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High school student struck by car and killed

On the morning of Feb. 4, a freshman at Richards High School left her home to walk to school. She would never make it. Instead, she was struck and killed by a man who police believe drove intoxicated that morning

The 15-year-old student suffered traumatic injuries to her torso. She died at the Advocate Christ Medical Center after transport.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

The doctor-patient relationship is one that involves a certain amount of trust, and because physicians undergo so much training, you are probably inclined to believe that whatever your doctor tells you about your condition is accurate. Unfortunately, however, doctors are only human, and they, too, are prone to making mistakes from time to time. When physicians make significant errors, however, it can have a substantial impact on your overall prognosis, which is troubling because medical errors have become particularly commonplace across America.

In fact, according to CNBC, medical mistakes are now so frequent that they have become the third-most common cause of death in the United States after cancer and heart disease. So, just how often are medical errors occurring, and is there anything you can do to help protect yourself?

American Women More Likely to Die During Pregnancy and Childbirth

consultation-3486590_640.jpgWomen today are more likely to die because of pregnancy-related issues than women in other developed countries and they are about 50% more likely to succumb during childbirth than their own mothers were a generation before. As maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to rise, expectant mothers should pay close attention to the care they receive.

Did "Reckless Disregard" for Player Safety Cause Disabling Brain Injuries?

football-801047_640.jpgReckless disregard for player safety in sports years ago may be responsible for disabling and even deadly brain injuries today. The problem has gained nationwide attention in recent years as former players and their physicians investigate latent conditions like CTE that may have been caused by repeated concussions or serious head injuries that were suffered during participation in sports in the past. New regulations and rules have been introduced to protect players from the long-term harm that traumatic brain injuries create. Changes to safety regulations today, however, do nothing to protect players of yesterday.   

Recent Death Raises Awareness about Nursing Home Residents Wandering Off

senior in sick bed.pngThe recent death of a Chicago area nursing home resident with dementia highlights the risks of elopement and wandering that occur when long-term care residents are not properly supervised. When residents with dementia, Alzheimer's, and other mental impairments are injured or killed as a result of inadequate supervision, nursing homes can be held liable. 

What You Should Know about Diagnostic Errors

doctor-563428_640.jpgDiagnostic errors can have serious consequences that can prolong pain and suffering, and at worst, claim a patient's life. These types of mistakes are very common and their frequency raises serious concerns over patient safety in the United States. Diagnostic errors are more common than surgical mistakes and patients should be aware of the most common types of errors that occur in hospitals, outpatient care facilities, and physician's offices.

Assaulted By Other Nursing Home Residents: Who Is Liable

old person.jpgResident-on-resident assaults in nursing homes are a serious problem and those who facilitate or cause the assault can be held liable. As with all assaults, the nursing home and perpetrator can be responsible for both civil and criminal penalties following an assault on a nursing home resident in Illinois. As nursing homes become more crowded and individuals with criminal convictions for violent offenses grow older, it is a problem that is almost certain to worsen in the future.   

When 'routine surgery' ends up being ruinous

Just because your doctor calls a surgical procedure common or routine does not mean it is without risk. Any time a patient undergoes some form of ectomy - the surgical removal of something in the body - something can go wrong. One minor misstep in a Chicago operating room might not create much of a problem. Several together could combine and leave you seriously ill or disabled. In the worst cases, mistakes can result in death.

One story out of professional football serves as a good case in point. The date is September 2016. The place is the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Florida. The patient is former Minnesota Viking, Sharrif Floyd. According to details of a lawsuit he filed recently, he went in for what was described as routine arthroscopic surgery with a month's recovery and ended up out of a career.

When Patient Referrals Fall Through the Cracks

computer-3343887_640.jpgFailure in the referral management process can delay treatment, increase the risk of negative outcomes, and lead to death. When primary care physicians and specialists do not share critical information regarding a patient's health, it is the patient that suffers the consequences.

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