What is the liability of a family practice physician after referring a patient to a specialist? Does he or she continue to have any responsibility for the care or treatment that patient receives from that referral?
More than a decade and a half into the 21st century, the idea of a woman dying in childbirth in the U.S. seems impossible. However, tragically, it can and does happen all too often. In fact, women in this country are more likely to die while giving birth than those in any other developed country.
It may be the season of joy. However, heart attacks and other heart-related events have been shown to spike over the holidays. Everything from shoveling snow to family dysfunction can contribute to cardiac issues this time of year. Further, people may be less likely to seek treatment if they experience symptoms while traveling or have a houseful of family.
Whether you're touring the many scenic areas of this country or simply joining visiting friends and family on one of Chicago's many guided bus tours, chances are that you're going to find yourself on a tour bus at some point in your life. While people tend to feel safe on a tour bus, we've all seen footage of tragic tour bus accidents.
Despite the many safety regulations that are in place to protect workers, consumers and the general public, toxic chemicals and materials are still all around us. Unfortunately, sometimes political interests trump safety issues, and powerful, well-funded companies are allowed to continue to pollute the air, water and materials that we're exposed to every day. When someone files a lawsuit as the result of an injury or death due to exposure to one of these materials or chemicals, it's called a "toxic tort."
If a loved one is incarcerated, we expect the people who run and work in the facility to ensure that person's safety to the best of their ability. Now a jailhouse death that occurred last year in Michigan is attracting media scrutiny after the release of a disturbing video. The victim was a 32-year-old man who was sentenced to 30 days behind bars because he was unable to come up with $772 after being pulled over for careless driving.
Nursing home injuries and deaths are among the most tragic because they often involve frail, elderly and/or mentally compromised people who can't speak for themselves. Many have no way of communicating to loved ones or others that they are being neglected or mistreated by staff or other residents in the facility.
An Arlington Heights nursing home must pay $250,000 to the family of a deceased resident after a grisly discovery that the family's attorney says created a "geriatric cascade that led to her death." The Lutheran Home for the Aged was ordered to pay $200,000 for violating the Nursing Home Care Act and another $50,000 for wrongful death. The woman's husband and children, who live in and around Chicago, say that they are pleased with the outcome of the case.
When a loved one has suffered an injury or wrongful death, one of the terms you may hear when you are considering seeking damages in civil court against those whom you hold responsible is "loss of consortium." In most cases, this is a claim that can only be brought by a spouse.
An Illinois teen was killed in January 2014, as she was walking along the shoulder of an out-of-state road with two other young women. All three were students at the same college. Two victims, ages 19 and 20, died and a third woman was injured by a hit-and-run driver.