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December 2016 Archives

Are Nursing Homes And Hospitals Harboring Deadly Superbugs?

pDocChecksHeart_Dollarphotoclub_29692239.jpgAn outbreak of a rare infectious pathogen at a New Mexico nursing home has focused attention on a serious - and potentially deadly problem. In January 2014, a resident at Casa Maria Nursing Home in Roswell became infected with Clostridium difficile, a highly contagious pathogen that causes fever, abdominal cramps and violent diarrhea. The outbreak spread, infecting more residents of the facility. Despite the state's requirement that such outbreaks be reported within 24 hours, Casa Maria management waited until March to inform New Mexico health authorities. By the time the outbreak was over in June, 15 residents had been infected, and eight were dead.

How Hospitals May Be Liable When They Credential Doctors Negligently

doctor.jpgIn addition to hospitals holding vicarious liability for the actions of its doctors and medical staff, hospitals may also be held to be liable for negligently credentialing doctors when they do not meet the basic standards as separate causes of action. Negligent credentialing is a cause of action that is included in a larger type of tort category called institutional negligence. In the case that a hospital negligently credentialed a doctor, the hospital may hold liability separately from that held by the doctor. A medical malpractice lawyer may plead all available causes of action when he or she files a complaint on his or her client's behalf.

Holiday Fire Safety

pSpeedingFireTruck_Dollarphotoclub_9341043.jpgThe air is crisp and Jack Frost has certainly been nipping at the noses of Midwesterners in the past few weeks. You, like many in Chicago, are preparing to host family and friends with feasts, libations and festive décor abound. If your family celebrates Christmas, you may be anticipating a visit from a jolly 'ol fat man in a red suit.

Hospital Negligence Statistics Often Closely Guarded

stethoscope.jpgInformation about hospital negligence statistics is often closely guarded, making it difficult for the public to understand which hospitals have numerous violations. Illinois public hospitals have paid over $180 million in the past decade for patient deaths. These errors have a lasting impact on the families of the victims. Families who have lost loved ones due to hospital negligence should consult Chicago malpractice lawyers.

When Dogs Attack

dog.jpgDog attacks can cause significant injuries that result in long-term trauma, disability, disfigurement, and even death. With more than 330,000 dog bites resulting in emergency room visits for children each year, dog attacks are the second most frequent cause of serious injury among kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79 percent of all deadly dog bites are to children. To reduce the risk for injuries and fatalities associated with dog bites, it is vital that parents, caregivers, dog owners and children become familiar with the signs of dog attacks as well as a few tips for prevention.

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