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When drivers are injured on the job, the usual remedy that they would pursue to be paid for their injuries is to file for workers’ compensation benefits. There is a legal question involved as to what the proper remedy is when one is in a work-related car accident. Injured workers wonder whether they must go through the workers’ compensation system or whether they can sue someone else. A public road is still a work environment if an employee is on company time. Continue reading ›
Homeowners Insurance can cover a variety of bodily injury that someone who does not own the home or is not a family member suffers. The homeowner would have personal liability coverage that would kick in once someone begins the claims process. Then, the home insurer would make a payment to the injured person. The Homeowners Policy Acts as a Personal Liability Insurance The most common type of injury that would require filing a claim against a homeowner’s policy is when you have fallen on the homeowner’s property and have been hurt in an accident. Continue reading ›
Infections are one of the leading causes of death in nursing homes throughout the country. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are avoidable and preventable. However, when nursing homes are inattentive to the conditions that give rise to infections and then leave the infections untreated, nursing home residents are at risk. Ultimately, an infection that is left untreated can turn into a very dangerous condition called sepsis. When someone develops septic shock, this is precisely how an infection can kill. If your loved one has developed an infection that has progressed to sepsis, it is important that you know more about…
A review performed by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee discovered nearly 9,000 instances of nursing home abuse or neglect occurring at 5,283 nursing centers during a two year period. Almost one-third of all nursing facilities were responsible for at least one case of abuse during this time. The study was both revealing and disturbing as it only reaffirms the fears that many people have when it comes to trusting their loved ones to the cares of other people. While some claim that the data is misleading, others believe that it is worth delving deeper into…
The Chicago Public Schools have been inundated with complaints and allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse in its educational institutions. One particular school, Lincoln Park High School, has been the subject of a series of allegations that have resulted in numerous school personnel being suspended or fired. Now, CPS has been sued by the family of a student who alleges that the school did not do enough to prevent a sexual assault that she experienced at the school in January 2020. Schools have an obligation to protect their students from all types of sexual abuse and assaults. They must provide…
Going through a car wreck is difficult enough. Dealing with a lawyer shouldn’t be. If you choose to have a lawyer represent you, you’ll want somebody who will fight for you — and fight for the justice you deserve. In big cities like Chicago, there are so many advertisements and online listings for attorneys. You’ll want someone with specific experience in car wreck cases like yours. Continue reading ›
Federal laws and regulations are meant to protect nursing home residents and provide for a minimum level of care. These rules form the basis for enforcement actions against nursing homes who fail to follow the rules that can include their suspension or removal from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. However, the Trump Administration is taking steps to weaken these rules in a way that would put infirm nursing home residents at the mercy of the nursing homes that do everything they can to increase their profits at the expense of the residents that they are supposed to care for on…
2020 promises to be a busy and eventful year in product liability litigation against hernia mesh manufacturers. There are several bellwether cases in multidistrict litigation that are scheduled to begin trial in 2020. The defendants are fighting these cases and have not settled them or conceded any type of liability. These bellwether cases are crucial because there is a large number of potential cases yet to be filed in hernia mesh lawsuits. Millions of surgeries have relied upon the implant, and the failure rate is estimated as high as 12-30%. Moreover, many of the plaintiffs do not realize until…
One of the major issues in a sexual abuse lawsuit is the fact that the statute of limitations may have passed. In many states, this could prevent the victim from filing a lawsuit unless they do it within the time allowed by the court. The problem is that many victims either are not able to speak out right after they experience the abuse or may not even fully recall it until the repressed memories emerge later in life. When that happens but the claim is barred by the statute of limitations, it creates a situation that seems to be harsh…
Nursing home residents are perhaps the most vulnerable population when it comes to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. Mortality rates are higher among this population and there have been large outbreaks of the illness that have turned fatal at some nursing homes. As a result, nursing home operators are scrambling to figure out ways that they can protect their residents from coronavirus (Covid 19). At least, families should be strongly hoping that the nursing homes where their loved ones reside are trying to take preventative measures. Some skilled nursing facilities are taking steps to restrict visitors in an effort…
After several high-profile jury losses that resulted in large verdicts against it, Bayer is faced with a spiraling legal crisis from sales of the weed killer Roundup. Now, there is strong talk that the German company may be close to putting some of its legal woes that it inherited when it acquired Monsanto behind it by settling the lawsuits. The media has reported that the settlement number could reach as high as $10 billion. Still, given the harsh punishment that juries have meted out to the company, any type of settlement may be a prudent bet for Bayer as the…
Medicare recently finalized and implemented new payment rules that will impact the bottom line for skilled nursing facilities. Many of them are struggling to put the new rules into place in their business, and the regulations are changing the way that nursing homes provide care for their residents. The skilled nursing facility has already been criticized for putting profits first, and the new Medicare program threatens to make this even worse. Based on the new reimbursement rules, nursing homes have less incentive to give extensive therapy to residents since it will impact the facility’s bottom line. This may lead to…
Bayer has had its hands full with legal issues stemming from its weed killer products. The company faces billions of dollars in liability due to tens of thousands of lawsuits brought against for Roundup side effects and complications. These are personal injury claims in which the plaintiffs allege that they contracted cancer due to their exposure to Roundup. Now, another of Bayer’s products has been found by a jury to be responsible for a different kind of harm. Specifically, a jury in Missouri has awarded a farmer $265 million based on claims that a weed killer made by Bayer and…
Reeling from the prospect of virtually unlimited liability after decades of sex abuse allegations, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware court. For the Boy Scouts, this filing caps an exploratory process that lasted 15 months when the organization began to lay the groundwork for a possible filing. The bankruptcy filing, however, is not the end of the line for the Boy Scouts. The organization is believed to be working out a plan that would allow it to continue operating while compensating the victims for the harm that they suffered. However, it is not…