Many Doctors in Illinois are learning new surgical techniques from unqualified medical device company representatives. Are you at risk?
The medical malpractice and wrongful death law team at Holder Law Group, LLP has witnessed a dangerous side-effect to new and advanced surgical techniques both in Champaign-Urbana, but also across Illinois. From the use of the da Vinci robot, to other advanced technological surgical techniques, medical advances are moving so quickly that doctors are unable to keep up.
While many, if not most, doctors attend advanced surgical seminars and training classes, many Champaign patients would be shocked to learn that some doctors are trained DURING SURGERY AND BY MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES. It is hard to believe, but many companies, ever too eager to have medical clinics and hospitals purchase their equipment and devices, are deploying individuals to train doctors who are not even doctors themselves.
Medical Errors and Malpractice in Champaign Urbana
As a patient, you anticipate that the doctor that treats you is well qualified and trained in the procedure in which she or he is practicing. You might not have sufficient information about the physician's history or experience. All we really know about surgeons is that they like to perform surgery. This is especially real when you go to the medical facility as a result of an emergency situation or to receive a new type of procedure.
Too often, the inexperience of the physician or lack of training in a particular location can bring about major damage to clients. A medical professional that is a specialist in one area might be called to function in various specialties in which they are unfamiliar or untrained. Because the unskilled physician is not familiar with this area, the physician may misdiagnose an individual or make an error in performing a treatment. In many cases, a person may be treated by a doctor that remains in training, overworked, and merely over their head. This can be true of Champaign and Central Illinois physicians with many years of experience in traditional procedures.
When the inexperience of a medical professional, registered nurse, or medical professional causes a person to experience damage, the doctor and/or the medical center or hospital that uses them must be held answerable for the absence of training. It is important to understand that a medical device representative is not a qualified trainer.
The Champaign-Urbana medical negligence attorneys at the Holder Law Group, LLP aid individuals and families that have actually been harmed by inexperienced medical professional mistakes and negligence. We work with doctors that we understand and trust to assess the circumstances of malpractice so we can respond to the inquiries that individuals and their households involve us with.
With decades of medical malpractice experience, Elizabeth Holder and her team have the understanding and skill to hold medical professionals that have harmed individuals because of their lack of experience accountable.
Unskilled Medical Professionals and Misdiagnosis
Totally missed or postponed medical diagnoses by inexperienced physicians are all too common. Actually, The Washington Post reported in May 2013 that diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or postponed are thought to influence 10 to 20 percent of situations, far surpassing drug errors and surgery on the incorrect person or body component.
Additionally, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that 45,500 patients die due to misdiagnosis in emergency situations. These statistics apply to Illinois as a portion of the country as a whole.
The medical malpractice team at Holder law group have litigated these situations with respect to
Lack of Doctor Experience leads to malpractice and even death in Champaign Illinois
Physician and Clinic inexperience is related to:
Alternatives staffing and shift arrangements-- Medical professionals usually fill in for each other. This can lead to a doctor doing a treatment or participating in treatment that is outside of their specialty or their experience.
Locum tenens-- Locum tenens is Latin for "location holder." Locum tenens work includes a doctor working briefly in a technique or a healthcare facility that is not his/her common area of employment. Some of these medical professionals are from various other states. Some doctors take locum tenens placements specifically to acquire experience they do not have, and also some do it because they are semi-retired. A locum tenens doctor may take shifts in an emergency situation area. Locum tenens medical professionals operate in systems that are not familiar to them in addition to seeing patients whose backgrounds are foreign to them. This can lead to blunders being made.
Handoffs-- When a change ends or a client is moved from one location to one more, such as from the ER to one more ward, their care is turned over from one group of physicians as well as registered nurses. This is when communications errors typically take place especially among inexperienced personnel.
New Medical Innovations-- Physicians might just have a very little amount of training or education and learning prior to when they begin to utilize advanced clinical procedures, off-label prescriptions or experimental methods in the treatment of an individual. Health centers may have varying requirements regarding when a medical professional or cosmetic surgeon might start to utilize a new method without the aid of a much more seasoned expert. The situation also applies to experienced doctors using new procedures with insufficient training or training performed by drug company representatives.
Seeking Money Damages After Being Harmed By an Unskilled Physician
No matter their experience, medical professionals, surgeons, registered nurses, service technicians as well as other physician need to fulfill an acknowledged requirement of treatment. When health care professionals fall short to meet that requirement, as well as a patient is harmed, the patient and/or their family members has a right to seek a money settlement.
Those that have actually been harmed or lost an enjoyed one due to the fact that they were dealt with by an unskilled physician or other health care specialist have the right to go after an injury or wrongful death lawsuit to insurance claim settlement for their added clinical costs, lost wages, discomfort as well as suffering as well as other problems. This is when Holder Law Group can help.
Illinois regulation calls for most medical malpractice suits to be brought within two years from the date of the alleged act, omission or disregard. It is crucial to contact an experienced Champaign Illinois clinical negligence legal representative, such as those at Holder Law Group, as soon as feasible if you or a person you care about has actually been hurt.
