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August 2019 Archives

Supreme Court to rule on LGBTQ workplace rights

The protections provided for same-sex marriage have not necessarily meant that there are workplace safeguards for a person's sexual orientation or gender identity in this country. The US Supreme Court will make a major employment law ruling on whether federal civil rights workplace protections apply to members of the LGBTQ community.

Complex regional pain syndrome can be devastating to patients

There are many long-term issues that can come with various injuries. For some people, living with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is possible. This condition has to do with damage to, or a malfunction of, the central nervous system or the peripheral nervous system.

Pub fights lawsuit for patron's death

Business owners, particularly restaurants and bars, have a duty to protect their customers and other people against harm from other patrons. In one case, the family of a homicide victim outside a bar filed a personal injury lawsuit against that establishment for failing to meet this legal responsibility.

New sexual harassment law takes effect in Illinois

Workers in Illinois had insufficient protections or recourse against sexual harassment in the workplace. But a recently-passed bill strengthened the state's employment law by requiring annual sexual harassment training, restricting arbitration clauses and adding additional protections for consultants and contractors.

Illinois law prevents pay history questions

A job applicant's pay history often restricted wage increases for new employees and led to wage inequality based upon gender. A new Illinois law will prevent employers from asking job applicants or their former employers about their salary history. It is hoped that this employment law will prevent a form of wage sex discrimination.

Misdiagnosis is leading culprit of malpractice actions

Medical negligence has many causes. For instance, inaccurate or delayed diagnosis was alleged in 34 percent of medical malpractice claims where a patient died or received serious disability. This information, contained in a peer-reviewed paper published in the July 11 edition of Diagnosis, also showed that diagnosis errors were involved in 28 percent of payouts in these personal injury claims.

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