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Procedural error at trial overshadows possible malpractice claim

Organ donors save lives in Chicago and throughout the rest of the state of Illinois. When tragedies claim the lives of designated organ donors, others receive new leases on life through lifesaving transplants. While some organ transplant stories have happy endings, one story that unfolded at a Chicago hospital had anything but a joyful result.

In 2007 a woman underwent a kidney transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She received the kidney from a man who had died in a car accident. Several other individuals received organs from that man as well.

How nursing home negligence can lead to bed sores

Individuals all across Chicago have had to make the difficult decision to put themselves or loved ones into nursing homes. In many situations a loved one is moved into such a facility when his or her family members can no longer personally manage the medical and day-to-day responsibilities of keeping them safe and healthy. Nursing homes, which are held to licensing standards of care that mandate certain levels of resident interaction and support, can provide trustworthy sources of support for those in need.

While many nursing homes exceed the expectations of their licensing boards, others fail significantly when it comes to patient and resident care. Individuals living in nursing homes have suffered serious injuries from falls, errors in the administration of their medications and other hardships as a result of poor nursing home management. One major problem for residents of nursing homes is bed sores.

Coping with misdiagnosis after medical malpractice

For Chicago residents, medical uncertainty can breed confusion and fear. Health problems that develop unexpectedly or that exhibit disturbing symptoms can cause otherwise healthy people to feel miserable until they can meet with their doctors. In many situations a person's greatest fears are allayed when his practitioner explains a common reason for a concerning ailment.

This is not always the result, however. There are situations when patients do realize their greatest health fears and must cope with aggressive treatments that affect their energy and wellbeing. There are even more egregious situations that occur when doctors fail to fully explore the causes of their patients' symptoms and serious medical conditions go undiagnosed.

What must be proven in a wrongful death lawsuit?

When the negligent or reckless actions of another person cause an individual to die, many Chicago residents assume that the criminal justice system will prosecute the wrongdoers for their reprehensible actions. This is often the case and offending parties are required to pay fines and spend time in prison. What some people may not know is that a civil cause of action also exists that addresses the death of an innocent party.

Private individuals can file wrongful death claims when accidental and intentional acts lead to death. Proving a wrongful death lawsuit requires satisfying several components of the cause of action. Please note that the information in this post is not intended to serve as legal advice and only provides a general overview of wrongful death in the civil courts.

Chicago Cubs player loses 1 relative, 3 friends in car accident

Baseball season is winding down and fans of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox are anxiously waiting to see which teams will qualify for the post season. In the coming week, however, a star player for one of those teams will likely be absent from his position at shortstop. His absence will not be due to injury or illness, but rather grief as he copes with the devastation of a tragic car accident.

Three friends and one relative of Cubs player Starlin Castro were killed when their car was struck by a truck's trailer. The accident happened in Castro's native Dominican Republic. The four men, as well as Castro's brother who was traveling in a different vehicle, were planning to go fishing.

Drunk driving and motor vehicle accidents in Illinois

Drunk driving is an unfortunate reality in Illinois. It affects people in large communities like Chicago as well as small towns throughout the state. Many people personally know someone who has been affected by drunk driving or who has been the victim of a drunk driving accident.

According to statistics released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 321 people died in Illinois in 2012 from drunk driving-related motor vehicle accidents. That works out to about 2.5 people per 100,000 individuals throughout the state's population. Twenty-six people under the age of 21 were killed by drunk drivers during that year.

Illinois man accused of nursing home abuse

As the American population ages many people find themselves moving into care facilities when they are no longer able to manage their daily lives. Nursing and retirement homes offer individuals the opportunity to exercise varying levels of independence all while purportedly receiving specialized assistance in safe, controlled environments. Nursing and retirement homes are held to various safety standards and though many comply with such regulations problems do arise for some individuals who live in deceitful facilities.

A local news story discusses one very serious problem that occurred in an Illinois nursing home. A 25-year-old man was recently taken to trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a 92-year-old nursing home resident. The man was employed as a certified nursing assistant at the time of the alleged sexual assault and in the period of time between the alleged act and the trial, the victim of the assault died. The judge hearing the case ended up declaring a mistrial though prosecutors may choose to file new charges at a later date.

Chicago man killed in chain-reaction auto accident

Negligent drivers are everywhere. Chicago residents may see them during their commutes to work or while taking their kids to school. These drivers fail to use their signals, speed at dangerous rates and follow too closely to the cars in front of them. There is very little that other drivers can do to improve the driving of others and sometimes the best policy is to simply stay out of their way.

On crowded city streets, however, staying out of a bad driver's way can be easier said than done. With nowhere to go, pedestrians and other drivers can find themselves at the mercy of negligent drivers and worried that they will be involved in auto accidents. A recent accident on Sheridan Road shows how quickly the actions of one bad driver can become a very dangerous situation for everyone in his vicinity.

Construction workplace injury sends one man to the hospital

When Chicago parents send their kids off to play they encourage the youngsters to stay in pairs or groups with other children. There is a certain level of safety that comes with being with others and friends can keep watchful eyes on each other to prevent disasters from happening. Many employers ask that workers engage in similar behaviors and that the workers stay with others when completing dangerous tasks.

An out-of-state construction worker was alone and was performing his job when he suffered a scary construction workplace injury. The man became trapped between a beam and a piece of machinery and is believed to have suffered a shoulder injury. Though rescue crews were dispatched to the construction site other workers located the injured worker first and were able to get him to safety.

Death of Illinois cyclist may lead to wrongful death claims

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 700 cyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2012. Nearly 50,000 other cyclists were hurt in automobile crashes during that same year, leading to an exorbitant number of victims created in car-bike collisions. Many more cyclists have been injured and killed since this data was released, including some who live in and around the Chicago metropolitan area.

Most recently a 39-year-old Niles resident was killed by a car while riding his bike. The man was struck by a car while riding on West Howard Street in the northern Chicago suburban community. Though he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, he did not survive his catastrophic injuries.

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