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Month: July 2012

Many New Illinois Laws Aimed at Protecting the Elderly

Recently, Illinois took a step in the right direction, passing a number of laws meant to protect the rights of senior citizens in the state. Sadly, it is not uncommon for the elderly to be mistreated by those entrusted with …

Driving course helps people avoid motorcycle accidents

Deaths in motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Illinois. In 2010, the Illinois Department of Transportation recorded 131 fatalities involving motorcyclists or their passengers. That figure represents a rise of 27 percent since 1999. Part of that may be …

AMA Suggests Increased Helmet Use for Recreational Activities

Recently, the American Medical Association recommended that those who participate in recreational and athletic activities should wear facial and head protection, no matter what sport or activity they enjoy most. The goal of increased helmet use is to protect people …

Relatives of fatal car accident victims file negligence suit

The law allows defendants to hold employers responsible for the acts committed by their employees that are considered within the scope of employment. Tort law has developed and articulated this legal doctrine over many years. The doctrine is called respondeat …

Proposed $102K Settlement After Woman Drowned in Chicago Nursing Home

When we turn the care of a loved one over to a nursing home or other long-term care facility, we expect our loved one to be protected from harm, whether caused by others or to themselves. Unfortunately, the rate of …

Quality of Illinois’ Health Care Low Compared to Nation

A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ranked Illinois 35th nationwide in terms of its health care quality. The rankings for the 2011 National Healthcare Quality Report were based on numerous quality metrics and …

One vehicle safety measure fails to improve car accident rates

Some Chicago area drivers may have heard of lane departure warnings and other technological advances designed to reduce the number of car accidents. Other drivers may already have such systems in their cars. But recent crash data on these safety …