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Identifying nursing home abuse before it becomes deadly

Visiting 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.

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. 

Are Your Pet's Treats Making You Sick?

dog-2583282_640.jpgPig ears and many types of dog treats can harbor potentially hazardous bacteria and viruses that are transmissible to humans. Exposure can cause serious illnesses that can have fatal consequences. Contact is especially dangerous to pet owners who have weakened immune systems and for those who contract bacteria with a known multi-drug resistance.

Were You Harmed By Overtreatment?

pills-3673645_640.jpgOvertreating injuries and illnesses is a common problem that can cause suffering for patients and result in extended recovery periods, new medical conditions, permanent injuries, and death. Overtreatment can include ordering unnecessary surgeries and tests or administering medications that are of limited value to the patient's health status. When doctors overtreat their patients, they negligently put patient health and safety on a back burner.

Is Car Culture Making Travel Unsafe for Bicyclists and Pedestrians?

street-2605923_640.jpgCar culture is putting cyclists and pedestrians at increased risk of injury or death from motor vehicle accidents in Chicago. Helmets, reflectors, and other safety equipment can reduce the risk of serious injury or death, but they can't eliminate the danger. When cyclists and pedestrians are involved in a motor vehicle collision, an accident lawyer can help them pursue compensation for their claim.

Delayed C-Sections Can Cause Lifelong Injuries

consultation-3486590_640.jpgCesarean sections are delicate medical procedures and failing to perform them when complications arise can seriously impact the health of mother and child and cause a birth injury to the infant. Obstetricians and other members of the medical team have a duty of care to pregnant patients that includes making the decision on when to perform a c-section. When their timing is off or they delay the decision to perform a c-section, medical professionals let their patients down and leave them with lifelong disabilities. 

PFAS: What Do Your Jacket, Makeup, and Cookware Have in Common?

skincare-3600570_640.pngPolyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are toxic chemicals found in household items like make-up, nonstick cookware, and even waterproof clothing. Exposure to these chemicals is linked to a wide range of serious health problems including cancer and endocrine system disruptions. PFAS can persist in the environment and the human body for decades.

Over 1,500 People Have Been Seriously Injured by E-Scooters. Here's Why

e-scooter-4416342_640.jpgThe rapid proliferation of e-scooters in the United States has created a dramatic increase in the number of people who are injured while using these dangerous devices. To date, more than 1,500 people have suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries while using e-scooters. While their short stature and unimposing design may look innocuous, these motorized transports can easily take riders on a trip straight to the emergency room.

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