In 10 Years, Illinois Public Hospitals Pay More Than $180 Million in Wrongful Death Cases
Jan 30, 2015
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – An investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) found that Illinois public hospitals have paid more than $180 million in the past 10 years for wrongful death claims.
“Hospitals should take action to reduce medical mistakes, which all too often have tragic consequences,” said Paul Greenberg, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “When a medical professional’s error causes loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit is an appropriate way for the victim’s family to obtain compensation for their loss.”
The BGA study found that the majority of the settlements were related to deaths at hospitals in Cook County, as well as the University of Illinois hospital system. The group also examined payments made in relation to deaths at 20 locally run hospitals outside Chicago, seven mental health facilities operated by the state and five VA hospitals.
In all, the group examined payouts related to 184 deaths. The settlements ranged from tens of thousands of dollars to multi-million dollar payments.
Patient safety advocates say that the settlement payments reflect only a small part of the problem of errors in the health care system. Only a fraction of cases of medical malpractice are even identified as such, let alone become the basis of a lawsuit.
According to John James of Patient Safety America, who conducted a major study of fatal medical mistakes, hospitals are failing to deal with the problem adequately. According to his study, the number of preventable deaths in American hospitals may be as high as 400,000 annually.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Facebook: Like Us!
Google+ Contact a Chicago personal injury attorney from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google+.
- Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against school after daughter’s suicide
The parents of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Chicago Public School District, claiming that the district failed to take action to address bullying. McKenzie Philpot, a sixth grader at Pierce School of International Studies, left behind messages on social media that revealed the extent of the […]
- Smart Cars May Improve Safety, but Will Present Their Own Issues
Automobile manufacturers are now developing autonomous vehicles that promise to save thousands of lives. Despite auto safety advances, each year, more than 30,000 people lose their lives in car accidents. Most of those crashes are attributable to human error. New safety features address the problems caused when fallible humans are left in charge. Technology such […]
- Illinois Teen Driving Deaths Decline
Illinois teen driving deaths have declined, and officials say it is because of more stringent regulations for teen driver’s licenses. Seven years ago, Illinois put a more restrictive program of graduated driver’s licenses in place for teenagers. Teen driving deaths have dropped five percent since then. According to the office of the Illinois Secretary of […]
- Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in death of David Koschman
A wrongful death lawsuit over the death of David Koschman has been dismissed. The lawsuit accused Chicago authorities of a cover-up after Koschman died following an altercation with a member of the Daley family. A federal judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said the lawsuit by Koschman’s […]
- Wrongful death lawsuit filed over one-punch death
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the family of a Palatine man who died after he was punched outside a bar and hit his head on the sidewalk. The family of Ryan Flannigan, 26, filed the lawsuit against Michael Platt, 35. Authorities said that Platt punched Flannigan on the night of […]
The Chicago Injury Alert Podcast
- Cremated Amputated Leg Leads to Malpractice Lawsuit – Podcast
Rabbi Yona Reiss of the Chicago Rabbinical Council told the Chicago Tribune that under Jewish tradition, body parts that have been severed are preserved or buried for the day when it is believed that the bodies will be resurrected. Severed body parts are usually buried in private, low-key ceremonies, he said. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg351 […]
- Protecting your loved ones from abuse – Podcast
This month on Chicago Injury Alert, we talk about ways you protect your loved ones from nursing home abuse.
- A Frightening Look at Medical Malpractice – Podcast
On this month’s Chicago Injury Alert, we talk about scary statistics regarding medical malpractice.
- Car Accident Injury Settlements Increase with an Attorney – Podcast
Research indicates that auto accident injury victims who hire attorneys receive larger settlement payments. Plus, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that school districts my not be shielded from liability under the Tort Immunity Act on this month’s Chicago Injury Alert.
- Illinois sees decrease in malpractice payouts and Drunk drivers get a second chance – Podcast
Diedrich Healthcare performed an analysis of 2013 medical malpractice payments that were recorded by the National Practitioner Data Bank. The insurer found that medical malpractice payouts in Illinois decreased by $28 million from 2012 to 2013. Plus, a new bill is introduced to give drunk drivers a second chance on this month’s Chicago Injury Alert.