The Central Illinois Medical Malpractice team at Holder Law Group can review your inexperienced doctor malpractice case for free and takes all of our cases on a contingent basis. This means if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Elizabeth Holder is the founder of Holder Law Group, LLP and heads up the medical malpractice team. Ms. Holder focuses her practice on personal injury cases in Champaign County and across Central Illinois.
For women and families in Champaign Urbana who are traveling through the pregnancy and childbirth process, the number one priority is to stay healthy and listen to the advice of your doctor. Champaign Urbana malpractice attorneys at the Holder Law Group understand that delivering a child is a common process with many doctors delivering thousands of children through the course of their career. This applies to rural hospitals in Central Illinois as well as in metropolitan areas such as Chicago Illinois. However, while it happens every day, it is by no means a completely safe process. Many things can go wrong, and that is only compounded when your doctor makes the conscious decision to take a more risky course of action.
While many women in labor progress normally, and even sometimes quickly, on occasion labor can be a very lengthy process. It could last for several days and often doctors will seek to speed things up for the best interest of both mother and child. There are dedicated drugs for this process, such as a hormone drip with Oxytocin, but sometimes these don't work as quickly as needed to suite the needs the patient of the doctor. In these situations, some Illinois doctors take the risk and administer off-label drugs not meant for the labor and delivery process. There are several off-label drugs that can help speed up labor, but the most common culprit is misoprostol. In standard use, this is an ulcer drug, but it can also be used to help dilate the cervix.
While the use of Oxytocin itself is the subject of some controversy, the unfortunate reality is that misoprostol is less safe, though popular, and while it may be effective for speeding up the labor process, it can also be dangerous. Using misoprostol for labor runs the risk of causing a uterine rupture. This can cause the mother to hemorrhage and the child to go into distress after life support has been cut off. In these cases, emergency surgery is required, but the mother or the child may not survive. Incidents such as these do happen across Illinois during childbirth as well.
As some continue to use misoprostol for labor safely, it has not yet begun to face legal action, but using off-label drugs in the birthing process for Illinois mothers can be risky and can lead to medical malpractice cases. At Holder Law Group, we believe that childbirth is dangerous enough and the medication used to speed up the process should not add to the danger. If you have discovered that they were used in the birth of your child, contact us today. Using drugs not as intended is a very clear case of medical malpractice.
Betsy Holder is a Champaign Urbana medical malpractice Lawyer with vast experience in Birth Injury Cases.
One of the Most Common Questions in Personal Injury Litigation is, "When will I get paid?" Here is what to keep in mind.
One of the most common question I hear in representing injured clients in Champaign Urbana and across Illinois is, "how long will it take to get paid." The truth is, they can be short or long depending on how much investigation, negotiation, and litigation is required. While there is no set way to predict how long a mass tort case will take, there are a few factors that can help you estimate.
What Lengthens an injury claim?
The length of an injury or auto accident claim often isn't so much affected by litigation so much as it is affected by gathering evidence for the claim. The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim will be. However, the more evidence there is, the longer it will take to gather and analyze.
Factors that will lengthen a mass tort or personal injury claim include:
At the end of the day it is worth noting that Holder Law Group, like many other plaintiffs law firms, work on a contingency fee basis which means that we advance all the costs of litigation and only recover if we win. This being the case, we have every motivation to resolves cases as quickly as possible.
Are you considering pursuing a personal injury claim in Illinois? Then come talk to us. Holder Law Group knows how long and frustrating any tort case can be, but if you believe you have a claim, you shouldn't just let it go.
There is a general misunderstanding among many people that pregnancy and childbirth are not major occurrences in a woman's life, and that the risks associated with both are rather benign. This could not be farther from the truth. Conventional childbirth, even with no complications, has a significant amount of risk,. and when the birth process is complicated, and a caesarian section is necessary, the risks increase even further.
Given the complicated and inherently dangerous nature of childbirth, when doctor and nursing error occurs, the risks to both mother and child increase even further. Here are few issues to remember regarding medical negligence and birth injury.
When is a Birth Injury the Doctor’s Fault?
Giving birth should be a joyous time, but while many births go perfectly smooth, sometimes there are complications. Birth injuries that occur to the mother, or worse, her newborn can be traumatic and life-altering. However, something strange occurs when a birth injury happens. For some strange reason, it leaves new mothers blaming themselves. Was it something they did? Was it something they didn't do while gestating their child? Could they have done it different or better?
The truth is that a birth injury is rarely the fault of the parent and certainly not the child. However, in order to better protect themselves, your doctors may infer that it was something you did or didn't do. Yet, you had nine months to create that new life, and your OBGYN had nine months to figure out the risks, tell you about them, and do everything in their power to mitigate them. If your doctor did none of those things, then no matter what they tell you, they are responsible for your birth injuries.
Whether it was from negligence or pure malpractice, common birth injuries include:
Additionally, the causes for these errors are sometimes more difficult to identify than one would initially think. The most common medical errors that are difficult to identify in regard to childbirth cases are:
All of the above can fall into the realms of medical malpractice, but so much more can be considered as part of it as well. If you or your child suffered traumatic injury during the birthing period, contact us today to see what we can do for you.