Teenager’s Death on Camping Trip Leads to Lawsuit

The father of a teenager, killed on a camping trip when she was struck by a falling tree, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that organized the tour. The fatal accident took place near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Elizabeth Burns, a Lake Forest teenager, was helping to organize the campsite for a student …

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Highway Death

A wrongful death case has been filed on behalf of a young mother who died when she was struck by a car while walking along the Eisenhower Expressway. Diana Paz had been stopped by the Illinois State Police, and then released, despite her allegedly intoxicated state. The suit claims that the police acted recklessly in …

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Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they are on the rise in Illinois. According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois …

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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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