Decatur is Deeply Rooted in Industry
Many companies have chosen to base their production in Decatur, and industry is the primary fuel for the city’s economy. Manufacturing and heavy labor are tumultuous and dangerous occupations and injured workers have the steady need for emergency care and rehabilitative treatments meant to allow them to return to their duties as quickly as possible. While manufacturing companies are by and far the largest contributors to Decatur’s economy, its two hospitals are among the city’s top ten employers, offering a total of over 3,400 jobs to doctors, nurses and medical professionals.
Examples of Decatur Malpractice Which May Form the Basis of a Lawsuit Against a Hosptial or Doctor
Not every medical error or misstep made by a physician warrants a lawsuit, and most instances of medical negligence involve good intent, but poor execution. Determining whether you have grounds to sue your trusted physician can be difficult, but you are entitled to seek compensation when your injuries result in the need for expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. The following examples of negligence will help you determine whether you should have a Decatur medical malpractice attorney investigate your claim.
- Errors made during an operative procedure. These can include the perforation of internal organs, improper dosing and monitoring of anesthesia and damage caused by oxygen deprivation when staff fail to monitor your vital signs during procedures where pressure is placed on your chest.
- Improper measures to prevent infection. Regardless of the care that you are seeking at any medical facility, you are exposed to the risk of coming down with an infection. Bacteria are becoming more infectious and drug resistant than ever before and this increases the need for hospitals and staff members to take measures to prevent, detect and treat infections in the most proficient manners possible. However, when your infection has resulted from unsanitary conditions or a lack of preventative measures, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation.
- Medication and prescription errors. Often overlooked, these errors have the possibility for drastic effects. Doctors need to be certain that any medication they prescribe will not interact with other medications and nursing staff must make sure they are administering the correct medications and doses to patients. In many cases of medication errors, patients report minor discomfort and side effects, but some medications can be deadly. For example, administering an overdose of blood thinning medication can cause uncontrolled internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.
These represent only a few isolated instances of medical negligence, but what they all have in common is that the injuries could have been prevented with adequate precautionary measures or greater attention to detail. To learn more about what qualifies or to find out whether your case qualifies, give us a call and we would be happy to answer your questions. One of the things that we look at when evaluating a case is whether we can prove a history of similar behavior, as this will dismiss the notion that your case was an isolated incident.
Grading Decatur’s Hospitals
Following is the information we’ve been able to compile about Decatur’s hospitals and we have presented it to allow you to know where your hospital has fallen short and to understand the factors that we consider when reviewing a case. Here is how each hospital rates and can stand to improve its quality of care.
Decatur Memorial Hospital
2300 North Edward Street
Decatur, IL 62526
Decatur Memorial Hospital has only one state designation, which is for level two perinatal care and this facility has presented several areas of concern, which include a high mortality rate among patients suffering from conditions requiring immediate treatment. 16.7% of its pneumonia patients, 22.4% of patients presenting with congestive heart failure and 17.5% of patients who suffered heart attacks were readmitted within thirty days of being released. Almost all of the patients readmitted following a heart attack, eight out of ten patients readmitted for pneumonia and six out of ten patients who returned following treatment for congestive failure died within thirty days.
In addition to an unacceptable mortality rate for the above conditions, the number of patients who died following coronary bypass procedures was over three times the state average. 63.89 patients out of 1,000 died compared to the average of 20.36 per 1,000. Hip fracture mortality rates are also in the unacceptable range. 57.73 patients out of 1,000 suffering hip fractures died within thirty days compared to the state average of 21.81 out of 1,000.
Finally, only 54% of patients surveyed understood their medical treatment and what was required for continued care following discharge. This can contribute to readmission rates as patients that are not properly educated on their health conditions could see those conditions worsen following release.
St. Mary’s Hospital
1800 East Lake Shore Drive
Decatur, IL 62521
St. Mary’s has received a baby friendly designation from the state for its level two perinatal care and its emergency care for pediatric patients. Its incident rate of birth injury to both child and mother are well below the state and national average. Its readmission rate of 24.9% of congestive heart failure patients and mortality rate of 16.8% of heart attack sufferers are both above average, however.
This facility also received a concerning score for its treatment of blood clots. The overall score of 73% is the result of concerns generated by patients failing to receive preventative treatment for blood clots following surgical procedures as well as the failure to properly treat those who had developed clots. Only 70.11% of postoperative patients received preventative care for clots within 48 hours and only 54.9% of patients who developed a clot while being cared for were given the recommended treatment.
Finally, only 75.68% of patients who did receive blood thinners for the treatment of blood clots were properly instructed on how to use them or informed of their risks. Only 50% of all patients surveyed felt that they understood their treatment or how to continue care at home. Patients who are educated about their medical conditions and given proper home care instructions are far less likely to return following a worsening of their conditions.
Learn More About Your Rights with a Free Case Review from Our Decatur Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The Decatur medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers routinely represent the victims of medical negligence and our goal is to help you recover both physically and financially from your injuries. Revisionary procedures and rehabilitative therapy can become cost prohibitive and you do not deserve to have to bear those expenses when your injuries were not your fault. Most of the people negatively impacted by medical errors and negligent actions never seek legal advice because they do not understand their rights and we are happy to answer all of your cases during a free consultation.
You can also be confident in knowing that we only collect a fee if we are able to successfully secure compensation on your behalf. If we fail to do so, our services will be free of charge.