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Family of Toddler Awarded $2.2 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

It can be difficult to watch a family member suffer from injuries caused by medical malpractice. While many cases are caused by surgeries and other complex procedures, it is possible to permanently harm a person by applying a wrap too tightly to the body. This was the case for a toddler from Whiteside County…. Read More »

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Illinois Woman’s Estate Awarded $4.8 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

A jury last month awarded an Illinois woman’s estate $4.8 million in a medical malpractice case against a physician and medical provider. According to the case, Dr. Muthiah Thangavelu and Danville Polyclinic caused avoidable injury to one of their patients, Linda Shelly. The lawsuit alleged that during a procedure to remove an abdominal cyst,… Read More »

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Court Rules Doctor’s Credentialing File Protected in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

The Illinois appellate court ruled in a recent case that a Chicago hospital is not required to produce a doctor’s credentialing file as part of an ongoing medical malpractice case, finding that the documents are considered privileged under state law. This ruling overturned the trial court’s order for the hospital to turn over the… Read More »

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Learned Intermediary Doctrine Protects Pharmacy from Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

The First Appellate District Court held last month in a medical malpractice case that the learned intermediary doctrine protects a pharmacy from liability and that the pharmacy has no duty to warn customers of prescription drug side effects that may occur in anyone who takes the drug. According to the facts of the case,… Read More »

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Resident Sues Oak Brook Healthcare Center for Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

A woman is suing a long-term healthcare facility in Oak Brook for medical malpractice after suffering injuries while in the facility’s care. Donna Keller has filed a lawsuit against Oak Brook Care, alleging that the facility’s neglect led to her injuries. According to the lawsuit, Keller was a resident of the healthcare center in… Read More »

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Family Sues Chicago Hospital for Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

A widowed husband and father is filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice against Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, claiming that their negligence in care led to the death of his pregnant wife. On March 29, 2016 the victim, 32 years old and 21 weeks pregnant, was admitted to Lutheran General with a fever, chills, coughing… Read More »

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Securing Expert Witnesses for Your Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

By Harvey L. Walner |

The success of most medical malpractice lawsuits depends on assistance from medical professionals in building and supporting your case. Unfortunately, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that many healthcare professionals are unwilling to testify against their colleagues. Various reasons were cited by the medical professionals contacted for the research… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice: The Problem With The Lack Of Informed Consent

By Harvey L. Walner |

As a patient, you have a right to know the potential risks of any surgical procedure before allowing a doctor to operate. Although doctors are required to obtain consent from patients before performing surgery, they are also required to ensure that you are in fact “informed”. This means that as a patient, a doctor… Read More »

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The Most Common Motor Disability In Children Could Have Been Prevented

By Harvey L. Walner |

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious health problems caused by birth injuries and medical malpractice during labor and childbirth. Although there are a variety of factors that can cause cerebral palsy, the condition is thought to be caused by a lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain during childbirth. The diagnosis of… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice And Diagnosis Errors

By Harvey L. Walner |

Not every visit to the hospital has a happy ending, and neither does every misdiagnoses lead to severe harm. A large number of medical malpractice lawsuits stem from the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition, illness or injury. Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to give a patient… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice: Role Of Expert Testimony

By Harvey L. Walner |

Medical malpractice claims involve misconduct or negligence in providing appropriate medical care. The Common causes of malpractice cases include, but are not limited to: Intentional Misconduct Breach of a contract Defamation Disclosure of Confidential Information Gaining Consent by providing Insufficient Information Failure to Prevent Foreseeable Injuries Professionals within the medical field may be held… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice: Most Common Birth Injuries

By Harvey L. Walner |

Birth injuries are unfortunate and often some of the worst types of medical malpractice injuries. Not only is the newborn always completely innocent, but cases such as these can result in a lifetime of care, which ultimately will cost a fortune. If you believe your newborn was injured due to the negligence or malpractice… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice: Outpatient Misdiagnoses

By Harvey L. Walner |

Every year in the United States, approximately 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. This figure amounts to 1 out of 20 adult patients. The study goes on to say that in half of those cases, the misdiagnosis has… Read More »

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What is a “standard of care” in a medical malpractice case?

By Harvey L. Walner |

When you seek medical care, you trust that your caretaker will act in your best interests. But when a doctor or nurse fails to act in an appropriate manner, it’s the patient who ultimately pays. If you or a loved one has suffered while in the care of a healthcare worker, please contact the… Read More »

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Failure to Diagnose Cases in Chicago

By Harvey L. Walner |

Diagnosis is the first step in any successful medical treatment. You can’t get better if medical professionals don’t accurately diagnose the condition from which you’re suffering. That’s why failure to diagnose cases are among the most common that Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Jon Walner handles. While diagnosis is undeniably a complicated endeavor, medical professionals… Read More »

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Surgical Instruments Left in Patients

By Harvey L. Walner |

Tens of thousands of Americans are killed every year as a result of avoidable medical errors. One of the most common forms of medical malpractice in Illinois and across the country is the leaving of surgical instruments in patients. This reality often astonishes those who are unfamiliar with the medical system. How is this… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice in Nursing Homes

By Harvey L. Walner |

It’s hardly a surprise that nursing home residents often require frequent, significant medical care. Nursing homes agree to provide their residents with adequate care when they establish a facility. However, Illinois medical malpractice attorney Harvey Walner has seen too many of these facilities fail to live up to the medical requirements of their residents…. Read More »

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Who Can Be Held Accountable in a Medical Malpractice Claim?

By Harvey L. Walner |

When we think of medical malpractice suits, we often picture the defendants as doctors. After all, they’re the most visible characters in the medical drama. However, the process of treating a medical condition is a complicated one, and Illinois law allows for medical malpractice claims against a range of medical professionals. At Harvey L…. Read More »

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What is Expected of Surgeons?

By Harvey L. Walner |

Surgical errors are depressingly common in American medicine. Every year, thousands of Americans lose their lives as a result of avoidable surgical errors. Surgery is a difficult, complicated endeavor. Sometimes, tragic results occur despite the best efforts of a skilled surgeon. No one argues that every tragic result qualifies as medical malpractice. However, surgeons… Read More »

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What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?

By Harvey L. Walner |

The practice of medicine is exceptionally complex, and the law has long recognized that an unfortunate outcome in a case, no matter how tragic, is not necessarily evidence of negligence. At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers understand the difference between a tragic case and a legitimate medical malpractice… Read More »

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