Anytime medicine is involved, proper measurements are crucial. Depending on the type of health need, taking correct dosages at the rights times can be paramount to a patient's well-being. Most Illinois residents who require regular medications understand the importance of the details when it comes to daily routines.
Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $7,250,000 settlement for our client in a failure to diagnose medical malpractice case in Cook County, Illinois.
If you or a family member needed to go to the hospital, would you be assured that you would not be forced to leave until staff was sure you had a safe way to get home? The thought of being pushed out of the emergency room in unsafe conditions sounds unspeakable, yet it occurs more often than you think in hospitals across the country, including in Illinois.
In 2016, the Chicago Tribune released stunning results of a test reporters conducted primarily in Illinois pharmacies. One by one, hiding the fact they worked for the newspaper, the reporters requested two prescriptions filled at once. Surprisingly, more than a few of the pharmacists dispensed the medication routinely and then went on to serve the next customers.
At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Illinois, we understand that having to undergo surgery is a very significant event in your life. All surgical procedures, even those described as minor or routine, have known risks. Sometimes, however, a surgery “goes bad” for reasons having nothing to do with known risks.
In Illinois, patients like you put your health and lives into the hands of medical professionals every day. Unfortunately, even medical professionals can make mistakes, which is where the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid.
Cancer has become a disease that most families have come face-to-face with at some point. The number of people diagnosed with various types of cancer each year are many. One positive thing for some people is that many types of cancer are possibly curable or at least manageable. That, however, does not negate the seriousness of a cancer diagnoses nor the impact on a person's life. If you have recently been told you have cancer, you may want to consider getting a second opinion.
The Illinois Supreme Court has now provided a new avenue for victims in wrongful death act and survival act cases: the discovery rule. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/13-212(a), the discovery rule establishes that, within a four-year statute of repose, any claim of malpractice against a physician or hospital must be filed within two years of the date on which the claimant knew or through the use of reasonable diligence should have known of the existence of the injury or death for which damages have been sought. In Moon v. Rhode, the Illinois Supreme Court found that it was an issue of fact in wrongful death and survival actions predicated upon medical malpractice as to when the individual knew of the injury and its negligent cause. The discovery rule can now extend the wrongful death act and survival act statute of limitations beyond the two-year anniversary of death.
Medical malpractice suits across the country cost hospitals millions of dollars a year, and in Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business reports that two public hospital systems alone have racked up over $160 million in settlement costs since 2012. The two Chicago hospital systems in question are University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and Cook County Health and Hospitals System, and over the past four years, each have paid out at least $80 million for medical negligence settlements.