Julian Bailes, M.D., a local researcher and physician at Evanston’s NorthShore University HealthSystem, believes he has, alongside a team of researchers including Bennet Omalu, M.D. (portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 biopic, Concussion), identified signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in medical imaging scans of living patients.  The recent findings center around a study of former NFL players that was conducted by the research team in 2013. 

Advocates for changing how claims are filed and the limits on damages awarded, also known as tort reformers, have put forth the idea that medical malpractice lawsuits have created a phenomenon referred to as “defensive medicine.” The idea is that healthcare practitioners, especially emergency room physicians, fear that they may be sued if they miss something with a patient.

You become ill, or are injured, and seek medical treatment. Following the treatment, you either do not feel better or things gets worse. Do you have a medical malpractice case? The answer to that question is complicated. If you think you or someone you love may have been the victim of medical malpractice, the best thing to do is consult an attorney.

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