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University of Illinois intends to pay 10 million of 30 million dollar settlement

A medical malpractice case in which a toddler suffered a disastrous brain injury because of complications during surgery has resulted in a $30 million settlement proposal. The lawsuit, which was filed by the child’s mother, Ethel Chavez, alleges negligence against a pediatric surgeon named Dr. Mark Holterman, who operated on the baby during 24 exploratory …

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Mother files wrongful death lawsuit over death of two-year-old son

A mother named Timberlyn Jones from Chicago, Illinois, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the physician who treated her two-year-old son and the hospital that was responsible for his health. Among the defendants in the lawsuit are Dr. Roy Bardwell, St. James Family Care Center, Franciscan Alliance Inc., Campbell Health Solutions, Family Care Center …

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Liability of pharmacist for improper advice

There was a case in which a patient telephoned a pharmacist regarding a medication for her spouse, who subsequently used the medication, and became ill as a result. The wife informed the pharmacist about her husband’s medical history, and the pharmacist told her that her husband could safely use a pseudoephedrine product. The pharmacist failed …

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Illinois Department of Labor promotes grain bin safety

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) observed Grain Bin Safety Week from February 21 to 27 as part of a national effort to address the growing number of grain bin accidents and deaths. With more than 9 percent of its total economic output arising from agriculture, Illinois ranks second for such incidents nationwide. Seven out …

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Researchers say handful of doctors are responsible for medical malpractice claims

A recent study has found that a small percentage of doctors with distinctive traits are responsible for a disproportionately large number of paid medical malpractice claims that are settled or awarded damages at trial. According to research published in the February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 percent of doctors accounted for …

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Why female babies are more resistant to brain injuries

A study has found that female newborns are less vulnerable to brain injuries than male babies due to the presence of higher levels of a protective protein. Complications during the pregnancy or delivery process lead to thousands of babies suffering birth injuries each year. Oxygen deprivation and reduced blood flow put infants at risk of …

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4 simple tips for avoiding common medication errors

People of all ages can be vulnerable to medication mistakes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 700,000 emergency room visits occur each year due to harmful drug errors. Those taking medication can be prone to common mistakes such as missing or taking wrong doses, mixing up prescription medications of different names …

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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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