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nurse from lawsuit where Fired Gateway Regional Medical Center Employee Files Discrimination

There Is No Medical Malpractice Crisis In Madison County, Illinois

nurse from lawsuit where Fired Gateway Regional Medical Center Employee Files DiscriminationMadison County, Illinois, has been the subject of ridicule for a medical malpractice crisis. There is no crisis and never has been.

Over the past 10 years, there has been an average number of 5 medical malpractice cases each year that go to trial in Madison County, Illinois, and the significant majority of them result in verdicts for the physicians and hospitals. Unfortunately, this is far less than the perception of the public.

Why are there a limited number of medical malpractice cases filed? Under Illinois law, a case must be reviewed by a physician in the same field as the Defendant doctor or hospital, and this costs money – usually several thousand dollars. Most of the time, the review shows no malpractice – resulting in a loss to the client or attorney. In order to file suit, a physician’s affidavit explaining the malpractice must be attached to the complaint.

Once the claim is filed, the doctor or hospital will begin defending the case. The insurance companies for the doctors and hospitals normally have the case reviewed by a board of physicians, compred of 25 or more physicians. All of them will render an opinion as to whether or not there is malpractice and advise the insurance company of their opinions. Even if there is a consensus of malpractice, the physicians generally have the final say on whether or not to admit malpractice and pay the claim. They rarely do – sometimes out of ego.

For clients and Plaintiffs attorneys, the risk is great. The cost of hiring expert physicians is great, ranging between $20,000 and $50,000 to prosecute one case. A loss at trial means these costs will not be recovered.

Due to the risk and expense of these claims, small claims are cost prohibitive. Generally, there needs to be significant injury, such as a wrongful death, and clear liability. If liability is not clear, insurance companies will not pay. Moreover, juries will not find for a Plaintiff in a close case – they always side with the doctor or hospital.

For these reasons, no frivolous claims are made. Most personal injury attorneys will not handle this type of claim. Further, there are only a limited number of attorneys who can afford to prosecute this type of claim, and spend the significant time required to research the medicine and work with experts.

The fact of the matter is that medical errors occur in Madison County, Illinois, as well as across the country. The national trend of increasing deaths due to medical accidents is a fact. Hearst newspapers have recently reported that the rate of these deaths has increased since 1999. This figure is appalling.

The effect of malpractice on families can be great. Victims can be affected for the rest of their lives. Patients are entitled to good patient care, and medical malpractice claims keep physicians and hospitals in check.

One of the few firms that prosecutes these cases in Madison County, Illinois, and the St. Louis area is Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson of Alton, Illinois.

Currently, the firm has suits against local hospitals in Alton, Illinois and St Louis, Missouri, for medical mistakes that fall below the standard of care. One suit against St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Alton, is for allowing a patient to fall causing a brain injury and subsequent death. Another suit against Christian Northeast Hospital in St Louis, is for allowing a decubitus ulcer to form on a patient, also leading to the patient’s death. In another suit against Alton Multispecialists, a family has prosecuted a doctor for a baby delivery, which resulted in the infant suffering from shoulder dystocia….an injury to the nerves on the shoulder causing weakness and deformity to the arm.

If you or a loved one believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, please contact our office for a free consultation at 618-462-1077.

Collinsville Bus from law suit where Madison County Illinois Transit Bus Drives Into Home

Madison County Illinois Transit Bus Drives Into Home

Collinsville Bus from law suit where Madison County Illinois Transit Bus Drives Into HomeA home in Collinsville, Illinois woke up to a Madison County Transit bus crushing one side of the home this past Saturday just after midnight. As a result of the bus accident, the home has been designated as unsafe to inhabit.

Homeowner June Willeford was in her second-floor bedroom when the bus hit the house. She said that she next heard her son scream from the basement, and she ran downstairs to check on him. Then, she want back upstairs and out the front door and found the bus under her side porch. Amazingly, there were no personal injuries.

According to news reports, the bus veered off the street and drove through the parking lot at Thomas Brothers Automotive next door, then over a chain-linked fence before hitting a porch on the side of Willeford’s house. The homeowner has moved into a Drury Inn until the damage can be repaired. No investigative reports have been issued.

