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Category: Articles

What Is A Tort?

February 6, 2014 Published in Articles

Many Illinois residents have heard the use of the term tort and likely know that it is a legal term. However, there can be confusion about exactly what a tort is. Simply put, a tort is an injury that any individual sustains that was caused by another party’s actions or inaction. Some tort situations can…

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Elder abuse is a pervasive problem but is commonly under reported

December 31, 2013 Published in Articles

Elder abuse is an ever-increasing problem in nursing homes today. As the number of elderly Americans grows, the 2010 Census recorded 13 percent of the U.S. population to be over the age of 65, so does the possibility of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. The National Center on Elder Abuse found in 2009…

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The connection between hospital profits and surgical complications

December 12, 2013 Published in Articles

For patients in Sangamon County, many don’t expect that a routine procedure could potentially have life-threatening consequences. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is third in line after heart disease and cancer as one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Why hospitals aren’t likely to stop medical…

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Report finds Illinois’ nursing homes rank 42nd in the country

October 28, 2013 Published in Articles

Caring for loved ones is not always a possibility as they age, particularly as their medical needs increase. Despite being unable to care for them personally, most people will set out to find the best possible care available. Unfortunately, as demonstrated in a recent study, the care provided by nursing homes across the country is…

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Illinois nursing home care questioned after death of Chicago man

October 25, 2013 Published in Articles

A patient at a Chicago nursing home failed to receive immediate care after suffering burns that took his life. Just days before he was to be released from the rehabilitation facility, the man’s shirt started on fire. Nursing staff sprayed him directly with a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and did not provide…

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