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A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that, based on a study of victims of overdoses of prescription painkillers, that in a very large percentage of the cases a variety of other prescription drugs were also present in the victim’s systems. According to Medical News Today, many people in the health care profession have thought for awhile that other prescription medications were linked in a large number of cases in which prescription painkiller overdose occurred, however it was not clear what specific medications seemed to be most common and so no action towards prevention could really be taken.

The CDC study showed that in 58 percent of the opioid painkiller overdoses studied that at least one other type of medication was also present in the victim’s system. The study was able to determine which other types of prescription drugs were most commonly linked in cases of prescription painkiller overdose. The most commonly found drugs linked to the opioid painkillers were drugs used to treat certain mental health conditions (such as Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax and Valium) as well as antidepressants and antipsychotics.

The number of deaths associated from prescription painkillers has grown vastly in recent years and the CDC found that in 2011 more Americans died from prescription painkillers than from cocaine and heroin combined. Given how many of the victims of opioid painkiller overdose were also taking other prescription drugs and given that healthcare professionals now have a better idea of which of these drugs were most commonly connected with these deaths, it is crucial that patients are fully screened and health records are carefully monitored when any prescriptions are written. for any patient If all healthcare professionals are cautious when prescribing medications to patients to make sure that no unsafe drug combinations are in play, hopefully the number of prescription painkiller overdoses will decrease after so many years with such a dramatic rise in this type of death.

According to CBS news, an independent British study has found that for every one woman that was diagnosed with cancer because of a mammogram, nearly three other women were overdiagnosed with the deadly disease. This number was reached by analyzing eleven trials in Canada, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. Those women ended up treated for cancer that never posed a threat to their lives. The term overdiagnosis does not mean misdiagnosis, it refers to women treated for cancers that are too slowly growing to place their lives at risk.

While mammograms still save many lives, the down side of them is that some cancers will be treated that would never threaten the lives of those women and scientists cannot tell which cancers are deadly and which are not, resulting in this huge overdiagnosis that we are seeing. This overdiagnosis can be harmful because women overdiagnosed will receive chemotherapy, radiation or surgery for breast cancer that is not deadly.

Some scientists are pleased that finally there is a study showing that mammograms have negative side effects because most women have never heard the term overdiagnosis, let alone understanding what it means. Overdiagnosis is a serious issue that affects women, their families, the insurance industry and the medical community in general. Women need to understand that a mammogram is only one important tool in the fight against breast cancer, and that it comes with a risk.

After a brutal senseless attack, the hospital is always considered the next logical step. A recent Illinois lawsuit alleges that the hospital only made matters worse.

In a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County, a south suburban mother is seeking damages on behalf of her disabled son alleging that Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet were responsible for aggravating her son’s injuries instead of treating them.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, this lawsuit stems from a bar fight that occurred in 2009 outside of a bar in Mokena, Illinois. On this date, the victim was waiting for a ride when he was unexpectedly punched twice by an intoxicated patron celebrating his 21st birthday. The aggressor is now being tried on three counts of aggravated battery. After this brutal assault, the victim was rushed to the hospital, however his troubles did not end there.

Normally, it’s three strikes and you’re out. All the same, this week the Des Moines Register detailed the story of a pain-management physician facing his fifth medical malpractice lawsuit.

The Register reported on the latest medical malpractice claim against the doctor after a man died of an overdose of oxycodone, a semi-synthetic opioid generally prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Following the man’s death, the man’s family alleged that the doctor was was “grossly negligent” in prescribing the narcotic painkiller without properly assessing the patient’s need for it, or setting up a proper monitoring plan to track his use of the pills.

Despite the fact that this is the fifth lawsuit in a row against this particular practitioner alleging tortious conduct, the man’s death was one of eight cited by prosecutors who filed criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter against the doctor. Though the criminal cases are unrelated to the medical malpractice lawsuits, prosecutors said that the doctor recklessly prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients, which ultimately caused their untimely deaths.

Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits can arise when people are injured by careless or intentional acts on the part of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, and when that duty is breached – such as in situations where the provider fails to diagnose an illness – the failure is said to be a “tort,” or civil wrong, which can provide the basis for a lawsuit. As a result, the healthcare professional or institution may be made to pay damages to put the injured person back in the position he or she was in prior to being injured.

Furthermore, cases of missed diagnosis are as dangerous as any other kind of medical malpractice. When doctors and other healthcare professionals fail to diagnose ailments as a result of either carelessness or failing to conduct the appropriate tests, those health professionals may be liable for injuries that occur as a result of their failures to act. Additionally, when equipment is to blame for the failure to diagnose an injury or illness, liability may fall upon the manufacturer of the machines, as well as on the healthcare professionals charged with using the tools.

