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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: My husband’s psychiatrist changed his meds around adding and taking away and changing doses all in less than a month. He

He began to exhibit strange behaviors that quickly advanced to seizure like shaking of his entire body then going completely limp and being non responsive. I took him to 1 hospital that said he was low on magnesium and sent him home. Took him to another and they did lots of tests and said it was... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Aug 31, 2023

First and foremost, it is essential for you to understand the anticipated effects and the potential side effects of your husband's medication. Psychotropic drugs, generally, have a host of very unpleasant, known side effects and many are prescribed as maintenance medication. Whether your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse for Illinois on
Q: My father passed away in March of 2022. He was at a skilled nursing facility. I ordered his medical records and found

Many errors and charting that looks as if it was copied. Wrong name listed on a record. Charting was done after my father passed as if they took care of him during that time. Wrong room numbers at times. Blood work reviewed by an LPN. Last wishes were not entered correctly in his chart so his DNR... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 18, 2023

Medical malpractice cases require the Health Care Provider to have done something wrong that led to harm. Doing wrong action is not enough. It must be proven, for example, the errors you outline caused or contributed to his death. You should review these facts with experienced medical malpractice... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Piece of foley balloon left inside of my bladder after I had my C-section in December 2021

Doctors thought it was a tumor from ultrasounds I had until I had my cystoscopy done, and we seen that it was part of the foley balloon. So it was in my bladder for thirteen months.

David Wolkowitz
David Wolkowitz
answered on Feb 15, 2023

You are of course correct if you think surgeons should not unintentionally lave items in your body after surgery. It sound like you might have a strong case for medical malpractice. However, consider that the amount of damages you might recover depends upon various factors, and is not clear cut.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: medical injury cannot find lawyer due to case won't net enough of money for their law firm any suggestions? arbitration?

i feel the doctor should be held accountable for causing me additional injury pain and suffering here in life!

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 18, 2022

I do not know anything about your situation. If a law firm has confirmed to you that the physician's actions constituted medical negligence, you can always file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. That is the State agency that licenses all... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Does a physician (me) have an obligation to report someone who lied on a DOT application and is an at risk CDL driver?

Patient presented for surgical clearance. Has diabetes-on insulin-self treats-with episodes of high/low sugars. He does not disclose on his DOT exams and adjusts his meds so that the urine testing is negative. As a CDL driver, he is obligated to report for safety reasons and he is not optimally... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 9, 2023

It is important for all medical providers have a health care attorney to advise them on the normal issues, such as this, that come up, day to day. If you work for a health care system or combined practice, they should have corporate counsel with whom you can confer. The consequences are too dire... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Doctor hit me during a procedure and tried it with the local anesthesia not working do I have legal action?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Apr 26, 2023

What is the procedure? What is the protocol for that procedure? Does your insurance require that the procedure be performed with a local? Was a local ineffective on you in the past? What harm, if any, did you suffer? General anesthesia carries many risks (including that you may not wake up)... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: What if after 10 years another Dr tells you that you had unnecessary surgery
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 22, 2023

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. No one here can say whether your surgery was unnecessary, or whether your situation is a matter of differing medical opinions. You'd need to consult with an Illinois med mal firm to discuss - a health care... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Thanks for reading! I'm wanting to know if I should speak to a lawyer about my father's care in a skilled nursing..

Facility. I ordered his chart after he passed away to see if any testing was done that could've provided treatment needed and found that the issue of a failing liver was not addressed with any of us and additional testing was never ordered. Upon request of myself the nursing home called 911... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 19, 2023

Yes you should Consult with experienced nursing home/medical malpractice attorneys in your state.

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: How can I find out if my lawyer cheated me out of my settlement money?

I sued Cook County-Stroger Hospital for an unnecessary operation.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 5, 2023

Ask the attorney for a detailed disbursal statement.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death for Illinois on
Q: I'm suing a nursing home for negligence and a hospital for negligence and wrongful death as in malpractice .

Because they were both at fault, do I have to sue them in the same case or separate cases

David Wolkowitz
David Wolkowitz
answered on Feb 18, 2023

You are going to need an Illinois personal injury lawyer and nursing home negligence lawyer to handle your case. You are involved in a complicated matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: APPEARANCE FILED - FEE PAID - (JURY DEMAND) What does this mean
Robert D. Kreisman
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Robert D. Kreisman
answered on Apr 15, 2021

This means that the defendant(s) has filed an appearance and a demand for jury trial. This filing would almost always be filed by the attorney(s) representing the defendant(s).

