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Protecting the Elderly from Nursing Home Abuse

 

Question: How can I protect my parents who are in a nursing home from elder abuse? Answer: Elder abuse can take many forms including psychological, sexual or emotional abuse, financial abuse or exploitation, neglect and even self-neglect. Become aware of the signs of these types of abuses. If you suspect that your loved ones are abuse victims, an attorney can help connect you with relevant reporting agencies and can also advise you about any legal remedies that may be available. … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on July 1, 2015 |
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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Chicago’s Eastland Disaster

 

Created by Clifford Law Offices on July 1, 2015 |
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Responsibility for a Private Swimming Pool or Hot Tub Accident in Illinois

 

Question: Who can be held responsible for a private swimming pool or hot tub accident? Answer: Among those who may be held responsible are the property owner, a private business, a pool equipment manufacturer, a state or local government entity, and even a pool maintenance person. To reduce the risk of a lawsuit, pool or hot tub owners should use adequate safety equipment, including pool or tub covers. Also, children should never be left to use these facilities unsupervised. For … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on July 1, 2015 |
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Are Fireworks Legal in Illinois?

 

Question: What kinds of fireworks are legal in Illinois? Answer: The Pyrotechnic Use Act in Illinois bans the sale, possession and use of all “consumer fireworks.” However, certain pyrotechnics are not considered consumer fireworks, such as sparklers, snap ‘n pops, and snakes. Municipalities can pass ordinances that either ban or allow the sale and usage of fireworks, including consumer fireworks. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

Created by Pam Menaker on July 1, 2015 |
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Top 10 Safest Hospitals in 2015 in Illinois – and the Least Safest — According to Consumer Reports

 

Consumer Reports 2015 rankings is considered a place to start when looking at hospital safety. Recently, the publication released its rankings of what it considers to be the safest hospitals in the state. Consumer Reports uses data from various state and federal sources to rate patient safety at Illinois’ 176 hospitals; however, for some, insufficient data existed. The safety scores are on a 100-point scale for key measures regarding patient safety such as hospital-acquired infections, unnecessary re-admissions, mortality, communication about … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on June 29, 2015 |
Filed under: Medical Malpractice
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The “July Effect” – Is it Real?

 

Slate.com reports that researchers have found a trend that there is a spike in hospital deaths over the summer when new doctors have just started practicing. Is it real and can it be attributed to this cause? Certainly, America has been witness to many mistakes in hospitals over holidays and weekends when less experienced, less tenured staff and medical personnel are on duty. At Clifford Law Offices, we have seen even the most experienced doctor or nurse have a bad … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on June 29, 2015 |
Filed under: Medical Malpractice
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Wrongful Death Lawyers in Chicago Illinois

 

Wrongful Death: When a person’s death is caused by the negligent act of a wrongdoer or reckless conduct. Unlike personal injury cases, where the injured person is one of the plaintiffs, in a wrongful death action or suit, the family members bring the lawsuit for the wrongful actions or negligence of a wrongdoer. Typically, the victim’s surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents who are the plaintiffs and are entitled to monetary damages that result from the victim’s death. Laws in Illinois, … Read more…

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Riding a Bike on the Sidewalk in Illinois — the Law

 

Question: Is it against the law in Illinois to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?  Answer: State law says you can ride on the sidewalk; however, local ordinances may prohibit bikes on sidewalks in certain areas such as business districts or high-density residential areas. In general, Illinois law treats cyclists like drivers. Bikes are “granted all of the rights and . . . subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” For further information, visit … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on June 25, 2015 |
Filed under: Bicycle Safety
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Are Written Estimates Required on Your Vehicle Before Body Shop Starts Repairs?

 

Question: Am I entitled to a written estimate before a body shop can start repairs on my car? Answer: You’re entitled to a written estimate for any repairs over $100. Two kinds of estimates are possible: parts and labor, plus or minus 10 percent; or a maximum price. The body shop must receive written approval of any repairs and a final written invoice when repairs are done. If you do not want a written estimate, you must decline it in … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on June 25, 2015 |
Filed under: Auto Accidents,Car Accidents
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New Laws for Illinois Boaters

 

Question: What new Illinois laws are in place to help keep boaters safe? Answer: One new law requires boaters to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat’s helm when towing a person such as a water skier. Another new law allows authorities to seize and impound watercraft used repeatedly by a boater who’s been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And, starting in 2016, boating safety courses will be mandatory for younger motorboat operators. … Read more…

Created by Pam Menaker on June 25, 2015 |
Filed under: Boat Accidents,Boating Accidents,Maritime Law
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