Switching Surgeons Leads to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Two recent Chicago medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed over the same alleged misdeed: patients were operated on by a different surgeon from the one they were promised. Patients sometimes go to great lengths to seek out a surgeon with particular skills and experience to perform their operation, but find later that someone else actually …

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Drew Peterson Seeks to Dismiss Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Drew Peterson’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against the former Bolingbrook police officer, who was found guilty of murdering his third wife. The action came just days after Peterson’s conviction. Peterson was convicted of the 2004 drowning of Kathleen Savio. Peterson and Savio’s two sons requested that their names …

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Mother of Woman Who Died After Abortion Files Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Planned Parenthood and Northwestern Memorial Hospital by the mother of a woman who died shortly after she had an abortion in July. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, Tonya Reaves experienced hemorrhaging at a Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood clinic and died shortly afterward at Northwestern. An …

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Changes to Workers’ Compensation Have Not Saved Businesses Money

To date, there is scant evidence that changes in workers’ compensation laws have resulted in decreased costs for Illinois businesses. State lawmakers passed legislation in 2011 curtailing workers’ comp claims, predicting that the changes would save Illinois businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. Before the new law, Illinois ranked third in the country in workers’ …

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Study Shows Safety Inspections Protect Workers and Do Not Hurt Businesses

Researchers have determined that random inspections of businesses in the United States have a measurable impact on the risk of workers being hurt on the job. Inspections lower the danger for workers, and have no negative effect on the businesses being inspected. The report was published in the journal Science. According to the study, workplaces …

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Painkillers May Increase Cost of Work Injuries

Insurance companies that reimburse employees for workplace injuries, pay billions of dollars every year, mainly for major accidents. Recently, another cost has emerged: payments to workers with routine injuries, treated with strong painkillers. Insurance companies pay about $1.4 billion per year for opioids, or narcotic painkillers. However, studies have now shown that when these medications …

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Fatal Workplace Injuries On the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its final data on fatal injuries in the workplace in the year 2010. While such on-the-job deaths have been decreasing nationwide for some time, they are on the rise in Illinois. According to the BLS data, released on April 25, 2012, fatal workplace injuries in Illinois …

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Illinois House Votes Unanimously to Outsource Workers Compensation

On May 30, the Illinois House passed legislation on a unanimous vote to outsource the state’s workers’ compensation system. The bill, HB 2958, would require the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to contract with private companies for management of state workers’ compensation claims. Barbara Flynn Currie, the House Majority Leader, said that the bill …

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