Tort Reform Efforts May Affect Chicago, IL Injury Claims

Personal injury and wrongful death lawyers provide daily assistance to those who have suffered losses due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Victims must navigate the civil justice system, filing claims called "torts" to get compensation for harm they endured. Victims are supposed to be "made whole" within this system. The courts aim to ensure victims...

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Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses Face Numerous Legal Challenges

The majority of nursing homes have been slyly inserting arbitration agreements into admissions paperwork. An arbitration clause restricts the rights of a resident, or resident's family, from filing a lawsuit if a dispute arises, including disputes stemming from poor care and cases of abuse or neglect resulting in serious injury or wrongful death. It removes the civil...

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Consequences of Foster Care Abuse and Neglect

Children who are put into the foster care system typically come from difficult home lives. They may have endured abuse or neglect by their parents in their home. Many children suffer from behavioral disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, or other mental or physical issues as a result of the treatment that they received at home. They...

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Who is Responsible for Foster Care Abuse?

Foster care abuse is far too common and has been a major issue for a long time. In 2003, Frontline prepared a comprehensive report called Failure to Protect detailing some of the egregious lapses within the foster care industry.  The executive director of Children's Rights, Inc. told Frontline that foster children cannot be considered safe...

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Misdiagnosis rate 15 to 28 percent, recent study reports

According to a recent survey by the National Coalition on Heath Care and Best Doctors, INC, the rate of misdiagnoses is anywhere from 15 percent to 28 percent. Researchers set out to determine the reasons for this high rate and what steps, if any, could be taken to reduce it. They surveyed 400 physicians, medical...

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Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence More Likely When Patients Don't Get Visitors

As many as 60 percent of senior citizens who live in a nursing home environment do not receive outside visitors. Review Journal reported on this troubling statistic recently. When seniors do not receive regular visitors from outside, those seniors are much more likely to become depressed. The psychological results of having no visitors are troubling, as lonely...

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Disturbing Medical Errors Can Put Chicago Patients at Risk

Most people expect doctors to provide reasonable care and avoid egregious mistakes which can be detrimental to a patient's health. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors do things which are so clearly negligent and below the professional standard of care that there is no question they have harmed the patient.  In cases like this, a legal doctrine called res...

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Healthcare System Complexity is a Top Cause of Medical Error

The United States is undergoing a "medical error crisis," and it is not doing enough to fix it. After recent news reports revealed that more than 250,000 deaths occur annually due to medical error, an editorial in U.S. News and World Report commented that "the lack of a response from political leaders, the heads of major hospitals, insurance...

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