Personal Injury

Construction workers face all kinds of risks and dangers on the job including electrocution; fire; falling debris; equipment malfunction; automobile collision; etc. Time and again though, one of the most serious and even frequent accidents we see are falls. You might have experienced this yourself at work. Chicago construction workers fall in all different types of ways. Each of them may present broken bones, herniated discs, concussions, and even death. When they do arise, you need to know who is legally responsible for the incident so that you can recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, personal injuries, and other…
If you are a Chicago construction worker, then you probably cannot sue your boss for injuries you sustain on the job. Yet, if someone else caused the accident, including the general contractor, then you may be able to sue them for financial compensation. We can work with you to figure out who was responsible for your Chicago construction accident. General contractors play a unique role on these job sites and that comes with special responsibilities. General Contractors’ Responsibilities on Construction Sites Continue reading ›
It is important to remember that dogs, while lovable and cute, are animals that may be capable of attacking someone. Dog bites can cause severe injuries that leave lasting physical and mental scars. These injuries can also incur considerable expenses. If you or a loved one were the victim of a dog attack, you may have questions about your legal options. You may wonder if the dog’s owner is responsible for your medical bills, lost income, or other costs caused by the attack. Illinois Law Regarding Dog Bite Injuries Some states follow a “one free bite” rule in dog…
Complications during labor and delivery can lead to different birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy (CP). Children with cerebral palsy may experience a variety of symptoms that affect their movement, cognitive function, and many other areas of their lives. Epilepsy is a common condition that is related to cerebral palsy, and between one-third and one-half of people diagnosed with CP experience some form of seizures. While different medications are available to treat epilepsy, parents will want to make sure these drugs are safe for their children to use. Treating Seizures With Anticonvulsant Medications  Children with cerebral palsy can experience…
Trick-or-treating is one of the great things about being a kid. It can be fun for parents as well, as they escort their wizards, princesses, superheroes, and villains around the neighborhood. But all of that door knocking and running around in front of houses isn’t necessarily a good time for dogs. Many dogs get agitated, protective, and hostile during all of that hustle and bustle and, without warning, can attack and bite a child. Dog Attacks Figures Half Of All Dog Bite Victims Are Kids Approximately 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites every year, according to the Centers for Disease…
Trucks are commonplace on our nation’s highways, and they are essential in transporting goods across the country. Every motorist who operates a vehicle has a responsibility to drive safely and defensively in an effort to avoid causing or being involved in an accident. Trucks can vary in size, from pickup trucks to box trucks to 18-wheelers. Semi-trucks can be prone to a particular type of accident depending on the driver, weather conditions, and other drivers around them. A rollover accident occurs when a truck flips over on the side of the road. This type of accident can be especially dangerous…
Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a neurological condition or disorder that affects an individual’s muscles and movement. This can manifest in several different ways, from spastic movements to hearing loss to the inability to walk without assistance. In many cases, it inhibits a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is generally caused by abnormal brain development or damage to a developing brain in utero. This type of injury can be caused by a lack of oxygen during prolonged labor and other complications during childbirth. One of the many issues that CP sufferers face is trouble sleeping,…
Estate planning involves outlining someone’s wishes regarding finances, property, and medical care in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated and is unable to make those decisions, or when he or she passes away. These essential and legally binding documents are often referred to as living trusts, and the person who creates it is called the “grantor.” This type of trust requires minimal maintenance during the grantor’s life. Upon the grantor’s death, however, the trust becomes irrevocable and certain legal actions must be taken to enforce it. While every trust and estate is unique depending on an individual’s situation…
Massachusetts Nursing Home Leaders Are First to Face Criminal Charges Related to Coronavirus Deaths Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts is home to 76 patients who died due to coronavirus outbreak that began in March and led to 160 residents and staff members found to be positive for COVID-19. According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, two leaders of the veterans’ home have now been criminally charged for those related deaths. Healey said the nursing home officials are believed to be the first in the country to face criminal charges in connection with the pandemic. According to McKnight’s Long-Term Care News,…
Acronyms are part of daily life for most of us. GPS, PDF, JPEG, and GIF are just a few of the common ones we see regularly. If you, like most people, get anxious over the increasing number of acronyms used, then workers’ compensation is no place to be. As I’ve written in past blogs, workers’ comp utilizes AWW (average weekly wage), PPD (permanent partial disability), and TTD (temporary total disability) — to say nothing of IME (independent medical examination), UR (utilization review), MMI (maximum medical improvement), and FCE (functional capacity exam). And I’m just getting started. MSA — Medicare Set…
Though you may have seen portrayals of rabies in the media, it may not be a disease that you ever expect to contract yourself. It is true that rabies infections among humans are uncommon in the United States, but if you are bitten by a strange dog, it is still important that you take all of the necessary health precautions to avoid becoming infected with rabies or another disease. What is Rabies and How Does it Spread? Rabies is a virus that uniquely affects mammals and is primarily spread through the saliva of an animal that has been infected.…
As the city of Chicago continues the second year of its electronic scooter pilot program, fleets of the small, convenient vehicles have become widely available in other cities around the country as well. The explosion in popularity of e-scooters has created challenges for municipal regulators as they struggle to keep up with safety concerns and the impact of the scooters on city traffic patterns. According to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there are several factors that contribute to the likelihood of being injured on or around e-scooters. Lack of Clear Rules Electric scooters…
Most of us can remember the joy of being a child playing on a playground during summer break. Playground equipment like slides, monkey bars, jungle gyms, and swings can be a source of endless fun for children. However, this type of equipment must be accurately constructed and carefully maintained in order to be safe for children to enjoy. When a park or playground is not adequately maintained, unsafe conditions can lead to a child being seriously injured or even killed. If you have a child who has suffered an injury or wrongful death in a playground accident, an Illinois personal
COVID-19 Care Failures Should Prepare Illinois Nursing Homes for Influenza Outbreaks In the last flu season, an estimated 35.5 million people were sick with the illness, 16.5 million people required a health care provider for their treatment, and there were 490,600 influenza hospitalizations and 34,200 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Due to the coronavirus pandemic and an estimated 213,000 related deaths and counting, medical communities agree that this year’s influenza burden may magnify one of the deadliest illnesses in the United States, with the elderly residing in nursing homes affected most severely. Shockingly, U.S. nursing homes have the lowest flu shot rates among health settings, leaving many…
Most people are nervous before going into surgery. This is certainly understandable. There are countless things that could go wrong during a surgical procedure, and a successful outcome is never guaranteed. While some negative surgical outcomes are unavoidable, other times, a patient’s injury or death during surgery is the result of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one were the victim of a surgical error, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical Standard of Care A surgeon, just like other medical professionals, has a duty to provide reasonably skilled medical treatment to…
The average Illinois resident has little to no experience with the Illinois legal system. When most people sustain a serious personal injury or lose a loved one in a wrongful death accident, they may be unsure of what the civil claims process even entails. If you are interested in bringing a civil claim for damages in Illinois, it is a good idea to educate yourself about legal procedures and rules that will likely be involved in your case. One issue that many people misunderstand when it comes to civil matters such as personal injury claims is the “burden of proof.”…