Medical Errors Increase Causing More Unnecessary Deaths In Hospitals Medical errors have continued at an unacceptable rate for almost two decades. Medical errors in hospitals alone result in over 90,000 preventable deaths per year according to the staff at the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010 the U.S government started the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs to decrease deaths from medical errors. The program goals are to decrease preventable deaths by 40% by 2013 and decrease complications that frequently occur when patients are discharged or transferred to an interim facility. The deaths are caused by medical errors. The number of injuries from medical error is even greater. The HHS was required to estimate the number of deaths each year that could be avoided by better health care. To do this the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality relied on the Institute of Medicine's 1998 study that found 98,000 deaths occur each year from medical error in … [Read more...]

An Illinois personal injury attorney can affect change in society by filing certain lawsuits. The media and the PR firms and corporations that influence them may label some of these cases as frivolous, but are they really? Illinois personal injury attorney, Jerry Vinkler has talked about the McDonalds’ hot coffee lawsuit before, and it bears repeating. The facts of the case clearly demonstrate that the injury suffered by the plaintiff was quite serious, requiring eight days in the hospital and costing over $160,000.00 in medical bills. The coffee that caused her third degree burns was between 195 and 205 degrees. Does this lawsuit sound frivolous to you? McDonald’s own records show that this was not the first time someone had complained about their coffee being too hot. Many burn incidents had previously occurred, leading over 700 people to file formal complaints. Despite the complaints, McDonalds changed nothing, until losing the famous case forced them to. Big corporations hate … [Read more...]

An Illinois malpractice lawyer should be contacted if you or a family member suffers a hospital acquired illness or injury that could have been prevented. While problems within the U.S. health care system are widely recognized, a recent report by Commonwealth Fund reports that “Chicago is a health care market marked by high costs and poor care.” According to the report, Chicago ranks 215th out of the 306 nationwide health care markets. That’s not dead last, but it sounds like it could be dangerous to get sick in Chicago. The report went on to mention that almost 25% of all Medicare patients in Chicago are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. It revealed that Medicare payments average almost 30% more than they do nationally, and commercial health insurance payments average 12% more. Also worth noting is the finding that 8% of patients in for surgery did not receive appropriate care to prevent complications. That’s twice the national average. Every year almost 100,000 people die … [Read more...]

Jerry Vinkler Named Super Lawyer for 2012 Being named Super Lawyer for six consecutive years is not something every Illinois medical malpractice lawyer can claim. Jerry Vinkler of Vinkler Law Offices, Ltd is one of those super lawyers who can claim that distinction. He first received this prestige award in 2007 and then every year since. This honor is only given to the top 5% of all lawyers in his field of practice. To be named a Super Lawyer one must pass a rigorous evaluations process. A lawyer must first be nominated and evaluated by his peers. Then a research staff of attorneys looks at each candidate to determine who has attained honors, results or credentials showing a high degree of competence in that area of practice. They do this by researching databases, online resources including publications both local and national. The top 5% for each state and field of practice are then awarded annually as Super Lawyers. Mr. Vinkler‘s hard work and dedication as an Illinois medical … [Read more...]

Preventable medical errors and infections harm one in four hospital patients, according to a new study by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). As an Illinois personal injury attorney, I find these numbers to be staggering. While all hospitals included in the study had incident reporting systems in place and administrators claimed to rely heavily on the collected information, according to the HHS study, only 14% of hospital errors are being reported. In order to participate in the Medicare Program, hospitals must develop and utilize a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. The purpose of this mandate is to track patient harm events and analyze their causes, which is crucial to preventing these incidents in the future. A recommendation to come out of the study is that hospitals be provided with a standard list of incidents to be tracked and reported. But what if something happens that is not on the standard list? All patient harm events should … [Read more...]