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Autopsy shows Tyree died of accidental air embolism

CHICAGO — The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Friday the death of James Tyree, chairman of the company that owns the Lake County News-Sun, was an accident. Tyree, 53, died Wednesday after suffering for months from stomach cancer. But the medical examiner’s office said an autopsy Friday revealed that he died from an air embolism and dialysis catheter removal. It called his death an accident. via Autopsy shows Tyree died of accidental air embolism - Lake County News-Sun....

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Troubled Chicago nursing home may lose Medicaid funding

March 16, 2011|By David Jackson and Gary Marx, Tribune reporters Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune Federal authorities are moving this week to terminate Medicaid funding to the troubled Wincrest Nursing Center on the city's North Side after state and federal inspections documented residents engaged in bloody fights and drug abuse that spilled from the facility out into the surrounding community. An 80-bed home that primarily houses adults with mental illnesses, including dozens with felony records, Wincrest has for years been the subject of complaints by local officials and neighbors, as well as students and staff from nearby Loyola University Chicago. Seven Loyola residence...

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Illinois seeks to repossess prisoner’s meager wages

Kensley Hawkins, 60, has saved $11,000 by working in a Joliet prison since the 1980s, making about $75 a month. The state says he owes them for the cost of his stay. Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law Kensley Hawkins is a deadbeat, according to the state of Illinois. He owes $455,203.14 to cover the costs of his stay at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. Hawkins has been in prison since Nov. 19, 1982. His jailer is also his debt collector. Hawkins is fighting in court to stop the state from seizing about $11,000 in his bank account to partially satisfy the debt. The...

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Ellen Sterling: Rick Lax: In a City Rich With Deception, No One Fools Him

At 28, the Michigan native has written two books. His first, Lawyer Boy: A Case Study On Growing Up, tells of his adventures in the land of law school, where, having given into what is apparently a genetic imperative that he go into the family business of law, he gave up his dream of becoming a magician and enrolled in DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. The inevitability of that career is underscored in the book by a family tree graphic festooned with attorneys. His father was a tax lawyer, but not Rick. "If I was going to be a...

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Construction Deaths Lead to Stronger Personal Injury Compensation in UK

The Health Service Executive or HSE has recently tighten up on how construction sites provide safety measures, and personal injury compensation for its construction workers, as the recent report shows that death rates and injury are still high in United Kingdom’s construction industry. In 2010, there were about five less deaths and 171 less injuries compared to 2009 — in the south west. On other side of the Atlantic, in New York City, several construction accidents were also recorded at the Department of Buildings including a recent 15 complaints against a construction site at Upper West Side, and the recent two...

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Illinois Appeals Court Revives $10 Billion Suit Against Philip Morris

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court, sending the case back to the county once tagged as among the nation's most lawsuit-friendly turfs. The unanimous ruling Thursday by the three-judge panel of the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court cleared the way for the plaintiffs to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case may be applied to reinstate the questioned Madison County one involving Philip Morris' marketing of...

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Wrongful death suit filed against Hartland company

A Texas couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Hartland-based manufacturer of medical wipes. The lawsuit alleges that alcohol wipes made by the company, Triad Group, contained bacteria that, when used to clean the boy’s spinal tap, spread to his brain and caused a fatal case of meningitis. The boy died in December at the age of two. His medical ordeal began when he fell off the couch at home and bumped his head. A routine CT scan revealed a cyst in his brain. Surgeons removed the cyst; the boy returned home, according to the complaint filed in U.S....

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Inmate’s violent 2010 death leads to lawsuit in Fort Bend County

By ZEN T.C. ZHENG HOUSTON CHRONICLE A woman whose son died a year ago while in custody in the Fort Bend County jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Milton Wright. Emmanuel Earl Baines, 18, who was in jail on a burglary charge, was repeatedly punched in the chest by another inmate on Feb. 13, 2010, according to a custodial death report filed by the sheriff's office with the Texas Attorney General's office. He was sent to Oak Bend Medical Center and pronounced dead at about 12:45 a.m. the next day, according to the report. Roynecia Baines filed...

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Family files wrongful death suit against ambulance company

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Boston) - "Something that should have been very, very routine, ended up in a nightmare for myself and my family," said the victim's brother Peter Zacarelli. It's been two years since Peter Zacarelli lost his 68-year-old sister Barbara Grimes. Zacarelli said, "I spoke to her that morning and she said I'm going to be going for dialysis, and I said hey Barb, I'm going to try to drop by tonight or I'll talk to you later and that was it." It was January 31st, 2009 and it was the last time he spoke with her. Grimes was being transported home...

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What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death

February 26, 2011 Various things we can all learn from the Newport Beach bicycle accident causing a death with an alleged DUI. What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death. LOS ANGELES, CA, February 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. an innocent, 41 year old bicyclist was struck while riding his bicycle east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near Spyglass Road by a white Volkswagen Jetta. The bicycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. The driver of the injury causing Jetta, Danae...

