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Are dogs biting people a common problem?

90 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States of America. Many of those dogs reside in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Their owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dogs do not infringe upon the property or personal space of other people. If their dog bites someone, a dog owner may find themselves facing a case inclusive of premises liability.

How widespread is the problem of dogs biting people?

Beware of severe or repeated falls in nursing homes

Many nursing residents are frail. They may be in an assisted living facility for this exact reason -- they need help and proper care to stay safe.

Although some nursing home falls can't be prevented, they are too common an occurrence among elderly residents who should be monitored and cared for by trained staff. Of particular concern are single falls that cause significant injury and repeated falls that can also prove to be life changing for residents.

Put safety first when taking children to amusement parks

There are many fun things to do in Chicago, Illinois, in the summer. Those providing activities need to make sure that the activities are safe to protect their customers and to avoid premises liability problems. Of course, parents taking children to activities, like amusement parks, can do a lot to ensure their children's safety.

One example is avoiding rides that your child is afraid of. There is a time to encourage your child to reach out and try new things. Going on amusement park rides is not one of them. After all, if they go on and give in to fear, you won't be able to get them back off until the ride is over, and they may be in danger in the meanwhile. If your child is willing to go on a particular ride, watch others go on it first, so that you and your child will know what to expect and how to maximize safety.

How to choose the right nursing home for your parent

When it comes time to find a nursing facility for a parent, you can expect the task to be very difficult. You want to pick the right place, somewhere that is a good fit for them and close enough that you can get there quickly in case of an emergency. You also want to choose a facility that will keep your mother or father safe. With continuous reports of nursing home neglect, the last thing you want to do is move them into a home where they will be at risk.

The best thing you can do to ensure your parent's comfort and safety is to stay alert for signs that the nursing home is not providing quality care. When you place a loved one in a nursing facility, it is up to you act as his or her advocate. If things are not up to par at the home, it is up to you to step up, speak up and take the necessary actions to either remove your loved one or ensure the home corrects the situation. Read further for more information on tips to choose the right nursing home for your elderly parent.

Community mourns loss of family in car accident

A Cook County community is reeling from the death of yet another member of a family that was obliterated in one simple accident that may have been related to distracted driving.

Five out of six lives were lost in the crash. The family, which included a pregnant mother, three small children and their father, were on their way to an event at their church when a pickup truck ran a stop sign and hit their car. The mother, her unborn child and two of the children died at the scene. The other child, a 6-year-old boy, died a few days later after doctors were unable to save him.

Summer is a dangerous time for driving

Chicago, Illinois, has some of the busiest roads in the nation. In view of that, it is unsurprising that it has many motor vehicle accidents. Some people might presume that most of those accidents happen when winter comes, but the fact is that many happen in summer too.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, considered by many to be the unofficial beginning of summer and the unofficial end of summer, many people go out on the road much more than they usually would. They go on long vacations and short road trips, visiting beaches, forests, big cities and every other attraction that summer may seem to offer.

Nursing homes need methods to prevent medication errors

There are many things that nursing home residents and their loved ones have to worry about. One of these is whether or not they are getting the correct medications at the correct times. There are many things that can go wrong with medication administration in these care facilities.

One study that was done overseas looked into whether medication administration robots could help reduce the instance of medication errors. The results were a bit shocking. The study found that even when robots got the medications together for dispensing, errors are still made.

What should peoplke know about premises liability insurance?

When people get injured on someone's Chicago, Illinois, property, they may pursue legal recourse. Those cases deal with premises liability and address the degree to which the owner or manager of the premises has liability for people suffering injuries there. They include instances of tenants suffering injuries on premises owned or managed by their landlord. Landlord tenant laws do vary per state.

Can landlords get insurance policies that cover tenants suing for injuries on the property?

Illinois officials seek lower speed limit to protect residents

Residents of Chicago, Illinois, want to stay safe. This means avoiding motor vehicle accidents. In pursuit of that goal officials of Northbrook may go to court in order to force the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to lower the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph on Waukegan Road between Dundee and Voltz roads.

Northbrook Village Board members contend that the higher speed limit is unsafe. They met with their legal team on June 27 on ways to get the speed limit lowered, despite IDOT documents that say that Waukegan Road isn't classified as a low-speed state road. According to the documents, the road is not in an urban district, only has low-density development in the area and has few curb cuts, so a lower speed limit is unnecessary.

What should I know about bed sores in nursing homes?

Your family member has started complaining about a sore that isn't healing. You are surprised because he or she is in a nursing facility. The staff at the nursing home should be checking up on the problem, but it doesn't seem like they are too concerned.

At your next visit to the nursing home, you are greeted with a horrible sight: Your loved one has a huge hole in the skin, and it looks painful. Upon taking your loved one to the doctor yourself, you find out that the issue is a bed sore.

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