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Chicago woman awarded $50M in medical malpractice case

According to recent reports, a jury in the medical malpractice case of a severely brain damaged boy born in a Chicago area hospital awarded the mother $101 million. Before the verdict was issued, both the Plaintiff and Defendant had agreed to cap an award at $50 million if the verdict exceeded such. Since it did, the awarded amount was reduced by agreement of all parties.

The young boy, who is now 5-years-old, is unable to walk, sit up or speak on his own. During labor at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park in 2014, the mother tried to tell the labor and delivery staff that she was not feeling the baby move. In fact, he had not moved in six hours during active labor. Ultrasound results also showed that he was not moving.

6-car pileup on icy overpass

As the weather gets colder in the Chicago metropolitan area, the driving conditions get worse. All of us who have lived through Midwestern winters know what to expect, but nonetheless, many of us are taken by surprise by it every year in the first days of below-freezing temperatures. When we get surprised like that while behind the wheel of a speeding car, things can get very dangerous very quickly.

A recent news report noted that at least six cars had collided on an overpass in Chicago as they slipped and skidded over an icy roadway. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries. The next time this happens, people may not be so lucky. And all of us in the Midwest know there will be a next time.

Stan Lee was a victim of financial exploitation

If you are any kind of fan of superheroes, it is very likely that you know who Stan Lee was. If not, then you should know that he is a comic book legend. Mr. Lee was the creator of Marvel Comics. Prior to his death last year, he amassed a fortune estimated to be between $50 to $70 million. While it is common to believe that a celebrity with that kind of money would be far too protected to become a victim of financial exploitation or elder abuse, such was not the case.

For Stan Lee, an advisor by the name of Keya Morgan had worked his way into the inner circle, to the dismay of several family members and friends. Morgan began as the memorabilia manager for the legend. Throughout the course of that advisory relationship, various videos posted by Lee raised suspicions that something was not right. Not only did it appear he was under duress, but his physical and mental well-being were in question. During the course of the relationship, Morgan was arrested for filing a false police report. That arrest stemmed from an incident in which he called 911 after a social worker and LAPD detectives conducted a welfare check on Lee. The family also filed a restraining order against him after he chose to move Lee to a new location in Southern California where the family did not have access to him. He was also accused at that time of taking advantage of impaired hearing, vision, and judgment.

Rear end collisions do not have to happen

When you are on the road and you come upon a traffic jam, do you keep your eyes on your rearview mirror as you wait for vehicles to start moving again? Do you hold your breath as a vehicle comes barreling up behind you, hoping the driver can apply the brakes before colliding with you? Does your heart beat faster when you see the driver is looking down while approaching the line of stopped cars? What if the vehicle behind you is a tractor-trailer?

Unfortunately, these scenes are not unusual. Almost one-third of all accidents are rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision can occur without warning, or you may have the terrifying experience of watching the vehicle approach and feeling helpless to get out of the way. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that 90% of collisions from behind are preventable.

A C. diff infection is often very serious

When an Arlington Heights area resident has to go to the hospital it is often for a serious medical condition. A patient goes into a hospital believing that they will receive excellent medical care that will allow them to get better. But occasionally something goes unexpectedly wrong and a patient winds up in worse shape then when they went in. A C. diff infection is one such situation.

Some patients develop a C. diff infection when they are in the hospital C.diff is an intestinal infection that is caused by Clostridium difficile. The infection can have mild to severe symptoms including diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, intestinal bleeding, colon paralysis and a hole in the colon that may require colon removal. The infection is usually transferred on the hands of those in the hospital including doctors and nurses and can survive for long periods of time.

Hit-and-run accident leaves pedestrian dead

Many people in the Arlington Heights area enjoy spending time outside and walking to their destination. Whether they are pedestrians out enjoying some fresh air and exercise or if they're pedestrians on their way to work or the local store, walking is a great way to get around. Most of the time pedestrians are able to safely share the areas near road with drivers, but occasionally a serious accident occurs.

According to reports, a pedestrian was recently killed while crossing a street in the Near North Side. The man was crossing Ohio Street when he was hit by a white Toyota Camry. Witnesses to the accident say they saw a white car drive through the intersection and then saw the man lying in the road. The car did not stop and continued eastbound on Ohio Street. The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The accident continues to be under investigation with no one in custody at this time.

Distracted driving continues to be an issue in Chicago area

Most Chicago area residents understand the importance of avoiding driving while distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, and it seems like every year there is something else that can distract a driver. Drivers are no longer just changing the radio station, but are also distracted by their GPS, texts, social media and many other electronic devices. Because of the dangers involved in distracted driving, a new law has now gone into effect in Illinois.

Texting and driving remains one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. There is a new texting and driving law that went into effect this past July in Illinois. The law makes a first-time offense of texting and driving a moving violation, which has changed from the previous law under which a first-time offense was a non-moving violation. A moving violation is recorded on the driver's record and fines and court costs are determined by a judge. If drivers receive three moving violations in a year their licenses will be suspended.

Family suing Chicago area nursing home for elder abuse

Many Arlington Heights area residents help their aging relatives. It is a privilege to be the caregiver for a loved one, but it can also be stressful and exhausting. Many older adults require medical care that a family is not able to provide, and the family has to make the difficult decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. Many of these nursing homes provide good care, but elder abuse continues to be a problem in area nursing homes.

According to recent reports, the family of an elderly woman with dementia is suing the facility she lived in, along with two caregivers. The family discovered that a video had been made of the caregivers teasing the woman as she struggled with them over a hospital gown. The resident had an aversion to hospital gowns, which the staff knew and they continued to taunt and bully the woman over the hospital gown and snapchat the videos. The family removed her from the facility and hired a private caregiver and also contacted police. The aides were charged with disorderly conduct. The family claims the facility, The Abington of Glenview Nursing & Rehab Center, failed to follow their protocol and file a report with the state. The facility failed to implement its "Abuse Prevention Policy," which in turn led to the woman's elder abuse. The family is suing for over $1 million in damages.

Shopping cart injuries could be grounds to pursue a civil claim

When are shopping at your favorite Illinois clothing store or picking up groceries for the week, you are probably not thinking about what will happen if you get hurt while you are there. Unfortunately, accidents in stores happen all the time, and often, they are the result of shopping carts. You may think the incident that left you injured is the result of your own clumsiness or carelessness, but in reality, you could have grounds for a civil claim. 

You could be a victim of circumstances beyond your control. You would be wise not to make assumptions about your case but to find out if the store or other parties are liable for what happened to you. Shopping carts may seem like benign objects, but in reality, they are capable of causing significant injuries that can leave victims in pain and with expensive medical bills.

Safety advocates worried about proposed changes to trucking rules

Driving safely requires being attentive and cautious, and a driver who is too tired to be attentive and cautious is an unsafe driver. This is true for all drivers, and it is especially important for people driving large trucks, since any collision they might cause can easily lead to serious or fatal injury for people in smaller vehicles. However, trucking companies compete by offering speedier delivery, which gives them an incentive to push their drivers to work longer hours on the road.

With that in mind, state and federal regulators require trucking companies to limit the hours their drivers may be on the road without rest. Currently, the rules limit drivers to 11 hours of driving time within a 14-hour period. They must have 10 hours off duty before they can start a new 14-hour period, and if they must take a 30-minute break at some point in any stretch where they are driving for 8 hours at a time.

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