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August 2014 Archives

Is there any time limit on filing a medical malpractice case?

Many people, including residents of Illinois, go to the hospital, even when they have a minor injury or a high fever. In some cases, however, the visit may cause additional injuries due to medical negligence or some other type of medical malpractice.

How are nursing homes inspected and regulated in Illinois?

Illinois families often keep elderly family members in nursing homes so that their safety is ensured and that they are provided with adequate healthcare. Doctors are readily available to care for nursing home patients, rendering these places suitable for people who are weak or suffering from illnesses. However, elder abuse, malnutrition, bed sores and even death are sometimes reported from some nursing homes.

Medical devices recalled due to safety concerns

Residents of Illinois may remember the recalls related to pelvic mesh implants and hip implants. After documents from the company that manufactured the hip implants showed there was a high risk of failure of the products, which could affect 40 percent of patients using the device, patients were forced to remove the devices and replace them. The pelvic mesh implants, which were used for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, were recalled after they were linked to pain and serious injuries.

OSHA concerned over rise in construction accidents

Many Chicago construction workers are seen on high-rise buildings, which projects often use scaffolding for support. Height risks as well as the use of heavy machinery and dangerous equipment can lead to injuries and even deaths in workplace. Statistics from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that 806 construction workers died on the job in 2012, up 9 percent from the previous year.

Three bills on boating safety signed into law in Illinois

Many people, especially children, enjoy the recreational activity of riding an inner tube while being towed by a boat. However, the same kind of activity left tragic memories for an Illinois Senator. Her 10-year-old nephew, who was enjoying the ride, was killed in a boating accident on July 28, 2012. He was struck by a drunk boater after he fell off the tube and was bobbing in the water.

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