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Medication mistakes in nursing homes can cause patients to be hospitalized

According to knowledge acquired by NBC 5 Investigates through a search of public records, medication errors committed in Illinois nursing homes are causing patients to be hospitalized for such conditions as critically low blood sugar, visual hallucinations and difficult breathing. Since 2011, state health inspectors confirmed that there were 384 medication errors committed in nursing …

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6.5 million dollar settlement in lawsuit over aortic tear

The wife of a patient who was treated at Northwest Community Hospital alleged that the hospital and many of its doctors committed medical malpractice when they failed to identify the signs and symptoms of her husband’s aortic dissection. She claimed that as a result of their negligence, his condition became worse, and he subsequently died. …

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Heart surgeon sued for testing medical device on patient

A woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her cardiac surgeon for implanting an unauthorized experimental device in her body. Maureen Obermeier sued Dr. Patrick McCarthy and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he is the head of cardiac surgery. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation was also named a defendant in the suit. McCarthy invented the Myxo Ring, …

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Mother files negligence lawsuit against doctors for son’s birth injury

A mother has filed a lawsuit against a number of physicians at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where her son was born in 2003. She alleges that they were negligent in failing to exercise reasonable care in rendering medical treatment, and that such negligence caused her son to develop an eye injury. Li Jun Huang filed a …

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CVS Pharmacy commits error that results in emergency for patient

A woman from Cook County, Chicago, filed a lawsuit alleging that she suffered injuries as a result of an error committed by a CVS pharmacy that filled her prescription with the incorrect dosage and directions. Lorraine Farley is alleging negligence on the part of defendants, CVS Caremark Corp. and Highland Park CVS LLC. The complaint …

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Couple files lawsuit against doctor for failure to treat cancer

A Chicago couple sued a physician, hospital and other health care providers for their failure to diagnose and treat prostate cancer for 14 months or more. They alleged the doctor did not take the required steps to handle extremely high PSA levels, resulting in loss of consortium. Jeffrey D. Velick and Sandra Velick filed the …

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Wrong injection leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Two Chicago nursing care families and their staff members are facing a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit. Sandra Semmes filed the complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on March 4 in the capacity of independent executor of Robert Semmes’ estate. The named defendants in the suit were the Washington and Jane Smith Home, known as …

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Medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Cook County doctor over appendectomy

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a Cook County doctor and medical group, by a patient who claims that a 2014 procedure resulted in an infection that required additional surgery. Raymond Simpson filed the lawsuit July 28 in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming negligence in the operation, which took place in November 2014. …

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Lawsuit alleges medical malpractice at nursing home

An Illinois nursing home has been sued by the estate of a woman who died in 2013. The lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court by Edward McDonald, administrator of the estate of Evelyn McDonald, against Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Inc., Caseyville Property and SW Financial Services Co. According to the lawsuit, …

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Illinois mother and infant daughter sue for medical malpractice

A doctor, hospital and health care foundation have been sued by a mother and her infant daughter for medical malpractice during delivery. Kyna Mitchell and her daughter filed the lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court, against Alton Memorial Hospital, Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation Inc. and a doctor involved with the vacuum-assisted delivery. Mitchell was …

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