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The alarming statistics of impaired driving accidents in the U.S.

With Labor Day weekend acting as the end of summer for many people and approaching quickly, it is not uncommon for Americans to celebrate the holiday with parties and barbeques, often involving alcohol and, in some cases, recreational drugs.

State and local authorities are aware of an increase of driving under the influence during the holidays, and many, including those from Cook County, Illinois, and the surrounding area, will be patrolling the roads looking for impaired drivers. As honorable as their intentions may be, the sad fact is that impaired driving still claims the lives of thousands of Americans each year.

Fighting for your baby after a brachial plexus birth injury

As a parent, it is devastating to learn that your child suffered from an injury at birth that will affect him or her permanently. Birth injuries are serious, and they can be both financially and emotionally devastating for an Illinois family.

One of the most common types of birth injuries are brachial plexus injuries. These most often occur during the birth process, and the results are serious damage for the baby. This type of injury affects the nerves around the shoulder, leading to mobility issues, loss of range of motion and permanent nerve damage. If your child suffered from this type of injury, you would have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic in the United States

With the rise, popularity and ease of use of smartphones and social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, the roads throughout the United States, including the Cook County, Illinois, area, have become more dangerous. It is not uncommon to turn on the news and hear about an automobile accident involving distracted driving.

Local and state authorities have tried to address the situation, with common public service announcements talking about the dangers of distracted driving and issuing tickets and fines for drivers who are caught while on their phones on the roads.

Helping you navigate a medical malpractice action

We all rely on the expertise of medical professionals to determine what is wrong when we are injured or sick and to prescribe us an appropriate treatment. Patients in Illinois trust the recommendation of our doctors and surgeons because they have gone through specialized education and training. However, even with their training and years of experience, medical professionals are still humans and subject to human errors. While they have the best interests of their patient in mind, this does not mean that an error or a mistake couldn't slip in.

It might not be clear or apparent what is wrong with a patient in some cases, so various tests can be prescribed. It is the doctor's hope that these tests will reveal what is wrong with a patient. However, if the wrong tests are ordered or test results are misinterpreted, a patient could suffer worsened conditions. This could occur if the ongoing ailment becomes more severe. Worsened conditions could also occur if a patient is prescribed the wrong treatment. In addition to suffering worsened conditions, a patient could also endure new ailments as well.

One dead, seven injured in major accident on Lake Shore Drive

Tragedy struck a family recently following a catastrophic car accident that took one life and injured several other people. The accident occurred on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago's north side when a careless driver speeding and changing lanes clipped another car, crossed the median and struck three other cars.

The crash occurred around 6pm on a Monday. Three victims were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition where one died from her injuries. One victim in serious-to-critical condition was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair-to-serious condition, two children were taken to Lurie Children's Hospital, one victim in fair-to-serious condition was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one person who was injured refused to go to a hospital for treatment.

How common is nursing home abuse?

Many Americans, including those from the Cook County, Illinois, area, know someone who has stayed at a nursing home. It is not uncommon for those who are ill, suffer a permanent injury or are elderly and unable to take care of themselves to stay at a nursing home for care. In fact, in 2014 alone, there were as many as 15,000 nursing homes in the United States with over 1.4 million residents.

When a family decides to move a loved one into a nursing home, there are reasonable expectations that the patient will be well cared for. This includes check-ups to make certain the resident is healthy, regular meals and personal care such as bathing and clean clothes and linens.

How OSHA protects workers in the United States, part 2

Last week we spoke about the history and importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, in helping Americans employees stay safe in the workplace. Now let us take a look at some of the regulations OSHA holds employers to as well as some of the rights that employees have to a safe working environment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created and regulates several guidelines that must be adhered to by employers to minimize the chance of a workplace injury. They must proactively search for and address workplace hazards and minimize or eliminate them. If it is impossible to eliminate the hazards, they must provide necessary safety equipment and supplies for their workers, at no expense to the workers. They must also train the workers on how to use the equipment and supplies, again at no cost. They must also place the OSHA poster in a relevant location at each job site, informing workers of their rights.

How OSHA protects workers in the United States, part 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 by the government in an effort to help protect workers throughout the United States from hazards in the workplace.

These signs could indicate your loved one is being neglected

Sadly, abuse and neglect of nursing home residents happens far too often. Even though you probably can't predict whether the home you chose to care for your loved one will fail to provide the level of care you expected, you can keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

Monitoring your loved one, the staff and the facility itself could help you determine whether your loved one suffers from some form of neglect or abuse. In order to do so, you need to know what signs to watch for when you visit your loved one.

Keeping Illinois construction workers safe in the heat

One sign that summer is here in Illinois is orange construction barrels on the state's streets and highways. Construction work, whether it is road work or structure building is an important part of our state's economy. But when summer heats up, it can be very dangerous for those working outside.

For this reason, in 2011 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a "Heat Illness Prevention" initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to provide information to both employers and employees on the hazards associated with working when it is hot outside. In essence, the agency's message is as follows: Water. Rest. Shade.

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