One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Kewanee Home

A car accident on a recent Sunday morning took the life of one man and injured two others. According to police, 37-year-old Gary L. Vancil of Kewanee, Ill., died in the crash. Kenneth Armstrong, 38, and Fred Yelm, 37, both of Kewanee, were also injured. Kewanee Police responded to a 911 call at approximately 1 …

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Illinois Mother Files Lawsuit Over Baby’s Death

An Illinois mother has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking damages for a birth injury that resulted in the death of her child. The plaintiff, Portia Williams, claims that Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and several attending physicians and nurses were negligent during the delivery of her child, and that this …

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Birth Injury Lawsuit Filed Over Brachial Plexus Injury

The mother of a child that suffered a brachial plexus injury during delivery has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that the attending physician was negligent during the pregnancy and delivery in 2004. The lawsuit states that the doctor’s negligence caused the child’s brachial plexus injury and other health problems. Erin Burke, …

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Firefighter Will Not Receive Workers Comp Benefits After Horseplay

A firefighter/paramedic who was injured after giving a coworker a bear hug will not receive workers’ compensation benefits, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has ruled. The commission decided that the worker’s personal actions constituted horseplay and voluntarily increased his risk of being injured. The injury did not arise from the worker’s employment and is …

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Number of Workers Comp Cases Is Decreasing

The number of new workers’ compensation cases filed is decreasing in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois. According to data from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), in fiscal year 2010, 20,272 new workers’ comp cases were filed in Chicago, down from 21,705 in 2009, and a peak of 22,818 in 2008. About 40 …

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Doctor Burnout Leads to More Medical Mistakes

According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a large number of doctors in the U.S. suffer from burnout at work, which can lead to dangerous mistakes as well as medical malpractice lawsuits. The study surveyed close to 7,300 doctors, and found that almost half suffered from at least one symptom of …

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