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Chicago medical malpractice attorneyBy Lindsay Proskey 

Tort reform legislation requiring Kentuckians to submit medical malpractice claims to a review panel of three physicians before they can file lawsuits was recently struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court for violating the state constitution. 

Tort reform efforts aim to reduce the ability of victims to bring tort litigation or to reduce damages they can receive. Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado (a practicing physician and lawmaker) has sponsored several pieces of legislation, including the Medical Review Panel Act, to deter plaintiffs from suing healthcare professionals.  

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medical errors, Illinois personal iniury attorneyThere is an insidious, silent killer in the United States – one that patients are often oblivious to, doctors and hospitals refuse to talk about, and is now considered the third leading cause of death in the U.S., placing it just below cancer and heart disease. In total, it claims anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 deaths per year, yet there is no system in place to effectively track or prevent these deaths. Even more disturbing is that this killer – otherwise known as medical malpractice  – occurs at the hands of those who are supposed to heal.

What You Do Not Know Can Hurt You

Sick people go to hospitals to get better, but hundreds of thousands will never leave. Victims of poorly coordinated care, preventable infections, system failures, falls, or any number of other, preventable causes, these patients will die a wrongful death at the hands of the doctor, nurse, or surgeon treating them. No one – not even their family – may fully understand the death because those same system failures that allowed the death are often used to cover up its true cause and nature. And therein lies one of the major contributing factors to this American epidemic.

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By Robert Geimer

Twenty-three Illinois hospitals will be penalized about $12 million for high infection rates, according to the Chicago Tribunehttp://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-hospital-infection-rate-1217-biz-20151216-story.html

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By Robert Geimer

Previously I wrote about Martin Shkreli, the 32 year-old “hedge fund” manager who acquired a 62-year-old drug used to treat infection and then jacked-up the price from $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet. As if that wasn’t enough, Mr. Shkreli has now gone out of his way to make sure he has a first class ticket to Hades. First, he told a Forbes magazine healthcare conference that if he could do it all over again, he would have raised prices even higher. Then, as reported by Bloomberg Business, rap group Wu Tang Clan put the only copy of its new album up for auction to the highest bidder and – you guessed it – Mr. Shkreli was the winning bidder, paying $2 million for a record album. All the while millions of sick, elderly, and otherwise hard-working Americans cannot afford the outrageous prices of prescription drugs. And this guy - who has been gouging these Americans with no remorse - spends $2 million on a record album? You may want to order your flame-retardant suit now, Mr. Shkreli, you’re going to need it.

By Daniel M. Kotin

medical malpractice claims, Chicago medical malpractice attorneysBeing the victim of a medical mistake is a terrible and frightening ordeal. Most of us go to the doctor and put our health – our very life – in the hands of doctors and nurses. We trust that they will do their jobs carefully and skillfully, and most do. But when medical malpractice occurs, the results can be deadly. Even if a person survives a medical mistake during a surgery (for example), a failure to properly diagnose an illness or perform a surgery correctly can drastically reduce the lifespan of the victim.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed against negligent doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, along with hospitals and similar institutions, whenever a patient has been injured by that negligent conduct. The monetary compensation obtained through a medical malpractice lawsuit – called “damages” – is meant to compensate the patient for mental pain and suffering, additional medical  bills, time missed from work, and the loss of a chance for survival (amongst other compensable losses).

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