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Chicago police officers hurt in local car accident

Experiencing a motor vehicle accident firsthand can be an overwhelming event. In addition to the injuries, damages and other losses that a victim may suffer in the car collision, a person who is involved in an auto accident will often have to work through insurance claims, seek time off from work and secure other resources during his recovery. Depending upon the severity of car accidents, individuals may also expect to have to speak to law enforcement authorities about their experiences either as victims or as suspected negligent drivers.

Three Chicago police officers found themselves on the other side of a car accident investigation when they were involved in an evening crash. The law enforcement officials were traveling in a police vehicle on 87th Street when they collided with another vehicle at the road's intersection with South Loomis Boulevard. The officers were turning right when the incident occurred. All three officers suffered injuries, as did a passenger in the other driver's car. The driver of the non-police vehicle was received multiple citations related to the crash.

Personal injury can occur from a variety of circumstances

According to the American Bar Association's Division for Public Education, personal injury law can help a person who is injured by the acts or omissions of another individual. All across the Chicago metropolitan area situations arise where one person's actions or failure to act result in harm falling on someone else. Although personal injuries can arise from many different events, the ABA identifies three major areas where accidental injuries can occur.

First, personal injury can result when someone is negligent. Being negligent generally means not acting with the standard of care a reasonable person would exercise given the circumstances of the situation. Negligence can mean doing something that directly harms another or failing to take a precaution that ends with a separate party sustaining injuries. Cases based on slip and fall accidents and car accidents are generally the result of negligence.

Watch for nursing home abuse during the holiday season

Individuals all throughout Illinois will brave the winter weather and airport delays to be with their loved ones over the holidays. While many will reach their destinations and enjoy vacations with family and friends, others will have to stay where they live in order to receive continuing medical treatment and care. Hospitals, hospices and nursing homes all stay open throughout the holiday season and provide ongoing services to those who require medical assistance.

As their friends and loved ones visit them at their medical and care facilities, some patients may quietly be suffering from cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. These sad situations occur when care facilities and their care giver staffs fail to meet the standards of care established for them by law and applicable regulations. Whether those failures result from intentional or accidental actions and omissions, medical and care facilities should be held accountable for the harm that they cause to their patients.

What are my rights if I don't know who caused my car accident?

When Chicago residents are involved in car accidents, many follow the appropriate protocols regarding how to manage the aftermaths of their crashes. They stop their vehicles and check themselves and others for injuries. Then they examine their vehicles, noting any damages. They exchange their contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the crashes and then they begin the processes of having their property repaired.

But what happens if two cars get into an accident and one of them drives away? This type of accident is called a hit and run accident, indicating that one vehicle hits another and then drives off without stopping to offer aid or information. Hit and run accidents raise questions regarding civil and criminal liability and can cause responsible drivers a lot of legal problems.

Four workers suffer personal injuries in Chicago-area fire

Whenever combustible materials are near, Chicago residents should take precautions to prevent ignition of those resources. Whether they are at their homes or at their jobs, individuals who must handle dangerous and flammable products put themselves in peril when accidents happen with those materials. One of the major hazards of experiencing a flammable materials fire is the difficulty of containing it.

While changing a propane tank in their employer's garage, four workers at an Oak Park bakery were injured when the tank caught fire. One of the employees was burned so severely that the worker had to be taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. The other three suffered less severe personal injuries and were released after receiving medical treatment.

What are doctors' duties to prevent medical malpractice?

One of the most glorified, popularized and glamorized professions in the American entertainment industry is that of medical doctors. The popular television drama "ER," which was set right here in Chicago, opened up the fictional lives of many made-for-TV medical professionals to the homes of people far and wide. Through those pretend doctors' trials and tribulations regular people got glimpse at some of the stresses real medical professionals often endure.

Though they may not be celebrities, real doctors face challenging situations that force them to make critical decisions about their patients' lives. When they are making those choices they are hopefully keeping in mind the duties they promised to uphold when they entered the medical profession. Those duties are well-encapsulated in the variety of oaths.htm">oaths medical professionals are often required to take.

Construction injuries can lead to worker deaths

Each year thousands of American workers are hurt and killed while performing their jobs. Many injury causing accidents occur right here in Chicago, and a good portion of those accidents occur at construction sites. When construction workers suffer serious physical harm that keeps them from doing their jobs, their livelihoods can be adversely affected and their enduring health can be compromised.

According to statistics released by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, one out of every five work-related deaths occurs in the construction industry. Four particular types of accidents within that industry make up the majority of construction worker deaths. The first of those accident types is falling.

If I slip on ice on private property can I sue?

Fall weather is taking hold all across Illinois and very soon the cold weather of winter will begin to infiltrate the city of Chicago. With winter inevitably comes the arrival of the first snow and individuals must quickly relearn how to walk and drive on wet and icy pavement. Sometimes the process of acclimating to winter weather can result in cases of personal injury.

With snow and ice soon coming to sidewalks and roads all across the city, some people may wonder who, if anyone, is responsible when individuals fall and hurt themselves as a result of such conditions. According to the Illinois Circuit Courts, property owners do not have to clear snow and ice off of their properties as a general rule. However, when people fall on ice or snow that covers improperly designed sidewalk or parking lot structures, injured parties may sue based on the bad design of the surface under the slippery substance.

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.

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