Illinois Mother Files Lawsuit Over Baby’s Death

An Illinois mother has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking damages for a birth injury that resulted in the death of her child. The plaintiff, Portia Williams, claims that Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center and several attending physicians and nurses were negligent during the delivery of her child, and that this …

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Birth Injury Lawsuit Filed Over Brachial Plexus Injury

The mother of a child that suffered a brachial plexus injury during delivery has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming that the attending physician was negligent during the pregnancy and delivery in 2004. The lawsuit states that the doctor’s negligence caused the child’s brachial plexus injury and other health problems. Erin Burke, …

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Firefighter Will Not Receive Workers Comp Benefits After Horseplay

A firefighter/paramedic who was injured after giving a coworker a bear hug will not receive workers’ compensation benefits, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has ruled. The commission decided that the worker’s personal actions constituted horseplay and voluntarily increased his risk of being injured. The injury did not arise from the worker’s employment and is …

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Number of Workers Comp Cases Is Decreasing

The number of new workers’ compensation cases filed is decreasing in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois. According to data from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), in fiscal year 2010, 20,272 new workers’ comp cases were filed in Chicago, down from 21,705 in 2009, and a peak of 22,818 in 2008. About 40 …

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Doctor Burnout Leads to More Medical Mistakes

According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a large number of doctors in the U.S. suffer from burnout at work, which can lead to dangerous mistakes as well as medical malpractice lawsuits. The study surveyed close to 7,300 doctors, and found that almost half suffered from at least one symptom of …

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Child Injured by Moving Train

The Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision overturning a $3.9 million jury award against three different railroad companies. The plaintiff was 12 years old when he was injured trying to jump onto a moving train. The Court said that a train in motion represents an obvious danger. The Court, in a decision written by …

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State Trooper Who Caused Fatal Crash Will Not Receive Workers Compensation

Matt Mitchell, the former Illinois State Police Trooper who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in a car crash that killed two women and injured two others, will not receive workers’ compensation payments for injuries that he sustained in the crash. The full 10-member Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that Mitchell’s conduct was “unreasonable and unforeseeable.” …

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Illinois Older Driver Laws Among Toughest in Nation

More seniors are on the road than ever before, and certain aspects of aging present a traffic safety risk. States have responded by tightening driver’s license requirements for older drivers, and the laws in Illinois are among the strictest in the country. While age itself does not necessarily affect driving ability, seniors are more likely …

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Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas Chicago Workers Comp Records

A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for records spanning six years of Chicago’s workers’ compensation program. The subpoena was issued to the Finance Committee of Chicago’s City Council. Alderman Edward M. Burke is the chair of the committee, and has authority over how workers’ compensation claims against the city are processed and settled. …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson’s Doctor Dismissed

Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, has dismissed his wrongful death lawsuit against the singer’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who was convicted of causing his death. Court filings show that Joe Jackson filed a request for dismissal and that it was granted. No reason was given, but two attorneys working on the case were found ineligible to …

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