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Man arrested after hit-and-run accident in Joliet

Personal injury is often a fact of life, and one of the few comforts is a court's ability to assign liability if the pain and damage is someone else's fault. This pain can be great and seemingly beyond relief if someone's death may have been someone else's fault.

A well-known example of reckless behavior leading to a wrongful death is a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene to help. A man is facing criminal charges after his alleged involvement in the traffic death of a 31-year-old man in Joliet. The victim was on his way home from an overnight work shift when a tractor-trailer apparently sideswiped his car and failed to stop afterward.

A wrongful death case may help with your losses

You were traveling with your family and heading toward a vacation destination when the unexpected happened. You noticed that traffic was slowing down and nearly slowed to a stop, but the driver behind you must not have seen the delays ahead. In a split second, their inattention led to a significant collision.

Since your vehicle was close to others, the impact pushed you into the vehicle in front of you. Your vehicle was badly crushed, and your loved ones in the rear seats were killed. You suffered serious injuries that you're still recovering from on top of the tragic losses you've faced.

Cerebral palsy can change a young life forever

Any new parent or caring relative would seize up in fear to hear an obstetrician say there has been a problem. The birth of a child is one of the most anticipated events for a family, and it can be stressful enough when everything goes as planned. It can feel unimaginable to understand that a new child's life will never be as expected.

Many minor birth injuries happen when the strain of the young body's journey through the birth canal causes bruises or abrasions. Most of these heal over time. Serious injuries, however, can result from the lack of oxygen to a baby in the crucial moments after his or her emergence.

You can seek help if your child suffered a birth injury

When babies are born, they go through a traumatic time. Even in the safest birth, children might have bruises or injuries. The truth is that birth is a little messy and rough for the infants, but the majority make it into their parents' arms with no ill effects.

Sometimes, though, these infants do suffer serious birth injuries. They may be natural, as a result of complications, or may be caused by inattention, negligence or other errors. Birth injuries may be caused physically by forceps, for example, if they are used too forcefully. Children may also suffer injuries from not getting enough oxygen if they are trapped in the birth canal for too long.

What are the surgical errors that should never happen?

Everyone makes mistakes at work, but many people do not have the kinds of jobs in which small errors make a big difference. But medicine is not one of those jobs, and every kind of surgical error, even if it does not seem serious, could potentially be significant and costly for the patient involved.

  • When are surgical errors more serious than others?

There are thousands of surgical issues each year that many hospitals and public health researchers call "never events." This is simply because these events should never happen with properly coordinated health care.

  • What are examples of never events?

What can you do if you're the victim of surgical errors?

Surgical errors, on the whole, should never take place. While there might be complications during surgeries, an error is different. Errors are obvious mistakes that surgeons or their teams make during an operation. They can be anything from not stitching a wound correctly to failing to operate on the correct body part.

There is no reason that a surgical error should happen. Patients go through pre-operative appointments, meet with nurses and even talk to the surgeon before surgery in many scheduled surgery cases. Despite all those checks and balances, some surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses still make errors.

Nursing home fined for failing to stop sexual abuse

It is rarely a person's dream to have all their needs met in a nursing home or an assisted living facility because they can't care for themselves. Most seniors or people facing long-term mobility or health issues would rather live on their own or with family and loved ones. However, when someone requires full-time care, they may need to live in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

People looking for the right nursing home do have to be very discerning when it's time to make the choice. There are challenges to safety in every environment, but overworked staff members or support workers sometimes take advantage of senior residents. As a result, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) maintains records of complaints against nursing homes for public reference.

Nursing home neglect: Fight back with a claim

Nursing home neglect is something that can happen right under your nose. From a loved one being neglected and not getting the nutrition or hydration they need to stay healthy to developing bedsores from not being able to move well, nursing home neglect can cause real injuries to patients.

As the loved one of someone who is in a nursing home, you can take steps to make sure they receive fair compensation if they are hurt in the nursing home's care. For example, if you know that your loved one was calling for assistance and fell because no one came for a half-hour or longer, you might be able to make a claim of negligence that would help them seek compensation and even move them to a better facility.

Common reasons for a workers’ compensation claim denial

If you're injured on the job, you hope to make a full recovery so you can eventually return to work. You also hope to receive workers' compensation benefits during your recovery.

Even if you're entitled to these benefits, there's no guarantee that the process will unfold as planned. There are many potential reasons for a workers' compensation denial, including the following:

  • The claim wasn't filed in time: Don't hesitate to file a workers' compensation claim, as you don't want to miss the deadline. Do this as soon as your health allows.
  • The injury wasn't reported in time: Don't leave the scene of the accident until you first notify your employer. If you're unable to do so, ask a coworker to step in for you.
  • The employer disputes the claim: This is most common if your employer believes that you were injured away from work as opposed to on the job.
  • There was no medical treatment: Even if you think you're okay, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you don't receive treatment after your accident, it'll make it more difficult to fight for the compensation you deserve.

What is a uterine rupture, and is it dangerous?

During childbirth, many things can go wrong. Even with today's advanced technology, women are at risk of developing life-threatening complications. One of those complications is a uterine rupture.

A uterine rupture occurs when the uterus tears. It can happen during birth or spontaneously during pregnancy. It's a rare complication, but it can be life-threatening.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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