There simply is no excuse for the state’s willful forfeiture of its oversight duties regarding the health and safety of Illinois hospital patients.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 17, 2011
Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi said today that the Illinois Department of Public Health’s failure to investigate the vast majority of complaints filed about state hospitals represents a blatant neglect of the government’s duty to protect its citizens.
“There simply is no excuse for the state’s willful forfeiture of its oversight duties regarding the health and safety of Illinois hospital patients,” said Salvi, the managing equity partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a leading Chicago medical malpractice law firm with offices in Cook and Lake counties.
“We call upon the state General Assembly to rectify funding shortfalls claimed by the state’s hospitals so inspections can be conducted in a timely manner,” Salvi said. “Failure to address this problem through legislation is also an inexcusable neglect of duty by our elected officials.”
The Chicago Tribune said in a recent report that the Department of Public Health ignored 85 percent of complaints it received last year about hospitals in the state, including allegations pertaining to serious harm and deaths.
Department spokesman Melaney Arnold told the newspaper that the department did not have the money to investigate complaints. The hospital industry has fought proposals to pay for investigations with fees from individual hospitals.
State Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation that would impose a fee on hospitals of about $50 per bed, but the Illinois Hospital Association has blocked the measure, according to the Tribune.
“If the state refuses to stand up to hospitals and their lobbyists, those who have been harmed by hospital negligence need to turn to experienced attorneys who will serve as their advocates,” said Salvi, whose firm has recovered millions of dollars for hospital patients and their families through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Salvi said hospital patients have a right to care that meets their needs as well as the right to a fair, fast, and objective review of any complaints they have about the hospital, its personnel or the medical care they receive.
“At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we do investigate complaints about hospitals and the care they provide,” Salvi said. “And when people suffer because of hospital errors and other medical negligence, we stand up for those who have been harmed to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Illinois medical malpractice law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. The firm represents clients in matters involving emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases features recoveries of more than $620 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 175 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.
To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (847) 249-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.