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Previous medical records used in Illinois lawsuit

Nearly everyone relies on a doctor to ease pain, cure diseases or even save a life. Clinical professionals are highly trained and often working with a broad range of experience, but they can make mistakes. If one results in a painful or debilitating problem, the mistake may warrant compensation.

Bar-coded sponges could prevent 'never events' in surgery

If you're a patient who has undergone surgery and found out that a sponge was left inside your body, you're one of many who has suffered from a "never event." A "never event," aptly named due to being an event that never should have happened or shouldn't take place because there are supposed to be safeguards in place to prevent it. Leaving a sponge in a patient is one of those errors that shouldn't happen.

Minimally invasive surgery actually more dangerous, study claims

In most cases, people believe that a less-invasive surgery is a safer surgery. It reduces the likelihood of infections, and it's typically less damaging to the body. However, in studies of minimally invasive surgeries compared to open surgeries for radical hysterectomies, it was shown that the minimally invasive surgery was actually more dangerous.

Many 'never events' surgical errors caused by poor communication

Surgeries that involve the wrong patient, procedure or site are referred commonly known as "never events" because they're ones that shouldn't ever occur if the right pre-operative protocol is followed. While data shows that this type of surgical error only happens once in every 112,000 procedures in a hospital setting, those that occur in outpatient settings may be remarkably higher.

Software causes problems for physicians and their patients

Most doctors value technology and respect it as it improves their tools for saving lives. However, despite this attitude and physicians being among the most tech-literate professionals in Illinois and the United States, many of them dislike their experience with computers in the workplace.

Does the use of smartphones contribute to surgical errors?

We have become increasingly dependent on personal electronic devices, and surgeons are no exception. Smartphones typically top the list of "must-have" devices. They often take the user's attention away from what they are supposed to be doing. While surgeons are known for their professional commitment, they are just as vulnerable to distraction as anyone else is.

Chicago settles 2 surgical error lawsuits for $11 million

We rely on doctors more and more as we age and encounter surprises along the road of life. Medical professionals are an irreplaceable part of a healthy lifestyle, so it is often seen as a betrayal when doctors and other clinicians make mistakes that cost years of recovery time or worse.

Doctors may avoid malpractice histories by leaving the state

If doctors are to heal us, they must have our trust. Many patients prefer doctors who have been with them for years because they have put in the time and effort to earn this trust, perhaps by comforting them in some of life's most trying moments.

How often do surgical errors known as 'never events' occur?

You may be lucky enough to go through your entire life without the need for a surgical procedure. On the other hand, you may be like many other people who must prepare to undergo a surgery at some point. Either way, it is important to learn about the things that could go wrong inside a surgical suite just in case you do have to go under a surgeon's scalpel.

The importance of knowing expected post-surgical healing time

If you go in for surgery, one of the first questions you will likely ask after you get to the recovery room is how long full recovery is going to take. Beyond that, when can you go back to work? When will the pain subside? When can you get back into activities like running or swimming?

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

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.

View Article “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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