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February 2017 Archives

A Very Nice Settlement and Why Its Terms are Confidential

We recently settled a difficult liability case against a hospital, a medical corporation that employed a neurologist, and other parties. Our client suffered a spinal cord injury. Her future needs will be provided for and she is well pleased with the settlement. Bruce Pfaff, Matt Ports, and the firm's staff worked very hard on the case for years.

Pfaff, Gill & Ports to Chair ABOTA Masters in Trial® Program

Please join us for the ABOTA Masters in Trial program on March 10, 2017 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The program includes excellent lawyers, CLE credit, and cocktails to follow. Register online at ABOTAMastersInTrial.org. Online registration is open to new and experienced lawyers until March 6, 2017.

More surgical errors occur with rude or disrespectful doctors

During an operation in Illinois or elsewhere around the country, a surgeon must often make decisions that affect a patient's life. Unfortunately, mistakes can occur during surgery which could result in severe injury or death. Mistakes may occur because a doctor is distracted or debilitated in some way. However, a recent study suggests that a doctor's attitude and personality can affect the number of his or her surgical errors.

Speak Up by the Joint Commission - Help Prevent Errors in Your Care

N.B. What follows is the text of a pamphlet authored for JCAHO. We have reproduced it with our comment that this is good advice, whether coming from a health organization or a law firm. Healthcare settings can be dangerous and mis-information can lead to tragic consequences. Please do your best to communicate clearly with your healthcare team and to make sure they communicate clearly with you. You should know what the treatment plan is and make sure that is what happens. Please remember you have the right to discharge your doctor and replace him or her with someone whom you feel is more suitable. Good luck-Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd.

Failure to diagnose cancer may have led to man's death

The loss of a loved one in Illinois or elsewhere in the country is a tragedy to the surviving family members. More grief can occur when it is determined that negligence played a part in the death. A woman in another state accuses a doctor and the hospital system with which he is associated with a failure to diagnose her husband correctly, causing his death.

Misdiagnoses lead to complaint of hospital medical malpractice

Hospital errors often lead to devastating results for families in Illinois and across the country. A complaint has recently been filed against a hospital in another state by a woman who claims her father died after medical malpractice. The woman alleges that misdiagnoses of her father's condition as well as a delay in his treatment were the cause of his death in 2005. She is also seeking damages for the mental anguish she experienced as well as for her father's suffering.

Bruce Pfaff Quoted in Article on Expert Witnesses in Chicago Lawyer Magazine

Attorney Bruce Pfaff was quoted in an article, "The Elephant in the Room," by Emily Donovan, which was published today by the Chicago Lawyer magazine. In the article, Pfaff shares his thoughts on the process of researching and retaining expert witnesses -- as well as the often challenging task of finding doctors willing to testify as experts for plaintiffs in medical malpractices cases.

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