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Wheaton nursing home abuse attorneyAs the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, more and more people are requiring the around-the-clock care afforded by a nursing home. Physical disabilities, as well as cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, make it hard for many elderly individuals to do the daily tasks of living. Family members who place their relatives in the hands of a nursing home expect that he or she will be treated fairly, kindly, and consistently. Tragically, this is not always the case. Read on to learn signs that your loved one is being mistreated by nursing home staff.

Be on the Lookout for These Signs of Neglect

One of the saddest things about nursing home abuse and neglect is that many of the victims are not able to communicate how they have been wronged. In cases where a nursing home resident cannot advocate for himself or herself, it is up to family members and friends to watch for signs of bad care. Warning signs that your loved one is not being properly cared for in a nursing home include:


Wheaton car accident attorneysWhen a car accident, slip-and-fall, or any other type of injury-causing accident occurs, determining who was at fault is an important element of the case. Assigning fault typically determines which party will be responsible for paying for any resulting injuries or property damages. In some situations, fault is fairly easy to determine. For example, a driver who runs a red light and hits a pedestrian who was legally crossing the street would probably be considered at fault. In other situations, the determination of fault is more complex, as two or more parties may each have contributed to the accident occurring. When fault is shared in an Illinois accident, liability may be shared as well.

Pure Contributory Negligence

In the United States, three basic models of comparative fault are currently in use. Each one addresses how collectable damages may be impacted when an injured victim is at least partly responsible for causing the accident. The first type is known as “pure contributory negligence” and is the least common. Only four states and Washington D.C. maintain pure contributory negligence laws. These laws state that if an injured party shares any of the liability for the accident, he or she may not collect any damages at all. This means that the defendant could be 95 percent responsible for the accident and still avoid paying damages if the victim was found to be just 1 percent at fault.  


DuPage County personal injury lawyersThe cold weather, it seems, is finally behind us. This year’s winter defied the calendar and hung on well into the spring season, but temperatures are rising, and people throughout Northern Illinois are heading outdoors. Springtime also marks the beginning of another riding season for motorcycle owners throughout the region. As riders get their motorcycles out of storage and back on the roads, safety advocates and even government officials are encouraging riders and other drivers to work together to keep the streets and highways safe.

Official Awareness Campaign

In honor of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner joined representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) this week to announce the start of the annual “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign. During the kickoff event, Rauner shared a story about a personal friend of his who was recently injured while riding. “A pickup truck didn’t see him,” the governor said. “He’s still in the hospital today.”


b2ap3_thumbnail_airplane-engine-accident-damage.jpgEarlier this month, a 43-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries when a mid-air, catastrophic engine failure caused damage to the passenger cabin of an airplane headed from New York to Dallas. The death was the first accident-related fatality on an American-based airline flight in more than nine years—the longest such stretch in American aviation history. Another passenger on the same flight has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the airline and several other co-defendants seeking damages for physical and mental injuries.

A Scary Situation

The accident occurred during a Southwest Airlines flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field. Preliminary investigations indicate that a short time after take-off, a fan blade in the left-side engine broke and caused a violent chain reaction, which threw debris flying in all directions. A piece of debris shattered a window in the passenger cabin. The passenger nearest to the window was partially sucked out by the air pressure, but other passengers were eventually able to pull her back inside.


Wheaton distracted driving accident attorneysMost of us have heard about the dangers of texting while driving. Campaigns like AT&T’s “It Can Wait” pledge or the U.S Department of Transportation’s “Project Yellow Light” have attempted to curb the increase in distracted driver-related accidents using statistics and powerful personal stories. Unfortunately, studies show that many people continue the dangerous practice of texting while driving. In fact, studies show that approximately one out of every four U.S car accidents is caused by a distracted driver using their cell phone. Unfortunately, many people continue to insist that they are capable of using a phone and operating a vehicle at the same time.

Legislators Respond to Reckless Distracted Drivers

For decades, drunk driving has been a huge concern for police and civilians alike. Shockingly, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated. Because of the dangerous nature of distracted driving, many states have created laws about cell phone use in the car. In Illinois, hand-held cell phones are banned for anyone operating a motor vehicle. If Illinois drivers wish to use their phone while driving, they can only use it hands-free. Drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Those who are 18 years old or younger will have to pull over if they wish to legally make a call while driving, as all cell phone use is illegal for drivers under age 19.


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When a drunk driver causes an accident, he or she is generally liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur as a result. For most injured victims, the first step in recovering compensation is to file a lawsuit against the intoxicated driver, but there may be other parties who could share in the liability for the accident. In fact, there are situations in which bars, restaurants, or other establishments could be held responsible for overserving the drunk driver prior to the crash.

A Fatal Night

Last month, a judge in St. Clair County presided over a trial regarding a 2010 crash that claimed the life of a woman and sent her husband to the hospital for six months. The couple was a long-haul trucking team and the two were westbound on Interstate 64 in Illinois just east of St. Louis in the early morning hours of November 17, 2010. According to reports, a drunk driver was driving east in the westbound lanes when he crashed into the couple’s truck. The truck went down into the median, fell to its side, and caught fire. The woman died at the scene while the man suffered severe burns and was left totally disabled.


DuPage County personal injury attorneyWhile it may not feel like it, spring has finally come to Northern Illinois, at least according to the calendar. In the next few weeks, temperatures will begin to rise, and the snow and ice of winter will become unpleasant memories. For most drivers, spring represents a period of relief from slippery roadways and whiteout conditions, but the season brings with it an entirely new set of dangers. There are some things you can do to help prepare your vehicle for spring driving and to prevent accidents.

De-Winterize Your Car

It is common for drivers to take extra precautions with their vehicle when winter is approaching. They may switch to snow tires, for example, and use heavy-duty windshield wiper blades. Spring, however, brings different types of weather patterns, so it is important to be ready for them. Removing snow tires in favor of all-season or “summer” tires is usually a good idea. Snow tires have aggressive treads designed to account for ice and snow on the roads, while all-seasons are generally better at handling wet roads and standing water.

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