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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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