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Many health care professionals suffering from addiction

One aspect of medical negligence and malpractice involves substance abuse. With the nation trying to recover from the grips of an opioid crisis, many people in Chicago do not realize some of the victims could be the very people they trust for medical care.

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals have high-stress job duties and easy access to medications. The official name for theft of these drugs by medical professionals is "drug diversion." Not only may patients receive inadequate treatment at the hands of drug or alcohol addicted medical staff, they may even become infected by used or compromised needles.

Many recalled vehicles remain on the road

Vehicle recalls happen all the time. One of the most recent and prominent examples is the Takata airbag recall, which impacted around 37 million cars in the United States. This defect has resulted in at least 20 deaths from 2009 to 2017. 

While this recall made headlines, there are plenty of other recalls that go under the radar. It is possible your vehicle was part of a recall, but you have not even realized it yet. It is vital to check in with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from time to time to make sure your automobile was not part of any recalls recently. The organization's website will also contain information about what steps you can take if your vehicle does, in fact, have a defect. 

2 ways to prevent medication errors

You, like many patients in the Chicago area, trust doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals to keep you healthy. When you have ailments or medical conditions that require treatment, prescription meds are one of many medical treatment options that can help you recover and maintain your standard of living. Many people use prescription meds to treat their ailments and for pain relief. 

As much as you trust these professionals, one thing you might not realize is they make mistakes, and they may not inform you of those mistakes until it is too late. If you do not want to end up dealing with the consequences of medication errors, take the following pointers under advisement: 

Some hospitals “dump” patients before they are ready

Imagine going to the emergency room to receive treatment for a serious condition, such as diabetes or chest pain. After the health care provider sees you, you feel groggy and disoriented, and may not have the mental capacity to give the doctor a phone number for a relative to pick you up. Despite being obviously unable to function on your own yet, hospital staff deems you ready for discharge and calls a taxi or walks you to the bus station. This nightmare situation sounds like something out of a dystopian movie, but unfortunately can occur to patients in Illinois and elsewhere.

The practice of discharging patients before they have fully recovered, or sending them into an uncertain or unsafe situation, is called “patient dumping,” according to Healthcare Dive. Unfortunately, patient dumping occurs more often than you would think. Hospitals are most likely to transport patients who are homeless, low-income or uninsured to shelters or pass them off to other hospitals – often, when the individuals are unable to make decisions for themselves or safely manage without assistance.

My Steering Wheel Fell Off - Is My Car Defective?

If you are out for a drive and your steering wheel falls off into your lap - that's not safe. A steering component that breaks unexpectedly and causes you to lose control of your car is a perfect example of a safety-related vehicle defect.

Top 5 construction site injuries

As a construction worker, you take pride in your job and accomplishments. Working in construction is not easy, but it is commendable and fulfilling. Unfortunately, the construction industry is highly dangerous. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were 1,034 construction fatalities in 2016.

You face unique hazards as a construction employee. Here are some of the most common accidents that lead to injuries and deaths at construction sites. 

Michael T. Gill and Matthew D. Ports Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers List

We're happy to share that Michael T. Gill and Matthew D. Ports were named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers list in the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff practice area. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Illinois. Congratulations to Mike and Matt on their selection to this year's list and for their ongoing dedication to representing victims and families harmed by medical negligence, defective products, construction negligence, motor vehicle accidents, and other unsafe or dangerous conditions.

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