A wound is an injury caused by a blow, cut, or some other impact in which the skin is normally cut or broken. Nursing home residents may have wounds for a number of reasons. Whether it is from surgery, diabetic sores, bedsores, venuous ulcers, or any other type of injury, wounds need proper care or infection will set in. If you or your loved one has developed a serious infection, bedsores, or an unexplained wound, our Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers would be happy to meet with you for a Free Initial Consultation. Our Personal Injury Lawyers can be reached at (217) 414-8889.
Illinois law requires that nursing homes properly handle wound care. With proper care, wounds should heal over time. However, if not properly monitored and treated, wounds can become infected. These infections literally cause human flesh to die. The elderly and those already in a fragile physical state are often more susceptible to infections or other conditions which can exacerbate wounds. This is why a proper wound treatment plan, and execution of that wound treatment plan, is vital to recovery to a nursing home resident. Generally speaking, there are four types of wounds that a resident may develop:
An abrasion occurs when the skin rubs or scrapes against a rough or hard surface. Road rash is an example of an abrasion. There’s usually not a lot of bleeding, but the wound needs to be scrubbed and cleaned to avoid infection.
A laceration is a deep cut or tearing of the skin. Accidents with knives, tools, and machinery are frequent causes of lacerations. In the case of deep lacerations, the bleeding can be rapid and extensive.
A puncture is a small hole caused by a long, pointy object, such as a nail, needle, or ice pick. Sometimes a bullet. Punctures may not bleed much, but these wounds can be deep enough to damage internal organs.
An avulsion is a partial or complete tearing away of skin and the tissue beneath. Avulsions usually occur during violent accidents, such as body-crushing accidents, explosions, and gunshots. They bleed heavily and rapidly.
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There are many reasons why a nursing home resident may develop a wound. It could be a chronic wound which has developed based on diabetes or some other disease. Other times, it could be that the resident has fallen at the home. Falls at nursing homes are some of the most common reasons why residents are transported to the emergency rooms. After a resident has fallen, they may develop a cut or require a surgical procedure. It is important that the resident is inspected for any skin tears after these injuries. If an elderly person is recovering from surgery and their body is not rotated, they can wounds can develop and worsen over time.
If you believe the nursing home your loved one is at has committed malpractice by failing to properly treat, clean, and/or diagnose a wound, our Nursing Home Wound Care Lawyers are available for Free Initial Consultations. Our office can be reached at (217) 414-8889. Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers will review the medical records and advise you on how to start an investigation into the nursing home’s conduct. Our office handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases throughout the State of Illinois.
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Many people who are involved in car accidents in Illinois discover that insurance companies either delay or deny their claims. One of the most common reasons insurance companies give for denying payment is that their insured driver did not actually cause the accident. Because Illinois is classified as an “at-fault” state, the accident victim must be less than 50% at fault for the accident in order to obtain compensation.
Another common reason why accident victims have a difficult time obtaining compensation from their insurance company is that the insurance company might claim the injuries in questions are only loosely connected to the accident.
Some accident victims have their insurance claims denied due to failure to follow the insurance company’s policies for initiating a claim. Other claims are denied because a person fails to promptly inform their insurance company about the accident. Yet another reason that insurance companies deny claims is that the insured driver does not have adequate coverage to compensate the injured driver.
If the other driver was entirely responsible for the car accident, it is often must easier for an injured victim to argue that the driver should compensate him or her for injuries incurred.
This can become much more complicated in Illinois, however, if both drivers were partially responsible for the accident. In these situations, the state of Illinois follows a comparative fault rule. Under this rule, the accident victim’s compensation is reduced by a percentage that he or she is responsible for the accident. In situations in which the accident victim is more than 50% at fault, then he or she will be prohibited from obtaining any compensation at all.
In addition to understanding the basic details of traffic law, it helps to understand some important steps that you should take immediately following a car accident. Many accident victims feel overwhelmed by the numerous complications that can arise after an accident, but following these steps can help to make sure that nothing ends up weakening your ability to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Under no circumstances should you ever leave the scene of an accident without first making sure that everyone is okay and that no property damage occurred.
Avoid creating circumstances that result in an additional accidents. If it is safe to do so, move your vehicles out of the road and to a safe location. Making sure the scene is protected is particularly important at night or in adverse weather conditions.
Contact law enforcement. Even if no one was seriously injured in the accident, it is still a wise idea to contact law enforcement so that a police report can be written. Police reports can be used as evidence in courts of law and can also help insurance companies decide how compensation should be given. When the officer arrives at the scene of the accident, tell him or her exactly how the accident occurred. Do not lie.
If you have access to any type of camera, on your smartphone or otherwise, and you can do so without being hurt, you should take photographs of the scene of the accident. Show any property damage that occurred as well as the area surrounding the accident scene. If you have incurred any visible injuries, take photographs of them right away, and then again in 12 hours and 24 hours.
Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident. This is particularly important if law enforcement is not at the scene of the accident. Some of the information that you should exchange includes home addresses, names, telephone numbers, license numbers, and insurance carriers. In situations in which there are witnesses to the accident, you should also get their contact information.
Report the accident. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident occurs. A representative from your insurance company can inform you about the type of plan and coverage that you have.
Obtain prompt medical attention. In a many situations, physical injuries are not immediately noticeable after a motor vehicle accident. Instead, it often takes accident victims several days before they begin to experience the pain or discomfort associated with an accident. For this reason, it is best to promptly get checked out by a doctor, even if you do not believe that you were injured. Not only does this help keep you healthy, but receiving prompt medical attention also helps to create a record about what injuries you incurred as a result of the accident and will help you down the line should you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Maintain a File. Keep all of the documents pertaining to your accident as well as other important information in one easy to find and organized file. This paperwork often includes medical bills and insurance claim information.
The exact compensation that you can expect to receive after a car accident depends on the seriousness of your injuries as well as how the accident occurred. Some of the various types of compensation that can be awarded in car accident cases include the following:
Costs associated with medical bills and treatment of injuries that were caused by the accident
Wages that you lost because you were unable to work after the accident
Damage to the driver’s vehicle as well as any other property damage as a result of the accident.
Non-economic damages, which include things like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.
Unfortunately, there is no universal answer as to how long an Illinois car accident case takes to resolve. Instead, the duration is influenced by numerous factors such as the insurance companies involved, who is liable for the car accident, the severity of the injuries caused by the accident, and the medical testimony provided by experts.
Some car accidents cases conclude rather quickly because the victim can resolve matters directly with the responsible driver’s insurance company. In other situations, a case must proceed to a court of law and will take a much longer to resolve. While cases handled by insurance companies might take several months, cases that go to trial can take several years.
Many accident victims understandably want their cases to conclude as quickly as possible so that they can receive the compensation they need to recover. It is important to avoid rushing to resolve a case, however, as you risk settling for much less than you deserve.
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