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Nursing home investigation in woman's death ongoing

A resident of an Illinois nursing-care facility died one day after she and five other residents fell ill. The Medicare fraud investigators, the Department of Health in Illinois, as well as police from South Holland and a criminal unit, are investigating the occurrence. As of the time of report, criminal charges have not been made, and toxicology tests were pending.

The nursing home accident occurred on Feb. 3 when six residents of the Holland House nursing facility became ill. The residents experienced cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms. They all lived in the same unit, and authorities initially checked for a gas leak or carbon monoxide. This was ruled out quickly, and the medical examiner could provide no plausible reason for the woman's death. In order to determine the cause, toxicology tests were drawn on the residents who became ill.

Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy leaves woman in coma

Illinois residents may be interested to learn of a case in California; a 36-year-old woman who had an ectopic pregnancy ended up in a coma after doctors failed to diagnose it. Reportedly, the woman, who is married and is the mother of seven other children, went to the hospital after experiencing significant abdominal pain.

According to reports, the emergency room doctor performed an ultrasound on the woman, who was 12 weeks pregnant at the time. The doctor reportedly told her baby was fine, prescribed her with some painkillers and sent her away. Her husband left her in the car while he ran into the pharmacy to pick up the prescription. When he returned to the car, he found his wife unconscious and not breathing.

Head-on collision in Illinois results in two fatalities

On Friday, Feb. 6, two people were killed in a head-on collision that occurred in the 5200 block of Guilford Road in Winnebago County. A 24-year-old man, driving a red Mazda RX8, who was traveling in the westbound lane, crossed over into the eastbound lane, hitting a Ford Taurus head-on.

The 33-year-old woman driving the Taurus was taken to the hospital but died of her injuries a short time later. The Mazda driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Local authorities were investigating the cause of the accident at the time of the report. Toxicology tests were administered as per protocol, but there is no indication at this time as to what caused the male driver to cross over into the oncoming lane.

The importance of good tires

New tires may be expensive for Illinois residents who thus often want to make their old ones last as long as possible. Old tires, however, don't grip the road as well as new ones and thus may cause car accidents.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration did a spot check of 11,500 motor vehicles and found that almost 50 percent of the vehicles had half-worn tires and another 10 percent had bald tires. A tire is considered bald when the grooves are worn down to 2/32 of an inch deep. In comparison, a new tire has a groove depth of 10/32 of an inch. Problems can occur as early as when the tire is considered half worn, tires should be able to be driven 25,000 to 40,000 miles before reaching half-worn condition. Vehicles that have bald tires may also fail to pass safety inspections. In many instances, tires have to be bald for a motorist to collect under the tire's tread wear warranty.

3 doctors sued for failure to diagnose fetal distress

According to court documents, a woman filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against three Chicago doctors for the death of her unborn child. The complaint was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Jan. 20.

Reportedly, the woman went to see the three doctors on Jan. 18, 2013, at which time she was receiving prenatal care from their office. She alleges they failed to check her baby for signs of fetal distress, failed to properly diagnose it and failed to perform an emergency C-section, all of which she asserts would have saved the unborn baby.

Car accidents and wrongful death concern Illinois motorists

An incident involving two semi trucks in Illinois halted traffic and left motorists concerned on Monday, Feb. 2. Around 9:30 that morning, the involved semi trucks jackknifed on Interstate 294 near Hickory Hills. The incident caused a multi-vehicle crash involving approximately 60 cars. As a result, I-294 was closed for two hours, causing southbound motorists to be redirected away from I-294. Only minor injuries and vehicle damages were reported.

All drivers have a duty to other motorists, passengers and pedestrians to exercise caution and drive with reasonable care. Failing to heed traffic laws puts the general public at risk. Some car accidents can cause victims to experience catastrophic injuries with long-term or fatal consequences. Since large vehicles have the potential to involve multiple vehicles in a crash, the chance of numerous victims suffering injuries increases.

Crane accident kills construction worker in Illinois

The Calumet City office of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its intention to investigate a construction worker death in Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago. The fatal accident happened on the building site of a residential high rise located at 4 East Elm Street.

Around 3 p.m., a 45-year-old male worker became pinned in a shaft 60 feet or six floors above the ground when an elevator cage came down the shaft and trapped him. This moving cage was part of a crane. His co-workers removed him and then a rescue crew from the Chicago Fire Department lowered him to the street with Tower Ladder No. 10. A fire department representative explained that the man was badly injured in the upper torso.

Joan Rivers' death may raise concerns for Illinois patients

Medical malpractice is a frightening reality for patients who put their trust in the hands of medical professionals only to suffer further harm or even death as a result of negligence. In 2014, the unexpected death of Joan Rivers serves as a sobering reminder that medical negligence can have irreversible effects on patients and their families. Rivers experienced a lack of oxygen during a diagnostic procedure that escaped the attention of the medical professionals caring for her. As a result, Rivers died to the sorrow of her friends and family.

As the celebrity's unfortunate circumstances demonstrate, medical mistakes made when a patient is under anesthesia can be devastating and deadly. These mistakes can cause serious injuries and death. The peripheral damage can include mounting medical expenses and disabilities that hinder a healthy recover or return to work. The subsequent emotional impact often carries its own effects on the victim and the family.

Abuse in nursing homes

Residents of poorly staffed nursing homes in Illinois could become victims of abuse. In general, abuse occurs when someone is mistreated and harmed by another person. When an elderly or disabled person in a nursing home is abused, the ill treatment could lead to a life-threatening situation.

There are different types of nursing home abuse that can occur. In addition to physical abuse that could cause immediate physical injuries, an elderly person could be the victim of emotional abuse or neglect. Emotional abuse in a nursing home occurs when a resident is threatened, humiliated or insulted by their caregivers. Even nonverbal acts of intimidation like glaring could be considered emotional abuse. Neglect occurs when a nursing home resident is not provided with the basic care that they need for their physical and emotional well-being.

Motor vehicle statutes primary factor in car accident liability

Due to lobbying from insurance companies, Illinois and other states has enacted motor vehicle statutes through the legislature meant to determine fault in car accidents. This codification gives insurance companies precise ways to challenge or limit the assignment of liability when parties seek payment for property damage or injuries.

Traditionally, common law defined notions of fault in situations in which someone or something was harmed. Negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct and strict liability no matter who caused the harm, come from common law. However, when liability is determined in car accidents, motor vehicle laws also influence the outcome of actions. This may lead to some questions for liability. For example if a car fails to yield the right of way to another vehicle, it would appear to be the cause of the accident. However, if the car that hit it was speeding, then that second driver could also be labeled as negligent and bear a portion of the responsibility for damages.

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