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Why Is Elopement a Dangerous Issue in Nursing Homes?

 Posted on January 19,2024 in Nursing Home Negligence

Blog ImageMany families entrust nursing homes with the care of their elderly loved ones. However, there are some cases where a nursing home may seem to be clean and organized, and a facility may seem to be run well, but there are still issues that may affect residents’ safety. One growing concern is elopement, which occurs when nursing home residents wander away from a facility and encounter safety risks while in public. Numerous incidents have been documented across the United States in which nursing home patients have left facilities without supervision and been seriously injured or killed.

When a nursing home fails to take the proper steps to protect a person’s safety, a family will often be left wondering how this could have happened. In these situations, an attorney with experience in cases involving nursing home injuries can help determine whether the negligence of a facility or its staff members caused a patient to suffer personal injuries or wrongful death. A family may be able to recover compensation for their losses and ensure that a nursing home will be held responsible for its negligence.

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Why Are Fatal Car Accidents Increasing in the United States?

 Posted on December 20,2023 in Car Accidents

Blog ImageIn recent years, the United States has seen a troubling rise in fatal car accidents. Despite advancements in vehicle safety technology and increased awareness campaigns, the number of deaths on American roads continues to climb. There are several factors that have contributed to this alarming trend. Following a car accident, people who have been injured or family members of a person who was wrongfully killed will need to understand their legal options, and they can do so with the help of an experienced attorney.

The Impact of Smartphone Use

The most significant increase in fatal car accidents involves pedestrians who are killed during the nighttime. Out of the more than 7,000 fatal pedestrian accidents that took place in 2021, around 75 percent of them occurred after sunset and before sunrise. While there are a number of potential reasons for this trend, the increased use of smartphones is likely to be a primary factor.

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3 Reasons Car Accidents Can Occur Over Thanksgiving

 Posted on December 01,2023 in Bicycle Accidents

Blog ImageDuring Thanksgiving, many people enjoy gathering with family and friends, preparing and enjoying food, and reflecting on the things they are grateful for. However, Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest times of the year on roads throughout the United States. Many people travel to visit their families, take vacations, or drive around town to take advantage of holiday sales. As the number of cars on the roads increases, so does the likelihood of car accidents

A serious injury in a motor vehicle collision will not only affect a family’s ability to enjoy the holidays, but it can also lead to ongoing financial problems and other difficulties. Families who have been harmed by negligent drivers will need to understand their options and the steps they can take to recover financial compensation. They can do so with the help of an experienced attorney.

There are several factors that may contribute to the heightened risk of car accidents during Thanksgiving, including:

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Are Repetitive Stress Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

 Posted on November 16,2023 in Workers' Compensation

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Workers' compensation is a crucial form of financial protection for employees who are injured while working or experience illnesses or health issues due to the work they have performed. It provides financial support and medical benefits to help workers recover from their injuries and return to work. While most people are aware that workers' compensation covers workplace accidents such as falls or equipment malfunctions, there is often confusion about whether repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are also covered. While filing a workers’ compensation claim, an injured worker can help improve their chances of success by working with an experienced attorney.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries, occur when a person performs the same motion repeatedly over an extended period. These types of injuries can affect various parts of the body, including the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back. Common examples of RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff tears.

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Are Overloaded Trucks More Likely to Be Involved in Accidents?

 Posted on October 30,2023 in Truck Accidents

Untitled---2023-11-02T140742.765.jpgTruck accidents can be devastating. Because 18-wheelers, big rigs, and other commercial vehicles are so much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, they can inflict severe injuries and even fatalities in a collision. One factor that can significantly increase the risk of a truck accident is overloading. When trucks are overloaded with cargo, it puts additional strain on the vehicle's components, affecting the truck’s overall stability and maneuverability. If you have been in an accident with a truck that had exceeded the allowed weight limits, an experienced attorney can help you ensure that this issue will be addressed correctly as you pursue compensation for your injuries.

