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Waukegan Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When considering the causes of wrongful death, negligent drivers and hazardous work environments may come to mind, but medical malpractice is one of the most common forms of injury and death. In the United States, medical errors kill approximately 200,000 patients each year. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. 

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice 

During one recent yearlong study, upward of $3 billion was paid out in medical malpractice cases. Many of the most common forms of medical mistakes come from the medical personnel we trust the most:

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Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer

For many Americans, there comes a time when they must consider placing elderly loved ones into the care of a nursing home. When doing so, we place our trust in the facility and its staff. Tragically, some elder care facilities neglect this trust, as more than two million elderly Americans face some form of abuse every year. 

If you believe your loved one is a victim of some form of nursing home abuse, it is critical you consult with a legal team immediately to discuss your options. 

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Libertyville surgical error attorneyWhen people choose the surgeon they believe is the right choice to operate on them, they are putting complete faith in the hands of the medical professional. While the vast majority of surgeries end successfully, in some cases, surgeries can go terribly wrong. According to a study designed to find the true number of surgical errors that occur across the United States, errors in the operating room are much more common than we would like to assume. 

Medical professionals refer to the most common forms of surgical error as “never events,” because they would ideally never occur. Yet, even in a country with the greatest medical advancements and most distinguished doctors, surgical errors occur over 4,000 times each year throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have suffered any form of medical malpractice, it is important to seek out legal representation. 

Most Common Forms of Surgical Error 

In an ideal world, no surgical errors would ever occur. However, in all reality, some forms of surgical error are fairly common. The most common form of surgical error is “wrong side” surgery, which makes up approximately 60% of all annual surgical errors. Wrong side errors occur when a doctor is supposed to operate surgically on one limb and accidentally operates on the other. 

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Lake County nursing home abuse attorneyEvery year, thousands of elderly Americans are injured either at their homes in assisted living facilities. From dangerous falls to physical and psychological abuse, the pain and mistreatment that elderly family members may face is staggering. 

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), as many as five million elderly Americans could face elder abuse on an annual basis. Also concerning is the fact that one in every four Americans over the age of 65 are treated in the hospital for a fall-related injury each year. If your elderly family member suffers an injury or faces abuse at a nursing home, finding proper legal representation can ensure they receive the help they deserve. 

Preventing Elderly Falls 

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Chicago misdiagnosis injury lawyerDespite the fact that the vast majority of Americans envision medical malpractice as surgical error or overt negligence on the part of medical staff, a large portion of medical malpractice injuries come in the form of misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, can be incredibly problematic for those dealing with medical conditions. 

Both delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis can lead to a delay in proper treatment for the patient, with misdiagnosis presenting the possibility of no treatment at all. These forms of medical malpractice can lead to increased medical bills, loss of income due to missed work, worsening conditions, and even death. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a medical professional’s improper diagnosis of an illness, you should be sure to work with an attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation. 

Medical Error and Misdiagnosis Nationwide

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