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Risk factors for brachial plexus birth injury

Frequently, parents whose babies are born with the birth injury brachial plexus palsy are given no indication that their infant might be afflicted with this condition. This is because only a certain number of traits are recognized as risk factors. In the January 14 edition of the Journal of Perinatology, a recent study was published …

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Alleged misdiagnosis results in woman’s liver failure and death

A woman from Chicago, Illinois, claims physicians at Illinois Cancer Specialists committed medical malpractice when they performed a misdiagnosis of her sister’s hepatitis B, and as a result caused her to suffer liver failure and die. As independent executor of the estate of Karen S. Karnik, Susan M. Lode filed a lawsuit on January 27 …

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Man dies from Walgreens prescription error

A man named Terry Paul Smith voiced complaints to his physician about a drug he had been taking for leg and back pain. His physician then changed his prescription to a narcotic pain reliever called methadone. After filling the prescription at a Walgreens pharmacy in Jacksonville, Florida, and taking the drug, he died within 36 …

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Employee’s icy fall leads to 3.5 million dollar settlement

A man settled for $3.5 million and a more than $1 million workers’ compensation lien waiver in a lawsuit against his employer after suffering a serious back injury due to a workplace construction accident. The agreement in the premises liability and negligence case was reached on December 10, 2015, one day ahead of a scheduled …

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Illinois families sue feed company for wrongful deaths of workers

The families of two employees who died from gas exposure while working at an animal feed plant in Illinois have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their employer. According to the lawsuit, liquid feed manufacturer Agridyne LLC failed to provide the workers with safety equipment that could have prevented their deaths. The families filed the …

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Report reveals Chicago’s premature birth rate exceeds national average

Chicago scored a D in the March of Dimes 2015 ranking of pre-term birth rates in six large Illinois cities. The city has a premature birth rate of 10.4 percent in comparison to the United States’ overall rate of 9.6 percent. Joliet had the state’s lowest rate of 9.6 percent, while Peoria received an F …

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Why registered nurses are more likely to identify drug errors in nursing homes

New research has found that registered nurses (RNs) are more likely than licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to evaluate and identify medication errors that could pose risks to nursing home residents. Researchers said carefully monitoring medication could help prevent almost 66 percent of all falls, hallucinations and other drug-related problems experienced by nursing home residents. The …

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Illinois man files medical malpractice lawsuit for pacemaker complications

An Illinois man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a surgery to recharge his pacemaker allegedly led to an infection. The claim was filed on Sept. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Charles Chessor sued Dr. James McPike, Memorial Medical Group, Cardiovascular Associates of Southern Illinois and Liberty Village of Maryvale for negligence. McPike …

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