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Doctor error causes woman to die from multiple organ failure

When Illinois residents arrive at a hospital for surgery, they hope for a successful procedure and a quick recovery. Patients put their lives in doctors' hands, and when surgical errors occur, the doctor or hospital at fault may be held liable for those mistakes.

Another lawsuit has been filed against a hospital and a doctor, claiming their negligence caused the death of a family's loved one. The claim alleges the doctor punctured the victim's small bowel during a laparoscopic surgery, an operation that involves inserting a lighted tube into a patient's abdomen. The doctor error caused stool to drain through the surgical incision, and required a second operation to fix. However, after the additional operation, the victim suffered multiple organ failure, causing her to die.

Illinois recognizes National Work Zone Awareness Week

As the weather warms, many Illinois residents may notice increased road construction. The workers who perform these jobs are vital to the upkeep of our state and nation's infrastructure, and therefore they are crucial to the economy itself. Yet, with such a job comes danger in the form of machinery and moving vehicles.

In an effort to protect motorists and construction workers, Illinois recognized National Work Zone Awareness Week, which started on Monday April 7th. The Illinois Department of Transportation used the week to raise awareness of the "Move Over Law" and initiatives aimed at preventing cell phone use in construction work zones.

Medical malpractice may have caused woman to freeze to death

Many Chicagoans have heard horror stories of people being buried alive and chalked them up to urban legend. Sadly, though, one woman faced a similar fate and her family is now suing the hospital it claims caused her death.

According to the lawsuit, the 80-year-old victim was prematurely pronounced dead at the hospital and was then placed in a body bag and sent to the hospital morgue. It was there that the victim allegedly woke up. A pathologist claims the woman fought so hard to escape the bag and the freezer that her body was found face down and her nose was broken and her face suffered cuts and bruises. It was not until morticians came to collect the body that they discovered her condition. The lawsuit claims the hospital's negligence caused the victim to freeze to death.

Patient dies after medical malpractice causes organ failure

It can be a huge relief when an Illinois patient goes to the hospital for a major operation and the procedure goes smoothly. Unfortunately, though, mistakes can be made after the operation that leaves a patient susceptible to serious personal injury or death. When this happens, victims or their surviving families should seek to hold negligent medical professionals accountable so that such acts of negligence do not occur in the future.

A widow recently won a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor who mistreated her husband. The lawsuit arose when the woman's husband, who had undergone a heart bypass, died when his doctor failed to give him sufficient blood to replenish the amount lost through internal bleeding.

Chicagoans: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Every year, many of Chicago's accidents are caused by distracted driving. It is therefore important to recognize that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving can take many forms, and may include texting and driving, eating while driving and changing the radio. Since these activities pose serious risk to other motorists, the federal government is stepping in to help.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking on texting and driving by launching a new campaign that is similar to its seatbelt initiative known as "Click it or Ticket." "U Drive. U Text. U Pay," enacted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, will focus on forcing drivers to pay attention to the road rather than their phones. As 2012 saw more than 3,300 individual killed as a result of distracted driving, it is hopeful this new campaign will decrease distracted driving-related accident, injuries and deaths.

Emergency room doctor error leaves man with brain damage

Emergency room doctors here in Illinois are under a lot of pressure. They often must treat patients quickly in a hectic environment where a second of indecision can mean the difference between life and death. However, these medical professionals have dedicated years of their lives to acquiring the education and training necessary to perform their job satisfactorily. Sometimes, though, a doctor error occurs, leaving a patient unexpectedly and undeservedly harmed.

For example, one patient's family is suing a doctor and the hospital at which he works after the patient was left with serious, irreversible brain damage. The victim was taken to the hospital with head trauma after a car in which he was riding hit a deer. According to the lawsuit, once the victim arrived at the emergency room, the doctor attending to him failed to timely ensure the victim's airway was clear. As a result, the victim's family claims, the victim suffered permanent brain damage.

Worker injured while working on Randolph Street Bridge

Though this blog often discusses the hidden dangers in the workplace, many Chicagoans are well aware of the dangers they face on a daily basis. Some workers perform their duties at extreme heights while others operate with highly hazardous materials. Yet, job-related accidents happen, and not even knowledge of the risks can prevent them. The rate of workplace accidents can be greatly reduced when proper safety measures are implemented, but workers continue to find themselves injured, out of work, and unable to pay their bills.

A mishap at the Randolph Street Bridge may have left a Chicago Department of Transportation worker in such a situation. There, the worker, who was part of a team conducting maintenance on the bridge, stepped in a hole on the Chicago River's bank that had been exposed when the bridge was raised. The 15-foot fall left the worker with several injuries. He was taken to the hospital with what were believed to be nonlife-threatening injuries. His condition is listed as serious-to-critical, but he has been stabilized.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

As the month winds down, it is important for Illinois residents to recognize that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. These catastrophic injuries can happen to anyone at any time, and the devastation can be life-altering, leaving victims permanently disabled and unable to perform everyday tasks. The Brain Injury Association of America reports that nearly 2.5 million people suffer a brain injury each year in America, and more than five million Americans live with disability because of such an injury.

The cause of these injuries can be varying, and may include medical malpractice, a car accident, unsafe premises or a workplace injury. Though not all brain injuries are caused by negligence, many indeed are the result of another's improper action or inaction. When this is the case, the victim may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused the injury.

Chicago thrift store worker killed in workplace accident

As has been discussed on this blog, workplace accidents are quite common throughout Illinois, including Chicago. While most of these incidences leave workers injured and unable to work for a period of time, sometimes the accident is fatal. In these cases, a victim's surviving family may be left with extreme emotional and financial loss.

That may be the case for one Chicago family after a woman, who was both a wife and a mother, was killed in a tragic accident at the thrift store at which she worked. The accident occurred while the victim and a co-worker were sorting clothes that had been donated to the store. Reports indicate the co-worker felt something inside a sock and emptied it. Inside was a gun, which went off in the co-worker's hand, shooting the victim. She was rushed to the hospital, but later died. Her surviving husband claimed the workplace pushed employees to work too fast, and he thinks the accident could have been prevented by the employer. OSHA is investigating the accident.

Agricultural work poses high risk of injuries

Illinois is covered in farm land. Those who work these lands often operate heavy machinery which, if inadequately maintained or improperly used, can cause life-altering injuries. In fact, the injury rate for agricultural workers is five percent, nearly twice as high as the rate for all workers. These workers may never be same physically, emotionally or financially. Therefore, it is important they seek legal assistance in an effort to ensure they are taken care of as best as possible.

One University of Illinois researcher recently shared the story of his agricultural accident, which left him legless. While working out in the field, the researcher was pulled into a hay bailer. The machine's teeth tore into the man's legs, causing him to get stuck between pressure rollers. After an hour of hanging on for his life, the man was discovered and was cut free from the baler. The researcher had to have his legs amputated above the knee and he almost died from infection related to his other lacerations. Though this accident happened long ago on a family farm, the researcher is sharing his story in hopes that others will take proper precautions to prevent similar incidences from occurring again.

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