Illinois Big Rig Accidents Under More Scrutiny in the Courts

Recent semi truck rollovers in Illinois highlight the seriousness of these types of collisions. Big rigs weigh a lot more than passenger vehicles and take a lot more time to fully stop. In mid August, a semi truck flipped near Burr Ridge on the Stevenson Expressway, slid through three lanes of traffic, and hit two …

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Officials Report More Infection Control Needed in Illinois Health Facilities

Illinois surgery centers are under the microscope after state health officials found numerous violations of infection control standards. The Illinois Department of Public Health is mandating that these types of widely used outpatient facilities be more in line with hospital regulations. The inspections have been prompted by other state infection scares and national initiatives such …

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Illinois Birth Injury Raises Concerns with Hospital Staff and Procedures

A family in St. Louis, Ill. is dealing with a traumatic birth injury that they blame on Memorial Hospital medical professionals. Mistakes made during the pregnancy caused their daughter to have cerebral palsy. During the baby’s delivery, the parents allege that the doctor ruptured membranes, failed to perform in utero resuscitation, and failed to deliver …

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Recent Auto-Bicycle Accident Turns Deadly in Cook County

Bicycling in your neighborhood or to work should be an enjoyable, stress-free activity. But for a man in Cook County, Illinois, and for thousands of other bike riders, careless or negligent drivers can cause a serious injury or death. In late July, a 79-year-old man was cycling two blocks from his home in suburban Maywood …

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Illinois Physician and Medical Malpractice Records Will Soon be Public Record

The Illinois Patients’ Right to Know Act is awaiting Governor Quinn’s signature. Once enacted, the Act will allow individuals to search a licensed doctor’s history, including if the doctor has been criminally convicted, fired, or had made a medical malpractice payment in the last five years. This is good news for patients, says the consumer …

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Alert: Antiepileptic Drugs Shown to Increase Birth Injuries

Women who have a history of epilepsy are frequently prescribed the anti-seizure medicine Topamax or Depakote. In pregnant women, seizures are particularly dangerous, as they can restrict oxygen to the fetus. For years, these antiepileptic drugs have been deemed safe to prescribe to pregnant women. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently …

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Defective Helicopter and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Remains in Illinois Court

A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of …

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Children’s Overdose Rates High as FDA Issues New Measurement Guidelines

Children less than five years old total more than half of all emergency room visits due to medicine misuse and misdosing, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The numbers are staggering given the amount of education and oversight that exists with over-the-counter and pharmaceutical medication. As a result, the Federal Drug Administration …

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