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Nursing home residents have the same rights as any other patient at a medical facility. They are also afforded specific rights under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act as well as other state and federal legislation. Residents have the right to wear their own clothes and use their own personal property, enjoy a reasonable level of privacy, practice their chosen religion, and much more. Sadly, one of the most important rights afforded to nursing home residents is also one of the most commonly violated. Although nursing home residents have a legal right to be free of unnecessary restraints, overuse of physical and chemical restraints persists throughout Illinois and the United States.

What Is a Restraint?
Restraints are anything used to limit a resident’s movement or independence. Physical restraints include items like arm and leg restraints, ties, vests, and hand mitts. Everyday items can also be used as restraints. For example, bed sheets may be tucked in tightly in order to keep a resident from getting out of bed. Wheelchair wheel locks may be used to stop a resident from moving about the facility. Chemical restraints are substances used to sedate a resident. Medications such as antipsychotic drugs and benzodiazepines are sometimes administered to nursing home residents “off label” to keep them calm.

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Birth injuries occur when an infant is injured during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but others are the direct result of negligence or error on the part of a doctor, nurse, technician, or another medical worker. If your child was injured or passed away during the birthing process, you may be unsure of who is to blame. You may suspect that medical mistakes played a role in your child’s injury, but do not have proof to verify this. In situations like these, an experienced medical malpractice attorney is needed to evaluate medical records, consult with medical experts, and launch a full investigation into the circumstances of the injury.

Medical Mistakes Can Lead to Debilitating Injuries to Infants
Birth injuries can cause an infant to experience unnecessary suffering and ongoing medical complications. An injured baby may need specialized care well into childhood or even adulthood. Parents of injured children may become overwhelmed with medical expenses and other costs related to the injury. If the birth injury was preventable, the parents may be entitled to compensation for these costs through a medical malpractice claim. Birth injuries that may possibly be the result of medical negligence include:

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Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have a tremendous responsibility, both legally and ethically. Even a seemingly minor medical error could put the well-being of their patients at risk. A patient harmed by medical negligence may require expensive medical treatment to correct the damage caused by the mistake and may also be unable to work. If you or your loved one has recently been the victim of a medical error in Illinois, you may wonder whether or not you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

Proving Medical Negligence Led to Your Injuries
No medical professional can ever fully guarantee the outcome of a medical procedure or medication regimen. Human bodies are vastly complex and vary significantly depending on our genetics, past medical history, lifestyle, and other factors. However, healthcare professionals do have a legal obligation to provide reasonably skilled medical services. When a surgeon, doctor, nurse, technician, or hospital worker makes a mistake that results in harm to a patient, the patient may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. The party liable for the patient’s damages may be the medical professional himself or herself or it may be the medical facility at which the mistake occurred. The four main elements of a successful medical malpractice claim include:

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In 2017 alone, nearly 1,000 people lost their lives in fatal auto accidents in Illinois. Approximately one-third of these collisions involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Throughout the United States, drunk driving is estimated to cause one death every 50 minutes. Losing a loved one because of the reckless actions of an intoxicated driver is a gut-wrenching experience to endure. If you have lost someone you love in a drunk driving (DUI) accident, a wrongful death claim may enable you to recover compensation while holding the responsible party accountable for your tragic loss.

Illinois Wrongful Death Claims
Although no amount of money could ever make up for the death of a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or another relative, a wrongful death claim can help mitigate the negative financial consequences of losing a loved one. Illinois law describes a “wrongful death” as one caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default. Wrongful death claims are brought by a personal representative of the deceased person, often a spouse, adult child, or parent, and damages are paid for the benefit of the deceased person’s surviving spouse and next of kin.

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If you are like many people, you may feel a bit uneasy when traveling behind a semi-truck that is carrying cargo. Although most truck freight is secured tightly and does not represent a risk to other motorists, sometimes truck cargo can fall off of the truck and cause devastating accidents. Unsecured truckloads can also shift within a trailer or flatbed truck and cause the truck to become off-balance and out of control. This, too, can cause horrific collisions. If you or a loved one were involved in a serious truck accident caused by loose or unsecured cargo, another party may be legally responsible for your losses.

Determining Liability in a Trucking Accident
Imagine the following scenario: A flatbed truck carrying large metal boxes of cargo is traveling down the highway when one of the boxes falls from the truck and onto the road below. You and several other motorists swerve wildly to avoid hitting the box. In the chaos that ensues, you are involved in a major auto accident. You subsequently suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, and organ damage that all require costly medical care. You are also unable to work for several months after the accident. In a situation such as this, who pays for these costs? Determining liability for a truck accident can be a very complex process. The fault for the accident may lie with the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loader, manufacturer of securement devices, or another party. The fault may also be shared among several different parties.

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