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Chicago Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Is asbestos in your everyday hygiene and beauty products?

When you purchase a product to use on your skin, the last thing you want is something that contains ingredients that could make you sick. This is especially true if you have heard that some cosmetic or hygienic items might contain asbestos. Is deodorant, makeup and baby powder safe for you and other Missouri residents to use, or does it contain dangerous amounts of asbestos?

Asbestos, a mineral that is often in talc, can cause serious illnesses after prolonged exposure. Talcum powder is widely used in health and beauty products, which may understandably concern you about the safety of these products.

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Chicago can lead to large payouts

When a judge finds a doctor or health care worker guilty of medical malpractice, it can result in large settlements. There have been some high-profile cases in the Chicago that demonstrate different aspects of medical malpractice, how these lawsuits can play out in court and the settlements that can result.

Medical malpractice litigation usually involves cases of very serious, permanent, irreversible injury or damage due to negligent care. Because the stakes are so high in these cases, and because the harm is permanent, high settlements often reflect the court's determination of the damages in a monetary way.

ABOTA asks Senate to Continue Allowing States to Govern Med-Mal Case

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) recently called on the U.S. Senate to reject the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1215) and any similar legislation that seeks to thwart state-delegated powers to govern medical malpractice cases and to place a nationwide cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

Common diagnostic errors and medical malpractice

A serious medical condition can greatly affect your life. If you get a severe illness, disease or injury, it may lead to significant disability, loss of enjoyment of life or even death. A misdiagnosis could make the outcome even worse. Diagnostic errors can lead to delayed treatment, incorrect treatment or no treatment whatsoever. 

But what exactly counts as a diagnostic mistake? When does it constitute medical malpractice? Below is an overview of common diagnosis problems and what you can do about them.

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. Attorneys Named 2017 Leading Lawyers

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. is pleased to announce that shareholders Bruce R. Pfaff, Michael T. Gill, and Matthew D. Ports were selected as 2017 Leading Lawyers for Illinois. Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Media, helps legal consumers identify experienced, reputable attorneys by practice area, with less than 5% of licensed lawyers in Illinois receiving the distinction. The selection process is unique and more rigorous than other attorney search sites, beginning with a survey that asks all licensed lawyers in the state who they would recommend to a family member or friend if they were unable to take the case themselves. Only lawyers most often recommended by their peers make the list. In the crowded and competitive field of legal services, it is an honor to be recognized and respected by our peers and colleagues in the Illinois legal community. Thank you.

PFAFF APPOINTED TO THE ACTL'S SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR JURIS AWARD COMMITTEE

Bruce Pfaff has been appointed a member of the Sandra Day O'Connor Juris Award Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has accepted his invitation to participate and very much looks forward to the privilege of helping to select next year's recipient of this award. Sandra Day O'Connor was one of our best Supreme Court justices and the award in her name honors judges in the United States or Canada who have demonstrated exemplary independence in performing his or her duties, often in difficult or dangerous circumstances. Justice O'Connor is the personification of a dedicated judge and person who cares greatly about our country.

EVANS SCHOLAR CUP

Bruce Pfaff was happy to participate in a significant fundraising event for the Evans Scholars Foundation operated by the Western Golf Association on September 11, 2017. The event was a pro-am fundraiser at the BMW International Championship at Conway Farms and brought together local pros with amateurs who are interested in making a substantial commitment to help fund the Evans Scholars. The Evans Scholarship Foundation provides tuition, room and board, and support for nearly 1000 undergraduates today, and it is growing. Since its founding in 1930, more than 10,000 student-caddies have attended college through the Evans Scholars. As always, the Western Golf Association ran a terrific event.

Qualifying factors for medical malpractice

Medical malpractice claims have dropped in recent years. According to recent reports, the total number of malpractice cases as well as overall payments for these cases dropped significantly between 2003 and 2015. 

It is important for people to seek damages when they believe a doctor has injured them. However, a certain surgery or diagnosis may not be ideal, but it does not necessarily mean malpractice has occurred. There are certain factors that need to be present for an attorney to take on a case.

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