Carlinville Area Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Carlinville Area Hospital is a 25-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Carlinville and Macoupin County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
20733 North Broad Street
Carlinville, IL 62626
In addition to providing emergency care, the facility also offers:
- Cardiopulmonary services
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Imaging services, x-rays, MRI, ultrasound, bone density testing
- Inpatient care including TCU (transitional care unit)
- Full-service laboratory
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Outpatient specialty care
- Rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapies
- Senior behavioral health
- Surgical services including colonoscopy, cataract surgery, plastic surgery, and urology
In a comparative analysis involving all medical centers and hospitals in the US, Carlinville Area Hospital maintains an overall “B+” score, ranking it in the 67th percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available data and involves overall patient satisfaction, hospital patient flow and reported complications. Lower scores often indicate a high percentage of medical errors and mistakes that happen at the hospital.
Emergency Department Care is a crucial component of every community. For Carlinville Area Hospital, the incoming patient flow (the measurement of healthcare efficiency when evaluating patients) ranks in the 60th percentile. The discharge patient flow, measuring the efficiency of treating less sick patients, ranks in the 60th percentile and the admitted patient flow, measuring the efficiency of treating sicker patients, ranks in the 68th percentile for 2015. The frustration of patients leaving the emergency room ranked in the 50th percentile. However, according to Analytics MD, the overall patient satisfaction of individuals receiving care throughout the hospital ranked in the 75th percentile.
Inpatient Mortality Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health analyzes and evaluates data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and uses report card methodologies and risk adjustment protocols to determine effective indicators of short-term mortality rates. For the year 2017, the inpatient mortality indicators for Carlinville Area Hospital involved:
- Pneumonia Patients – The risk-adjusted mortality rate of 2015 for individuals suffering from pneumonia was 78.73 per 1000 or 2 out of 46 patients. This number was more than three times higher than the overall state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients. This number has not statistically changed since then.
- Congestive Heart Failure Patients – The rate-adjusted mortality rate of 2015 for individuals suffering from congestive heart failure was 38.17 per 1000 or 2 out of 56 patients. The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that this rate was near twice the state’s average of 20.74 per 1000 patients. This number has not statistically changed since then.
Readmission and Thirty-Day Mortality Rates
A certain percentage of all patients discharged from the hospital will return to be readmitted to the facility due to a complication or an ineffective transition to other care settings that could include a nursing home or the family’s home. Information collected by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Hospital Compare website revealed readmission and mortality rates that include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days – 16.3 percent of all pneumonia patients, which is nearly identical to the Illinois state’s average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days – 21.2 percent of all heart failure patients, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state’s average of 22.09 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient 30-Day Mortality Rate – 14.8 percent of all pneumonia patients died within 30 days after being admitted to the hospital, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state’s average of 16.32 percent.
- Heart Failure Patient 30-Day Mortality Rate – 11.0 percent of all heart failure patients, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state’s average of 11.83 percent.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Many patients at Illinois hospitals suffer serious harm to the negligent or careless actions of doctors, nurses or other medical providers. Because of that, these victims will file a medical malpractice claim to recover their financial losses. However, these cases are often extremely complex and require the comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law.
Many families choose to hire a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases to ensure that every aspect of the claim for compensation is handled correctly. A successful personal injury law firm will ensure all the necessary paperwork and documentation has been filed and handled as required in the appropriate County Courthouse. In Macoupin County, the court contact information includes:
P.O. Box 197
Carlinville, IL 62626
Circuit Court Clerk Lee Ross
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Involving Carlinville Area Hospital
Ear Infection Leads to New Claim
This cause of action arose in Carlinville, Illinois. It was brought by a husband of a female patient. The man sought damages from the defendants including lost consortium and companionship. His wife had an ear infection (otitis media and externa). She also had inflammation along the canal of her ear. The man claimed that the medical staff failed to diagnose and adequately care for her. These failures led to her complications including brain abscesses and herniations as well as mastoiditis. The parties implicated include the hospital, doctors, and medical consultants among others.
$3,104,695 Verdict; Illinois Surgical Error Verdict
The plaintiff that brought this hospital case was a woman in her middle forties. She needed her gallbladder removed. The procedure took place at Carlinville Area Hospital. Unfortunately, during the operation, the surgeon errored and left clips within her body. The doctor sutured her up without removing them. This led to a number of complications including bile buildup. Then, in a follow-up operation to clean up the mistake, she suffered a heart attack. She sued the original doctor and facility. Her complaint alleged that their negligence caused her immediate pain, long-term suffering and disability, medical bills over $100,000, and lost wages of close to $200,000. The defendants denied the charges. They responded that they operated within the appropriate standard of care. The jury disagreed. They found for the woman to the tune of $3,104,695. Of that sum, $163,504 was for lost wages; $1,700,000 was for suffering; $1,114,103 was for disability, and $127,088 was for hospital and medical bills.
Carlinville Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or died prematurely due to malpractice at Carlinville Area Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Carlinville personal injury attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve medical error, mistakes or malpractice. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receives sufficient financial compensation to cover all of your damages and injuries.
We encourage you to contact our Macoupin County area medical malpractice law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront payments because we accept all medical mistake cases through contingency fee arrangements. Our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case in a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.