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Is Illinois addressing child abuse in foster care or adoptive homes?

It’s a hidden epidemic in Chicago and throughout Illinois: child abuse and neglect. The number of children reported as abused or neglected in Illinois has steadily increased in recent years, according to data compiled by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. In fiscal year…

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Maternal Death and Medical Malpractice in Illinois

In the not-so-distant past, the experience of childbirth was greatly feared. The maternal death rate was extraordinarily high. Today, advances in science and medicine have improved the odds, but they haven’t eliminated the risk of serious injury or even deal. Medical malpractice attorneys in Chicago know that while there are certain anticipated complications such as dehydration,…

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Blizzard-Related Car Accident Case Settled For Over $2 Million

A car accident case involving a major blizzard, nine defendants and a legal battle over jurisdiction was resolved earlier this month for a total of $2,145,000. “It took a lot of work to find out what happened in this accident and what we could do,” said attorney Michael Kosner of Deratany & Kosner in Chicago….

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Lawsuit: Medical Malpractice Led to Veteran’s Suicide

A medical malpractice and wrongful death suit filed in federal court last month claims that negligence by the staff at a Chicago VA hospital led to the suicide of an Iraq War veteran. The suit alleges that physicians at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center knew or should have known that Sgt. Daniel…

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Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes Spurs Promises of Action

A recent investigation by CNN revealed heart wrenching details of just how pervasive sexually-motivated nursing home abuse is. Reporters discovered more than 1,000 nursing homes had been cited for mishandling cases of suspected sexual abuse and rape of patients by nursing assistants. That figure likely vastly under-represents the actual number, given that so many cases…

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Tort Reform Efforts May Affect Chicago, IL Injury Claims

Personal injury and wrongful death lawyers provide daily assistance to those who have suffered losses due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Victims must navigate the civil justice system, filing claims called “torts” to get compensation for harm they endured. Victims are supposed to be “made whole” within this system. The courts aim to ensure victims…

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Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses Face Numerous Legal Challenges

The majority of nursing homes have been slyly inserting arbitration agreements into admissions paperwork. An arbitration clause restricts the rights of a resident, or resident’s family, from filing a lawsuit if a dispute arises, including disputes stemming from poor care and cases of abuse or neglect resulting in serious injury or wrongful death. It removes the civil…

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Consequences of Foster Care Abuse and Neglect

Children who are put into the foster care system typically come from difficult home lives. They may have endured abuse or neglect by their parents in their home. Many children suffer from behavioral disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, or other mental or physical issues as a result of the treatment that they received at home. They…

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Foster Care Agency To Pay Millions for Placing Child With Abusers

Foster care agencies are supposed to protect children and make sure that kids in the foster care system have a safe home. Unfortunately, foster care abuse is common. Sometimes, this abuse can happen because the agencies placing children don’t do their jobs and ensure caregivers have a child’s best interests at heart. Just recently, for…

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Common Birth Injuries as a Result of Hospital Negligence in Chicago

So many things can go wrong during the birth of a child. Because of the risks involved in labor and delivery, those involved in monitoring mom and baby must be consummate professionals who understand their jobs well and who are able to provide the appropriate level of care. The facility where the birth is taking place…

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