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Illinois Fails to Investigate Hospital Complaints

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Medical malpractice is an act of medical disregard that results in unnecessary injury to a patient. Medical negligence comes in a wide variety of forms that range from misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, failure to follow up with treatment, acquired infections or failure to monitor patient vital signs.

The state of Illinois has recently been accused of not exploring the authenticity of medical complaints. The scope of these complaints varies from problems such as patient abuse, lax infection control and medical overdosing.

A patient at Harrisburg Medical Center reported that members of hospital staff were not wearing protective gowns and gloves during a bacteria outbreak. This spreading infection had already claimed one life. A mistake that could’ve claimed more lives at that hospital.

Another patient at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital also registered a complaint. Last year during this patient’s visit they were pricked by dirty needles. This accident prompted hospital staff to administer preventative HIV treatment.

A third record showed that multiple patients complained while they were treated at Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital . Last fall, these patients were developing bed sores and infections from being left sitting in their own feces. One staff member said that patients were “not given appropriate care…not bathed or given oral care…have wounds from not being turned and changed.”

One thing that both of these events have in common is that neither were investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. It is federal law that all allegations of mortal harm or death must be reviewed within forty-eight hours. Yet records were uncovered that show eighty-five percent of the 560 hospital complaints were not investigated.

These complaints reveal hospital negligence that may be actionable. If you have been a victim of these sorts of situations you may be entitled to recoup damages. Please contact a Illinois personal injury attorney to discuss possible proceedings.

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