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Bradley Cosgrove Interviewed by LB Network on $14M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical Malpractice Attorney, Bradley M. Cosgrove of Clifford Law Offices was recently interviewed by the LB Network. Watch Cosgrove in the featured video (above) speak about his successful trial that awarded $14M to Mariola Zapalski, 37-year-old woman who suffered a debilitating stroke within less than two weeks after a doctor negligently prescribed her Yasmin Birth Control. For more information on Bradley Cosgrove or the Chicago based Clifford Law Offices visit: www.CliffordLaw.com

Clifford Law's Communications Partner Profiled in Medill Magazine

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, was profiled for her nearly quarter-of-a-century career at a nationally recognized personal injury and wrongful death law firm in Chicago. Written by freelance writer and editor, K. Aleisha Fetters, the full-page profile appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the magazine that is distributed quarterly to Medill alumni. To read the article titled "Journalist. Attorney. She's Both." in it's entirety, click here.

Robert A. Clifford Speaks Up About Bankrolling Judicial Elections

Robert A. Clifford wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune titled, "Who Banksrolls the Supreme Court?" The respected Chicago lawyer discussed the topic of bankrolling judicial elections in Illinois. He expressed that voters should be able to know all of the facts, including full disclosures of the donors who donate to the judges' campaigns.

Recent Study Finds Disturbing News on Surgical Infection Rates

Surgical rooms' sterile environments are being contaminated by air-borne pathogens, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Hospital Infection. Forced-air patient warning systems appear to be presenting a problem that may have previously gone overlooked, according to the study. For example, at least three orthopedic-implant patients have sued 3M for its market-dominating Bair Hugger after these patients suffered deep-joint infections in cases that were previously rejected for lack of proof of causation, according to Stop Surgical Infections, a group dedicated to educating healthcare professionals about the risks and consequences of surgical infections. The article, "Infection Control Hazards Associated with the Use of Forced-air Warning in Operating Theatres," appears in the Aug. 26, 2014 issue of the Journal. The authors summarized the findings of 10 peer-reviewed studies regarding infection rates of forced-air warnings and found that one study showed a three-fold decrease in deep joint infections when air-free warnings were used. Another study showed a 217,000 percent increase in contamination over the wound site when the forced-air warning was used. Another study reported 96 percent of the systems emitted "significant levels of contaminants." One patient reportedly created a website to warn people of these dangers: http://www.rosiesdream.com/blog. In that blog, she writes about envisioning a world without the deadly virus MRSA.

After Change of Mind, Federal Regulators Will Release Hospital Mistake Records

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) apparently have backtracked on its earlier decision to stop publicly reporting incidents of life-threatening mistakes made by hospitals in their course of treating patients, according to a story that appeared in USA Today ("Feds reverse course, will release hospital mistake data," Sept. 7, 2014).   Federal regulators will resume releasing such data, including mishaps such as leaving foreign objects in patients' bodies following surgical procedures and misreading of a patients' blood types, the USA Today reported.  Jane O'Donnell for USA Today also reported that a source informed them that the data is not expected to be available until later this year. Hospital officials have publicly condemned the release of such data because some incidents, particularly objects left in patient's bodies, reportedly happen so infrequently that the information is thought not to be dependable. However, these institutions have faced growing pressure to be more transparent about safety and pricing, particularly because the health care industry is so complex for most consumers, USA Today reported. The data will be of particular use for safety ratings' websites and researchers, according to the USA Today article.

Pam Menaker Pens Article on Unconstitutional Caps in Med Mal Cases in Florida

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices and Associate Editor of the American Bar Association Litigation News, authored an article on a recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court that held caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional. In Estate of Michelle Evette McCall v. United States, the decision by the highest court in Florida makes it the eighth state in the country to strike down statutorily enacted medical malpractice damage caps involving wrongful death cases. Illinois is also among those states, according to the American Association of Justice (AAJ). Attorneys are at odds if the McCall decision will apply to med mal cases involving personal injury. In the article that appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Litigation News, Clifford Law Offices' lead medical malpractice partner and Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, Keith A. Hebeisen, was quoted as saying, "'Victims of medical malpractice have a right to have liability and damages determined by a jury of their peers - not by an arbitrary cap determined by a politicized legislature." To view the entire article, click here.

Robert A. Clifford Writes Article Questioning "Early Offer" Programs

Robert A. Clifford, Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices and monthly columnist for the Chicago Lawyer magazine, wrote his October, 2012 column entitled "Granite State, Granite Heart." In the article, Clifford explains the dangers that come with a new medical malpractice law recently passed by the New Hampshire state legislature. In 2012, New Hampshire became the first state to approve what is known as an "early offer program" pertaining to medical malpractice litigation. Under this type of program, injured patients are allowed to recover only economic damages, such as those for lost wages and medical bill expenses, while noneconomic damages are disallowed. While New Hampshire justifies this loss of rights by claiming that the program "fast tracks" medical malpractice litigation, Clifford warns that injured persons are essentially being bribed into accepting smaller compensation solely because it will come to them sooner. To read Robert Clifford's complete article on the new medical malpractice laws in New Hampshire, click here.

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