Personal Injury

It is no secret that Illinois and the rest of the country are in the grips of a major drug epidemic. It is estimated that the United States is losing more than 80,000 victims each year to drug overdoses. Because Illinois still treats drug possession of any amount of controlled substances as a criminal offense, victims who are overdosing or friends who are with them at the time may be hesitant to call 911 for help because they are afraid they will be arrested. Fortunately, a new Illinois law may save lives in these situations. Illinois HB 158 Naloxone is…
Illinois Lawmakers Introduce “COVID-19 Safety Net” Bill Until In-Person Visitation Resumes There have been over 70,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois nursing homes and over 10,300 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began. Sadly, nearly half of the state’s total death count has been nursing home residents. Many were never able to see their loved ones in person or say goodbye to them before they passed as almost all residents and their family members were prevented from visits for some time. Although the pause was likely necessary to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious virus, it also triggered concerns…
The warm weather has finally arrived in Illinois after a long, cold winter, and this is welcome news for motorcycle enthusiasts. Every year, the month of May is designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, serving as an important reminder to motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles of important safety habits they should follow to minimize the risk of being involved in a motorcycle crash. Motorcycle Accident Statistics At one time, only “bikers” in gangs drove motorcycles. That has significantly changed over the past several decades, and currently, women and men from all walks of life own motorcycles and enjoy…
When you are injured because of someone else’s carelessness, you have the right under the law to be able to claim compensation for your injuries and losses related to them. However, not everyone will be willing to compensate you, even if they know the injury was their fault. In those cases, you can benefit from filing a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to legally force them to compensate you. Before your case can be successful, however, you will need to prove that the other person involved is at fault for the accident. In most cases, this is done by proving…
Traffic accidents notoriously rise during the summer months, perhaps due to more people on the road. Even though motorcycle fatalities technically decreased in 2019, the number of motorcyclists who were injured increased by about 2.4 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many people who have motorcycles begin to get back out onto the road when the weather gets warmer, but motorcyclists face a unique set of challenges on the road. The best way to prevent motorcycle accidents from happening is by protecting yourself and practicing safe motorcycle riding habits. Here are a few things to keep…
In most cases involving injuries that happened at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Almost all Illinois employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, but that does not always mean that the employer will comply or pay out benefits when they are needed. Sometimes, an employer can deny a workers’ compensation claim, which can be stressful for any household, especially when you are unable to work because of your injury. If you are unable to work for three or more days, your employer must either begin paying benefits, inform you of what information they need to make…
Injuries Lead to Prescription Pain Medication Pain Meds are a routine part of injury treatment–but they must be taken carefully. (Credit: Photo by Julie Viken from Pexels) We Know You are Hurting One common feature among our clients is that they have been injured. Maybe it was a fall, a crash, poor nursing care, or some other mode of injury, they are dealing with pain. That is something the lawyers at Dwyer & Coogan are accustomed to seeing. We read medical records every day as part of our work. And those records nearly always refer to prescription pain medications.…
According to a recent report from State Farm, Illinois had the second-highest number of insurance claims for dog bite injuries in 2020 among all 50 states. These statistics seem to suggest that dog bite injuries are a serious problem in Illinois under any circumstances. However, another troubling trend in the report may indicate that dog bites are likely to increase over the next few months. Namely, the report found that throughout the United States, the month with the most dog bite claims in 2020 was March, which also marked the beginning of COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders throughout the country.…
A serious auto accident can leave a person with painful injuries and mounting debts. If you or a loved one were injured in a car crash, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, you know firsthand the financial devastation that an accident can bring to a person’s life. Fortunately, a personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover financial compensation for the damages you suffered. Compensation for monetary losses as well as the non-monetary harm caused in the accident may be available. The amount of financial compensation that you could recover depends on several different factors. The Severity of Your Injuries and…
U.S. Nursing Homes Must Do More to Recruit, Train, and Retain CNAs Understaffed nursing home teams have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic, especially certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who consist as much as 40% of a nursing home’s workforce. These employees support the daily needs of residents and long-term care patients, such as dressing, bathing, food preparation and eating, rehabilitation, hygiene, keeping communication with family members, socialization, and ambulating. When CNAs do not have support or are treated poorly, it ultimately puts nursing home residents in harm’s way. Among many other oversights, call lights will be missed, hygiene becomes unhealthy among…
For decades, farmworkers, groundskeepers, and agricultural workers have used paraquat, the highly toxic chemical herbicide effective at killing brought-leaf grasses and weeds. Unfortunately, exposure to the highly toxic chemical has been linked to numerous illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld injury lawyers, LLC represent clients harmed by toxic chemicals and hazardous environments. Our product liability attorneys are currently pursuing compensation claims to secure justice on behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the monetary recovery they deserve. Even though the EPA has identified the extreme toxicity of paraquat, the chemical pesticides are still used nationwide,…
The spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body’s nervous system. Since the spinal cord connects the brain to the nerves in the rest of the body, injuries that affect the spine can disrupt the messages sent and received by the brain. Depending on the location of the injury and the extent of the damage, a person may experience severe pain, tingling, or numbness. In severe cases, a spinal cord injury may result in partial or complete paralysis that affects different parts of the body, and the loss of use of these body parts will likely…
Cerebral palsy can lead to life-altering symptoms. A child with cerebral palsy may have difficulty eating and speaking, walking, and using his or her muscles to complete everyday tasks. He or she may be afflicted with involuntary movements and muscle rigidity. Some cerebral palsy sufferers also experience intellectual disabilities and problems with learning and development. If your child has cerebral palsy, you may be interested in alternatives to traditional medical interventions. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Children with Cerebral Palsy There is still much that we do not know about alternative treatment for cerebral palsy sufferers. Some families find that…
Many heartburn sufferers have relied on Zantac and other generic ranitidine-containing brands to relieve the burning sensation typically caused by gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). When recent studies linked the over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drug to various forms of stomach cancer, the government pulled Zantac from retail shelves in the United States. Were you diagnosed with Zantac OTC-related cancer, or did you lose a loved one from wrongful death? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can serve as your legal advocate to help you seek justice and the financial compensation you deserve. Contact our Zantac cancer attorneys today at (888)…
Drunk driving presents a serious risk to everyone who uses the roads. Drivers who are intoxicated experience significant impairments to their ability to drive safely. These include vision problems that affect their ability to see other vehicles or people on the road, balance and coordination issues that affect their ability to control their vehicle, and delayed reaction times that may cause them to be unable to respond in time to avoid colliding with a vehicle or pedestrian. Since driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a form of driver negligence, those who have been involved in drunk
Large commercial trucks can cause devastating accidents. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a truck accident, you may be interested in seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Through an injury claim, you may be able to get compensation for the damages that you suffered including medical bills and lost income. To bring the strongest claim possible, it is crucial to work with a personal injury attorney who has experience successfully handling truck accident cases.   Collecting Information and Preserving Evidence When someone contacts a personal injury attorney about a possible truck accident claim, the first…