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Chicago is home to risky hospitals

When you go to a hospital, you expect to receive the best care possible. However, depending on the exact hospital you go to, you could face a greater risk of suffering from medical malpractice

The Leapfrog Group recently released its finding of potentially dangerous hospitals in the Chicago area. The study found that five hospitals in Chicago that received a "D" rating. This rating means that patients at these hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death than hospitals with an "A" rating. Over 100,000 people lose their lives each year due to negligence at hospitals, so it is paramount for people local to Illinois to know what hospitals near them have an insufficient rating. 

Record DeKalb County Work Injury Verdict

A DeKalb County jury entered a record verdict for almost $6,000,000 on Tuesday afternoon for a 33 year-old Winnebago man injured when the aerial lift he was working on failed causing him to fall 20-25 feet. In September 2015, 29 year-old Jeremy Heckelsmiller was hired to remove a chimney on a rental property in DeKalb when the upper boom arm of the lift he was working on suddenly snapped and threw Heckelsmiller to the ground. Plaintiff brought claims against the owner and operator of the lift and the owner of the rental property who arranged for the work to be done.

Lawsuit Filed After Tragic Collision With Tanker Trailer

Pfaff, Gill and Ports recently filed suit on behalf of the surviving husband and children of Corina Miller. Corina was a 41-year-old woman who lived in Wyoming, Illinois. She died on July 11, 2017 when the Jeep vehicle she was driving on a country road struck and went under a tanker trailer that was being backed across the road into a farmer's driveway. The trailer had no side underride guards and was not conspicuous on a dark road with no artificial lighting. Her Jeep did not have any forward collision warning or braking systems. The suit names the farmer, the trucker and his employer, as well as the manufacturer of the 2014 Jeep Patriot and the tanker trailer. It is pending in Peoria County, IL. For more about this case, read our current lawsuit filed in Peoria County.

Lawsuit Filed Against Beachbody After Chin Up Bar Disengagement

Last week, the firm filed suit on behalf of Daniel Sopocy's children in Lake County. Daniel died from traumatic head injuries he sustained after the Beachbody P90X Chin Up Bar he was using in the family home disengaged from its mounting place over a doorway. He fell to the concrete floor and struck his head. The firm has sued Beachbody for selling an unreasonably dangerous product. Daniel is survived by his three children. For more on the case, see our lawsuit filed against Beachbody.

Pfaff, Gill & Ports Ltd. Sponsors the 2019 Western Amateur Golf Tournament

PGP is very glad to be a sponsor of one of the world's great amateur golf tournaments this summer at Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, MI. This will be the 117th playing of The Western Amateur tournament and the forty-first time that Point O' Woods has hosted the event. Bruce Pfaff is the tournament chair for the club. 

Pfaff, Gill & Ports Ltd. Sponsors Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund Golf Classic

Pfaff, Gill & Ports is proud to again contribute to the success of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund. We encourage you all to do the same, it is an excellent charity!  Over the past 30 years, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund has provided high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to assist in their ability to obtain a quality education. Since its establishment in 1989, DMSF has awarded over 2,400 high school scholarships to these worthy students. Currently, there are over 440 Murphy Scholars enrolled in 80 partnership high schools.

Urgent care center victim awarded $7.96 million

In an unusual case of medical negligence by a hospital-owned urgent care center, an Idaho man suffered a catastrophic spinal injury due to medical negligence. The malpractice incident by a local urgent care center's medical providers and their failure to follow protocol resulted in the man's paralysis from the waist down.

People who have potentially severe injuries may not be aware of the magnitude of their condition. Injuries can seem minor due to the initial absence of extreme pain; this, however, is not a reliable indicator of a serious medical condition. A better sign is the mechanism of injury, the degree and location of impact sustained by the body, and any pre-existing condition exacerbated by the additional trauma of a new accident.

Tragic Wrongful Death $12,500,000 Settlement

A 35-year-old electrician learned he had a cancerous lesion in his right kidney in March 2016. He was referred to a urologist who told him and his wife that he required survival removal of the kidney, a nephrectomy. The urologist told them the cancer was Stage I, it would not require chemo or radiation therapy, and the man would return to work in 4-6 weeks with no residual injury. His life expectancy was to be little diminished by the cancer or surgery. That turned out to be wrong.

Jury awards California man $80 million in damages in Roundup case

Some of us in the office love to garden. Some of us have used Roundup in the past, but won't any more in light of recent scientific evidence and jury verdicts finding a link between Roundup's active ingredient and certain cancers. See below:

Be aware of ambulance diversion

When people have a medical emergency, they would expect an ambulance to take them to the nearest hospital for treatment. However, in the biggest cities in the country, including Chicago, that does not always happen. There is a practice hospitals implement called ambulance diversion. It occurs when a hospital is at capacity, and people at the hospital tell ambulance drivers to take patients elsewhere. It is completely legal, and it can have devastating results. 

A 37-year-old woman who worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin cafeteria began to feel unwell early one morning. She began slurring her words, and her face drooped. She experienced a stroke, and she was only about 350 feet from one of the best stroke centers in the country. However, the ambulance did not take her there. Instead, the ambulance took her to a different hospital three miles away that offered limited stroke services. She died, and it was completely preventable. 

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