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Know your options after a truck accident in Illinois

Although it is, unfortunately, incredibly common to see the results of a car accident on the side of the road, the impact of a truck accident can be much more significant than a crash involving only passenger vehicles. The size of a large truck, such as a semi-truck, means that much more damage and more severe injuries can be caused in a truck accident. Anyone in Illinois who has been injured in such an accident may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from the negligent parties who caused them harm.

In the aftermath of a truck accident, the immediate concern is for the people involved who may have been injured. It is not uncommon for victims in a truck accident to suffer severe brain or spinal cord injuries. Yet, while seeking medical treatment for injuries is of paramount concerned, injured victims should not put aside the fact that it is also important to determine how the truck accident occurred in the first place. After all, the answer to this question will likely determine whether a personal injury lawsuit is justified.

Pedestrian injured in Chicago-area hit-and-run

Our readers know that Chicago, as one of the most populous cities in America, has quite a few pedestrians near roadways on any given day. In the unfortunate situations in which pedestrians are struck by a motor vehicle, such a case usually does not end well for the pedestrian who has no protection from the force of a motor vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. It is a sad reality that pedestrian collisions are somewhat common in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian hit-and-run occurred on the city's Near West side. The incident occurred on April 29th during the morning commute hours. Fortunately, there is video surveillance coverage of the collision. The footage shows a Jeep Cherokee make a left turn at an intersection and clip the legs of the pedestrian, who was crossing the street in a designated crosswalk. The video shows that the driver of the Jeep does stop and get out of the vehicle, at which time a brief glimpse of the driver's face is seen. He drives away after that. Law enforcement officials, as of May 3rd, were still looking for the male driver of the Jeep.

All construction workers share common injury risks on the job

Whether you work construction here in Illinois or somewhere else, each job site presents common injury risks. Even if your employer does everything possible to guard your safety, accidents still happen.

You wear the right personal protective equipment, use harnesses, watch your surroundings and more, but no matter how hard you try, the risk never really goes away.

Legal options after construction accidents

The Chicago area is one of the largest metropolitan sprawls in America, with millions of residents and commuters in the area on any given day. The result? A whole lot of construction, which may be an annoyance to some people but which is obviously necessary. New buildings, new roads, remodeling - all are necessary, for the most part. Unfortunately, this means that most days thousands of construction workers are in danger due to potential accidents that can occur on the job.

The worst-cases of construction accidents oftentimes make the local news, typically due to the incidents involving fatalities. However, each year thousands of construction workers suffer injuries on the job that may not make the news, but are serious issues for the individual workers who are involved. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, malfunctioning equipment, and electrical hazards are all dangers that construction workers could face on the job.

How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

No one who needs medical treatment likes to think about the possibility that something might go wrong during the process. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious concern in the greater Chicago area and throughout the country. When something goes wrong, the patients who suffer the consequences may begin to consider their legal options, such as a lawsuit. Such victims will need to start with some basic information: How do you prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

There are some basic "elements" that are common to almost all medical malpractice cases, even though the facts of any given case can obviously vary widely. First, the patient must be able to prove that the medical professional who is allegedly responsible for the malpractice had a "duty" to the patient. Typically, this means that a "doctor-patient" relationship existed.

Know the basics about nursing home abuse

There are thousands of people in the greater Chicago area who have elderly family members who reside in a nursing home. For the most part, these facilities provide their residents with the care they need, which can include help with everyday tasks or even continuous medical care. But, unfortunately, there are some people who work in nursing homes who do not act the way they should. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a real problem in the Chicago area and throughout the country.

Anyone who suspects that their family member may have been abused or neglected while residing in a nursing home needs to know the basics about the legal aspects of such an incident. For starters, the relationship between the nursing home staff and the resident creates a duty on the part of the staff members to care for the resident, as dictated in the agreement the resident will likely be party to when the resident first begins to reside at the nursing home. If the nursing home staff do not fulfill their duties and, as a result, the resident suffers harm, that may be grounds for a legal case.

Driver cited after fatal hit-and-run truck accident

Tragedy often seems to strike far too often in a major city like Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan areas. Some people will likely just chalk this up to the price we pay to live in the third-largest city in America. However, the reality is that many so-called "accidents" can actually be attributed to the negligent or reckless actions of one individual. That appears to be the case in a recent fatal truck accident that occurred in the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago.

According to the reports, on March 5 a 14-year-old boy who was just getting ready to cross the street was struck and killed by a semi-truck. It appears that the driver of the semi-truck was making a right-hand turn off of 51st Street. To make matters worse, the driver of the semi-truck did not stop after the deadly collision, although it appears from the early reports that the driver simply did not know that his large vehicle had struck anyone. Fortunately, the semi-truck was stopped by law enforcement officials shortly after the incident occurred and was taken into custody.

The menu of safety hazards faced by restaurant servers

Waiting tables for a living in one of the many restaurants in Arlington Heights, Illinois, might be the ideal job for you. However, along with the social interaction and the flexible hours come the toll of stress, headaches, short tempers, sleep disturbances and multiple other work-related hazards. Tips can be a nice but unpredictable added bonus.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all employers in the hospitality industry to protect the health and safety of their employees. Although there might not be regulations specifically for the protection of servers, employers must comply with OSHA's general safety standards.

What damages could you recover in a dog attack lawsuit?

Suffering injuries in a dog attack can be an extremely emotional event in a person's life, not to mention the physical impact. Each year thousands of Americans are injured in these types of incidents, leaving victims with lifelong scars, which are both physical and emotional. Fortunately, Chicago area residents who have been injured in a dog attack may be able to assert a personal injury claim to pursue financial damages.

But, what types of damages could you recover if you are successful in a lawsuit based on a dog attack? Well, for starters, many dog attack victims start to rack up significant medical bills as they seek treatment for the injuries, as well as the potential for more long-term costs associated with any needed reconstructive surgery, therapy or rehabilitation. Victims need to keep detailed records of their medical expenses so that they can seek to recover those damages in the lawsuit.

Be aware of common medical malpractice incidents

Many people in the Chicago area of Illinois do not expect complications or errors when they undergo medical treatment, even those who know that medical malpractice is quite common in America. The fact is, most people probably think that the healthcare professionals they have chosen for their care are among the very best. While it is probably true, in general, that most healthcare professionals are highly-trained and qualified for their jobs, the rate of medical malpractice incidents in America is enough to have anyone on edge when it comes to medical treatment.

Some of the most common medical malpractice incidents involve: the failure of a healthcare professional to accurately read the results of a test or X-ray; failure to diagnose a medical condition based on observed or reported symptoms; and birth injuries. Of course, there are many other ways in which medical malpractice can occur as well, such as wrong-site surgeries and mistakes with prescription medications.

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