Birth Injury Lawsuit Claims Child’s Cerebral Palsy Due to Doctor’s Negligence

An Illinois birth injury case claims that a child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice. Christian Ortega was born January 17, 2011 at the Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. Although a fetal monitor showed the fetus was suffering from hypoxic stress, the attending physician failed to take proper action, thereby causing a brain injury, …

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Illinois House Votes Unanimously to Outsource Workers Compensation

On May 30, the Illinois House passed legislation on a unanimous vote to outsource the state’s workers’ compensation system. The bill, HB 2958, would require the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to contract with private companies for management of state workers’ compensation claims. Barbara Flynn Currie, the House Majority Leader, said that the bill …

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Street Sweeper Crash

A husband, wife and their teenage daughter all died due to a collision with a street sweeping vehicle last month in suburban Orland Park. The accident took place near 171st Street and LaGrange Road. Now relatives have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that hired the driver. Police say the person driving a …

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When Determining Prescription Dosages for Children, Many Doctors Simply Guess

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that when children need certain prescription medicine, such as anesthetics, statins, morphine, or prednisone for asthma, doctors sometimes have to guess the dosage based on the child’s weight. The reason doctors must estimate the dosage is that approximately half of the …

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Flame Retardants May Be a Danger to Human Health

Between 1970 and 2004, levels of some flame retardants in the blood of American adults doubled every two to five years. American babies are born with some of the highest levels for all infants in the world. According to a UC-Berkeley public health study, babies exposed to flame retardants in the womb have lower birth …

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New Study Debunks Claims of Tort Reformers

Proponents of “tort reform” claim that “frivolous lawsuits” are out of control, with the latest target being medical malpractice lawsuits. In pushing for a cap on damages, these advocates have relied on a central premise: that when Texas passed such limits, thousands of doctors moved to the state. That claim has now been debunked by …

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Teen Drivers Create Special Risks in Auto Accidents

It may not surprise anyone to learn that teenage drivers are especially dangerous, primarily due to their inexperience. However, a new study by the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) safety foundation indicates that there are certain risk factors that greatly increase the danger when a teen is behind the wheel of a car. The study shows …

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Five Things to Remember at the Scene of a Chicago Car Accident

There are five critical things to remember after you’ve been in an accident: 1. Call the police. Even if the other party claims they do not want to involve the authorities, it is imperative that the police come and file a report about the accident. This report will be critical later in the process. 2. …

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