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Yamaha Rhino ATV Wrongful Death Lawsuit Set For Trial Monday

A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old girl who died in a Yamaha Rhino ATV accident is scheduled to go to trial on Monday in Ohio. The Yamaha Rhino lawsuit was filed by the family of Ellie Sand, who died in October 2007 after she was thrown from one of the four wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Sand and her family were at a church picnic when the accident occurred. The lawsuit, brought by John and Tammie Sands names Yamaha, Clinton County Motor Sports and Let It Gro LLC as defendants. Shortly after the Yamaha Rhino ATV was introduced...

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Vs. AEG Can Proceed, Judge Rules – Music, Celebrity, Artist News

Katherine Jackson and family are pursuing a claim against concert promoter. By Gil Kaufman When he was alive, Michael Jackson was forever embroiled in a series of complex and expensive-sounding lawsuits. But even in death, the late King of Pop is the subject of major legal action. None could potentially be bigger than the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert promotion giant AEG Live. Reuters reported that a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday that the civil lawsuit can go forward. It will proceed in parallel with the criminal case against Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray,...

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City Slapped With Another Blizzageddon Wrongful Death Suit

Last month saw two wrongful death lawsuits against the city in regards to the December Blizzageddon and now we can add a third to the list. On the morning of Monday, December 27, 2010—the day after the worst of the blizzard—the son of Bed-Stuy resident Lillie Cockburn, 56, found his mother lying unconscious on the floor. He quickly got her back in bed and called 911, around 7 a.m., and waited for help. Nobody came. He tried again at 1 p.m. but again, no ambulance came. Finally a family member helped drive her to the hospital, it was too late....

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Hylla approves settlement of tow-truck wrongful death suit

2/24/2011 12:00 PM By Amelia Flood A woman's wrongful death suit filed over the deaths of her husband and infant son in a tow-truck accident is over. Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla entered the final approval of the confidential settlement between Jessica Legens, Regions Bank and all of the defendants in her 2008 suit on Feb. 15. Jessica Legens sued tow truck driver Mark Ikerman, his employer Mannheim Services Corporation, the owners of Sparky's Pub 397 and Mac & Mick's Sports Bar and Grill for damages in excess of $50,000. There was also a move to add punitive damages to the suit...

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$5 million awarded in wrongful death lawsuit

Steve Stout OSF St. Francis Healthcare Systems based in Peoria has agreed to a settlement of $5 million with the estate of Richard J. Berry of Streator relating to a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Berry's death in December, 2009. Circuit Judge Joseph Hettel approved the settlement and dismissed the case this week. On Dec. 16, 2009, Berry was driving his car north on Route 23 near the intersection of Route 17 about three miles south of Streator. The driver of a semi-trailer owned by the hospital, David DeFrance of Canton, was eastbound on Route 17 when he failed to stop at the...

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Judge Seeks Narrowing of Sept. 11 Wrongful Death Suit

A judge is urging lawyers in the June trial of the only wrongful death case remaining from the Sept. 11 attacks to see if they can trim the number of defendants, but one lawyer cited lingering questions over how weapons made it onto the plane as a reason why a Boston airport might need to remain in the case. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein during a pretrial hearing last Friday invited an airport security company and the Massachusetts Port Authority to submit written arguments if they want to be eliminated as defendants in a case brought by the family of Mark...

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Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home Neglect

February 4, 2011. By Brenda Craig Email to a friendEmail New York, NY: Families of nursing home residents need to be on guard says personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Paul Dansker. "There are a few basic problems that occur over and over again," says Dansker. "And those problems can be very, very dangerous." Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home NeglectAs Dansker points out, many times, nursing home residents are frequently unable or even afraid to speak out about problems in their facility, so family scrutiny is required at all times. Bedsores are never acceptable and it can indicate that proper...

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Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuits Have No Effect on Medical “Crisis”

The spreading of misinformation about tort reform continues unabated in public forums across the country. Things are no different in this part of the nation as some special interests continue to argue that certain types of legal cases, including Illinois nursing home lawsuits are causing a healthcare “crisis.” The only solution, say these proponents, is legislation that takes away the rights of negligence victims. The truth, however, shows that not only do medical malpractice cases have nothing to do with the issue, but there is no actual “crisis” at all. A guest editorial in the Belleville News Democrat recently explained the...

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The EEOC Is Dead Serious About Stamping Out Sexual Harassment

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making great inroads in stamping out sexual harassment in workplaces. “Sexual harassment is never acceptable in any form in the workplace. Anyone that feels they have been the victim of such inappropriate behavior needs to contact a highly trained Chicago employee litigation attorney to get to the bottom of the situation,” said Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer with, and owner of, The Coffey Law Office, P.C. While individual cases dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace seem to be more prevalent, they...

