Whenever a surgeon makes a critical error in judgment during a surgical procedure or your doctor prescribes the wrong course of treatment for your medical condition, you have the right to bring a lawsuit for any damages that result from your injuries. The Waukegan medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand the physical and financial toll that medical errors take on you and your families and work with our clients to ensure the maximum recovery possible. We’ve provided information below on the largest hospitals in the Waukegan area so that you may understand the key contributing factors to medical negligence more clearly.
Waukegan Has a Wide Range of Medical Needs
The City of Waukegan is home to an ethnically diverse population of over 88,000 and has a median age of 29 years. Roughly 40% of the households in Waukegan are home to children, but there is a significant number of residents who are nearly or past retirement age. Waukegan’s medical needs are as diverse as its population as children, adults and elderly patients all require different forms of care and at risk of experiencing different types of complications or conditions. Area hospitals must be equipped to handle these needs in an efficient and effective manner.
Common Injuries Resulting from Medical Negligence at Waukegan Facilities
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of your physician or care staff to act within the bounds of what is called their duty of care. Every doctor has the duty of taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of his or her patients and to respond properly when complications arise. The failure to act properly can result in severe injuries or death and it is within the legal rights of patients and their families to seek compensation for the cost of treating these injuries or for wrongful death, in the event their loved one passed away due to a medical error. Common forms of medical negligence and malpractice cases include the following.
- Surgical errors requiring revisionary procedures or resulting in severe complications. These cases can include complications that result from defective implants, the use of defective devices during the procedure or human errors, such as making an incision in the wrong location and then failing to notice.
- Failure to provide an accurate diagnosis. In some cases, doctors either provide the wrong diagnosis or don’t provide any diagnosis at all. When you receive treatment for the wrong condition or are falsely given a clean bill of health, these errors can have drastic consequences.
- Prescription or medication errors. Doctors may prescribe medications without first confirming that they will not interact with the medications you are already taking or the food that you regularly enjoy. They may also prescribe the wrong dose, or nursing staff may administer your medicine improperly during a hospital stay. The impact of these errors varies from minor discomfort to life threatening complications.
- Failure to prevent or treat infections. Hospitals are becoming home to dangerous bacteria with growing immunity to the medicines we rely on to treat them. It is becoming more common for patients undergoing surgical procedures to suffer from life threatening infections and it is important that surgeons and hospital staff members take specific precautions to limit the spread of infection and to quickly identify symptoms. Many infections are also the result of unsanitary conditions throughout each patient’s recovery.
Evaluating Hospitals in the Waukegan Area
There are three hospitals that serve the greater Waukegan area and our Waukegan medical malpractice attorneys have compiled the following data to highlight each hospital’s shortfalls. One of the important steps in arguing malpractice is to establish a pattern or history of questionable behavior and this information can be valuable when building your case.
Vista Medical Center East
1324 North Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Vista Medical Center East is a level two trauma center that has been approved to provide emergency pediatric care. One of the most alarming concerns about this facility is its high mortality rate among heart attack patients. Illinois’s average mortality rate for heart attack patients is 48.21 out of every 1,000 while Vista Medical Center East has experienced a heart attack death rate of 95.63 out of 1,000. About 17.3% of heart attack victims released from this hospital are readmitted less than thirty days later, and the majority of those readmitted do not survive.
Only 53% of patients surveyed would recommend this facility to others and 34% stated that their rooms and bathing areas were not properly sanitized. Sanitation is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of infections and communicable diseases. When patients are diagnosed with infections, it is important to establish whether the facility took preventative measures and this is an area of concern for Vista Medical.
The final concern was that only four out of ten patients felt that they understood their treatment and how to proceed with home care once they were released. When patients are unclear about their treatment and what steps they need to take after discharge, it can result in the need for readmission at a later date.
Advocate Condell Medical Center
801 South Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
Advocate Condell Medical Center is part of the Advocate Health Care System and is designated as a level one trauma unit that is also approved to provide emergency pediatric care. This facility is also designated as a level two perinatal center. Advocate Condell maintains readmission rates in line with state and national averages and it is one of the best places to receive a hip transplant. Its hip replacement mortality rate is significantly lower than both the state and national average.
Of the complaints leveraged against this facility is a poor history of blood clot treatment. Only 80% of patients undergoing surgical procedures received medications and treatments needed to prevent the development of a blood clot and only 83% of patients suffering from blood clots were discharged with medications designed to treat their clots or instructions on how to safety use them.
Overall, 74% of the patients surveyed said that they would highly recommend this facility to their family and friends. 80% of patients felt that their rooms were kept clean, which is statistically higher than the state average, but leaves room for improvement.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
660 North Westmoreland Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Lake Forest Hospital is a level two trauma unit that also provides level two perinatal care and emergency pediatric care. Its readmission and mortality rates are just below the state average and roughly 70% of patients would recommend this facility to their family or friends. Its areas of concern are similar to those of Condell in that it has a poor record of preventing and managing blood clots.
Only 73% of patients undergoing surgical procedures received adequate treatment to prevent the development of blood clots and 10% of patients who developed clots had not been treated within two days of the clot’s formation. This trend continues for stroke patients— only 78% of those suffering from a stroke received blood thinning medications within two days of being admitted to the hospital. Only 76% of stroke patients were provided with written instructions on how to manage their conditions prior to treatment, including cases in which the information was provided to caregivers.
Only 70% of patients felt that their rooms and bathing areas were kept clean and only 58% felt that hospital staff explained how their medications worked. Finally, just 45% of patients felt that they understood their care and how to continue their recovery at home upon discharge.
Find Out if You Have a Claim for Medical Negligence Against a Waukegan-Area Facility
Most of the victims of medical errors or malpractice are unaware of their rights and never seek legal action against the people who caused them harm. Undergoing additional procedures and receiving treatment for injuries resulting from medical errors can be expensive, however, and you should not be forced to take on these costs.
The Waukegan medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers routinely handle these types of cases and have successfully recovered compensation for thousands of clients so that they could cover the cost of their medical treatment, loss of income, out of pocket expenses and rehabilitation. In addition, we have been able to recover damages for the pain and suffering they have endured due to their injuries.
Contact us now to arrange a free consultation with one of our Waukegan medical malpractice lawyers to learn more about your legal options and to get started on your case. Each of our lawyers works on a contingency basis, which means you will never be required to provide us with payment unless we collect compensation on your behalf.