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Suffering injuries after a serious Illinois car accident

Being involved in a serious car accident can be life-changing. Not only can it affect you from a financial point of view due to damage to the vehicle, medical bills and lost wages, but you will almost certainly suffer from an emotional perspective too. The stress that a car accident can create, as well and the pain and suffering that results from injuries can create a great deal of tension and trauma.

Before making a legal claim after a serious car accident, it is important that you make a recovery from your injuries as much as possible. But in some situations, serious injuries can mean that making a full recovery could take years. The following are some of the most common serious injuries that people suffer in the aftermath of a car accident.

Is your elderly parent affected by nursing home bullying?

If you have a parent or another loved one in a nursing home, it is likely that you assume the trust of the carers to take care of his or her every need. While many carers are responsible and highly conscientious staff, there is a growing epidemic when it comes to understaffing in nursing homes. Therefore it is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise because nursing home residents are not getting the attention and care that they need and are entitled to.

This is particularly true when it comes to patient-to-patient bullying in nursing homes. It is not unheard of for a nursing home resident to be singled out and bullied by one or multiple residents. If nursing homes were adequately staffed, it should not be a problem for nursing home staff to recognize this behavior and implement a procedure in order to stop this bullying. However, when the problem is not recognized, residents can suffer, leading them to feel frightened, alone, depressed and ashamed. They may be too embarrassed to tell loved ones about the problem, but a change in their behavior may be enough to raise concern.

The most common types of nursing home abuse

When you allow a loved one to reside in a nursing home, you will want to feel safe in the knowledge that he or she is receiving the best care possible. While you can never monitor your loved one's care for every minute of the day, you may be able to sense when something is wrong or when they are being mistreated.

If you have a reason to believe that your loved one is being abused in his or her nursing home, it is important to understand what the most common types of abuse are and how they are commonly recognized.

Is my landlord liable for my fall?

When you are a tenant in an apartment building, you are not in full control of many aspects of building safety, nor are you legally responsible for it. Therefore, when you suffer an injury in your apartment building, e.g., broken bones from a fall down the stairs, your landlord may be liable.

Before taking action after your injury, it is important to understand the legalities surrounding tenant and landlord contracts. These laws vary considerably by state, making it vital that you look specifically into the laws in Illinois.

Is a car responsible for my motorcycle accident?

Driving a motorcycle can be a fun and adrenaline-fuelled activity, with many enthusiasts choosing to ride their motorcycle on sunny weekend days. However, it is also a dangerous sport that claims many lives each year.

If you have been involved in an accident while you were riding a motorcycle, it is likely that you have suffered significant injuries and that your motorcycle sustained damage. You may also be confused as to who is at fault when it comes to the accident. It is a good idea, therefore, to read about how the law works in relation to your accident, so that you know how to proceed.

You can suffer these injuries in a Chicago car accident

Having the freedom to drive anywhere you want in Chicago is great. You can get to and from work, school, the movies, the store and restaurants with little problems. But, what if you get into a car accident? Do you know what type of injuries you might suffer? People don't tend to think about how seriously injured they could get if involved in a car accident.

Even if the airbag deploys during a car accident, you could wind up suffering head injuries. The force of the collision could be so strong that it still slams your head into the steering wheel, the dashboard, the head of your passenger or your driver side window. If you are ejected from the vehicle, you can suffer serious head trauma from hitting the windshield.

What type of driving behaviors cause spinal cord injuries?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that there are as many as 2.3 million car crashes here in the United States each year. Of those, at least 30,000 prove to be fatal.

That same data shows that at least 45 percent of motorists who die each year in motor vehicle accidents aren't properly restrained. Another 33 percent are caused by speeding. A motorist's risk of dying in a car crash due to alcohol impairment is four times higher for nighttime drivers than it is for daytime ones.

Chicago's Alden-Wentworth nursing home is sued for abuse

The mother of a 36-year-old Chicago area nursing home resident has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where her daughter was living prior to her death in 2014. This filing is just one of at least 90 that have been filed against it in the past few years for either abuse or neglect of residents.

According to the lawsuit filed in this case, the woman's daughter was sent to live full-time at the Alden-Wentworth Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in the months before her death as her dementia and other mental health concerns worsened.

Fatal crashes caused by driver drug use are quickly increasing

A new report just released by the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) suggests that the number of fatal car crashes that can be blamed on drug use are steadily increasing. They're not all to blame on illicit drugs either. Motorists using prescription drugs are also causing these fatal crashes as well.

The latest data compiled by the GHSA from 2016 shows that drug use has outpaced the alcohol use as a leading cause of driver deaths. That same year, 44 percent of motorists tested postmortem had drugs in their system. Six percent less tested positive for alcohol.

Is your loved one a victim of psychological abuse?

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The nursing home environment can be problematic. While they are supposed to protect elderly and vulnerable people, nursing homes also have the potential to isolate them, creating dependency and separation from society. This has the potential to impact loneliness, mental health and the overall well-being of patients.

In nursing homes, it is important that the physical health and emotional health of each resident is well-maintained. unfortunately, patients commonly suffer from emotional and psychological abuse.

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