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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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Distracted Driving Is Top Cause of Car Accidents

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council’s Transportation Safety Group, the top cause of automobile accidents is distracted driving. The organization found that distraction was a causal factor in approximately 80 percent of all car crashes. Those accidents have tragic consequences. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Case of Retiree Who Froze to Death

The family of a retirement community resident who froze to death has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility and a care provider. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Genevieve Klimczak’s estate. The defendants are McHenry Villa and Home Instead, Inc. According to court filings, Genevieve Klimczak, a 91-year-old Alzheimer’s patient and resident …

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Large Personal Injury Verdicts Awarded in 2012

The past year saw several juries award plaintiffs large sums in personal injury cases. Here are the three largest awards of 2012, as reported by Bloomberg News. The largest personal injury verdict of the year was for $900 million, which included $700 million in punitive damages. In Webb v. Trans Healthcare Inc., the plaintiff was …

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