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Avoid multitasking while driving

Every day around Illinois, numerous drivers end up in car accidents. Some are minor while others are more severe, but many drivers could have avoided a collision had they not tried to multitask while behind the wheel. 

Several studies have shown over the years that performing other activities while driving can increase a person's risk of being in an accident. Performing other activities can be everything from talking on the phone to listening to music. Although Illinois has laws to prevent using a cell phone while driving, people also need to be aware that they should not eat, apply makeup or do anything else while driving. It could mean the difference between getting home safely and ending up in a crash. 

Brain Injuries: The Invisible Wounds of Battle

old-63622_640.jpgMilitary members may have been exposed to blasts during combat operations or training exercises that can cause traumatic brain injuries. When a traumatic brain injury is service-related, veterans are entitled to receive treatment and benefits for their injury. Since 2000, more than 380,000 brain injuries have been recorded by the US military. The US military treats more brain injuries than chest or abdominal wounds. 

Who's At Risk for Deadly Staph Infections?

people-3167294_640.jpgElderly residents of nursing home and individuals with immune systems are compromised are at considerable risk of contracting staph infections. Even with prompt and thorough treatment, nearly 1 in every 6 patients who contract a staph infection suffer fatal consequences. When negligent care and inadequate treatment cause a fatality, surviving family members can pursue compensation for their loss.

Professionals at nursing homes sometimes miss UTIs

If you have an aging loved one in a nursing home, you want to ensure he or she receives the best possible care. Still, urinary tract infections are often easy to miss. As such, you may need to closely monitor your relative to be certain he or she receives treatment for a UTI. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, a UTI occurs when the bladder, kidneys, uterus, urethra or another part of the urinary system develops an infection. Usually, UTIs come from bacteria entering the urinary tract. While nursing home professionals properly diagnose many UTIs, they sometimes either misdiagnose these infections or miss them entirely. Here are three reasons diagnosing a UTI may be difficult. 

Poor Incontinence Care Can Cause Physical and Emotional Injuries

hospice-1794351_640.jpgNeglectful incontinence care can inflict physical and emotional injuries on nursing home residents. Facilities and staff can be held liable for causing these injuries. When residents are not properly cared for, their emotional state declines and their physical health deteriorates. These wounds diminish their quality of life and can shorten their lifespan. 

Take a Stand Against Pill Mills and Make Millions in the Process

tablets-1001224_640.jpgPeople with inside information about illegal activities in pill mills can receive compensation for blowing the whistle on the wrongdoer's bad acts. As America grapples with the consequences of a growing opioid epidemic, awards are available for individuals who speak up and shine a light on those who are profiting from addiction and death. 

5 Reasons Doctors Get Sued

Thumbnail image for doctor-3212067_640.jpgPhysicians can be sued for medical malpractice when their actions cause harm to their patients. There are many reasons a physician can be held liable in a lawsuit. In the United States, the following are five of the most common reasons that patients sue their doctors. In many cases, these causes are part of a chain of errors that place patients at greater risk of injury or death.  

Surviving a Tire Blowout: Here's What to Do

tyre-1614265_640.jpgTire blowouts usually occur without warning and can cause a total loss of control over the vehicle's direction. What happens in the split seconds from blowout to complete stop can make all the difference between minor injuries and fatal consequences. Tire blowouts occur because of defective design, improper maintenance, or debris in the roadway. Because blowouts are often unpredictable, motorists should remain alert for the possibility of a blowout at all times when they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Car accident lawyers suggest that drivers pay attention to the following:

Watch out for these common causes of boating accidents

With summer here and vacation time to use, a popular source of recreation in the Chicago area is to go boating on Lake Michigan. It can be relaxing or thrilling to feel the wind, sun and waves.

But it can also be a risky activity. Be aware of the common causes of accidents so you can try to avoid them and have a safe summer.

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