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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. 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. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice it is important to contact a seasoned Chicago medical malpractice law firm right away. 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 help from a Chicago medical malpractice law firm. The Law Offices of Scott D. DeSalvo have extensive experience in helping families who have been victims of medical malpractice. We are... 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

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, 210 ILCS 45 protects the rights of nursing home residents from exploitation, abuse, and neglect. The Act makes nursing home abuse a crime in the state of Illinois and creates legal pathways by which punishment and compensation can be pursued. Nursing home neglect lawyers in Chicago are here to make sure you or your loved one receive the care and respect they deserve in a nursing home facility. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused at their nursing home there are four primary steps you should take. Have a presence at the nursing home. You or someone you trust should visit at least once a week. A watchful eye will not go unnoticed by nursing home staff and you may even spot the abuse first hand, which will strengthen your case. File a formal abuse complaint and report the nursing home to the Illinois Department of Health. Contact the Nursing Home Hotline at 800-252-4343 to file a complaint. These will be the first steps toward legal action that you will make in your case. Move to a different nursing home. Getting your loved one out of the abusing facility and into a home they feel safe in is one of the most important things you can do. This is also important if you do decide to pursue legal action, to ensure your loved one will not remain under their care as the case is going on. Call nursing home neglect lawyers in Chicago. If you do decide to pursue legal action you should seek legal counsel from an experienced lawyer.... read more

Medical Malpractice Attorneys In Chicago

When you go to the doctor you trust that they are experienced, compassionate, and will provide you with the care you deserve. When that trust is violated and a mistake is made that leads to injury by a medical professional, it is called medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action that happens when a medical professional fails to follow industry standards and ends up causing injury to a patient. This mistake can lead to lasting physical and emotional injury and even death by the patient. A study from Johns Hopkins Medicine found that medical error was the third leading cause of death in the United States, outranked only by heart disease and cancer. The study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans each year die as a result of a medical error. These death-inducing errors can happen for a variety of reasons from complications during surgery, misdiagnosis, incorrect medication dosage, and diagnostic errors. The severity of medical malpractice should not be underestimated. If you or someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice there are legal paths available to you. Medical malpractice attorneys in Chicago are here to help your case receive the best possible outcome and ensure that the offending professional receives the appropriate consequences and does not have the opportunity to hurt another patient. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo will help create the strongest medical malpractice lawsuit for your case. We are a team of experienced attorneys who specialize in medical malpractice and understand the complex nature of these types of lawsuits. We understand how devastating a medical error can be... read more

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

For many kids, the most difficult thing they will ever do is put their loved one into a nursing home. However, they do this with the trust that their loved one will be well taken-care-of. This trust is not unwarranted. Nursing homes are premised upon the assumption that your loved will receive better care in a facility then they would on their own. For many this is true, but unfortunately for some it is not. Your Loved One Has Rights Any resident of a Medicare or Medicaid-certified nursing home has a number of rights and protections under both federal and state law. These rights should be explained in writing at the time someone is admitted to the nursing home and continue to be explained in a way said resident can understand throughout the term of their stay. Residents must own a copy of their rights in writing and acknowledge that they understand them. Yet, however standardized these regulations attempt to be there are still many cases of nursing home abuse and neglect on our nation’s elderly. Around 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes, and as the population ages and baby boomers become elders this number is only expected to increase. A congressional report conducted over a 2-year period found that nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violations with the potential to cause harm and almost 10 percent had violations that caused actual harm or even death. Another survey found that up to 44 percent of nursing home residents reported having been abused at some point during their residency. These awful numbers have caught the attention... read more

CTA Bus Injury – What Should You Do If You Got Hurt on the CTA?

CTA Bus Injury CTA bus injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo answers a client’s question about a fall on a CTA bus. The caller, Danielle, fell on a bus when it was raining. The floor was set, and the bus driver drove the bus so it jerked and shook. So, Gloria fell down and hurt her leg and her lower back. In this video, Mr. DeSalvo answers Danielle’s questions to help give her some information to assist her in decision making as to her next step in her CTA injury case. Of course, speaking with a lawyer who is in possession of the actual details of the case is the only way to really know whether you have a chance at recovery in the case. If you have questions or need more help, give me a call, toll-free, at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318). Free, no obligation consultation in person or by phone. Or, you aren’t ready to talk to a lawyer, I have created a DVD Injury Video which you can get immediately delivered to your email. Same deal. Go to http://www.desalvolaw.com/yt1 or call 888-HURT-318 to get your Injury DVD video. I hope this info helps you to understand what injured people are up against in CTA injury cases. If you still have questions, I am happy to answer any questions you have below or give me a call. Thanks for watching! Scott D. DeSalvo Chicago CTA Injury Lawyer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Law-Office-of-Scott-D-DeSalvo-LLC/142116259173154/... read more

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