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Botched spine surgery lawsuit winnings vary depending on injuries

Durotomy is a type of complication that many lumbar spine surgery patients experience when the dura, or the thick membrane that surrounds their spinal cord, is torn. A study published in June in the medical journal Spine highlights just how often it is that incidental durotomy injuries are to blame in medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the United States.

New Lenox obstetrician sued for botched delivery of a baby

A lawsuit was filed against a New Lenox obstetrician on May 29 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Will County. In the filing, a 32-year-old Minooka woman accuses her physician of having left her body in poor condition after delivering her child in 2016. She's requesting damages in excess of $50,000.

What happens when a surgical sponge or tools are left in you?

When most people experience either gas or bloating, they often think that it has to do with their body's response to something that they ate that was bad for them. It's unlikely that they would assume that their abdominal discomfort was related to either a surgical tool or sponge being left in them. In the case of some patients, though, this is what doctors ultimately discover is causing their persistent, nagging abdominal pain.

Why does colon cancer often go misdiagnosed?

One projection published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) earlier in 2018 showed that they expect as many as 97,220 new patients to be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. Another study carried out by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2014 showed that one out of every 20 Americans receive misdiagnoses every year.

Obstetrician's memberships in hospitalist groups reduces errors

If you see an obstetrician (OB) during your pregnancy at a private office unaffiliated with a larger hospital, then they likely are hospitalists. These individuals are those who petition a medical center for the right to use their facilities to carry out in-patient care of their pregnant moms including delivering their babies there.

Rush University Medical Center is sued for a boy's brain damage

Several physicians and nurses employed by Rush University Medical Center are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed against both them and their employer in the Northern Illinois District Court on Tuesday, April 3. The four doctors, two nurses and - *-hospital all stand accused of having played a role in causing medical errors that ultimately left a baby boy disabled following his birth in 2007.

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