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Three Women Died at James Sneider Apartments in Rogers Park in ‘Unbearable’ Heat

On May 14, 2022, Chicago police reported the deaths of three women at a Rogers Park senior living facility.  The women, aged 67, 72 and 76, were residents at the James Sneider Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers Ave. in Chicago. The elderly women were found unresponsive between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in their respective units. …

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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Experiencing a COVID-19 Outbreak

Many people, including elderly veterans, have faced fears about COVID-19 for good reason. With millions infected and 800,000 deaths recorded in the U.S. alone, it’s clear why that worry exists, especially among the older or ill adult populations. People trust their medical providers to meet their ongoing needs without putting them at any enhanced risk for …

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Chicago Native and Former NFL Player Glenn Foster Jr. Dies in Police Custody

Questions have surfaced regarding the mysterious police custody death of Glenn Foster Jr., a Chicago native who played for the New Orleans Saints from 2013 – 2015. He was 31 and a father of two. Foster, who his parents say was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of about 20, was showing erratic behavior …

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Levin & Perconti Attorney’s Top Chicago’s Leading Lawyers List

Congratulations to these Levin & Perconti attorneys recognized in Leading Lawyers magazine as Top Attorneys. Their peers have recommended these exceptional attorneys in their practice areas among the nation’s best. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer, and less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each …

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Safe Driving Tips for Summer

During the summer, more people travel our highways, roads and streets and as a result, more people are seriously injured in car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents. Being prepared and practicing safe driving techniques may help to prevent you or a loved one from suffering serious injuries or death. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe …

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Stroke Signs In Young People Often Overlooked

Doctors May Miss Stroke Signs in Young People According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are on the rise among young people and in the past decade there has been a 44% increase in the number of young Americans hospitalized due to stroke. While that is an issue in itself, doctors and medical agencies are proving they may not be …

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Common Medications Stolen At Nursing Homes

Doctors, nurses, and other nursing home staff are more often being caught and charged with prescription medication theft and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The most appealing of all include opioids, powerful medications prescribed by physicians for nursing home residents with moderate to severe pain, and those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Residents who are taking opioids …

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A Deadly Breathing Tube Mistake Hospitals Make

Breathing Tube Removal Mistakes Can Be Deadly for Hospital Patients During sedation or illness, many hospital patients may require breathing assistance through intubation. The device used in this procedure is called an endotracheal tube (ET) which is placed through a patient’s mouth and then into the airway so that a breath can be delivered when used with a …

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Investigative Reporting Uncovers Problems With Nursing Home Ownership

Nursing Home Chain Failures Highlight a Greater Need for Ownership Regulation and Closer Government Review Some of the most troubling elder abuse and neglect stories stemmed from nursing home private ownership in the U.S. recently emerged thanks to an NBC News investigation featuring a man named Joseph Schwartz and his responsibilities over nursing home and long-term care …

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10 Must Ask Questions For Nursing Home Councils

Family Members Should Be Attending Resident Council Meetings with These 10 Questions Nursing home administrators should allow for regular resident council or family council meetings. If they do not, it may be a sign that those residing in the facility may not be receiving the attention needed and care standards are not being met, triggering …

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Opioid Theft All Too Common in Nursing Homes

Current or Former Employees Likely Responsible for Medication Theft Pain medication thieves recently scored rather too easily at an Oklahoma nursing home. This was the second time in just one month in which patients’ narcotics were taken from the home. Reports from local police in Sulphur say the thieves climbed through the outside office window …

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Spinal surgery

Largest Ever Medical Malpractice Verdict Awarded to Girl Following Botched Spinal Surgery

The largest ever medical malpractice verdict was awarded on Monday to now-17-year-old Faith DeGrand from Wyandotte, Michigan. After a two week trial and 2.5 hours of deliberation, the 8 person jury found Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan and two doctors guilty of malpractice, awarding $135 million to the girl. Doctor Vacationed Twice While …

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Tesla

Driverless Cars: Are They Really Safer?

It sounds like something out of a movie about the future: millions of Americans sitting behind the wheel of a car, talking, texting, eating, reading, working, putting on makeup or doing one of many other activities, besides actually driving the car. Driverless cars, also referred to as robot cars or autonomous vehicles, are already permitted …

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Why Are Insurers Requiring Consumers to Take Brand Name Drugs at a Higher Cost Than Generics?

In collaboration with the New York Times, ProPublica authored a multi-part series on the falling cost of generic drugs and insurance. One article sought to answer what politicians and many consumers have been asking lately: If generics are cheaper, why are some insurance plans requiring consumers to use the more expensive brand name versions? ProPublica …

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Levin & Perconti Settles Mt. Sinai Lawsuit for $3.6 Million

Levin & Perconti has just settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against Mt. Sinai Hospital, recovering $3.6 million for the estate of Alberto Mendez, who died after improperly administered anesthesia after a cascade of medical oversights. Mr. Mendez’s estate was represented by Founding Partner Steven Levin, Partner Margaret Battersby-Black and Associate Jaime Koziol. “A Perfect Storm”In …

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Back to the Basics – Unique Dangers of Tractor Trailers

