Medical Malpractice

Study Indicates 20 Percent of Trauma Deaths Preventable Through Improved Services

A new study by The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine finds that one in five trauma deaths could have been prevented if the people had got treatment from a trauma center sooner. The same report states that trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States for people 45 … [...]

Death of Joan Rivers Highlights Problems with Outpatient Surgical Centers

Patients should consider the risks and benefits of having a procedure at an outpatient surgical center. The death of Joan Rivers emphasizes the need for increased oversight. … [...]

Illinois Continues to Have High Medical Malpractice Costs

Dr. Hyman, a professor at the University of Illinois and an expert in healthcare regulation and finance, co-authored two papers which found that tort reform in Illinois has done little to curb medical malpractice costs. Tort reform was enacted in several states to control the soaring costs … [...]

Recent Studies Reveal Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death

According to recent studies, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. They account for approximately 251,000 deaths every year, equating to 700 deaths every day. Medical errors in Illinois hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are common reasons for … [...]

Hospitals Employing New Technology to Prevent Negligence

With advanced medical technology, equipment and procedures, high-risk procedures for patients have become much more common. Although advanced technology has saved many lives, it has also increased the risks for hospital negligence and medical malpractice. To prevent errors and negligence, many … [...]

Adventist Health Systems Fined for Overbilling

Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation based in Orlando has been fined $115 million for filing both false and inflated insurance claims, and for providing kickbacks to physicians. AHHSHC operates 43 hospitals in 10 states, including Illinois. The case began in December 2012 when … [...]

Wrongful deaths cost Illinois hospitals millions

Medical errors made in Illinois hospitals have created a hefty price tag for area medical facilities as well as Illinois taxpayers, a fact know by a Lake County wrongful death attorney. Mistakes made by hospital staff and other medical professionals has resulted in a substantial number of patient … [...]

Medical societies should release injury/disability rates of surgeons

According to a recent study found in the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year in U.S. hospitals due to preventable medical errors. The Wall Street Journal reports that between 46 and 65 percent of these errors are related to surgery. Unfortunately, it is … [...]

Corneal inlay surgery: What you should know

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing corneal inlays and their surgical applications. Specifically, the agency is determining whether corneal inlays are safe and effective. As any Illinois medical malpractice lawyer would know, it is important for consumers to understand that … [...]

Delays in medical care can cause brain damage during birth

In 2009, a woman went to an Illinois hospital to deliver her baby, who was born with brain damage. According to The Cook County Record, the woman and her husband have filed a lawsuit against the facility. In the claim, the parents allege that the medical team did not react in a timely fashion to a … [...]