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The term medical malpractice conjures up images of surgeries gone horribly awry, with errors such as removing the wrong kidney; or of obstetrical problems, a botched delivery leaving a baby a vegetable for life. But the truth is most medical malpractice claims are based on something much more mundane: failure to properly diagnosis an illness or other medical condition. As reported in the Washington Post, a recent article in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety
Cook County, Illinois taxpayers – county seat Chicago – could find themselves shelling out $24 million to settle medical malpractice lawsuits, all coming from problems at Stroger Hospital in Chicago, which is part of the Cook County public health system. The $24m would go to settle four separate lawsuits. The Cook County Board is scheduled to vote on approving the settlements soon. The biggest settlement would be $20 million to settle a lawsuit that was
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has just released its report on a December, 2011 New Jersey plane that killed five people and closed Interstate 287 near Morristown. The crash claimed the lives of the pilot, his wife and two children, and an investment banker colleague of the pilot. No one was killed on the ground. The experienced pilot had more than 1,400 hours of flight time, and owned his own single-engine Scota TMB 700
Route 130 in Burlington County is a 23-mile stretch of road where 19 pedestrians have been killed in vehicle accidents in the past six years. The road passes through 12 towns, from Cinnaminson to Bordentown No other New Jersey state highway had more fatalities from 2009 to 2011 than Route 130, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit organization. Recently, New Jersey officials and lawmakers gathered for a news conference in Delran, a mile
The owner of a commuter ferry that crashed in Manhattan’s financial district in January has been sued in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. The owner of SeaStreak Wall Street is facing at least 45 claims from passengers. The SeaStreak had 326 passengers on board when it slammed into a docking barge at rush hour.  57 people were injured, one critically. According to one lawyer for the victims and their spouses, the injured suffered from

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