The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision to not hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital vicariously liable for alleged malpractice committed by doctors from an independent clinic could have far-reaching implications for hospitals in the state, making it harder for trial lawyers to loop hospitals into some medical malpractice lawsuits.
A majority of the state’s highest court has rejected a woman’s attempt to hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital responsible for alleged mistakes made by medical professionals employed by a federally funded health clinic which led to the premature birth of her child, saying the case asks the court to expand Illinois case law on the question of so-called “vicarious liability” for hospitals.
A woman is suing Dr. Alissa Carlson, Dr. Kate McKenney, Erie Family Health Center Inc., the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Adria Mora and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.
A Chicago appellate court has tossed a Cook County judge's “unreasonable” decision to grant a new trial for a plaintiff in a malpractice suit, saying the trial judge was wrong to declare the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation had failed to furnish home health care records to the plaintiff, as justices said Northwestern didn't hide the records and plaintiff had access to them anyway.
An estate administrator is suing Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and doctors James Flaherty, Hyde Russell and Jose Chavez for alleged negligence and for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.
In September, the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in 16 cases, including to resolve questions of whether hospitals can be held liable for malpractice at other clinics; whether plaintiffs can add wrongful death claims to medical negligence lawsuits outside the statute of repose; and whether the Chicago Park District can be sued by a bicyclist who fell over a crack in the Lakefront Trail.
A woman's family is suing Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for alleged negligence and for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.