The Dangers of Overloaded Trucks

Overloading a truck beyond its maximum weight capacity can have several dangerous consequences, including:

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Who Is Liable for a Car Accident With an Uber or Lyft Driver?

 Posted on October 10,2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled---2023-11-02T135819.136.jpgRideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer the ability to receive transportation quickly and easily. However, with this convenience comes certain risks, including the possibility of being involved in a car accident while riding as a passenger or sharing the road with these drivers. In these situations, people who have been injured will need to understand their options. With the help of an attorney, they can determine who was responsible for causing an accident and which parties may be held liable for the damages they have suffered.

Understanding Liability for Rideshare Accidents

In any car accident case, determining liability is essential to ensure that a person who was injured will be fairly compensated for their damages. When it comes to Lyft or Uber accidents, several factors may come into play when determining who bears responsibility:

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7 Common Traffic Violations That Can Lead to Car Accidents

 Posted on September 12,2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled---2023-09-12T090653.207.jpgWhile most drivers try to stay safe while they are on the road, they may still become involved in car accidents through no fault of their own. While accidents can happen for many reasons, traffic violations are some of the most common causes. When drivers disobey the rules of the road, they put themselves and others at risk of being injured in accidents. If you have been involved in a collision that was caused by a driver who violated traffic laws, a skilled attorney can help you understand your options.

Some of the most common violations that lead to car accidents include:

Speeding

Many drivers exceed the speed limits, either on purpose or because they do not pay attention to how fast they are going. Speeding affects a driver's ability to react in time to avoid collisions. It can also increase the severity of injuries if an accident occurs.

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How Can Nursing Home Negligence Lead to the Spread of Infections?

 Posted on August 18,2023 in Nursing Home Negligence

Untitled---2023-08-18T132108.135.jpgNursing homes are meant to provide a safe and comfortable environment for elderly individuals who require assistance with daily tasks. However, instances of negligence in nursing homes can put residents at risk of developing infections. Viral or bacterial infections can spread rapidly within these facilities due to various factors, and for patients who are vulnerable to harm, these diseases can be life-threatening. For families who have loved ones who have experienced dangerous infections in nursing homes, it is important to understand the forms of negligence that may have put their family members at risk.

Poor Hygiene Practices

One of the primary ways infections can spread in nursing homes is through a failure to maintain proper hygiene. Staff members must adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to handwashing, cleaning surfaces, and providing proper personal care. They must also maintain clean living spaces for residents by regularly cleaning communal areas like dining rooms, bathrooms, and hallways, as well as individual resident rooms. Failure to do so can lead to cross-contamination between residents, who may experience infections such as respiratory illnesses, skin infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and gastrointestinal issues.

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How Long Will Temporary Workers’ Comp Disability Benefits Last?

 Posted on July 18,2023 in Workers' Compensation

Untitled---2023-08-18T122243.373.jpgWhen an employee is injured on the job, they may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are typically available in any situation where an employee suffers a work-related injury, regardless of who was at fault. Workers’ comp may address injuries in workplace accidents, occupational diseases, and injuries that arose out of the work a person performed, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries. 

In addition to covering the costs of medical treatment for a work injury, workers’ compensation provides disability benefits. These benefits are designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a work-related injury. By understanding when temporary disability benefits are available and how long they will last, injured workers can ensure that they will have the means to support themselves as they recover from their injuries.

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Proving Liability in a Motorcycle Accident Case: How a Lawyer Can Help

 Posted on June 27,2023 in Motorcycle Accidents

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-3.jpgNow that the weather in Plainfield has warmed up, many people are taking their motorcycles out of the garage and enjoying the Illinois roads. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of severe and fatal injuries in a crash than drivers of passenger vehicles.

For many injured motorcyclists, the process of recovering financial compensation for crash-related damages is also an uphill battle. At-fault drivers and their insurance companies are expected to compensate accident victims for their damages. However, successfully recovering compensation is often far easier said than done. One issue many motorcyclists run into is that of proving liability.

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