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Illinois vacationers witness fiery death of pilot

Illinois employers and government authorities tasked with worker safety employ and implement policies that are usually geared toward protecting workers against Illinois construction site injuries, which may involve dangerous tools or falls from heights. However, there is certain work that is automatically associated with danger. In a recent case of a work-related fatality, a pilot lost his life while he was battling a forest fire.

According to authorities, a pilot died while he was fighting a wildfire at a national park. His death could only be confirmed hours after his plane crashed, when investigators were able to reach the site of the wreckage. Authorities believe that the accident occurred as the pilot was dropping down to deploy the fire retardant in an effort to control the spread of the fire up a canyon wall. The victim's name has not been released because his family members have not been notified yet.

Is a facility operator accountable for a boating accident?

The owner of any property is responsible for making sure that the premises is well maintained and that necessary safety measures are in place to reduce the probability of an accident. The owner is also responsible for providing adequate warnings to people asking them not to enter his or her property if it is in an unsafe condition.

The laws of premises liability in Illinois, and other parts if the country, extend to cover personal as well as commercial properties. Chicago personal injury experts may have a clearer insight into how injuries connected to recreational activities can extend into a case of premises liability.

Martin Healy Jr., has been chosen as Person of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Center/ IBAM committee

Accepting the award this past weekend, our firm's Managing Partner, Martin Healy Jr., has been chosen as Person of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Center/ IBAM committee for his dedication and support of the Irish community in Chicago. Click here to read more!

Understanding joint and several liability laws in Illinois

Doctors, physicians and medical care personnel enjoy a position of trust and responsibility when it comes to questions of healthcare. However, there may be situations when a misdiagnosis or medical negligence may lead to bodily injury or even the death of a patient. The laws surrounding Chicago medical malpractice are therefore geared towards protecting the rights of patients and holding healthcare professionals responsible for any activity which may cause harm to the patient.

Illinois state laws subscribe to the theory of joint and several liabilities when it comes to adjudicating matters relating to medical malpractice. Joint and several liability can be viewed as a merging of two theories of establishing liability; usually, joint and several liability pertains to cases when more than one person or entity may be held liable for a certain act or acts which can amount to medical malpractice.

Giving Illinois's elderly the care they deserve

Residents of Chicago have been as much witnesses of a trend as residents in other American cities. Elderly people who continue to live dignified lives are suddenly left incapacitated or injured without anyone being aware of it as a possibly fatal duration of time. Consequently, many people choose the relative luxury of a nursing home where their loved ones are provided with all of the necessary care, including medical care.

Often, such hospices, or homes, combine the features of a residence with those of a hospital. In that case, the occupant is not only provided with continual care but also the requisite medical facilities. In many cases, this may continue for the remainder of the person's life and can often be the difference between a continually sad existence and a dignified passing.

How is a defective product complaint filed against a seller?

Residents of Illinois will agree that purchasing any product has never been easier. A consumer can walk into a store or make a purchase by phone or online through the manufacturers' or retail seller's website. However, purchasing via phone or the Internet increases the chances of receiving a defective product.

Once a consumer realizes that a purchased product is defective, the first step is to notify the seller. The consumer can call or email customer service to arrange for an exchange or refund. The person can also report the issue to the company's consumer affairs division, which oversees such complaints. The contact information is usually available on the warranty, product label or other documents provided upon purchase.

Two workers killed in Illinois plant explosion

According to the law in Illinois, every employer should ensure that the workplace is free from all known dangers. The employer should train employees on proper safety procedures and also warn them of the possible dangers at work. However, an Illinois construction site injury or accidents resulting from dangerous tools or falls from heights can still occur. Recently, two men were killed and another was injured at an Illinois recycling company.

According to sources, the recycling company recycles many items for industrial contractors, including military shells. Last month, a mortar shell went off during the recycling process. The police chief and fire department of Granite City were informed of this explosion in the early morning hours. However, they were not able to immediately respond to the incident due to safety concerns. Two workers were killed in the incident, while a third worker was sent to a St. Louis hospital.

Safety and adherence to laws important during boating

Many people from Illinois enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Hiking, biking, waterskiing and boating are some of the most preferred outdoor activities. However, while doing such fun and active activities, there is also a likelihood of accidents. Safety information, training and laws have been created and are mandated to help reduce accidents.

Boating is one such activity where an accident can prove to be fatal. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Marine Unit and the United States Coast Guard work together to prevent boating accidents. They ensure that the laws are followed by the boaters, confirm that watercrafts are inspected and respond to boating accidents.

Is there any time limit on filing a medical malpractice case?

Many people, including residents of Illinois, go to the hospital, even when they have a minor injury or a high fever. In some cases, however, the visit may cause additional injuries due to medical negligence or some other type of medical malpractice.

After some time, the person may determine that something went wrong during the medical procedure and that the recovery may take a long time or even that full recovery may not be possible. Sometimes, the wrong medical procedure also may result in death of the patient. Also, in certain cases, the health of the person may continue to deteriorate. While there may be many possible reasons to consider filing a medical malpractice claim, it is important to understand that Illinois law imposes a time limit on the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

How are nursing homes inspected and regulated in Illinois?

Illinois families often keep elderly family members in nursing homes so that their safety is ensured and that they are provided with adequate healthcare. Doctors are readily available to care for nursing home patients, rendering these places suitable for people who are weak or suffering from illnesses. However, elder abuse, malnutrition, bed sores and even death are sometimes reported from some nursing homes.

To ensure that nursing home occupants receive good care from authorized nursing home staff, many private and public agencies regulate, license and inspect nursing facilities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Illinois Department of Public Health are two such agencies that keep a check on nursing homes. However, in some cases, these agencies may have overlapping jurisdictions.

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