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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

Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

As our population ages, more and more of our elderly are moving into nursing homes. Approximately 1.3 million elderly currently live in nursing homes where they rely on long-term continuous care. Up to 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point in their lives, and this number is only expected to increase as our population gets older. These people put their trust, money, and health into the care of nursing home facilities and their staff. We expect these facilities to value their residents and treat them with dignity and respect however, too often this is not the case. A survey of nursing homes found that up to 44 percent of residents had experienced abuse at some point during their residency. A congressional report also found that almost 1 in 3 nursing homes had been cited for violations that had the potential to cause home and nearly 10 percent of all nursing homes had violations that actually caused harm or death. Nursing home residents who are abused have a 300 percent greater chance of death in the three years after the abuse than their non-abused counterparts. Nursing home abuse is a real and present danger for many elderly and their families which is why it is so important to find a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney if you suspect abuse in you or your loved one’s nursing home. If you notice signs of abuse and neglect in your loved one then you should contact a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney to discuss the legal avenues available to you. Signs of abuse include but are not... read more

How To Have The Strongest Personal Injury Case

When you or a loved one is severely injured the last thing you want to think about is preparing to bring your case to court. Fortunately, this is not the first thing you have to think about but it is something that will come up quickly following your accident and/or injury. Personal injury cases require a significant amount of evidence and proof of damage and liability. They can also be quite sensitive depending on the type and severity of the injury. If you are a victim of a personal injury then it is imperative that you work closely with a Chicago personal injury lawyer to develop the strongest case possible. One of the most important things to do is to keep careful records of the accident, the injury, and any symptoms that result from it. This means taking pictures, documenting all medical professionals you see and their diagnosis and treatment approach. Take pictures, save prescriptions, get contact information, and keep a record of everything you do and everyone you see regarding your injury. This evidence will be crucial in the presentation of your case. Personal injury cases are complicated which is why you will also need an accomplished personal injury lawyer to help you win your case. A lawyer will be able to assess the circumstances of the injury and give you an idea of the level of difficulty it will be to win. They will also be familiar with this area of law so as to give you the greatest chance of success. Next to your own documentation of the injury, a personal injury lawyer will be the biggest... read more

Common Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases make up the majority of civil litigations in the United States. These types of cases are particularly taxing on the people involved because they deal with victims of injury. There are many different types of personal injury claims that vary in severity, burden of proof, and possible compensation. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is a dedicated team of Chicago personal injury lawyers who are committed to helping victims of personal injuries seek justice for their injuries. The following are some of the most common types of personal injury claims. Motor Vehicle Accidents Motor vehicle accident prevention has been a public priority in recent years but the number of injuries and deaths as a result of these accidents continue to occur in staggering numbers each year. Every year approximately 2 million people are injured and 32,000 die as a result of motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle accidents make up a large majority of personal injury claims. If you are injured in a crash the first thing you should do is seek proper medical attention. As soon as you are properly treated you should find an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer to review your case. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is a team of personal injury attorneys who will help you fight for your case. Medical Malpractice Medical malpractice claims are actually far more common than many people think. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional deviates from standards of care, which results in the injury, or harm of the patient in question. These kinds of cases are extremely difficult and complicated to prove.... read more

Chicago Medical Malpractice Law Firm

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional commits a medical error out of failure or neglect to follow their medical duties. These errors result in the injury of the patient, which can manifest in a number of different short or long-term results. Medical malpractice errors can lead to physical injury, mental injury, or in the most serious cases, death. Regardless of the outcome, you need to work with an experienced medical malpractice law firm in Chicago to get the results you deserve. We Understand the Devastation Patients and their family’s lives are devastated by medical malpractice and the hardest thing about these errors is that they are preventable. When medical professionals neglect their responsibilities to the health and safety of their patient that is considered malpractice and they can be held legally responsible for the consequences. Chicago medical malpractice law firms are working hard to make sure the victims of these errors are given the justice they deserve. They also want to make sure that the perpetrators are held responsible and are never again able to commit such an act to another patient. Get the Results You Deserve If you or a loved one may have been victimized by medical malpractice, it’s critical to contact a medical malpractice law firm in Chicago immediately. A lawyer will review your case details thoroughly and decide whether or not it is actionable. Medical malpractice cases are difficult, as they don’t just go after the offending doctor but also the institution they represent which may have far more resources available to them for defense. However, these cases are not impossible you just need... read more

Slip And Fall At Work?

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common accidents suffered by people while at work. Slips and falls actually account for 16 percent of all workplace accidents and can result in a number of injuries. Sprains, fractures, broken bones, and even death can all occur as a result of a slip and fall. If you experience a slip and fall at work then there are legal options available to you. A Chicago slip and fall lawyer will be your best asset to get the justice you deserve. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is a team of Chicago slip and fall lawyers who will creatively and aggressively fight for the best outcome for your case. Here is what you should do if you slip and fall while at work. Report Your Injury The very first thing you should do when injured at work is to report your injury to a supervisor and make sure a formal report is filed. Be honest and be timely, it’s very important that you provide a transparent and prompt report of the circumstances surrounding the injury. This will help you case later on. Seek Medical Attention Obviously if you’re injured you should find a doctor to treat your injury. Keep careful records and notes off all medical professionals you see as a result of the injury. Keep their contact information, place of practice, and treatment provided so that you can revisit it when it becomes necessary in your case. Find a Chicago Slip and Fall Lawyer After you have notified your employer of your injury and found proper medical treatment you should... read more

Have You Been Injured In A Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you have sustained a personal injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident then you may be entitled to compensation. In order to win a motor vehicle crash personal injury case you must prove that the other person is at fault. This can be extremely difficult as the law is complicated and you must be familiar with the rules of the road in Illinois in order to make your case. Chicago personal injury lawyers can provide you with the legal counsel you need to make your case the strongest it can be. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is a team of injury lawyers who are dedicated to aggressively fighting for your right to fair compensation. If you have been injured due to a motor vehicle crash here are some things to do to strengthen your case. Take notes: carefully documenting your injury, how you go about treatment, and who you see will be extremely relevant to your personal injury case. Write down the names and addresses of any and all medical professionals you see, just in case they need to be contacted in the future. Pictures: take extensive pictures of your vehicle damage and personal injuries. Visual documentation is just as important as written. Receipts: Since personal injury cases aim to provide compensation to victims you want to make sure you keep all your receipts and any other documentation of payment for medical treatment and vehicle damage. Also keep track of any expenses related to travel, personal property damage, and any other expenses resulting from the accident. Contact a legal professional: get help from Chicago... read more

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Ceiling Collapse
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