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March 2017 Archives

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.

OSHA imposes penalties in fatal construction accident case

The accidental death of a Chicago demolition worker has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to impose a number of penalties on the responsible parties, including the company that employed the deceased worker. OSHA investigated the accident and concluded that the Chicago work-related death was preventable.

Common causes of semi-truck accidents

Car accidents with semis are nearly always fatal for the car drivers and passengers. You want to do anything you can to avoid a collision with a tractor trailer. The most obvious way is to follow driving rules concerning safely sharing the road with big rigs. That is not the only thing you can do, however. Being aware of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents can also help you prevent them from happening to you.

Recognizing the signs of nursing home neglect

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you want to be sure he or she is getting good care. While there are different types of nursing homes, all of them must maintain a basic standard of care. When a home fails to uphold care and a resident suffers harm as a result, his or her family members have the option of pursuing a lawsuit.

Those injured by a recalled product have options

This blog overviewed the product recall process in a previous post. One of the important takeaways from that post was that a product recall action does not mean that a person affected by the Illinois defective product is going to get compensation, other than perhaps a replacement product, a refund or a free repair of the product. On the other hand, just because a product is not subject to a recall does not mean the product is safe.

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