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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.

The cost of care for people with spinal cord injuries

When individuals suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), it will inevitably be costly to treat it. However, depending on the age of the victim at the time the accident occurs or how severe the injury is, the price can go up considerably.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, among the different types of spinal cord injuries, incomplete tetraplegia accounts for more than 45 percent of all SCI cases. The second and third most common type of SCIs suffered are incomplete paraplegia and complete paraplegia, both of which account for 21 and 20 percent of injuries respectively.

Brain injury issues can take time to develop

When you break your arm in a car accident, you often know right away. With a brain injury, though, the overall impact can be far more severe, and the symptoms may take longer to develop.

For example, one man was in a serious car crash. He did say that he felt a little off after the wreck, but he didn't know what was wrong right away.

What does financial abuse look like in a nursing home setting?

When your loved ones age, you take whatever steps are necessary to help. At first, this could include helping with transportation, cooking and maintenance at a home. Eventually, many elderly people need around the clock supervision and care to treat illnesses and prevent injuries.

You likely did a lot of research before deciding on an elder care or nursing home facility for your family member. However, even in the best of settings, abuse can occur. It only takes one unscrupulous employee to endanger and abuse your loved one, no matter the reputation of the facility in question.

Do you know why indoor slip-and-fall accidents happen?

When you visit an office building, shopping mall, store or other commercial area, you assume that the owner will keep the area safe at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is possible to suffer a significant injury because of someone else's negligence.

Teen at track meet killed during hammer throw

Tragically, a 19-year-old student was killed at a track meet. He went to Wheaton College and had decided to volunteer at the meet. During the hammer throw, he was accidentally struck with one of the hammers.

The accident happened right around 4:15 in the afternoon. Since it was an athletic event, there were already Wheaton College Public Safety officials and local paramedics at the meet. They attended to him and took him to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, which is located in Downers Grove. Unfortunately, medical officials announced that he had passed away.

8 things to know about dehydration and malnutrition in seniors

Nursing home residents count on the people who work at the nursing home to provide them with life’s necessities. When these caregivers fail to provide adequate food and water, residents can suffer. Malnutrition and dehydration are serious issues in nursing homes that can severely impact the elderly. 

How often do those with dementia wander?

You're putting your loved one in a nursing home because he or she has dementia. Not only is help needed with medication and daily tasks, but you're always worried about forgetfulness, confusion, and wandering. The nursing home has workers who are trained to deal with these issues, helping to confine residents for their own benefit.

Are you right to worry? How often does wandering really happen?

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