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A Chicago woman allegedly smoked pot, drank before fatal crash

A 29-year-old Chicago woman was arraigned on a single aggravated count of driving under the influence during a hearing at a Cook County courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 13. She stands accused of driving around the city both drunk and while smoking marijuana laced with PCP before becoming involved in car crash. That collision claimed the life of one of her four passengers, a 33-year-old man.

Witness accounts place the woman driving her 1992 Volvo southbound along Oakley Avenue in the direction of Van Buren Street when she came upon a red light shortly before 12:10 a.m. Instead of stopping at it, she is alleged to have continued through the intersection. It's that she was t-boned by a Dodge Charger.

Can you sue your chiropractor for malpractice?

Chiropractors, although not medical doctors, may still be sued for injuries a patient suffers at their hands. In most jurisdictions, negligence or liability lawsuits that are filed against chiropractors are no different than ones filed against physicians. They all are classified as falling into a category referred to as medical malpractice.

While they perhaps occur a lot less frequently than other types of malpractice cases, instances of chiropractor negligence can be just as serious.

A woman claims she was struck, injured at Villa Park concert

A Chicago woman filed a lawsuit against the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) on Tuesday, September 5th. In her personal injury lawsuit, she alleges she was permanently injured after being struck by a bottle of Faygo soda at an ICP concert back in 2015.

In her lawsuit, the woman chronicles how it's typical for the two members that comprise the music group to take two-liter bottles of Faygo and spray them into the crowds at their concerts. She also notes that they often throw bottles into the crowd.

How poor hearing has been shown to cause many medical errors

A recent study conducted by researchers at Cork School of Medicine suggests that many medical errors may need to be reassessed. They found that doctors are blamed far too often for patients' worsening health conditions when it's really the fault of the patient for not properly following his or her doctor's orders.

The study, which was published in the August edition of the JAMA Otolaryngology journal, suggests that hearing difficulties, especially among older patients, may be the blame for many medical errors instead.

Chatham man charged with hit-and-run death of pedestrian

A 24-year-old Chatham resident was charged with failing to report an accident that resulted in another's death, a felony, by Chicago police on Thursday, Aug. 17. The man is alleged to have struck and killed a 39-year-old pedestrian in that same southside neighborhood at around 8:27 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 12.

According to witness statements taken at the scene of the fatal accident, the decedent was walking nearby 8200 South Cottage Grove when it appears she decided to cross from the east to the west side of the street. It's as she was crossing that intersection, just one block up from where she lived, that a Cadillac CTS approached and struck her.

Why skin cancer is overlooked and misdiagnosed

The most common form of cancer in the United States happens to be skin cancer. This is enough information to know it is a serious problem. Unfortunately, doctors often overlook or misdiagnose skin cancer. Doctors and patients can both look over a mole and not take it seriously. This can result in devastating consequences because early diagnosis and treatment are important.

How do doctors fail to diagnose skin cancer? What can you do to reduce the risk of this happening? Here is an overview of skin cancer misdiagnosis and what you should do.

The top 2 reasons patients file medical malpractice cases

A recently published study suggests that delayed diagnoses are the No. 1 reason patients sue doctors for medical malpractice. The study, which was conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons, evaluated hundreds of cases of medical malpractice across Australia, France, Canada and the United States.

Researchers found that, as many as 63 percent of all medical malpractice cases filed against primary care physicians in each of those countries cited a medical misdiagnosis as the reason the lawsuit was brought.

Franciscan Hospital settles a malpractice case for $15 million

Chicago Height's Franciscan St. James Health, which was sued by a Sauk Village family in 2013, has finally reached a settlement in a medical malpractice case that was filed against it. They will pay the victim $15 million to cover future medical expenses associated with her brain damage.

The mother of the now 6-year-old girl had filed the lawsuit against the hospital on her behalf. She had accused the hospital and the treating physicians of having failed to respond quickly enough in delivering her child when she showed signs of distress as she was being born in January of 2011. The girl reportedly now suffers from cerebral palsy as a result.

A pregnant mom and her 3 kids are killed in a Beecher crash

A 29-year-old pregnant, suburban Chicago mom and her three sons all died days apart after their SUV was struck in Beecher, Illinois, on Monday, July 24. The mom had been transporting her three sons to a nearby church for a Bible camp when the driver of a pickup ran a stop sign, t-boning her SUV.

Will County police dispatch first began receiving reports of an accident at the intersection between Yates Avenue and Corning Avenue right around 8:38 a.m. that fateful morning. Upon arriving at the scene of the crash, they found the young mom and her 1-year-old son, both deceased. Her two other sons, a 4- and 6-year-old, were both transported to area hospitals in critical condition.

Chicago man wins $20 million settlement for tow truck eye injury

On June 28, 2017, a Chicago jury awarded a tow truck driver $20 million for the loss of his eye due to a manufacturer's defect on his work vehicle. The man had argued that the maker of his 1997 tow truck had failed to equip it with a way to secure its hood in the upright position, a feature that he contended would have ultimately protected him from injury.The man had been driving in the southwest Chicago suburb of Summit on January 23, 2012, when his 1997 tow truck, a Kenworth T-800, began choking on a bitterly cold day. It was as he neared the intersection between 60th Street and Harlem Avenue that he pulled it over on the side of the road.As he raised the hood of the truck in an attempt to diagnose what had gone wrong, a strong gust of wind blew by, causing it to slam shut on his face. When the man saw doctors soon thereafter, he discovered he had not only suffered a number of fractures to his face, but that his right eye had been so severely damaged it would need to be fully removed.At the time of the man's accident, the tow truck's manufacturer, PACCAR, Inc., had not yet begun equipping its fleet with an arm to stabilize the hood while it was open. They argue that this design flaw contributed to the man's injury and justified PACCAR, Inc. in being held accountable for his injuries.

It was also argued that District Rebuilders, Inc., the company responsible for inspecting and repairing the man's truck. also was negligent. They had previously removed and "hook and cable" component designed to keep hoods steady in heavy winds.Of the man's $20 million settlement, $10 million is intended to be compensation for punitive damages.If you have been seriously injured by a defective product, a Chicago personal injury attorney can advise you as to whether you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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