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Illinois auto accident fatality trends

Each year, hundreds of auto accident deaths take place in Illinois. The greatest number of car accident fatalities are occupants of the involved vehicles. Auto accident victims may be riding in a car, minivan, pickup truck, van or SUV. The chances of becoming a car accident victim are directly related to the size of the vehicle. The smaller the car, the greater the forces on the body. These forces can result in catastrophic injuries or death even when a vehicle restraint system is used.

In 2012, 886 fatal car accidents occurred in Illinois, resulting in 956 deaths. The resulting death rate from motor vehicle accidents was 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Of those who died, 43 percent were riding in passenger cars, 21 percent were riding in pickup trucks or SUVs, 1 percent were riding in large trucks and 15 percent were motorcyclists. The remainder of deaths were pedestrians or people riding on bicycles.

Lawsuit filed against doctor for fatal feeding tube mistake

On Sept. 30, a special estate administrator filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against a doctor who treated a patient before her death. According to the plaintiff, the woman died while she was being treated at Kindred Chicago North Campus Hospital as a result of a medical mistake. The victim was a patient of the defendant from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, 2009.

While the woman was being treated, she had reportedly been fitted with a gastric feeding tube. Despite the hospital's use of the feeding tube, the plaintiff claims that the woman was fed by mouth. As a result, the claim states that food became lodged in the woman's esophagus, which led to aspiration and fatal suffocation.

3 dead, 23 injured in 11-vehicle accident in Illinois

Three people were killed and 23 people were injured in an Oct. 5 accident involving 11 vehicles in Oak Lawn, according to authorities. The incident reportedly took place at about 4:27 p.m., when a Ford F150 pickup truck that was traveling the wrong way on 95th Street plunged into a line of cars waiting at the Cicero Street intersection.

Two occupants of a car struck by the wrong-way driver, an 86-year-old woman and a 48-year-old woman, were killed as a result of the collision, authorities stated. The 81-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also killed in the accident. All three decedents had suffered multiple injuries, reportedly.

Mother of deceased teens seeks improved trucking standards

Illinois residents may recognize the serious repercussions of a tractor-trailer crash, and many high-profile cases have renewed concerns and calls to action for those overseeing the trucking industry. A North Carolina mother who lost two teenage daughters in a truck accident in May 2013 appreciates this heightened interest in the issue and has worked toward enhancing safety standards since her own accident. The woman was driving in Georgia when a crash took the lives of her 17-year-old and 13-year-old daughters.

In the mother's incident, she slowed her vehicle because of a separate accident ahead on Interstate 20. As she slowed, a 45-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer tried to change lanes, and he swiped the woman's Crown Victoria, causing it to spin. The truck struck the car again, causing the car to go under a different truck.

Medical mistakes and malpractice in Illinois

You should be able to trust your doctor to provide you with the best possible care, but sometimes, doctors make serious mistakes that cause harm. When doctors and other medical professionals allow patients to suffer needlessly, they should be held accountable. If you have experienced an incident of medical negligence or medical malpractice in Illinois, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

Our law firm, Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP, has helped many patients who have been injured due to prescription medication mistakes, surgical errors, delayed diagnoses and other medical issues that could have been avoided. Since 1981, we have gotten fair settlements for our clients, including more than one million dollars for wrongful death claims filed on behalf of grieving family members.

Man killed in 4-vehicle crash

A 58-year-old Illinois resident lost his life in a chain-reaction car collision that occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway at 1 p.m. on Sept. 29. He was driving a Pontiac Grand Am southbound on I-94 when an unknown event caused the vehicle to break down.

The Grand Am came to rest on the left shoulder, but part of the vehicle was still blocking the path of oncoming traffic. A 53-year-old woman driving a Toyota Highlander attempted to maneuver around the man's vehicle but failed to successfully do so. Her vehicle then struck the Grand Am, triggering a series of car accidents as a Chevrolet ran into the Highlander, causing the Highlander to strike the Grand Am again and send it into a nearby Camry.

Family sues multiple parties in wrongful death claim

The family an Illinois man who died in a 2013 accident involving an allegedly impaired driver recently filed a lawsuit against that driver and several other parties. According to the wrongful death suit, the 2013 accident occurred on Nov. 21 in Hodgkins and involved a single vehicle in which the Illinois man was a backseat passenger.

According to the lawsuit, the man driving the vehicle was an employee of Tytan Express Inc. and had been consuming alcohol on the Tytan premises before getting behind the wheel. Tytan was renting the space from two other businesses. The Tytan employee then drove the vehicle at high speeds on the Tytan premises before traveling onto Santa Fe Drive, hitting a curb and crashing into a wall. As a result of the crash, the Illinois man suffered injuries from which he would die approximately two months later, the Illinois man's family alleges. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages, reportedly.

Wrong-site surgery prevention strategies

Understanding the major causes of wrong-site surgical errors may help Illinois medical professionals to reduce risks and improve performance. The types of errors may vary based on the specialty involved, but in cases such as hand surgeries and eye surgeries, medical malpractice claims are successful in approximately 80 percent or more of cases. The preventability of such errors may contribute to the success rate for related claims, but monetary judgments may not adequately remedy the damage that a patient may suffer from surgery on the wrong body part.

By identifying the causes of this type of medical mistake, professionals and associations have worked to establish protocols for avoiding wrong-site incidents. Leadership is a key factor in such issues, and good leadership may reduce the risk of mistakes. Additionally, careful communication and compliance with established procedures are critical for reducing and eliminating errors in surgery. A medical team should also be aware of common risk factors that could increase the possibility of a mistake. Unusual patient physiology could create problems. Changes in the operating environment such as a different room or rearranging of the equipment in a room could affect the outcome. Cases involving more than one surgeon or procedure can also lead to errors. Time pressures due to scheduling or emergencies are also serious concerns.

Patient files lawsuit following heart surgery

Citing negligence, a married couple in Illinois filed suit against multiple parties, including the University of Chicago Medical Center, for alleged injuries that the husband suffered as a result of a heart surgery performed at the hospital. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court almost two years after the 2012 heart surgery and seeks $50,000 in damages.

The lawsuit states that the operation took place on July 19, 2012, and that its aim was to remove a cardiac defibrillator that had previously been implanted in the man's chest. According to the couple's claim, the man suffered an extended flatlining of his vital signs and a tear in his heart wall during the surgery. Purportedly, these medical mistakes left behind debilitating effects from which he continues to suffer.

Lawsuit filed against Illinois hospital after woman's death

On Sept. 9, it was reported that a Cook County woman filed a lawsuit against St. Bernard Hospital claiming that emergency room staff members failed to recognize that her mother was suffering cardiac irregularities. The plaintiff's mother died at the hospital later the same day.

The lawsuit was filed on July 31. The claim named two doctors, two registered nurses and the hospital as defendants. The lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff's mother was brought to the emergency room on Aug. 2, 2012, after she could not catch her breath. She was allegedly not assessed until approximately 40 minutes after she arrived at the emergency room. Once a nurse looked at her, the lawsuit claimed that the nurse could not find the patient's blood pressure.

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