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What are the signs of nursing home neglect or abuse?

When a loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, family members expect that he or she will be treated with care and respect. In many cases, facilities follow through on their promises to provide a high level of care.

However, there are some facilities that do not live up to the expectations they have presented, and their vulnerable patients become victims of abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, this horrific treatment is not always easy to spot, especially when a person is not regularly visited by friends or family members. But there are certain red flags that could suggest a person is being mistreated, and if these are identified, legal action may be appropriate.

Police: Alleged drunk driver caused serious Illinois crash

In our last post, we discussed some facts about car accidents in the U.S. and just how costly they can be. Statistics can be a good way to appreciate, on a higher level, just how prevalent crashes are in the U.S.

But when we read about individual car accidents in Illinois, it can truly remind us of the personal toll that every crash has on the people involved. For example, the lives of seven people were put in danger when one man allegedly got behind the wheel of his car while intoxicated.

Some cold, hard facts about car accidents

We often discuss the personal and upsetting toll that a car accident can take on individuals across Illinois. Every crash, every injury and every potential claim involves someone whose life could be dramatically impacted by an accident. It is crucial not to lose sight of this fact.

However, it can also be helpful to consider car accidents and motor vehicle safety on a larger scale. Despite the advancements made in auto manufacturing and increased efforts to enforce traffic laws, hundreds of thousands of car accidents still happen and put lives in danger.

Injured coming to work: Can you collect workers' compensation?

Many workers in and around Illinois have a general understanding of what workers' compensation is and when it may be available. People know that if they get hurt or get sick on the job, they can typically pursue workers' compensation benefits to cover some of the costs of being unable to work and seeking medical care.

However, there are some specific situations that can be much more complicated to understand, and it can be difficult to determine whether workers' compensation is, in fact, available. For instance, in one of our recent articles, we explored when or if employees who suffer injuries coming to or leaving the workplace can collect workers' compensation. 

Injured? Why you might consider a personal injury claim

People can get injured at just about any time of the day or night. Something as simple as making breakfast, driving to work or heading out to a restaurant for dinner can quickly turn into something much more complicated if someone is in an accident and gets hurt.

In many of these situations, victims may feel like they are just unlucky or clumsy to have gotten hurt and assume there is nothing that can or should be done after an accident. However, this can end up being a costly mistake. In fact, many cases involving personal injury can be grounds to take legal action against a negligent party. 

What you should know about seeking medical care for a work injury

Getting injured on the job can be quite disruptive. Right away, you may need to stop working and get first aid. If an injury is serious, you may need to go to the hospital. In some cases, the injury can require ongoing monitoring, care and medication. Surgery may also be necessary.

As troubling as this can all be, it is important to remember that this is why workers' compensation is available in Illinois. The benefits provided through workers' compensation are intended to cover medical expenses for work-related injuries so that victims are not left with huge medical bills in addition to a painful condition. However, while medical care is generally covered by this employer-paid insurance, it is important for employees to know some specific requirements that must be observed when it comes to seeking care.

Common questions victims have after a truck accident

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But if an 80,000-pound commercial truck is involved in this accident, the severity of any collision is multiplied considerably. 

If you or a loved one have been involved in this type of accident, chances are that you are scared, hurt and overwhelmed by the situation you are now facing. Victims and their families are often dealing with some life-threatening illnesses and have a number of questions that they want answered. In this post, we will look at some of the common questions truck accident victims and their families have and shed some light on some potential answers.

Proposal to allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes gains ground

Parents and other adults spend much of their lives looking out for children and making sure they are safe. Throughout the years, though, children often become the ones who are looking out for their parents and taking steps to help keep them safe and healthy.

This is why it can be so difficult for families to decide on placing an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home facility. Many people are not comfortable with leaving someone in the care of others, especially considering the fact that thousands of claims citing nursing home neglect or abuse are investigated every year. However, a proposal was recently made that might tackle this troubling issue across Illinois.

What should you do after a car accident?

Accident scenes are something that many motorists are all too familiar with. People all over Illinois have been rear-ended, clipped in traffic or struck by a reckless driver. Sadly, accidents are not uncommon; but each one can be frightening and chaotic for victims.

Seemingly in the blink of an eye, you can end up stopped on the side of the road with a damaged vehicle and potentially painful injuries. When and if this happens, it can be very upsetting and people may not be sure about what to do afterward. 

What you should know about car accidents caused by livestock

Residents of Illinois who live in rural areas are likely used to seeing cattle, pigs or horses on a fairly regular basis, whether they graze in fields next door or we see them behind fences as we drive through parts of Illinois. In general, these animals present no danger to anyone; however, if they are improperly secured or allowed to roam free, they can end up causing serious damage.

A recent article on our website explored how livestock can endanger farm workers and others in a variety of environments. That article can be viewed by clicking here. The article calls out multiple common risks associated with livestock, but in this post we want to explore how free-roaming livestock can affect motorists specifically. 

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