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Concerns Over Fact that National Safety Tests May Not Accurately Reflect Patients’ Risks

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys were concerned to hear that a new report published in the Archives of Surgery shows that hospitals scores on national safety tests may not reflect patients’ risks of death or being contaminated by diseases while in the hospital.

As per a report published by MSNBC, hospital ranking on what’s known as the ‘Leapfrog Safe Practices Survey’ have no correlation to either death rates or hospital-associated infections. The Leapfrog Group is a patient safety organization that works to improve medical care by reducing medical errors.

According to a report from the Institute of Medicine released in 1998, 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors at hospitals. Unfortunately results from this most recent study show that measures to improve healthcare may not be making as much progress as was initially estimated; even though hospitals may score well in treatment of patients with certain ailments on Leapfrog tests, those scores are not dispositive of the success those hospitals are in preventing those ailments.

However, this may not mean that attempts to better healthcare are failing; instead, it might be considerable that the Leapfrog Survey elements aren’t measuring the right elements.

Illinois medical malpractice cases arise in situations where patients are injured by careless or intentional acts on the part of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional. When providers injure the patients, the healthcare workers may be responsible for damages as a result of those injuries.

Additionally, when patients are harmed, hospitals and healthcare managing corporations may also be liable for not properly training and/or supervising their employees to ensure patient safety. As a result, in some cases the companies and hospitals may be made to pay the injured person damages to attempt to put the victim back in the position he or she was in before being injured.

Injuries suffered as a result of medical malpractice can be severe and life-altering, which is why hospital safety measures and tests to rank effectiveness of hospitals are invaluable. Whether Leapfrog’s computations are the best possible method or not (our attorneys are not, in any way, advocating that there is necessarily anything wrong with Leapfrog’s methods), ensuring the safety of patients is a large priority.

Our Illinois personal injury attorneys have handled a number of Illinois medical malpractice cases and understand the difficulties they pose to victims and families of victims, both physically and emotionally. In fact, our attorneys won a record high $14 million verdict against a doctor and hospital for not following and ignoring abnormal chest X-ray results, which caused a substantial delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer, and a $6.71 million verdict against a hospital because an inexperienced resident performed a vaginal delivery of a breech presentation (bottom first) resulting in shoulder dystocia and a crippling brachial plexus arm injury.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, contact an attorney immediately to understand your rights under the law. Although hospital regulations don’t prevent medical malpractice in all cases, the law affords a remedy and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.