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$1 million settlement reached in Lombard day care death

No amount of money can bring back a child who has died unnecessarily. However, sometimes the only recourse that parents have is to file a civil lawsuit against those responsible for the tragedy.

A Chicago-area family has accepted a $1 million wrongful death settlement for the death of their infant daughter last November at a day center facility in Lombard. The settlement is being paid by the day care center's insurance company to the estate of the 3-month-old. That's the maximum amount available under the policy.

When nursing home residents go missing

Wandering and elopement are serious concerns for the families of some Illinois nursing home residents, particularly those who suffer from dementia. Are enough safety precautions in place to prevent elderly and disabled adults from going missing?

In April, the Chicago Tribune reported that a 64-year-old resident of Countryside Nursing Home in Dolton went missing on an outing to a Walmart in Homewood. The missing man was found the next night when he showed up, apparently unhurt, at a Chicago police station. While this wandering story had a relatively happy ending, nursing home residents are often highly vulnerable to serious injury when they are not properly supervised and cared for.

Nursing homes must protect residents from Summer heat

When adult daughters and sons arrange for their parents to live in a Chicago, Illinois, nursing home, they presume that the basics, like food, water and temperature control will be taken care of by the staff of the facility. Any failure on the part of the staff to take care of those basics, which are essential to the health of the facility's residents, can constitute nursing home abuse.

Temperature control, including keeping residents cool in the Summer, is critical because older adults, age 65 and over, are more susceptible to heat stress than younger adults are. This susceptibility includes an inability to adjust to sudden changes in temperature like those that can happen in the months of June, July, and August. Older adults are also more likely than younger adults to have chronic medical conditions. Those conditions affect their bodies' normal responses to heat. The prescription medications that they take can also affect their ability to perspire and regulate bodily temperature.

Sexual abuse has no place in nursing homes

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility is never easy. But the decision is often mitigated by the idea that your loved one will receive a level of care and supervision that you and your family are not able to provide.

So, imagine the horror of learning that your loved one was sexually assaulted or abused at one of these facilities by a supposed "caregiver." CNN recently reported on incidences of sexual assault and abuse in nursing homes. Below are some of the findings.

What are key considerations for home pool safety?

Having a home pool can be a lot of fun for the family whose home it is at and their friends. However, if pool safety is not taken care of, there can be dangerous accidents with corresponding premises liability. Correspondingly, it is important to address some questions about pool safety.

How prevalent are poll accidents?

What are the most common causes of commercial truck accidents?

As you make your way around the state of Illinois, you will frequently be in close contact with commercial trucks. This holds true on highways, as well as roads in big cities.

Even if you take extreme caution, driving carefully and sharing the road with truckers, you can't always expect other drivers to do the same. Many commercial truck accidents occur because someone isn't paying attention. When you become familiar with the most common causes of commercial truck accidents, you can take certain steps to improve your safety.

Accidents at events can result in financial claims

When people go to events, like concerts or music festivals, they are looking to have a good time, listen to music and spend time with their friends. However, if not careful, your attendance at the event can result in health consequences.

Outdoor events, like music festivals, are often outside and you can easily get overheated in the broiling Summer sun. To minimize the danger, wear cool clothes, including a hat for shade, use sunscreen and bring bottles of water so that you can stay hydrated.

Man facing DUI allegations after deadly crash

A man from DeKalb has been accused of driving under the influence and then being involved in a deadly accident. He was initially arrested by the police and then released on recognizance.

The man is 25 years old. He was behind the wheel of a gold 2006 Jeep at the time of the accident. As that Jeep was going down the Lincoln Highway in the middle of the night, it left the eastbound lane and hit a Toyota Camry that was going west.

Are car vs. train accidents becoming less common?

Car accidents involving trains are very often deadly, or at least so catastrophic that they leave people with serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that those in cars are about 20 times as likely to be killed in such a crash than in an accident with two automobiles.

The reasons are fairly clear. Trains cannot stop quickly or deviate from their set path. The amount of weight they carry behind them is far greater than even the largest motor vehicles, so simple physics dictates that those in cars and trucks are very likely to be hurt.

Be aware so you can notice signs of nursing home abuse

A loved one who is in a nursing home isn't there because it is fun. Instead, residents are in nursing homes because they need help with basic tasks and aren't able to live life alone.

Residents of nursing homes deserve to receive quality care. They have lived long lives and deserve to finish out their days without having to worry about being mistreated. Sadly, many nursing home residents do have to worry about abuse and neglect.

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