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The images are everywhere on the news; protesters, exercising their Constitutionally protected right to free speech, fleeing from clouds of tear gas thrown by the police. What we have seen protesters enduring in recent months has been downright inhumane. Setting aside the fact that protesters are being abused by law enforcement for no justifiable reason, the “riot control agents”–often referred to as tear gas–that the police are using on protesters, have been banned from international warfare by the Geneva Protocol since 1925. So why on earth do we still allow tear gas to be used on citizens by the very…
Washing your hands with soap and water is always the best option for keeping your hands clean, but we don’t always have access to soap and water. That’s where hand sanitizer comes in. Hand sanitizers have never been as popular or necessary as they are right now. Unfortunately, the increase in demand for hand sanitizers has led to some dangerous products being on the shelves. There has been a dramatic increase in hand sanitizers containing methanol, also referred to as wood alcohol. Methanol has no place in hand sanitizers given that it can be toxic when absorbed through the skin…
As if COVID-19 is not bad enough, now there is news that some hand sanitizers being sold to prevent the virus may be hazardous themselves. The FDA has issued a warning to consumers not to use hand sanitizers made in Mexico by Eskbiochem SA de CV. The hand sanitizers, which goes by multiple names, may contain methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. The products identified by the FDA are: Continue reading › The post FDA Issues Warning About Toxic Ingredient in Some Hand Sanitizers appeared first on Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.…
Coronavirus put a halt to the world as we know it, and it also put a stop to driving for many of us. We started working from home, getting groceries and meals delivered, avoiding gatherings, and staying home in the evening. With everything closed, there really was no need to drive. Now that states are starting to reopen, however, more people are out and about, and more drivers are getting back on the road. Some of the drivers out there, myself included, haven’t driven in nearly 4 months! Given that many of us are out of practice, the roads might…
As Illinois moves into phase 3 of COVID-19 reopening, traffic is making a big comeback. You may have noticed that the roads are more crowded, the parking lots are a bit fuller, and the expressways feel more like they did in January and February. If you’ve noticed an uptick in traffic, you’re not alone. Congestion, higher travel times, and traffic crashes are on the rise as Illinois resumes activities under phase 3 of the Illinois reopening plan. After the state-wide stay-at-home order took effect in mid-March, weekly traffic volume in Chicago was cut in half. As of last week, traffic…
Symphony of Joliet is one of several nursing homes across Illinois that are facing shocking outbreaks of COVID-19. As of June 5th, 2020, the facility has had 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. To understand that in context, Symphony of Joliet only has 214 beds and an average occupancy of about 169 residents. Even given that some of the 132 infections are among staff, the sheer number of COVID-19 cases at Symphony of Joliet shows that the virus spread to an alarming number of residents at the nursing home. Moreover,…
Meadowbrook Manor–a large nursing home in Bolingbrook with 298 beds– is one of the nursing homes facing the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Illinois. As of May 29, 2020, the facility had reported 188 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and 40 deaths–the highest reported death toll at any nursing home in the state. Considering that the average number of residents at Meadowbrook Manor is usually 244, these numbers are shocking. At this occupancy rate, 77% of the residents at Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook have been infected with COVID-19. Even if every bed at Meadowbrook Manor was occupied, that would still…
As coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise at Illinois nursing homes, Alden Estates has emerged as the nursing home facing the worst COVID-19 outbreak in Naperville. As of May 29, 2020, the facility had reported 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and 22 deaths. Considering that the number of residents at Alden Estates of Naperville is usually 131–according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services–these numbers are staggering. For comparison, here are the statistics on COVID-19 at similar nursing homes in Naperville that are faring much better: Arista Healthcare: 153 beds, 11 cases, 0 deaths Continue reading
White public officials have rushed before TV cameras to proclaim that the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police was the work of “one bad apple”, or a cop “gone rogue”—a statement then typically followed by the assurance that, “the great majority of police officers are not racists.”   African Americans have always seen such statements for what they are:  white people letting themselves off the hook.  White people refusing to acknowledge the depth and breadth of racism in America which, while it may be manifested in one ugly act at a time by one ugly racist at a time,…
The First District Appellate Court of Illinois held in Nakamura v. BRG Sports, LLC that a former NFL player’s personal injury suit against his helmet manufacturer stemming from a severe concussion the player suffered was allowed to proceed as there was an issue of fact as to when the player discovered his injury.  The trial court initially dismissed the player’s action as being time barred by Illinois’ two-year statute of limitations for personal injury actions. In August of 2013, Haruki Nakamura was taken to the hospital after suffering a severe concussion during a preseason football game while playing for the…
Illinois is moving to a new phase in an effort to reopen the economy. As shelter-in-place orders are lifted and more cars are on the road, however, we must not forget to do our part to prevent car accidents. Unfortunately, some drivers thought that having fewer cars on the road this past couple of months gave them a license to speed and drive recklessly. As a result, in many areas around the country, despite overall accidents being down, fatalities have gone up. Fatal accidents in Connecticut are 40% higher than last year, even though traffic is down 50%. And in…
Villa at Windsor Park is located at 2649 E 75th St in Chicago, Illinois, and is a large, for-profit nursing home. They have 240 certified beds and participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. As of May 24, 2020, 143 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents and staff at Villa at Windsor Park, and, sadly, 33 residents have died. Medicare.gov gives Villa at Windsor Park two out of five stars (below average) based on health inspections and staffing levels. Regarding staffing, Villa at Windsor Park falls significantly short of the national average. Residents of Villa at Windsor Park receive…
Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, Manorcare of Hinsdale is a large nursing home with 202 certified beds. They are a non-profit nursing home and participate in both Medicare and Medicaid programs. Manorcare of Hinsdale is facing a major COVID-19 outbreak like other nursing homes in Illinois. Between residents and staff there have been 164 COVID-19 infections and 27 deaths as of May 23, 2020. Manorcare of Hinsdale receives an average rating, three out of five stars, based on health inspections and staffing levels from medicare.gov. Staffing levels at Manorcare of Hinsdale are above the state average and only slightly below…
Interstate 290 was closed for several hours on Sunday, May 15, as Illinois State Police investigated a truck crash that took the life of a driver. The fatal chain-reaction crash, involving three semi-trailers, happened at about 11:03 a. m. in the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway near St. Chares Road in Elmhurst. All three trucks were driving in the center-right lane when the driver of one of the trucks lost control and hit another truck. That vehicle then collided with a third truck on the highway. Two of the trucks became engulfed in flames upon impact. The fiery truck…
Bria of Geneva, a for-profit nursing home, is located at 1101 E. State St. in Geneva, Illinois. They participate in both Medicare and Medicaid programs and have 107 certified beds. Bria of Geneva, like many other nursing homes in Chicago’s western suburbs, is facing a major outbreak of COVID-19. Since April, 75 of their 91 residents and 37 of their employees have tested positive for COVID -19. Sadly, 24 residents–more than a quarter of all the residents at the facility–have died. Lawsuits have been filed and families want answers U.S. News & World Report rates Bria of Geneva as average,…
Symphony of Joliet is a for-profit nursing home located at 306 N Larkin Ave. in Joliet, Illinois. They participate in both Medicaid and Medicare programs and have 214 beds. After learning the facility was facing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Illinois, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk called for a state investigation into Symphony of Joliet. Since then, officials at the facility have said they believe the virus may have been spread by a maintenance manager who assembled dining tables in as many as 40 patient rooms, unaware that he had already been infected with coronavirus. As of May 12th,…