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Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Malpractice Lawyers

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is a 326-bed medical facility in Downers Grove, Illinois providing medical services throughout DuPage County. The hospital is located at:

  • 3815 Highland Ave.
  • Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • (630) 275-5900

National Rankings

Compared to other hospitals in the United States, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital maintains an overall “B” score. In national rating statistics, the medical center ranks in the 55th percentile in the areas of staff responsiveness, patient-nurse communication and patient satisfaction along with complications and adverse incidences that could be the result of medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

The state of Illinois provides state designations for hospitals and medical centers to determine their level of care in the community. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital maintains four state designations that include:

Perinatal Level III

Illinois recognizes Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital as a participant in the Regionalized Perinatal System Level III. The medical center provides a high level intensive care approach when providing care for high risk women with the potential of developing a complicated pregnancy and to treat at risk newborns. The site has a neonatal intensive care unit to provide treatment to high risk childbearing women and newborns.

Trauma Center Level I

The hospital is recognized as a Level I Trauma Center providing all essential and necessary emergency services at the facility 24 hours a day including the ability to land a medical service helicopter on-site. The medical director/trauma surgeon has access to array of available specialized services to provide surgical care, anesthetics, intensive care, radiology and emergency medicines.

Magnet Recognition

The hospital participates in the Magnet Recognition program by developing procedures and protocols for strong nursing leadership, effective patient/nursing communication and shared decision-making processes. In addition, the program encourages ongoing quality improvement in nursing practices and how to develop interdisciplinary relationships in-house.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics

The Illinois Department of Public Health has developed an emergency medical system designed for pediatric patients. This hospital participates in that program and is recognized as maintaining an EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) designation that provides a high level of emergency care services to children 24 hours every day.

Facility-Acquired Infections

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) between 01/01/2014 and 12/31/2014 Include:
    • Postoperative Infections in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU – 1 infection incident out of 3394 central line days.
    • Neonatal ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Levels II/III – 2 infection incidents out of 509 central line days.
  • Surgical Site Infections (SSI) between 07/01/2013 to 06/30/2014 Include:
    • Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery – 1 infection incident out of 145 procedures.
    • Post-Total Knee Replacement Surgery – 1 infection incident out of 335 procedures.
  • CDI and MRSA Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014 Include:
    • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Bloodstream Infection Onset Incident Rate – 3 infection incidents out of 80,340 patient days.
    • CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) Onset Incident Rate – 51 infection incidents out of 68,351 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department Of Health maintain statistics on patient safety measures as a way to flag any potential complication or adverse event post-surgery and post-procedures that occur in hospitals and medical centers statewide.

Between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014, the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital had a statistically significant worse rating for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) blood clotting and Postoperative Lung Embolism at a combined higher than normal rate of 50 incidences out of 3866 patients, or nearly 2 times the state’s rate. Other patient safety concerns that might be associated with medical malpractice include:

  • Postoperative Hemorrhage and Hemorrhages – 12 incidents out of 3754 patients.
  • Health Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 2 incidents of 11,964 patients.
  • Postoperative Abdominal Wall Surgery Wound Complications – 2 incidents out of 498 patients.
  • Unexpected Deaths – 1 unexpected death out of 3280 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

$1,725,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Surgical Error Lawsuit

The patient caught up in this controversy was sixty-five. He entered Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for surgery. He needed a laparoscopic colon operation. It appeared for a time after the surgery that all went well. However, after the initial period, things got much worse. This was the case because the doctors committed certain surgical errors. Specifically, they cut his renal vein and vena cava (inferior). These oversights had dramatic consequences. He died from internal bleeding. All of his four children survived him. They brought a hospital lawsuit in Illinois against the facility as well as some of the healthcare professionals that oversaw the operation. They argued that the defendants were responsible for these unfortunate events. The defendants preferred the private confines of settlement rather than hashing the matter out in court. Eventually, all sides settled for a reported $1.725 million (doctor and medical group paid $1.5 million and the hospital paid $225 thousand). That money was to compensate the victims for their physical, emotional, and financial damages as well as for the man's untimely passing.

$2,750,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Failure to Diagnose Lawsuit

This medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in DeKalb County, Illinois. The dispute kicked off after a man in his middle forties was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital. He was recently involved in an automobile accident and needed diagnosis and treatment. Apparently, his medical background suggested a risk of blood clotting. Yet, his doctors failed to diagnose him for this issue. Subsequently, they let him leave without giving him any prescriptions or care for that problem. He later developed deep vein thrombosis and died not long after being discharged from the hospital. It was located in his pulmonary artery. His spouse and children survived him. They brought an action for negligence and wrongful death. The hospital settled to avert trial for $2.75 million but the plaintiffs still proceeded in their cause of actions against the doctors and medical company.

$4,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Neglect Lawsuit

The circumstances which prompted this lawsuit arose at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. The patient was a fifty-two-year-old woman. Doctors performed surgery on her at the same facility. However, a dispute arose as to how she was looked over and cared for after that operation. It seems that the facility staff did not appropriately monitor her, use a oximeter, or check her pulse. Consequently, she suffered oxygen loss. The hospital nurses and doctors did not properly respond to her deteriorating condition. For example, they did not resuscitate her fast enough. As a result, she experienced brain damage. Doctors diagnosed the injuries as permanent. Her bills alone to treat this incident swelled over $100,000. Through her lawyers, she brought a lawsuit against the hospital for the neglect that led to these events and her subsequent disability. In a private and negotiated settlement, the woman received a $4.5 million settlement.

$2,300,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Birth Injury Lawsuit

This birth injury case unfolded a few years after the child was actually born. The mother gave birth at forty weeks. Doctors used Pitocin to induce her. However, fourteen hours later, she was still having a hard time delivering the boy. Doctors decided to conduct a caesarean section in order to remove the child. After he was born, tests showed that he was health. Yet, the next day, he started having seizures. Doctors gave him medicine and discharged him a few days after that incident. Two years later, the boy showed signs of brain damage. They family learned that he was mentally retarded and will need care for the rest of his life. They sued the hospital. The family claimed that the defendants should have acted quicker and realized that the boy was in distress during delivery. The plaintiffs alleged that his brain damage was directly caused by the hospital's negligent care during labor. They sought compensation for the damages that they suffered including the boy's pain and disability, cost of future care, lost life normalcy, and similar harms. The defendant hospital denied these allegations and replied that his harm was unrelated to their care. However, they did not prove this point in trial. Rather, they settled and compensated the plaintiffs for a reported $1.3 million. Another defendant gave the family $1 million.

Downers Grove, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you have suffered harm after being admitted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, your injuries might be the result of medical negligence, mistakes, and errors. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC protect the rights of injured patients all across the state of Illinois. We accept medical malpractice cases on contingency. This means you receive instant legal representation to seek financial compensation to hold those responsible for your harm accountable for their neglect. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free, initial consultation to discuss the merits of your case.

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