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Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims

We trust doctors and hospitals to take care of us when we’re sick or have suffered an injury, and most of the time they do. Unfortunately, there are instances when a doctor or other healthcare provider makes a patient’s condition worse through negligent actions or by failing to act. In these instances, many patients file medical malpractice claims to help recover compensation for the additional injuries.

Some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims include:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose – If a doctor fails to properly diagnose a condition, it can be fatal for the patient. For the best patient outcomes, conditions need to be diagnosed as quickly as possible so the appropriate medical treatment can be given. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, or fails to provide a diagnosis, patients lose valuable time.
  • Surgical errors – Although surgery has inherent risks, there are some things that should never happen during a surgery. Surgical mistakes can be caused by inexperience, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just plain inattention, among other causes.
  • Medication errors – Nearly all patients in hospitals receive some type of medication. If a healthcare provider makes a mistake when administering medication, patients can suffer serious injuries. Administering the wrong dosage, administering the wrong medications, or not checking for drug interactions could all prove fatal.
  • Anesthesia errors – The use of anesthesia has greatly improved the practice of medicine. While anesthesia is crucial for operations, anesthesia errors can cause permanent brain damage or even death if mistakes are made during administration.
  • Hospital negligence – Hospitals are required to uphold certain safety standards. Things like unclean hospital rooms, spills, or even negligent hiring practices can harm patients.

What To Do If You Suspect A Medical Error

Victims of medical malpractice and their families may feel like they have nowhere to turn for help. If you suspect you suffered injuries as the result of a medical mistake, the best thing to do is to immediately seek medical attention from a doctor and hospital not affiliated with the medical provider making the original mistake. Victims should also seek the help of an experienced attorney. A medical malpractice lawyer will be able to perform a complete investigation by requesting medical records and determining what exactly went wrong.

Get Help With Your Medical Malpractice Claim

At The Glisson Law Firm, we understand how difficult medical malpractice injuries can be for you and your family. We work diligently for our clients to get them the compensation they rightfully deserve from the responsible parties.

waiting room from lawsuit where Quincy, Illinois Doctors Sued For Medical Malpractice In Heart Attack Death

Quincy, Illinois Doctors Sued For Medical Malpractice In Heart Attack Death

waiting room from lawsuit where Quincy, Illinois Doctors Sued For Medical Malpractice In Heart Attack DeathA Quincy, Illinois family brought suit for the death of their mother due to negligence of doctors. The mother had gone in for a colonoscopy at the Quincy Surgical Center—-she had low blood pressure due to the prep—-probably due to loss of fluid.

The colonoscopy went as expected, but the patient continued to have abnormally low blood pressure. She was discharged home without IV fluids. At home, she complained of chest pain and falling.

Eventually she was rushed to the Blessing Hospital with the low blood pressure and chest complaints. An EKG was abnormal as well as a blood test for heart damage. The ER doctor failed to recognize and treat this heart attack and then failed to call in a cardiologist timely.

Four and a half hours later, the patient died due to the heart attack without being treated by a cardiologist.

Suit was brought against the doctor for performing the colonoscopy for discharging the patient without stabilizing her vital signs; and against the ER doctor for not recognizing and treating the heart attack. It was thought that the low blood pressure prevented the heart from getting adequate blood causing the heart attack.

Suit is pending in Adams County, Illnois with WWF&G prosecuting the case.

WWF&G regularly handle medical malpractice claims in the state of Illinois and Missouri. As a testament to our competency, the majority of cases handled are at the referral of other attorneys. If you have any questions regarding medical mistakes, don’t hesitate to call for a free consult with WWF&G at 618-462-1077.

nurse from lawsuit where Fired Gateway Regional Medical Center Employee Files Discrimination

There Is No Medical Malpractice Crisis In Madison County, Illinois

nurse from lawsuit where Fired Gateway Regional Medical Center Employee Files DiscriminationMadison County, Illinois, has been the subject of ridicule for a medical malpractice crisis. There is no crisis and never has been.

Over the past 10 years, there has been an average number of 5 medical malpractice cases each year that go to trial in Madison County, Illinois, and the significant majority of them result in verdicts for the physicians and hospitals. Unfortunately, this is far less than the perception of the public.

Why are there a limited number of medical malpractice cases filed? Under Illinois law, a case must be reviewed by a physician in the same field as the Defendant doctor or hospital, and this costs money – usually several thousand dollars. Most of the time, the review shows no malpractice – resulting in a loss to the client or attorney. In order to file suit, a physician’s affidavit explaining the malpractice must be attached to the complaint.

Once the claim is filed, the doctor or hospital will begin defending the case. The insurance companies for the doctors and hospitals normally have the case reviewed by a board of physicians, compred of 25 or more physicians. All of them will render an opinion as to whether or not there is malpractice and advise the insurance company of their opinions. Even if there is a consensus of malpractice, the physicians generally have the final say on whether or not to admit malpractice and pay the claim. They rarely do – sometimes out of ego.

For clients and Plaintiffs attorneys, the risk is great. The cost of hiring expert physicians is great, ranging between $20,000 and $50,000 to prosecute one case. A loss at trial means these costs will not be recovered.

Due to the risk and expense of these claims, small claims are cost prohibitive. Generally, there needs to be significant injury, such as a wrongful death, and clear liability. If liability is not clear, insurance companies will not pay. Moreover, juries will not find for a Plaintiff in a close case – they always side with the doctor or hospital.

For these reasons, no frivolous claims are made. Most personal injury attorneys will not handle this type of claim. Further, there are only a limited number of attorneys who can afford to prosecute this type of claim, and spend the significant time required to research the medicine and work with experts.

