To prove that medical malpractice played a role in the death of a loved one, you must first determine the exact cause of death and provide conclusive actions linking the attending specialist to that cause. If a hospital refuses to agree to an autopsy, it could be a sign that officials are concerned with what information could be discovered and used against the hospital in a lawsuit. The Chicago wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you find the answers that you are seeking after a death of a loved one and to hold those who are responsible liable for their actions.

Autopsies are Rarely Performed, Leaving the True Facts Up in the Air

Autopsies Helpful in Proving Medical MalpracticeOf the patients who die in the hospital, only 5% receive autopsies today, compared to 50% four decades ago. It used to be standard procedure to perform this procedure to determine exactly how a patient died whenever there was any doubt whatsoever, but hospitals have stopped ordering them because they fear that the findings could result in a lawsuit. While the evidence provided from an autopsy is often classified as hearsay, it can be used in tandem with the testimony of reputable medical experts to make compelling arguments in favor of families seeking damages on grounds of medical malpractice.

The Chicago Tribune published disturbing results from an investigation where reporters attempted to fill prescriptions that had known drug interactions with one another. On numerous occasions, the reports received prescriptions that would have combined to have serious and potentially deadly reactions, proving that there needs to be more oversight involved in the process of filling these scripts. When pharmacies allow errors like this to slip through their fingers, they may be held liable for failing to verify the prescriptions with patients’ doctors to make sure that they are safe when taken with one another.

More than Half of Pharmacies Tested Failed

Potentially Fatal Drug CombinationsIn an effort to gather information from a substantial sample size, reporters selected 255 different pharmacies throughout Chicago to see whether pharmacists would detect the potential drug interactions. An example of a test was presenting prescriptions for two medications that were completely safe on their own, but would cause the muscles to breakdown and for patients to suffer renal failure— which could lead to death.

Language Barriers Pose Hurdle to Doctor & PatientsWhen lives are at stake, doctors cannot afford to be given a poor translation when attempting to understand what is going on with his or her patient and family members cannot misinterpret the instructions given to them. The quality of a patient’s life and his or her prognosis can be greatly diminished simply because there was a language barrier and this is why there needs to be a greater investment in interpreters by hospitals. Rather than hire these individuals, many healthcare providers have opted for less expensive and impersonal options that have proven to be highly ineffective and jeopardized the health of many.

Minor Misinterpretations Can Result in Major Medical Errors

One stark example of the devastation that can result from poor translation in a hospital setting comes from a baseball play who was severely injured when a medical interpreter mistranslated a single word used by his family to describe his condition. In the Spanish language, “intoxicado” means digestive irritation, but it was translated to mean “intoxicated” by the interpreter working with Willie Ramirez in 1980.

Those undergoing tonsil removal anticipate a very routine procedure with very few risks; and over 530,000 children undergo a tonsillectomy every year in the United States. This is why a family was devastated when a surgical error resulted in the death of their 9 year old daughter. The Detroit family is expected to file a lawsuit on the grounds of medical malpractice and wrongful death against the facility where the operation was performed and against the staff members who discharged the girl well before it was safe to do so.

Numerous Errors to Blame for Child’s Premature and Unnecessary Passing

Routine Tonsillectomy Demonstrates How Errors Can Impact Routine ProceduresAnyialah Gambrell required a tonsillectomy for a snoring problem that her family put off for years because they were ambivalent about the need for the procedure and whether it would be safe. Her doctor assured the family that the surgery would be routine and should last no longer than 40 minutes, but it went longer. After the two hour long operation, she was discharged before attending staff could be certain she was ready and died of complications a few hours after the surgery was completed.

Distracted driving has been a growing concern over the last decade and state and local governments are beginning to respond by implementing severe laws that would deter drivers from using or even looking at their cellphones while they are on the road. California enacted a law in the beginning of 2017 that will prohibit drivers from using their phone for any purpose whatsoever while in their hands or laps. The public has already responded with citizens taking up both sides of the issue in their remarks. For many who fear for their own safety, the law has been long overdue.

