September 2014

Nursing home patients on Medicaid at higher risk for neglect

Placing a family member in a care facility or nursing home is a difficult decision made by many Chicago families every year. To compound the problem, many residents may be apprehensive about moving an elderly loved one to a nursing home due to a fear that they will receive sub-par treatment as a … [...]

Congress should pass legislation on defective rental vehicles

It has been found that some reputable rental car companies have decided to overlook certain recall notices and rent their vehicles out to unsuspecting drivers. This negligence has led to multiple injuries and the deaths of innocent drivers who were unaware that they had been issued defective rental … [...]

Fire truck accident caused by mechanical failure

A devastating motor vehicle accident occurred just outside Helena, Montana recently, claiming the lives of a Townsend family and the chief of the Three Forks Fire Department. KRTV.com reports that the family of five was traveling westbound toward Helena on the highway when a fire engine heading … [...]

The three main types of driver distraction

Distracted driving is a continually growing problem for Chicago and the nation as a whole. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1,000 people are injured or killed as the result of driver distraction every day in the U.S. In 2011, 17 percent of all motor vehicle accidents … [...]

Homeowners can be held liable for accidents in their swimming pool

When Illinois homeowners decide to construct a swimming pool on their property, it is crucial that they take the proper steps to ensure it is kept safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of ten people die every day as a result of accidental drowning in non-boat … [...]

Prescription errors raises concern over electronic records

Electronic health records may have the potential to help make healthcare more efficient and patient histories more readily available. Many professionals and officials hope that this will eventually lead to a decrease in healthcare costs with an increase in quality and patient satisfaction. The hope … [...]

Illinois premises liability law

Illinois has adopted a set of laws that pertain specifically to a plaintiff’s ability to seek damages for the injuries they sustain while on another person’s or business’ personal property. These are known as premises liability laws. Thousands of Chicago residents find financial relief for their … [...]

Report: Citations for abuse issued to 30 percent of all U.S. nursing homes

A recently released national report is bringing attention to the abhorrent living conditions of many nursing homes located across the country, according to ABC News. Although many Illinois families entrust the care and health of their loved ones to the directors of nursing home facilities, a … [...]

Research shows most common medical error is misdiagnoses

Most people in Illinois trust the advice and judgment of their doctors. Unfortunately, when doctors make diagnostic mistakes, those errors can delay timely treatment and increase the risk of adverse outcomes. In 2013, US News reported misdiagnoses were the leading ground for malpractice lawsuits. … [...]

The risks pedestrians face in Illinois

As more people follow the advice of healthcare and fitness experts and choose to walk the streets of Illinois' cities instead of ride, pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur. Research suggests that this is not merely a numbers issue, however. Cities often present its residents with  problems … [...]