MacNeal Hospital Malpractice Attorneys
MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed hospital providing cares and services to the residents and visitors of Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3249 South Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn IL 60402
The Loyola Medicine-affiliated hospital provides a diversity of services to the local community that includes:
- Emergency medical care
- Cancer care
- Wound care
- Women's health
- Stroke care
- Imaging including CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and x-rays
- Heart and vascular care
- Behavioral health and psychiatry
Illinois State Designations
Currently, MacNeal Hospital maintains the following designations:
- Perinatal II
- Trauma Center II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Primary Stroke Center
Both the State of Illinois and the federal government routinely monitored every hospital and medical center statewide to identify any critical concern over patient safety quickly. According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, MacNeal Hospital reported the following medical errors which may be of concern to patients and their families.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU (2018) with zero reported infections over 1343 central-line days. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), this statistic is significantly worse than the national average.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (2018) with one reported infection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus over 45,413 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (2018) with 53 reported infections of highly contagious Clostridium difficile over 42,500 patient days.
- Unexpected Death (2015) 1 of 3872 patients
- Foreign Body Left During Procedure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 reported incidents
- Risk-Adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (2015) 15 of 2828 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (2015) 9 of 11,668 patients
- Iatrogenic Pneumothorax (healthcare-associated collapsed lung in 2015) 2 out of 11,265 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (2015) 4 of 343 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (2015) 17 out of 2580 patients. According to the IDPH, this statistic is significantly worse than the state average.
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.9% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is slightly lower than the national average (16.9%) and Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 19.4% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is significantly higher than the national average (15.9%) and Illinois average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 21.1% of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (21.6%) and Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 11.7% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) but higher than the Illinois average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 17.9% of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment. The statistical percent is slightly higher than the national average (16.3%) and Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 13.8% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is significantly higher than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 2 of 100 patients died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 45.31 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 19 of 251 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 61.24 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000. According to the IDPH, the statistical rate is significantly worse in the state average.
- Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 13 of 218 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 73.83 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.
Maternity Safety and Utilization
- Birth Trauma (2015) 6 of 1707 patients
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal without Instrument (2015) 15 out of 1164 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving MacNeal Hospital
$1,375,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Case
The man who pursued legal action in this matter was in his middle fifties. He was involved in a car accident and sustained many injuries due to that event. At MacNeal Hospital, he told the medical staff that his neck was bothering him. Apparently, they did conduct a CT-scan, but they failed to catch the fact that he a cervical fracture. Consequently, this went untreated, and he received no care for it including a collar or other brace. Eventually, other doctors found out that he broke a bone in his neck. This was discovered roughly four weeks after the original crash and diagnosis. Due to the delay, he needed fusion surgery. This cost him almost $500,000. He sued the doctor, hospital, and radiology company. He complained that he only needed surgery because of the failed diagnosis and delay in treatment. Each of the defendants filed a reply but the matter was not moving toward trial. In the each, they each settled with him for a combined $1.375 million. Of that money, $250,000 came from the doctor’s insurance. $1,000,000 came from the radiology company’s insurance, and $125,000came from the hospital directly.
$5,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
This cause of action was brought by a family after they lost their loved one due to a surgical error. The woman was just thirty-nine when she passed away. She was survived by her husband and three little kids. Prior to this tragedy, she went to MacNeal Hospital for gastric bypass surgery. Apparently, during the course of that operation, surgeons cut a leak in her body. This allowed sepsis to form and develop. The staff noticed the error the next say and performed another operation to correct the matter. However, this could not prevent complications from arising. She died just a few days after the original procedure. Her family brought a wrongful death action against the hospital and doctors. They alleged in their complaint that the defendants’ negligent performance of the operation was the reason why she died. They sought recompense for their losses including grief, lost companionship, and expenses. In a private agreement, the defendants gave the family a combined settlement of $5 million. Of that figure, $3 million came directly from the hospital because it was self-insured.
$875,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Misdiagnosis Case
The claimant in this matter was just fifty-five years old. He was receiving care at MacNeal Hospital during the time of the relevant events. Genesis Labs also did some work for him. Doctors performed an exam and diagnosed him with adenocarcinoma in his liver and lungs. This required aggressive chemotherapy. Even then, doctors instructed him that he only had a few years to live. However, just a few years later, it was discovered that he had a much less serious less serious form of cancer (lymphoma). He did not have adenocarcinoma and most likely did not need the advanced chemotherapy. He sued the hospital and medical company. He alleged that their failed diagnosis and negligent treatment caused him pain, fatigue, and other problems. He complained that he could not work at a great cost. Also, he cited almost $200,000 in medical bills alone. Eventually, neither defendant wanted to push this matter to trial. They worked with the plaintiff to settle the matter. The man ended up receiving a lump sum of $875,000 from them.
If you suffered serious harm or injury while you were a patient at MacNeal Hospital, your injuries might have been caused by medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you in seeking financial compensation if you have suffered injuries or damages caused by mistakes or errors in any medical environment.
Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Our legal team accepts all personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and medical malpractice claim through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement. All information you share with our law office remains confidential.