Archives for September 2014

Illinois fails nursing home review

More than 100,000 citizens reside in approximately 1,200 nursing home facilities located within Illinois state lines, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Although the department indicates that all Illinois long-term care facilities are regulated, licensed and inspected annually by their staff, Illinois was given a failing grade for providing inadequate nursing home care for … [Read more...]

Severe complications caused by retained sponges

USA Today reports that in most cases of retained surgical items, it is gauzy sponges that are left behind in a surgical site. Surgeons often use dozens of these materials to soak up bodily fluid and blood around the point of operation, making it easier to see. As the gauze become saturated, they become hard to distinguish amidst the tissue and other organs.   … [Read more...]

Protecting loved ones from nursing home abuse

Senior citizens are a vulnerable population. Physically frail and unable to defend themselves, thousands of nursing home residents are abused each year. After a comprehensive study performed by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, it was found that 30 percent of U.S. nursing homes have been cited for nearly 9,000 cases of abuse over a two-year period. … [Read more...]

Distracted truck driver kills officer while browsing his cellphone

Operating a tractor trailer takes great skill, concentration and focus. When truck drivers are engaged in other activities, however, the results can become fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are banned from texting and driving. Federal law also prohibits commercial truck drivers from using handheld cellular devices to conduct voice communications … [Read more...]

Taking selfies while driving puts everyone at risk

When Chicago motorists get out on the road, they are always taking a risk. However, drivers often believe that others will do their best to drive in a safe, responsible manner most of the time. New trends among social media users are putting this belief to the test by encouraging drivers to become even more distracted. Many individuals are now taking selfies, or self-portraits, on their … [Read more...]

Holding a property owner responsible with a third-party claim

Most workers in Chicago are under the assumption that they cannot receive anything beyond worker’s compensation if they are involved in an accident while at work. While that may be true for most cases, there are certain situations that allow an injured individual to seek a third-party claim against the owners of the property on which the injury occurred. These claims are separate from and in … [Read more...]

Brain injury study looks at human hormone

Chicago residents who are living with the damaging effects of a traumatic brain injury understand that it has the potential to be among the most devastating injuries a person can endure.  TBIs have deep, variable and far-reaching consequences that doctors are usually unable to directly treat, leaving patients with a lifetime of medical problems. According to a new study, hope for these individuals … [Read more...]

Boy Receives $14.5M Settlement Arising Out of Traumatic Injuries Sustained in Little League Baseball Game

A New Jersey boy, now 18, received a $14.5M settlement arising out of injuries and brain damage sustained during a little league baseball game in 2006. While pitching, Steven Domalewski, was struck in the chest by a line drive hit off of a metal bat. The ball struck him in the chest with such force and at the precise moment between heartbeats, that it caused a cardiac arrest. Although a spectator … [Read more...]

APPELLATE COURT AFFIRMS DEFENSE COUNSEL’S BAR FROM REJECTING ARBITRATION AWARD

May 3, 2012 – In the case of Jordan v. Bangloria, the First District Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s decision to bar Defense Counsel’s rejection of an arbitration award. During the course of the litigation, arising out of a motor vehicle accident, Plaintiff’s counsel issued a notice for the Defendant to appear at arbitration. The Defendant did not appear at the arbitration. The … [Read more...]

INJURED PASSENGER SUES METRA

A lawsuit was recently filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against Metra arising out of injuries sustained in May 2011, by a Metra passenger in a train v. passenger vehicle collision. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Metra was negligent because the train was being operated with no lights, no horns, inadequate brakes, and too many passenger cars. For additional information, … [Read more...]

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