Madison County Transit is a publicly funded governmental organization that offers fixed bus routes and other services. Some of its buses will have up to 5 cameras running at all times that should depict more details of the accident.

The law firm of WWF&G handles personal injury claims resulting from driver negligence, and has handled several cases against Madison County Transit for negligence, including cases of drivers stopping too quickly and turning too quickly causing passenger injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact our firm at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077.

Madison County Illinois Nursing Home Worker Charged With Exploiting Resident

On Tuesday, a former nursing home worker was formally charged with financial exploitation. Authorities believe the employee of Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra Illinois may have made unauthorized purchases with a resident’s credit card and withdrawn money from their bank account.

The employee has been under investigation since December when she resigned from the nursing home. Prior to her resignation, she claimed to have medical conditions that had prompted both local residents and a local church to give her donations. Other employees found these claims suspicious and when confronted about them, the employee chose to resign.

Later in December, a resident discovered several expensive, unauthorized purchases had been made with their credit card. Detectives soon found that not only had the employee purchased furniture and a television with the credit card but she had also forged the resident’s signature to make withdrawals totaling close to $16,000 from several bank accounts.

The National Center on Elder Abuse has found that reports of abuse and exploitation have risen steadily over the last two decades. However, current estimates say that only 1 in 25 cases of financial exploitation are actually reported, suggesting there may be up to 5 million cases of financial abuse each year.

If you suspect that a loved one has been neglected at a nursing home, please call us for a free consultation at 618-426-1077. Someone needs to stand up for your loved one and, at WWF&G, we have valuable experience in nursing home neglect cases.

Madison County Illinois Creates Team to Investigate Elderly Neglect and Abuse

The Madison County Coroner’s office, headed by Stephen P. Noon, announced last week that it is establishing a multi-disciplinary team to help shed new light on the problem of elderly abuse. Comprised of members from law enforcement agencies, social services, law, and health care, the group is responsible for reviewing cases involving alleged exploitation, neglect or abuse of the elderly.

The coroner’s office believes there are two benefits to such a team: identifying trends and information about abuse as well as examining cases more effectively because of the varying backgrounds of the team members. This team is the first of its kind in the area, and only the second in the state of Illinois. With a large elderly population living in Madison County, it seemed like the ideal place for the next review team.

According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) elderly abuse can come in multiple forms. From physical abuse to psychological abuse, it is estimated that 4-6% of the elderly are abused nation wide.

If you suspect that a loved one has been neglected at a nursing home, please call us for a Free Consultation at 618-426-1077. At WWF&G, we have valuable experience in nursing home neglect cases, and aggressively pursue these cases on behalf of those injured. Our firm currently has numerous neglect claims pending, including cases involving bed sores, disabling injuries from falls, and other injuries from neglectful treatment.

spinning tire in lawsuit where Madison County Illinois Woman Resolves Negligence Suit Against Car Service

Madison County Illinois Woman Resolves Negligence Suit Against Car Service

spinning tire in lawsuit where Madison County Illinois Woman Resolves Negligence Suit Against Car ServiceA woman from Madison County, Illinois who sustained injuries due to a transportation company’s negligence has resolved her claim. She previously filed a personal injury lawsuit against Helping Hands Medical Service Car, Inc. alleging negligent transportation.

In February of 2008, the wheelchair-bound plaintiff used the services of Helping Hands for transportation purposes. She just had a knee replacement surgery, and was in a full leg cast. She hired Helping Hands to transport her to a follow up doctor’s visit.

Despite locking her wheelchair down, Helping Hands failed to secure her with a seatbelt. Seatbelts are required by Helping Hand’s written policies, but the driver failed to bring a seatbelt. The Plaintiff was assured that she would be okay, but at the very first stop light, the driver had to stop abruptly, causing the plaintiff to spill forward out of the wheelchair.

