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$4.05M MCLEAN COUNTY SETTLEMENT

In settlements just approved by Judge Rebecca Foley in McLean County, two wrongful death cases were resolved for a total of $4,050,000. Shirley Jones, 78, and Kristine Trudeau, 66, were passengers in a car driven by Shirley's husband, John Jones, in Villa Grove, Douglas County, IL. It was dark and the Jones vehicle rear-ended a skid steer loader being driven on the 55 mph two lane road by an employee of Stark Equipment Co. The crash occurred December 7, 2018. Bruce Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. of Chicago represented both estates.

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Statement on the Violence at the United States Capitol

Bruce Pfaff is proud to be an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Common mistakes hospitals make with patient care

When you go into the hospital for treatment or an operation, you want to be sure that the doctors and nurses are correctly assessing your condition, accurately diagnosing you and providing proper treatment. But many hospital patients would be truly alarmed if they realized the extent of the mistakes that medical care providers make every year.

In a single calendar year in this decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC), there were roughly 722,000 outbreaks of MRSA, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and other healthcare-acquired infections. Approximately 75,000 patients died as a result of the infections they acquired as in-patients in hospitals and other care facilities.

Ambulances have the right of way, but they still get into crashes

While many people understand that medical errors happen during surgeries or treatment plans, there are other kinds of patient injuries that can occur. For example, some patients are badly hurt due to ambulance collisions.

Ambulance collisions happen more often than many people believe. Frustratingly, they are sometimes fatal, leading to severe consequences for patients, those traveling with them, paramedics and drivers.

These 4 illnesses are commonly misdiagnosed by doctors

There are many health conditions that are misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, depending on the misdiagnosis, a patient could suffer serious consequences or even death as a result.

As a patient, it's important to seek second opinions and to find out if your test results or diagnoses are correct. Taking that step can help you identify misdiagnoses quickly, so you can still get the treatments you need.

American Board of Trial Advocates Expresses Concerns Over Proposed COVID-19 Relief Legislation Safe to Work Act

Bruce Pfaff, Michael Gill and Matthew Ports are proud members of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Please urge defeat of the proposed legislation discussed below: 

2020 Riley Spreadbury Scholars Announced

Bruce and Deborah Pfaff, along with the firm's former client, Riley Spreadbury, are pleased to announce that these seven students will receive scholarships in honor of Riley to attend Moraine Valley Community College in the 2020-2021 school year:

Surprising but common causes of distracted driving

For most people, the term distracted driving will conjure up mental images of someone recording a Tik Tok video or reading a text message. Thanks in part to public awareness campaigns, distracted driving has almost become synonymous with the use of a phone while at the wheel.

The truth is that distraction comes from all sorts of sources, and you might actually drive distracted every day without realizing that you're doing it, increasing your risk of a motor vehicle crash. There are many hidden but still dangerous forms of distraction people experience while driving.

ABOTA Introduces Guide For Conducting Jury Trials During Covid-19 Pandemic

"The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has published a comprehensive guide to conducting civil jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The white paper, 'Guidance for Conducting Civil Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic,' is a legal resource to address the process of reopening courts and the many issues faced by the courts, the legal community, jurors and the public," explains a recent news release from ABOTA.

Anesthesiologists need to monitor patients' oxygen levels closely

You needed to go through general anesthesia because of the significant surgery that had been planned for you. You trusted that the anesthesiologist would do what was right for you and give you the medications needed to keep you stable.

What you never could have expected was that you'd end up suffering brain damage and injuries because of hypoxia. Hypoxia can occur for many reasons, from having your airway blocked or using the wrong medications. Pulmonary dysfunction after surgery can also lead to this serious issue.

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