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May 2014 Archives

$5 million awarded in fatal birth injuries case

The birth of a new baby is typically an exciting time in many Illinois homes. In addition to setting up the nursery and attending showers, the parents-to-be must decide specific details regarding the child's birth. Decisions regarding whether to have a natural birth or an assisted birth are normally part of the process. For some, there is also the decision of whether to have the baby in a hospital or with the assistance of a midwife. Recently, a family in another state was awarded $5 million after their son died as a result of birth injuries while being delivered by a midwife in a birthing center.

Illinois VA hospital negligence under investigation

Hospital negligence is at the forefront, particularly at VA hospitals. Some of the allegations are as a result of misconduct and long wait times that patients have had to endure at Illinois hospitals. President Obama stepped in and stated that the allegations of patient mistreatment and hospital negligence will not be tolerated.

Botched surgeries could lead to hospital negligence in Illinois

Medical errors are the cause for many patient injuries. One of the biggest problems with these mistakes in Illinois is doctors, and their coworkers, not taking responsibility for their own actions. A hospital and a cardiologist are faced with a lawsuit filed by two patients for hospital negligence.

Did surgical negligence and misdiagnoses almost kill 6-year-old?

Many Illinois residents receive routine medical procedures every day. Few people expect complications as a result of these procedures. However, for a 6-year-old girl, possible surgical negligence during a routine tonsillectomy and apparent subsequent misdiagnoses nearly killed her.

Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarships Awarded

May 15, 2014 - Two deserving law students at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, received Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarships. Melissa Nold '14 and Christa Conry '15 were selected based on their excellent course work in trial advocacy class work and their commitments to helping clients doing civil trial work. Bruce Pfaff graduated from Hastings in 1979 and owes a substantial debt of gratitude to the law professors and fellow students who helped educate him while he attended there: "I hope that this scholarship program will help students who have aptitude and desire to work as civil trial lawyers achieve their goals by offsetting the high cost of legal education." Two Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarships are to be awarded each year to Hastings students.

Illinois doctor must pay woman $14M in hospital negligence

A birth control drug called Yasmin has come to the forefront as being a dangerous drug. A hospital negligence suit was filed against a doctor -- and the medical center which referred the woman to that physician -- after a woman suffered a stroke and ended up wheelchair bound. An Illinois jury rendered its decision and ordered the physician to pay $14 million.

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