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Chicago-area accident leaves 1 dead, 3 hospitalized

A recent accident at an intersection in the suburbs west of Chicago killed one man and left three others with injuries significant enough to require hospitalization.

According to reports, one driver was heading north and was driving in an erratic manner, although police have not said that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. The northbound driver went through a red light at the intersection and, as a result, collided with three different vehicles, all of who were traveling west through the intersection and, presumably, had the right-of-way.

What could cause malnutrition in a nursing home?

One type of neglect that is, sadly, too common in Illinois nursing homes, including those in the greater Chicago area, occurs when the nursing home's patients are malnourished or dehydrated. While it is never excusable for a nursing home patient to suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, it is also rarely the intent of a nursing home employee to starve one of their patients or deprive them of the water. As such, the question becomes, what exactly leads to a patient getting seriously ill or dying because of malnutrition?

Often, malnutrition happens because staff members do not pay attention, or they are unable to do so because of a heavy workload. Miscommunications or improper training are also reasons.

Overview of dram shop liability in Illinois

Previous posts on this blog have discussed how the family of a Cook County resident killed in a fatal drunk driving accident can seek compensation from the responsible for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This is true no matter what the outcome of the drunk driver's criminal case is.

However, families are not limited to suing just the drunk driver, assuming of course the car accident was caused by alcohol. After all, a drunk driver may not have any means of paying the victim's family after a lawsuit and may also not have enough insurance to cover the family's losses.

Are bed sores preventable?

A previous blog post suggested that bed sores are common in Chicago-area nursing homes, but they are not excusable. If a bed sore leads to a serious condition, like fatal infections, family members have the right to pursue compensation.

Some Illinois residents might wonder if anything can really be done to stop bed sores since they are common conditions. The reality is that bed sores are frequently the result of a nursing home's neglect.

More on third party liability claims

In a previous post on this blog, we discussed our practice of identifying and pursuing all responsible parties following a work-related death due to construction negligence or for some other reason. One reason we take this approach is that, even though most Chicago area workers are covered by workers' compensation, the survivor benefits are often simply not enough to fully compensate a grieving family.

Some people might wonder how other parties can be held responsible in an employee death when workers' compensation is supposed to be an exclusive remedy for the families of Illinois employees killed while at work. The reason is that, while an employer need not worry about being sued by the family of a deceased employee so long as the employer had workers' compensation, such is not the case for anyone else who might be responsible for the fatal accident.

Was your parent injured in a fall? They may need help

Nursing homes and other residential facilities are often the most appropriate choice for our aging loved ones. While most families in Illinois would like to care for their elderly parents in-home, the time commitment and cost of care is often out of reach.

Even if you feel confident in your choice of nursing home, many elderly adults face an enormous but preventable risk -- falls.

More on third party liability claims

In a previous post on this blog, we discussed our practice of identifying and pursuing all responsible parties following a work-related death due to construction negligence or for some other reason. One reason we take this approach is that, even though most Chicago area workers are covered by workers' compensation, the survivor benefits are often simply not enough to fully compensate a grieving family.

Some people might wonder how other parties can be held responsible in an employee death when workers' compensation is supposed to be an exclusive remedy for the families of Illinois employees killed while at work. The reason is that, while an employer need not worry about being sued by the family of a deceased employee so long as the employer had workers' compensation, such is not the case for anyone else who might be responsible for the fatal accident.

Helping construction workers' families recover full compensation

Construction workers who live in the greater Chicago area truly put their lives at risk every day they go to work to support their families. While there are lots of rules and other precautions in place to protect them, the reality is construction sites are dangerous places. Even a little carelessness on the part of an employer or other party can mean a construction worker does not come home alive after his or her shift.

When this happens, families have a right to expect that those responsible for the death of their loved ones do what they can to make the situation right. This means among other things that families should get fully compensated for the financial losses they suffer because of the untimely death of their relative including lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, and other expenses. They should also get some financial acknowledgement for the anguish and suffering they have to endure as a result of the tragedy.

Can a drunk driver still be sued if found not guilty?

A previous post on this blog discussed tragic accident which left a young man dead. Police have indicated that they suspect drunk driving and have charged one of the drivers involved in the accident with a DUI.

These sorts of cases raise an important question that some residents of the Chicago area may wonder about. What if, for whatever reason, a drunk driver who causes a fatal drunk driving accident winds up being found not guilty or otherwise escaping a criminal charge? Does this mean that the family of the deceased victim is simply out of luck?

Suburban crash kills 1, police allege alcohol use

Police have charged a man who lives in the suburbs of Cook County has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with a fatal drunk driving accident that took place in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago to the southwest of the city. The man also faces a DUI charge and several other charges in connection with the accident, including failure to stop.

The car accident happened in the early morning hours and involved the man now being charged with a crime striking a parked car. One of the vehicle's passengers, a 20-year-old male, died at the scene of the accident because of the injuries he suffered. Both the driver of the parked vehicle and the suspect also suffered injuries and had to be taken to area hospitals. The driver of the parked vehicle is expected to survive the accident.

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