Evanston Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical errors can have drastic and long-lasting effects, and the patients who suffer from complications and severe injuries because of an error in judgment have the right to pursue compensation for the cost of corrective procedures.
The Evanston medical malpractice injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in representing clients who have suffered bodily harm or lost loved ones due to medical negligence.
Whenever we evaluate a medical malpractice lawsuit or wrongful death case, we look for patterns that may suggest a history of negligent policies or behaviors. We provided information below about the hospitals serving the northeastern Illinois area. Our lawyers have highlighted the lack of ethical standards, peer review ratings, and disease control factors that often contribute to malpractice cases.
Contact the Evanston medical malpractice injury lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for a free review of your legal rights and options. We are ready to serve you and your family.
Evanston Home to Expanding Urban-Suburban Demographic
Chicago shares its northern border with Evanston and Evanston is home to a diverse upper-middle-class population. The median family income throughout the city is about $100,000. The area's urban setting places residents at higher risk of being involved in activities or accidents that require the need for medical attention, and four hospitals serve the general needs of Evanston and its neighbors.
The city's proximity to downtown also draws patients from Chicago's north side to its area hospitals.
Understanding What Constitutes Medical Negligence
If you are injured during a medical procedure or due to your doctor's prescribed course of treatment, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the treatment of revisionary care, such as surgeries or other measures required to repair the damage or treat conditions that have resulted from an error.
To prove malpractice or negligence, you must establish that the doctor failed to perform his or her duty of care, which is defined as a reasonable course of action which his or her peers would have taken under the same circumstances.
Cases in which you could claim your doctor breached his or her duty of care include the following.
- Misdiagnosis of your condition, resulting in treatment that caused additional complications or bodily harm. An example of this would be if your doctor misdiagnosed the existence of a tumor and prescribed radiation treatment for nonexistent cancer.
- Medical device liability claims. These claims result from having medical devices implanted inside of your body that is later proven to be harmful or cause direct internal damage. Other claims can result from the use of surgical devices that cause injuries to patients during the procedure.
- Failure to take the required measures to prevent infection –Whenever a patient undergoes any surgical procedure, there is a significant risk that bacteria will enter the open wound. Preventative antibiotics and close monitoring are required to make sure that patients do not develop life-threatening infections following their procedures.
- Making cuts in the wrong places – In some cases, the cuts are quickly noticed and repaired. However, in others, the patient's cut is sutured while still bleeding internally or while an internal organ remains wounded and open to infection. Substandard care can result in numerous complications and the need for immediate surgery to repair the damage and save the patient's life.
- Failure to provide necessary medical services – A lack of care might result in a heart attack, life-threatening medical condition, or wrongful death.
Evaluation of Evanston Area Hospitals and Medical Centers
The data provided below can be useful in establishing patterns and connections between a history of substandard service and your injuries. As Evanston medical malpractice injury attorneys, we try to gather evidence specific to your claim while also arguing a history of negligence to improve your chances of success.
Regulatory agencies in the state and the federal government routinely review every hospital medical center's ethical standards. A part of the review process ensures that every patient is receiving the care they require. Ongoing review is necessary, especially in large hospitals were corporate executives tend to focus more on profits than providing quality care.
Here are the poor to excellent rating, a sufficient number of reviews, and areas of concern for each of the hospitals serving the Evanston area.
Presence Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a level one trauma center which provides emergency pediatric care and level two perinatal care. The vast majority of its patients provide payment through Medicare, and its areas of concern seem to be linked with the care provided to its elderly patients. One in 38 of its hip replacement patients die within thirty days of treatment, a rate of 3.84 per 1,000 compared to the state average of 0.18 per 1,000. Every significant deficiency requires immediate attention.
Additionally, Presence Saint Francis Hospital's readmission rates are more significant than the state and national averages. 18.6% of pneumonia patients, 25.2% of heart failure patients, and 19% of heart attack patients are readmitted within thirty days of discharge. Roughly half of those who must be readmitted to Presence Saint Francis Hospital did not survive.
Finally, twice as many cases of obstetric trauma were reported during non-instrument assisted child deliveries at this facility than the state average. There is not sufficient data to determine whether there has been an abnormal number of injuries to newborns, but this is an area of concern that should be monitored.
Evanston Hospital— Northshore University Health System
2650 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Northshore operates three hospitals in the Evanston area, and Evanston Hospital is the only one located within Evanston's city limits. This facility is designated as a level one trauma unit and provides pediatric emergency care in addition to level three perinatal care. There are several red flags that expectant mothers must consider when deciding whether to give birth at this facility.
The number of reported injuries to newborns during delivery in the past year is 2.44 out of every 1,000, which is significantly higher than the state average of 1.72 out of 1,000. Additionally, there is an abnormally high number of cases involving obstetric trauma during instrument-assisted deliveries as well as non-assisted deliveries.
Readmission rates were slightly below the state and national averages. 16.9% of pneumonia patients, 21.8% of heart failure patients, and 17.9% of heart attack patients have been readmitted within thirty days of discharge. Just under half of the patients readmitted survive, highlighting the need to ensure each patient receives adequate treatment during his or her first visit and is able and ready for discharge.
Glenbrook Hospital— Northshore University Health System
2100 Pfingsten Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Glenbrook is a level two trauma center, and while it offers emergency pediatric care, it is not designated as a perinatal center. This facility has failed in its treatment of congestive heart failure and stroke, and the mortality rate among its patients being treated for these conditions is well above the state average.
The average mortality rate in Illinois for congestive heart failure is 24.78 out of every 1,000, and 47.12 out of 1,000 patients treated at Glenbrook Hospital for this condition died within thirty days. The state average mortality rate for stroke is just under 71 out of 1,000— 162.83 out of 1,000 patients treated for a stroke at this facility do not survive.
Glenbrook's readmission rates are average. 16.9% of pneumonia patients, 21.8% of heart failure patients, and 17.9% of heart attack patients are readmitted within thirty days of release. As is the case with competing facilities, just under half of those readmitted for these conditions survive longer than thirty days.
Skokie Hospital— Northshore University Health System
9600 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60076
Skokie Hospital is a level two trauma center with a pediatric emergency unit, and it is rated just about average in all applicable categories. Its readmission rates are identical to its two sister hospitals in the Evanston area. Its primary area of concern is the development of blood clots in patients receiving treatment. Over 6% of patients who were admitted developed a blood clot and did not receive any preventative care.
Additionally, only 69% of patients surveyed believed that their rooms and beds were kept clean. Lack of sanitation measures can result in the spread of infections, viruses, and other infectious diseases, which cause unneeded complications.
Why You Should act Quickly Following Medical Errors at an Evanston Facility
It is essential to seek representation shortly after you believe you've been the victim of negligence. Your Evanston medical malpractice attorney will gather evidence most efficiently.
Illinois has a statute of limitations that prohibits the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits two years after the alleged injury has taken place, but allowing your lawyer to get a head start on your case will also significantly improve your chances of success.
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Hiring an Evanston Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has represented thousands of clients who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to medical negligence and have secured the maximum amount of compensation available for them afford by Illinois law. We would be happy to review available legal options with you and discuss how to move forward with your case.
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