Closure of a Loophole Which Made Previous Laws Difficult to Enforce

California New Distracted Driving Law The new law is very similar to an existing California law that prohibited the use of cellphones while driving to make calls or to text. Drivers could still use hands-free calling and were able to use phones to browse social media, access music playlists and to even film themselves and others while their vehicles were in motion. All of these activities detract from the ability of a driver to focus on the road ahead and commonsense has not prevailed in history.

Common Types of Pediatric SurgeryA pediatric surgeon specializes in the treatment of birth defects and childhood medical conditions through surgical procedures and ongoing care. Surgical errors occurring during these procedures may have a profound impact on the child’s physical and mental development and could severely alter his or her quality of living. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work with families to ensure they can recover fair compensation when their child has been injured due to a surgical error so that they can continue to provide for the child’s needs throughout his or her life.

Procedures Performed by Pediatric Surgeons

In order to become a pediatric surgeon, doctors must be able to perform numerous types of procedures and treat a wide range of medical conditions. The conditions they may treat through surgery include the following.

Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Against Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson is currently facing a flurry of lawsuits on multiple drugs, devices and over the counter products, but the mounting Xarelto litigation could prove to top its current legal battles, with the first bellwether trial to be heard in March of this year. The Xarelto uncontrolled bleeding attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are watching this case very closely because it could set precedent in many of the cases to follow. If you have been injured by this medication, it is important to know your rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Over 15,000 Lawsuits Filed to Date

After it was found that Xarelto was marketed under the false pretense that it was a safer and more effective alternative to Warfarin, thousands of victims began to file lawsuits on the grounds that Johnson & Johnson withheld critical information regarding risks to the public and did not take needed steps to provide an antidote in the event that the medication caused serious internal bleeding. Instead, patients were assured that they did not need any regular blood monitoring based on the lie that the drug was less likely to cause bleeding.

All Patients May Not Do Well in Ambulatory CareRecent findings have suggested that surgeons may pressure anesthesiologists into performing inappropriate procedures or accepting ill-suited patients at ambulatory surgery centers. This practice may greatly increase the risk of mortality for patients and could reduce the quality of medical services. It is important that anesthesiologists hold their ground and properly assess patients in order to prevent undue injuries or fatalities. Ignoring patient risk factors when recommending or proceeding with surgical procedures is a common cause of medical malpractice and the Chicago surgical injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers encounter many cases that could have been prevented had patients been properly selected for procedures.

Valuable Data May Allow Anesthesiologists to Turn Away High-Risk Patients

Studies have revealed links between increased risk of mortality and hospital readmission with factors such as age, medical history and medical conditions. Those with certain health concerns or who were older displayed a greater chance of experiencing postoperative complications or being readmitted to the hospital than younger patients with fewer health complications. Certain health complications were more likely to increase risk than others.

Fines in Construction CasesThe April death of a construction worker killed by a falling beam has led OSHA to fine the worker’s employer and to issue multiple health and safety citations. According to OSHA, the company overstressed the beam during a demolition project, resulting in the beam’s failure. A commission has been set up to review OSHA’s findings and determine whether the fines and citations will stand and what additional measures will be taken by the Illinois Tollway. This particular case is representative of the form of negligence our Chicago construction accident attorneys see at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers on a routine basis and is why we fight so passionately on behalf of workers’ interests.

Berwyn Resident Killed in Beam Collapse

47-year-old Vicente Santoyo was killed while working for Omega Demolition Corp. on the demolition of the I-90 bridge near Touhy Avenue. According to OSHA’s report of the events, he was cutting the bracing between two beams when one of them fell on top of him. Santoyo was among numerous workers injured in the incident, but the only one who died. OSHA determined that Omega Demolition was at fault for the incident and issued a fine for over $152,000 in addition to multiple health and safety citations.

Safer Chicagoland PedestriansAn Eagle Scout Project completed last month in Orland Park was dedicated to the safety of the many local pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The Life Scout, Joe Boyce took a page from similar initiatives around the world which have resulted in marked reductions in pedestrian accidents by making pedestrians more visible to those around them.

The Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work with numerous cases involving accidents where the driver didn’t see the pedestrian due to factors such as weather, distraction and lack of daylight. We are sure that this initiative is sure to save lives and believe that more communities should adopt similar programs.

Safety Initiative Using Intersection Flags

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