There are a significant number of tractor-trailers on the road at any given time of the day. These tractor-trailers play an important role in our economy. Yet, with all these tractor-trailers on the road, the number of tractor-trailer related accidents is fairly high. Recently, in Champaign County, Illinois, a 26-year old driver was hospitalized and charged with …

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Distracted truck driver

The Dangers of Distracted/Inattentive Tractor-Trailer Drivers

Distracted driving occurs when a person is driving a motor vehicle while, at the same time, engaged in an activity that could take the his or her eyes off of the road. Distracted driving, or inattentive driving, is a very common cause of accidents. This is especially true nowadays with drivers looking down at their cell …

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Safety Tips For Sharing the Road With Large Trucks & Semis

While there is no remedy for the significant size discrepancy that exists between a passenger vehicle and a semi truck, there are many ways that we can all do our own part to reduce the number of large truck accidents on the roads while also keeping our loved ones and ourselves safe. Stay Alert and Always Practice …

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What Factors Affect Your Trucking Accident Case?

The amount of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle accidents is staggering. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2012 there were $87 Billion dollars worth of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle crashes. Because accidents are influenced by a variety of factors, it can be difficult to assess exactly how much the …

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Road Rage and Tractor-Trailers

One negative aspect of being a tractor-trailer driver has to deal with road rage. Though normally it is the vehicles around the tractor-trailer with road rage, tractor-trailer drivers themselves tend to exhibit road rage behaviors, too. In short, road rage is defined as a driver’s uncontrolled anger that is normally provoked by another driver’s irritating act and …

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Truck-Related Accidents and the Driving Hours Regulation

Trucking accidents occur often here in Illinois. These accidents can be severe and even fatal. As a matter of fact, Illinois is one of a few states that account for over 50 percent of all truck fatalities in the United States. These happen often. In the past five years alone, Illinois experienced around 600 truck-related …

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Back to the Basics: Do You Need an Attorney for your Truck Accident?

The results of truck-related accidents can be life altering. Fatalities often occur. Earlier this month, for instance, in southern Illinois, an automobile carrying three young girls was involved in a fatal accident with a tractor-trailer. Two of the girls died and is currently in critical condition at a Peoria hospital. This accident took place on …

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Toxic Medication Overdose at Hospital Led to Patient’s Death

When we enter the hospital for treatment we trust that the doctors and other medical professionals will provide us with the best care possible. Unfortunately that is not always the case. A medication mistake proved deadly for one woman. A lawsuit was filed against the doctors and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital alleging that they administered a lethal dose …

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Botched Colonoscopy Caused Serious Injury, Lawsuit

A colonoscopy is typically regarded as a somewhat routine procedure that should be considered safe. This was not the case for one man, who claims he was seriously injured by the doctor during a colonoscopy procedure. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit naming the doctor and practice seeking damages in excess of $50,000. According to the …

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Surgical Procedure

Surgical Procedure Caused Serious Burn, Lawsuit Alleges

When we go under the knife we trust that our surgeon and medical team will provide the best possible care during the procedures. That wasn’t the case for a Vernon Hills woman. The woman underwent a surgical procedure at Hoffman Estates Surgery Center in 2014. According to the lawsuit, during the surgery a Bovie cautery …

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Unique New Malpractice Case: Tubes Tied Without Consent After C-Section

The variety of medical malpractice cases is more extensive than most imagine. Considering the total number of births that occur each year, many somewhat unique cases of mistakes, confusion, and preventable harm will occur. That is not to say that there are not clear legal trends when it comes to types of malpractice that lead …

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Death Certificate

Manner v. Cause on a Death Certificate

Yesterday we discussed the importance of accurate information on death certificates and the errors that are too commonly made. The AMED News story on the subject explained that one big problem was a lack of proper training among physicians on best practices when completing these certificates. Doctors often are not paid for filling out the certificate, and so …

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High school football

Former High School Athlete wins $4.4 Million Settlement Against Negligent Athletic Trainers

Athletes expect that their athletic trainers will be able to assess their injuries and look out for their best interests. In fact, under Illinois law, when a person takes a job in which they are responsible for providing a service to another person, and they fail to use reasonable care in carrying out that service, …

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Woman Receives $257,000 From Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict After Needle Left in Body

TC Palm News reported this week on the end of a medical malpractice trial in which a plaintiff-victim was ultimately awarded $257,000. The case involved a broke needle being left inside the woman during an operation. Surprisingly, each Chicago medical malpractice attorney at our firm can attest that these sorts of glaring mistakes-including objects being left in …

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Man Receives Millions Following Gastric Bypass Surgery Nightmare

Gastric bypass surgery has been growing in popularity in recent years as community members try to take advantage of the new, seemingly positive weight control option. Those selling the surgeries are fond of using before and after photos in an attempt to convince wavering applicants of the merit of the procedure and highlight its possible …

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Levin & Perconti Achieve a $1.85 Million Settlement for Pedestrian Run Over by a Car

Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti and Stephen Gorman, Attorney at Law, have announced a recent settlement in a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Levin and Gorman filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of Anastasia Gadomski who was severely and permanently injured when Cater Minnis struck her with his car. The …

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