Schaumburg Relies on Neighbors for Emergency Care
Schaumburg is a commercial city and its economy is driven by technology companies and its Woodfield Mall, which is one of the largest malls in the nation. For most of its history, it has been home predominantly to a German population and 70% of its residents are of Caucasian decent. Its population is also composed mostly of affluent white workers and this is reflected by a median household income of $66,500 per year. The medical needs of its population of nearly 75,000 must be met by hospitals located in neighboring cities, however, due to its lack of a hospital within its own city limits.
Forms of Medical Negligent Which Warrant Legal Action
If you have been harmed due to the actions or failure of your doctor to meet his duty of care or because of the actions of other hospital staff members, you may be unsure of whether you have a claim. People make mistakes and the law protects doctors from frivolous lawsuits, but if a physician or facility is clearly in the wrong, you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries and should consider investigating your legal options. Types of malpractice cases include the following examples.
- Perforated organs resulting from surgical procedures. Surgery requires precise incisions and great attention to detail because things can begin to go wrong in a moment if a surgeon does not notice damage to an organ he or she did not intend to cut. Perforation of the bowel, bladder and gallbladder are more common than most people believe, but quick detection and repair of the perforation is enough to prevent complications. It is when the surgeon fails to notice the injury that the patient suffers internal bleeding, infections and extreme pain following the procedure.
- Poor measures to prevent infections following medical procedures. Bacteria quickly gain drug resistance in hospitals and it is important to keep all instruments as well as patients’ rooms clean and free of microorganisms which can multiply and spread throughout the resident population of the facility.
- Premature discharge and failure to educate patients on their treatment. The overcrowding of many hospitals often results in the tendency for patients to be sent home well before they are ready. Premature discharge is the product of attempts to cut costs as well and insurance companies often push for patients to be sent home early to reduce their financial liability. Unfortunately, this can result in readmission when the patient’s condition worsens at home and the mortality rate is high among patients readmitted for life threatening conditions.
- Misdiagnosis of the injury or illness. When a doctor completely misses a diagnosis or attempts to treat a patient for the wrong condition, it can have devastating effects. Many medicines have adverse side effects and should only be prescribed when the benefit outweighs the risk and if a misdiagnosis results in an unneeded operative procedure, the patient should not be placed on the hook for the bill.
For more examples of medical negligence or to find out if your case qualifies, you are welcome to contact our Schaumburg medical malpractice attorneys. If we feel that you have a case, we will launch our own investigation. Looking into your doctor’s past and the history of the hospital where your procedure helps us establish a record of negligent behavior that can improve your chances of success. The information we’ve included below about your area hospitals will highlight some of the concerns we look at when evaluating cases.
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
St. Alexius Medical Center serves the needs of Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and South Barrington and is a designated level two trauma center with approval to provide emergency pediatric care. It is also a designated level three perinatal care facility. St. Alexius excels in the areas of perinatal care, maternal and infant care and the treatment of patients requiring hip replacements. It also has an excellent mortality rate for pneumonia, congestive heart failure and heart attack treatment when considered against the state and national averages despite its abnormally high readmission rates.
18.1% of patients suffering from pneumonia, 23.3% of congestive heart failure patients and 18% of those who suffered a heart attack were readmitted within thirty days of release. To highlight the need to make sure patients are truly ready to leave prior to discharge, only about 60% of the patients readmitted to this facility survive— and this is considered an excellent survival rate compared to other hospitals.
Northwest Community Hospital
800 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
The Northwest Community Hospital is a level two trauma unit, a level three perinatal center and is equipped to provide emergency pediatric care. Areas of concern include injuries to mothers during delivery, an abnormally high mortality rate among patients who have been readmitted and a high incident rate of accidental laceration during operative procedures.
17% of pneumonia patients, 22.1% of congestive heart failure sufferers and 20% of patients suffering from heart attack were readmitted to this facility within thirty days of being released. Nearly 83% of the pneumonia patients readmitted did not survive while over half of the patients readmitted for heart attack and congestive heart failure did not survive past thirty days.
The obstetric trauma rate of this facility during birth is 27.35 per 1,000 patients compared with the state average of 17.36 per 1,000. Additionally the rate of accidental laceration or puncture during surgical procedures is almost twice the average. Northwest Community Hospital reported 2.42 cases of laceration or puncture per 1,000 patients compared to the Illinois average of 1.47 per 1,000.
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
800 West Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Alexian Brothers Medical Center is a level two trauma unit, also providing level two perinatal care and emergency pediatric care. This facility performs at or better than average for most categories considered for evaluation and its mortality rates for patients suffering from pneumonia, heart attack or congestive heart failure are considerably lower than average. Its readmission rates could still see improvement— 17.8% of pneumonia patients, 22.1% of heart failure patients and 17.7% of heart attack patients were readmitted within thirty days of discharge.
76% of patients would recommend this facility to their friends and families and 73% felt that their rooms, beds and bathing areas were kept clean. This is slightly lower than the state average. Cleanliness is a contributing factor to low rates of infections and conversely, poor cleaning procedures can precipitate the spread of infections and other disease. Finally, only 51% of patients understood their treatment and how to proceed with continued care following release. When patients are not properly educated about their health conditions, it can result in readmission.
Let Us Investigate the Cause of Your Medical Injury
You may be hesitant to consider legal action against a trusted doctor or are uncertain of your chances of success following an injury. It is important to understand that hospitals and doctors are insured in the event that their actions harm patients and medical malpractice is often the result of honest mistakes. This does not excuse the person responsible for your injuries from providing compensation to cover the cost of your rehabilitation along with any emergency care or revisionary procedures deemed necessary.
Contact us today to speak with one of our Schaumburg medical malpractice attorneys to learn more about your legal options during a free case review. We will answer any questions you have about your rights and let you know how we can assist you in recovering fair compensation for your injuries as we have done for thousands of others. If we are unable to recover damages on your behalf, our services won’t cost you anything.