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What you should know about never events

When it comes to medical malpractice in Illinois, you may be under the impression that many events are due to small errors that lead to major complications. However, there is a growing number of medical malpractice incidents that involve mistakes so egregious they should never happen. These errors are often referred to as never events in the medical community. Even though there are checks and balances in place to prevent them, more and more patients suffer health injuries and complications and lose their lives to them every day. 

Common types of surgical errors

Surgical errors number among the more common types of medical malpractice. Even highly qualified, reputable health care providers can end up making an error that can seriously affect a patient's health.

Do not overlook emotional abuse in nursing homes

You may already be aware of the risk of physical abuse nursing home residents face. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the elderly to be subjected to neglect and blatant physical harm. This is not the only form of abuse that can take place in a nursing home, though—emotional harm is arguably just as common and potentially just as detrimental. There are a few things you should know about the phenomenon.

Is there such a thing as a nonharmful medical error?

There are countless errors made every day by doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals. Some of these are obviously more injurious than others. Failure to diagnose a life-threatening illness may be fatal, for example. There are other supposedly innocuous errors, however, that are often called nonharmful errors. It is worth wondering, however, whether any medical error can truly be harmless.

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

“I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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