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$45 Million Verdict Highlights Deadly Negligence In Foster Care

In late March 2018, a Cook County, Illinois jury returned a $45 million recovery in the case of a toddler who died after being negligently returned to his abusive mother’s care. The case, Estate of Lavandis Hudson vs. Lutheran Social Services Inc., centered on gross negligence in the foster care system. If proper procedures had been...

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New Law in Illinois Aims to Reduce Opioid Abuse and Prevent Doctor Shopping

Doctors often prescribe pain killers for people who have been injured or are recovering from surgery. While these medications can be highly effective, they also can pose a threat to patients who might become addicted. A pain-killer addiction can cause a downward spiral and may lead to a practice known as “doctor-shopping.” A person in...

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Proposed Bill Raises Questions About How to Eliminate a Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis

Despite cutting-edge technology and advances in medicine, some patients may still receive a cancer misdiagnosis. How does it happen? In some cases, a lab worker mixes up or contaminates specimens. Other times, a doctor gives a wrong cancer diagnosis or interprets a test result incorrectly. Are there ways to eliminate a cancer misdiagnosis? A U.S....

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Surgical Start Time Medical Errors

Does surgical start time affect risks for medical errors? A new study finds that patients who undergo a neurosurgical procedure between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. face a higher risk of complications compared to those who get operated on earlier in the day. The findings were published in Neurosurgery, which reported on a study that...

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Who is Responsible for Complications in Robot-Assisted Surgery?

Robot-Assisted Surgery Introduces New Complications The rapid advance of technology has changed the way we carry out our daily lives. Every aspect of modern life shows impact from recent discoveries and inventions, and one area where this change is strongly evident is in the field of medicine. In 2000, the FDA approved the use of...

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Serious Nursing Home Abuse Goes Unreported

Many serious nursing home abuse cases are never reported A recent government alert sheds light on an alarming problem in nursing homes: many serious cases of nursing home abuse go unreported. Investigators who looked at records from 2015 to 2016 found 134 cases of abuse that involved physical and sexual assault of nursing home residents....

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Is Illinois addressing child abuse in foster care or adoptive homes?

Experienced Chicago Child Abuse Lawyer Sets The Record Straight It’s a hidden epidemic in Chicago and throughout Illinois: child abuse and neglect. The number of children reported as abused or neglected in Illinois has steadily increased in recent years, according to data compiled by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. In fiscal year...

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