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Disfigurement changes lives, but it's possible to start again

Living with a disfigurement is not easy, especially when it's your face. When you were involved in a car crash, your air bags didn't deploy. You didn't think there would be any negative consequences, but what happened was that the bones in your face were shattered. Your face had to be rebuilt.

Even though your disfigurement isn't shocking to people who know you, you know that it can hurt your chances of getting jobs or interacting with new people. You're at a loss for what to do, other than continuing to go through surgeries to repair the damage.

Negligence is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents

Negligence takes many forms, from a person who doesn't turn off a hot stove and forgets to tell others to those who drive while intoxicated. Negligence is a negative in every case, but many people get lucky since their actions don't end up affecting others. However, some people are negligent and find that their carelessness has serious consequences.

One of the worst times to be negligent, either through distractions or other means, is while driving. If you're a victim of a car crash, then you may have encountered a negligent driver.

Burn injuries: What to expect

As a victim of a burn injury, it's important that you know what's coming next. Your health and safety in the future requires that you fully understand the severity of your injuries and how they've affected your body.

In 2016, there were a reported 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries in the United States. At least 30,000 resulted in stays at hospital burn centers. These facilities are designed to treat those with acute injuries.

Rotator-cuff injuries: What to know when your shoulder is injured

While it's not always the most serious of injuries, an injury to the rotator cuff can be life-altering. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that help you rotate and move your shoulder joint. When any of these are injured, you may feel pain or have weakness that makes it impossible to use your arm normally.

The point of the rotator-cuff muscles and tendons is to keep the head of the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket. If these tendons or muscles are damaged in any way, there is the potential for the head of the bone to pop out of place or to become misaligned.

Popular blood pressure medication recalled due to cancer risk

People take prescription medication to address serious medical conditions. In most cases, these drugs work as promised and can help people treat symptoms or even cure diseases. However, manufacturing errors in medications can put consumers and patients at severe risk. A recent international drug recall involving a potentially life-saving medication highlights this risk. A popular off-patent drug designed for decreasing blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart failure has been recalled in 22 countries due to the risk of cancer. However, patients in the United States will find that this drug is still readily available, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not, at this time, recalled recent batches of the drug.

Valsartan recalled due to carcinogen contamination

Hospital-Patient Incident And Risk Reports May Not Be Discoverable In Illinois Medical Negligence Claims Against Hospitals, Physicians, and Medical Professionals

On June 28, 2018, the First District Illinois Appellate Court in the case of Daley v. Teruel and Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 2018 IL App (1st) 170891 reversed an earlier ruling in the trial court that ordered the production of incident reports. The Appellate Court ruled instead that the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (42 U.S.C. §299b-21 et seq. (2012)) and Illinois Medical Studies Act (735 ILCS 5/8-2101 et seq. (2016) provided privilege for incident and risk reports because they are created as "patient safety work product". The Court's ruling found that both the U.S. Congress and Illinois Legislature had created a "safe haven" to analyze voluntarily created materials to improve patient outcomes and patient safety. Therefore, reports and materials intended to be submitted to certified-Patient Safety Organizations are privileged from being turned over in discovery in civil litigation regarding patient claims of medical negligence.

Seasonal Employee Injured during Temporary Off-Season Work: What Are Claimant's Relevant Earnings In Determining His Compensation For An Injury?

Two sections of Illinois Workers Compensation Act deals with calculating the amount of wages that are due to an injured employee upon injury. Section 10 of Illinois Workers Compensation Act discusses how an Average Weekly Wage is calculated to determine the rate of compensation. This section in part provides that "Average weekly wage means the actual earnings of the employee in the employee in which he was working at the time of the injury during the 52 weeks ending with the last day of the employee's last full pay period immediately preceding the date of injury". This section further provides that "when the employee is working concurrently with two or more employers, and the respondent employer has knowledge of such employment prior to the injury, his wages from all such employers shall be considered if earned from the employer liable for compensation". 820 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 305/10

Knowing how truck accidents happen is essential for your safety

As a driver, you should expect to find yourself in close proximity to many types of vehicles. For example, commercial trucks are everywhere, both on Illinois highways and city streets.

It's important to know the leading causes of  truck accidents, as this information can help you avoid a serious accident.

The link between birth injuries and defective drugs

Giving birth to a child who suffered from birth injuries can be a difficult experience, as it can be something that has repercussions for the rest of the child's life. While some birth injuries can be a consequence of unavoidable complications during delivery, many scenarios can be traced back to medical errors, negligence or defective drugs.

If you have a child who suffered a birth injury due to complications during delivery, you may want to investigate the cause and take action against the liable parties. If you believe that defective drugs were potentially responsible for your child's birth injuries, it is important that you take the time to understand where the law stands.

New devices could keep drivers safe from distractions

Among the many distractions that can afflict drivers in Illinois, smartphones are the most prevalent. However, there are apps and devices that can help keep drivers from getting distracted. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, for example, offer free apps that silence incoming calls and messages and send automatic replies to callers and senders saying that the recipient is driving. They also prevent the driver from texting although not all block them from social media.

Two devices have been developed recently that do much more. The first, the product of a Colorado-based company, is called Groove and is currently undergoing two pilot programs, one in the U.S. and one in Australia. This device is plugged into the car, just below the steering wheel, and links the phone to a cloud platform. The phone provider blocks all incoming and outgoing communications. Groove will not disable features like navigation or music streaming unless it is customized. Parents of teen drivers may find this useful.

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