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Illinois Fails to Investigate Hospital Complaints

December 29th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Medical malpractice is an act of medical disregard that results in unnecessary injury to a patient. Medical negligence comes in a wide variety of forms that range from misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, failure to follow up with treatment, acquired infections or failure to monitor patient vital signs.

The state of Illinois has recently been accused of not exploring the authenticity of medical complaints.  The scope of these complaints varies from problems such as patient abuse, lax infection control and medical overdosing.

A patient at Harrisburg Medical Center reported that members of hospital staff were not wearing protective gowns and gloves during a bacteria outbreak.  This spreading infection had already claimed one life.  A mistake that could’ve claimed more lives at that hospital.

Another patient at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital also registered a complaint.  Last year during this patient’s visit they were pricked by dirty needles.  This accident prompted hospital staff to administer preventative HIV treatment.

A third record showed that multiple patients complained while they were treated at Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital.  Last fall, these patients were developing bed sores and infections from being left sitting in their own feces.  One staff member said that patients were “not given appropriate care…not bathed or given oral care…have wounds from not being turned and changed.”

One thing that both of these events have in common is that neither were investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  It is federal law that all allegations of mortal harm or death must be reviewed within forty-eight hours.  Yet records were uncovered that show eighty-five percent of the 560 hospital complaints were not investigated.

These complaints reveal hospital negligence that may be actionable.  If you have been a victim of these sorts of situations you may be entitled to recoup damages.  Please contact a Illinois personal injury attorney to discuss possible proceedings.


Holiday Season Sets Homes Ablaze

December 29th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

The holidays are a great time for sitting around the fireplace with family, enjoying lights strung on a live tree, leaving a turkey to roast in the oven while heading out to enjoy festive activities. The holidays are also a notorious time for house fires, and the 2011 Thanksgiving to New Years season is no exception. The most devastating story this year came out of Stamford Connecticut, in which three young girls (7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah and 9-year-old Lily) and their grandparents died at 3am on Christmas morning. Homeowner Madonna Badger, a New York City advertising executive, is separated from her husband Matthew; her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, is thought to have been responsible for the fire, having left still-smoldering fireplace embers into a bag that he left by the mudroom door. The $1.725 million home was razed early in the week following the fire, and officials do not expect to press criminal charges.

The three young victims of the house fire in Stamford, CT with their father. (Image from nytimes.com).

Earlier this season, a home in the West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago was flattened in an explosion that critically injured the homeowners—Pedro and Oyola Sepulveda—and burned one more. This explosion was not necessarily related to holiday activities, but instead due to a possible gas leak. The Sepulveda’s house, along with most others on the block, are customers of Peoples Gas, who sent crews to join police and fire units to turn off gas supply mains in a three block area. No other homes in the area were affected, much to the relief of many onlookers, who thought the massive blaze would surely spread.

If you have been a victim of a serious personal injury—because of someone else’s negligence or not—you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the dedicated team of personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today. With over 20 years of experience helping the average American, it’s guaranteed that we’ll help get the results you deserve.



IWCC Issues New Guidance Regarding Permanent Partial Disability Awards

December 16th, 2011 at 4:50 pm


It’s been about half a year since Governor Pat Quinn signed into law new legislation regarding worker’s compensation. The overhaul, according to the Chicago Tribune, was thought to save businesses at least $500 million each year and was met with support on both sides of the political fence. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has been pouring over the new legislation since, and in November “issued new guidance regarding the use of American Medical Association impairment ratings in the determination of permanent partial disability (PDD) awards.”

Governor Pat Quinn signed new worker’s compensation law, June 2011. (Image from Chicago Sun-Times).

The guidance comes after much industry arbitration over the meaning of “partial disability,” and irons out some of the more vague meanings of the term. According to the IWCC:

1. An impairment report is not required to be submitted by the parties with a settlement contract.

2. If an impairment rating is not entered into evidence, the Arbitrator is not precluded from entering a finding of disability.

This means that if a worker is injured or partially disabled on the job, the arbitrator does not have to, under the new amendment, submit PDD ratings immediately. This allows for more flexibility from both the perspective of the worker and the arbitrator, and could, in some cases, leave less room for fraud.

If you or someone you know seeks workers’ compensation for a personal injury obtained on a job site, contact one of the dedicated lawyers at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today. With several years experience and a success-boasting record, we’ll help you navigate the tricky waters of workers’ compensation and receive the benefits you deserve.



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