Illinois nursing home neglect may outstrip hospital errors

Hospitals have been the focus of most patient safety studies, like a 2010 Department of Health and Human Services report that estimated substandard hospital care was responsible for 180,000 patient deaths annually. Federal officials also have been concerned about standards of care outside hospitals. A new Medicare report suggests medical malpractice is widespread. …

Hospital negligence can include diagnosis, treatment delays

Chicago doctors sometimes have to rule out illnesses or diseases before an accurate patient diagnosis is made. A patient may undergo tests or procedures to narrow the possibilities of certain health conditions, especially when symptoms are vague or common. Cook County patients can become frustrated when doctors take too long to diagnose symptoms. …

Child’s root canal ends in brain injury, death and lawsuit

Although Chicago patients know dentists are doctors, they often separate the profession from physicians who work on other parts of the human body. Consequently, a dentist probably isn’t the first person to come to mind when you hear the term medical malpractice. While Cook County residents may think of dentists separately from other doctors, patients still rely on quality treatment from all licensed, educated health care professionals. …