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August 2013 Archives

Study reveals top reasons for diagnosis delays

Illinois patients should be aware of a new study indicating that poor teamwork among doctors and lack of coordination of care are among the top reasons for delayed diagnosis and treatment of disease. The study, conducted by the Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety, reviewed more than 100 cases in search of answers. While patient no-shows contributed to 10 percent of delays, the majority of the responsibility is being attributed to the doctor's office.

The child with a Minor's Estate is about to turn 18 - now what?

When the minor becomes an adult at age 18, the Disabled Person's Estate will be closed.  One of two things will happen.  If that minor is capable of making personal and financial decisions as an adult, the Estate is closed and the balance of the money is given to the 18 year old.  If that minor is incapable of making personal and financial decisions on their own behalf, a new estate is opened - a Disabled Person's Estate.  A judge is again assigned to oversee the financial decisions, and to some extent, the personal decisions made on behalf of the disabled adult, such as, where they live.

I have something bad in my past, can I still file a lawsuit?

Sometimes people worry that something bad in their past would prevent them from being able to file a lawsuit.  First of all, there are no restrictions to filing a lawsuit other than filing it too late - the dreaded statute of limitations.  The real question is whether this bad thing would cause them to perhaps lose their case.  While I won't make a blanket statement that would apply to all people for all possible things, I can tell you that most times the bad thing makes no difference - provided of course, you told your lawyer about it.  Lawyers need to know about things to deal with them.

Angelina's Story - Who gets the money when the client is a child?

My 9 year-old client, Angelina, recently died.  Needless to say, her death has been difficult.  Angelina taught her family many things in her short life - namely about one's purpose in life and what is important and what is not.  When the client is a child, whether they are disabled as Angie was, or not, many parents have questions about who is in charge of the money and how it is spent after a settlement or a jury award.  Angelina's story answers many of these questions.  This overview is meant as a brief introduction of how things are handled after the case is resolved.

Consumer Reports rates hospital outcomes

Chicago patients should be aware that a famous, big-name hospital isn't necessarily a better place to have surgeries, according to a Consumer Reports article. The article ranked how patients fare at hospitals before and after surgery and if any surgical error was involved. Consumer Reports ranked hospitals after reviewing outcomes for five different procedures: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty and carotid artery surgery. The report based rankings on mortality rates following surgery and additional complications.

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