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Shocking Number of Patients Not Really Brain Dead

Thumbnail image for hospital patient-840135_640.jpgStudies from Canada indicate that approximately 20% of patients misdiagnosed as "brain-dead" are in fact conscious and have the potential to recover from traumatic brain injuries. This misdiagnosis can have fatal consequences that can result when physicians and loved ones "pull the plug" on life support systems that are keeping patients alive. New technology that detects brain activity could be the answer.

When a Birth Goes Wrong and Your Newborn Suffers an Injury

Being pregnant and giving birth should be one of the happiest times in a woman's life. But sometimes the birth experience results in a permanent injury to their newborn due to the failure of hospital staff or doctors to meet the expected standard of care.

Dangerous Drug Interactions Are a Public Health Crisis

different drugs.jpgDangerous drug interactions are a considerable health crisis that can have severe, and even lethal consequences for patients. It is estimated that adverse drug reactions cause injuries to nearly 2 million people in the United States each year. Approximately 100,000 victims lose their lives. This makes adverse drug reactions a leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and accidents. 

Are Cellphones Causing Doctor Distraction?

stethoscope and phone.jpgCell phones are significant distractions that can cause physicians to make serious medical errors. Doctors who are distracted while examining or treating a patient can miss vital information, make critical mistakes, and put patient health and safety in jeopardy. Technological distractions are partially responsible for the 251,000 fatalities caused by medical errors each year yet many hospitals and healthcare facilities do not have formal policies in place barring their use while treating patients.

Five Signs That Your Doctor is Dangerous [infographic]

Thumbnail image for male doctor.jpgIt is important to recognize the signs of an unsafe physician prior to undergoing any medical treatment. An ounce of prevention is better than the pound of cure and conducting thorough research into the background and reputation of a physician can minimize the risks patients face. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America and the following are five of the most common "red flags" that patients need to keep in their thoughts as they pursue medical treatment in Illinois.

When Failure to Warn Becomes Medical Malpractice

warning sign.jpgMedical procedures carry an element of risk and physicians and healthcare providers have a duty of care to inform their patients that these risks are present. When physicians or healthcare providers fail to warn their patients of the risks involved in a procedure, their negligence makes them liable for medical malpractice.

Concerning the Dangers of Transvascular Autonomic Modulation

In recent years, a controversial medical procedure has been touted for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and other nervous system disorders. Called transvascular autonomic modulation (TVAM), the treatment involves the insertion of a balloon catheter into a vein. Proponents of the procedure claim beneficial effects from increased blood flow and stimulation of the nerves in the area around the balloon catheter.

Diagnostic Errors That Change Lives

diagonse.pngDiagnostic errors are common and can have fatal consequences for patients. It is estimated that up to 18 million diagnostic errors occur annually. These are responsible for approximately 10% of fatalities and 12% of adverse events that occur in hospitals each year. Each year, the National Institute of Medicine estimates that 74,000 people die as a result of a diagnostic error. Nationwide, it is estimated that as many as 15% of patients who see a physician for a new medical issue may be misdiagnosed. 

How the Good Samaritan Act Might Impact Your Malpractice Case

care communities.jpgThe Illinois Good Samaritan Act was designed to protect individuals from civil liability if they provide emergency care to victims without a fee and an injury or death occurs. There are a number of exceptions to the rule, however, that can have a significant impact on a medical malpractice case.

The Ugly Risks and Realities of Cosmetic Procedures

scalpel.pngWhile the majority of cosmetic surgeries are considered elective procedures, that does not bar patients from pursuing claims of medical malpractice. Indeed, cosmetic surgeries and the surgeons who perform them are held to the same standards as those performing life-saving procedures. The number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures has reached an all-time high and in 2016, Americans spent nearly $8 billion on everything from Botox injections to breast lifts and tummy tucks. As the number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures rises, so too have the number of people who have been injured during these operations.

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