Midwest Medical Center is a 25-bed “not for profit” hospital providing services and cares for residents of Galena and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
One Medical Center Drive
Galena, Illinois 61036
In addition to providing Emergency Care to the local community, Midwest Medical Center also offers:
- Inpatient services
- Outpatient services
- Laboratory services
- Long-term transitional care
Readmission and 30-Day Mortality Rate
Every hospital in the United States will need to readmit patients who were recently staying at the facility due to a complication or a failure of the discharged patient to make a positive transition into a nursing facility or the family’s home. Additionally, a certain percentage of patients will die from their condition, medical malpractice or substandard care within 30 days after being admitted to the facility.
The following publicly available data can be found on the US Health and Human Services Hospital Compare website involving Readmission Rate and 30-day Mortality Rate for Midwest Medical Center between 07/01/2012 and 06/30/2015.
- Pneumonia Patients Who Required Readmittance and to the Facility within 30 Days – 17.5 percent, which is nearly identical to the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient 30 Day Mortality Rate – 16.2 percent of all pneumonia patients admitted to the hospital died within 30 days.
This information is then used by the Illinois Department of Public Health and other regulators to determine the level of care all patients receive at the hospital. However, the government agencies determined that “the number of cases noted above is too small (less than 30) to reliably tell how well the hospital is performing.”
Infection Prevention Staffing
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has licensing requirements mandating every state hospital two develop, implement and enforce infection prevention and control programs. These programs include prevention measures that will reduce the rate of facility-acquired infections. This includes the number of staff members per 100 beds on hand who have expertise in disease prevention and transmission. For the year 2015, the Infection Prevention Staff Rating for Midwest Medical Center include:
- Number of Infection Prevention and Control Staff Members for Every 100 Beds in the Hospital – 3 per 100 beds.
- Number of CIC (Certified in Infection Control) Prevention and Control Staff Members for Every 100 Beds in the Hospital – 0 per 100 beds.
Filing a Claim for Compensation
Victims of medical malpractice often suffer serious injury or harm caused by substandard medical care or a mistaken diagnosis from a doctor, nurse, medical worker, hospital or medical facility. Usually, the case is based on negligence by the medical provider and proven by an attorney who can establish how any other patient would have received better medical treatment/care or diagnosis from other providers under similar circumstances.
Determining the merit of the case can be complicated and often requires a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases. The lawyer will review the victim’s medical records and conduct depositions with the medical team to build a case by proving the essential components of a claim for compensation that include:
- The medical provider had a duty to provide care to the patient.
- The actions of the doctor/nurse/medical provider involved negligence.
- The negligence by the medical provider directly caused the injury or death of the victim.
- The injury suffered by the victim were real.
The initial step in filing a case involving medical malpractice requires drafting the document in filing the complaint in the appropriate court. The paperwork serves as a formal document that makes specific allegations against every defendant, which could be the hospital, doctor, nurse or another medical provider. After the initial complaint is filed in the appropriate court, the lawsuit/claim for compensation will begin in earnest.
Once the suit has begun, the case involving medical mistakes or errors can be daunting and complicated. Because of that, it is crucial to consider hiring the services of a reputable, professional law firm that specializes in medical cases. Filing the appropriate paperwork in a timely manner is crucial because the procedure must begin before the statute of limitations involving the case expires. Often, hiring a competent medical malpractice lawyer means the difference between an unsuccessful outcome and receiving adequate compensation for the victim’s injuries, damages or death.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Midwest Medical Center
$9,000,000 Settlement; Illinois IV Malpractice Claim
Here, a man (age sixty-eight) decided to bring a claim after being paralyzed following a faulty IV injection. He entered Midwest Medical Center after an automobile accident. Staff at the facility decided to give him Plavix via an injection. However, this resulted in a blood clot in the man’s spinal cord. He experienced numbness and tingling throughout his legs. This evidenced the blood clot in the affected area. However, staff failed to diagnose and respond to the problem in a timely manner. They did not order an ambulance or take other appropriate steps. Consequently, be became paralyzed. This cause of action was brought in response to his downturn in health. It faulted the doctor and facility with negligence and plead for compensation related to the damages he sustained from their negligent conduct. In a private agreement to end the matter, be recovered $9 million-about $8 million of that came from the hospital directly or its insurance policy. The rest ($1 million) ame from the doctor’s insurance.
Galena Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely from medical malpractice while a patient at Midwest Medical Center, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our seasoned Galena attorneys represent victims of medical mistakes and have years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers, hospitals, and medical centers. Let our medical error lawyers file all your paperwork in the appropriate county court. In Jo Daviess County, the courthouse is located at.
330 North Bench Street
Galena, Illinois 61036
Circuit Court Clerk Sharon A. Wand
We urge you to contact her Jo Daviess County medical malpractice law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers for legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all medical mistake cases through contingency fee arrangements.