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March 2019 Archives

Misdiagnosis identified as common in malpractice claims

Many of the medical malpractice claims filed by people in Illinois may deal with cases of misdiagnosis. Two different studies by malpractice insurers released in the same week in March found that misdiagnoses dominated their claims. For one company, Coverys, nearly half of the closed claims against doctors between 2013 and 2017 were diagnosis related. The other company, The Doctors Company, found that more than a third of the closed malpractice claims involving children between 2008 and 2017 were linked to misdiagnoses.

Reasons not to get behind the wheel while tired

Most Illinois drivers would readily admit that driving over the speed limit is dangerous. However, many may not be as aware of the dangers that come from driving while tired. According to some experts, if a person remains awake for 18 hours, their abilities are impaired comparable to what a person experiences when they drive under the influence of alcohol. When a person has a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal driving limit, they need to sober up before getting behind the wheel. Likewise, when a person is tired, the only cure is getting sleep.

How can I prove that distracted driving occurred?

If you were involved in a car accident in Illinois, you will want to take action so that the responsible party is held liable for what they have done. It is understandable for you to be angry and bitter toward the person whom you believe caused the incident. At the same time, it is better to put that negative energy into being proactive and taking the appropriate action.

AAA warns against drowsiness after daylight saving time

Drowsiness is, for many in Illinois, the natural consequence of losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time. If these same people choose to drive while drowsy, though, then they are endangering both themselves and others. Everyone needs at least seven hours of sleep a day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that to miss one to two of those hours in a 24-hour period is to nearly double one's car crash risk.

Younger patients with colorectal cancer are often misdiagnosed

Young people in Illinois and across the U.S. run a higher risk of being diagnosed with later-stage colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). The reason for this, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, is that people under the age of 50 with this disease tend to be misdiagnosed during their initial appointments.