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Your rights as a survivor to bring wrongful death claims

An unexpected accident that claimed the life of your loved one can leave you reeling with shock and struggling to adjust. Many people wind up so consumed by their grief that they overlook their rights and options in the aftermath of a fatal incident.

If the death of your loved one is the result of someone else's mistake or crime, your family may have the right to hold that person accountable for the financial and practical consequences of your terrible loss. Illinois' wrongful death statute empowers surviving dependents and family members to bring civil action against someone who causes the death of another through wrongful actions or negligence.

3 signs you need a new doctor

Thumbnail image for doctor-563428_640.jpgFew things are more frustrating than not having answers to important health care questions. After all, if you do not feel well, you want to recover as quickly and completely as possible. Even if you are in good health, you need reliable guidance about preventative care. Either way, having an effective doctor-patient relationship is essential. 

How to Get Help with Your Medical Bills After a Crash

pay-3669963_640.jpgThere are numerous options to help accident victims cover their medical bills after a crash while they are waiting for their personal injury cases to become resolved. Medical bills add up quickly following a car crash and it is common to need help paying them. Unfortunately, the other driver's insurance will not pay medical bills until the case settles. Bills from emergency room visits, doctor's appointments, therapy sessions, and prescriptions, however, don't wait for a settlement to arrive.

Protecting the Dignity of Nursing Home Residents in Chicago

back view of a senior.jpgNursing homes have a duty of care that includes protecting the dignity and general welfare of residents in their facilities. This includes protecting residents from verbal, physical, and emotional abuse. When nursing facility personnel neglect residents or deliberately cause them harm, they can cause permanent psychological and emotional trauma to the individual.

Undetected Brain Injuries: This Could Save Your Life

syringe-24495_640.pngUndetected brain injuries can cause serious health consequences including strokes and other potentially fatal events. Traumatic brain injuries often go undetected until the individual exhibits obvious symptoms. Fortunately, a new blood test may make it easier for doctors to accurately diagnose a TBI. If effective, it could expedite treatment and improve patient outcomes.

Identifying nursing home abuse before it becomes deadly

care-4083343_640.jpgVisiting an aging loved one in a nursing home may become a routine weekend ritual. Seeing someone you love in an environment that provides constant care and supervision puts your mind at ease.

However, what if a weekend visit leaves you feeling uneasy? While you cannot prove any wrongdoing, you feel like something is off. Discover some nursing home abuse warning signs that you should never ignore.

When Your Kidneys Go Missing

surgery-1807541_640.jpgRemoval of a healthy kidney can leave a patient without a functioning kidney. This wrong-site surgery can have serious, even fatal consequences for a patient. When physicians remove the wrong kidney, they may leave a diseased or cancerous organ in place. Without at least one properly functioning kidney, the patient can be reliant on dialysis and transplant for survival.

Recovering Damages for a Botched C-Section

baby-821625_640.jpgIf a botched c-section injures a mother or her baby, the victim might be able to recover damages by filing a malpractice claim against the doctors, nurses, and the hospital where the surgery was performed. C-section injuries can have lifelong consequences for mother and child. Doctors have a duty of care to their patients to inform them of the risks and to adhere to established safety procedures to reduce the dangers.

Nursing Home Abuse: Are Surveyors Doing Enough?

aging-2379003_640.jpgThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) says Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services surveyors may not be doing enough to protect nursing home residents from abuse. Current regulations leave many gaps in the records that allow abusers to slip through the cracks. Enhancing reporting standards will help regulators establish patterns of abuse so action can be taken against abusers in the nursing home industry.

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