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Study finds nursing home and neglect incidents go underreported

When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we trust the facility to treat their residents with the dignity and respect they deserve. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to live up to this trust.

The elderly are growing as a percentage of the population, and the nation's nursing homes are growing more crowded. With these changes comes the potential for nursing home neglect and abuse.

Road construction worker struck, killed by dump truck

Construction sites can be dangerous places. Unstable ground, unfinished walkways and moving machinery and other hazards can easily lead to serious accidents. Sometimes construction sites can be scenes of car and truck accidents.

An Illinois road construction worker was killed recently in a tragic accident. Police said the 56-year-old woman was working on a road in Lake Forest when she was struck and killed by a dump truck that was backing up.

The 4 most deadly hazards on construction sites

Construction workers nationwide, including those here in Illinois, face an endless list of hazards every day. Mitigating all the dangers is a daunting task because each construction site is unique. If your employer prioritizes employee safety, you have a better chance of going home safely to your loved ones every night. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration helps construction company owners to maintain safe work environments by setting strict safety standards.

OSHA underscores the hazards that account for almost 60% of construction worker fatalities, collectively known as the focus four. Learning to recognize these dangers will enable you to take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries.

Truck accident cases require experienced lawyers

Accidents involving large commercial trucks are more dangerous than accidents involving smaller vehicles. A fully loaded semitrailer can weigh 25 times more than a typical passenger car, so any collision between a large truck and a car can easily lead to catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.

Truck accidents can also raise more complex legal issues than other types of accidents on Illinois roads. As with all motor vehicle crashes, people who have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver may hold the driver liable for their damages, but in truck accident cases there may be other liable parties as well.

Important documents in a medical malpractice case

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that medical malpractice cases have a reputation for being difficult to pursue. These cases are oftentimes lengthy and can involve a great deal of medical jargon and complicated issues that most people simply don't have the background to understand, because they aren't doctors.

However, the way to combat concerns about the difficulty of these types of cases is to be prepared. There are, for example, some important documents that will be crucial in almost any medical malpractice case.

Know your options after a truck accident in Illinois

Although it is, unfortunately, incredibly common to see the results of a car accident on the side of the road, the impact of a truck accident can be much more significant than a crash involving only passenger vehicles. The size of a large truck, such as a semi-truck, means that much more damage and more severe injuries can be caused in a truck accident. Anyone in Illinois who has been injured in such an accident may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from the negligent parties who caused them harm.

In the aftermath of a truck accident, the immediate concern is for the people involved who may have been injured. It is not uncommon for victims in a truck accident to suffer severe brain or spinal cord injuries. Yet, while seeking medical treatment for injuries is of paramount concerned, injured victims should not put aside the fact that it is also important to determine how the truck accident occurred in the first place. After all, the answer to this question will likely determine whether a personal injury lawsuit is justified.

Pedestrian injured in Chicago-area hit-and-run

Our readers know that Chicago, as one of the most populous cities in America, has quite a few pedestrians near roadways on any given day. In the unfortunate situations in which pedestrians are struck by a motor vehicle, such a case usually does not end well for the pedestrian who has no protection from the force of a motor vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. It is a sad reality that pedestrian collisions are somewhat common in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian hit-and-run occurred on the city's Near West side. The incident occurred on April 29th during the morning commute hours. Fortunately, there is video surveillance coverage of the collision. The footage shows a Jeep Cherokee make a left turn at an intersection and clip the legs of the pedestrian, who was crossing the street in a designated crosswalk. The video shows that the driver of the Jeep does stop and get out of the vehicle, at which time a brief glimpse of the driver's face is seen. He drives away after that. Law enforcement officials, as of May 3rd, were still looking for the male driver of the Jeep.

All construction workers share common injury risks on the job

Whether you work construction here in Illinois or somewhere else, each job site presents common injury risks. Even if your employer does everything possible to guard your safety, accidents still happen.

You wear the right personal protective equipment, use harnesses, watch your surroundings and more, but no matter how hard you try, the risk never really goes away.

Legal options after construction accidents

The Chicago area is one of the largest metropolitan sprawls in America, with millions of residents and commuters in the area on any given day. The result? A whole lot of construction, which may be an annoyance to some people but which is obviously necessary. New buildings, new roads, remodeling - all are necessary, for the most part. Unfortunately, this means that most days thousands of construction workers are in danger due to potential accidents that can occur on the job.

The worst-cases of construction accidents oftentimes make the local news, typically due to the incidents involving fatalities. However, each year thousands of construction workers suffer injuries on the job that may not make the news, but are serious issues for the individual workers who are involved. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, malfunctioning equipment, and electrical hazards are all dangers that construction workers could face on the job.

How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

No one who needs medical treatment likes to think about the possibility that something might go wrong during the process. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious concern in the greater Chicago area and throughout the country. When something goes wrong, the patients who suffer the consequences may begin to consider their legal options, such as a lawsuit. Such victims will need to start with some basic information: How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

There are some basic "elements" that are common to almost all medical malpractice cases, even though the facts of any given case can obviously vary widely. First, the patient must be able to prove that the medical professional who is allegedly responsible for the malpractice had a "duty" to the patient. Typically, this means that a "doctor-patient" relationship existed.

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