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Stay Safe This Summer

Chicago summers are a lot of fun. With a never-ending schedule of street fairs and festivals, live music, food, and art there’s really never a dull moment in the windy city. The warm weather makes people want to get out and enjoy the sun as much as possible. However, there are some dangers to be particularly aware of during the summer months. Bicycle Accidents Warm weather means people are out biking, and though you can bike in the City of Chicago there are definitely risks involved, both for the cyclist and driver. Car drivers need to be extra vigilant of cyclists, especially on busy city streets where views are obstructed and tension is high. However, cyclists themselves also have a big responsibility to follow the rules of the road and use the correct hand signals. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident it’s in your best interest to have experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers on your side. They will be able to help you assess the fault of the accident and fight for your right to fair compensation. Construction Accidents Construction accidents are not unique to the summer months, but there are factors during this season that greatly influence their likelihood. Heat exhaustion, poor vision due to sun, hot equipment, and neglected safety precautions can all cause a serious or fatal workplace accident. Regulation and safety standards exist for a reason so make sure your workplace is employing them. If you or someone you know is injured in a construction accident you deserve fair representation for your case. Contact Chicago personal injury lawyers at The Law Office... read more

How to Prepare For Your Personal Injury Claim

When you have suffered an accident because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim. With the help of Chicago personal injury lawyers, you can overcome this injury and find the best outcome to compensate your situation. You will have an initial interview with an attorney to describe the details of the injury. Here is a quick rundown on what lawyers recommend you prepare for an initial interview, and in general, to create a solid personal injury claim: What happened? No matter how simple it sounds, it is important to have your claim detailed and outlined with the exact answers to any who, what, when, where, and why questions related to your injury. The attorneys will be looking for these things in the information below. Who has helped and treated you? Create a list of every medical professional who has assisted you. Include important contact information such as emails, phone numbers, and address. List their specific occupations and places of work. What has the injury cost you? Keep track of all the expenses related to your injury that have been spend out-of-pocket. This includes things such as medical bills, prescriptions, supplies, and any other items you spent money on related to the injury. How has it affected your life? A personal injury does not only cost you money, it often has multiple quality of life costs associated with it as well. Ask yourself, are there things you can’t do anymore? Did you have to take time off work, and did you lose pay? How long did/will the injury affect your life? How long have... read more

Strange Medical Malpractice Cases

Being a victim of medical malpractice can be an awful ordeal, especially when it involves extreme negligence. As a Chicago medical malpractice law firm, we are intent on fighting for fair compensation for victims of medical malpractice. The following are a few examples of some of the most notable cases of medical malpractice. Rod in the back While performing back surgery, one physician was unable to find the rods needed to complete the operation. Improvising, he removed the handle from a screwdriver and inserted it into the man’s back. A few days later, the screwdriver rod broke causing severe pain, and the patient died. His survivors eventually received a settlement of $5.6 million. Catching fire While undergoing surgery for a liver transplant, the patient’s heart stopped beating. During the emergency procedures to restart his heart, alcohol used to disinfect his skin caught fire, inflicting severe burns. In addition, the initial liver transplant failed requiring another surgery. He sued the physicians, claiming their failed standard of care led to the burns and additional surgery. Dennis Quaid’s twins In 2007, Dennis Quaid’s wife Kimberly gave birth to twins. When they developed staph infections, they were to be treated with Heparin, a blood-thinning medication. Through a hospital pharmacy error, the twins received a dosage 1000 times the normal infant amount. Eventually the twins made a full recovery, but Quaid and his wife sued the hospital and eventually settled for $750,000. Julie Andrews’ voice When Andrews underwent what was supposed to be routine surgery for the removal of nodules on her vocal cords, surgeons permanently damaged her voice, ending her singing career. Brain... read more

