By Dean Caras
We are medical malpractice lawyers in Chicago, and know what it takes to fight for victims of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice errors are responsible for 98,000 wrongful deaths each year. More people die from medical mistakes than from all car accident deaths. Medical malpractice mistakes involving medication errors cause injuries to over 1.3 million persons a year.
At Caras Law Group, we work hard to establish, through expert testimony, the standard of care required of the defendant doctors or other health care providers in the field of the defendant, and that the defendant breached or failed to adhere to that standard of care, thereby causing the plaintiff’s injury. We have a board certified medical doctor on our staff who can provide immediate reviews of medical records to determine whether or not your medical malpractice case has merit. In many medical procedures there are risks which cannot be avoided even if the doctor exercises the greatest caution. These are called unavoidable risks. On the other hand, risks which are unavoidable even when the greatest care has been exercised may, in a particular case, be shown by an attorney to have resulted from lack of due care by the doctor or other health care professional.
The most important time is the hours immediately following a medical procedure. The events that take place during this time can be the difference between a positive outcome or a life-threatening situation. We specialize in cases involving inadequate care in the hours after surgery where improper monitoring and deficient instructions can cause delay in recognizing surgical complications.
If you think you or a loved one was negligently cared for in the hours after a medical procedure, call Caras Law Group today, and we will provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation from a medical malpractice attorney in Chicago. Dean Caras and his associates specialize in handling medical malpractice cases and obtaining compensation you deserve as a victim of wrongful medical practices.
Settlements and Verdicts Obtained by Caras Law Group
Surgery Center/Medical Malpractice: $5.2 Million record verdict against the Surgery Center for negligently discharging plaintiff without providing instructions on how to take care of herself and symptoms to watch for. The doctor had provided orders that he see his patients before release and the unqualified staff failed to follow the doctor’s strict orders.
Wrongful Death: $1 Million wrongful death settlement in July 2014 after 5 days of jury trial. In an action where a 39-year-old woman was discharged from a hospital two days after her hysterectomy with a perforated colon that the doctors failed to recognize before sending her home. Unfortunately, the perforation led to sepsis and ultimately her death before she was able to return to the hospital and seek treatment. The defendant’s doctors denied that our client died as a result of a perforated colon; but we were able to uncover evidence to present to the jury that based on the findings of the autopsy, the perforated colon was the only way she could have died.
Medical Malpractice/Brachical Plexus Birth Injury: $1.4 Million recovery for young girl that received a right arm brachial plexus injury at birth. The Obstetrician claimed the proper maneuvers were used and the proper amount of traction was applied. However, during discovery it was proven that the Obstetrician used a maneuver that was not a proper maneuver and it was this maneuver that caused the injury. The matter settled during trial.
Medical Malpractice: $1 Million settlement from surgeon for 38-year-old woman who experienced septic shock as a result of small bowel perforation and unsterile surgical instruments during laparoscopic gynecological procedure performed at a surgery center which rendered her a quadriplegic. This amount represented all of the insurance coverage that the surgeon carried for this type of case. The surgeon claimed that the Surgery Center where the procedure was performed was at fault for sending the patient home while he was performing another surgery, depriving him of any opportunity to examine her or give her proper instructions.
Nursing Home Malpractice: $1 Million verdict for a violation of the “Illinois Nursing Home Care Act”; 68-year-old nursing home patient died as a result of nursing home’s failure to administer medication in a timely fashion.
Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice: $900,000 settlement obtained during trial for a child that experienced meconium aspiration during delivery as a result of the physician’s and nurse’s failure to properly assess the fetal monitor strip that demonstrated that the child was in fetal distress.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death: $850,000 settlement for the family of a 63-year-old man who died as a result of the emergency room physicians failure to timely diagnose an acute hemothorax which resulted in his death the same evening after he was discharged from the hospital.
Medical Malpractice/Loss of an eye: $700,000 verdict after 2 week jury trial. A Cook County jury awarded our client $700,000 for the loss of vision in one eye as a result of the ophthalmologist’s failure to timely diagnose herpes simplex keratitis and the ophthalmologist’s improper prescription of steroids in the face of herpes simplex keratitis. Our expert testified that prescribing steroids in this instance was like throwing gasoline on an already burning fire.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death: $525,000 settlement for family of 55 year old hospital patient that died as a result of the hospitals failure to diagnose and treat a collapsed lung / hemothorax.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death: $650,000 settlement for the family of a 68-year-old woman who died at a dialysis center while undergoing treatment. The allegation was that the center administered dialysis despite orders from the attending physician to discontinue the treatment.
Medical Malpractice (confidential settlement): 96-year-old client administered medication incorrectly and violated the Nurse Practice Act and the Illinois Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act, causing the woman to suffer a stroke which then led her to become quadriplegic.
Medical malpractice cases involve all of the following:
- 10 practical, evidence-based recommendations for perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis
- Intestinal Perforation Treatment & Management
- Avoiding and repairing bowel injury in gynecologic surgery
- Creating a better discharge summary
- Cefoxitin – Drugs.com
- Antibiotic Prophylaxis to Prevent Surgical Site Infections
- Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Surgery: An Advisory Statement from the National Surgical Infection Prevention Project
- Prevention of Surgical Site Infections
- Study of antibiotic sensitivity pattern of obligate and facultative anaerobic bacteria from cellulitis, wound infection, and abscesses (see pages 46/32 – 47/33)
- Difference between aerobic and anaerobic bacteria
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