Spina Bifida Birth Defect Lawsuit Filed in Illinois

A lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against Abbott Laboratories, the maker of Depakote, an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug. The suit alleges that plaintiffs suffered from birth defects, including spina bifida, due to their mothers’ use of the drug during pregnancy. The lawsuit, Battle, et al vs. Abbot Laboratories, was filed in St. Clair County …

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Northwest Community Hospital’s Top Doctor Had No Medical License

The chief medical officer at the Chicago-area Northwest Community Hospital did not have a license to practice medicine during his entire eight-year tenure. Dr. Leighton Smith was chief medical officer at the hospital until he left the position on June 1. Smith was responsible for setting policy and managing the staff. Records show his medical …

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Changes to Workers’ Compensation Have Not Saved Businesses Money

To date, there is scant evidence that changes in workers’ compensation laws have resulted in decreased costs for Illinois businesses. State lawmakers passed legislation in 2011 curtailing workers’ comp claims, predicting that the changes would save Illinois businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. Before the new law, Illinois ranked third in the country in workers’ …

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Computer Programmer Who Murdered His Wife Ordered to Pay $60 Million to Children

A noted computer programmer convicted of murdering his wife must pay his children $60 million, a California jury has ruled. Hans Reiser, whose Namesys company developed widely-used software, was convicted of murdering his Russian wife Nina in 2008. Now, a civil wrongful death lawsuit has determined that he must compensate his children for the damage …

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Use of Electronic Records Results in Fewer Malpractice Claims

According to a new study, doctors who switch to using electronic records are less likely to be sued for medical malpractice than doctors who continue to use paper records. The findings were surprising to some observers, who had been concerned that errors would become more common as doctors begin using unfamiliar systems. However, the study, …

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Hospital Sued for Child’s Erb’s Palsy

A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming medical negligence in the case of a baby with Erb’s palsy. The parents are suing the doctors and the hospital where the baby was delivered, saying that they are at fault for the child’s condition. Alexander and Aracely Colon filed the lawsuit on behalf …

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Smart Car Will Turn Off Cell Phone When It Senses Stress

Ford is developing technology that will limit access to a driver’s cell phone but only when it senses that traffic is heavy and the driver is experiencing stress. The smart car will use sonar and radar to measure traffic levels. Biometric sensors in the steering wheel and seat will measure body temperature and other indicators …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Taxi Fatality Case

The brother of an elderly woman who was struck and killed by a taxi last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the taxi company. The collision occurred on August 22, 2011 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. The lawsuit claims that the taxi driver failed to yield to the female …

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Illinois Mother Sues Hospital for Negligence

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit over a birth injury that her daughter suffered during delivery, which resulted in the death of the child. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by Bianca Hernandez against two doctors and one nurse of the Northshore University Health System. The suit claims the birth injury …

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The Value of a Personal Injury Case Depends on Many Factors

Personal injury lawsuits are commonly filed in cases regarding car accidents or injuries suffered on the premises of a place of business, an apartment building or someone’s home. If you are considering this kind of lawsuit, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in calculating damages. The term “damages” simply refers …

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