ITLA Bill Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that will standardize attorney’s fees in medical malpractice cases. While the new law will allow attorneys to charge up to one-third of the plaintiff’s award, the fees are capped at that amount and attorneys are not permitted to petition the court for additional fees. The Illinois Trial …

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Birth Injuries on the Rise in United States

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a startling increase in birth injuries in the United States. The study reveals that from 2000 through 2009, there was a 75 percent increase in emergencies during delivery, and post-delivery complications increased by 50 percent during the same time period. …

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Nursing Home Sued in Wrongful Death Case

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a nursing home on the South Side of Chicago after a patient, who was allegedly prescribed an overdose of medication, died. A representative of Sonya Eli file the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the woman’s doctors wrote a prescription for a dangerous combination and …

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Major Brain Injury Study Yields Disappointing Results

A major scientific study of the effects of a nutritional supplement on brain injuries has yielded disappointing results. The U.S. military had hoped that the the supplement, citicoline, could be used to treat wounded veterans. In products available over the counter, it is marketed as having memory-enhancing effects, and it is used by doctors worldwide …

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Experimental Autism Therapy Costs Doctor His License in Illinois, Missouri

A doctor who has promoted a treatment for autistic children using a drug that suppresses testosterone has lost his license to practice medicine in Illinois and Missouri. Dr. Mark Geier’s therapy involves injecting children with the drug Lupron, a hormone inhibitor that is sometimes employed to “chemically castrate” sex offenders. Experts said the therapy was …

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Chicago Man Alleges Medical Malpractice in Liver Transplant

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is the subject of a medical malpractice suit recently filed by a Cook County man who claims that the liver he received by transplant in May of 2011 had malignant cancer tissue. Johnny Sirbu claims that as a result of the transplant, he now has cancer. He is seeking …

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Father’s Occupation May Play a Role in Birth Defects

Researchers have discovered that the risk of birth defects may be increased by the type of work the father did before the baby was conceived. The study, by researchers at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, relies on data from the U.S. National Birth Defects Prevention Study. The study is …

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Erb’s Palsy Leads to Birth Injury Lawsuit

A birth injury lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that medical negligence caused a child to develop Erb’s Palsy. Christopher and Daniela Griffin filed the suit on behalf of themselves and their son, Christopher S. Griffin, Jr., against MetroSouth Medical Center and the attending physician, claiming that medical malpractice caused fetal …

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