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Artificial Intelligence: A New Era in Medical Malpractice

artificial-intelligence-4458326_640.jpgArtificial Intelligence (AI) use in healthcare settings is a hazardous evolution that could result in serious injuries or wrongful deaths. Improper coding or interpretation of the data provided by AI systems could cause physicians, surgeons, or other members of the medical team to make otherwise preventable mistakes. 

The Deadliest Highways in Illinois

highway.jpgSummer is a dangerous time for travel and 102 fatal summertime accidents occurred on I-57, I-80, and I-55 between 2015 and 2017. Vehicle speed, driving distractions, vehicle condition, road construction, and many other factors can increase the risk of a fatal accident on these roads. Knowledge of the risks and proactive preparations can help reduce the danger motorists face when they travel down these highways and other roads in Illinois.

Your rights as a survivor to bring wrongful death claims

Dollarphotoclub_57318485.jpgAn unexpected accident that claimed the life of your loved one can leave you reeling with shock and struggling to adjust. Many people wind up so consumed by their grief that they overlook their rights and options in the aftermath of a fatal incident.

If the death of your loved one is the result of someone else's mistake or crime, your family may have the right to hold that person accountable for the financial and practical consequences of your terrible loss. Illinois' wrongful death statute empowers surviving dependents and family members to bring civil action against someone who causes the death of another through wrongful actions or negligence.

How Physical Restraints Harm Nursing Home Residents

Thumbnail image for back view of a senior.jpgNursing homes in the United States continue to use physical restraints even though the risks of serious injuries are well known. Often used to make the work of caring for patients "easier," the restraints can negatively impact the nursing home resident's physical and mental health. When nursing home staff use these devices against medical advice or contrary to the directives of family, they may be guilty of nursing home abuse.

Chicago Gun Violence Victims Are Speaking Out

firearm-409252_640.jpgChicago gun violence victims are speaking out and filing a lawsuit against the state in the hopes of stemming the rising tide of gun crimes in the city. They claim that the city is culpable for the physical and emotional injuries they have suffered because of failures enforcing existing laws. While Chicago's gun laws are some of the strictest in the nation, plaintiffs argue they are not enforced and the protections they provide don't stop bullets from flying.

Medical Malpractice: Communication Errors May Be Deadly

clinic-1807543_640.jpgBreakdowns in communication lead to poor treatment outcomes and raise the risk of potentially deadly consequences. Nationwide, between 60% to 70% of preventable hospital deaths boil down to errors in communication. When physicians, nurses, and other members of the medical team fail to properly disseminate information to one another, they negligently place patient health and safety at risk.

Are States Doing Enough to Stop Moms from Dying in Childbirth?

baby-1531060_640.jpgMaternal mortality rates in the United States are some of the highest in the industrialized world; a fact which highlights the ineffectiveness of existing policies and practices. Many of these deaths are due to treatable conditions and preventable causes. As regulators and legislators pour over statistics, mothers and infants are paying the price for their inaction.

3 signs you need a new doctor

Thumbnail image for doctor-563428_640.jpgFew things are more frustrating than not having answers to important health care questions. After all, if you do not feel well, you want to recover as quickly and completely as possible. Even if you are in good health, you need reliable guidance about preventative care. Either way, having an effective doctor-patient relationship is essential. 

How to Get Help with Your Medical Bills After a Crash

pay-3669963_640.jpgThere are numerous options to help accident victims cover their medical bills after a crash while they are waiting for their personal injury cases to become resolved. Medical bills add up quickly following a car crash and it is common to need help paying them. Unfortunately, the other driver's insurance will not pay medical bills until the case settles. Bills from emergency room visits, doctor's appointments, therapy sessions, and prescriptions, however, don't wait for a settlement to arrive.

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