The majority of medical professionals provide quality care to patients the majority of the time. We should be proud and thankful for the work that these individuals do each and every day. However, as any Chicago medical malpractice attorney can tell you, that does not mean that doctors do not make mistakes that should have been avoided or that should go without accountability. It is possible to acknowledge the great work done by so many competent professionals as well as work with victims of local instances of medical errors and negligence.
Those victims need support and aid to help ensure that they recover for the losses that they have sustained which should have been prevented. Those who do not know a victim personally may not be aware of how frequently these mistakes occur and what significant consequences they have on lives of entire families. For example, the monthly newsletter for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association recently sampled just a few cases of Illinois medical malpractice that have occurred recently.
For example, a Cook County court recently approved a $4.9 million settlement for a man who suffered a brain injury while under the care of medical professionals at a Kankakee hospital. The victim was rushed to the hospital after experiencing breathing problems, and he was eventually diagnoses with epiglottis. He spent two weeks in intensive care before being transferred to a regular room. However, his condition did not improve, as his breathing actually got worse. Medical professionals failed to act in a timely manner before providing additional help. In fact, it wasn’t until he had stopped breathing completely that nurses took emergency action. Yet, even then there was at least a 45 minute delay in inserting a breathing tube. As a result the man suffered severe brain damage and is unable to work, drive, or manage his own affairs.
In another Illinois medical malpractice settlement this month a Jackson County woman reached a $3.5million agreement following a botched cryoablation surgery. The surgeon performing the procedure perforated the woman’s uterus. As a result she suffered freezing injuries to her small intestines. The woman was eventually forced to undergo a staggering twenty different surgeries to correct the problems. Nearly half of the settlement amount involved penalty payments made by the medical liability insurance company. The court had previously chastised the company for knowingly delaying in making the required payments for frivolous and unnecessary reasons.
A large $12 million settlement was reached recently between a patient and a Glenbrook Hospital following failure to properly deal with the patient’s meningititis. The victim in that case woke up at home with a severe headache that became significantly worse over the course of the day. By the evening he could barely function and called an ambulance to rush him to the hospital. Unfortunately, the medical professionals in the emergency room failed to act appropriately-in many ways, they failed to act at all. The victim essentially waited for nearly six and a half hours without receiving any antibiotics. Even then, he only received any care at all because the failure to administer antibiotics caused him to go into septic shock. His body unnaturally clotted blood, and blood flow stopped in his extremities. All told he had partial amputations in his arms and legs and he lost vision in one of his eyes.
Our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers know that these and similar cases arise all the time in our area. It is important not to forget these victims and to ensure that they have the resources they need to get their lives as close to normal as possible.
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