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Recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease highlight the importance of accountability

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating new cases of Legionnaires' disease. One outbreak in Champaign County may be tied to the First Christian Church where several victims recently attended a wedding. Another outbreak occurred at the Embassy Suites in Chicago. These outbreaks are a serious health matter and anyone exposed needs to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Caught early enough, the disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Legionnaires' disease is a deadly condition that is often caused by improper maintenance of water or air conditioning systems. The disease spreads when victims inhale water contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Hotels and apartment buildings are common sites for these outbreaks, as they contain hot tubs, spa pools, shower heads, indoor fountains, irrigation systems and other sites where water can stagnate and become contaminated. When proper prevention standards are followed, the Legionella bacteria cannot thrive. Failure to follow these standards is a sign of negligence by property owners and managers. 

Important signs of nursing home negligence and abuse

Nursing home negligence and abuse are problems not often spoken about. People tend to err on the side of trusting nursing homes to provide proper care to their loved ones. This could be a huge mistake because these issues occur at a rate greater than what most people realize.

Don’t forget about the “black box” after a truck accident

After any kind of traffic accident, it is important to gather as much evidence as you can at the scene of the collision before cleanup crews arrive and clear away the wreckage. The evidence present before the cleanup crews arrive is often crucial to building an effective personal injury claim. Once the evidence is gone, it is very difficult or even impossible to recover.

While this is true in all traffic accidents, the stakes are usually much higher when it comes to accidents involving large commercial trucks. These enormous vehicles often cause immense damage and leave victims with serious injuries that require extensive emergency medical care and may involve months or years of treatment to reach recovery — or for the victim to learn to live with a permanent disability brought on by the accident.

Serious car accident injuries don’t always cause pain

Immediately after any car accident, it is not always easy or even possible to know if you suffered a serious injury. Many such accidents cause only damage to the vehicles involved, but more often than victims realize, an accident may also leave them with injuries that do not cause any pain or discomfort for hours or even days after the accident occurs.

An injury that does not cause pain initially, known as a delayed pain injury, is still potentially dangerous, especially if it does not receive proper medical attention. If the injury is in the victim's abdomen, it may even worsen into a life-threatening condition before he or she realizes there is any problem at all.

What are the elements of medical malpractice?

Entering a hospital for emergency care or undergoing a planned procedure usually comes with a certain degree of stress and anxiety. Of course, when you leave the hospital with further injuries because of the negligence or errors of the hospital or those who work in it, you understandably have a lot of frustration and want to hold someone responsible.

Traditionally, victims accomplish this through a medical malpractice claim that outlines failures in care that lead to injuries and losses requiring compensation. A carefully constructed medical malpractice claim with compelling documentation may still take months or even years to resolve. You must take great care as you build your claim and use the full range of legals options you have available to make sure that you stand a good chance of receiving fair compensation and to keep your rights secure.

Home health care workers face serious hazards

Health care workers who visit patients in their homes face hazards that other workers do not encounter. The nature of the job is dangerous, but these workers do important work to help people who can't remain at home without assistance.

There are some risks that can be gauged ahead of time that are common for the profession. Here are some that workers should prepare for ahead of time. Employers in field should all have protocols in place to address the situations when they occur.

A mild traumatic brain injury can end your career

Just about any blow to the head may result in a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), even if it is relatively minor. These sorts of injuries commonly occur in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, or even contact sports, and may wreak havoc on the personal and professional lives of victims, even if they do not realize they suffered any injury at all.

Mild TBIs are often devastating to victims, because they are difficult to identify and may last for up to a year without proper treatment. The symptoms of mild TBI vary, and may range from inconvenient frustrations to career and relationship destroying alterations to a victim's personality and cognitive functions.

Injured in a company car?

For those who drive company vehicles, it is not always easy to know when a car accident counts as a work-related incident. If it does qualify as work-related, the employer may bear legal responsibility for the accident, even if the employee caused the accident through negligence.

Practically speaking, this turns such accidents into workers' compensation claims. Once an accident qualifies as a workers' compensation claim, the employee still must participate in the claim process to ensure that his or her rights remain protected and the insurer does not offer unfair terms for the claim's settlement.

Example cases that give rise to a wrongful death suit

Imagine your loved one dies before his or her time. An unexpected accident like this will leave you and your relatives in a state of disbelief and emotional turmoil. The all-pervading question, "Why?" will be hard to remove from your minds for many years to come.

In addition to wishing that you could bring your loved one back, you may also want to bring the parties responsible for your loved one's death to justice by filing a wrongful death suit.

Protecting your medical privacy is a priority

Medical patients in America enjoy the right to privacy surrounding their medical records. Regardless of why you may or may not wish to keep your medical records private, your medical care providers owe you a duty to keep your information confidential. Nonetheless, sometimes a medical care provider does improperly disclose your records, which may cause you numerous types of harm.

After improper medical record disclosure, you may feel as though you have no options to fight back, but that may not be true. In many instances there are legal remedies to medical record exposure, or the party responsible for the disclosure might take it upon themselves to recover the disclosed records.


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