Emergency Surgeries Pose Higher Risks for Death

According to recent medical studies, patients undergoing emergency surgeries are at least eight times more likely to suffer serious complications or death following the operation than patients who undergo the same procedures in a non-emergency setting. In Illinois, a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is all too familiar with injuries and fatalities that often result from emergency surgeries in … [Read more...]

Dangerous Medicine: Blood Thinners & Patient Safety

Patients receiving medical care trust that physicians will use reliable medical techniques and proven medications to improve their health condition. Whether this takes place within the operating room, or simply through the prescription of medication, patients rely upon medical science to keep them alive. For a growing number of patients, this means the prescription of anticoagulants that help … [Read more...]

Defensive Medicine Linked to Fewer Malpractice Claims

According to a recent study by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), physicians who spend more time, money and use more resources on patient procedures and tests are typically at a lower risk of being sued for medical malpractice. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University. … [Read more...]

When your medical device has been recalled?

Millions of Americans undergo surgery each year to replace a defective joint or to implant a device that will help their body function properly. While many lives have been improved and saved because of these technologically-advanced devices, some implants can cause harm or even contribute to the death of the recipient. Once a problem is discovered, bad devices are often recalled in an attempt to … [Read more...]

Drug warnings and liability: who’s responsible?

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans take prescription medications and more than 50 percent take two or more. Prescription drug labels are intended to provide guidelines that allow for the safe and effective use of a product. However, Consumer Reports notes that more than 500,000 Americans misinterpret these labels each year. A Chicago personal injury lawyer could tell … [Read more...]

How dangerous is a central line bloodstream infection?

When patients enter Illinois hospitals for treatment of one condition, they sometimes develop and must be treated for a completely new condition as well. These hospital-acquired infections are common and unfortunately, can often be fatal. One such dangerous infection is a central line-associated bloodstream infection. Known as a CLABSI, this type of infection is serious and can quickly develop … [Read more...]

Severe complications caused by retained sponges

USA Today reports that in most cases of retained surgical items, it is gauzy sponges that are left behind in a surgical site. Surgeons often use dozens of these materials to soak up bodily fluid and blood around the point of operation, making it easier to see. As the gauze become saturated, they become hard to distinguish amidst the tissue and other organs.   … [Read more...]



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