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Emergency Room Malpractice. How do I handle this?

On January 20th, 2021 I was experiencing a medical emergency. I had a severe abscess in my jaw that was causing extreme pain, my heart to race, body shakes and sweats and caused me to lose consciousness. I went to Thorek Emergency Room, there were no other people in the waiting room and no... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 19, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, a case based on medical malpractice would require showing a breach of a duty of care and injuries that ensue as a result. The level of care/level of medical-dental specialties required to be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Can dr be liable for a bad surgery

Had shoulder surgery and still having problems from it and I have a long painful scar and nerve damage now can the hospital be liable for my problems after surgery,loss of grip nerve pains from my shoulder to my hand

Robert D. Kreisman
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Robert D. Kreisman
answered on Oct 23, 2020

Much depends when, where, and most importantly whether your nerve damage was caused by a deviation from the standard of care during this surgery. It's impossible to know the answer to the last point without a thorough review of your hospital records, your operative report, and post-operative care.

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I was wondering if I had a malpractice lawsuit to go on. My dentist preformed surgery on my tooth wrong
John S. Fotopoulos
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John S. Fotopoulos
answered on Aug 2, 2020

Whether or not the dentist deviated from the standard of care is a complicated issue. Please feel free to contact me to discuss the facts of your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I was curious if have a case. When I had my daughter last year I had an epidural which caused a spinal headache.

The day after my delivery I received a blood patch and the anesthesiologist that preformed the procedure was off. He didn't want to do, he was not very present while doing it, said he'd be back in 20 minutes but didn't come back for a couple hours and didn't really care that I... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 16, 2020

An Illinois attorney could advise best on this, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could contact Illinois med mal attorneys to see if they would offer a free initial consult. If an attorney felt that you might have the grounds for a claim, they could request your records and review... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Medical related, is this a case?

High risk relative was in hospital for almost a month. Had right leg amputated from infection, but still wasn’t leaving hospital anytime soon. Was given drugs several times a day. At night he coded after being given drugs but wasn’t hooked up to any machines. (Don’t know why, he was on... View More

Robert D. Kreisman
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Robert D. Kreisman
answered on Mar 8, 2020

It could be a case, but like all potential medical negligence cases in Illinois, the entire hospital and medical charts would have to be reviewed. A doctor practicing in the same or similar practice of medicine as those who may be negligent would have to be able to author a certificate of merit... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Can I sue a doctor for giving me a topical steroid that left me with stretchmarks/scars in my groin area?

He did not mention the side effects and they weren't on the cream tube.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 16, 2020

An attorney would need more information to answer your question. Maybe the most logical place to start would be to discuss the matter with an Illinois medical malpractice attorney. It would hinge upon whether the doctor's conduct amounted to breach of a medical duty. That's something that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Paying MDs as 1099s - Is this Corporate Practice of Medicine?

Hi There,

We are a Not For Profit Corporation, and we pay for patient medical expenses when they require financial assistance. We do not advise them on treatment, provide facilities to MDs, direct / employ MDs, or share profits with MDs. We simply pay patient Invoices when they are unable... View More

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 29, 2020

I'm not sure which 1099 form you're looking at, but it's probably the wrong one. This shouldn't be a contractor expense for you since the medical professionals do not contract with you -- rather, they contract with your patients.

With no more information than you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: My wife has been sick after her bariatric bypass surgery.

She is suffering from chronic pain under her right ribs nearly a year. She was hospitalized earlier this year for a week with absolutely NO results or explanations. She has recently undergone an upper endoscopy and still no answers or results. To add insult to injury, her boss is stopping her... View More

Robert D. Kreisman
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Robert D. Kreisman
answered on Oct 18, 2019

I can understand your frustration. Diagnosis and treatment is critical. I would search for another medical specialist to investigate your wife's ailment as soon as practicable. It seems very strange given all of the uncomfortable testing, hospital stays that your wife has undergone that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Last summer I got injections to shrink a keloid that isn’t directly on the center of my chest, just below the collarBone

The injections were suppose to shrink the Benign (according to my dermatologist) keloid and instead of it shrinking it grew. I decided to not go back and I just felt that I was paying for the complete opposite of what I asked for. What do I do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 29, 2019

If you are contemplating a claim, you could consult with an Illinois attorney about your matter. If the firm wanted to investigate the matter further, they could request the medical file and review it. It's a personal decision whether to explore a claim, or to try to find out why the keloid... View More

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