Early detection of breast cancer can greatly increase a woman's chances of survival. Women across the country, including here in Illinois, are encouraged to have mammograms done, which are normally the first step in discovering abnormalities in a woman's breasts that could be cancerous. If diagnosis errors occur at this stage, the window of opportunity to give a patient the best chances of survival can quickly close.
The bodies of transplant patients are under a great deal of stress. Their immune systems are often depressed, making them more susceptible to bacteria, mold, fungus and viruses. A transplant patient who contracts an infection while in a hospital here in Illinois or elsewhere in the country could be the victim of hospital negligence.
The issue of whether a fetus is a legal person if it is not able to live outside the womb is one that has been debated for a long time. This question most often surrounds the issue of abortion when it comes up in courts here in Illinois and around the country. However, that was not the case in a wrongful death claim filed by a couple whose fetus died from premature birth injuries.
Bruce R. Pfaff and Matthew D. Ports of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., recently settled a medical malpractice case on behalf of a 64-year-old woman who was negligently treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights back in May 2011. On December 30, 2015, Judge James N. O'Hara approved the $5 million settlement agreement that was reached between the family, three defendants doctors, their employer, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana, and the hospital. The case was set to begin trial on January 4, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Fetal asphyxia is a condition in which a fetus has decreased oxygen levels (hypoxemia) and increased levels of carbon dioxide (hypercapnia). This can cause any number of serious birth injuries or even death. In Illinois and elsewhere, a failure to properly monitor a fetus in utero during the birth process can lead to this condition.