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Nursing home death liability under Illinois law

Nursing home death laws emanate from the broader legal principles of medical negligence. Medical negligence makes any medical practitioner liable for any injury caused to an act or omission on part of the latter. Nursing home neglect and abuse have become a great cause of concern for the state of Illinois.

Work-related accident benefits under Illinois law

If injury is suffered during the course of employment but outside the primary work premises, as long as the employee is doing a job authorized by the employer the employee is still entitled to worker's compensation. An employee may suffer severe injuries while performing work-related duties at any time. Injuries may be suffered in a work-related accident. An employee may also suffer an injury due to an inherently dangerous situation found in the workplace. In such cases, an employer may be held liable for any work-related accidents that occur during these aforementioned situations.

The legal options when a death is caused by medical negligence

When a person takes ill, family and friends try to find that person the best possible medical treatment. They entrust physicians and hospitals to take care of their loved one to ensure a quick and complete recovery. However, sometimes, hopes are shattered when that loved one dies during the course of medical treatment. This loss becomes more difficult to accept if is it is revealed that this tragic death was due to medical negligence, either by the physician or hospital staff.

Monetary damages for wrongful death lawsuits under Illinois law

Wrongful death refers to any unnatural death caused to the victim due to an alleged mistake or wrongful act or omission by the defendant. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed under Illinois civil laws along with criminal cases. However, the burden of proof for proving wrongful death is substantially less than the criminal prosecution.

Nursing home neglect plaguing the elderly

It is common knowledge that as one grows old, the need for medical care increases as well. Many times senior citizens are put in a nursing home for their well-being. However, many times it has been observed that the medical practitioners or the medical staff at the nursing home engages in severe elder abuse or elder neglect. Illinois has stringent rules against such neglect and abuse.

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