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Do you meet the requirements to receive workers' compensation?

There are laws on the books in virtually every state including Illinois that require almost every employer to purchase workers' compensation insurance. One of the main reasons that they're required to have such coverage is to cover you if you become injured on the job. You, as an employee, have several obligations that you must meet if you want to be successful in getting your employer to cover your medical costs and lost wages.

First, you must be able to prove that your injury is indeed work-related. What you may not realize is that your workplace accident doesn't only have to occur while you're performing your regular duties while at your desk, using a piece of machinery in a factory or wherever else you tend to work.

Sponge left inside your body? It may be medical malpractice

When a patient goes through surgery, the goal is always to remove all tools and sponges from the patient's body before the surgery is completed and the patient is stitched up. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which patients deal with infection and other complications because of items that have been left behind.

Retained surgical foreign bodies can be life-threatening, lead to sepsis or simply be an annoyance, but the reality is that they should never be found in patients. Good communication helps surgeons and their team prevent accidents in which items are left behind.

How dangerous is operating a boat or jet ski?

Much of the country is focused right now on spring break. After a long winter, Illinois residents are ready for a chance to kick up their heels and have some fun in the sun. But if your idea of a fun spring break experience includes watersports like boating and jet-skiing, it's a good idea to make sure that you keep safety as your No. 1 priority.

The main problem with danger out on the water is that for so many people, drinking alcohol is another component of their day in the sun. While it might be OK to sit on a beach and drink beer all day, when you get behind the wheel of a boat or climb onto a jet ski after a day of drinking, you put yourself and others in unnecessary harm's way.

You can get help as a victim of surgical errors

It's hard to imagine that it would happen to you, but surgical mistakes do happen to innocent patients every day. Whether it's leaving a tool inside a newly sutured wound or giving a patient the wrong medications while under anesthesia, surgical errors have the potential to be extremely dangerous.

Some of the most significant surgical errors are called "never events," because of the fact that they shouldn't happen under any circumstances. Things like operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong body part or even doing the wrong procedure can happen and negatively affect the patient's life and potential health outcomes.

New parents devastated by infant brain damage at birth

When a mother is pregnant, the expectant parents typically share their hopes and expectations for their unborn baby. They stage elaborate "Tiaras or Touchdowns?" gender reveals, choose names, even start college funds for their still-in-the-womb infants.

Then, the big day arrives, and the mother goes into labor. But when the baby is born, the parents are faced with a reckoning and not the joyful moment that they had anticipated.

A new brain injury: Adjust with the right support

Living with an injury can be difficult, especially when the injury was no fault of your own. Whether you're hurt in a car crash or as a result of a workplace accident, the reality is that your injury is going to have an impact on your life and on the lives of the people you care about.

Adapting to a new way of life because of a brain injury, specifically can be difficult, but there are some tips that might help make it a little easier. Here are a few to consider.

Bedsores are a sign of nursing home neglect

When you have an elderly loved one who is confined to a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is always wise to keep a close eye on them and the treatment that they receive. Certainly, you would never want them to be subjected to abuse or neglect at the hands of those who are entrusted with their care.

One of the problems that can arise from nursing home neglect is bedsores, which are also called decubitus ulcers by the medical community. These injuries to the patient's skin and the underlying tissue are caused by extended pressure on the skin covering the bony areas of the body -- most notably on the ankles, heels, tailbone and hips.

Man sentenced to 6 years for fatal drunk driving crash

When someone causes a fatal crash or one that involves serious injuries, it's important that they are held responsible for their actions. They should be asked to cover your financial losses and to pay for the pain and suffering that they've caused.

Sometimes, crashes lead to criminal charges, like in this case involving a 51-year-old man accused of killing a woman who was riding her motorcycle in Madison County. The 35-year-old woman was killed when the other driver ran a stop sign and collided with her.

Wrong-site surgeries are never events that still occur

Having surgery is a major event. Patients are understandably apprehensive about the outcome, especially if an organ is being removed. After all, all sorts of problems can develop when the surgeon operates.

You could have an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. The surgeon could accidentally nick an artery while excising the organ tissue. The results could indicate an aggressive cancer has already metastasized.

If you're in pain, you may need more compensation

You suffered a serious injury, and you've taken months to focus on your recovery. The whole time, you've held out and waited to take a settlement, because you want to know how you're going to feel. Right now, all you seem to know is pain. You wake up in pain and go to bed in pain.

If you're suffering from pain, then you can pursue compensation for that as well as your medical care, physical therapy and other expenses. There may not be a guarantee that you'll go back to a life without chronic pain, but the right financial support can allow you to do the things you need to do to make your life easier.

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