The fact of the matter is that medical errors occur in Madison County, Illinois, as well as across the country. The national trend of increasing deaths due to medical accidents is a fact. Hearst newspapers have recently reported that the rate of these deaths has increased since 1999. This figure is appalling.

The effect of malpractice on families can be great. Victims can be affected for the rest of their lives. Patients are entitled to good patient care, and medical malpractice claims keep physicians and hospitals in check.

One of the few firms that prosecutes these cases in Madison County, Illinois, and the St. Louis area is Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson of Alton, Illinois.

Currently, the firm has suits against local hospitals in Alton, Illinois and St Louis, Missouri, for medical mistakes that fall below the standard of care. One suit against St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Alton, is for allowing a patient to fall causing a brain injury and subsequent death. Another suit against Christian Northeast Hospital in St Louis, is for allowing a decubitus ulcer to form on a patient, also leading to the patient’s death. In another suit against Alton Multispecialists, a family has prosecuted a doctor for a baby delivery, which resulted in the infant suffering from shoulder dystocia….an injury to the nerves on the shoulder causing weakness and deformity to the arm.

If you or a loved one believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, please contact our office for a free consultation at 618-462-1077.

red cross from Case Where Illinois Supreme Court Throws Out Caps on Medical Malpractice Awards

Illinois Supreme Court Throws Out Caps on Medical Malpractice Awards

red cross from Case Where Illinois Supreme Court Throws Out Caps on Medical Malpractice AwardsOn Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a five-year old ruling that limited the amount patients could receive from medical malpractice cases. Previously, the law allowed jury awards of up to $500,000 against doctors and $1 million against hospitals for non-economic damages (such as pain, suffering, loss of companionship, etc). In its 4-to-2 decision, the court stated the law was a violation of the states separation of powers because legislators were imposing decision that should be left up to judges and juries.

While lawyers, patients’ rights advocates and union groups celebrated the decision, medical associations and doctors say it will mark a return to increased malpractice rates and an exodus of medical professionals from the state of Illinois. Others argue that the blame for high insurance rates lies with the insurance companies themselves.

Currently, close to 30 states have laws limiting awards for non-economic damages. In states where those laws have been challenged, 16 states have upheld the laws while 11 have overturned them. Missouri happens to be one of the 30 states that limits awards on malpractice suits; earlier this month the Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments by opponents of caps, though no ruling has been made.

The law firm of WWF&G has extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases. If you or someone you love has fallen victim to malpractice, please contact our firm at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077.

Fairview Heights, Illinois Woman Sues Doctor over Malpractice

A woman from Fairview Heights, Illinois has filed a lawsuit for medical malpractice against her St. Clair County doctor.

The plaintiff claims her doctor failed to notice that she had a stroke and neglected to give her the proper diagnosis. As a result, her condition became worse than it would have been if she were properly treated. Her brain, back and lower half of her body sustained permanent injuries, which resulted in expensive medical bills and lost time at work.

According to an article published in the Madison / St. Clair Record, the woman demands more than $50,000 from the internist’s healthcare foundation and the hospitals at which he works.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that between the years of 2000 and 2004, only about 12 percent of cases ended with a payout for plaintiffs in Illinois. Medical malpractice cases are difficult and expensive, requiring true personal injury experts.

The law offices of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson are experienced in handling medical malpractice cases in the states of Illinois and Missouri. They understand the pain and suffering caused by medical providers who overlook symptoms and misdiagnose the patients who put complete trust in them.

Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases are entitled to file suit for the following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Loss of ability to go about their normal lifestyle
  • Reimbursement for medical bills
  • Loss of past and future wages
  • Disfigurement
  • Future damages.

The intent of such cases is to put the injured person back in the position that he or she was in prior to injury. Contact WWF&G today for a free consultation and sound legal advice.

doctor from st louis Medical Malpractice lawsuit Alarmists on Trial

Medical Malpractice: Alarmists on Trial

doctor from st louis Medical Malpractice lawsuit Alarmists on TrialA series of St. Louis Post-Dispatch stories are turning the tables on alarmists who claim there are too many “frivolous lawsuits” against health care facilities and physicians.

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association President Todd A. Smith contacted the Post-Dispatch to refute a Northwestern University study which claimed that medical malpractice suits were causing newly trained doctors to leave the state of Illinois. The claim failed to take into account the fact that a high portion of doctors trained in Illinois are from out-of-state and plan to return home to begin their careers.

In a case dating back to 2003, a doctor operated on a five-year-old girl’s right eye instead of her left. According to the story in the Post, the doctor then attempted to cover-up his mistake by lying to the girl’s parents and tampering with medical charts. Despite being caught and paying a fine, the doctor has not been suspended from a day of work.

As reporter Jeremy Kohler writes, “Leniency and secrecy are the rule when it comes to policing Missouri’s 22,000 doctors, a Post-Dispatch investigation has found.”

As demonstrated in an article posted on Dec. 12 of last year, the list of what the Missouri medical board will publicly disseminate about a doctor on trial is much shorter than what the board refuses to reveal. Criminal records, investigations, history of training and education, hospital privilege restrictions and discipline from other states are off-limits, as is any information about physicians who are suspended, revoked or retired.

Considering these facts, one can imagine how difficult it is to get the real story on a doctor who may have caused harm to an innocent patient.

Considering the incredible expense and risk involved in following through with medical malpractice lawsuits, the Alton, Illinois-based attorneys at WWF&G should be commended for standing up for patients’ rights, especially in a time when such lawsuits are unpopular in the eyes of the public.

Thomas O. Falb and Michael P. Glisson offer free consultations for victims of medical malpractice, making sure to provide honest assessments of the situation for their clients. If it looks like a recovery on your medical expenses can be made, the WWF&G team will work tirelessly to provide the best results possible.