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UPDATE: When is a Nursing Home Liable for a Resident’s Fatal Fall Accident?

 Posted on January 05, 2023 in Wrongful Death

DuPage County Nursing Home Negligence LawyerOriginally published: October 19, 2021 -- Updated: January 5, 2023

Update: In addition to understanding the causes of falls in nursing homes, as discussed below, it is also important to understand the different types of injuries that can occur in these situations. Elderly or disabled nursing home residents are often in frail physical condition, and an incident that may have caused minor injuries to others may result in serious complications affecting their health and well-being. Common injuries in these types of fall accidents include:

  • Broken bones - Broken hips and other bone fractures are some of the most common injuries nursing home residents suffer in falls. Elderly people often have brittle bones, especially if they suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis, and sustained fractures may never heal properly. This may cause them to experience severe pain and issues that affect their mobility.

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How Can Victims of Rear-End Accidents Seek Compensation for Injuries?

 Posted on December 28, 2022 in Personal Injury

Cook County Car Crash Injury LawyerA rear-end accident involves the front of a vehicle colliding with the rear of another vehicle. Unfortunately, these collisions are a common occurrence on our roads and highways, and they can be very dangerous. Victims of rear-end accidents may suffer multiple types of serious injuries, as well as extensive damage to their vehicle or other property. If you have been involved in this type of car accident, the process of seeking compensation for your injuries can be daunting. However, it does not have to be. By understanding the legal process and working with a personal injury attorney, you can get the compensation you deserve. 

Rear-End Accident Liability

The first step in seeking compensation after a rear-end accident is to determine who is liable for the accident. The driver who is determined to have caused the accident may be held responsible for any damages that result. Generally speaking, the driver who rear-ended the other vehicle will be held liable. These accidents may occur because a driver was following someone else too closely, was distracted due to texting or cell phone use while driving, was speeding, or otherwise acted negligently and was unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid the collision. 

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Toddler Cups and Bottles Recalled Due to Potential Lead Poisoning Risks

 Posted on December 05, 2022 in Personal Injury

DuPage County Product Liability LawyerThere are a variety of different types of defective products that can cause people to suffer injuries. To address these concerns, companies may perform recalls of products that are found to be defective or dangerous. However, even when dangerous products are removed from the market, consumers may still be placed at risk of harm, and they may have options for pursuing compensation from a company that caused them to suffer injuries. 

Defects in children's products can be especially concerning. Parents take great care to make sure their children are safe at all times, and they rely on product manufacturers to ensure that items such as cribs, car seats, rockers, high chairs, and toys are designed and manufactured in a way that will prevent injuries from occurring. Unfortunately, the proper safety standards are not always followed, and children may be placed at risk due to products that are not reasonably safe. This was recently illustrated by a major recall of cups and bottles that contained lead, a substance that can be incredibly toxic for children.

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When Can a Third Party Be Held Liable for a Workplace Accident?

 Posted on November 22, 2022 in Workplace Accidents

Cook County Work Injury LawyerMany people are injured while working every year. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be aware that you can receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits will cover your medical treatment, and they may also reimburse you for some of the income lost while you were recovering or because of a permanent disability. You will be eligible for workers' comp no matter whether you or your employer were responsible for your injuries. But did you know that in some cases, a third party can also be held liable for your workplace accident? In these situations, you may be able to pursue additional compensation from the liable third party, and this can help ensure that you will have the financial resources you need to make a full recovery.

Third-Party Liability for Work Injuries

There are numerous situations where a third party may have been partially responsible for a work-related injury, including:

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Why Does Distracted Driving Increase the Likelihood of Car Accidents?

 Posted on November 10, 2022 in Auto Accidents

Bensenville Car Crash LawyerEvery day, drivers take to the roads with the intention of getting from Point A to Point B without problems. Most of the time, people are able to do so successfully. Unfortunately, there are always car accidents waiting to happen, and one of the biggest dangers that currently affects people is distracted driving. In 2020, more than 3,000 people were killed in the U.S. as a result of distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While those numbers are staggering, they only tell part of the story. For every fatal car accident caused by distracted driving, there are countless other accidents that result in serious injuries, property damage, and emotional trauma. 

Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving. Distractions can come in many forms, but they can broadly be divided into three categories: visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions. All of these distractions can be dangerous, but in many cases, drivers will engage in multiple types of distractions at the same time, and this can greatly increase the chances that they will become involved in accidents. Car accident victims will need to take steps to make sure a negligent driver who caused an accident due to distracted driving will be held liable for their damages.

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When Can Truck Accidents Be Caused by Defective Equipment?

