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Nursing home abuse is abuse, no matter the source

Controlled environment -- if ever there is a phrase that ought to describe what we should find in an Illinois assisted living or nursing home setting that would probably be it. These are places we depend on to provide care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. When that trust is violated and a loved one suffers neglect or abuse, seeking remedy is a right. It can sometimes be a challenge to obtain.

Unfortunately, the abuse in nursing homes isn't as uncommon as we would like it to be. Home employees can be one source of the problem. But what if the source of the abuse is not home employees? What if the perpetrators of the abuse are other residents?

Workers' comp success can hinge on solid medical opinion

Anyone in Illinois who is injured on the job has a right to expect to have their medical treatments and related health care needs covered by workers' compensation benefits. That's why the system exists. However, the science behind the medicine sometimes can come into question. When it does, the result can be a denial of benefits can result.

Every case is going to be different. That's why a detailed assessment of the facts and the circumstances in any given situation is crucial. The importance of having a skilled attorney working on your behalf can't be overstated.

Does workers' comp apply if I'm injured in a workplace assault?

If we really took time to think about all the ways we could be hurt or killed in everyday life we might never get out of bed. That would not be good for the Illinois economy or our own well-being. We have to work. Indeed, as social animals, there's a certain instinct for us to engage with the world somehow.

No, most of us want and need to be active. Still, life has its risks and injuries in the workplace are bound to occur. When they do, workers' compensation insurance is the means by which individuals are supposed to get the treatment they need and to get back on their feet, without any delay due to disagreements about who might be to blame.

'Dog days:' Ancient phrase with meaning for farm workers today

It's hot out. That's to be expected. It's summer across the country, including here in central Illinois. Folks often call these the "dog days." While it's commonly thought that the phrase came into being to describe days so hot that even dogs couldn't bring themselves to stir, its roots are actually more astronomical.

To the ancient Greeks, the hottest days of the summer were marked by the appearance in the heavens of Sirius, the Dog Star. When it appeared before the sun's rising, it meant the arrival of the hottest season and raised fears of fevers and catastrophe.

Who's liable in Tesla-involved crash that claimed a life?

The question above might not one many in central Illinois ponder. Anyone familiar with the automotive world knows that owning a Tesla is not something the average motorist can aspire to. The all-electric, high-tech cars are nothing if not expensive.

Experts generally agree that what makes a Tesla costly is its power plant. Another element may be that the technology features of the cars are not tried and true. You may ask what does any of this have to do with a legal blog focused on car accidents. The answer has to do with addressing who is liable when someone is injured in a crash involving a Tesla.

Texting While Driving: The Dopamine Defense.

You see them every day, people looking down at their phones instead of at the road. They sit idle while the light changes or are puttering along much slower than the posted speed limit. Or worse yet, they drift from one side of their lane to the other, oblivious.

Most, if not all of us, like to drive safely. Yet our roads are plagued with drivers texting at the wheel.

Gauging likely damages for truck crash injury takes experience

If you cut your finger, you can pretty well guess what it is going to take to fully recovery. It might require nothing more than an adhesive bandage, maybe several of them. More serious lacerations might need stitches and more concern about possible infection. In any event, there's little chance that the circumstances will warrant even considering seeking recovery through a personal injury claim. It just wouldn't be worth the effort.

The same probably won't be true for any resident in Illinois injured in a vehicle collision in which a semitrailer truck is involved. Such crashes often result in serious injury or death. If damages can clearly be attributed to negligence or carelessness on the part of the trucker or another driver, seeking compensation might be appropriate.

300K Honda and Acura owners warned against driving cars

Honda and Acura model cars have a great reputation for durability and user satisfaction. Year after year, they have come out at or near the top in consumer surveys.

Many of these vehicles come with Takata air bags as standard equipment and, as we have noted in previous posts, this may be reason for many across central Illinois to be a little bit concerned. Some of the bags decay with age and have become deadly in what might normally be minor motor vehicle collisions. Now, there's apparently even more reason to take note.

'But-for' rule gives injured Illinois worker a win

There is a test question in personal injury law that few outside of the profession may be familiar with, but it has proven to be a critical linchpin in determining many legal outcomes. It's called the "but-for" test. Simply put, you pose the question, if situation X had not happened, would situation Y have resulted? If the answer is no, then it can be said that situation X was the actual cause of situation Y.

It's an important distinction and one that recently proved to be a determining factor in a workers' compensation case heard by the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, which generally covers the central part of the state. Because of the ruling, an injured truck driver is getting a second chance at obtaining injury and disability benefits he claims he is due.

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