Three Cheers For The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act

It’s not likely to pass, but in the spirit of “hope” and because we just plain think it’s a great idea, we’re writing about the Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act, which promises a few radical changes to current bankruptcy law: 1. Discharge student loans: Let people with more than $10,000 in medical bills in the prior three years before filing bankruptcy also discharge their student loans. 2. …

Construction workplace injury sends one man to the hospital

When Chicago parents send their kids off to play they encourage the youngsters to stay in pairs or groups with other children. There is a certain level of safety that comes with being with others and friends can keep watchful eyes on each other to prevent disasters from happening. Many employers ask that workers engage in similar behaviors and that the workers stay with others when completing dangerous tasks. …

High court rules warrants necessary to search cellphones

Though at one time a novelty, few people who reside in the Chicago area would dream of going anywhere without their cellphone. In addition to being a telephone, the device’s other capabilities make them a necessity for many. In fact, many would be lost without their phones because of all of the information they contain including schedules, contacts, photos, text messages and access to the Internet and email. …

Filmmakers say not guilty to manslaughter in wrongful death case

Losing a loved one is never easy to cope with, but sometimes, it seems like an actual crime that demands some form of punishment. This is how the family of a young woman killed during the making of a film may feel, particularly in light of the horrendous nature of her death. The family is pursuing a wrongful death claim naming several parties. …

Lawsuit filed after team exercise becomes workplace accident

Earlier this month, a man filed a workplace injuries lawsuit after 2012 incident in which he says he suffered a fall during a mandatory training workshop. The lawsuit, filed in DuPage County, alleges that the plaintiff was asked to participate in a workplace exercise that was originally designed to foster mutual respect, understanding and empathy between the employees at a fire safety company located in Addison, Illinois. The lawsuit names a third-party business consultant as a co-defendant in facilitating what the plaintiff says is an incident that caused him mental and physical pain and suffering after he fell to the floor and injured his knees to the point where he required surgery. …

Happy Birthday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Three years of standing up for consumers, wrote Chris Vaeth, who explained on Monday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, opened for business three years ago. “Since then,” Vaeth wrote, “we’ve used a range of tools in our toolbox to protect consumers: writing rules of the road, supervising and enforcing those rules, responding to consumer complaints, and much more.” According to the infographic on Vaeth’s post, over the past three years the CFPB has gotten back over $4.6 billion to consumers who were harmed by wrongdoers and unethical businesses, including those that perpetrate unfair and abusive debt collection practices. All this done by a federal agency that faced considerable political opposition when it first formed, including trouble getting a leader appointed and ongoing effort to block would-be interim director Elizabeth Warren from taking up the leadership mantle, in an effort to prevent the CFPB from starting its work in writing rules to regulate the financial industry. …

Failure to diagnose cancer causes delay in treatment

When a person feels sick, it is recommended by health professionals to not take over the counter medicines and instead visit a doctor. This is done by people in Illinois with the firm belief that the doctor will be able to correctly diagnose their illness, help the patient get correct treatment on time, and ultimately stop the disease or infection from spreading; sometimes though, the doctor may fail to properly diagnose the medical condition. This happened in a case where the parents of a boy who was suffering from a fever took him to a hospital in Illinois. …