Personal Injury

Let’s Get Ready to Race! Thank you for being part of the Miles for Meso community and the 11th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5k Run & 3k Fun Run/Walk. Below is everything you need to know about attending the race. Packet Pickup Early packet pickup for registered participants will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Simmons Hanly Conroy, located across the street from Marquette High School at 1 Court Street in Alton, Illinois. Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the registration tent located in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s main parking lot. If…
US House Passed the FAIR Act–Restricts Arbitration Law could Restrict Arbitration Clauses in Employment and Consumer Contracts Access to the Courtroom is the only real protection of your rights. This column has previously brought attention to the scourge of private arbitration contracts and how they restrict access to justice and unfairly tilt the playing field in favor of large companies and against individuals. An “Arbitration Clause” is language in a contract for goods or services that states that the parties agree to waive their rights to trial before a judge and jury. Instead, they agree to resolve contract disputes by…
Episiotomy Complications After Childbirth As more women speak up about their pregnancy challenges, share delivery stories and post-partum struggles, many are starting to let their doctors know that the unnecessary episiotomy they performed during childbirth has created lasting injuries and made sexual intercourse painful if not impossible. The American Pregnancy Association identifies these situations in which an episiotomy may be needed for any of the following reasons: Birth is imminent and the perineum hasn’t had time to stretch slowly The baby’s head is too large for the vaginal opening The baby is in distress The mother needs a forceps or…
Nursing Home’s Failed Disaster Response Resulted in 12 Resident Deaths  Four former employees at the Florida nursing home plagued with power outages from Hurricane Irma will be held responsible for the 12 residents who died from heat-related injuries and illnesses in 2017. The deceased were all residents at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and ranged in age 57 to 99. The employees, of which three were nurses and one a facility administrator, failed to do their basic duty to protect life and never dialed 911 for evacuation help. The company responsible for restoring power to the home released a statement…
Lawmakers Will Soon Vote on the FAIR Act to Stop Forced Arbitration  Americans have the right of a jury trial unless forced to agree otherwise in the form of an arbitrary clause contractually. These agreements have found their way into all of our employment, consumer, franchise and even medical contracts. Once used as a tool for businesses to solve their disputes, forced arbitration has become a greedy and ruthless tactic, dangerous to consumers. Just this week, the full House of Representatives is set to vote on the FAIR Act, H.R. 1423. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson…
Forced and Often Rigged, Arbitration Only Helps Companies Some companies practice forced arbitration by removing its consumers and workers right to file a claim in a public court through formal, signed agreements. As defined by the American Bar Association, arbitration is “a private process where disputing parties agree that one or several individuals can make a decision about the dispute after receiving evidence and hearing arguments.” Similar to what happens in a trial, those involved will present their case along with evidence to the arbitrator. But parties may not have to follow state or federal rules of evidence. Likewise, the…
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Victims of car accidents often injure themselves by hitting the windshield or dashboard of the vehicle. They can also be thrown from the vehicle if they are not properly restrained. Today’s automobiles feature much more advanced safety features compared to cars in the past. In addition to seat belts, airbag restraint systems are placed throughout the vehicle. These devices can protect occupants by “cushioning” the impact or force when jolted in a crash. Common Types of Car…
Air Force Veteran Dies in Nursing Home, Covered in Ant Bites Our team of nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys is again frustrated to hear of another veteran left in immediate danger in a Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home regulated by the Federal government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Joel Marrable, a Vietnam War veteran, had taken up residence at the Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center and was dependent on the Atlanta, Georgia VA Medical Center for his daily living and ongoing medical needs. The 74-year-old veteran of the Air Force had been battling cancer before he recently died in…
If you’ve been seriously hurt on the job, then you really owe it to yourself to keep reading. In both Missouri and Illinois, the law is designed to protect injured workers and their families. The dedicated and highly skilled attorneys of Jerome Lindsay Salmi have decades of experience helping people in the same tough spot. Often, people make the mistake of thinking liability or “employer negligence” is required in order to recover money for work injuries. However, the truth is, you do not have to prove your employer is negligent in order to recover compensation. If you’ve been injured at…
If you’ve been seriously hurt on the job, then you really owe it to yourself to keep reading. In both Missouri and Illinois, the law is designed to protect injured workers and their families. The dedicated and highly skilled attorneys of Jerome Salmi Kopis have decades of experience helping people in the same tough spot. Often, people make the mistake of thinking liability or “employer negligence” is required in order to recover money for work injuries. However, the truth is, you do not have to prove your employer is negligent in order to recover compensation. If you’ve been injured at…
Sometimes a person falls and sustains only minor scrapes and bruises. However, some falls can cause significant personal injury. More than 800,000 people are hospitalized every year in the United States due to a serious fall accident. A slip and fall can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spine or neck injury, internal organ damage, and more. When a slip and fall accident is the result of negligence, the injured party may bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. The damages available in a slip and fall case will vary significantly depending on the specific…
Smoking is bad for your health. We all know that in 2019. What may have been deemed a “healthy” endeavor up to the 1960s is now universally acknowledged to be bad for us (and those around the “second hand” smoke). But what about the seemingly healthier alternative of vaping or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)? The Latest News on Vaping and E-Cigarettes—And it is Not Good! As of this writing, six people have died in the United States directly as a result of vaping. Further, nearly five hundred have become ill from vaping. Nearly every major news organization has published stories about…
New Report Suggests Nursing Home Providers Should Help Reduce Choking Hazards Present with Popular Dietary Supplements  A new Federal Drug Administration (FDA) report published in the August issue of Annals of Internal Medicine says adults aged 65 years and older are more likely to choke on dietary supplements than are younger adults. The group most impacted by the hazard includes those living in nursing homes or assisted living centers. The research shows multivitamins and calcium tablets, and pills larger than 17 mm in length, can create the highest related adverse choking injuries to elderly residents. Because there is no oversight for…
Nursing Home Chaplain Agrees to Guilty Plea Deal in Sex Abuse Case The Good Samaritan Home of Quincy is a place for residents to live independently but also provides environments for assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, and dementia care. On Thursday, August 29, a former chaplain of the home James E. Riley, appeared in court to waive his right to a jury trial after a case was opened accusing him of sexually abusing two residents of the nursing home. The victims are ages 88 and 78, and the assaults are said to have happened at the Good Samaritan…
Toxic E-Cigarette Products Cause Deadly Respiratory Illness Outbreak and 1 Death in Illinois  As of September 5, 2019, health officials reported to The Washington Post that five people have now died of a lung illness linked to vaping with another 450 possible cases in 33 states and one territory known. E-cigarettes, which officials define as battery-operated devices that heat a liquid and deliver an aerosol product, are most commonly used to inhale nicotine but can also be used to deliver (vape) THC, CBD and certain types of oils. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released…
8 Things You Can Ask During a Routine Nursing Home Visit  Everyone hopes that your family has made the right choice in transitioning a loved one to the best Illinois nursing home that will meet their specific care needs and keep them safe. But validating that best home quality doesn’t just happen before you decide to place them there. Ongoing evaluations of a facility’s ability to give the constant care and supervision will be necessary, so your loved one will not be found neglected, abused, or forgotten. Before making any nursing home visits to see a loved one, we…