South Shore Hospital is a 146-bed hospital provides cares and services to residents throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The facility is located in Cook County, Illinois at:
8012 South Crandon Avenue
Chicago IL 60617
The nonprofit hospital opened its doors in 1912. Since then, it is provided diverse services to the local community including:
- Nursing care
- Acute renal dialysis
- Nuclear medicine
- HIV/AIDS Care
- Geriatric psychiatric care
- Pulmonary care
- Speech pathology
- Clinical services
- Hospital services
- Physical therapy
- Wound care
According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, South Shore Hospital reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
Health Care-Associated Infections
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical ICU (1/1/18 to 12/31/18) with three reported infections for 735 central-line days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018) – four patients suffered Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections out of 14,487 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018) – 17 patient suffered Clostridium difficile infections out of 14,487 patient days.
According to the Illinois Hospital Report Card, between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018, 16.6% of all patients with pneumonia were readmitted to the facility within 30 days. This number was slightly lower than the national average (16.9%) and the Illinois State average (17.37%). Additionally, approximately one out of every four patients suffering from heart failure was readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after departure. This statistic is slightly higher than the national average (21.6%) and the Illinois State average (21.78%).
Also, from 2013 to 2016, 16.3% of patients who suffered a heart attack but were discharged from the facility were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. This average was about the same as the national average (16.3%) and the Illinois State average (16.4%). Another patient safety concerns at the facility include:
- Risk-adjusted Postoperative lung embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT clotting) (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 295 patients.
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 out of 4,465 patients.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 58 patients.
The 30-day mortality rate for patients at South Shore Hospital suffering from pneumonia is 15.3% and the 30-day mortality rate for heart failure is 11.6%. These mortality statistics closely compared to the national and state averages.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving South Shore
$750,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim
Here, an elderly woman entered and was properly admitted to the South Shore Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was seventy-four years old and complained that her chest hurt. She was also experiencing difficulty breathing. Staff examined her and decided to keep her there for further evaluation. During her time at that facility, she died from a pulmonary embolism. At the time of her death, she had one child and two grandchildren. They decided to sue the doctor and hospital. The family alleged that the pair negligently diagnosed and cared for their loved one. Had the defendants done better, the woman might have lived or at least lived longer. They complained the defendants’ negligence caused or at least substantially contributed to her death and sought compensation for all the harms that ensued. Both defendants filed obligatory replies, but settlement discussions soon commenced. Eventually, the family obtained a settlement of $750,000. Most of that came from the doctor’s insurance but the hospital directly paid some ($30,000) as well.
$600,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
This lawsuit was brought against several parties after a young man died at South Shore Hospital. Tragically, he was just thirty-five at the time of the events which gave rise to the medical case. He had a hernia, obstructed bowel, and electrolyte imbalances. Still, his doctors and nurses waited days before doing anything. This only let his problems worsen and threaten him even more. When they finally decided to perform surgery, four days after his admittance to the hospital, he died during induction. He did not have a spouse at the time of his death but he did have four children. On their behalf, this case was brought. It alleged the doctors and hospital were negligent and that their malpractice caused the man’s passing. Specially, they cited the defendants for failing to diagnose or adequately treat him over that four-day window. The complaint reasoned that this was why he died. It stated a case for damages related to all of the economic harms, trauma, and suffering that their misconduct incurred on the man and his kids. Eventually, all sides were able to work out a settlement. This drastically reduced the time it would have taken to end the matter had they gone to court. The family obtained $600,000, $50,000 of that sun came from the hospital.
$445,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The events of this controversy centered on a middle-aged man. The fifty-three-year-old was being treated at South Shore Hospital. Apparently, he had a brain infarction. Unfortunately, this condition was spotted or dealt with by the medical team that was treating him, nurses and doctors. Due to this omission, he passed away while staying at the same facility. This claim targeted two doctors that served him and South Shore. It stated they were each negligent in their care of him, responsible for his death, and liable for the damages that arose. The doctors and hospital replied but did not end up admitted fault because they were able to reach a settlement. The plaintiffs recovered $445,000 in total from all three defendants.
Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or your child suffered harm while a patient at South Shore Hospital, your injuries might be the result of medical negligence that could have been prevented The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC (888) 424-5757 have experience in protecting our clients from the financial burden of suffering injury caused by professional staff making mistakes in all medical environments. We seek all available monetary recovery to ensure you receive adequate funds to pay your medical bills, time off from work, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. Our lawyers accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and medical malpractice cases through a contingency fee arrangement. These agreements postpone payment of all legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case. This arrangement means if we cannot successfully negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial, you owe us nothing. All consultations are confidential.