Medical Malpractice

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lake County Medical Malpractice

A loved one recently experienced an extremely bad outcome at a Lake County hospital.  Can we contact you to discuss our rights free of charge?

Yes.  Our experienced staff of Lake County medical malpractice lawyers are ready to discuss your potential medical negligence case immediately.  One of our firm's partners, Kathleen Ryan, is a former nurse who can expertly evaluate your injuries, potential medical negligence, and explain exactly what a physician or hospital did incorrectly to contribute to your negative outcome.

In addition to providing an initial case consult, we will review medical records on your Lake County Medical Malpractice case to determine whether you have a viable cause of action.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Anesthesia Malpractice Attorneys

Have you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to the adverse effects of anesthetics during a surgery?  If so, contact us today to discuss your rights.

Anesthesia errors occur when patients are sedated, vulnerable, and unable to protect themselves.  The consequences of these medical mistakes can include becoming brain damaged, permanently living in a vegetative state or with severely reduced cognition, and even death. 

The critical questions in any Chicago or Waukegan anesthesia malpractice case are: (1) what went wrong during surgery; and (2) how can you prove it.  

Obtaining your medical records and having them reviewed by an anesthesia malpractice attorney is the best way to evaluate whether you have a claim.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Medical Malpractice


Yes.  Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the beneficiaries of a deceased person's estate can maintain a cause of action for their loved one's death.   Beneficiaries can recover for loss of financial support, grief, loss of companionship, loss of affection, and the overall loss of a loved one's presence in their lives.  These damages compensate both the monetary injuries caused by the passing of an individual that was supporting their children, grand-children, etc., and also compensates the devastating effects that losing a mother, father, brother, sister, or child far too soon have upon a family.

The ideology behind wrongful death damages is two-fold.  First, allowing these claims recognize the tremendous grief and hardship that the untimely passing of a loved one puts on that individual's family.  Second, disallowing these claims would lead to a situation where it would be better for a negligent party to kill an injured victim as opposed to severely injuring that person.  It does not take a lawyer to see the tremendous injustice in this scenario.

Medical malpractice claims against physicians require skilled legal representation to prepare and prevail upon. Medical experts must be enlisted to review a patient's chart and determine if mistakes were made in their care and treatment.  A host of common defenses (i.e. known risk of the procedure, blame the injured patient, bad outcome but no negligence) must be foreseen and overcome.  Finally, a patient must be able to substantiate the effects of the malpractice in terms of their pain, suffering, loss of normal life, and loss of income damages.   

At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we offer free patient chart reviews by a former registered nurse as the first step to determining whether you or a loved one has a viable medical malpractice claim.  This expert knowledge also allows us to foresee and debunk defenses to your claim immediately, while also proving up your full measure of damages.

Take the first step to preserving your rights or those of a loved one by contacting us today.



Monday, June 15, 2015

Chicago Woman Awarded $14 Million Following Botched Surgery Resulting in Brain Damage

How are damages typically calculated in a medical malpractice case? 

Medical malpractice claims often appear to be among the most lucrative of personal injury cases. However, these high-dollar verdicts are quite often deceiving, as juries are routinely tasked with compensating the victim for his or her entire life, including the costs of lifelong medical care, lost wages, lost opportunities, and a reduced quality of life. 

In one recent case, an Indiana woman was awarded $14 million by a Chicago jury after a lengthy trial involving allegations of severely-botched medical procedures, resulting in lifelong brain damage for the 56-year old victim. According to the lawsuit filed against both the Advocate Good Samaritan hospital – located in Downers Grove, Illinois – and her physicians individually, the victim underwent a bariatric surgery resulting in permanent brain damage, conclusively due to the negligence of both doctors involved. 

In 2010, the patient sought the medical counsel of both doctors for the treatment of obesity. Accordingly, she was scheduled for a gastric bypass procedure wherein a portion of the stomach is restricted to decrease the amount of food the patient can consume. Knowing she was taking a blood thinning medication, the doctors ordered an anti-coagulant (or so they thought) to be administered prior to the procedure. In fact, the doctors negligently ordered the wrong medication and the patient suffered extensive internal bleeding, causing her to permanently lose mental cognition. 

While the hospital settled with the woman privately for $5 million, the doctors opted to take their case to trial. During the proceeding, the patient testified that she is no longer able to walk, and relies on the round-the-clock assistance of her family to provide for her daily needs. Moreover, she stated that she is no longer able to homeschool any of her four children, and that her marriage relationship has suffered irretrievably as a result of the incident. 

In order to compensate the victim for her losses, a Chicago jury awarded her another $9 million to ensure her medical care, lost wages, lost future opportunities, and pain and suffering were adequately redressed. 

