January 2020
A Valuable Lesson

The illustration and the story below is the perfect example of why a different perspective can go a long way in your relationships.

The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.

The woman thinks: “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!”

The man thinks: “I am in so much pain! Yet I’m still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a little harder!?”
The moral of this story — you can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in.

This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings or friends, we should try to understand each other. Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. A little thought and patience goes a long way. 

Be kind to people. Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle.
From all of us at Lane & Lane, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020! And, of course, we hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.
Stephen I. Lane
Managing Partner
312-332-1400 - office
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else."
Margaret Mead
A 63-year-old man went to the emergency room of a Chicago-area hospital for abdominal pain and was admitted. He was diagnosed with hepatitis and a common bile duct obstruction. The following day, an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedure was performed. An ERCP enables doctors to examine pancreatic and bile ducts using an endoscope placed in the mouth and into the stomach and the duodenum of the small intestine. 
During the course of the procedure, the patient suffered severe, extensive deprivation of oxygen to the brain, causing brain damage, and he became comatose. He remained in a coma until he died nearly five months later. His wife reached out to Lane & Lane Partner Scott Lane, who, about 10 years earlier, handled a personal injury case for her husband. (As a pedestrian, her husband had been struck by a car and was badly injured.) 

After we obtained and reviewed all of the relevant medical records, and after experts confirmed that malpractice had occurred, we filed suit on behalf of the patient’s family. We alleged that the hospital, through its medical personnel, was negligent and that its negligence caused the death of this patient, who was both a husband and a father.  
What Went Wrong 

There were a number of negligent acts that occurred during the treatment of the patient that led to his death. They included:

  • The medical personnel did not properly monitor the patient’s ventilation/oxygenation and vitals. 

  • Once inadequate ventilation/oxygenation occurred, the medical team failed to recognize this serious issue and failed to intervene in a timely manner. 

  • The hospital did not provide an appropriate room for the medical procedure. The room did not have proper equipment for monitoring the patient's condition, nor was resuscitative equipment available in case of an emergency.

As a result of the combination of these acts and omissions, when intervention and resuscitation became necessary, the medical team failed to treat the patient in a timely manner. This resulted in his profound irreversible brain damage and, months later, death.  
How We Helped 

The patient was survived by his wife of many years, and his son, a minor at the time. We filed a medical malpractice lawsuit with counts brought pursuant to the Wrongful Death and Survival Acts. The Wrongful Death Act count sought compensation to the victim’s family for the loss of him as a husband and father. The Survival Act count sought compensation to the patient's estate for the pain, disability, medical bills, wage loss, etc., that he sustained prior to his death. 

We settled the case on both counts for a significant, confidential amount, which will help provide for the family's future. The settlement was recently approved by the court.
Icy Conditions are Coming — Don't Be a Meme!
You’ve probably seen the viral videos: The woman who brags about jogging in wintry conditions and then falls on her behind. The man who slides all the way down his driveway into the street. It’s all fun and games… until it happens to you. 

Whether you live or work in the suburbs or the city, you’re going to have to navigate icy walkways this winter. So, what can you do to safely walk on ice and minimize the risk of falling?
Remember The Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady wins the race. Give yourself extra time and assume that there won’t be a clear path for walking. Stay on designated walkways and don’t try to take shortcuts over snow piles or other treacherous areas. If a spot seems dicey, take shorter steps or shuffle your feet. Bend slightly forward and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet. Don’t worry about how you look — walk like a penguin! Shuffling helps keep your weight in a straight-down stance, allowing your feet to carry your weight carefully and minimize slipping.

Keep your hands out of your pockets, look ahead, and don’t text or read while walking. Be prepared to fall, and if you do, try to fall on your thighs, hips, or shoulders. Don’t try to brace yourself with your arms, and do all you can to avoid hitting your head.

Be aware of the temperatures . Ice is slipperier when it's melting. But all ice is slippery, so be mindful of the surface you're walking on. Avoid slopes whenever possible — gravity always wins. If you have to navigate icy stairs, always use handrails and try to keep your center of gravity over your support leg. 

Make sure you’re wearing shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Footwear made of rubber and neoprene composite provide better traction than plastic and leather soles. Wear flat-soled shoes and avoid heels. And check out products like Yaktrax that have abrasive soles or cleats that provide special traction if you have to walk a long distance on snow and ice. (Just be sure you take them off when you walk into a building!)
Magician Trent James at Chicago Magic Lounge for 21+ or 16+ with a legal guardian. Jan 22-25.

First Bites Bash kicks off Restaurant Week featuring samples from 70 restaurants. Bring ID (cocktails and beer). Field Museum. January 23.

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo offers seminars, fishing boats, and supplies. Schaumburg Convention Center. January 23-26.

SoxFest features former Sox stars and the current team. Interactive spaces, autograph sessions, Q&A seminars and more. McCormick Place West. January 24-25.

Global Connections: Chinese New Year features performances of lion dancing, martial arts, drumming, traditional dance and music. Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Free. January 25.

19th annual Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach followed by after party at Moe's Cantina River North. March 1.

Winter Brew is a beer fest featuring local brew and food. Dank Haus. Age 21+. January 25.

Johnny Cash Festival Cash for Kids is a fundraiser for kids' athletics at the Irish American Heritage Center featuring local bands on two stages. Food and beverages sold separately. January 25.

11th Annual Eisenopoly features an open bar with cocktails, appetizers and live music. Revel Fulton Market. Supports cancer research. January 31.

Chicago Motorcycle Show & Parts Swap features bikes, parts, demonstrations, food, beer and live music. Tinley Park Convention Center. January 31-February 1.
Annual 1950s party supporting the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation. Open premium bar, gourmet food from 100 food stations, a chocolate extravaganza, a cowboy fashion show, band, DJs and more. The Palmer House Hilton. February 1. General admission $195.

Chicago Indie Wed features 70 businesses offerings handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings. Ravenswood Event Center. February 1.

Riverdance at Cadillac Palace Theatre is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance. February 4-9.

See 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden. February 8-March 22.

Chicago Auto Show features nearly 1,000 new vehicles. McCormick Place. February 8-17 (preview is February 7).

Chicago Pizza Party includes $2 pizza from 20 restaurants, beer, wine, games and DJ music. Ravenswood Event Center. $20 cover charge. Age 21+. February 9.

Chicago RV & Camping Show features 400 recreational vehicles from 20 dealers at the Rosemont Convention Center. February 13-16.

Capricon celebrates fantasy and science fiction in art, music, games, theater and film. Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. February 13-16.

Chicago International Salsa Congress includes workshops, performances, live music and vendors celebrating Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance. The Westin O'Hare. February 20-23.

BeadQuest is an annual event for 21+. Get a t-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars. Wrigleyville. February 22.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by someone else's negligence or fault,
and you're ready to take action to obtain justice - the full, fair and complete compensation you deserve - please contact our Chicago-based personal injury law firm today.
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