Diagnosis Errors

Diagnosis Errors in Over One-Third of Severe Harm Medical Malpractice Claims

A recent study found that diagnosis errors account for more than one-third of severe harm medical malpractice claims in the United States. 34 Percent of Severe Harm Claims The study, released by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on July 11, 2019, found that approximately 34 percent of medical malpractice claims over a ten-year period>> Read More

Surgical Error

Jury Awards Over $4.8 Million for Fatal Surgical Error in Vermilion County

A Vermilion County jury has awarded more than $4.8 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who died more than six years after a surgical error. Verdict for Surgical Error Reached After Eight-Day Trial The jury reached its verdict on March 27, 2019, following an eight-day trial before 5th Judicial>> Read More

bowel obstruction

GWC Obtains $1.3 Million for Infant’s Fatal Bowel Obstruction

GWC’s Jason M. Kroot and Geoffrey E. Jacobs have obtained a $1.3 million settlement for the family of an infant who died as a result of a bowel obstruction. The firm’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleged the child’s doctors and hospital deviated from the “standard of care.” Bowel Obstruction Not Identified In 2011, a mother took her>> Read More

Child's Death

$4.25 Million Settlement for Child’s Death at Palos Community Hospital

The mother of a child who died of respiratory failure at Palos Community Hospital has settled her lawsuit against the hospital and a physician for $4.25 million. The parties involved in the lawsuit over the child’s death had settled the matter in late November 2018, though the settlement still awaits formal approval by a Law>> Read More

Maternal Mortality Rate

Maternal Mortality Rate in the United States Highest in Developed World

A study conducted by USA Today found that the maternal mortality rate in the United States is the highest in the developed world. According to the World Health Organization, maternal mortality rates have risen in the United States by 16.7 percent since 1990, even as they have plummeted elsewhere in the developed world, as American hospitals>> Read More

Home Health Care Fraud

Recent Study Finds Home Health Care Fraud Rampant in Illinois

Thanks to significant advances in medicine in the past decades, Americans are living longer, with nearly 15 percent of the population age 65 or older. With this spike in the aging population has come a significant increase in the need for long-term health care. Rather than relying upon expensive hospital stays or moves to nursing>> Read More

Birth Injury

Recent $15 Million Settlement Highlights American Birth Injury Problem

In the United States and other industrialized nations, advances in medicine have made childbirth much safer than it has ever been before. The infant mortality rate in the United States is down more than 80% from what it was in 1955. But while modern childbirth has significantly improved in terms of safety and success rates,>> Read More

Informed Consent

Over $1M Award for Colonoscopy Injury Due to Lack of Informed Consent

An elderly man recently received an award from a Cook County jury in the amount of $1,011,949.00 for severe injuries he sustained during a colonoscopy procedure, chiefly because it was determined that he could not have given informed consent. The plaintiff filed suit against Dr. Manuel Alva and his employer Medicor Partners S.C. in 2014,>> Read More

Joan Rivers

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Late Joan Rivers Settled

On May 11, 2017, Melissa Rivers settled a medical malpractice lawsuit that she had filed against the clinic that had performed a surgical procedure that allegedly resulted in the death of her mother, comedian Joan Rivers. On September 4, 2014, the comedian and television star died at Mount Sinai Hospital just days after undergoing a>> Read More

IME report

Over $23.1 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Child Suffering Birth Injuries

On May 8, 2017, a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court awarded over $23.1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a 5-year-old girl suffering ongoing health problems because of birth injuries. Judge Kay Hanlon found that Dr. Thomas Myers, a neonatologist, was negligent when he assisted in the birth>> Read More

Hospital Mistakes Are Much Deadlier Than Ebola

In the midst of the internationally known Ebola scare, a Texas hospital sent a Liberian patient home with infection like symptoms, with no testing, after learning he had just come from disease ravaged West Africa.  In doing so, the hospital needlessly endangered the lives of at least 46 people living in the Dallas community. Had>> Read More

Small Subset of Doctors Responsible for Majority of Malpracti

Stanford researchers have found that a mere one percent of physicians are associated with one-third of paid malpractice claims in the U.S. Researchers analyzed over 66,000 paid medical malpractice claims filed against 54,000 U.S. physicians from 2005 to 2014. They focused on paid malpractice claims as paid status is indicative of inadequate care. Eighty-two percent>> Read More