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November 2014 Archives

Cruise ships can be sued for nursing negligence

Due to the fact that anything can happen during a cruise, ships are often staffed with medical professionals in case a traveler needs medical attention. However, until a recent decision made by a U.S. court, it was nearly impossible to hold them liable if anything went wrong with a patient's treatment. Illinois residents who enjoy cruises may be interested in learning that a U.S. judge has now made it possible to file lawsuits against cruise lines for nursing negligence.

Speech Notice - "Gifts You Receive at Trial"

BRP.jpgBruce R. Pfaff will give a speech "Gifts You Receive at Trial" on December 6 to the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association program on Medical Negligence cases. The program will be at the Westin River North and runs from 8:15 to 1:00. The program is open to members and non-members of the Association, sign up by calling (800) 252-8501.

Hospital negligence suit results in settlement in Ebola case

Ebola has apparently become a nationwide concern, as multiple people have died. Illinois residents who have been following news on Ebola may be interested in reading about a case in which a man who was infected with Ebola died. A hospital that was treating the man was accused of hospital negligence, and a medical malpractice suit was filed.

Birth injuries such as shoulder dystocia can stem from negligence

Although giving birth can be an exciting time, it can also be nerve-wracking in Illinois. Unfortunately, sometimes the doctor who an expectant mother trusts to deliver a child fails to exercise a reasonable degree of care during the process. This can lead to serious birth injuries, with one of them being shoulder dystocia.

Takata/Honda Airbag Defect Cases

NHTSA is currently investigating exploding Takata airbags that have injured and killed numerous people over the past several years. Many of the known injuries and deaths involve Honda (and Acura) vehicles, several of which were 2001 and 2002 model year vehicles. Honda Civic and Honda Accord are two of the most frequently involved vehicles thus far.

Stryker Hip-Implant Suits Settle For More Than $1 Billion

Stryker Corporation agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle claims by patients who received defective hip-implants. Eligible claimants include U.S. patients who had surgery before the settlement was reached to replace their Rejuvenate Modular-Neck hip stem or ABG II Modular-Neck hip stem.

Misdiagnoses of Lyme disease causes more harm

Diagnosis errors can cause a number of patients more injuries since their actual conditions are not being treated. Misdiagnoses of chronic Lyme disease in Illinois could result in delays in real diagnosis and appropriate treatment for conditions. There has been a case in which misdiagnosis of Lyme disease caused more harm to the patient.

Diagnosis errors can be devastating physically and financially

When an Illinois resident goes to the hospital, he or she expects that the medical staff will be able to determine what is wrong and provide a course of treatment that will heal and/or cure the ailment. However, in some cases, physicians make diagnosis errors, which can at best delay the right treatment, and at worst, cause permanent or fatal consequences. If you suffered a permanent injury due to a misdiagnosis -- or have a family member that died as a result -- a medical malpractice claim could provide some relief for the financial burdens that accompany such a tragedy.

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