Prescription Drug Errors as Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional neglects and/or deviates from set standards of care and causes harm to the person they are supposed to be caring for. These errors are a violation of the Hippocratic Oath, which is a promise physicians make to uphold specific ethical standards and to “first, do no harm.” Medical malpractice can result in serious injury to the patient, and in the most severe cases, death. A common example of medical malpractice is prescription drug error. However, knowing you’ve been a victim is not always obvious, which is why you should contact a Chicago medical malpractice law firm for help. Here are the common prescription drug errors made by physicians. Administering The Wrong Medication Or Wrong Dosage Physicians and nurses can be held liable for prescribing the wrong medication or a medication in the wrong dosage. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to prescribe a medication in the wrong dosage as prescriptions are compounded with the utmost precision. Should just one decimal point be out of a place a patient could be administrated far too much or too little of his or her required medication. Some medicines have specific ways they need to be administered, and if this is done incorrectly by a medical professional they will be held legally responsible by a Chicago medical malpractice law firm. Mislabeling Medication Mislabeling medications does happen, and ends up resulting in the patient receiving medicine that is not intended for them. Depending on where in the production process they medication mislabeling occurs it could turn into a medical malpractice case or products liability lawsuit. If you received or... read more

When is it time to move your loved one into a nursing home?

Putting someone into a nursing home facility is a hard decision to make, particularly if it is a loved one. Moving a loved one into the care of a nursing home facility can feel like an act of defeat, when in reality it is often in the best interest of the person. Unfortunately, this life change is often met with a lot of resistance by the elderly person who will be making the move and this makes the decision to make the move harder for those involved. Here are some signs that it’s time to move your loved one into a nursing home facility. And if your loved one already lives in a nursing home but you are concerned about their treatment contact a nursing home lawyer in Chicago right away. Chronic Health Condition Deteriorating health is the reality of aging, but some elderly are in poorer health than others. If your loved one has a chronic condition that appears to be worsening it might be time to think about putting them into a facility. As the condition worsens and the person ages it becomes less and less likely that they will be able to provide the care that they need for themselves. Moving them into a nursing home facility will give them constant attention and care from professionals and relieve the burden of treating their condition off themselves. Weight Loss If you notice that your loved one has dropped a significant amount of weight then this may be an indication that they can no longer provide proper care for themselves. Weight loss may be the result of multiple... read more

Motorcycle Safety

As the weather gets warmer motorcyclists are gearing up to take their bikes out on the road. Motorcycling is a thrilling way to travel, but it’s also by far the most dangerous. Cyclists suffer from environmental exposure and lack of visibility while on the road, which is why it is so important to take extra care to stay safe out on the road. Motorcycle accidents cause the most injuries and fatalities per mile than any other mode of transportation. If you are in a motorcycle crash you should contact Chicago personal injury lawyers so you can receive the compensation you deserve. However, taking a proactive approach to your own safety is always a good idea. Here’s how to stay safe as a cyclist out on the road. Protective Gear When you ride a motorcycle out on the open road you are exposing your body to all the harsh elements, not to mention that in the event of a crash there is nothing standing between you and hard pavement. Wearing protective and durable gear is one of the most important things to do when practicing motorcycle safety. You should be wearing reinforced or tough leather gloves, jacket, pants, and footwear. Helmet Wearing a helmet is absolutely necessary. Riders who don’t wear a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash. They are also three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those who do wear a helmet. Protecting your head and body will give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome in the event of a motorcycle crash. However, if... read more

Common Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims are some of the most common types of lawsuits that exist, which means there’s a lot of precedent for the victims to win their cases. Personal injury suits, however, are difficult to prove without detailed evidence that the perpetrator of the injury is at fault and without the help of skilled and experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers. Since the premise of a personal injury claim is based off the fault of another person it’s important to have the proper evidence on your side in order to prove the wrongdoing of another. As a victim of a personal injury the greatest asset to your case would be a team of Chicago personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive and aggressive representation. At the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo we provide that very representation, so you can get the justice you deserve. Here are two of the personal injury claims we see most often. Dog Bites According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, each year dogs bite about 4.5 million people and 1 in 5 of those people require medical attention. Now, there are steps to avoid being bitten by a dog but most of the time it occurs out of no fault of the victim. Dog bites account for ⅓ of homeowner’s liability insurance claims. Dog bites are not only physically traumatizing but also mentally and socially. If you are a victim of a dog bite you may suffer for years to come so make sure you receive the justice you deserve. Call the Chicago personal injury lawyers at the... read more