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Settlement reached in sexual harassment suit involving nightclub operator

By Steve Green (contact) Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 | 9:40 a.m. A settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the N9NE Group at the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, restaurateur Michael Morton and other officials who used to run the N9NE Group. Leslie Culler filed the suit in December in U.S. District Court for Nevada, charging she was wrongly fired as art director of the N9NE Group after complaining about the advances of male executives. Attorneys for Morton denied the allegations and a settlement was reached last week during a private "early neutral evaluation session" in the chambers of U.S. Magistrate...

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Chicago Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer

Nursing Homes in Illinois are governed by statute to require reasonable care for their residents. However, more and more, we see that residents suffer bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, or have fallen or been dropped while in a nursing home. If this has happened to you or a loved one, this may a violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. It may also be the result of insufficient staffing at the nursing home. Feel free to call my office for a free consultation. Chicago Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer ...

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Teenager Suffers Serious Personal Injury in Work Accident

A sixteen year old trainee suffered serious personal injury, when his arm became trapped inside a mincing machine during a horrific work accident. The trainee, who asked not to be named, was working for Malpass Direct Ltd, a meat processing firm based in Brighton, when his arm became trapped in the machine as he attempted to remove a blockage, during the preparation of sausage mix. The young man suffered serious bone damage and lost a significant amount of muscle from his left forearm, due to his injuries he has been left without movement in two of his fingers. via Teenager Suffers Serious Personal...

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Auto insurance: Address insurance fraud without harming PIP – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

By Rene Garcia As my fellow elected officials and I gear up for the legislative session, one issue that deserves some clarification is no-fault auto insurance coverage, also known as personal injury protection or PIP. We have 15 million-plus licensed drivers in Florida and almost as many registered motor vehicles. Each of those vehicles is required to have PIP coverage. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 235,000 traffic crashes in 2009. It's the big picture and certainly does not account for the percentage of these accidents that involve a PIP claim, nor does...

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Audience Members File Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Broadway’s Billy Elliot

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM Two audience members of the Broadway show "Billy Elliot" have filed a personal injury lawsuit after they were allegedly struck by a prop while sitting in the front row during a 2009 performance. According to The Associated Press, the two women from Kansas City Missouri, had to be hospitalized following the incident. WNYW reports that the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, claims the women were struck in the face by a plastic crate which may have slipped out of one of the performer's hands while on stage or was accidentally kicked into the seating area...

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Automaker Product Liability Lawsuit Over Seat Belts Can Proceed: Court

Published: February 28th, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs can pursue product liability lawsuits against automakers that used lap-only seatbelts, despite federal regulations designating the design as meeting minimum safety standards. The decision, handed down on February 23, will allow a wrongful death lawsuit against Mazda Motor Corp. to move forward, and could also open the door for personal injury lawsuits against other car manufacturers. The ruling may also impact other cases where manufacturers claim that they should be immune from liability because the design of their products met minimum federal safety standards in place at the time. via Automaker Product...

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3 of the Best Personal Injury Solicitors

If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor, you can find them online. To make it easier for you to choose I will give 3 of the best personal injury solicitor. You just have to pick which you think is the best. Fentons Solicitors LLP- is surely one of the country’s leading claimant personal injury solicitors. They recover tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation for accident victims every year. They have a good reputation by ensuring that personal injury claimants can certainly have justice with peace of mind and will not be out of money whether they win...

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Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks, Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Advises Owners

Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks, Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Advises Owners HOLLYWOOD, FL (AttorneyNewswire.com) — February 23, 2011 — Ford Motor Company has recalled a series of F-150 trucks due to the trucks’ airbag risk. Ford has recalled approximately 144,000 of the trucks. The trucks are being recalled from both Canada and the United States. Ford is recalling F-150′s from both the 2005 and 2006 model years. Apparently airbag wires in the steering wheels of the trucks have been short circuiting. The short circuiting has been causing the airbags in the trucks to deploy unexpectedly. In most cases, the airbags have been...

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Types of Personal Injury Claims

February 25, 2011 Personal injury is a large practice area encompassing a wide variety of claims, many of which overlap with other types of claims - such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, and workers' compensation. ORLANDO, FL, February 25, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Personal injury is a large practice area encompassing a wide variety of claims, many of which overlap with other types of claims - such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, and workers' compensation. When the parties responsible include large companies or government entities, obtaining the compensation you deserve can be a daunting process. Understanding the different types of personal injury claims can...

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Woman Dies in Dry Cleaning Accident in New York, Injury Lawyer Investigates

Summary: New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on a work accident at a dry cleaner that left a woman brain dead. Limin Min Huang was loading towels into an industrial steamer at the dry cleaner when her scarf got caught in the machine. She was crushed after the machine pulled her in. As reported by the New York Post, Huang, an employee of the dry cleaner for three years, was looking into the machine when the personal injury accident occurred. Apparently, the woman forgot she was wearing the loose fitting scarf. New York personal injury lawyer Perecman reminds people...

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