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3 steps for preventing nursing home abuse

As you consider placing your aging parent in a nursing home, one thing to remember is the possibility of abuse. Unfortunately, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, rates of abuse are significant, with neglect occurring at more than double the abuse rate. Most of these instances go unreported, however.

You can take preventive measures to reduce the chances of your parent experiencing abuse and neglect while away from your supervision and care. Here are three to get you started.

The dangerous traits of semitrucks

Obeying all traffic laws can significantly reduce the risk of getting into an accident with another passenger vehicle. However, basic safety standards are not enough to prevent severely damaging accidents with semitrucks in Chicago.

These large commercial vehicles require additional precautions to ensure your safety around big rigs on the road. These are just a few of their hazardous traits you should be aware of.

Can I get punitive damages for my injury?

Many people contemplating a personal injury lawsuit want to know what type of compensation they might be able to get. Some plaintiffs wonder if they should ask for punitive damages.

Here, as in so many other cases, a lawyer will produce his or her favorite answer: it depends. Illinois law does not permit punitive awards in medical malpractice cases or when the defendant is a government entity. Most wrongful death actions are also barred from punitive damages recovery.

How to reclaim life after nursing home abuse

If you have a loved one who has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you know how traumatic the entire process can be. From the abuse itself to the legal arguments to finding and trusting a new caretaker, it can take a toll on even the strongest individual.

Most adults in nursing homes are unable to care for themselves, and these issues do not go away simply because there was an abuse problem at the last home. This means that, as his or her loved one, you are required to find a new place that he or she feels safe in. While this job on its own is a big task, it is important that your loved one heal emotionally after the abuse.

Understanding Medical Malpractice By Radiologists

X-rays are one of the oldest diagnostic tools in medicine. The field has advanced from using x-rays to take pictures of the body to using high energy radiation to treat cancer. While the use of x-rays as a diagnostic tool is perhaps the oldest use of the technology, it is also the leading cause of malpractice suits against Chicago radiologists.

Failure to supervise patient forms basis of wrongful death claim


Nursing home patients face a number of hazards that do not affect the general hospital patient population. Nursing home patients are prone to falling in hallways and bathrooms. Elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia are at risk for failing to take medications and failing to follow caregivers' orders. These hazards place special burdens on the staffs of the nursing homes, but the law in Illinois requires nursing home employees to recognize their patients' special needs and to provide proper care. As a recent lawsuit demonstrates, the staff's alleged neglect in a Chicago nursing home can have tragic results.

The estate of a woman who died while she was a patient in the Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has begun a lawsuit charging that the nursing home staff was negligent in the care of the woman and that the negligence caused her death. The lawsuit alleges that the elderly woman fell because the staff did not provide supervision that could have prevented the fall. The complaint also alleges that the fall caused the woman's skin to deteriorate and that the staff did not provide proper treatment for this condition. The nursing home has not yet filed its answer to the allegations of the complaint. The case was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

OSHA imposes penalties in fatal construction accident case


The accidental death of a Chicago demolition worker has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to impose a number of penalties on the responsible parties, including the company that employed the deceased worker. OSHA investigated the accident and concluded that the Chicago work-related death was preventable.

Omega Demolition Corp. was hired by the Illinois Tollway Authority to demolish the bridge that carried I-90 over Touhy Avenue. According to OSHA's investigators, the decedent was cutting the bracing between two beams when one of them fell on him. Numerous workers were injured in the accident, but only one died from his injuries. After OSHA completed its investigation, the regional administrator said that the accident was preventable and that the contractor had violated federal standards intended to prevent over-stressing of steel structures. The violation was deemed to be the direct cause of the worker's death.

Common causes of semi-truck accidents

Car accidents with semis are nearly always fatal for the car drivers and passengers. You want to do anything you can to avoid a collision with a tractor trailer. The most obvious way is to follow driving rules concerning safely sharing the road with big rigs. That is not the only thing you can do, however. Being aware of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents can also help you prevent them from happening to you.

Recognizing the signs of nursing home neglect

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you want to be sure he or she is getting good care. While there are different types of nursing homes, all of them must maintain a basic standard of care. When a home fails to uphold care and a resident suffers harm as a result, his or her family members have the option of pursuing a lawsuit.

Those injured by a recalled product have options


This blog overviewed the product recall process in a previous post. One of the important takeaways from that post was that a product recall action does not mean that a person affected by the Illinois defective product is going to get compensation, other than perhaps a replacement product, a refund or a free repair of the product. On the other hand, just because a product is not subject to a recall does not mean the product is safe.

Product recalls are in fact one means of ensuring consumer safety from unscrupulous or just careless product developers and manufacturers who put a dangerous product on the market. Another means of holding such parties accountable is via a product liability lawsuit. The advantage to a lawsuit is that the manufacturer can actually be required to pay victims necessary expenses like medical bills and lost income, along with noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.

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