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Study shows medical dangers to recent Illinois mothers

Thousands of families choose Illinois as a place to raise children and enjoy their lives. Many of the state's urban and suburban neighborhoods are safe places for children of all ages. However, the government in Springfield just started looking at a disturbing trend that may threaten the safety of mothers and children.

Birth injuries: What is Klumpke's Palsy?

Just about everyone in the nation is familiar with cerebral palsy. However, there are other types of palsy that are much less well-known. Klumpke's palsy is one of these types and is sometimes the result of birth injuries caused by negligent medical personnel. Klumpke's may develop in infants that have suffered injuries to their brachial plexus nerves. Its symptoms include the following.

For-profit nursing homes may pose greater dangers

The decision to move an elderly relative into an assisted living facility is never an easy one. No one wants to face a lack of independence and privacy after a long, well-lived life. The advantages of full-time professional care often makes the choice inevitable.

Study shows for-profit nursing homes are fraught with neglect

To most people looking for a good nursing home, the ones that operate for profit seem like the cream of the crop. Because these facilities bring profits to administrators and other personnel, they should provide only the finest care and service. At least, that is what the majority of people think. A recent study that looked at Illinois nursing homes contradicts this common belief.

Chicago settles 2 surgical error lawsuits for $11 million

We rely on doctors more and more as we age and encounter surprises along the road of life. Medical professionals are an irreplaceable part of a healthy lifestyle, so it is often seen as a betrayal when doctors and other clinicians make mistakes that cost years of recovery time or worse.

Illinois woman wins medical malpractice case in husband's death

The family of a Marion man who committed suicide has won a medical malpractice verdict of more than $5 million. A U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of Illinois issued his ruling recently on behalf of the man's widow.

Illinois jury awards millions to family after birth error

Expecting parents are always concerned something will go wrong with a child's birth and do everything they can to give their baby the best possible start in life. A large majority of births in Illinois happen without a hitch, but serious injury can happen in the complicated process of delivery.

Is shoulder dystocia during childbirth caused by negligence?

In most births, both the infant and the mother emerge from the experience healthy and happy. However, dangerous complications and birth injuries are always a possibility. Shoulder dystocia is one such condition that has the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening birth injuries if left unaddressed.

Joliet man files suit over slip and fall in local store

We've all taken a tumble, and we can usually shake it off like a kid tripping on the playground. But some trip-ups can be more serious both in the moment of an accident and for years to come. Injuries can be caused by others' carelessness so easily that Illinois law accounts for owners' and managers' responsibilities to guests.

It is costly to live with a disabling personal injury

It might surprise you to know that many victims of personal injury in Illinois do not want to impose hardship on the person responsible for their injuries. This is just as true of motor vehicle accident victims as it is of premises liability victims. Unfortunately, this way of thinking can leave those suffering disabling personal injuries with few or no resources to live a relatively independent life.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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