Elgin Population Served by Limited Number of Hospitals
Elgin is the eighth largest city in Illinois with a population of over 111,000 people and its residents are served by only three area hospitals, which must also serve the population of Elgin’s neighbors. The overcrowding of hospitals presents the challenge of prioritizing patients by needs and the hospital staffs often rush to move people in and out without always making sure they are ready to be discharged. This can result in medical errors and failure to provide adequate treatment to address the conditions or injuries the patients present upon arrival.
What you Can Expect During an Elgin Medical Negligence Case
If you have been injured due to a direct act or failure to act on part of a doctor or other medical professional, you are entitled under Illinois law to file a lawsuit. You must first be able to prove that the facility or person the lawsuit is brought against did not fulfill the duty of care prescribed for the set of circumstances that existed at the time of your injury. This means that the doctor must have acted unreasonably or the facility must have failed to use measures which may have prevented your injuries. Once medical negligence has been established, your case will be valued based on the following factors.
- The cost of your medical treatment following the injury. You are entitled to collect compensation for the cost of revisionary surgeries, rehabilitative therapy and ongoing long term care if these treatments can be deemed necessary to your recovery.
- Additional out of pocket expenses incurred as the direct result of your injuries. Incidental costs can be assessed in the value of your case if you can prove that they are directly linked to your injuries or incurred due to physical limitations that have resulted from them.
- Time off work or the loss of potential income. If you are unable to perform your duties at work during your recovery, you may be able to recover the value of your lost wages and if your injuries result in the loss of your job or require that you remain home for the remainder of your life, you may be able to recover damages to compensate for value of your wages for the remaining years of your life.
- Pain and suffering or diminished quality of living. Injuries that are permanently debilitating require a lifetime of aid and expensive care— and when these expenses become a financial burden, it adds an insult to injury that you should not be required to bear. For this reason, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured presently and will endure in the future due to your injuries.
Areas of Concern for Elgin Area Hospitals
As previously mentioned, the three hospitals serving the greater Elgin area must meet the needs of multiple cities nearby. We’ve compiled the following data both to help you understand what factors can have a contributing influence on medical negligence and to raise awareness of these issues in hopes that it will promote healthy changes to the healthcare system. Below you will find the information we were able to glean about each hospital through public records and surveys.
Advocate Sherman Hospital
1425 North Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Advocate Sherman Hospital has received designations by the State of Illinois as a level two trauma center with pediatric emergency room and level two perinatal center. Its readmission rate for patients suffering from pneumonia is greater than the state and national averages and readmission rates are generally reflective of the quality and thoroughness of treatment offered to each patient on their first visit.
18.4% of pneumonia patients, 22.1% of congestive heart failure patients and 16.2% of heart attack patients admitted to this hospital were readmitted within thirty days of discharge. Roughly two thirds of patients who were readmitted did not survive, highlighting the importance of treatment that solves the primary concern for admission the first time. Aside from readmission rates, however, Advocate Sherman Hospital had performed at or better than average for most areas of inquiry.
74% of patients receiving treatment here would recommend the facility to their family and friends and the cleanliness of rooms is considered just above average. Sanitation is an important factor in preventing the spread of infections.
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
77 North Airlite Street
Elgin, IL 60120
Saint Joseph Hospital is designated a level two trauma unit which provides emergency pediatric care also. Like Sherman Hospital, its readmission rates are slightly higher than state and national averages and this could be due to overcrowding and the tendency to release patients before they are ready to go home. 18.2% of patients with pneumonia, 22.8% of those with congestive heart failure and 19% of those admitted for heart attack were readmitted within thirty days of discharge. Roughly half of those readmitted did not survive, which is significantly better than Sherman Hospital, but still highlights the need to make sure patients are able to safely return home prior to filing discharge papers.
77% of patients surveyed felt that their rooms, beds and bathing areas were kept sanitary and while this leaves room for improvement, it also places Saint Joseph well ahead of the state average. One area of considerable concern is that only 54% of patients felt that they understood their treatment or were given adequate information about their continued treatment at home prior to discharge. The failure to educate patients on their conditions and ensure that they will know how to facilitate their continued recovery can result in readmission.
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
St. Alexius serves the northeastern area of Elgin in addition to Streamwood, South Barrington and Schaumburg. It has received state designations as a level two trauma unit, level three perinatal center and emergency pediatric unit. While St. Alexius shares the concern with its counterparts over abnormally high readmission rates, its mortality rates are lower than both the state and national averages.
18.1% of patients admitted with pneumonia, 23.3% of patients admitted with congestive heart failure and 18% of patients suffering heart attacks were readmitted within a thirty day period following discharge. The total mortality rates for each condition were 8.8%, 8.7% and 12.9%, respectively, however. Even though St. Alexius has mortality rates which are lower than average, about 40% of patients who are readmitted do not survive from their conditions.
Contact Our Elgin Medical Malpractice Attorneys for a Free Case Review
Most victims of medical malpractice are not aware of their rights or are reluctant to pursue litigation out of fear that the process will end up costing more money than it is worth. The Elgin medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work on a contingency agreement for this reason. In the event we cannot collect compensation for a client, our services are free and that client is not burdened with legal fees. We have been able to secure judgments on behalf of thousands of clients, however, and our experience and access to resources critical to trying medical negligence cases makes us confident we can do the same for you.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you and so that we may evaluate your case and advise you on how best to proceed.