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Woman sues Illinois hospital after her infant child's death

There is no pain or loss greater than the death of a child. Any parent can tell you that a child's age or the circumstances of their death matters little compared to the value of his or her life. Money can never replace that value, but it can help deal with recovery and help convince health care facilities to prevent future losses.

The woman is suing a Maryville hospital and the health care system that operates it after her baby died nine days after being born there. She is using her right as the personal representative of a deceased person to file a claim under the Illinois Survival Act and the connected Wrongful Death Act.

What are 6 common birth injuries?

Birth injuries can be naturally occurring or the result of an accident, negligence or intentional misconduct. They affect not only the infant child who may be suffering from them but also the parents who have to live with what has happened to their child.

Birth injuries range significantly from those that cause lifelong disabilities to those that cause temporary discomfort. Some common birth injuries include:

  1. Brachial palsy
  2. Bruising or marks from forceps
  3. Caput succedaneum (swelling of the soft tissue on the infant's scalp)
  4. Facial paralysis
  5. Fractures of the collarbone or clavicle
  6. Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessels in the eyes)

Illinois is a hands-free state for drivers with phones

Is it okay to use a cellphone while you're stopped at a stop sign? Can you check social media if it only takes one hand working the screen? Is it a bad idea to talk on the phone as long as one hand is still on the wheel? Illinois has a simple answer to all these questions: no, no and no.

The Prairie State became a "hands-free" state earlier this year, as the legislature in Springfield passed a law making it illegal to operate a cellular telephone without hands-free technology such as a Bluetooth-enabled headset. The only exception may be an emergency call to police or another public service.

Spinal injuries are often permanent: Get the help you need

When you were heading to your university, you were surprised by how congested the roads were, but you were moving safely in your lane. Suddenly, a vehicle from your left began to merge into you. With nowhere to go, all you could do was brace for the inevitable crash to come.

The next thing you knew, you were waking up in an ambulance. You were strapped down and unable to move. They told you to stay calm but with an inability to feel your legs, you knew something horrible had happened.

It just got easier to identify nursing homes with problems

How do we take care of our parents and grandparents when they can no longer take care of themselves? It's a difficult question since the days of families living together with many generations have passed by. Now, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are more practical when elders need round-the-clock care.

These options do not come without risks, however, as many nursing homes have a reputation that is less than perfect. Allegations of abuse, neglect and improper food handling are important to consider, since many people with compromised health and ability cannot protect their own safety and health.

Nursing home falls can lead to traumatic brain injuries

When you suffer from an injury, it can be difficult to adjust. One of the most significant injuries to recover from is a traumatic brain injury. This kind of brain injury can happen in many ways, but generally speaking, the injury is a result of a blow to the head. Sometimes, objects penetrate the skull. This results in a traumatic brain injury as well.

What's interesting about traumatic brain injuries is that a mild injury may only affect you for a short time. As the injury becomes more severe, the likelihood of recovering is much lower.

Car crash in congested traffic leads to 2 injuries

There are many ways that a person can get hurt or even killed by accident. When this happens, no one is often to blame. Occasionally, everyone was to blame in some way. But when one party is liable for the pain and damage felt by another, it may be time to claim financial damages.

One of the common and unfortunate ways that someone may be liable for personal injury is through a motor vehicle collision. A car crash is often a no-fault incident when it is an accident, but a driver may be liable when he or she should have done or should not have done something that otherwise would have avoided the crash.

Hayride collision leads to 11 injuries in Illinois

It's the fall and with fall comes hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. People are aware that slower agricultural vehicles may be on the roads, which is why they have to be more cautious about traveling in areas where fall events could be taking place.

When drivers don't pay attention, rear-end crashes are a possibility. In a collision with a simple hayride, it could mean that people are thrown and seriously hurt or killed as a result of the impact. Take, for example, the following case.

Former nursing home workers charged with financial abuse

Residents of nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities are vulnerable to several kinds of abuse and neglect if their care is not handled to a professional grade. Clinicians, administrators and support staff have a lot of control over people as they start to lose it. This can put any patient at risk.

One of the more terrifying possibilities is neglect in a nursing home, which can lead to some serious medical problems like bedsores and dehydration. These issues can complicate health issues common to elderly people, such as dementia and infirmity.

Resident-on-resident mistreatment is a concern in nursing homes

Of the things that could affect an elderly person, nursing home neglect or abuse are among the worst. Elders who need to go into nursing homes often require constant monitoring and support. They may need assistance when going to the bathroom, getting dressed or eating. They may need someone to give them medications on a schedule or to make sure they move enough to avoid developing bedsores.

The Administration for Community Living, which is a subsection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, believes that an estimated 5 million elders in America suffer from abuse, exploitation or neglect. The true number could be even higher, because it's believed that for every single case of neglect or abuse that does get reported, as many as 23 aren't.

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