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An Illinois family has commenced a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home, alleging that the facility’s failure to exercise due care in providing services and attention to their deceased relative was the ultimate cause of the man’s untimely death. Filed in Cook County, Illinois, the lawsuit claims that the decedent first contracted ulcers resulting from ongoing pressure. Also known as bedsores, pressure-based ulcers can develop on any area of the body that is in constant contact with a bed or other surface. They are common in patients who spend the vast majority of their time lying or sitting. To prevent these injuries from developing, these care facilities must rotate the resident on a regular basis. If they are not treated, bedsores can become infected and lead to serious consequences, including death.nursing home patient

Based on this, the plaintiffs alleged that the nursing home violated its duty of care to the resident in failing to appropriately monitor and address his bedsores. Nursing home facilities must develop a care plan for any resident who has bedsores. This plan often requires routine observation and compliance with a treatment program developed by the resident’s treating physician.

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The popularity of the augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, has risen since its release earlier this year. Not just for kids, this Pokemon game has appealed to all ages. One of the positive benefits of it’s release was encouraging people to go outside their houses and get exercise while searching for these Pokemon creatures.

Unfortunately, people’s obsession with “catching them all” created game addicts who become too consumed with catching Pokemon to the point where they get distracted while on the road. Distracted driving and Pokemon Go has resulted in a number of accidents, and the game is still new. According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014, and that number continues to rise as new things (like Pokemon Go) compete for drivers’ attention.

Being fully aware of the danger of distracted driving can lessen or avoid any possible incidents on the road. Therman Law Offices aims to share awareness about distracted driving, and things that you should do if you find yourself in an accident caused by distracted driving.

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It’s nice to have a friend with a boat. You get all the fun and none of the responsibilities. But some people were made to be on the water and buying a yacht is the piece that brings them closer to it. There’s also the benefit of being able to go out whenever you want. But owning a boat isn’t all fun and games, especially if someone gets hurt or there’s an accident involving another boat.

Knowledge is power. If you’ll be partying on a yacht this summer, it’s smart to prepare yourself for a potentially negative outcome. Whether an accident occurred because of your own carelessness or someone else’s negligence, here’s how to handle a yacht accident.

What Caused the Injury?

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Have you ever been on an elevator, and upon exiting, tripped over the floor?  That’s what we call Elevator Disleveling.

Often times, there’s a difference in height between the floor and the base of the elevator. This potential accident can sometimes be corrected by a shift in a balance, but other situations can actually lead to serious injuries and a ton of medical bills.

What do we know about elevator accidents? What should you do in the case of a serious injury caused by elevator disleveling?

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Arguably one of the best ways to spend summer days, or cool off after a hot day in the summer, is to visit the community swimming park with friends and family.

But whether you’re a good swimmer or not, you may find trouble if your community swimming park is not managed safely.

Here’s what you need to know about lifeguard responsibilities and swimming park liabilities.

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Chicago is finally starting to melt away now that the long Winter is coming to an end. People are beginning to get excited by the prospect of spending more time outside, taking in the sun and playing sports on a league with friends. But what happens if you get injured in a Spring adult sports league? Here’s everything you need to know.

Liability Waiver

Regardless of what spring adult sports league you’re a part of, if it’s a good one, they’ll ask you to sign a liability waiver releasing them from liability if you get injured while playing on their league.

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An active lifestyle is something that everybody strives to keep up. It leads to increased stamina, strength, and perhaps most importantly, happiness. There’s not much that compares to the endorphin rush that comes after a particularly intense workout. That said, there is a downside here. A study found that in the year 2012 alone, almost 460,000 people were injured while working out, which begs the question: whose fault is it? Join us as we discuss some of the most common situations that lead to gym injuries, and delve into the murky issues of liability in these cases.

Legal Liability In Case Of Injuries Sustained Over The Course Of A Workout

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Now, the first thing to clear up right out of the gate is that with very few exceptions, the gym is not liable if you don’t stretch, then put too much weight on the bench press, and end up tearing a pectoral muscle. The same goes for misuse of equipment. If you’re ever unsure of how to use an exercise machine safely, ask somebody. Better to risk that moment of awkwardness of asking someone for help than to end up injured or worse. It is important to note that the vast majority of gym injuries occur because exercisers fail to ask for a spotter, don’t stretch, or simply attempt to over-exert their muscles and go beyond their limits. These injuries are all preventable simply by employing common sense while working out.

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Did you receive a hoverboard this holiday as a gift? While they may look sleek and snazzy, many hoverboards also pose a grave risk to the safety of your property, not to mention your own personal safety.

Hoverboards: The Best Holiday Gift That Can Also Burn Down Your House

Has someone taken you Back to the Future this holiday season with their gift?

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We get a lot of interesting questions during our monthly #AskThermanLaw chat on Facebook and Twitter. On the third Thursday of every month, from 1-2pm, we invite our followers to ask whatever questions they have about personal injury law, worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, and more.

Here are some recent questions that have been asked, with Charlie Therman’s personalized response:

Q: I was shopping at a boutique not far from where I live. The ground was uneven and I slipped. Now I’m having pains that won’t go away. What should I do?

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Dangerous jobs are in no short supply in Chicagoland. There are plenty of opportunities for full-time employment that can give you more than you bargained for, and not in a good way.

If Chicago was the east coast, then the number one most dangerous job would be fishing! And if Illinois had more forests than farms, second place would go to logging workers. Chicagoland is also exempt from another one of the top 5 most dangerous jobs in the United States – mining.

However, there are still plenty of dangerous jobs in chicagoland to go around, and many different industries are affected.