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“Patient dumping” victimizes vulnerable patients

When you or a loved one visit the emergency room, you expect quality care. You would also expect that when it is time for your discharge, the medical staff would make sure you had a safe ride home or a place to go. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for those who visit hospitals in Illinois and elsewhere. A recent story has brought the seldom-heard-about issue of “patient dumping” to the public’s awareness.

In the story, reported by The Washington Post, a man took a video of a woman who was left outside a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in freezing winter temperatures. The woman appeared confused and unable to function, and was wearing only socks and a hospital gown. After the man called authorities, the woman was readmitted to the hospital, then later sent to a homeless shelter, where her family came to pick her up. Reportedly, the young woman had a mental illness and had been missing for two weeks.

What are the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers confused for?

Data released by The Health Foundation suggests that at least one in every 20 American adults will be affected by a diagnostic error during their lifetime. Another study, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, suggests that every American will be faced with dealing with a single misdiagnosis during the course of his or her life.

Of all the different medical conditions that can be misdiagnosed, cancer can prove fatal if not caught early.

Who can I sue if I fall on an icy sidewalk?

In a city like Chicago, where getting around requires residents to walk virtually everywhere, slipping on icy sidewalks is definitely a real concern. If you've ever experienced a slip and fall, then you're likely aware just how serious the injuries that may result can be. Fortunately, in many cases, you can sue either the owner of the business or home who failed to properly maintain his or her property.

No matter if you slip and fall in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, on the stairs or in the driveway of a commercial or residential property, you may be entitled to sue its owner for any injuries you receive. Whether you're able to sue depends greatly on where the fall occurred, why you were there, and other circumstances surrounding your fall.

Does doctor negligence contribute to high maternal death rates?

It's estimated that there are as many as 4 million women who experience an uneventful birthing process in the United States on an annual basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though, for another 50,000, it's quite the opposite. At least 135 new moms or pregnant women experience potentially deadly complications in this country every day.

This trend is quite alarming, especially since among all industrialized nations in the world, the U.S. is the one country with the highest maternal mortality rate. It's estimated that as many as 900 American women die either while pregnant or giving birth each year in the U.S. At least 70 of these women die from organ failure or hemorrhages.

Recognizing common winter driving hazards

Now that winter is here, you might be among many Illinois residents who worry about the kind of weather we will face this season. This might be especially true if you were in a car accident or a close call last year. Winter is the most dangerous time of year for drivers in states where it snows, because of slippery road conditions and poor visibility. You can significantly cut your risk of a weather-related crash this winter by knowing what to expect and how to drive in adverse conditions.

About 22 percent of all car accidents across the country are due to weather, reports Esurance. The most hazardous conditions you might face in cold weather include snow, slush and ice. Black ice is especially dangerous because you might not know it is there until it is too late. Black ice often looks like a patch of shadow or a bit of wet pavement. You would expect ice to be shiny, but black ice is usually matte, and it is extremely slick. You can prepare for black ice by knowing that it often forms under bridges or overpasses, in shaded areas and late at night or before sunrise.

What's the most dangerous intersection in Chicago?

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analyzes each states' car and pedestrian crash rates for any obvious trends. What comes out of an analysis of the previous years' crash data is a NHTSA report listing what it deems to be the worst intersections in every state.

In assessing the many different roadways in Illinois, the crossroads where South Chicago and Stony Island Avenues come together is described as being the worst intersection in the state. These two busy roadways intersect just beneath Interstate 90.

Illinois appeals panel upholds an $8 million wrongful death suit

A three-judge Illinois appeals court panel issued an opinion on Friday, Dec. 1, denying a suburban Chicago anesthesiologist's request to have an $8 million wrongful death settlement against him overturned.

During the earlier, lower court trial in the matter, the physician had been accused of performing a botched nerve block operation on a patient back in 2012. The woman had reportedly developed paralysis and then had a stroke prior to her 2015 death from complications of the nerve block procedure.

Veterans Affairs reportedly hires doctors with malpractice claims

A recent USA Today investigation has uncovered the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hires physicians and other medical personnel that have had disciplinary action taken against them before.

In one instance, reporters uncovered that at one midwestern VA facility, a neurosurgeon working there had previously had at least a dozen medical malpractice claims filed against him in two different states. He'd previously been accused of having caused a surgical errors that ultimately resulted in his patients suffering permanent injuries, paralysis and death.

Why Christmas can be a dangerous holiday

For many people, the thought of Christmas conjures memories of satisfying food, deep naps, good football and stimulating conversation with friends and family members.

For other people, though, Christmas has been a holiday that resulted in personal injuries. Here are some ways in which this could happen to anyone.

What is a 'never event' and how often do they occur?

Instances in which an incorrect surgical procedure is performed on a patient are referred to as "never events". They're coined as such as a way of emphasizing that they would have never happened if not for some serious safety lapses occurring along the way.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), surgical errors such as this happen far too often. One study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency back in July, captured just how often never events happen among orthopedic surgeons.

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