Doctors and other healthcare professionals have a great responsibility to make the care of patients their primary concern and to practice medicine safely and effectively. Patients need to be able to trust their healthcare providers to be competent, with the highest level of integrity, truthfulness, dependability and compassion — following the guidelines of their medical training, licensing and hospital protocol.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other medical professional deviates from the applicable standard of medical care, or what a reasonably careful health care provider would have done if facing the same or similar circumstances.
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Our Success Record
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. focuses on seeking justice for medical malpractice victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Our success record includes:
$29.1 MILLION VERDICTerdict
on behalf of a Chicago child who developed an infection that led to brain damage and cerebral palsy.
$17 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of two-year-old Lake County boy who suffered severe and irreversible brain damage during a surgery to remove a cyst on his throat.
$15.35 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of a DeKalb County child who suffered brain injury at birth due to negligent use of a vacuum extractor device.
$13.3 MILLION VERDICT
on behalf of a Chicago child who suffered injuries to his left shoulder and arm at the time of his birth due to medical negligence.
$12.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT
on behalf of a Lake County girl whose pediatrician failed to timely diagnose and treat an infection that progressed to spinal meningitis.
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Types of Medical Malpractice Cases Our Firm Handles
By focusing our legal skill and resources in the area of medical malpractice, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has developed the experience to handle cases involving many different types of negligence, including:
A doctor or nurse may fail to notice signs of trouble or act in a timely manner when emergencies arise during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Brain injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and nerve damage are common birth injuries that can adversely affect a child’s quality of life and lead to costly medical needs.
Errors in the operating room may include wrong-site surgery, which occurs when a doctor amputates the wrong limb or operates on the wrong area of the body. Other surgical mistakes include using unsanitary tools, failing to identify infections in a timely manner, perforating bowels, puncturing an organ and leaving gauze, clamps or other instruments inside a patient’s body. A Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study found that about 4,000 of such surgical mistakes occur in the U.S. every year.
This can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or dosage or fails to note serious drug allergies. This can also happen when a pharmacist incorrectly fills a prescription with the wrong medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported that it had received nearly 30,000 reports of medication errors since 1992.
Doctors may take incomplete medical histories, ignore symptoms of serious medical conditions such as cancer or infections or fail to order necessary tests, leading to a missed or delayed diagnosis. Kaiser Health News estimates that 10 to 20 percent of medical cases are misdiagnosed. Almost all physicians responding to one survey (96 percent) said diagnostic errors are preventable.
A study in the journal Anesthesiology found that most anesthesia errors are preventable human errors. They may involve mistakes with drug administration, machine operation, airway management, breathing circuit / ventilation, fluid and electrolyte management, IV apparatus use and monitoring devices.
EMERGENCY ROOM ERRORS
Even in the hectic environment of an emergency room, healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. Rushing through an examination could cause doctors, nurses or others to miss opportunities for treatment. Strokes and heart attacks, for instance, are often misdiagnosed in the ER. Researchers who studied the cases of 1,935 patients seen over seven days in one emergency room said they found errors in almost every aspect of emergency care.
A misread X-ray, CT scan or MRI may lead to the failure to diagnose cancer or another serious medical condition. A study published in BMJ found that an estimated 40,500 adults being treated in intensive care units die each year due to misdiagnoses.
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serve Chicago and Illinois
The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can begin an immediate investigation of your medical malpractice case in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois. We can also consult with highly qualified medical experts who can review your case and help us to assess why you or a loved one suffered harm.
Strict time limits apply to filing medical malpractice claims in Illinois. This makes it important to take immediate action if you believe that you or a loved one was harmed by the negligence of a medical professional.
When you are ready to act, contact the attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We are ready to use our skills, experience and resources to help you seek the justice you deserve. Schedule a free, confidential consultation today by contacting us today by phone or online.
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