As a result, the accident did permanent damage to the plaintiff’s body, including a fracture of her femur bone. The accident caused the plaintiff pain and suffering and a great deal of medical expenses, for which she sought damages against Helping Hands.

According to the Illinois General Assembly, car services that transport disabled passengers are government-subsidized services. Such companies should be held to a higher standard as they use tax dollars and should provide quality, safe services to the people of Illinois. In fact, transportation services in Illinois are common carriers, and are held to the highest standard of care.

The attorneys of WWF&G are knowledgeable in prosecuting lawsuits against negligent entities responsible for these types of incidents.

Time limitations for such lawsuits should be taken into consideration. There is no reason to delay. Contact WWF&G for a free consultation from one of the St. Louis area’s top personal injury firms.

Slippery When Wet sign in Madison County Hospital lawsuit Accident

St. Clare’s Hospital Accident Leads to Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Slippery When Wet sign in Madison County Hospital lawsuit AccidentA woman visiting an Alton, Illinois hospital is suing the facility for failing to prevent slips and falls on their premises.

The plaintiff was visiting her husband at St. Clare’s Hospital on the day of the accident. She was caring for her husband, who was in outpatient care, when she slipped and fell on a dangerous condition. According to the Madison County Record, the accident broke a knee cap, a wrist and a rib.

The primary claims made in the case are that the owners failed to keep the hospital safe for patients and visitors, which has cost the plaintiff thousands of dollars in medical bills and undue stress. Her lawsuit was the last to be filed in Madison County for the year 2010.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, preventing slips and falls by reducing hospital hallway clutter and drying wet surfaces is important for maintaining a safe environment. At the very least, wet floor areas should be marked with signs. Spills can also lead to mold and bacteria growth, which contribute to hospital-associated infections.

At Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson, handling slip and fall cases is an everyday proposition. We understand the tremendous financial burden that accidents such as these have and are committed to earning the best possible recovery for our clients.

As noted on the law firm’s Results page, another Madison County, Illinois fall case resulted in a $125,000 settlement.

With decades of combined personal injury experience and a free consultation for any client, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact us today. We’re ready to help.

Walmart Added To Wrongful Death Suit In Madison County, Illinois

Walmart has been added as a defendant to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a pedestrian killed on Godfrey Rd. in Madison County, Illinois on December 27, 2008. A man walking down Godfrey Rd. was struck and killed by a GMC Safari. The driver left the scene in what appeared to be a hit and run accident, but he returned to the scene. During his deposition, he admitted to drinking alcohol which he believes he purchased at Walmart.

On December 17, 2009, Walmart was added as a dramshop defendant in this case. Illinois dramshop laws allow a recovery against the seller of alcohol when the alcohol sold contributes to an accident.

The claim was brought by the family of the decedent, who was survived by his wife and two children. The family is represented by Michael P. Glisson, of the law firm of WWF&G of Alton, Illinois. The claim will be set for case management after Walmart formally enters its appearance.

If you or a family member has been injured in an alcohol related accident, you should contact an Illinois personal injury attorney.

Madison County Illinois Slip And Fall Lawsuit Filed

A personal injury case brought against Dr. Michael Jones, Dr. John Kleinhoffer and Frey Properties was filed at the Madison County Circuit Court on Dec. 14. Geraldine Augustine claims she slipped and fell on ice outside her doctors’ office on December 17, 2007, in Highland Illinois. The office of Jones and Kleinhoffer was leased from Frey Properties.

The suit states that the doctors’ office did not provide a safe entry into their establishment during icy conditions which resulted in the plaintiffs injuries.   Augustine suffered from a torn rotator cuff in her left arm.    She also incurred medical, hospital, physical therapy, and pharmacy costs. Augustine is seeking a judgement of $225,000 plus costs in this case.

Something as simple as a freshly mopped floor or an unmaintained walkway can result in patients possibly getting seriously injured. Thousands of people are hurt in slip and fall accidents every year. Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe and should be held accountable if they fail to do so.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident please contact the attorneys at WWF&G, located at 603 Henry St. in Alton Illinois. (618) 462-1077. All attorneys are licensed in both Missouri and Illinois.