Medical Mistakes, Deadly Infections, and Dangerous Safety Concerns Rise at Chicago’s Low-Ranking Hospitals
It is probably well assumed that if you visit a low-rated anything, whether it be a restaurant, hotel, or even law firm, your experience may not be the best. Unfortunately, the same goes for the one place you would expect experience ratings to always be high – your local hospital.
A new analysis based on data collected from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016 by non-profit Leapfrog, a group responsible for issuing letter grades to hospitals based on safety and quality, show patients are at considerable risk for personal injuries when receiving care from a poorly graded health system. Leapfrog provides public information graded on a scale of A thru F about things such as medical errors, infections, and injuries. The organization is often viewed tougher than the federal government’s hospital watchdogs.
Leapfrog’s most recent findings published on May 15, 2019 conclude that some of the nation’s most dangerous medical centers have become even riskier for patients, including five Chicago-area hospitals that made the D list.
- Jackson Park Hospital
- John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital
- Loretto Hospital
- Sinai Hospital
- Weiss Memorial Hospital
Not all Illinois hospitals participated in this review, and if they did, our medical malpractice attorneys know there would be many more that received low grades. The ratings are based in part on patient responses to surveys, data provided to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association, and voluntarily by each health system to the non-profit.
This means that patients must advocate and do their research as well. Because while higher rated hospitals and health systems may not guarantee a smooth experience and zero adverse outcomes, knowing a hospital rating when you have a choice between providers may prevent fatal medical errors from happening, diseases from being passed and your safe recovery to happen sooner.
Hospital Mistakes Can Result in Patient Injury or Death
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 people every year at the cost of $29 billion and are too often the result of things like:
- Reduced staffing or hours of monitoring at medical facilities
- Failure to hire and train skilled medical workers
- Not following medical guidelines or Illinois laws
- Unethical and neglectful procedures
- Doctors who practice non-standard methods
The personal injury and medical malpractice team at Levin & Perconti would like to remind our readers that any hospital’s wrongful conduct, which causes temporary or permanent physical damage to patients makes a personal injury suit viable. The injured patient can seek compensation for all of the losses they have experienced and will continue to suffer as a result of that injury. These elements of damage may include medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. While other acts may be unintentional, there is still no excuse for medical malpractice.
Working with Chicago’s Most Reputable Medical Malpractice Legal Team
If you would like to speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer about your potential case involving a local hospital or health system, call us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or connect with us via our free online personal injury case evaluation form. Our attorneys are happy to discuss legal options with you in a free and confidential consultation, and you will never pay a fee unless we successfully resolve your case.