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If you've ever suffered trauma due to a lack of medical care or negligent care, you know that it can be difficult to live with and nearly impossible to reverse in most cases. If you've had to live with brain trauma or have a loved one who has suffered from serious brain damage or injuries, you probably have thought about suing for compensation. In some cases, seeking compensation is one way to help you recoup costs and to have the financial stability needed while you recover.
Chicagoans might have read about the incident in Los Angeles that involved a mother who lived in a homeless shelter. The woman was 39 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital for serious abdominal pain, but she was dismissed without ever seeing an obstetrician, even though three were on duty. Her attorney claims that her child, now an 18-month-old boy, suffered serious injuries and brain trauma due to the hospital's neglect. It was just 12 hours after his mother was dismissed from the hospital that she was back for an emergency C-section. At that time, reports claim that the boy had suffered from a lack of oxygen, because his mother's uterus had ruptured during delivery.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you know that being away from them can be a little scary. You don't know what's going on from day to day, and there aren't many ways to verify that your family member is being treated well. In recent news from Nov. 20, one woman was said to have used surveillance to catch the nursing home negligence that was taking place at her mother's expense. Now, surveillance cameras are about to be allowed, by law, to be used throughout the state of Oklahoma, and this could impact you in Chicago as well.
The new state law has just passed in Oklahoma, and it allows surveillance cameras to be used in patients' rooms as long as the nursing facility is aware that the cameras are there. With the extra monitoring, it's hoped that there will be fewer people suffering from outright abuse in nursing facilities. According to the report, one woman placed her motion-activated camera in her mother's room at a nursing facility because she thought something was wrong. What she found was astonishing; the news reports that her 96-year-old mother had been thrown on her bed, taunted with latex gloves stuffed into her mouth, and even had an aide give her unnecessary chest compressions.
On January 17, 2010, Terrence Leigh and his wife were attending a dog training course at a PetSmart store when a four-foot-wide wooden sign spontaneously fell off the wall and struck Mr. Leigh in the head. Mr. Leigh suffered a concussion and a cervical compression injury, which resulted in two weeks of amnesia, chronic neck pain, and impaired memory and concentration. After significant fact and expert discovery, it was ultimately determined that the sign had been negligently installed due to improper placement of fixation devices and improper use of adhesive. Following a lengthy settlement conference, the case settled for half-a-million dollars.
Tim Cavanagh has been named to the Irish Legal 100 by the Irish Voice Newspaper for the fourth consecutive year. This elite list is comprised of accomplished lawyers of Irish descent from all across America. To read the full 2013 Irish Legal 100 publication, visit http://irishlegal.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Benjeman Nichols coached a panel of practicing civil and criminal attorneys in jury selection strategies. This course was offered as part of the CBA Jury Selection Law & Technique Training Program. The event was hosted by the Honorable Judge Thomas More Donnelly.
If you have been following the news in Chicago, you've probably heard about the brain injury cases that are now being settled by the National Football League. According to reports, the players may not have been well-informed about the potential brain trauma they could suffer from playing football.
Now, one player who recently passed away has had deferral trustees trying to reopen his bankruptcy case, allegedly in order to try to claim some of the money the NFL may be paying his family in a settlement. The NFL is reportedly paying nearly $765 million to settle lawsuits that have now been brought against it for cases of medical malpractice. According to the news, the man's four children had sued the league and helmet maker in 2012 because they believed that the brain injuries their father suffered could have led to his suicide.
Giving birth is normally seen as a very happy time, but if birth injuries take place during the process, you could be faced with a child who needs ongoing care. Chicago readers may keep track of medical malpractice stories that come across the news, and this case based in Los Angeles has finally been settled. According to reports, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has approved a large payout for a toddler who suffered serious brain injuries during birth.
The Nov. 07 release states that the 18-month-old boy suffers from brain damage due to his mother experiencing a ruptured uterus during his birth. The result was that the child was deprived of oxygen, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit states that it believes the injury was completely preventable, since the mother had gone to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center complaining about pain in her abdomen. She was allegedly discharged by the medical resident on staff, but had to return for an emergency C-section just 12-hours later.
When you place a loved one in a nursing home or rehabilitation clinic to receive help, the last thing you expect to have to deal with is nursing home negligence. Unfortunately, another institute in Illinois has been part of an alleged scandal that claims a nurse has been sexually abusing one of the patients.
According to the news report from Oct. 10, it was a male nurse who was accused of sexually abusing a patient that was being helped at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The patient is allegedly an Army veteran who has become a quadriplegic and is unable to speak at this time. The man was allegedly abused by the nurse on two occasions.
A simple medical error can cause serious injuries or even death, and when a medical provider knows better than to perform a surgery or procedure and does so anyway, he or she could be putting your life at risk. This story from Oct. 24 discusses a doctor who used stents in what were allegedly healthy patients and in circumstances where they weren't needed. Because of this, one patient is claiming that she now has heart problems when she wouldn't have developed without the placement of the stents.
Although this doctor wasn't located in Chicago, the story about stents being used in more and more patients who may not even need them is one that has been heard around the United States. This report followed one doctor who was found guilty of 51 counts for billing unnecessary procedures and is now serving 10 years in prison for the crimes. This doctor was just one of the multiple cardiologists who have been convicted in the past due to the federal investigations into the use of stenting in patients.