News from July 2017

West Suburban Medical, staff allegedly failed to treat woman's tumor, leading to death

By Louie Torres | Jul 1, 2017

A man is suing EPMG of Illinois LLC; VHS West Suburban Medical Center Inc.; Diversified Emergency Services LLC; and five members of staff, alleging an untreated medical condition led to his relative's death.

South Loop was negligent in failing to prevent woman's bedsores, suit alleges

By Louie Torres | Jul 1, 2017

The administrator of an estate is suing South Loop Skilled Nursing Facility LLC, South Loop Living & Rehab Center LLC and Warren Barr South Loop, alleging negligence.

Man says surgeon at Sinai Health made surgical mistake that caused injury

By Louie Torres | Jul 1, 2017

A man is suing Sinai Health System and Stephen R. Wise M.D. for allegations Wise botched a gastrointestinal surgery, causing the plaintiff pain and injury.

Patient claims doctor at Tinley Woods Surgery Center oversedated him

By Louie Torres | Jul 1, 2017

A man is suing Tinley Woods Surgery Center, which is also known as Advocate Southwest Ambulatory Surgery Center L.L.C., and Dr. Wilfred Boarden, claiming he was not sedated properly during surgery.

TCPA health care robocall exemption doesn't apply to health insurance sellers, judge says

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 3, 2017

A federal judge has cancelled a Delaware insurance marketer's attempt to dismiss a class-action complaint based on unwanted phone calls, saying, while federal law may allow robocalls relaying messages related to health care, that protection doesn't extend to selling health insurance products.

Judge clears diabetic ex-United flight attendant for new try at disability class action

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 3, 2017

A former United Airlines flight attendant will get another chance to press her class action lawsuit against her former employer, alleging the airline terminated her and other employees for missing work due to diabetes, claiming the condition is a disability and not merely a common illness.

Appeals panel: Oak Lawn can't nix injured firefighter's disability pension, though he took job in Texas

By Scott Holland | Jul 3, 2017

A state appeals court has sided with a Cook County judge who said a pension board was wrong to revoke disability pension payments to an Oak Lawn firefighter who had taken a job at a Texas fire department despite doctors’ assertions he had been permanently disabled in an accident more than a decade ago.

NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

By Dan Churney | Jul 4, 2017

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

Retailers could face new litigation threat, expenses under 'poorly written' Cook County 'soda tax' rules

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 5, 2017

Already facing a litany of potential litigation threats, retailers in Cook County could soon need to take steps to minimize a new threat, popping up thanks to what they call Cook County’s poorly written and potentially unlawful “soda tax.”

Woman claims Advocate Christ hospital responsible for injuries from slip caused by water

By Louie Torres | Jul 5, 2017

A Crestwood woman is suing Advocate Christ Medical Center, alleging negligence for a slip and fall she experienced while at the facility.

Catholic Bishop of Chicago sued for allegedly allowing priest's sexual abuse of child

By Louie Torres | Jul 5, 2017

A man is suing the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, alleging negligence for allowing him to be sexually abused by priest Walter Turlo.

Woman alleges Midwest Orthopaedics, Elmhurst responsible for nerve damage

By Louie Torres | Jul 5, 2017

A woman is suing David N. Garras M.D., Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush LLC and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Presence allegedly failed to prevent man's heart attack that caused disability

By Louie Torres | Jul 5, 2017

A woman is suing Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Presence Health Partners Services and Marian J. Kowalczyk M.D., alleging negligence for failing to treat her husband's heart condition.

Manorcare of Hinsdale nursing facility allegedly failed to address woman's risk for falls

By Louie Torres | Jul 5, 2017

A woman is suing Manorcare of Hinsdale, alleging negligence in treating a deceased family member.

US Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin land parcel regulation could have Illinois impact

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 5, 2017

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a Wisconsin state law allowing the state to combine adjacent parcels owned by the same party for regulatory purposes could mean major changes for property owners in Illinois, as well.

Intercontinental Hotels latest large employer tagged with class action over employee fingerprint use

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 6, 2017

The owners of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes the Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels brands, among others, have become the latest major Illinois employer to come under the sights of plaintiff employees who claim the business has wrongly collected and used employees’ fingerprints and other “biometric” data, in violation of a state privacy law.

Insurer: No duty to defend lawyer accused of missteps in $18M Rezko South Loop deal verdict

By Scott Holland | Jul 6, 2017

An insurance company wants a court to declare it free of obligation to defend a lawyer who stands accused of malpractice by an international real estate development group hit in 2015 with an $18 million jury award to an investor who claimed the group bilked him of millions in a deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko.

Family sues motorists for allegedly striking woman in fatal accident

By Louie Torres | Jul 6, 2017

The administrator for the estate of a woman who died after being struck by vehicle is suing motorists Carlos A. Castro-Caldera and Luis A. Hernandez Lopez for negligence and allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Suit alleges resident at Windsor Estates Nursing and Rehab developed pressure sores, other injuries

By Louie Torres | Jul 6, 2017

A man is suing Windsor Estates Nursing and Rehab on behalf of a patient, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries, liability and negligence.

Cook County man accuses City of Chicago and police officers of violating his civil rights

By Louie Torres | Jul 6, 2017

A Cook County man is suing the city of Chicago and at least four police officers, citing alleged negligence, tortious interference and violation of civil rights.

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