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Those of us who live in Chicago know what heavy traffic is like. Due to the sheer amount of car crashes we see while out on the road during our morning or evening commute, most of us would assume that crash risks are higher out on the city’s busy highways more than anywhere else. This is far from the case, though.

Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) shows that most fatal traffic accidents actually occur on rural roads as opposed to urban ones. Most happen within 25 short miles from a motorist’s home as well.

Illinois doesn’t rank among the top four states in the country for having the highest per capita car crash fatality rate. Those spots instead are occupied by Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. The state does, however, rank as one of the top three midwestern states when it comes to traffic-related fatalies. Only Ohio and Michigan have more fatal car crashes on an annual basis.

A lawsuit was filed against a New Lenox obstetrician on May 29 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Will County. In the filing, a 32-year-old Minooka woman accuses her physician of having left her body in poor condition after delivering her child in 2016. She’s requesting damages in excess of $50,000.

In the woman’s filing, she chronicles how she chose to have the doctor deliver her child at Silver Cross Hospital after reading rave reviews about him on Google. She was equally impressed by the wording used on his practice’s website. There, it spoke of him being trusted by thousands of female patients to take care of them over the years. It also referred to him as being immensely compassionate and caring.

The woman also chronicles how she saw the defendant during the latter part of her pregnancy in 2015 and in 2016 until she delivered her child. Despite having seen her on various occasions, she maintains that he rushed into performing an episiotomy on her when she was set to deliver her baby.

Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes will not go away any time soon. In fact, an average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes has occurred every year since 2006, according to data from AAA NewsRoom.

If you become involved in a traffic collision and the other vehicle drives off, then you will naturally feel frustrated and afraid. You may have medical expenses you need to pay for. Here are the steps to take to protect yourself.

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When most people experience either gas or bloating, they often think that it has to do with their body’s response to something that they ate that was bad for them. It’s unlikely that they would assume that their abdominal discomfort was related to either a surgical tool or sponge being left in them. In the case of some patients, though, this is what doctors ultimately discover is causing their persistent, nagging abdominal pain.

Back in February, the New England Journal of Medicine published details about one such instance that occurred in Japan. A 42-year-old woman who’d had cesarean sections on two different occasions went to her doctors after she experienced bloating for three years that never seemed to subside.

According to journal article, when the woman’s doctors examined her, they were shocked to find two solid masses close to each of her hip bones. Upon performing a CT scan on her, doctors found that those masses were both hyperdense and stringy.

Two women suffered severe injuries when they were attacked by dogs while out in their Chicago-area neighborhoods during May.

One instance happened on or around May 9, when a Woodlawn woman was jumped by two dogs while outside of her home. The victim ended up being transported to an area hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries.

During the penultimate week of May, another woman, this time a resident of North Chicago, was also attacked in her neighborhood after a neighbor’s dog attacked and bit her.

The adult daughter of a 56-year-old St. Charles woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her mother’s doctors at Delnor Hospital during the second week of May.

In the filing, the woman accuses the physicians that were responsible for treating her mother in the emergency room of having repeatedly turning a blind eye to her addiction to painkillers. She later died on Feb. 7, 2017, after apparently taking a toxic combination of these highly addictive prescription medications.

In the filing, the decedent’s daughter chronicles how her mother would repeatedly go to the emergency room at Delnor Hospital where she would claim that she was suffering from different conditions. She notes that her mom often complained about having abdominal discomfort, knowing that the doctors would give her high-powered painkillers to take while she underwent time-consuming testing for what ailed her.

One projection published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) earlier in 2018 showed that they expect as many as 97,220 new patients to be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. Another study carried out by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2014 showed that one out of every 20 Americans receive misdiagnoses every year.

Fortunately, only .0007 percent of those misdiagnoses are for colon cancer. Even though that seems like a small number, these types of doctor errors result in delayed treatment and thus pain and suffering for patients. In other cases, misdiagnoses rob countless individuals of their lives far too soon. There are a number of different reasons misdiagnoses occur.

They often occur because a doctor misinterprets test results. In some cases, the choice of test your doctor orders may be wrong for the symptoms you’re presenting with or they produce false-positive results.

One of the moments teens most often look forward to is getting their driver’s license. During this season of their lives, many teens look forward to reaching certain milestones in their lives with a lot of ancipation, parents often see things a bit differently. Teaching your child to drive then having to eventually stay behind at home waiting for their safe return can be nerve-racking to say the least.

Parents’ fears are seemingly rightfully placed according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Their research shows that at least 40 percent of all teen motorists are involved in a crash during the first year that they have their driver’s license.

While most of these crashes are nothing more than a minor fender-bender, a significant number of the collisions that do occur are catastrophic. As many as 300,000 teens are injured and another 6,000 are killed in car crashes each year in the United States.

In an ideal world, doctors would treat all their patients fairly and respectfully. No matter your gender, background, race or weight, your doctor would listen to your concerns and take them seriously.

Unfortunately, this world is not ideal, and doctors frequently shrug off concerns from many groups. For example, sexism against women can play a large role in misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, and so can being overweight, especially if you are female as well. Here is a look at some common reactions from doctors when they interact with patients who are overweight:

“You will get better if you lose the weight”

If you see an obstetrician (OB) during your pregnancy at a private office unaffiliated with a larger hospital, then they likely are hospitalists. These individuals are those who petition a medical center for the right to use their facilities to carry out in-patient care of their pregnant moms including delivering their babies there.

When selecting your OB, you may have particularly set out to select one in private practice in hopes of them providing you more individualized and attentive care. An administrator with the OB Hospitalist Group warns that you may receive quite the opposite type of care from what you expect though.

He notes that, in his experience, unless an OB is affiliated with a hospitalist group, then they may be subjected to far too many demands on their time than other staff physicians might. This may, in turn, expose them to an increased litigation risk.

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