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2 lesser-known causes of truck accidents you should know about

The holiday season is well underway. As you and your loved ones in Chicago get ready to enjoy the festivities, shop and travel to spend more time with family and friends, you should think about how commercial vehicle accidents can ruin your plans and change your lives. 

You should not assume every driver, especially truckers, uses the best driving practices. They, just like you, are human. Whereas you drive your vehicle for leisure and work, they drive their vehicles for work. Many of them drive for long hours, through several states and often have very little time for themselves and families. The more time they spend on the roads increases the likelihood of them getting into accidents. To protect yourself and family members, take some time to review the following lesser known causes of truck accidents. 

Product liability claims in Illinois

If you suffer harm because of a person's or a company's actions, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Dealing with damages due to a defective product involves several aspects that differ from other types of personal injury claims.

Pursuing recourse for injuries from a defective product can involve complex questions. An attorney with solid experience in this area can give you more extensive information and advice based on the facts of your case.

Truck accidents, alcohol and drugs

You may already be aware of how dangerous trucks can be, especially when drugs and alcohol involved. The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles are enough to make you leery when you drive near them on the roads. The thought of truckers driving while intoxicated is downright frightening. 

Because of the nature of their jobs, truckers are held to higher standards than other motorists. Commercial vehicle operators are not allowed to consume or use any substance that could lead to impairment four hours before they are to report to work. They must also submit to regular drug and alcohol testing. 

Who is caring for your loved one in a nursing home?

When you entrust your mother, father or another loved one to the care of a nursing home, you trust what the representatives tell you: that your loved one will receive specialized care, he or she will be happy and your loved one’s well-being will be the top priority. It often comes as a shock when these claims are revealed to be untrue and abuse or neglect has occurred. Bruising, malnutrition and irritability are a few signs of such incidents.

According to ABC News, one in three nursing home patients is a victim of abuse. This may be due, in part, to the prevalence of marginally trained and skilled staff throughout care facilities. The following are several examples of nursing home staff members of which you should be aware:

3 steps for preventing nursing home abuse

As you consider placing your aging parent in a nursing home, one thing to remember is the possibility of abuse. Unfortunately, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, rates of abuse are significant, with neglect occurring at more than double the abuse rate. Most of these instances go unreported, however.

You can take preventive measures to reduce the chances of your parent experiencing abuse and neglect while away from your supervision and care. Here are three to get you started.

The dangerous traits of semitrucks

Obeying all traffic laws can significantly reduce the risk of getting into an accident with another passenger vehicle. However, basic safety standards are not enough to prevent severely damaging accidents with semitrucks in Chicago.

These large commercial vehicles require additional precautions to ensure your safety around big rigs on the road. These are just a few of their hazardous traits you should be aware of.

Can I get punitive damages for my injury?

Many people contemplating a personal injury lawsuit want to know what type of compensation they might be able to get. Some plaintiffs wonder if they should ask for punitive damages.

Here, as in so many other cases, a lawyer will produce his or her favorite answer: it depends. Illinois law does not permit punitive awards in medical malpractice cases or when the defendant is a government entity. Most wrongful death actions are also barred from punitive damages recovery.

How to reclaim life after nursing home abuse

If you have a loved one who has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you know how traumatic the entire process can be. From the abuse itself to the legal arguments to finding and trusting a new caretaker, it can take a toll on even the strongest individual.

Most adults in nursing homes are unable to care for themselves, and these issues do not go away simply because there was an abuse problem at the last home. This means that, as his or her loved one, you are required to find a new place that he or she feels safe in. While this job on its own is a big task, it is important that your loved one heal emotionally after the abuse.

Understanding Medical Malpractice By Radiologists

X-rays are one of the oldest diagnostic tools in medicine. The field has advanced from using x-rays to take pictures of the body to using high energy radiation to treat cancer. While the use of x-rays as a diagnostic tool is perhaps the oldest use of the technology, it is also the leading cause of malpractice suits against Chicago radiologists.

Failure to supervise patient forms basis of wrongful death claim

Nursing home patients face a number of hazards that do not affect the general hospital patient population. Nursing home patients are prone to falling in hallways and bathrooms. Elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia are at risk for failing to take medications and failing to follow caregivers' orders. These hazards place special burdens on the staffs of the nursing homes, but the law in Illinois requires nursing home employees to recognize their patients' special needs and to provide proper care. As a recent lawsuit demonstrates, the staff's alleged neglect in a Chicago nursing home can have tragic results.

The estate of a woman who died while she was a patient in the Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has begun a lawsuit charging that the nursing home staff was negligent in the care of the woman and that the negligence caused her death. The lawsuit alleges that the elderly woman fell because the staff did not provide supervision that could have prevented the fall. The complaint also alleges that the fall caused the woman's skin to deteriorate and that the staff did not provide proper treatment for this condition. The nursing home has not yet filed its answer to the allegations of the complaint. The case was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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