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November 2016 Archives

A failure to explore other possible diagnoses leads to tragedy

It shouldn't have been hard to figure out that there was something seriously wrong with the 50-year-old man who presented in Winfield's Central DuPage Hospital one night back in 2012. He was suffering from a headache, neck pain, vomiting and disorientation.

Are electric cars silently deadly?

Electric and hybrid vehicles may be the wave of the future. These cars have the potential to reduce our reliance on gasoline and improve the environment. While electric cars are currently more expensive than their gas-burning counterparts, it may be only a matter of time before these vehicles are competitively priced or even cheaper than the alternative. The news is not all good for electric and hybrid cars, however. One trait of these vehicles may be contributing to an increase in deadly pedestrian accidents and collisions with bicycles. Electric cars are quiet. 

Medication errors: Heartbreaking, deadly and unfortunately common

When administering medication at home to yourself or your children, you probably read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. We all do this because we understand how dangerous it can be to deviate from the medicine's dosage instructions. Medical personnel understand this, too, probably better than we do.

Calculating compensation in personal injury cases

Quite a bit of work goes into calculating the proper damage award to seek after a serious personal injury or wrongful death. Some items, like hospital bills, can be determined with great accuracy. Others, like pain and suffering, can be difficult to pin down. Still other issues are straightforward in some cases and difficult in others. For instance, how do you calculate the lost income of a child killed in a car accident?

Can motorists do anything to avoid truck accidents?

With fall and winter weather on fast approach, this question is especially relevant. While the trucking industry and its regulators must do all they can to reduce and prevent commercial truck accidents, other motorists should also do their own part to enhance roadway safety. This is just as true in Illinois as it is in other states.

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