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October 2016 Archives

Keep your children safe on Illinois roadways

Since car seats for babies and children were invented, they have helped save many precious little lives. When used correctly, these seats protect users from different kinds of injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Parents who want to continue protecting their children should make an effort to learn everything they can about the proper use of car seats.

No Progress In Improving Outpatient Care

A recent study has determined that the quality of outpatient care in the United States has generally not improved over the past 10 years. A growing awareness of the frequency of medical mistakes has led to numerous programs designed to improve patient safety and outcomes. These efforts have not produced appreciable results, according to survey data analyzed by the study's authors. The quality of American medical treatment is not getting better.

Medical Device Exposed Patients To Dangerous Infection

In October 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication regarding a heater-cooler device originally manufactured by Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH. The Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler System has been linked to an increased risk of infection with the Mycobacterium chimaera. These infections, referred to as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) infections, can lead to serious health complications and even death. The Sorin Group has since partnered with another company and now does business under the name LivaNova.

The importance of reporting all work accidents

Illinois is home to a wide variety of industries, many of which pose serious injury risks to workers. Most residents would immediately agree that it is important to report a serious accident. Workers know that prompt and accurate reporting is a key factor in getting workers' compensation if the injury takes them out of the workplace. However, many workers choose not to report a minor work accident.

Caution and knowledge can save you from a car accident

As attorneys serving Chicago residents, we handle a lot of personal injury cases involving car accidents. In fact, we handle too many of these cases. Even though it is widely-believed that car accidents keep lawyers in business, we want you to know that we do not need or want this much business. We would rather see our neighbors remain whole and healthy instead.

Team medical staff might see improved insurance coverage

College sports teams travel all around the country for events. The issue with this is that there isn't any legal clarification that provides protections for team doctors who are traveling with the team. A recent bill passed the United States House of Representatives that would clarify that the medical malpractice insurance team doctors carry would follow them in other states.

Impaired Driving And Marijuana Law Reform

Earlier this year, the Illinois government made two changes to the law that may affect the incidence of drugged driving. First, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana was changed from a criminal offense to a civil issue. Those possessing smaller quantities of cannabis are now subject to a fine of no more than $200. They no longer face criminal penalties, including jail time. The second change involves the definition of driving under the influence of marijuana. That crime is now defined as driving with 5 or more nanograms of THC in their blood, or 10 or more nanograms of THC in their saliva. The previous law allowed prosecutors to charge a driver with drug impairment if there was any amount of THC in their blood.

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