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Illinois Big Rig Accidents Under More Scrutiny in the Courts

Recent semi truck rollovers in Illinois highlight the seriousness of these types of collisions. Big rigs weigh a lot more than passenger vehicles and take a lot more time to fully stop. In mid August, a semi truck flipped near Burr Ridge on the Stevenson Expressway, slid through three lanes of traffic, and hit two cars. The truck was carrying locomotive parts and caused the expressway to be shut down for hours. The four injured people were taken to local hospitals with moderate injuries.

In East Hazel Crest, two tractor trailers collided, causing one of the drivers to die. The accident occurred early in the morning on South Halsted Street. The driver that survived was given a ticket for his role in the accident. But a lot stiffer penalties are now in play after the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that truck drivers who cause accidents and are found with traces of illegal drugs in their system can be found guilty of a felony versus just a misdemeanor. The Chicago Tribune recently reported that prosecutors in four cases in Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties relied on the high court’s opinion to charge guilty drivers.

Even if careless driving caused the accident, remnants of illegal drugs in a truck driver’s system allow the charge to be upgraded. This ruling applies to illegal drugs and prescription drugs used in unlawful ways, such as expired medicines and unsafe quantities. Proof of impairment is not mandated; the evidence of the drug in the bloodstream is the main requirement. The Illinois Supreme Court has been overturning cases on appeals in truck accident cases involving both serious injuries and wrongful death. The stance mimics the drunk driving policy of zero tolerance in the state.

“As tough as this (court opinion) is, maybe it’ll make people realize if you’re going to drive negligent with drugs in your system, you’re going to face tougher penalties,” said JoLynn Lash, whose husband died last November from a driver who was found to have drugs in his system. “It should never be a misdemeanor when someone’s life is lost.”

Drug use is almost as problematic as drunk driving in America. According to a recent study, 25 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs and 37 percent had alcohol in their systems. With its ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court is sending the message that truck drivers must take their jobs very seriously and drive safely. With time, the courts are sure to take a stance on passenger vehicles and drugs found in drivers’ systems.

The Chicago truck accident lawyer Paul A. Greenberg represents auto drivers and truck drivers who have been injured because of the negligence or carelessness of another driver. The truck accident team at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg excels at analyzing who and what caused the accident, and they will uphold your rights to compensation for your injuries. As a SuperLawyer recipient, Chicago truck accident attorney Greenberg is revered by clients, his peers, insurance companies, and the judiciary as an outstanding lawyer in the Chicagoland area. To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

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Paul Greenberg is a Chicago truck accident lawyer and Chicago truck accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

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Officials Report More Infection Control Needed in Illinois Health Facilities

Illinois surgery centers are under the microscope after state health officials found numerous violations of infection control standards. The Illinois Department of Public Health is mandating that these types of widely used outpatient facilities be more in line with hospital regulations. The inspections have been prompted by other state infection scares and national initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Healthcare-Associated Infections objectives for Healthy People 2020.

“We want people to know there is regulatory oversight of these types of facilities and that we are closely monitoring infection control,” said Bill Bell, the division chief for Health Care Facilities and Programs for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

His team went to state facilities unannounced and tracked a patient’s surgery through all the steps rather than merely looking at the facility’s guidelines on infection control. In 2010, almost 76 percent of these facilities had infection control violations. The latest inspections found facilities with the following violations:
- Inadequate sterilization and cleaning practices
- Reuse of needles, syringes, and vials
- Improper or no labeling
- Improper use of personal protective equipment
- No investigation into why a doctor’s patients had a high frequency of post-op infections
- No regular training on infection control
- No qualified person in charge of infection control program
- Infections not reported

These incidents put patients at risk for contracting infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that errors involving injection processes, equipment cleaning errors, and inadequate environmental cleaning increase the risk of infections. Better communication between nurses and environmental services workers in regards to what is being cleaned after procedures is key. Proper labeling of vials, syringes, and other containers is also crucial.

Not only do surgery centers need to be mindful of their infection control procedures, but long-term care facilities, end-stage renal disease facilities, and hospitals must be vigilant about mitigating the chance of patient and worker infections. The CDC recommends personnel to have “…sufficient and appropriate equipment and supplies necessary for the consistent observation of standard precautions, including hand hygiene products, injection equipment, and personal protective equipment.”

The HHS’ Healthcare-Associated Infections goal for Healthy People 2020 is to ultimately reduce infections related to health care facilities. Infections cause many preventable deaths, serious injuries, and increased medical costs. The HHS is “…particularly concerned about central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.” When prevention practices are in place the HHS estimates that 70 percent of infections can be reduced, saving at least $25 billion.