According to a recent report by MSNBC, a new study has found that three types of screening methods used to determine whether breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body only spotted a small portion of tumors that had done so. As a result, this may mean that bone scans, liver ultrasounds and chest X-rays may not have a significant role to play in tracking the stage a breast cancer is at, particularly for tumors that are diagnosed earlier, the researchers added.

It’s a general rule in Illinois medical malpractice law, and it makes sense: when a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional acts negligently, and, as a result a patient is harmed, the hospital employing that healthcare provider may also be liable for the harm caused.

Healthcare institutions, such as hospitals, have the responsibility to supervise their staff to ensure that mistakes aren’t made, and to hire a suitable number of professionals who have enough knowledge to competently treat patients. As a result, in Illinois personal injury lawsuits, when a physician or other healthcare provider has committed medical malpractice, the hospital or healthcare institution may also be held liable for failing to properly train their employees or for failing to hire professionals who are qualified to do the work.

This concept may gain attention in the coming months, following a report by MSNBC which detailed the fact that heavy patient loads, as well as chronic burnout of nurses resulting from heavy workloads, have a direct relationship with the number of infections developed in patients under the nurses’ care.

It’s a story of courage that is, fortunately, now tinged with justice. A 72 year-old professor at Chicago’s DePaul University may be wheelchair bound and permanently paralyzed, but she still manages to find a way to DePaul to teach her classes. Now, restitution has been served in the form of a settlement agreement against the healthcare providers whose negligent conduct allegedly caused or contributed to cause her condition.

The woman became paralyzed due to an undiagnosed spinal infection; now she will receive a settlement of $4.5 million from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, reports the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

The situation began when the woman went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, complaining of arthritic neck pain that radiated into her back. Whilst in the hospital, she contracted an infection at the site where an intravenous tube entered her left arm. Although doctors became aware of the infection and subsequently treated her with antibiotics, the infection lodged itself in her spine at the site of the underlying arthritis.

Unfortunately, by the time our Chicago wrongful death attorneys get involved, the tragedies have already occurred. Although Illinois wrongful death lawsuits can never undo the harm caused, they do serve an important purpose in making sure that justice is served, wrongdoers are punished for their careless and negligent actions, and hopefully as a result of the deterrent force of potential litigation, both the tortfeasor and others in similar positions are urged to act more carefully in the future.

In light of these considerations, our Chicago personal injury lawyers were pleased to read that an $8.25 million settlement was reached on behalf of the parents a 40-day-old premature infant who died when a nurse administered a fatal dose of sodium chloride, against the hospital responsible for the infant’s care.

According to reports by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the infant was born three months premature, weighing less than 2 pounds. Nevertheless, during his stay at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, he made “terrific progress through the 40 days of his life…and there was every reason to believe he was going to survive.”

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that almost 70 percent of people develop wisdom teeth that may need to be removed. Wisdom tooth extraction is an extremely common form of surgery, and occurs every day across the country.

Nevertheless, an oral surgeon is now facing a medical malpractice lawsuit after a 17 year-old girl died during surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed, reported MSNBC. Within 15 minutes of starting the procedure, paramedics were called to the scene. Autopsy reports show that the girl suffered “hypoxia while under anesthesia for a tooth extraction.” Essentially, she was deprived of oxygen to the point at which her brain was severely damaged. She died ten days later.

Although the girl’s death has been ruled an accident, the doctor may still be legally responsible. Said MSNBC, in some cases when patients are under anesthesia, the patient’s heart rate can slow, and, as a result, the patient’s body gets less and less oxygen if doctors aren’t able to get the patient’s heart back up to normal speed. While the girl was under her doctor’s care, it was the doctor’s responsibility to ensure that her vital signs were monitored and that an adequate plan was in place to prevent emergencies like this one.

It appears that justice has been served for a woman who recently won a $22 million jury verdict after she lost the use of her arms and legs during an unnecessary medical procedure. The award is one of the largest verdicts ever handed down in this country, and represents a growing need for Illinois medical malpractice claims.

According to a news report by the Associated Press, doctors at the defendant medical foundation ordered an angiogram to investigate an abnormal vein in the brain of a woman seeking treatment for migraine headaches. According to court documents, however, the vein had nothing to do with the migraines and the procedure was unnecessary.

When the dye for the angiogram was injected into the blood vessels in the woman’s brain, her blood vessels spasmed and hemorrhaged, and the woman fell into a coma. When she awoke from the coma almost two weeks later, she was quadriplegic.

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