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Nursing home neglect case filed against Cook County nursing home

A nursing home is supposed to be a safe place for the residents. It is assumed that those residents will get the proper care from the nursing home staff. However, when that is not the case and nursing home neglect causes the elderly loved one to pass away, it can be devastating. In a recent incident, a Chicago family sued a Cook County nursing home for nursing home neglect.

According to a petition filed by the Chicago resident, his 53-year-old wife developed bedsores, fractured her knee without an explanation by the nursing home and ultimately died due to nursing home neglect. The woman was admitted to the nursing home in 2011 because she had multiple sclerosis. She required the support of constant medical treatment because of her disease. A medical plan was put in place, but ultimately there was no reasonable standard of care.

Some basic measures that can help prevent medical negligence

Chicago residents probably know that the misdiagnosis of a medical condition can be costly and extremely traumatic. Similarly, medication, anesthesia or surgical errors can also have serious consequences. Such errors often occur due to a healthcare provider's negligence. While victims of such incidents have the option of suing, it is wise to try to prevent such incidents in the first place. After all, prevention is a better option than a cure, if a person is given a choice.

According to a report published by the Institute of Medicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in American hospitals every year because of lapses in patient safety. That is a startling number, and therefore the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in association with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, came up with five basic safety measures to prevent such incidents of medical negligence.

  • First of all, a patient and that patient's family members must resolve all doubts with their doctor and nurses during the treatment. It is advisable for the patient to speak with a familiar doctor. That doctor should be well acquainted with the treatment plan.
  • For medications, the patient should inform the doctor in advance about all medications. Additionally, it is important to inform the doctor about drug allergies. When being prescribed new medications, the patient should ask about the possible side effects and make sure that the patient buys exactly what the doctor prescribed.
  • It is also important to obtain and understand all test and medical procedure results. If there are any doubts, those doubts should be resolved quickly.
  • If the treatment requires a hospital stay, the doctor should advise the patient about the best hospital for that particular treatment. When leaving the hospital, it is important for the patient to thoroughly understand the follow-up care plan.
  • In the event of surgery, it is important to ensure that all doctors and surgeons attending to the patient agree on the surgical procedure. It is also important that the patient resolve all doubts about that procedure, including what is supposed to be done and how long the procedure should take.

OSHA fines Illinois scrap metal company for violating rules

Manufacturing and construction worksites are typically hazardous environments. Heavy machinery and equipment, ladders and other dangerous tools may make these kinds of work sites potentially dangerous work zones. If any worker is injured in a workplace accident, Illinois law requires that the company responsible for the injuries provide workers' compensation. However, employers in this situation may be subject to government-imposed fines, as well.

In a recent incident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked an Illinois-based metal recycling company to pay more than $350,000 for repeated violations that it discovered over the last several months. Five violations were said to be willful and nine violations were regarded as serious. OSHA had conducted an investigation into the company's facilities in two Illinois locations a few months ago.

Star safety ratings provide information about crash protection

Residents of Chicago, Illinois, may know from experience that all vehicles destined for sale in the United States are required to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards. Failure to meet these safety standards can result in product liability claims. If a claim is successful, the automobile manufacturer is held responsible for the consequences.

In addition, a defective car manufacturer also may be liable to pay damages under consumer product liability laws due to injuries received in a car accident caused by a dangerous and defective part of a car. If a consumer cannot ascertain how safe a particular product is until he or she drives it, automobile safety ratings provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, under the New Car Assessment Program, or NCAP, can help.

Nursing home abuse often calls for remedial action

Residents of Chicago, Illinois, want their elderly loved ones to be safe. Many elderly loved ones need to live in nursing homes so that they get the proper care that they need.

Although nursing homes aim to protect the residents, nursing home abuse and deaths are not uncommon in Illinois and in the rest of the United States. Since the elderly are often more vulnerable than younger people, they may not speak about the neglect and abuse.

Social media may influence health care decisions in Chicago

Many Chicago residents are active on social media and know that products and services are often the subject of social media ratings. The growing popularity of social media is becoming an important link of communication between business and the general public and is forcing many businesses to have a significant presence on social media to reach out to consumers.

In late 2013, Facebook started giving an option for organizations to allow users to give ratings ranging from one to five stars on their official Facebook pages. Since then, various organizations, including hospitals, have allowed it. Now a study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that hospital ratings on Facebook appear to reflect the current quality of health care.

Caveat emptor: safe shopping for consumer safety

Caveat emptor is one of the basic principles of tort law in product liability lawsuits. Loosely translated caveat emptor means buyers beware. Thus under this principle the buyer or consumer of the product is presumed to have basic knowledge of the product he or she proposes to purchase. However, the basic tragedy remains that many Illinois residents are not able to fully understand this concept.

There have been numerous products liability lawsuits in Illinois. Tragically, one of the most vulnerable classes of product liability cases has been about children's toys. Many children's toys have been recalled in the past few years due to inherent faults in them. Consumer safety thus becomes a major cause of concern for Illinois residents.

Women workers and construction worksite safety in Illinois

Construction sites are inherently dangerous working environments. Construction sites have heavy equipment and machinery, ladders and other working tools that may provide a risk to the safety of construction workers. State law in Illinois allows for worker's compensation for all work-related accidents and injuries suffered by employees.

As time goes on, an increasing number of woman are joining the Illinois workforce. The same gender increase has been reflected on construction sites, which report growth of more than 81percent in the number of female workers in the construction industry. Keeping construction sites safe is a basic and mandatory requirement by law assigned to the construction site employers in order to prevent construction accidents.

Lawyers championing products liability lawsuits in Illinois

Under Illinois law, if dangerous or defective products are manufactured and sold, the company who manufactured the products may be liable for any injuries caused by the products. Products liability lawsuits are based on the common law principle of negligence. The attorneys at Healy Scanlon Law Firm have had decades of experience in defending the rights of products liability victims in the state.

One of the major determinants in deciding products liability lawsuits is whether the product was actually defective or damaged. Furthermore, the petitioner must have suffered an injury due to the defect in the product. Product liability may also extend to products that do not have sufficient warnings on the labels informing the consumers about allergens or any other dangers.

Illinois authorities investigating death of nursing home resident

Nursing home deaths have remained a major concern for the public as well as authorities in Illinois and the rest of the country. Various corrective measures have been taken, but nursing home deaths are still prevalent. Sadly, many of these deaths are due to negligence on the part of the nursing home staff or some other similar reason.

According to news reports, a 98-year-old resident of a nursing home in a suburb of Chicago died recently. The day before the woman died she was admitted to a hospital for respiratory and blood pressure issues. Reports state that five other residents of the same nursing home were also admitted for similar issues. The deceased nursing home resident's daughter said that her mother was in good health for her age; she had seen her the night before she was taken ill and she did not have any health issues.

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