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Half of the injuries and deaths during childbirth in America are preventable

The United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in, according to a recent report by USA Today. American women suffer from injuries and death that, at least half the time, were preventable at a rate that is unmatched by countries like the United Kingdom. Annually, 50,000 American women are injured during childbirth. 700 American women a year die as a result.

This is despite an abundance of knowledge and resources that could save their lives. For nearly a decade, there has been information available detailing techniques, equipment, and standards that hospitals should follow to save mothers’ lives. These recommendations have been compiled into “safety bundles” by the Aim Program, which gives hospitals detailed instructions on how to best care for their patients.

Unfortunately, many hospitals nationwide choose not to follow these standards. Exact numbers are unavailable for a variety of reasons, with many hospitals refusing to disclose how many of their patients suffered complications after childbirth. It seems, however, that roughly half of the women who experience complications during childbirth do not receive the prompt and adequate care they need.

Many of these complications are a result of high blood pressure and internal bleeding, which lead to seizure, stroke, and eventually death. The Aim program specifies how to prevent and treat these issues, but when hospitals fail to follow the standards, tragedies happen. Many women are forced to endure emergency hysterectomies or die as a result of hospitals’ failure.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are available to help people who have suffered at the hands of negligent hospitals receive justice and compensation. If you were recently injured during childbirth and suspect your hospital is at fault, contact us right away at (217) 443-4343.

Chicago doctor treats patients with cat saliva and vodka

Authorities in Illinois recently found that a Chicago children’s doctor was creating vaccines out of cat saliva and vodka to treat his patients, an article of Health Aim reported on October 4.

Reports said health care providers filed a medical malpractice complaint against Doctor Ming Te Lin, alleging that he was making his own version of vaccines with strange ingredients. Reports revealed that Lin was using the illegal vaccine for over 10 years and that the youngest patient he treated was a 7-day-old infant. Lin also failed to inform his patients about the risks involved about using his medications. Investigations conducted at his office in Flossmoor revealed that Lin had been making concoctions that are not recognized in the field of medicine or by federal health regulators. Lin has been suspended by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. represent people in Danville who have been victims of medical malpractice. We strongly believe that negligent parties should fairly compensate their victims. If you are in such a situation, call our office today at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.

Doctors work while ill despite knowing hazards

A lot of medical practitioners in the U.S. admitted to going to work while ill, even while understanding the risk this may pose to patients, Reuters reported on June 6.

In the 536 children hospital medical practitioners surveyed, 83 percent stated that they reported to work in 2014 even when they were ill, although over 95 percent of the responders, which included doctors, midwives, nurses, and medical assistants, believed that this practice put patients at risk. A Houston doctor who commented on the research stated that cancer and transplant patients are at particular risk when sick medical workers are around. The study was headed by Julia Szymczak and published in JAMA Pediatrics.

If your medical condition worsened due to a sick doctor, or a doctor’s illness contributed to medical mistakes that harmed you, the Danville attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., may work on your behalf for financial compensation from those responsible. Call us today at (217) 443-4343 to begin taking action.

CVS Pharmacy mistake costs man his eyesight

A lawsuit has recently been filed against CVS Pharmacy after a mistakenly dispensed medication costed a man his eyesight.

The lawsuit against CVS was filed by Houston resident Claudis Alston, 65, claiming he lost sight in his left eye after administering the medication that CVS had dispensed to treat his eye infection, otherwise known as conjunctivitis or pink eye. The medication he received and subsequently administered, however, was anti-bacterial ear drops.

Alston was written a prescription for the common eye infection drops cortisporin opthalmic suspension, but he instead received neomycin-polymyxin-HC ear drops. The packaging says ear solution, but the instruction label placed on the box said “INSTILL 3 DROPS IN EACH EYE TWICE DAILY FOR 5 DAYS.”

Individuals like Alston who are given wrong medications may end up with severe medical and financial burdens. If something similar has happened to you or someone you love, the negligent party may be held accountable for any resulting personal injury expenses. As such, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Speak with the Danville-based lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. today by calling (217) 443-4343.

Medical practitioners’ drug dependency endangers patients

A review conducted by the USA TODAY revealed that more than 100,000 medical practitioners nationwide have a dependency on prescription drugs, which can negatively effect quality of medical care and endanger the lives of patients.

The data obtained from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that 103,000 medical professionals nationwide are abusing drugs. Some credit this large number with a lack of oversight.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., work for people in Danville who have been victims of medical malpractice. If you have been injured due to the negligence of medical staff, our legal team could help evaluate your eligibility to sue. Find out how we can help you today by calling 217-443-4343.

Red Sox pitcher, Bobby Jenks, discusses discusses serious spinal error

Red Sox pitcher, Bobby Jenks, is now discussing the possibility of taking legal action after an error occurred in the operating room this December.

Jenks told reporters about a surgical error that was made during a surgery on Dec. 12. According the Jenks, he went into Mass. General in order to have surgery on bone spurts that grew on his spine. Jenks was having two removed and two others were not supposed to be touched.

The doctor partially removed one of them and left an incision in his spine. A little over two weeks later, the man woke up with a pounding migraine and by the end of the month the pain was unbearable. He went into the hospital and needed to have another emergency operation on his spine.

If you or  a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you need representation on your side that is committed to helping others fight for the rights that they deserve. Contact the Danville surgical errors lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today and discussing your case.

Federal appeals court upheld $29M medical malpractice verdict

A federal appeals court has recently upheld a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict that was awarded to a Gurnee boy after a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The lawsuit stated that government-employed doctors at Chicago’s Northwestern Hospital were negligent when they did not take the appropriate measure to prevent from infection and failed to diagnose a neonatal infection.

This then caused the child to be born with serious brain damage and he now suffers from cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic. The government appealed the $29.1 million verdict claiming that it was past the statue of limitations, but an appeals court recently upheld the verdict.

Family wins $3 million in midwife medical malpractice case

The family of a disabled 10-year old girl recently won $3 million in a medical malpractice case involving a midwife that helped in the child’s delivery.

The girl was born with a rare genetic disorder called Kabuki Syndrome, but the jury decided that this was not the only reason for the girl’s medical problems. According to the lawsuit, the girl suffered birth injuries due to a lack of oxygen during her delivery.  In addition, the suit says that fetal monitors at the hospital showed the child was deprived of oxygen.

The jury voted 6-3 to award the girl’s family $2.3 million for future medical expenses, $345,000 for past medical expenses, and $500,000 for permanent disability.

Man loses sight after surgery, sues doctor and hospital

A man is suing a hospital and a surgeon after losing his sight in a surgery on his spine.

The man went in for lumbar spine surgery in May 2010 in order to remove bone fragments from his body. After the 250 minute surgery, the man awoke and was unresponsive and had low blood pressure.

He also could not feel his lower extremities and could not see. Although the feeling came back in his body, his sight did not. He is now suing the surgeon and Trinity Regional Health System and is seeking $50,000 in damages.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, these injuries could change your life. Contact the Danville hospital negligence lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.

Board of trustees approves medical malpractice suits

University of Illinois Board of Trustees has recently approved a $16.2 million settlement after a man suffered a brain injury in the care of the nursing staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

According to the lawsuit, the former police officer suffered from a brain injury after the hospital staff failed to monitor the man’s intracranial pressure in his brain after an EVD challenge.

Throughout the night, the man’s ICP was at dangerous levels and a physician was never notified. The man now suffers from quadriplegia and can not eat on his own and can only communicate through eye and head movements. In addition to the $16.2 million settlement, the nursing agency will also pay $1.5 million.

If you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, you need experienced representation on your side that may be able to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Danville medical malpractice lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.