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Many people mistake a nursing home with an assisted living facility. The two have different levels of care and different treatment in the eyes of the law. Assisted living communities will generally take healthier people who need some extra help and monitoring while nursing homes are for the seriously ill. Nonetheless, you have the ability to sue nursing homes and senior living communities when they have been negligent and harmed your loved one. Just because the laws of assisted living are not as detailed does not mean that they do not owe your loved one the duty of care.…
When you are about to file a car accident claim, it helps to know what can impact the value of your settlement. One thing is for sure, and that is the insurance company knows how much it would need to pay you for your car accident claim. For the insurance company, the best claimant is an uneducated one because they are trying to pay you less than you deserve in a settlement. Thus, it helps to know what factors could influence the value of your auto accident case. The first thing that you should know are the two categories…
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 ›
In Illinois, workers’ compensations do not have to involve work accidents. Any type of work injury can result in compensation so long as you can prove that it happened on the job. This could include injuries from repetitive motion that you perform on the job. Thus, not only can factory workers and construction laborers receive workers’ compensation, when they are injured while working but office workers may be eligible for it too. The Causes of Repetitive Motion Injuries You may be called on to perform the same duty many time a day at work. For example, you may work at…
Many people who work in Illinois do not live in the state. Alternatively, some Illinois residents will travel to Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri for work each day. When these workers are injured, there is some question as to where they can claim workers’ compensation. The good news for them is that they can receive benefits so long as they figure out the right state in which to file. Workers Compensation Claims Involving an Out-of-State Worker Our first scenario involves a worker from Cook County who drives across the Indiana state line to work in Gary. The employee suffered a…
Swimming pools are unquestionably a source of fun and respite for people during the dog days of summer. However, with swimming pool ownership come a number of legal responsibilities that the owner has when it comes to safety. If they fail to follow any one of them, they can be held liable when someone drowns in their pool. This goes for both public pools as well as private backyard swimming pools. When one dies in a drowning accident at a private pool or a public pool, their loved ones may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against the owner.…
Illinois work zones pose dangers for drivers and workers alike when motorists do not take the proper care when passing through them. Accidents in a work zone have a higher rate of fatality than other crashes for a variety of reasons. Even though the State of Illinois has taken actions to protect workers in these construction zones, there is still an elevated number of fatalities each year. Illinois drivers may simply not be paying enough attention when they pass through the work zones. Work zones present a number of increased dangers for both drivers and the people working in them.…
The general rule in Illinois is that workers’ compensation is an injured employee’s sole remedy for workplace injuries unless certain very limited exceptions apply. 820 ILCS 305/5 states that there is no right to recover for these injuries or death “other than the compensation herein provided.” Of course, the compensation that the statute is referring to is workers’ compensation. However, there may be some scenarios under which an injured employee can file a negligence lawsuit, namely when someone else is responsible for their injury. It is common in the construction industry for there to be a general contractor and multiple…
The United States Postal Service ranks cities and states for the number of dog attacks on mail carrier. This is indicative of the level of the danger that people face from dogs in that area. The bad news for Illinois residents is that Chicago and Cook County have the third-highest number of dog attacks on mail carriers of any city. The number of dog attacks went up almost 20% from 2018 to 2019. Illinois is also the fourth-worst dog bite state in the country. Nationwide, the CDC estimates that 4.5 million people are attacked and bitten each year by dogs.…
In many car accidents, damages and injuries can be severe. However, the emergence and popularity of cut-rate auto insurance and minimal coverage policies can leave those who are hurt in a world of difficulty. Under-insured motorists are a serious problem for everyone else on the road since their desire to save a few bucks puts everyone else in danger. If you have been in an accident with an under-insured motorist, you will face a difficult process to recover fully from car insurance for the injuries that you have suffered. Continue reading ›
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you are paid for damages that you have suffered in the past and present.Many plaintiffs do not realize that the damages award also covers harm that they will suffer in the future. This includes economic damages such as lost wages and future medical expenses. When you file an Illinois personal injury lawsuit and do not request future medical costs, you are leaving money on the table. While you may not want to think about the future when you have suffered serious injuries now and trying to recover the money that you need to…
In a personal injury case for something such as a car accident or other mishap, the plaintiff is entitled to collect both non-economic and economic damages. Non-economic damages measure things such as pain and suffering and emotional trauma. Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for actual losses that they have suffered. This can include lost wages, medical bills and other medical expenses. When it comes to a wage loss claim, this amount can end up increasing dramatically. In Illinois, the standard for injured workers is that you are able to show that your injury is permanent and that…
At the end of 2019, the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) proposed amending the current control measure regulations involving Ethylene Oxide (ETO) emission standards for commercial sterilization facilities. The hazardous chemicals amendment would help reduce the cancer-causing ETO toxic chemical emissions and other toxic substances at facilities emitting higher concentrations. The increased risk can result in adverse health effects due to short and long-term human exposure to the harmful chemical at or nearby commercial sterilization facilities. Continue reading ›
Companies will hire temporary workers in uncertain economic times. There are definite costs in bringing on a worker on a full-time basis. Companies will need to pay more in worker benefits, so it is more expensive to hiring a permanent worker. In fact, temporary workers may earn approximately 40% less than permanent workers. Why a Host Company Hires a Temp Worker Temporary workers can do construction and other heavy work at a job site. They could also do light-duty work in an office. Either way, they are at risk of a workplace injury, even if it means that have contracted…
The Zantac lawsuits that are in federal court are now part of multi-district litigation against Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim. This case is in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The case has been assigned to Judge Robin Rosenberg. As of the current writing, there are 291 cases that are a part of the multidistrict litigation. We anticipate that this number will rise sharply in the future given the sheer number of people who have taken Zantac over the years. Even if only a small proportion of patients were affected by the alleged defect in the…