As one of Chicago’s premier personal injury and medical malpractice law firms, we can help you if you are facing a situation similar to that described above. To learn more about the medical malpractice lawsuit process, please call (847) 244-1436. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anesthesia Accidents

Medical errors involving negligent administration of anesthetics or improper monitoring of patients that are sedated can have catastrophic consequences.  If you or a loved one has been harmed due to an anesthesia error, please contact Ryan, Ryan & Landa for a free consultation immediately.  We are well versed in Illinois law which that an anesthesia care team appropriately sedate, monitor, and safeguard all patients during surgical procedures.  We will ensure your full recovery. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Daughter Sues Doctor Who Failed to Tell Father of Cancer

A doctor's failure to communicate essential information to a patient can be as harmful as prescribing the wrong medication or botching a surgical procedure.  According to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, a Lyons man died because his doctor failed to inform him that he had bladder cancer.

Edward Hines had gone to see to Dr. Alan Sadah, a urologist at an Oak Park clinic, for treatment of a bladder tumor. After removing the tumor, Dr. Sadah told Hines that he was free of cancer.  One week after the 2011 procedure, a pathologist's report showed that Hines still had bladder cancer.  In her lawsuit, Hines's daughter claims that Dr. Sadah never told her father. 

Hines did not discover his condition until a year later when he went back to the clinic complaining of pain and learned he had invasive bladder cancer.  He died at the age of 58 in 2013, after chemotherapy and surgery to remove his bladder and prostate.  

Hines' daughter says that, once his father knew about the cancer, he did everything medically possible to treat it. She believes the outcome could have been different if he had not missed a year of treatment while the cancer spread. 

In documents filed in court in response to the lawsuit, Dr. Sadah presents a different view of events.  He claims he told Hines that he had cancer but that Hines failed to follow up.  He also says Hines did not ask for the pathology report.

A physician Hines hired to review his treatment wrote that Dr. Sadah should have warned his patient about the high recurrence rate of bladder cancer and the need for vigilant monitoring and treatment.  The reviewing physician also wrote that patients should be notified when a pathology report discloses serious problems and an appointment should be set up for them.

A trial may be needed to decide whether Dr. Sadah's version can be believed or whether Hines was kept in the dark about his diagnosis until it was too late.

If your health or the health of a loved one has been adversely affected by a doctor's failure to inform you of a condition, or by any other type of negligent treatment, you should seek the compensation you deserve.  Ryan Ryan & Landa has represented clients in all types of medical malpractice suits.  For a consultation, call (847)416-1989 today.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tort Reform Does Not Work

The Los Angeles Times recently published an article discussing how "defensive medicine" caused by supposed fear of medical malpractice lawsuits constitutes a minor, insignificant portion of overall healthcare spending in the United States.  This term refers to physicians ordering medically unnecessary diagnostic testing (and the like) solely out of an alleged fear of being sued.      

This articles provides further evidence that "tort reform," which seeks to curb individuals' rights to collect their full measure of economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is a groundless movement.  Studies published around the country have irrefutably shown that: the overall number of physicians in the United States is increasing (refuting tort reformers' claims that people are choosing not to become doctors out of fear of lawsuits), physicians' medical malpractice insurance premiums routinely rise in states that adopt tort reform while medical liability insurers in said states routinely report record profits (refuting tort reformers' claims that the movement is aimed to curb increasing insurance premiums), and that the civil justice system is a more than adequate filter for so-called "frivolous" medical malpractice lawsuits.  

As an example of the latter point, Illinois law requires that a Plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit consult with a physician in the same specialty of the individual they want to sue and obtain an affidavit documenting that their case is meritorious prior to ever filing suit.  This process alone costs thousands of dollars.  For this reason, filing a so-called "frivolous" lawsuit is cost-inefficient, a waste of time, and simply bad business.   

The reality is that tort reform shuts the courthouse doors to severely injured people for one purpose: saving insurance companies money.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Medical Malpractice

It is a simple fact that almost all individuals are not qualified to determine whether or not medical malpractice has been committed during their own care and treatment or during that of a loved one.  It is also a fact that a bad outcome in a hospital setting does not equate to malpractice.  

That being said, people are cognizant of situations where diagnostic test results are not communicated for substantial amounts of time, seemingly routine procedures lead to horrific results such as brain damage or death, or where information communicated to medical providers is ignored with dire consequences.  Oftentimes, in the aftermath of these situations, patients will not be provided with answers as to what exactly went wrong during their medical care.

It is your right to demand answers when your or your loved one experiences life altering injuries in a medical setting.  At Ryan, Ryan & Landa, we will demand and obtain those answers for you.  If those answers reveal malpractice, we will litigate your claim from start to finish and demand accountability from those who caused you injury.  

Please contact us today for a free evaluation of your medical malpractice claim.



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