Wrongful Death – Train-Car Accident – Metra Train Hits Car Near Oak Forest-2 killed

July 28, 2011

A Rock Island Line Metra train destined for Chicago collided with a car Thursday afternoon killing two women, officials said.Traveling as fast as 60 miles an hour, the train struck a car at a rail crossing between the Tinley Park and Oak Forest station at about 4 p.m., crushing the vehicle beyond recognition, witnesses said.

via Rock Island Metra train hits vehicle near Oak Forest; 2 killed – chicagotribune.com.

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Tips & Tricks – 4 Ways to Ease the Personal Injury Claims Process (Plus One)

July 27, 2011

1. Gather witness details – eyewitness reports are vital for any accident case where the ultimate goal is compensation. Having an outside party who can confirm the series of events strengthens a claim and brings you one step closer to a successful case. This means that at the site of the accident you should question any bystanders and get their contact information.

2. Take photographs of the accident scene, property damage, and visible injuries – The cliché states that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in a lawsuit that is 100% true because photographs of all the damage sustained will confirm your injuries and losses and tremendously strengthen your case. Photos should be taken immediately after the accident to get an accurate portrayal of weather conditions, road conditions, and the accident scene.

3. Seek immediate medical treatment – If you are aiming for compensation you will need medical documentation that details all of your injuries and the treatments and medical attention provided to you. Your injury lawyer in Joliet, Illinois, will need this documentation when placing a value on your claim.

4. Keep a thorough record of your losses – at some point in the case it may be necessary to calculate the total financial losses suffered from the accident and in order to do that you must accurately document all of the expenses related to the accident. You should include medical bills, prescription and over-the-counter medication bills, lost wages, and expenses for household help.

+1. Sooner you get a personal injury attorney to start acting on your behalf, sooner you will be able to get your claim resolved. The single most positive step you can take to make sure your claim is fairly and reasonably resolved is to speak with an attorney without any delay.

via 4 Ways to Ease the Personal Injury Claims Process.

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Wrongful Death – Truck Driver Killed in East Hazel Crest Crash

July 21, 2011

East Hazel Crest police are investigating a crash between two semi-trucks that left the driver of one of trucks dead, police said.Franklin Housen, 35, of the 3300 w block of West 79th Street was pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital at 7:37 a.m., according to the Cook county medical examiner’s office.The accident occurred on the 17100 block of South Halsted Street in East Hazel Crest, police said. The two trucks were on Halsted when the accident occurred at 6:58 a.m., police said.The driver of the other vehicle was ticketed for their role in the crash, police said.

via Truck driver killed in East Hazel Crest crash – Chicago Tribune.

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Wrongful Death – Nursing Home Injuries – Police Investigates Death of Woman Apparently Assaulted In Nursing Home

July 18, 2011

Chicago and Evanston Nursing home injuries are far too common and range from falls that could have prevented, bed sores that could have been avoided, neglect of various kind and of course, assaults and battery causing various injuries and sometimes a wrongful death.

Often times, the elderly are too old, or too frail and sometimes too mentally tired to voice their dismay or tell their loved ones on visits about the mistreatment. Many times there may not even be a friend or family member who visits them on a regular basis and often enough to notice anything that may have gone wrong.

Glenview police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old woman who was apparently assaulted last week in a nursing home, officials said Saturday. Mercedes Iverson, who lived at the Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenview was pronounced dead Thursday. On Friday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide, saying she suffered brain injuries related to an assault.

Preliminary reports said Iverson had fallen at the nursing home, 1700 E. Lake Ave., but an autopsy revealed the assault injuries, according to the medical examiner’s office. Iverson died at NorthShore University Health System’s Evanston Hospital. A spokesman for Resurrection Healthcare, which manages Maryhaven, could not be reached for comment Saturday.

via Glenview police investigating death of woman apparently assaulted in nursing home – Chicago Tribune.

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Property Damage – Garage Fire Due To Fireworks

July 14, 2011

Fireworks lit on construction materials are believed the cause of a garage fire in northwest suburban Algonquin, officials said.

Fire crews with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection were called to the fire in the 9700 block of Arthur Road at about 10:30 p.m. Monday after neighbors spotted flames in the detached garage, officials said in a news release.

No injuries were reported.

Neighbors using garden hoses had put out much of the fire by the time firefighters arrived, officials said. Arriving firefighters put a mix of water and foam on smoldering construction materials to make sure the fire didn’t reignite.

Investigators on the scene later determined the cause of the fire to be from someone setting off fireworks from the construction materials.

Fire officials didn’t immediately have a damage estimate.

via Fireworks blamed for suburban garage fire – chicagotribune.com.

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Wrongful Death – Motorcyclist Truck Collision

July 13, 2011

A man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a truck Saturday in south suburban Matteson, officials said.

James McFall, 52, of the 6400 block of Honey Lane in Tinley Park, was killed when he collided with a 2002 Chevrolet truck near Vollmer Road and South Cicero Avenue in Matteson, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The accident occurred a little after 10 p.m., according to a release from Matteson police. They did not provide any further information.

An autopsy is slated for later today.

via Motorcyclist killed in collision with truck – Chicago Tribune.

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Medical Malpractice – Medical Misdiagnoses

July 12, 2011

Medical errors are far from rare, according to several comprehensive studies of the issue. But diagnostic errors – a subset of the overall problem – haven’t received nearly as much attention as other medical errors since the nationwide patient-safety movement began in 1999 with the publication of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, “To Err is Human.”

“Diagnostic error is barely on anybody’s radar screen,” said Dr. Mark Graber, 62, a nephrologist in Long Island, N.Y., and an expert on diagnostic errors.  The “To Err” report estimated that at least 44,000 and as many as 98,000 Americans die each year from all types of medical errors. More recent studies indicate there has been little progress since 1999, with as many as one in three or one in four hospitalized patients being harmed in some way by medical errors.

The statistics indicate as many as 9 million patients nationwide and between 400,000 and 528,000 patients in Illinois are harmed each year. According to Graber and other researchers, deaths and serious harm associated with diagnostic errors are uncommon even though an estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of medical diagnoses are incorrect. But for those harmed, Graber said the impact can be devastating.

via Medical misdiagnoses can have fatal consequences – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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