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Walgreens sued after teen dies from morphine intoxication

The parents of a teenager filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens, alleging their son died of morphine intoxication due to medical negligence. Tom Steinbacher Sr. and Christine Steinbacher, as co-administrators of their son’s estate, filed the complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on April 21. They are seeking a jury trial in addition to …

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Family gets $3.3 million in Northwestern drug overdose lawsuit

The family of a man who died after being given a drug overdose was awarded $3.3 million in a medical malpractice case against Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Plaintiff Kathryn Howe-Vandelinder filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in July 2012. She alleged the negligence of doctors in administering the medication led to her husband’s kidney …

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Illinois police investigate seven vehicle pileup on Tri-State Tollway

Eight people were injured in a chain-reaction collision involving multiple vehicles on the Tri-State Tollway near Gurnee, Illinois, on the evening of September 19. According to Illinois State Police, a semi-truck crashed into a line of cars stopped in slow-moving traffic on Interstate 94’s far right westbound lane. The accident occurred close to Six Flags …

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Neighbors Ask Whether Collision in Chatham Could Have Been Prevented

On the night of Tuesday, September 13th, an 11-year-old girl was struck by an SUV and pressed against a porch in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. She was walking into a snack shop in the neighborhood, at 80th and Vincennes, when the accident occurred. She suffered head trauma and could not breathe without assistance. She …

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State Governments Rolling Back Workers’ Compensation Protections

In Illinois and other states around the country, workers’ compensation is under attack. A recent investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that since 2003, more than 30 states have enacted legislation that either cuts benefits for injured workers, makes it harder to qualify for compensation, or creates obstacles to obtaining medical care. The federal Occupational …

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Pharmacy error causes woman to become comatose and suffer memory loss

A woman from Cook County, Chicago, filed a lawsuit against Walgreens, alleging that a pharmacist gave his recommendation that she take two incompatible drugs, which caused her to lapse into a coma, and experience memory loss. According to the Cook County Record, Madiline Hicks filed a lawsuit in Cook County Court. The lawsuit alleges personal …

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Confusion over drug names leads to medication errors

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some physicians and pharmacists are experiencing some confusion over the similarity of the names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medication. Although the FDA claims it is unaware of anyone who consumed the wrong medication, the agency said it received 50 reports of medication errors, including instances …

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OSHA investigates garbage hauler’s death in landfill accident

A man died after being crushed under the weight of an overturned garbage truck and its concrete debris at Winnebago Landfill in Rockford, Illinois. Gonzalo Trevino Sr., 54, worked as a hauler for a garbage company. Investigators said Trevino was unloading his truck when another dump truck accidentally emptied its contents on him. The load …

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Illinois excavation company cited for endangering trench workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Elgin, Illinois, excavation company for allegedly failing to implement safety measures while employees were working in an underground trench. Kellenberger Plumbing & Underground was issued one willful and one serious citation for two safety violations on May 2. OSHA initiated an investigation into the company under …

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