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1 injured in Illinois drunk driving crash involving 4 cars

On Oct. 16, a four-vehicle accident left one person injured, and police believe that the 43-year-old woman accused of causing the wreck was intoxicated at the time. The crash happened at the intersection of 95th Street and Wildcat Way near a Naperville high school. Police responded to the crash at around 11:20 p.m., and it was reported that three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Details of the wreck were not immediately reported, and it was not known how many occupants were in the four cars involved in the accident. However, police have charged the 43-year-old with failing to reduce her speed and DUI. Court documents showed that she had received two prior traffic tickets but that she had no previous criminal record.

What Illinois patients may expect from medical disclosure laws

Illinois patients may face limited protection when it comes to state laws requiring doctors to disclose medical errors that occur during general care or a specific procedure. Only seven states require doctors to inform patients of unanticipated results from a medical procedure. Moreover, laws in eight states prevent admissions of such mistakes from being used in medical malpractice cases.

Studies show that attitudes regarding disclosure of medical errors have improved among physicians over the years, but disclosure issues still arise. Fears of a malpractice lawsuit may prevent some doctors from disclosing errors made during treatment. Approximately 56 percent of physicians report that they would disclose the negative outcome of a medical mistake to their patient but not the nature of the mistake itself. This trend raises serious concerns for patient advocates as well as questions about how much patients are entitled to know about preventable medical mistakes that affect their care.

Illinois hospitals settle for millions in wrongful death cases

The Illinois medical community faced serious upheaval when a CBS2 and Better Government Association review highlighted several wrongful death cases involving some of the state's most prominent hospitals. One case involved the death of a 39-year-old woman who went to the University of Illinois Medical Center for a diagnostic liver procedure. A mistake by attending staff resulted in a failure to resuscitate the patient, leading to her death. The victim's family was awarded a $9 million settlement.

Another prominent case took place at a Cook County hospital where a woman was being treated for a pulmonary arterial clot. Her attending physician prescribed an anticoagulant to dissolve the clot, but a first-year intern reversed the decision, resulting in the reformation of the clot and the patient's eventual death less than half a day later. The family of the deceased patient was awarded $10 million in the county's largest individual settlement.

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.

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