Lawsuit Claims Birth Injury Led to Infant’s Death

A birth injury lawsuit has been filed against medical professionals at Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois, alleging that they committed medical malpractice in performing a Caesarean section, which led to an infant’s death. The Illinois mother who filed the lawsuit claims that the C-section was not performed in a timely manner, …

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DOI Announces Increase in Fines, Including AIG Workers Compensation Settlement

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) has announced that it collected over $10.3 million in fines for improper market conduct in 2012. The Department said that the amount of fines collected has increased due to its greater enforcement efforts and participation in multi-state examinations. DOI collected $322,000 in fines in 2011, $217,000 in 2010 and …

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Occupational Health Center Promises to Reduce Workers Compensation Costs

An occupational health center will begin operations in Normal, Illinois, with the goal of reducing work injuries and workers’ compensation costs. Integrated Work Injury Network (IWIN) opens in February with Dr. Dru Hauter as medical director. Dr. Hauter is also affiliated with Illinois Work Injury Resource Center (I-WIRC), an occupational health center in Peoria. The …

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Driverless Google Car

Google’s Driverless Car May Herald Historic Shift in Auto Safety

The driverless car being developed by Google may be the most important innovation in vehicle safety since safety belts.  If Google meets its goals for reduction in traffic accidents, then millions of people could be saved from injury or death and billions of dollars could be saved. Google’s driverless car technology uses sensors and cameras …

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Notorious Chicago Eye Doctor Subject of Nearly 50 Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Dr. Nicholas Caro, a Chicago ophthalmologist who has been sued almost 50 times for medical malpractice, has now been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly taking more than $180,000 from his employees’ pension fund. The indictment charges Caro with embezzlement and mail fraud. He is alleged to have taken pension fund money and …

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Cook County Settles Stroger Hospital Brain Damage Case

A $20 million payment was approved by Cook County commissioners to the family of a toddler who suffered from damage to his brain after undergoing surgery at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital. The settlement represented was one of four payments approved by the commissioners totaling $24 million, all related to medical malpractice claims against Stroger Hospital. Justine …

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ITLA Bill Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that will standardize attorney’s fees in medical malpractice cases. While the new law will allow attorneys to charge up to one-third of the plaintiff’s award, the fees are capped at that amount and attorneys are not permitted to petition the court for additional fees. The Illinois Trial …

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Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Major Portion of U.S. Litigation

Personal injury lawsuits, in which the wrongful action of a person or entity is alleged to cause injury to another’s person or property, account for a large portion of civil litigation in the United States. Personal injury lawsuits are commonly filed over automobile collisions, workplace accidents, medical malpractice or defective products. According to data from …

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Family of Man Who Died After Surgery Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a man who died after surgery to repair a hernia. Jiries Hattar underwent surgery on December 15, 2005 at Advocate Christ Medical Center and afterward experienced abdominal pain and vomiting, as well as other adverse symptoms. According to the lawsuit, a physician’s assistant failed to …

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Birth Injuries on the Rise in United States

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a startling increase in birth injuries in the United States. The study reveals that from 2000 through 2009, there was a 75 percent increase in emergencies during delivery, and post-delivery complications increased by 50 percent during the same time period. …

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