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Bariatric Surgery Negligence
Category:Medical Malpractice
Weight loss surgeries have increased dramatically in recent years as procedures have been developed that are safer and pose fewer risks of complication.  Not unexpectedly, as procedures rise, so do lawsuits for sagging skin, a common and unsatisfactory result of the surgery and subsequent rapid weight loss. Patients who undergo these procedures tend to loose large amount of weight very rapidly, and they’re much more likely to experience excess skin sagging underneath their clothing. With more gradual weight loss from diet and exercise, the skin’s elasticity can snap back into pl...
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Oxycontin lawsuits
Category:Medical Malpractice
Follow the Money Our country is in the midst of a prescription drug epidemic that was in no small part the work of the pharmaceutical industry, sending reps to visit doctors’ offices throughout the country to push for use of opiates for non-cancer chronic pain. Opioids are potent analgesics that are widely accepted as appropriate therapy for moderate to severe pain associated with cancer and other serious illnesses. Chronic pain generally refers to pain that has persisted three months after the usual healing time of an acute injury, recurrent pain over a period of months, or p...
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National Center for Victims of Crime
Category:Crime Victims
Passen Law Group regularly represents victims of crime, such as sexual abuse, in civil actions against the perpetrators or entities whose negligence made the crime possible.  Often, crime victims are unaware that they may be able pursue a civil cause of action against those individuals and corporations responsible.   Therefore, in November Stephen Passen and Matthew Passen recently presented to a group of approximately 130 "victim advocates" working in law enforcement, prosecutors offices,  and crime victim organizations to train them on the topic of “Civil Remedies...
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PBS
Category:Articles
Matthew Passen recently appeared on PBS's "Justice & Law Weekly" to discuss his adoption of the "End Distracted Driving" public service initiative as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.  The program involves attorney-volunteers visiting high schools across Chicagoland to discuss the dangers of distracted driving.   Watch the interview below:   ...
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workplace burn injuries
Category:Burn Injury
Passen Law Group recently secured a substantial multi-million dollar jury verdict against a chemical company for severe burn injuries sustained by a man in a household explosion.   Severe burn injuries also often arise in  the workplace.   Burns can result from injuries sustained in various differing occupations in which an individual is exposed to an environment in which there are volatile or flammable chemicals in use such as in a factory. Electrical burns may occur in areas of “live” electrical wires such as construction sites where currents are improperly protect...
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40UnderFortyLawBulletin
Category:Articles
Matthew Passen was named one of the top "40 Under 40" lawyers in Illinois by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Lawyer magazine, and several other legal publications.   Passen was nominated by several defense lawyers who have opposed him personal injury or wrongful death cases.  He was also nominated by several judges who have observed Passen in court and were impressed by his skills and conduct.   [pullquote]"I am humbled by my selection to this distinguished list of attorneys, and by the kind words of th...
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TBI Basics
Category:Brain Injury Law
We often represent adults and children who have sustained severe head trauma -- in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and other scenarios -- resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Simply put, TBI is an injury to the brain that occurs after some form of trauma.   Classifications of Traumatic Brain Injuries   Traumatic brain injuries are often classified as mild, moderate or severe.  Mild TBI or concussion is the most common.  The name "mild" is misleading -- mild TBIs can result in permanent and debilitating injury.  The classifications are typically based o...
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degloving injury management
Category:Personal Injury Law
  One of the most gruesome and devastating types of traumatic injuries a person can undergo is a degloving injury.  Indeed, we had a difficult time finding an image to assign to this article, for fear that any image of a degloving injury would be too gruesome for our readers.  In our law practice, we most often see these types of injuries after a high speed car crash or workplace accident.   What are Degloving Injuries? The term degloving injury earned its name for the type of injury that results when a hand is "degloved" -- meaning the skin is completely pulled...
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