Archives for October 2014

What information will my personal injury attorney need?

Motor vehicle accidents take a tremendous toll on everyone involved, both financially and emotionally. An individual who has been injured should retain an Illinois personal injury attorney to receive full compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident. Accident lawyers often require specific […]

Illinois legislation: Nursing home care facility owners liable for wrongful death

In Illinois, nursing home facilities are inspected every 15 months or less by state regulators, but according to Families for Better Care, a non-profit elder advocacy group, the state’s nursing homes are still deficient in many critical health areas. The amended Illinois Nursing Home Care Act has placed nursing home liability for fatal accidents on […]

Truck accidents: 4 common causes

Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that both the rate of truck accidents and the number of injuries and fatalities associated with them are climbing. Crashes involving tractor trailers increased 11 percent between 2009 and 2012. Fatalities escalated by 16 percent, and there was a 43 percent rise in the number of […]

Back injuries and workers’ compensation

Anyone who has experienced a back injury in the workplace is aware of the profound impact it can have on the quality of life. Even minor back injuries present disruptions to work-related activities. These worker injuries can be particularly devastating for workers employed in jobs in which a healthy back is required to perform well. […]

Hospital workers face several injury risks

Due to the nature of the work, employment as a hospital worker can be a rewarding experience. However, hospitals expose workers to a variety of risks, including the risk of injury. Fortunately, hospital workers in Illinois who experience workplace accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation. A statistical comparison among industries shows that hospitals are one […]

Seeking workers’ compensation in Illinois for layover injuries

In some cases, eligible injuries for workers’ compensation extend beyond those experienced in the workplace. Airline workers injured during layovers represent an example of these cases. In Illinois, this is especially relevant, given that the state features multiple large airports, including the O’Hare International, Midway and Chicago Executive airports. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation & […]

Does safety technology help prevent truck accidents?

Most passenger vehicles now come standard with advanced technology to improve operation safety, such as air bags, anti-lock brakes, and, more recently, electronic stability control. Option packages typically include additional features that reduce driving hazards, but current performance standards do not require them. Due to their size and weight, large trucks are less maneuverable in […]

The majority of car accidents in work zones happen during daylight hours

The highways and roads in Illinois and across the United States require thousands of hours of construction and maintenance each year. Much research has been conducted in order to create the safest environment for workers, as well as to protect vehicles that must pass through the area. Inconclusive research in the past suggested that a […]

Alarm fatigue and medical errors

In hospitals, nearly every medical device beeps or chirps, but the reasons for the sounds vary widely. The lack of machine standardization causes part of the problem because some alarms signal patient distress, while others indicate that the patient is stable. The constant din creates a white noise effect, so hospital staff either turn down […]

What does the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission do?

According to its official website, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers to workers who experience work-related injuries or diseases. In other words, the IWCC is a public institution acting as an intermediary between workers at risk of injury and employers at risk of liability for those injuries. […]

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