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Taking the guesswork out of nursing home abuse

Getting older is a part of life. What is not expected with aging individuals, however, is the sudden loss of the ability to care for themselves. Whether it is due to an illness or simply old age, this situation can cause family members to consider various options to care for an elderly loved one. While it might be more ideal for one to care for an aging loved one, this is not always a possibility. Thus, many consider a nursing home to be their best option.

While these facilities can offer safe and adequate care and living arrangements, some could be the cause of great harm due to abuse or neglect. Even when families take the time to fully assess the available nursing homes, with the chosen location well vetted, nursing home abuse could occur undetected for some time. This is why it is important to understand the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Nursing home managers accused of hiding $700,000 theft

Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe place for people who are too old to care for themselves. Unfortunately, this relationship often places the managers and owners of the home in a position of virtually uncontrolled power over the residents. A prime example of how this power imbalance can affect nursing home residents came to light last week when the Cook County Public Guardian's office filed a complaint seeking damages from the four entities that own a chain of nursing homes known as Symphony Residences.

The complaint alleges that when the owners and managers of the nursing home in question discovered that employees of the home stole $700,000 from a 98 year old resident who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, they attempted to hide the theft instead of reporting it to authorities. The complaint alleges that five nursing home employees routinely stole money from the victim's retirement and savings accounts. They allegedly used a combination of forged checks, illegal ATM withdrawals and other methods to virtually clean out the victim's accounts. The supervisors of these employees were not accused of any direct theft; instead, they have been charged with failing to report the crimes to the proper authorities.

Was your truck accident caused by untreated sleep apnea?

You may be among many others who consciously or unconsciously experience some level of anxiety as you travel next to, behind or in front of an 18-wheeler. No one would blame you. After all, they are big, heavy and intimidating as they cast a shadow over your vehicle or fill up your rearview mirror. All you can do is hope that its driver is paying attention, is alert, and is taking his or her responsibilities to you and everyone else on the road seriously.

With all of the other potential sources of calamity that could occur, there's a good chance you may not have known that sleep apnea is a problem for truck drivers. This condition could mean your life is in danger since a truck driver suffering from it could be beyond exhausted. In fact, truck drivers who allow their condition to go untreated increase the risk of a preventable crash by five times.

Fire engine brake failure may have caused accident

A traffic accident on Chicago's South Side has left police scratching their heads about the causes of the accident involving a city fire truck and a civilian vehicle. One potential culprit is the failure of the brakes on the fire engine. A second potential cause of the accident is negligence on the part of the woman driving the other vehicle involved in the collision.

At about 7:00 a.m., a city fire truck was headed north on South King drive with its emergency lights flashing. The fire engine struck a Mitsubishi sedan headed east on 75th Street. The female driver of the Mitsubishi was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. Four firefighters on the truck were also injured. Three of them had been treated and released within a few hours.

Chicago woman awarded $50M in medical malpractice case

According to recent reports, a jury in the medical malpractice case of a severely brain damaged boy born in a Chicago area hospital awarded the mother $101 million. Before the verdict was issued, both the Plaintiff and Defendant had agreed to cap an award at $50 million if the verdict exceeded such. Since it did, the awarded amount was reduced by agreement of all parties.

The young boy, who is now 5-years-old, is unable to walk, sit up or speak on his own. During labor at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park in 2014, the mother tried to tell the labor and delivery staff that she was not feeling the baby move. In fact, he had not moved in six hours during active labor. Ultrasound results also showed that he was not moving.

6-car pileup on icy overpass

As the weather gets colder in the Chicago metropolitan area, the driving conditions get worse. All of us who have lived through Midwestern winters know what to expect, but nonetheless, many of us are taken by surprise by it every year in the first days of below-freezing temperatures. When we get surprised like that while behind the wheel of a speeding car, things can get very dangerous very quickly.

A recent news report noted that at least six cars had collided on an overpass in Chicago as they slipped and skidded over an icy roadway. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries. The next time this happens, people may not be so lucky. And all of us in the Midwest know there will be a next time.

Stan Lee was a victim of financial exploitation

If you are any kind of fan of superheroes, it is very likely that you know who Stan Lee was. If not, then you should know that he is a comic book legend. Mr. Lee was the creator of Marvel Comics. Prior to his death last year, he amassed a fortune estimated to be between $50 to $70 million. While it is common to believe that a celebrity with that kind of money would be far too protected to become a victim of financial exploitation or elder abuse, such was not the case.

For Stan Lee, an advisor by the name of Keya Morgan had worked his way into the inner circle, to the dismay of several family members and friends. Morgan began as the memorabilia manager for the legend. Throughout the course of that advisory relationship, various videos posted by Lee raised suspicions that something was not right. Not only did it appear he was under duress, but his physical and mental well-being were in question. During the course of the relationship, Morgan was arrested for filing a false police report. That arrest stemmed from an incident in which he called 911 after a social worker and LAPD detectives conducted a welfare check on Lee. The family also filed a restraining order against him after he chose to move Lee to a new location in Southern California where the family did not have access to him. He was also accused at that time of taking advantage of impaired hearing, vision, and judgment.

Rear end collisions do not have to happen

When you are on the road and you come upon a traffic jam, do you keep your eyes on your rearview mirror as you wait for vehicles to start moving again? Do you hold your breath as a vehicle comes barreling up behind you, hoping the driver can apply the brakes before colliding with you? Does your heart beat faster when you see the driver is looking down while approaching the line of stopped cars? What if the vehicle behind you is a tractor-trailer?

Unfortunately, these scenes are not unusual. Almost one-third of all accidents are rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision can occur without warning, or you may have the terrifying experience of watching the vehicle approach and feeling helpless to get out of the way. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that 90% of collisions from behind are preventable.

A C. diff infection is often very serious

When an Arlington Heights area resident has to go to the hospital it is often for a serious medical condition. A patient goes into a hospital believing that they will receive excellent medical care that will allow them to get better. But occasionally something goes unexpectedly wrong and a patient winds up in worse shape then when they went in. A C. diff infection is one such situation.

Some patients develop a C. diff infection when they are in the hospital C.diff is an intestinal infection that is caused by Clostridium difficile. The infection can have mild to severe symptoms including diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, intestinal bleeding, colon paralysis and a hole in the colon that may require colon removal. The infection is usually transferred on the hands of those in the hospital including doctors and nurses and can survive for long periods of time.

Hit-and-run accident leaves pedestrian dead

Many people in the Arlington Heights area enjoy spending time outside and walking to their destination. Whether they are pedestrians out enjoying some fresh air and exercise or if they're pedestrians on their way to work or the local store, walking is a great way to get around. Most of the time pedestrians are able to safely share the areas near road with drivers, but occasionally a serious accident occurs.

According to reports, a pedestrian was recently killed while crossing a street in the Near North Side. The man was crossing Ohio Street when he was hit by a white Toyota Camry. Witnesses to the accident say they saw a white car drive through the intersection and then saw the man lying in the road. The car did not stop and continued eastbound on Ohio Street. The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The accident continues to be under investigation with no one in custody at this time.

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