3 Steps to Take if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

The continued aging of the population of the United States means more and more of us will be relying on nursing homes for care in our twilight years. In fact, the latest U.S. census in 2010 reported the highest proportion of our population above 65 in the history of the country. And adult protective services have reported an increase in elder abuse. Perhaps the scariest statistic of all comes from a New York state study, which found of every known case of elder abuse, 24 cases went unreported. That’s why it’s vital you stay vigilant and call a nursing home attorney in Chicago if you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse. Until you can talk to a legal professional be sure to take these steps. Help your loved one file a complaint. Nursing home residents are legally entitled to file a complaint with their nursing home. Staff is legally required to make reasonable accommodations to deal with these complaints. As mentioned before, nursing home abuse tends to be underreported. Among the reasons for this is that many residents fear retribution from staffers. Your presence will be reassuring to your loved one, who may fear his caretakers. And, if the nursing home is being negligent, you’ll be able to hold them accountable by being an advocate for your loved one. Look into new nursing homes. It always helps to have options. If you suspect nursing home abuse, you don’t want to be left without a place for your loved one to stay. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides information on finding a... read more

What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a problem facing many of our nation’s elderly. As people grow older they are less likely to be able to provide proper care for themselves which is why nursing facilities exist – to provide the care that the elderly cannot give themselves. We trust that these facilities have the right equipment, staff, training, resources, and ethos to take care of their residents. However, this often is not true. Many nursing home residents end up being abused or neglected at some point during their residency and studies have shown that abuse/neglect has detrimental results on their health. A nursing home negligence attorney Chicago can provide the legal counsel and expertise to help you or someone you love get the justice they deserve.  Elderly who are abused and/or neglected are 300 times more likely to die than those who are not abused/neglected. Considering that approximately 1 out of every 10 elderly experience abuse this is an extremely dangerous pattern that needs to be addressed by a nursing home negligence attorney Chicago. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is dedicated to helping fight nursing home neglect and abuse. If you are looking for a nursing home negligence attorney Chicago then call our office right away. Identifying nursing home neglect can be tricky, especially as a nonresident outsider. Here are some forms of nursing home neglect and their symptoms. Types of Nursing Home Neglect Physical: The literal physical neglect of nursing home residents by staff is one of the most common forms of nursing home negligence. Refusing to help residents relieve themselves, to help them get their meals... read more

How A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Chicago Can Help You

In the state of Illinois nursing home residents are protected under the law from nursing home abuse and neglect to ensure their safety and well being. Residents are protected under both state and federal laws and if their rights are violated the nursing home can be liable both civilly and criminally. In Illinois, government agencies are responsible for investigating, taking in complaints, and ensuring the safety of nursing home residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (210 ILCS 45) protects nursing home residents and their right to complain, right to a doctor of their own choosing, access to their own medical records, and a number of other rights to their bodies and decisions. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act also means that should a nursing home violate any of the legally protected rights of its residents then said residents can take legal action. This is when the help of a nursing home abuse attorney Chicago is needed. Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Chicago An experienced nursing home abuse attorney Chicago will be the biggest asset to your case. Here is what an attorney can do for you and your loved one. Take a professional assessment of the alleged abuse and provide legal counsel as to whether or not you have a case. Contact the proper authorities and agencies to file a complaint and get an investigation started. Help you and your loved one compile the evidence needed to fight and win a nursing home abuse case. Represent you and your loved in court. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo If you need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney Chicago contact... read more

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