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Workers' compensation protections for construction accidents

Workers can suffer serious injuries in workplace accidents and construction workers can be at even more risk of suffering harm in a construction accident. Because construction accidents can threaten the livelihood of injured workers, it is important for injured workers to be familiar with their legal protections and rights.

Construction accidents and injuries can occur in a variety of situations including injuries that result from dangerous scaffolding; falls from ladders or other areas on the job site; harm resulting from poorly maintained equipment; injuries caused by falling debris; electrical hazards on the job; and violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and standards. Whatever the situation may be, a construction accident leaves an injured worker unable to work to provide for their families and oftentimes facing mounting medical bills and expenses.

The dangers of childbirth for U.S. mothers

When things go wrong during childbirth, the ramifications can be significant. For one, it could result in children suffering birth injuries. It could also expose mothers to harm.

Unfortunately, it appears that mothers facing serious dangers in connection to childbirth is not nearly as uncommon in the U.S. as one would hope. A recent USA Today report indicates that, among countries in the developed world, America is the most dangerous place for mothers to give birth.

Electric scooters coming to Chicago

It was bound to happen. After their fly-by-night deployment in dozens of cities across the country, dockless electric scooters are coming to Chicago. You’ll see them zipping around music festivals soon, though Lime, the scooter-sharing company, isn’t announcing which ones in advance. While the concept of scooter sharing is certainly novel, there are unanswered questions when it comes to safety.

Teach children how to be safe around dogs this summer

Now that children are finishing school, the family can look forward to summer barbeques, trips to the park and plenty of outdoor activities. Man's best friend, whether they belong to you or someone else, will probably also partake in the sunny weather.

However, the increased comingling of children and dogs can lead to greater chances of tragedy. Some Illinois families may suffer a dog attack this summer, which can be especially dangerous for small children. To counter this hazard, parents should teach their children how to interact with dogs ahead of time.

Car accidents: How sad when the victims are at the start of life

A recent fatal accident once again underscores the tragedy that occurs when a young person, just starting out in life, is senselessly killed. Fatal car accidents involving teenagers are a significant concern. The latest collision took the life of an 18-year-old college student and seriously injured the passenger riding with her. 

At around 1 p.m. on a recent Sunday, the driver of a sedan crossed over the median of Interstate 57 into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on accident with a jeep. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student was driving the jeep. She succumbed to her injuries that day. Her 18-year-old passenger in the jeep was seriously injured and was airlifted to the hospital. The 25-year-old car driver and a passenger escaped serious injury in the crash.

High speed car accidents mostly ends in tragedy

There is little doubt that traveling at high speeds is dangerous and reckless. The victims seriously injured in high speed car accidents, and/or their families, are often left to deal with the aftermath of these accidents, especially the financial consequences. Fortunately, consulting an Illinois personal injury lawyer need not contribute to the financial concerns, as many lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means no initial costs for the client.

The families of four people seriously injured in a high speed car accident over a recent weekend in June may be in precisely such a situation where they have to make decisions about the way forward. The accident happened on a recent Friday evening, just after 8:30 p.m. Reports indicate the car the four people were traveling in was going very fast when the driver hit two poles planted next to one another.

Car accidents: The size of the car may determine how safe one is

A study done over a three-year period by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has once again confirmed findings relating to the safety of smaller cars. Car accidents in which small cars were involved led to the most driver fatalities. It has been documented that bigger cars offer greater protection to occupants than smaller car models.

While the findings may be worrisome for Illinois drivers of smaller cars, they can take solace in the fact that it was found that cars of all sizes performed better in the crash tests. According to the IIHS, this is a clear indication that there is a constant improvement in vehicle safety features. Unfortunately, there is only so much the improvements in design and safety technology of cars can prevent. While small cars do not seem to have a safety benefit, they do hold an economic benefit.

Neglect -- one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse

One of the more concerning issues in Illinois, as in the greater American society today, is the neglect of elderly patients in care facilities. The neglect of the elderly is considered to be one of the more prevalent forms of nursing home abuse. When a patient does not get the necessary standard of care, it constitutes neglect.

There are a number of signals that may point to the possibility to neglect of a patient, especially when a combination of these signals are evident. Warning signs may include lack of personal hygiene and unsanitary living conditions, as well as malnutrition and dehydration. One should also be concerned when it appears as if the elderly patient seems not to receive the needed assistance to move around enough or shows signs of injuries that seem inexplicable.

Nursing home abuse: Lack of care alleged in death of resident

The legal estate of a former occupant of an Illinois care facility has filed a civil suit against the facility, claiming lack of care resulted in the death of the occupant. The lawsuit claims that the deceased became dehydrated and malnourished. She also developed a urinary tract infection. These symptoms are all indicative of a lack of care and constitutes nursing home abuse.

In the suit, it is alleged that the deceased was pale and weak, her heart rate was abnormal, and she was showing signs of diminished oxygen saturation. However, despite these signs and symptoms, the facility did not send her to an emergency room. Furthermore, in a period of five weeks between May and middle June, the patient lost 42 pounds, but no medical practitioner was consulted. At this point, the victim started complaining of abdominal pain and, within a week, found it impossible to eat. She died a few days later.

Car accidents: Negligence may result in civil claims

When the negligence or recklessness of a driver of a motor vehicle results in injuries to other road users, the driver may find him or herself answering to personal injury or wrongful death claims. Many Illinois personal injury lawyers assist the victims of car accidents in the filing civil claims, based upon a contingency fee basis. In short, this means that there will be no initial costs to the client.

The family of a 49-year-old man who passed away after a car accident may find solace in the knowledge that a wrongful death claim may be appropriate. The accident happened just before 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning in May. It is reported that the deceased was northbound on Route 71 when his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle, which crossed the center line.

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