

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According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical malpractice is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and on average, 250,000 people die from medical malpractice, surgical errors and mistakes each year and the numbers continue to rise.

Data from 2009 to 2018 collected by the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), an exhaustive government database of all medical malpractice reports and payments in the United States, concludes these alarming facts.

  1. The average payout for a medical malpractice lawsuit in the past ten years was $309,908

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3 Things to Know Before Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Illinois

Medical negligence or malpractice is often the result of a professional or an institution breaching the standard of care. Illinois health systems, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, chiropractors, and clinicians of all kinds can be responsible for a negligent act that provides the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Examples of malpractice may stem from:

  • A hospital choosing to reduce staffing or hours of monitoring at medical facilities
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