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Can hospitals be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Flu season may be on the downswing in Illinois, but every day people across the state can still come down with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Sometimes rest at home and a bowl of chicken soup is all that is needed for a sick person to regain their health. However, other times a person becomes severely ill, necessitating a hospital stay.

When a person is treated at a hospital, they expect the physicians will treat them with the highest standard of care. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen and a person becomes sicker due to a physician's negligence. Our readers may already be aware that in such situation it may be possible to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible doctor. However, when the incident takes place in a hospital, are there any other potential defendants?

Racial discrimination is still an issue in Illinois workplaces

People in Illinois may think that discrimination based on a person's race or color is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Instances of racial discrimination still occur in the workplace far too often. It is important to understand what racial discrimination in the workplace looks like.

Racial discrimination takes place when a job applicant or worker is treated negatively due to his or her race. Race isn't limited to skin color in this case -- personal characteristics, such as certain facial features or hair types, also fall under the category of race. Racial discrimination can also take place if a job applicant or worker is treated negatively because he or she is wed to a person of another race. Racial discrimination isn't limited to people of different races. It can even occur between people of the same race as well.

Federal agency investigating fatal crash in Illinois

Congested traffic can be inconvenient, but it is often inevitable on expressways in Illinois. Drivers must exercise due care in such situations. The failure to do so could lead to catastrophe.

The U.S. National Traffic Safety Board is investigating a fatal accident that occurred in Illinois in the beginning of March. Three people suffered injuries in the fiery crash, and one person lost his life. The crash involved three semi-trucks and four standard motor vehicles.

Is it normal to waive age discrimination rights for severance?

As an aging member of the workforce, you face many pressures from employers. Often, you may rely on your protections under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to ensure that you do not receive unfair treatment in the workplace simply because you are an older, more experienced employee. When an employer begins considering layoffs, these protections can prove essential to protecting your job.

Understandably, you may have reservations about signing away your rights under the ADEA if an employer asks you to do so in order to receive a severance package. This is a perfectly reasonable concern, but waiving ADEA rights is an accepted practice in many instances, provided that the employer meets certain qualifications in its offer and the terms of the waiver.

Personal injury attorneys can assist with car crash claims

Car accidents can happen in a split-second. One moment a person in Illinois is stopped at a red light, or is safely driving on the freeway when suddenly they have been struck by another driver. When this happens, victims may be injured or could even lose their life.

Devastating car accidents are not limited to crashes caused by standard automobiles. Semi-truck accidents can be particular catastrophic due to the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler. Also, crashes involving motorcycles can lead to serious injuries or fatalities, since motorcyclists are not protected by seat belts or airbags the way motorists are.

What is unlawful workplace retaliation?

Employees in Illinois deserve to feel that their job is secure if they stand up to unlawful activities in the workplace. It is against federal law for a job applicant or an employee to be retaliated against for standing up for their protected rights in the workplace. Such rights include freedom from discrimination and harassment.

Employees are protected if the file a charge, lawsuit or participate in an investigation with the U.S. Equal Employee Opportunity Commission, or serve as a witness in any of the above activities. Employees who notify their superiors that discrimination or harassment are being committed in the workplace are protected under federal law. If an employer who is investigating allegations of harassment asks an employee questions, they cannot be retaliated against for answering the questions. Employees do not have to follow orders that are discriminatory. Employees are protected if they resist sexual advances or take actions to prevent such acts from happening to others. Employees are protected if the ask for a reasonable accommodation due to their religion or a disability. Asking how much other employees are paid to determine whether wage discrimination is taking place is also protected. This list is not all-exhaustive; there are other protected activities as well.

Metro-east area saw over 180 car crashes in January

Winter weather in Illinois may make driving hazardous, but even in the best of weather conditions auto accidents can happen. Oftentimes these accidents are due to driver error. In fact, some parts of the state have seen a troubling number of crashes since the beginning of January.

From January 1, 2018 up until January 24, 2018, there have been 185 motor vehicle accidents in the metro-east area of Illinois. Recently, three car accidents took place all within one hour of each other. In the 185 accidents, five of them were fatal, such as one where a woman was hit by a motorist going the wrong way down the road.

Bills address employee misconduct by state officials

Some people in Illinois who are in a position of power may believe that they are beyond reproach. This could lead them to commit acts that harm other people. When this happens in the workplace, this harm often takes place in the form of harassment or discrimination. This can be true not only in the private sector, but also the public sector. For example, two measures have been proposed at the Illinois statehouse that address harassment and discrimination by politicians and other government employees.

Under one proposal, local governments would have to publish on information their website and area newspapers regarding the severance agreements of workers who committed some sort of act of misconduct. These publications must last one week or more and must include the name of the worker at issue, how much they were given in their severance agreement and an overview of what misconduct the worker allegedly committed.

Helping children understand brain injuries

Many people focus on the victim when a traumatic brain injury occurs, but the victim isn't the only person who suffers. Other family members can be impacted by these injuries. It can be hard for some people who have this type of injury to think about how their loved ones are being affected. When children are in the picture, there is often an increased challenge.

When parents or another close family member suffers a traumatic brain injury, children often need a lot of help understanding what is going on and learning how to cope with the changes.

Don't wait too long to file a medical malpractice claim

Flu season is peaking in Illinois. People are hearing reports of overcrowded emergency rooms, people suffering from complications such as pneumonia and even of people dying from the flu. Unfortunately, when it comes to any injury or illness, a doctor may misdiagnose it or believe it is not too serious, leading to a worsened condition. Or, a doctor can make a mistake during the scope of treatment that causes a person to suffer further complications. When this happens, patients may want to learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, they should not wait too long to do so.

This is because in Illinois there is a time limit on how long a person has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations, and once it has passed a person is no longer permitted to file a lawsuit based on the physician's malpractice, even if their case would otherwise have been valid.

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