Despite the best intentions, doctors do not always meet their duty of care, causing harm to patients that can result in severe medical complications or death. The Peoria medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have sought compensation on behalf of thousands of patients who suffered injuries due to the negligent care of a physician or medical facility. If you have been injured and feel that your doctor or attending medical staff contributed to your injuries, you may be entitled to damages valued at the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and out of pocket expenses.
Recent Malpractice Cases in the Peoria Area
Medical malpractice cases are far more common than you may believe and two cases reaching resolution in Peoria exhibit just how quickly things can take a turn for the worst when a doctor breaches his or her duty of care. In the first case, the widow and children were awarded $1.6 million by a jury on the grounds that his doctor failed to provide proper care when he visited OSF Saint Francis. He was diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic anemia, which occurs when the body begins to attack its own red blood cells and his doctor did not follow the recommended treatment plan, which is to administer a blood transfusion along with steroidal medications. After only receiving two units of blood, he suffered cardiac arrest and died.
The jury issued judgments against Dr. Rajesh Balagani and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, but determined that the hospital’s resident and other employees were not liable. It was determined that the hospital was liable as the employer of Dr. Balagani and was required to provide compensation in addition to that required of Balagani.
In January of 2015, a Peoria area doctor received a reprimand and fine for removing the wrong organ during a spleen extraction. Rather than removing the patient’s spleen, the doctor removed her kidney and reported that he removed a “kidney shaped spleen.” The operation took place in December of 2005 and the patient settled with the physician, Dr. Patel, in 2013 for $2 million. It was not until recently that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation became aware of the incident, however, and Dr. Patel was fined $2,500.
Forms of Medical Negligence Meriting Legal Prosecution
When considering what may qualify for a medical negligence lawsuit, you first must consider whether your doctor breached his or her duty of care. In order to prove negligence, you must show that a majority of physicians with similar qualifications would have acted differently when facing the same scenario. Examples of medical malpractice include the following.
- Failing to diagnose a condition or providing a false diagnosis. The failure to diagnose a condition such as cancer can reduce a patient’s chances of survival and providing treatment for the wrong condition can have equally devastating effects.
- Surgical errors, including the perforation of organs. It is not uncommon for surgeons to make incisions in the wrong places, but most of these errors are noticed and addressed while the patient is being operated on. When the damage is not repaired, however, it can result in internal bleeding, the development of an infection and other serious internal injuries.
- Prescribing the wrong medication or failing to administer the correct dose. Nursing staff are often in a hurry to tend to the needs of every patient under their care and doctors may not take the time to review a patient’s medical history and possible drug interactions prior to writing a prescription. Improper dosing of medications and the administration of medications that have negative interactions with each other can have deadly side effects.
- Anesthesia errors. Prior to putting a patient under for an operative procedure, it is important that the anesthesiologist takes the patient’s current medications, weight and other factors into account before issuing the proper dose of anesthetic. Administering a low dose can result in the patient waking during the procedure and an overdose can result in death.
If you feel that your doctor breached his or her duty of care and you suffered bodily harm as a result, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would be happy to investigate your claim to determine whether you have a case. We have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of thousands of clients and our experience and expertise make us the leading medical negligence firm in the Peoria area.
Our Peoria medical malpractice attorneys will review your case for free and pledge never to require upfront payment for their services. Your lawyer will only collect a fee if you receive compensation and if we fail to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free.