Posted on November 29th, 2010
According to a report by the Department of Health & Human Services, 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients is the victim of a treatment mistake. Officials estimate that 180,000 patients die a year from these treatment mistakes. The report indicates major causes of treatment mistakes among hospitalized Medicare patients include incorrect medications, excessive post-surgical bleeding and urinary tract infections from catheters.
The Director of the Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division said of the report, “The country is in a patient safety crisis. The only workable solution to preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries is to combine much more patient-protective hospital protocols with much better scrutiny by hospitals of physicians and other health care providers, and to appropriately discipline those whose performance results in preventable patient harm”.
To discuss filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact the experienced Champaign personal injury lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today.
Posted on November 22nd, 2010
Researchers from Northwestern University recently conducted a study concerning medical students and their plans for setting up a practice after graduation. The study involved 561 medical students at schools in Illinois and was completed by a team at the university’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Medical students were asked about where they planned to work after graduation and why they wanted to work there. Approximately 50 percent of students responded that they would leave the state to begin working. Of those planning on leaving Illinois, 70 percent said that the state’s high medical malpractice insurance premiums and the recent removal of caps on damages in medical malpractice suits were reasons. The most common reasons for leaving the state included being closer to family, salary and more opportunities to work in their specialty.
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice or hospital negligence, contact the Champaign injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to set up an appointment to discuss your options.
Posted on November 17th, 2010
A two-vehicle accident in Woodford County involving a car and a semi-truck sent two people to the hospital. The accident occurred last Thursday afternoon at around 1:30 P.M..
According to the Woodford County Sheriff’s Department, 71-year old Edward Kamm was traveling in the northbound lanes of Route 117 when he crossed over the center lane and into oncoming traffic. Kamm’s vehicle then collided head-on with a semi-truck near County Road 475 North. The semi-truck, driven by 40-year old Rodney Siegel, jack-knifed and hit a third vehicle, driven by 36-year old Nicholas Goede.
Kamm was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and was listed as being in fair condition. A passenger in Goede’s vehicle also suffered minor injuries and was treated at Eureka Hospital.
Contact the Champaign personal injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-600 if you have been injured in an auto accident as a result of another driver’s recklessness and have questions about your legal options.
Posted on November 9th, 2010
Last Thursday, Diego Torres-Bedolla of Rantoul was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in a car accident he caused on September 5th.
According to court documents, Torres-Bedolla had been drinking at a party on the night of September 5th when he drove his landlord’s car into a house on Gates Drive Boulevard in Rantoul. Tests showed that Torres-Bedolla’s blood alcohol content was at .14 percent after the accident.
In addition to the two years in prison, a jury decided Torres-Bedolla will pay $3,200 in restitution. Torres-Bedolla had no previous criminal charges or convictions.
Contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 if you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving.
Posted on November 1st, 2010
Drug producer Pfizer recently issued a recall of 38,000 bottles of the cholesterol fighting drug Lipitor. Earlier this year, Pfizer issued another recall of more than 190,000 bottles of the same drug, both times after complaints of an uncharacteristic smell coming from the drug’s bottles.
Research into the products indicated that in both instances the odor was caused by a chemical called TBA that is used to preserve wood. The wooden pallets used in transporting products are often treated with TBA. Pfizer says that they have heard complaints from only about 3 in every 1 million bottles. Risk associated with the defective product is currently considered minimal.
If you or someone you know has become ill or injured from a defective product, contact the Champaign injury lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.