When a patient’s life is compromised because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, they can take legal action. Patients are owed a reasonable standard of care, no matter what type of facility they go to or what procedure they have. The Chicago personal injury lawyer Robert I. Briskman is accomplished in holding health care facilities, staff, and their insurance companies accountable for their mistakes that caused the infection. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg will investigate every route to get their client compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. The Chicago personal injury lawyers are respected by their clients, peers, and the courts for their years of service throughout Chicagoland. To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

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Robert Briskman is a Chicago personal injury lawyer and Chicago personal injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

Illinois Birth Injury Raises Concerns with Hospital Staff and Procedures

A family in St. Louis, Ill. is dealing with a traumatic birth injury that they blame on Memorial Hospital medical professionals. Mistakes made during the pregnancy caused their daughter to have cerebral palsy. During the baby’s delivery, the parents allege that the doctor ruptured membranes, failed to perform in utero resuscitation, and failed to deliver the baby by C-section. This allegedly deprived the baby of sufficient oxygen during delivery, which resulted in a hypoxic brain injury.

Oxygen deprivation is the primary injury that starts a downward spiral, says the nonprofit group Birth Injury, which educates and increases awareness for individuals and families affected by birth injuries. Inappropriate use of medications, force, and medical instrumentation during a delivery can cause brain damage. Compression of the brain, cerebral contusions or bleeding, and tearing of brain tissue or blood vessels can lead to lifelong injuries. Prolonged contractions and pushing can also cause harm.

The extent of the cerebral palsy may vary depending upon the extent of the child’s oxygen deprivation. Low oxygen during delivery can also cause other injuries, sometimes even more significant than cerebral palsy. Speech and communication impairments, learning and behavioral disorders, as well as hearing and vision problems can occur. Damage to the heart, liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract caused by oxygen deprivation can be fatal.

Birth injuries can place a huge burden on families and escalate medical costs depending on how much around-the-clock care is needed. Individuals with more severe cases of cerebral palsy need physical, speech, and occupational therapy in addition to medications and devices to control muscle spasticity and pain. Sometimes surgery is needed to repair joints and muscles.

The Chicago birth injury lawyer Robert I. Briskman vigorously defends an individual and family’s right to hold the doctor or facility accountable for their child’s birth injury. The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg recommends getting legal counsel early on and works for your cause on a contingency basis, so there are no fees unless the case is successful. To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654

Robert Briskman is a Chicago birth injury lawyer and Chicago birth injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

Recent Auto-Bicycle Accident Turns Deadly in Cook County

Bicycling in your neighborhood or to work should be an enjoyable, stress-free activity. But for a man in Cook County, Illinois, and for thousands of other bike riders, careless or negligent drivers can cause a serious injury or death. In late July, a 79-year-old man was cycling two blocks from his home in suburban Maywood when he was hit by an automobile shortly after 8 p.m. Within an hour he passed away at Loyola University Medical Center.

According to BIKESAFE, most automobile-bicycle accidents occur in the summer months of June, July, and August between 5 and 9 p.m. Through its case studies, BIKESAFE, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, found that auto-bicycle accidents are most often caused by a driver who:
fails to yield at an intersection light
fails to yield at a stop sign
drives out mid-block or mid-driveway
turns left or right into a bicycle path
tries to overtake a bicycle

An estimated 53,000 injuries occur every year from auto-bicycle accidents and two percent of them are fatal. Cyclists must be mindful to wear helmets, obey traffic laws, and be aware of vehicles around them. In urban areas in and around Chicago, cyclists also have to be cautious with drivers going high speeds. Poor sight distance, speeds that make it harder to brake quickly, and traffic jams can increase the chances of an accident. Injuries can also occur when bicycles ride next to parked vehicles and a door is opened unexpectedly. And in the case of the Cook County senior, riding at dusk and into the night hours can cause visibility problems. Cyclists should be sure to use rear reflectors, pulsing lights, and other bright gear when they ride at night.

Automobile-bicycle accidents can cause serious brain injuries, even when cyclists are struck by vehicles going 35 mph or less. Back and limb injuries are also very common. When an accident like this occurs, the driver’s car insurance is responsible for your medical expenses. The Chicago bicycle accident lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg have helped many accident victims recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, future care, and lost wages. They are also experienced in guiding loved ones in a wrongful death lawsuit. Their team of Chicago accident attorneys works with the top experts for your medical planning and the accident reconstruction part of your case.

To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago car accident lawyer and Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

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