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October 2015 Archives

Chicago victims of medical malpractice may need legal help

The number of people affected by medical malpractice in Chicago and across the nation is staggering. In fact, in November 1999, the Institute of Medicine estimated that anywhere from between 44,000 to 98,000 individuals lost their lives annually due to otherwise preventable medical mistakes. In addition, many individuals will be injured due to medical errors that never should have happened.

Testing of medical devices in Illinois may be insufficient

When medical devices do not perform as expected it can cause serious health issues in unsuspecting patients in Chicago, and in the worst of cases it could even lead to death. For example, in a recent Food and Drug Administration review and investigation of a contraceptive device known as Essure, thousands of patients have reported serious health issues related to the device, including pain, muscle fatigue and punctured fallopian tubes. These health effects have been reported as severe and debilitating.

Cook County residents may be interested in lung cancer study

When it comes to deadly diseases such as cancer, it is important for patients in Chicago to take action as quickly as possible, to prevent the spread of the disease and increase the patient's chances for survival. The failure to do so could prove fatal. However, as one study revealed, lung cancer patients in the United States may not be receiving the optimal treatment.

Asbestos exposure in Chicago can lead to mesothelioma

These days many Chicagoans know that exposure to asbestos can be dangerous. However, that doesn't mean workers aren't exposed to it. Construction work or remodeling can expose workers to asbestos used on the premises years ago. Asbestos can be found in flooring, shingles, insulation and more. Workers breathe in asbestos fibers from the dust that is created when the material containing asbestos is damaged. Asbestos fibers breathed in or swallowed over the years can lead to a particularly deadly form of cancer: mesothelioma.

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