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Understanding Erb's Palsy

If you are an Illinois expectant mother, your biggest concern undoubtedly is the health, safety and well-being of your growing baby. While you do everything possible to ensure this, you cannot control everything. Unfortunately, birth injuries can and do happen, even in the best of hospitals and birthing centers. Erb's palsy is one of these.

Erb's palsy is an injury to the nerves in your baby's brachial plexus that happens during his or her birth. It is a fairly rare birth injury that occurs in only 0.5 to 2.6 percent of live births. Nevertheless, when it happens, the results can be catastrophic.

Choosing the Right Nursing Home to Reduce the Risk of Abuse or Neglect

seniors-1505944_640.jpgChoosing the right nursing home facility can help protect loved ones from elder abuse and neglect. Thoroughly interviewing caregivers and staff, as well as researching the record of the caregiver facility to determine whether there is a history of abuse and neglect is vital. The more detailed the research, the less likely the loved one will become one of the millions of elderly Americans who suffer abuse every year.

How to Avoid Common Car Accident Scams

Some people will do anything to make some quick cash. That is why many drivers resort to staging a car accident to get an unsuspecting victim to either pay out of pocket or through insurance. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns drivers to be wary of these situations and to take appropriate precautions. 

You could end up paying out a lot of money and have a blemished record if you do not fight these scammers properly. Even if you know for a fact the car accident was a scam, you should still retain the services of an attorney to be safe. You should also keep an eye out for possible scams to avoid them entirely. 

Businesses Have a Duty to Report Dangerous Products

product_recall.pngBusinesses are legally required to report any known dangers related to the products they manufacture, import, distribute, or sell. Businesses that fail to do so intentionally place the health and safety of consumers in jeopardy. When businesses violate their duty of care to consumers, victims have a right to pursue legal recourse to compensate them for the injuries and wrongful deaths that occur.

Keeping Children Safe Around TVs and Furniture

When you have children in your home or business, whether they are your own children or visitors, you want the premises to be as safe as possible. In fact, you may have heard about children in the area who were seriously injured when a TV tipped over on them. The reality is that children have curiosity in spades. They see potential in a shelf or stove that adults do not, and an adventurous climb could be in the cards.

Here are some tips for making your premises as child-friendly as possible.

Danger on the Back Roads: Is Your Teen Driving Safely?

country-road.jpgTwo-lane country roads are more dangerous for teenagers than city streets and suburban lanes and it is important for them to learn how to properly navigate these and other diverse environments. Roughly 57% of teenage driving fatalities occur on rural, two-lane roads which are typically narrow and wind themselves over hills and through forests that present unique dangers and driving challenges. Teaching teens to traverse these dangerous roads is essential for keeping them safe.

Is Your Nursing Home Going to be Decertified?

certified stamp.pngIn the last quarter of 2017, the Illinois Department of Public Health initiated action or recommended decertification for a number of residential care facilities and nursing homes across the state for violations connected to patient care. When nursing homes repeatedly violate standards set forth by both state and federal agencies, they can be decertified and lose the ability to operate.

3 Things to Know About Chicago Construction Accidents

Construction work is a dangerous field, and injuries are unfortunately all too common. No matter how many precautions a construction worker takes, the risk of injury is always present.

Injuries on a construction site can come from a variety of different sources, ranging from equipment malfunction to employer negligence. If you are a construction worker who has suffered an injury at the work site, or if you are working in construction and want to know more about what to do in case you suffer an injury, here are three important things for you to know.

3 Essential Tips for Driving Near Large Trucks

You are driving on the highway while minding your own business when suddenly you come up beside a massive 18-wheeler. There is nothing fun or exciting about driving near a big rig. These huge vehicles may block your view and they may drift into your lane. Their enormous size and weight make them particularly dangerous if you get into a wreck with them.

Unfortunately, sharing the road with large commercial trucks is necessary, even if there is a high risk of getting in a tragic accident with them. While you may not enjoy doing it, here are some tips for staying as safe as possible when driving near commercial trucks.

Race and Ethnicity Influences the Quality of Medical Care Infants Receive

mom-infant.jpgStudies indicate that there is a considerable gap in care provided to children of different races and ethnic backgrounds. These factors should never influence a patient's care and when they do the consequences can be life-threatening. When physicians, nurses, and other caregivers engage in discriminatory health care practices, they negligently place infant patients at risk for serious birth injuries that can result in lifelong disabilities or death. 

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