Personal Injury/ Medical Malpractice /Food Poisoning Blog

What is the Medical Standard of Care in Illinois and Why Does it Matter for My Medical Malpractice Case?

If you have suffered harm at the hands of a healthcare provider, be it a nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or another health professional, you may have a cause of action to file a medical malpractice suit against the healthcare professional and recoup damages for your losses. However, in order to win your lawsuit, you will have to prove that the professional in question breached the medical standard of care owed to you. Our lawyers at the office of Newland and Newland can assist you in understanding what the medical standard of care is and how to prove it. ...
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Can a Doctor be Sued for Over-Treatment?

Doctors make many mistakes; in fact, medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. While doctors may be faulted for failing to treat a patient, for misdiagnosing a patient, or for committing a serious surgical error, what is rarely heard about or condemned is over-treating a patient. Over-treating a patient can be expensive for the patient, and even dangerous in some cases. Indeed, in certain situations, a patient’s over-treatment may warrant a medical malpractice claim. Over-Treatment of Patients Cause for Concern...
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Cooler Weather and Winter Slip and Falls: Who is Liable?

As the weather cools and fall and winter set in, there is a lot to look forward to; fall is beloved for its colors, and the winter holidays are often much anticipated. In addition to all of the benefits that the change in season brings, there are also a few risks associated with colder weather, including the increased risk of a slip and fall accident. Here is a look into what you need to know about cooler weather, winter slip and falls, and liability for any injuries that result. ...
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Allergic Reaction at Fast Food Chain Leads to Death

Being exposed to a foodborne pathogen can have serious consequences, some of which many people are familiar with. Many people have suffered food poisoning and the gastrointestinal discomfort that comes along with it. Similarly, those with food allergies are likely all too familiar with the effects of being exposed to a food that is dangerous for them to eat. But while food poisoning and the side effects of food allergies may be somewhat familiar for a large number of people, death from food poisoning or a food allergy certainly is not. ...
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How to Recognize a Neck Injury After a Car Accident

There many causes of car accidents, but many independent experts believe that inattention behind the wheel is number one. Drivers are often reluctant to admit they were not paying attention. Since there is no roadside exam or blood test for not paying attention, drivers will need take more accountability and be sure to avoid driving while distracted or fatigued in order to prevent accidents....
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Do You Have a Winning Slip and Fall Case?

Carrie Lewis, an Illinois woman, sued a Forever 21 retail store after she accidentally slipped on a “Wet Floor” sign that had fallen over and was lying flat in the middle of the entrance to the store. Lewis says, as she was leaving the store, she stepped on the sign and flew into the entrance door headfirst. Later, she had to undergo major surgery for serious injuries to her neck and back. How Often do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen? ...
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Why a Living Will is More Important Than a Regular Will

Having a “living will” and preparing your will for after you have passed are two very different types of legally binding documents that offer protection to you and your family. Traditionally, you would draw up a will when deciding how your cherished personal effects, including money, will be divided amongst your family. However, a living will dictates how you will be treated in the event you become terminally ill and are unable to communicate or will require constant medical care in order to sustain your life. What can I Include in My Living Will? ...
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Three Signs of a Herniated Disk From a Car Accident

Were you or a loved one recently involved in an auto accident? If your answer is “yes” and you are not seriously injured, you may not realize that you have been until hours or even days after being hit. Injuries sustained in a car accident typically occur in the form of head and back, and neck and chest injuries. Although any injury that you might have sustained should be examined by your doctor, the most important injuries to be aware of are head and back injuries....
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Can I Sue if I was Hit by a Car While Jaywalking?

One Sunday evening, 39-year-old Jerry Stern was riding his bike on a popular woody path. When he neared the end of the path, instead of turning around, he walked with his bicycle across Interstate 10 when a Toyota minivan drove up behind him struck him as he was crossing. The driver was traveling eastbound on I-10 when he hit the victim, who died at the scene. The cab driver is not injured but is under investigation pending the results of blood and alcohol tests. What if I am Hurt by a Motor Vehicle? ...
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Could Back Pain After an Accident Mean a Serious Injury?

In 2016, a 43-year-old man Gilbert Wood III filed a lawsuit for more than $25,000 against the estate of former Tommy Reuter, the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into Wood’s tractor-trailer. Woods suffered serious injuries to his neck, vertebrae, tailbone, both wrists, and the connective tissue surrounding his spine, including the tendons, muscles and nerves....
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