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IL injury lawyerSome nursing home falls are caused by nursing home neglect - when nursing homes fail to use an appropriate level of care and caution to keep their residents safe from harm. In some cases, falls are mere accidents that would have been difficult to prevent. Others are the result of dangerous conditions in the facility. Always contact an attorney if you suspect that your family member’s injuries were caused by nursing home neglect. Here are some common causes of falls in nursing homes:

  • Medication - Many medications that are given to nursing home residents come with side effects that include dizziness or drowsiness and can cause a fall. Narcotic pain medication is frequently administered to elderly nursing home patients. Overmedication or failure to take adequate precautions after starting a resident on a new medication that has these side effects can cause a dangerous fall.
  • Hazards in Walkways - Objects like food service carts or unoccupied wheelchairs left sitting in the hallway or carelessly placed oxygen tanks on the floor in a resident’s room can cause a resident to fall after tripping or losing their balance trying to dodge an unexpected object. Many nursing home residents also have a visual impairment that makes keeping walkways free from unexpected obstacles especially important.
  • Incorrectly Used Equipment - This includes items like beds, which may be set too high or too low, and wheelchairs or walkers that aren’t properly fitted to the patient. Lifts that are not used correctly may also fail and drop a patient.
  • Errors in Transferring - Staff may sometimes make a mistake or violate policy while transferring or moving a patient. For example, a nurse may decide to transfer a patient herself when she should have called for a second staff member to assist.

Falls can be devastating for elderly people in the care of a nursing home. Injuries like broken bones, especially broken hips, and head injuries like concussions or contusions can result. Nursing homes have a legal obligation to use reasonable professional care in keeping their residents safe from harm.

Call a North Shore Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

If your family member fell and was injured while in the care of a nursing home, contact Gruzmark Law, Ltd. to learn about your legal options. Nursing homes that allow a patient to fall through neglect should be held accountable. Find out how a Glenview nursing home neglect attorney may be able to help. Call 847-729-7660 for a free consultation.

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cook county injury lawyerIllinois motorcyclists have the unfortunate distinction of sustaining much more serious injuries in vehicle accidents than the average car or truck driver. Primarily because of the unprotected nature of a motorcycle, in 2019 the Illinois Department of Transportation estimated that approximately 75 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injuries to the rider. 

Unfortunately, around 30 percent of those injured in motorcycle accidents sustain injuries serious enough to be incapacitating or lethal. Many motorcycle accidents are avoidable and are caused due to negligence on the part of the driver of another vehicle. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, is it important to understand your options for recovering damages under Illinois law. 

What are Common Incapacitating Motorcycle Injuries in Illinois? 

Because the motorcycle is so small relative to a car or truck, and because the rider’s body is exposed, the rider often bears the brunt of a crash. Sometimes riders are thrown from their motorcycle, causing additional injuries from an impact with the road and other surrounding objects. Some of the serious injuries motorcyclists commonly suffer in accidents include: 

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Glenview premises liability attorneyTens of thousands of deliveries are made every day to homes, businesses, restaurants, and warehouses. Shopping and ordering food online is so easy and inexpensive that most of us do not think twice before we ask someone to come onto our property to deliver something.

Unfortunately, people making deliveries sometimes suffer personal injury on private property. Slip and fall accidents, dog bites, tripping over uneven walkways or scattered toys, and injury by falling snow or ice are all common ways delivery drivers are injured.

In this article, we will answer some common questions about premises liability law insofar as it relates to delivery drivers. If you are a delivery driver and have been injured while making a delivery on private property, contact a personal injury attorney right away.

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Glenview car crash injury attorneyDriving a vehicle, especially at high speed, takes considerable attention and focus. Drivers sharing the road with others are responsible for operating their vehicles safely. When attention is directed elsewhere, there is great potential for dangerous situations. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the nation, and Illinois is no exception. If you or a loved one was harmed in a distracted driving accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for the injuries.

Identifying Distracted Driving

Any task or maneuver that distracts a driver from paying attention to the road is considered distracted driving. There are three primary categories of distractions that drivers face. Visual distractions result in the driver taking their eyes off the road, such as checking a text message. Manual distractions involve the driver taking one or both hands off of the wheel, such as eating. Lastly, cognitive distractions cause a driver’s thoughts to focus on something other than driving safely, like arguing with a passenger.

The United States sees over 1 million distracted driving crashes every year. In 2018, Illinois police issued 15,150 distracted driving citations. One of the most common activities that lead to distracted driving is the use of a smartphone when behind the wheel. People who choose to use their smartphones when driving have a much greater chance of being involved in an accident. The majority of drivers agree that texting while driving can be very dangerous; however, a great number of people continue this behavior.

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Glenview IL bus accident lawyerPublic transportation is often convenient, affordable, and safe. Passengers who use public transit rely on the drivers’ training and qualifications to get them safely from Point A to Point B. When this expectation is not met, it can lead to serious injuries. In the event that a bus accident does occur, an injured passenger may seek compensation from the negligent parties.

What Are The Common Causes of Illinois Bus Accidents?

When referencing a bus accident, some people may automatically think of a school bus. However, there are several modes of transportation that may be involved in bus accidents, including CTA and PACE buses, private bus lines, airport shuttles, and tour buses.

Fatigue, busy schedules, and overloaded buses are some of the leading causes for bus driver negligence. Additionally, any distractions, drug or alcohol use, and reckless driving can also point to the bus driver being liable for an accident. The bus company could also be found negligent if, for example, the bus is poorly maintained, the seats were improperly installed, or there was an equipment malfunction. Similar to typical car accidents, in order to recover compensation in Illinois, the injured passenger must prove negligence.

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Illinois personal injury attorneysSometimes helping others can prove dangerous. Such has been the case for emergency responders who are trying to assist Illinois drivers. Under Illinois law, drivers are required to move over to keep first responders safe from being struck while doing their job. Unfortunately, many motorists have still failed to comply, and far too many injury-causing accidents happen every year.

Scott’s Law

With a climbing number of incidents involving injuries to first responders, many states have employed laws designed for their protection. In Illinois, this statute is known as Scott’s Law. Scott’s Law was passed in 2002, and it is named for a firefighter who was killed while trying to assist someone on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Under Scott’s Law, drivers are required to move over (into another lane if possible), slow down, and cautiously approach areas where emergency vehicles are stopped with their lights flashing.

Due to a lack of compliance by motorists over the last few years, Illinois launched “Operation Lambert” in early 2020. This operation was designed to help enforce Scott’s Law. As a result of Operation Lambert, police have greatly increased their issuance of citations and arrests. Illinois has also increased its penalties for violating the law.

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