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Whiplash: What you need to know

Imagine you are driving home from work or heading out to the grocery in your car. It seems like a typical, routine trip when you stop at an intersection and wait for the light to turn green. Suddenly, you see a flash in your rear-view mirror and before you realize what is happening, you are rear-ended and your body is violently thrown forward and then slammed back.

You may be able to get out of your car, assess the damage and exchange insurance information with the other driver. You may go back home, glad to be safe but are still understandably shaken after the crash. But what many people may not realize is that there could still be serious health concerns that they may need to worry about, including whiplash.

Prosecutors cite negligence, abuse in nursing home fatality

When families are exploring their options for admitting a loved one to a nursing care facility, it can be an emotional and difficult process. To make the decision a little easier, facilities often promote the fact that they have the staff, resources and technology to help people feel better and get the care they require. These are essential factors in a family's decision.

However, too many facilities in and around Illinois fall short of providing the quality care they have promised to families. In reality, many are short-staffed or employ workers who are not trained properly. There are also places where claims of abuse or neglect are ignored. The victims of this substandard care can be left to suffer serious illnesses or injuries that put their life in danger. One 72-year-old woman fell victim to alleged negligence when staff workers at a nursing home ignored alarms signaling that she was in distress.

Trucker accused of tampering with log book after crash

Truck drivers in Illinois and elsewhere are required with a number of state and federal laws that specifically address trucking practices. One such obligation is to accurately track their hours in a log book. By doing so, the driver and the trucking company can monitor the amount of time that a driver is on the road. 

In the event that a truck driver gets fatigued and causes a crash, this log book can prove to be a critical piece of evidence. It may show that a trucker was in violation of the Hours of Service Regulations with which drivers must comply. These regulations are in place to prevent truckers from being on the road too long and getting drowsy or falling asleep behind the wheel.

Beware of dangerous drivers this holiday weekend

If you are like many people across Springfield, you already have your holiday weekend planned. The Fourth of July is a very popular time to get outside, enjoy barbecues, fireworks and time with family and friends. Often, these gatherings involve drinking alcohol, which could put people in serious danger.

Whether you are headed into the city for a parade or a cabin for some boating, chances are good that you will be on the road. No matter how cautious you are or how closely you monitor your own alcohol consumption, the fact is that there will be people on Illinois roads and highways who are not taking these same precautions. It only takes one drunk driver to ruin a holiday weekend and potentially destroy a family. That is why it is crucial that people be aware of their rights as victims of drunk driving accidents. 

Workers beware of heat-related illnesses and injuries this summer

In our last post, we discussed the dangers that people can face when they are at swimming pools or lakes in the summertime. However, the heat of summer can also present a number of hazards to people who are not lucky enough to cool off in the water. Specifically, this includes people who work outside.

Being outside in the summer can be the cause of several serious conditions. People who are outside in the humidity, sun and heat for extended periods of time can be at risk of getting sick or injured, and it can be important to remember that workers affected by these working conditions may be able to pursue workers' compensation benefits. 

Beware of swimming pool, lake accidents this summer

Now that summer is in full swing, people all across Springfield will be looking for ways to stay cool and have fun as the weather continues to heat up. For many folks, a quick dip in the pool or a day out on a lake is the perfect way to accomplish this. 

Sadly, summer can be a dangerous time of year as the number of drownings and boat accidents increase during the warmer months. It can be crucial to focus on safety near water this summer, but the reality is that accidents can still happen. In fact, over the recent weekend, four children in Illinois drowned. This number is far too high and it should serve as a grim reminder of what can go wrong around water.

Lawsuit filed after foreign object found in patient's stomach

When our loved ones are in the care of a nursing home facility, we have the expectation that they will be treated with compassion and respect. Learning that someone has been the victim of anything less can be devastating. Unfortunately, many cases of neglect or abuse in nursing homes are not brought to light until a patient gets very sick, injured or dies as a result of inadequate care.

That was the tragic situation that prompted one Illinois woman to file a lawsuit against a hospital and a rehabilitation center that were supposed to be caring for a man who shares her last name. According to reports, the man got very sick and doctors suspected that he was experiencing gastro intestinal bleeding. While examining the man's digestive tract to identify the potential cause, doctors found that he had ingested a condom.

Memorial Day starts the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

Many of us enjoyed a relaxing and fun Memorial Day holiday. Whether people were heading out to cabins or just relaxing in town, the holiday weekend is often considered to be the beginning of summer. However, while many people are looking forward to the warm weather, vacations and summer events, it might be important to keep in mind that the summer can also be a time of serious car accidents in Illinois.

In fact, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day have been called the 100 deadliest days of the year, particularly in relation to teenage drivers. It is during this time period that thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents involving teen drivers. Motorists and parents across Springfield may want to remember this as they or their children head out on the roads this summer.

Trucker, truck owner and driver named in lawsuit

In the aftermath of any accident, victims are often scared, hurt and very confused. The first priority should be to get the necessary medical attention for any injuries that have been suffered. Once that has been secured and people are on the road to recovery, they often start focusing on what happened to cause the crash and who may be to blame. 

These questions can come with some very complex answers. Parties may try to avoid taking responsibility or conceal pieces of information that may have played a role in the accident. This can be extremely frustrating for victims, especially when there are multiple parties who may have contributed to a crash. However, taking legal action can be an effective way of identifying negligence and holding the appropriate people accountable.

Will working out help you recover from a work injury faster?

Getting injured on the job can leave a person feeling very stressed, upset and frustrated. Whether an injury limits your ability to work or takes you out of a job indefinitely, the impact of a work-related injury can take its toll on you and your family. However, injured workers across Illinois may interested to know that there may be ways to recover from an accident and get back to work more quickly.

For example, staying as physically active as an injury will allow could help people get better after an accident. It may seem difficult to do this when a person is in pain, but working around an injury is possible and could be beneficial for a person's health.

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