No one in Illinois wants to spend time in a hospital, but it is sometimes necessary. Patients put their lives in the hands of hospital staff expecting to be well cared for and to get better. It is an unfortunate truth that people occasionally make mistakes, and medical support staffs are no exception. These hospital errors can lead to additional surgeries, injuries, infections and even death.
Recently, as a result of hospital negligence, five patients had to undergo a second surgery in order to remove forgotten surgical tools. Items that were removed from the patients included retractors, sponges and clamps. Two other patients fell while in the hospital and died, and three different patients suffered severe injuries due to the errors in medication.