 Posted on October 24, 2022 in Auto Accidents

Cook County Personal Injury LawyerMotor vehicle collisions of all types can be very dangerous, and they can lead to severe or fatal injuries for victims. However, commercial truck accidents can be especially devastating, and the large size and massive weight of 18-wheelers and similar vehicles may result in life-changing injuries and other types of damages. Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of issues, but one contributing factor that can sometimes be overlooked is defective equipment. Faulty parts or equipment that has not been properly maintained may cause a truck driver to lose control of their vehicle and collide with others. In these situations, victims may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturers of defective parts, a company that did not perform proper maintenance, or other liable parties.

Common Equipment and Maintenance Issues on Commercial Trucks

Multiple types of equipment and components of large trucks may fail to function correctly, leading to dangerous accidents. Defective or faulty parts may include:

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7 Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries

 Posted on October 05, 2022 in Personal Injury

Cook County Personal Injury LawyerThere are millions of dogs in the United States, and even though most are friendly family pets, some are aggressive and dangerous. Even in situations where dogs have always exhibited calm, non-aggressive behavior, they may act suddenly or unexpectedly and bite or attack someone. While some dog bites are relatively mild, others can be severe, resulting in serious injuries, permanent disability or disfigurement, or even death. In cases where a person has been bitten or attacked by a dog, a personal injury attorney can review the situation and determine the best options for pursuing financial compensation.

Common Injuries from Dog Bites and Attacks

A dog's jaws can be very strong, and their teeth are often very sharp. Dog bites can injure a person in a variety of ways, and depending on the size of the dog and the aggressiveness of the attack, a victim can suffer multiple forms of bodily harm. Some potential injuries in these situations include:

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UPDATE: Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Illinois?

 Posted on September 27, 2022 in Workers' Compensation

Bensenville workers' compensation lawyerOriginally published: May 19, 2021 -- Updated: September 26, 2022

Update: In addition to understanding the symptoms and treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important for those who suffer from this condition to know their options for receiving workers' compensation benefits. Repetitive stress injuries will qualify for workers' comp as long as they arose out of the work you performed. If, during the course of your employment, you have regularly worked with your hands and completed tasks such as typing or operating tools or machinery, your injury will most likely be work-related, which will allow you to receive the proper benefits.

The benefits you receive may include medical benefits, which will cover the costs of all treatment related to your work injury. This will include doctor visits to diagnose your condition, any surgeries necessary to correct the issue, or ongoing forms of treatment, such as physical therapy.

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Jogging Strollers Recalled Due to Child Amputation Injury

 Posted on September 08, 2022 in Personal Injury

Elmhurst defective product lawyerThere are many different types of defective or dangerous products that can potentially cause people to suffer injuries. The risks of injury are a significant concern no matter who is affected, but especially so in cases where products could potentially injure children. When dangerous or defective products cause children to suffer injuries, parents will need to determine their options for addressing these issues, and they may be able to pursue compensation from a negligent manufacturer by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Recently, the recall of a popular brand of jogging stroller has raised concerns about whether these products may put children at risk of harm.

Recall of UPPAbaby Jogging Strollers

On September 1, 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the manufacturer UPPAbaby is recalling around 14,000 jogging strollers. The RIDGE all-terrain jogging stroller uses disc brakes, and children's fingers may potentially become caught in the openings of these brakes, resulting in serious injuries. The recall is being performed after the company received reports that a child suffered an amputation of their fingertip after their fingers became entangled in a stroller's brakes. The company is providing replacement brake discs for the recalled strollers, and stroller owners are being advised to immediately stop using these products, which have been sold at stores such as BuyBuyBaby, Nieman Marcus, and Pottery Barn Kids, as well as on Amazon.

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Seven Common Traffic Violations That Can Lead to Car Accidents

 Posted on August 24, 2022 in Auto Accidents

DuPage County car accident lawyerAt any given time, there are millions of vehicles on Illinois roads. Cautious drivers need to be able to handle many different situations, including traveling at high speeds, navigating busy roads and intersections, and being aware of pedestrians or obstacles in the road. Traffic laws are in place to ensure that everyone can share the road safely. 

Unfortunately, many drivers violate these laws. These violations occur due to carelessness, lack of respect for others, stress related to busy schedules or other factors, anger at other people's actions, fatigue, and more. When drivers fail to obey traffic laws, they put themselves and others at risk. There are multiple types of violations that are likely to cause car accidents, including:

  1. Speeding - This is one of the most common violations, as many people regularly travel at least a few miles per hour over the speed limit in order to get to their destinations as quickly as possible. Speeding makes it more difficult for a driver to stop in time if someone else slows down suddenly or if there is an obstacle in the road. It also increases the force of impact if a collision does occur.

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