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Nursing home patient dies, son files wrongful death lawsuit

The son of a woman who died at age 65 at Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet has filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the staff's negligent treatment of his mother.

According to the complaint, the senior citizen was admitted on Feb. 25 of last year and died the following month.

Court clarifies liability for slip-and-fall accidents

No matter how delightful it may be within the warmly heated homes and businesses of Chicago, Illinois, the weather outside is about to get frightful, for winter is coming and bringing with it lots of snow. For property owners, that raises premises liability considerations, since employees, customers and passersby might slip and fall on ice and snow and then sue the owner of the property that it happened on for a fortune.

Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified a state law from 1979 that protects property owners from some of the slip-and-fall lawsuits that they may face. The law, the Snow and Ice Removal Act, protects property owners when someone suffers injuries on their property and attributes those injuries to the property owner's insufficient efforts to shovel away snow. The law only applies when the ice and snow involved is there because of natural conditions.

Sepsis can kill nursing home residents if left untreated

Nursing home residents often have a bevy of health challenges when they go into the facility. In most cases, elderly residents can't handle the demands of living at home, so, of course, they count on the employees of the nursing home to care for them.

There are some instances in which residents have life-threatening or serious illnesses and conditions that must be treated appropriately in a prompt manner. One particularly troublesome condition is sepsis, a life-threatening complication that can occur because of an infection.

Can I research the safety of a tour bus company?

A tour bus can hold dozens of passengers, and it's an efficient way to get from points A to B, but what if the tour bus isn't safe? What happens if the tour bus has problems with its brakes, steering or has other safety issues? A poorly maintained tour bus can end in a disastrous accident for the passengers riding inside it -- resulting in catastrophic injuries and even death. So, before you choose a tour bus company for your next group outing, be sure to investigate the safety of the company.

The U.S. Passenger Carrier Safety website offered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a great place to start investigating whether your tour bus company is safe. All tour or charter bus companies that drive across state lines need to be registered here. If the bus company isn't registered on the FMCSA website, you might want to take a pass on the company -- even if you're not traveling over state lines.

As veteran dies, nursing home staff stand by and laugh

When you move a loved one into a nursing care facility, you do so with the hope that the staff will provide a safe and compassionate environment. Unfortunately, things don't always turn out that way.

Nursing home abuse often occurs because the facility is understaffed or the employees do not have sufficient training. Sometimes it happens when staff members simply lose touch with the human side of care giving. This is what happened to a military veteran living in a nursing facility in 2014.

Was black ice a factor in your car wreck?

Chicago drivers are certainly used to driving in snowy conditions. They know to weatherize their vehicles with snow tires or chains before setting out during frigid Illinois winters.

But one aspect of inclement wintry weather can still catch drivers unaware — black ice. This type of transparent ice forms a thin layer on roads and interstates and can send vehicles into lethal spins on bridges and overpasses. Learn how you can identify black ice and safely navigate when it is present.

Winter weather: 3 dangers drivers face on the road

Winter can create many dangers, but those that cause the greatest risks include sleet, snow, rain and ice. All drivers have a responsibility to slow down and drive safely in those conditions since it's much easier to lose control of their vehicles when the weather poses a challenge.

Truck drivers need to be particularly careful; they sit behind the wheels of some of the largest vehicles available. With massive loads on or in their trailers, there is great potential for deadly crashes involving commercial drivers.

Nursing home resident subjected to financial abuse

The windy city of Chicago, Illinois, has many nursing homes. Some of them, unfortunately, fail to protect their elderly and infirm patients from nursing home abuse. The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released a statement affirming that a nursing home was cited and fined $2,200 for the financial abuse of one of their resident.

The nursing home failed to protect the resident from the financial abuse, which was perpetuated by one of their staff members. Additionally, the nursing home failed to properly supervise the personal care and nursing that was necessary to ensure the well-being of the resident. The administrator of the nursing home, who was hired after the incident occurred, said that he is not aware of the Illinois Department of Public Health's report about the matter or the $2,200 fine.

Could you have a premises liability suit?

With winter beginning to bear down on Chicago, potential hazards will soon be all around when we go outside. Of course, ice and snow around businesses and other types of property can provide increased danger to those who visit, live or work there.

However, there are year-round safety issues that all property owners, managers, landlords and leasees have an obligation to eliminate or minimize to the best of their ability. They're expected to keep their property in a condition that's reasonably safe and to take action or notify the appropriate person(s) if they know of a potentially dangerous condition. Depending on the circumstances, any or all of these parties can be held legally responsible if someone is injured or worse.

5 red flags that mean a nursing home is providing sub-par care

Nursing home neglect is hard to spot. Even direct nursing home abuse can fly under the radar.

This is part of the reason it's such a pervasive problem. A lot of elderly individuals aren't able to speak out. Workers may cover up abuse and neglect. Family members miss the signs.

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