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Integrating the law with the facts of motor vehicle accidents

Whether they are minor or serious, car accidents happen all across Chicago each and every day. When accidents occur not all people may know how to proceed or who to call in order to get their lives back on track. Some people may not even know what to do in the moments following an impact.

First and foremost, anyone involved in a car accident should be aware of any injuries he or others may have sustained. Whether it is a serious injury or a minor issue, seek medical help for any injuries that may have been created or aggravated in the collision. Next, it can be useful to begin collecting information about the parties who were involved in the accident.

Will staffing shortages lead to increases in nursing home abuse?

Nursing homes and other medical care facilities are required to meet the standards established for them by law to ensure that their residents are safe. In Illinois and other states throughout the nation, care facilities must employ adequate numbers of nurses, doctors and support staff to provide ailing individuals with sufficient attention to meet their medical needs. An unfortunate trend throughout the state threatens to put some Illinois care residents in jeopardy of suffering nursing home abuse.

Families for Better Care is an advocacy organization that monitors nursing and care homes throughout the country. It recently ranked the 50 states in terms of the quality of care each provides to individuals in nursing homes. Based on the organization's rankings, Illinois finished in the bottom ten of all states.

Defining negligence as a cause for personal injury

There are many ways that Chicago residents can suffer personal injuries. In some situations individuals harm themselves in avoidable accidents. In other cases their harm is caused by the actions or omissions of others.

When a person suffers harm as a result of the actions or inactions of another individual, that harm may result from the actor's negligence. Negligence can generally be defined as the failure of a party to exercise the same level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised given the circumstances of an event. If action or inaction that causes harm was reasonable given the situation of the injury, then negligence may not be present in the case.

What is distracted driving and how does it cause car accidents?

Chicago residents see it each day on local roads. A driver puts on her makeup at a stoplight. Another chats on his phone while changing lanes. A mother in the driver's seat of her car reaches around to discipline her children in the backseat.

According to the United States government's website distraction.gov, all of these activities can be considered as contributing to distracted driving. Distracted driving is engaging in any other activity while driving that takes a driver's attention away from operating his vehicle. Talking, texting, using GPS devices, eating, drinking and a myriad of other activities can contribute to distracted driving.

Procedural error at trial overshadows possible malpractice claim

Organ donors save lives in Chicago and throughout the rest of the state of Illinois. When tragedies claim the lives of designated organ donors, others receive new leases on life through lifesaving transplants. While some organ transplant stories have happy endings, one story that unfolded at a Chicago hospital had anything but a joyful result.

In 2007 a woman underwent a kidney transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She received the kidney from a man who had died in a car accident. Several other individuals received organs from that man as well.

How nursing home negligence can lead to bed sores

Individuals all across Chicago have had to make the difficult decision to put themselves or loved ones into nursing homes. In many situations a loved one is moved into such a facility when his or her family members can no longer personally manage the medical and day-to-day responsibilities of keeping them safe and healthy. Nursing homes, which are held to licensing standards of care that mandate certain levels of resident interaction and support, can provide trustworthy sources of support for those in need.

While many nursing homes exceed the expectations of their licensing boards, others fail significantly when it comes to patient and resident care. Individuals living in nursing homes have suffered serious injuries from falls, errors in the administration of their medications and other hardships as a result of poor nursing home management. One major problem for residents of nursing homes is bed sores.

Coping with misdiagnosis after medical malpractice

For Chicago residents, medical uncertainty can breed confusion and fear. Health problems that develop unexpectedly or that exhibit disturbing symptoms can cause otherwise healthy people to feel miserable until they can meet with their doctors. In many situations a person's greatest fears are allayed when his practitioner explains a common reason for a concerning ailment.

This is not always the result, however. There are situations when patients do realize their greatest health fears and must cope with aggressive treatments that affect their energy and wellbeing. There are even more egregious situations that occur when doctors fail to fully explore the causes of their patients' symptoms and serious medical conditions go undiagnosed.

What must be proven in a wrongful death lawsuit?

When the negligent or reckless actions of another person cause an individual to die, many Chicago residents assume that the criminal justice system will prosecute the wrongdoers for their reprehensible actions. This is often the case and offending parties are required to pay fines and spend time in prison. What some people may not know is that a civil cause of action also exists that addresses the death of an innocent party.

Private individuals can file wrongful death claims when accidental and intentional acts lead to death. Proving a wrongful death lawsuit requires satisfying several components of the cause of action. Please note that the information in this post is not intended to serve as legal advice and only provides a general overview of wrongful death in the civil courts.

Chicago Cubs player loses 1 relative, 3 friends in car accident

Baseball season is winding down and fans of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox are anxiously waiting to see which teams will qualify for the post season. In the coming week, however, a star player for one of those teams will likely be absent from his position at shortstop. His absence will not be due to injury or illness, but rather grief as he copes with the devastation of a tragic car accident.

Three friends and one relative of Cubs player Starlin Castro were killed when their car was struck by a truck's trailer. The accident happened in Castro's native Dominican Republic. The four men, as well as Castro's brother who was traveling in a different vehicle, were planning to go fishing.

Drunk driving and motor vehicle accidents in Illinois

Drunk driving is an unfortunate reality in Illinois. It affects people in large communities like Chicago as well as small towns throughout the state. Many people personally know someone who has been affected by drunk driving or who has been the victim of a drunk driving accident.

According to statistics released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 321 people died in Illinois in 2012 from drunk driving-related motor vehicle accidents. That works out to about 2.5 people per 100,000 individuals throughout the state's population. Twenty-six people under the age of 21 were killed by drunk drivers during that year.

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