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Making a claim for a botox injury in Illinois

There are many reasons why a person might decide to have Botox procedures or other injectables. Botox can be used for cosmetic reasons, but it has also been shown to reduce the pain associated with migraines. Other injectables may be used in lips or cheeks in order to achieve the desired aesthetic affect.

While Botox procedures are generally very safe, some people do experience adverse affects and suffer as a result. These adverse effects might be caused by allergic reactions, but they could also occur as a result of medical malpractice and improper administering of the injectable. If you have suffered as a result of a dermal injectable, it is important that you take the time to consider whether you would like to make a legal claim.

When is chronic pain linked with medical malpractice?

When you are experiencing chronic pain, it is likely that your first thought is to visit your doctor's office or go to the emergency room. Most people expect that they will then receive adequate treatment that will both address the root of the condition and relieve, at least somewhat, the pain associated with it.

Unfortunately, some patients in the state of Illinois fail to be relieved of their suffering even after they have been treated by a medical professional. No one should have to suffer chronic pain when there are appropriate medical treatments available. In addition, chronic pain can affect a person's life significantly, especially when it is endured for a prolonged period of time.

Reducing the chances of a large truck collision

Illinois drivers have good reason to be cautious around large trucks. Commercial truck drivers can become drowsy and distracted behind the wheel, causing severe accidents. However, one expert says that 70 percent of all collisions between trucks and cars are caused by drivers of the latter. The U.S. DoT found that 66 percent of all large truck fatalities in 2016 were passenger vehicle occupants.

Drivers will therefore want to consider the following safety tips. All too often, vehicles are found tailgating trucks, which is a recipe for disaster. Drivers should maintain at least 500 feet of distance from trucks depending on their speed. They should also look ahead for one fourth or one half of a mile. If drivers see brake lights or emergency flashers in the distance, they can take preemptive action.

Use of EHRs may lead to medical errors

Electronic health records are increasingly used in medical practice in Illinois, but they may play a part in medical safety errors, especially errors in medication. A study published by Health Affairs found that more than 50 percent of pediatric medical errors were linked to the functionality of EHR systems. The studied involved more than 9000 safety reports from people who were patients from 2012 to 2017. Records from three separate healthcare companies were examined.

According to the report's lead author, who is a Ph.D. and director for the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, usability shortcomings with EHR systems can lead to patient medication errors. The biggest problems, he said, are tied to system visual displays and feedback. EHRs might not give healthcare professionals the right alerts when a medication is prescribed and the patient is allergic to the medication. Visual display errors happen when the EHR displays are confusing for healthcare workers or too cluttered to be easily understood.

Protecting employees from scaffolding accidents

Improper scaffolding practices composed the third leading OSHA violation in 2016, resulting in some 3,900 citations. Every year, employers throughout Illinois and the rest of the U.S. pay out about $90 million in lost work days due to scaffolding injuries. Construction workers are especially prone to these injuries; approximately 2.3 million (or 65 percent) of them regularly work on scaffolds. Out of that, about 4,500 are injured every year. About 60 die.

Employers will want to ensure that they don't have deficient scaffolding. This, combined with falling, is to blame for 72 percent of all scaffold accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scaffolds should be able to carry their own weight and four times the maximum intended load without displacement. They should not be supported on unstable objects like boxes or loose bricks. For support, they should be equipped with guardrails, midrails and toeboards.

One third of all traffic deaths due to drunk driving

Drunk driving is behind one-third of all deaths resulting from traffic injuries, so Illinois drivers will want to know what some of the common factors are in these crashes. The groups with the highest risk for a drunk driving crash are drivers under the age of 24, motorcyclists and those with a prior DUI conviction. Those who mix alcohol with drugs or medication increase their risk, too.

Even when their blood alcohol concentration is equal, younger drivers have a higher risk than older drivers because of their inexperience behind the wheel and their tendency to become distracted when others are in the car. A BAC of 0.08 percent (the legal limit in most states) will slow down reaction times as well as impair judgment, depth perception and peripheral vision.

Hyundai, Kia face class-action lawsuit over engine fires

Illinois motorists may be interested to learn that Hyundai and Kia are being sued by consumers over an engine defect that causes vehicle fires. The class-action suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Dec. 14.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that it has received more than 350 consumer complaints about non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The problem is apparently related to a manufacturing defect in the "Theta II" engine, which is featured in five different models made by the two automakers. The lawsuit claims that the defect reduces oil flow to critical engine components, eventually leading to premature failure, engine seizure and fire. Over one four-month period, the defect was causing around one non-collision fire every other day, according to the Center for Auto Safety. As a result, the non-profit consumer advocacy group called for the Korea-based companies to recall 2.9 million affected vehicles in October.

Understanding how the law applies to your Illinois car accident

If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Illinois, you will have some legal rights that protect you and give you the opportunity to file for damages. However, you will also have several responsibilities relating to the incident that are important for you to fulfill.

After you have been involved in a car accident, you have the responsibility to file a crash report in most situations. You will need to file a crash report if the crash resulted in more than $1,500 of damage to property, an injury to a person, or the death of a person. It is important that this report is filed with the Illinois Department of Transportation within 10 days of the incident.

ZF uncovers benefits to external airbags

Many car parts manufacturers are working to perfect the technology behind external airbags. This safety feature should be of interest to drivers in Illinois, but they should keep in mind that it won't be introduced to the driving public for a while yet. The ZF Group is one car parts manufacturer that is clear about the benefits of external airbags. According to ZF, this technology could reduce injury severity by up to 40 percent.

ZF's model of external airbags deploy from a vehicle's sides to act as an extra crumple zone in a T-bone collision. Like a pillow, they are meant to absorb some of the impact. The airbags weigh about 13 pounds and are 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Inflation time is 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags. This is all the more impressive considering the dimensions (which will vary depending on vehicle size).

An improper diagnosis can be fatal

Patients depend on their doctors for many things, ranging from the basic, such as well-checks or influenza treatment, through broken bones and minor surgeries, and all the way to life-threatening conditions. At every stage there is a level of competence required by the doctor or the patient may suffer harm. In many cases, errors are made not as often in actively doing something wrong as a surgical error, for instance, but in a misdiagnosis of observed symptoms.

Health studies show that women are more likely than men to be misdiagnosed by medical professionals. This potentially places the patient in an uncomfortable position of wanting to have faith and confidence in her doctor yet being mindful of the need to act as her own advocate and question everything. Ultimately, the experts suggest taking a proactive approach and monitor whether the illness or condition seems to be not improving or getting worse, and take actions accordingly.