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When 'routine surgery' ends up being ruinous

Just because your doctor calls a surgical procedure common or routine does not mean it is without risk. Any time a patient undergoes some form of ectomy – the surgical removal of something in the body – something can go wrong. One minor misstep in a Chicago operating room might not create much of a problem. Several together could combine and leave you seriously ill or disabled. In the worst cases, mistakes can result in death.

One story out of professional football serves as a good case in point. The date is September 2016. The place is the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Florida. The patient is former Minnesota Viking, Sharrif Floyd. According to details of a lawsuit he filed recently, he went in for what was described as routine arthroscopic surgery with a month's recovery and ended up out of a career.

Where to Avoid Driving During High Wind Storms

While Chicago is not actually the gustiest city in the United States, there are days where it displays that it rightfully earns the “Windy City” title. With just a few months until winter, the wind is starting to pick up to an average of about 12 miles per hour.

This means that the especially windy days in the city will be more perilous to drivers who lack the experience or knowledge to deal with this type of climate. Traffic is inevitable in this large city, but there are areas you should try to avoid going through if possible to avoid a potential vehicular catastrophe. If these obstacles are on your daily commute to work or home, it may be time to take a detour.

Unusual Legal Strategy Could Be Game Changer in Medical Malpractice Suits

usa-2018855_640.jpgMedical malpractice cases may involve elements of fraud which allows injured patients or their surviving family members to pursue claims based on fraud and not medical malpractice alone. This makes it possible for individuals to pursue claims for punitive damages which are not allowed under Illinois medical malpractice statutes.

Financial Exploitation Runs Rampant in Nursing Homes

wallet-1013789_640.jpgElder financial abuse is a growing threat and family members should take proactive steps to protect their loved ones. Protecting against financial exploitation requires closely monitoring those who have access to the individual's finances and constant vigilance overbalances and the disposition of assets. When financial exploitation is uncovered, it is imperative to take immediate action to prevent further harm from taking place.  

Boomerang Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents

seniors-1505944_640-thumb-250x166-97774.jpgBoomerang hospitalizations severely impact patient health and put patients at significant risk of potentially life-threatening complications. Patients who are prematurely released from hospital care and patients who receive substandard care from their nursing home provider are at considerable risk of becoming entrapped in the boomerang cycle. Regulators are taking notice and in 2016, it was estimated that potentially avoidable hospital readmissions had dropped from 12.4% in 2011 to 10.8% in 2016. While the rates of boomerang admissions are declining, it is a problem that continues to affect millions of nursing home residents across the country.  

Is Your Child’s Landlord Providing Safe and Secure Housing?

When your child was small you did everything to keep them safe. You bought gates, outlet covers and any other popular product on the market. As they got older and spent more time away, you realized that you would never be able to provide that same level of security.

For the majority of parents, their fears about the safety and security of their grown children fade with each day that passes without incident. Unfortunately, that is not the case for all parents.

Lack of Regulation at Surgical Centers Raises the Risk for Malpractice

law-753482_640.pngMinimal oversight within surgical centers places the health and safety of patients at considerable risk for serious injuries or death. In many states, the oversight is so minimal that surgical centers are not required to report when their patients die as the result of surgical procedures. 

Knowledge Is Power: 5 Common Birth Injuries

It's common for mothers to make significant lifestyle changes when they find out they're pregnant. Because physicians know so much more today about fetal development than they did a generation ago, mothers replace alcohol and nicotine with supplements such as folic acid, vitamin D and calcium. They do this because they realize how significant their role is in the development of a healthy child.

Of course, there are many factors, such as genetics, outside of a mother's control. But when a child is born, another factor determining their health comes into play: the delivery.

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