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Can a Simple Mistake Result in Medical Malpractice?

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Can a Simple Mistake Result in Medical Malpractice?

In a word – yes. According to malpractice lawyers in Chicago, many medical malpractice lawsuits are based on simple medical mistakes. Additionally, most of them are completely preventable and caused by inexperience or inattention.

A former Stone Park police officer, George Nissen, was recently awarded $16.2 million settlement for medical malpractice with help from a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer.  Mr.Nissen sustained a traumatic brain injury, and the hospital staff assigned to him failed to properly monitor his condition, leaving the patient a quadriplegic who is unable to eat or speak. It is likely that the reason the patient’s condition was not properly monitored is that three of the nurses
responsible for his care had no experience taking care of patients in the neurosurgical intensive care unit.

There are simple ways for health care professionals to avoid simple mistakes leading to medical malpractice. While they may seem like common sense, these things may get lost – particularly when shifts are short-staffed. Here are a few examples of simple, but necessary, important patient care items:

  • Regular monitoring and recording of vital signs
  • Following procedures and protocols
  • Administering medications in the right amount at the designated
    time

 Unfortunately, even when health care providers are trying their
best, medical errors do occur. In fact, malpractice lawyers in Chicago deal
with hundreds of medical malpractice cases each year. If you or a loved one are
questioning whether a medical error qualifies as medical malpractice, contact a
Chicago medical malpractice attorney.

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