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Most patients check into a hospital expecting to get better. Sadly, this is not always the case; doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals sometimes make critical mistakes that end up doing more harm than good. Even more disturbing is that, according to recent data, the prevalence of these medical errors has increased over the years at an alarming rate.

Medical Mistakes: Then and Now

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By Timothy Tomasik

medical malpractice errors, Chicago personal injury lawyerAccording to a recent study, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Many can be attributed to hospital errors, which can make them immediate and especially critical. However, medical errors with fatal or life-altering consequences do not just occur in hospitals; they can happen in doctor’s offices and clinics as well. Wherever the error happens, the mistakes are often the same, and even the best of doctors can make them.

Misdiagnosis

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By Daniel M. Kotin

medical malpractice claims, Chicago medical malpractice attorneysBeing the victim of a medical mistake is a terrible and frightening ordeal. Most of us go to the doctor and put our health – our very life – in the hands of doctors and nurses. We trust that they will do their jobs carefully and skillfully, and most do. But when medical malpractice occurs, the results can be deadly. Even if a person survives a medical mistake during a surgery (for example), a failure to properly diagnose an illness or perform a surgery correctly can drastically reduce the lifespan of the victim.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed against negligent doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, along with hospitals and similar institutions, whenever a patient has been injured by that negligent conduct. The monetary compensation obtained through a medical malpractice lawsuit – called “damages” – is meant to compensate the patient for mental pain and suffering, additional medical  bills, time missed from work, and the loss of a chance for survival (amongst other compensable losses).

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