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Truck accident kills cyclist

There are all kinds of ways to approach your morning commute into Chicago. Some live in the city and have the luxury of walking. Many take the train or their own vehicle or car-pool into the city. Still yet, some bike, especially when the temperatures are fair in the summer and fall months.

Each person has a right to be on the road, cyclists and motor vehicles alike. However, in a crowded, congested area like Chicago, it can be especially hazardous for bicyclists. Sadly, one bicyclist, a 39-year-old mother of two, was tragically struck by a right-turning dump truck and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a nearby hospital. There has been much in the news lately about run-ins with trucks in Cook County, both cyclists and pedestrians alike.

What could a serious car accident injury look like?

One minute you're driving along, all is normal and right and, in the next split second, your life and the life of your loved ones changes in an instant. That's how quick a car accident can impact your life. Here is what to consider if you believe your own or a loved one's injury may be lasting and could be attributed to another's negligence.

While accidents aren't always attributable to ill-will on the part of the other driver, all drivers owe themselves and others on the road a duty of care. Failure to uphold that duty can easily cause others injuries that will require medical care. It can also cause the victim to lose wages or a quality of life they once had.

What are the 'fatal four' causes of construction accidents?

Construction workers are a common sight in Illinois, especially during the summer when construction workers and orange barrels seem to be ever-present. However, whether they are erecting a building, fixing a street or performing any other type of task involving heights, electricity and heavy machinery, it goes without saying that construction work can be dangerous work -- sometimes even leading to work-related deaths.

The Occupational Health and Safety and Health Administration has coined the term "fatal four," with regards to the four most common types of fatal construction accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the nearly 4,700 worker deaths in the private sector in 2016, just over 21 percent took place in the construction industry. And, the fatal four played a role in almost 64 percent of these deaths. So, what are the construction industry's fatal four?

Truck accident injuries held to stricter standard than car wrecks

The thought of two cars colliding causes shivers up your spine. While that situation can absolutely end in fatalities and serious injuries, there is another type of vehicle collision that has the probability for the most severe injuries. Those accidents are the result of a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. Because of their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks are held to different liability standards than the average passenger vehicle. So, what does this mean if you or a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a truck accident?

It means that there are more factors at play, more potential parties to blame and, thus, a more complex situation to analyze. However, this shouldn't make anyone shy away from alleging that a trucking company was negligent. Truck companies, truck drivers, freight companies who use the trucks and other related parties may have created an unsafe situation that directly led to your injuries.

Study finds many nursing homes are woefully understaffed

A nursing home should be a place where a Cook County resident may live knowing that their medical and personal care will be attended to by competent medical professionals and facility staff. Individuals who choose to move into nursing homes often do so because they can no longer manage their own needs and require assistance from others to attend to their day-to-day requirements. Maintaining sufficient staff is presumably necessary for a nursing home to ensure that all of its residents are provided with adequate care.

A recent study undertaken by the Kaiser Family Foundation found, though, that many American nursing homes are significantly understaffed. The Kaiser Family Foundation investigated payroll reports of thousands of nursing homes and found that a significant number had misreported staffing numbers. In particular, nursing home staff numbers seemed to plummet over weekends, leaving nursing home residents under the care of too few individuals.

Have a loved one in a nursing home? Learn about bed sores

When it became clear that your aging loved one could no longer live alone, you began searching for a nursing home that you felt would provide him or her with the level of care you expect. You may have toured several nursing homes in and around Chicago before finding one that met the needs of your loved one and your expectations.

Even though you believe he or she is in a safe place, you still worry about whether your loved one really does receive the care administrators promised you. One way to determine that is by watching for bed sores. While it is true that they can occur even under the best of circumstances, it does not mean they should go untreated and that further preventative measures should not occur.

Survivor benefits for child after parent dies in work accident

After a sudden and tragic accident, family members often face their worst fear with the passing of a loved one.

There are many ways in which a person can be the victim of a tragic fatal accident. However, one that many sometimes do not think about is the possibility of being fatally injured at work.

Common defenses to medical malpractice

Cook County's residents expect that, when they need medical care, they can turn to an experienced doctor to obtain a quick and accurate diagnosis, as well as effective and timely treatment.

Tragically, though, far too often mistakes are made in the medical field that leave innocent and unsuspecting patients susceptible to harm. When injuries are suffered as a result of a doctor error, then a medical malpractice lawsuit may be justified. However, before liability can be imposed and compensation can be recovered, victims must be able to either negotiate a settlement or succeed in litigating their case.

What to do in the moments following a car accident

Knowing what to do after an unexpected car accident can make all the difference for victims. What victims do following a car accident can be important for their health and preserve important legal protections that can help them with medical expenses, lost wages during the recovery process and pain and suffering damages.

To begin with, it is important to remain at the scene immediately following an accident and check everyone for injuries. All victims should seek the medical care and treatment they need. Car accident victims should remember to keep careful track of the medical care and treatment they receive because medical care expenses are used to calculate damages the victim has suffered. A personal injury claim for damages can help a victim obtain compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Construction worker seriously injured in Illinois

Workplace accidents, whether they cause serious harm and injuries or death, can have a significant and negative impact on victims and their families.

A recent construction accident in an Illinois community a little over an hour northeast of the Cook County area left a construction worker seriously injured. The construction accident occurred when the man became pinned in between a stack of lumber and a semi-trailer. While being removed by a forklift, the lumber appeared to have shifted, which resulted in the accident.

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