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May 2015 Archives

Illinois watches birth injuries case in another state

A jury in a state outside of Illinois recently awarded a woman $23 million. The lawsuit originated from a claim of medical malpractice due to her daughter's birth injuries from alleged mistakes that occurred during an extremely premature birth. The child not only suffered from severe brain damage but also cerebral palsy

Keeping Up to Speed with the Takata Airbag Recall

The announcement yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the massive expansion of the Takata airbag recall has hundreds of thousands of car owners racing to the website to check whether their vehicles are affected by the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history.  NHTSA is warning visitors to its site that it may take several days to gather and input all of the VINs associated with this recall. If you experience difficulty on the NHTSA website, try searching on your manufacturer's website as well:

Tort reform in Illinois may cap awards for hospital negligence

Changes to Illinois law could affect the amount that could be awarded in cases of hospital negligence. These changes are being considered by legislators and will be voted on in the future. However, in the meantime, victims of hospital negligence and other types of medical malpractice are stepping forward to discuss how their lives have changed since they or their loved ones suffered injuries. 

Takata Airbag Recall - The Largest Recall of Any Consumer Product in U.S. History

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that Japanese supplier, Takata, will expand its recall of defective airbag inflators to include nearly 34 million vehicles, making it one of the largest recalls of any consumer product in United States history (via CNN).

Illinois doctors to pay $9.4 million for surgical mistakes

When a doctor makes mistakes, it can alter the life of a patient for week, months or even years. Sometimes, this constitutes medical malpractice, which can be filed against a doctor or a medical facility that played a role in the mistake. Recently, a 52-year-old woman filed a suit against two Illinois doctors whose surgical mistakes put her in the position of needing full-time care for the rest of her life. As a result of two settlements, she will receive over $14 million.

Woman's family awarded $4 million for hospital negligence

Regrettably, lack of appropriate care causes adverse outcomes for many patients who visit Illinois hospitals. This is usually caused by understaffing and hospital negligence. In one such case, a woman who was suffering a heart attack died while she was in the emergency room. The family filed a lawsuit alleging that the staff failed to properly triage her.

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