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Types of medical errors you should be on guard against

Whether you are in excellent health or have some health concerns, at some point you will need to see a doctor for treatment. As you are researching your options in Illinois, you should take some time to learn about the different kinds of medical malpractice that you may encounter. Medical mistakes and malpractice issues may be unpleasant for you to think about while you are contemplating your care options, but it is important for you to do so. Knowing the types of errors and issues that can result in your harm can help you to make better decisions regarding your medical care. 

Here is a brief overview of the types of medical malpractice problems you should know about. 

Was your C-section a medical necessity?

Women who give birth may do so naturally or by cesarean section — a procedure that entails delivery through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen. The latter of these options has increased dramatically in frequency over the past few decades, and there are a number of reasons to opt for a C-section. According to The Washington Post, though, some mothers feel pressured into the procedure. Here are a few factors to consider if you believe your C-section may have been unnecessary.

Did your provider ask for your input?

How to spot signs of nursing home neglect

If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility, you probably wonder how you can make sure the care is up to standard and know if your loved one is safe. Learning about some common indicators of potential neglect can help you take action promptly when necessary.

Communication and vigilance are key to noticing if something is wrong. Take care to inspect your loved one's surroundings. Talk to your loved one, staff members and health care providers to get a full picture. Even relatively minor types of neglect can snowball and seriously affect mental and physical health.

Premature deliveries and birth injuries

Childbirth is often a miraculous occasion for mothers in Alton. But when there are issues that result in premature delivery, many new mothers find themselves upset and frustrated about their babies' conditions. Babies who are born sooner than 37 weeks are premature because they have less time to develop. The earlier babies are born, the more health complications and serious injuries they may have. Mothers should take some time to learn how premature delivery and birth injuries can occur.

What could happen if a doctor delays your C-section?

C-sections are necessary in many pregnancies for reasons that include a breech infant, multiple babies, preeclampsia and uterine ruptures. Often, the procedures go well, with the mother and baby (or babies) in good health afterward. Sometimes, though, a doctor does not make the C-section decision as early as he or she should, and problems can occur. Here is a look at some of the potential issues that might arise with the baby.

Did a medical mistake cause a brachial plexus injury to your baby?

It is normal for the months leading up to the birth of a child to be nerve-wracking. Whether you are about to become a parent for the first time, or the fifth time, there are always some fears when it comes to delivery. To try to combat these fears, parents often put their full and complete trust in their delivery team. This is why it's particularly heartbreaking when this medical team makes a mistake that leads to a birth injury. 

Factors that increase the risk of birth trauma

Getting ready for the birth of a baby is one of the most exciting times in the life of a new mother or father. While expectant parents can have all the baby supplies ready and the hospital bag packed, nothing can prepare them for the stress and grief that can occur in the delivery room. Birth trauma happens to relatively few newborns, with Medscape reporting that only six to eight infants will be injured for every 1,000 babies born, but those families that do experience this can be physically and emotionally damaged for life.

How lack of oxygen leads to cerebral palsy

One of the most common birth-related injuries that new mothers wind up facing in their infants is cerebral palsy. This developmental condition has been documented and studied in medical literature for over 150 years, during which time the debate over the role of birth asphyxia as its cause has continued. While there have been many theories about how and why it plays a role over the years, medical science now realizes that oxygen deprivation during birth is one of several causes of cerebral palsy.

The top 3 surgical errors

Going under the knife can leave you feeling anxious and vulnerable. We put a lot of faith and trust into our doctors and surgeons when we allow them to perform invasive procedures, like surgery. While rare, surgical mistakes can and do occur.

The three most common, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Patient Safety Network, are among those that are high-profile errors because they are rare. In fact, they occur between one and 112,000 procedures, which means one hospital would only see such an egregious error every five to 10 years. 

Can I be fired without a reason?

The short answer is yes. Illinois is an at-will state, which means that an employee can resign whenever he or she wants, and an employer can terminate employment whenever they choose - with or without a reason or notice.

However, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age or retaliation for opposing unlawful discrimination. There are a few other instances of unlawful termination. If you believe you were released based on one of the covered factors as outlined by the Illinois Department of Human Rights, you can file a complaint with the help of a legal professional. 

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

“I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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