According to recent reports, two public hospitals in the Chicago area have spent over $160 million over the last few years on medical malpractice related costs. The first hospital in question falls under the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, which settled over 41 malpractice cases from 2012 to 2016. The other is the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System, which settled 33 medical malpractice cases in that same period.
In addition to all of the money that was spent on settlements, the hospitals also poured millions of dollars into fighting lawsuits, and they weren’t always successful either. In fact, seven figure amounts were spent on paying for some of these medical malpractice instances in which they were found to be at fault.
A large chunk of these malpractice cases were brought due to human error and inadequate procedures, some of which resulted in death or serious injuries. Factors such as doctors working too quickly, not paying attention to detail, and birthing injuries are among the biggest malpractice risks.
Despite all the information out there about medical malpractice and how hospitals can avoid it, these problems, quite obviously, still run rampant. In fact, the University of Illinois alone reports around 200 patient safety events each week!
As punishment for these serious errors, Medicare and Medicaid government payments to the University of Illinois and other hospitals were cut. However, is that really enough punishment when so many people could die or become seriously injured as a result of malpractice?
Obviously, medical malpractice is a serious and very real problem, not just in Chicago but throughout the United States. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be on your guard and to report any medical malpractice incidents immediately and then seek legal help. No one deserves to suffer due to errors made by a hospital, and if you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, remember that you owe it to yourself to seek help and compensation.