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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

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.

When Surgeons Don't Make the (right) Cut

Surgeons are responsible for hundreds of thousands of surgical errors in the United States each year. These errors include improper sterilization, leaving sponges and other surgical tools inside the patient, and conducting wrong-site surgeries. These errors can cause significant pain and injury, lead to permanent disability, or cause premature death.

The Third Leading Cause of Death is Preventable

diagnosis.jpgMedical malpractice has become the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer, and sadly, many medical errors are preventable. Despite efforts to ensure safe healthcare in America, however, this under-recognized epidemic continues to take innocent lives at an alarming rate. According to recent reports, a disturbing 10 percent of all U.S. deaths care caused by preventable medical mistakes.

Medical Malpractice Claims Reveal Problems at Chicago Public Hospitals

pEmergencyRoomEntrance_Dollarphotoclub_43877143.jpgThe John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the University of Illinois Hospital have both been repeatedly sued for malpractice and have paid out more than $160 million to settle claims, demonstrating the pervasive problem of negligence within their systems. The paid-out claims are likely just the tip of the iceberg because many settlements are not reported. The settlements date from just the past five years, further demonstrating the problem's depth. A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is aware of the extent of the issue and frequently represents clients who have been seriously injured or who have lost loved ones because of medical errors while under hospital care.

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