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Neapolitan Mastiff Wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

By admin on September 25, 2017

Some people might think she has a face only a mother could love, but Martha the mastiff doesn’t care. She just won the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in 2017.

Martha was awarded $1,500 and a trip to New York, but her handler said she’d probably just like a nap. Read the rest »

Posted in: Dog BIte

5 Questions About Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

By admin on September 25, 2017

When fetal monitoring is used (and diagnosed) properly, it can help doctors monitor how childbirth is proceeding. Nowadays, most hospitals in Chicago and throughout the U.S. use FHRM to confirm that babies are healthy during labor—that is, not in fetal distress and at risk of a birth complication.

Below, we’ve tackled the answers to five commonly asked questions about fetal heart rate monitoring. Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

Memory Care Patient Found Dead Outside Illinois Nursing Home

By admin on August 30, 2017

Champaign County Nursing Home is currently being investigated in reference to the death of a 78-year-old woman. The woman, who was a long-time resident of the facility, was found dead outside of the facility on the ground, lying partially on the sidewalk. There was no apparent head trauma or injury. The coroner’s office has confirmed that they are trying to determine at what point the woman went outside, how long she had been there, and whether she had gone in and out of the nursing home during that period of time. Read the rest »

Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Chicago in Top 5 Cities for Postal Dog Attacks

By admin on August 20, 2017

While the idea of dogs barking at postal workers may seem cliché, it is, in fact, an indicator of a serious problem. Attacks by dogs against postal workers are unusually common. According to data from the U.S. Postal Service, Chicago ranked 5th in 2013 for dog attacks on mailmen, with a total of 47 for the year.

Illinois, in general, had the second-highest number of dog attack insurance claims in 2013, behind only California. In Chicago, the owner of a dog has strict liability for any dog attack against a person who is not illegally trespassing on the owner’s property, or who did not violently provoke the dog. Postal workers who are delivering mail appropriately are not trespassing and dog owners CAN be held liable for any unprovoked attacks against them. Read the rest »

Posted in: Animal Attack

Death Rate Rises for Workers’ Comp Accidents Involving Older Workers

By admin on August 12, 2017

Because of the high cost of living (comfortably) through retirement, a greater number of older workers are still on the job. As these baby boomers continue to age, more and more of them are rejecting the traditional retirement age of 65; and it’s projected that by the year 2024, the labor market will be comprised of 25% older workers.

But it’s no fun getting old. People are just not as limber and bones tend to become more brittle over time. With age come vision and hearing changes which gradually worsen; reduced balance and response time; and chronic bone, muscle, and general medical problems. As such, the workplace is slowly becoming a more dangerous place, where serious injuries or fatal accidents are more likely and more prevalent. Some of the types of workplace accidents that have increased in recent years include transportation accidents, deaths related to falls, and impacts from equipment or objects, as well as fires and explosions. In one recent fatal accident, a 56-year-old Chicago man fell to his death while retrieving an item from a high location. Read the rest »

$53M Birth Injury Verdict Largest Ever in Chicago

By admin on August 8, 2017

In what is believed to be the largest jury verdict ever awarded in Cook County, Illinois, for a birth injury case, a Chicago jury awarded $53,000,000 to a 12-year-old Hickory Hills boy. The lawsuit alleged that the University of Chicago Medical Center committed medical malpractice when it failed to properly care for his pregnant mother, resulting in serious and permanent injury to the baby.

According to documents filed in the Cook County lawsuit, the attorneys for the family accused the University of Chicago of failing to properly monitor the mother and child, failing to properly follow a chain of command, failing to perform a Cesarean section (C-section) in a timely manner, failing to take accurate measurement of cord blood gases, and failing to take notice of fetal heart rate patterns that suggested that the baby was in distress and suffering from hypoxia. Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

Over $160M in Medical Malpractice Claims Paid Out by Just Two Chicago Hospitals

By admin on August 5, 2017

One recent study found that over 250,000 people die every year in America from avoidable medical mistakes. But the vast majority of these deaths never find their way into court or into the hands of an experienced attorney who can advocate on behalf of the victim’s family. They are simply swept under the rug by doctors and hospital officials who tell the family of the deceased that their loved one was simply too old or too sick and that nothing more could have been done. Although patient groups and the U.S. government encourage hospitals to “own up” to medical mistakes, often times it is only when family members seek the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney that the real facts are uncovered. Medical records must usually be subpoenaed to reveal the truth that doctors and hospitals prefer to keep secret. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC 2017 Chicagoland Scholarship Winner Announced!

By admin on June 15, 2017

This year’s entries were some of the best yet! Students throughout the Chicagoland area sent us their essays, we carefully reviewed them, and we now have a winner. So without further ado, the winner of our 2017 Chicagoland Scholarship is…

Congratulations, Karolina! Thank you for sharing your story with us, and best of luck to you in the future. We hope our scholarship helps you further your education and we are very eager to see the amazing things you’re going to do in the years to come. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

Jimmy Kimmel’s Son Shows the True “Cost” of a Birth Defect

By admin on June 8, 2017

TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s son, William, was born on April 21st, 2017. But soon after birth, the baby boy started to turn blue. He was suffering from a rare birth defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia—and had to have open-heart surgery at the ripe age of three days old in order to save his life. This defect occurs in about five of every 10,000 births.

In this congenital heart defect, the passages from the heart to the lungs are blocked. Very little blood is able to get in and receive oxygen, and the normal cycle of blood flow throughout the body is interrupted. It’s actually a combination of four heart defects—a ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, right ventricular hypertrophy, and an overriding aorta. Put it all together, and what does it mean? Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

2017 Chicagoland Scholarship Celebrates 7 Finalists

By admin on May 30, 2017

The Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC 2017 Chicagoland Scholarship was created to help Chicago-area students pay for the costs associated with secondary education. As attorneys with deep roots in the Chicago-Metropolitan community, we know the value of a post-high-school education and want to assist aspiring students. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News