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Dog bite victims are legally protected after suffering an attack

Dog bites can be traumatic both physically and emotionally for victims of a dog attack. Because of the serious physical, financial and emotional damages victims of dog bites can suffer, it is essential for dog bite victims and their families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

In Illinois, dog owners are considered strictly liable for dog bites and the injuries their pets cause to the victim. This is true whether or not the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous. The victim must, however, demonstrate that they did not provoke the dog and were not trespassing at the time of the dog bite injury and attack. Because there are complexities associated with dog bites, it is beneficial to have trained guidance through the process of making a claim for damages following a dog bite.

The very real dangers of trucker fatigue

Any fatigued driver puts everyone else on the road at risk. But when that tired driver is behind the wheel of a large semi-truck, barreling down the highways with tens of thousands of pounds of cargo in tow, the danger can increase.

It’s a reality that is painfully clear following the recent truck crash that killed an Illinois state trooper. Authorities claim the truck driver charged in the incident – who pleaded not guilty – told investigators he had been driving since 5:30 a.m., explained he had gotten off the road to take a nap earlier that day, and said he had fallen asleep while behind the wheel just before the deadly crash. This type of scenario isn’t uncommon.

Protecting victims of medical errors and never events

Medical malpractice resources serve as an important protection for victims. Greater than 4,000 preventable medical errors occur in surgery every year. These are referred to as never events because they should not take place. Fortunately, medical malpractice legal resources are available to help victims and their families with the aftermath of medical negligence and a medical error.

Medical errors result in injuries 59% of the time, deaths 6.6% of the time and permanent injuries 33% of the time. These types of errors include leaving a foreign object in a patient's body; performing the wrong procedure on a patient; or operating on the wrong site of the patient's body. Researchers estimated that on a weekly basis foreign objects were left in a patient 39 times, that the wrong procedure was performed on a patient 20 times and patients were operated on in the wrong area of their body 20 times.

What does a brain injury cost?

The costs of a brain injury for the victim and their family has to be measured in different ways but can result in physical, financial and emotional harm. In addition to the losses and costs to victims and families, brain injuries also result in costs to communities and society in the form of social services costs and reduced productivity, reduced time at work and reduced earnings.

The personal injury legal process can help with many of the costs associated with a brain injury suffered in a car accident and may be able to help victims recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Generally, damages are available to help with the physical, financial and emotional costs of a brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries oftentimes have long-term impacts on the victim resulting in estimates that caring for the victim of a severe traumatic brain injury can cost $600,000 to $1.875 million over a lifetime.

Who is liable for a dangerous or defective product?

Injuries sustained from a dangerous or defective product can have a dramatic impact on the lives of victims. It is important for victims to be familiar with legal resources protecting them when they have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product and the parties that may be liable to help them with their damages.

Products liability law protects victims injured by dangerous or defective products. Victims can bring a products liability claim for damages to help them with their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, as well as other types of damages depending on the circumstances. There are different theories upon which liability may be based which is why it is helpful for victims to be familiar with how products liability law works.

How to avoid a truck accident

Everyday on your commute in or home from work, you probably share the road with large semi trucks. However, accident rates for larger trucks has been on the rise. In fact, deaths from large truck crashes reached the highest level in 29 years in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrative data.

With the average big rig weighing between 12,000 and 18,000 pounds, car drivers can face serious injuries and death in any accident with a large truck. 

Legal protections for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can sometimes leave victims facing a lifetime of unexpected challenges and damages that range from medical expenses to lost wages and emotional damages associated with the trauma victims have suffered. Personal injury legal protections are an available resource to help truck accident victims with the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in an unexpected truck accident.

Many victims are killed and injured in truck accidents each year because of poorly-maintained trucks and the unsafe operation of trucks. When sharing the roadway with passenger vehicles, it is important that large trucks follow certain rules and take care to help ensure the safety of those they are sharing the roadways with. When truck drivers and trucking companies are negligent, and victims suffer harm as a result, they may be liable to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered.

Investigating the cause of a medical malpractice incident

Each year in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois hundreds of medical malpractice cases are filed. But, how many of those cases are actually successful? These types of cases can be extremely complicated and, therefore, it can be difficult for an injured victim to successfully pursue such a claim. That is why it is so important to have a thorough investigation of the incident before filing any court documents.

Any investigation of a medical malpractice incident must be based on the understanding of how these incidents arise and who might be responsible. For example, if a medical patient is hospitalized and, during the stay in the facility, receives an incorrect dose of medication that causes harm to the patient, that may be the basis for a medical malpractice claim against the hospital. However, if a doctor examines a patient's medical information and arrives at the wrong diagnosis or recommends incorrect treatment, the case might be pursued against that particular doctor.

What are the 100 deadliest days of summer?

Since summers are most commonly associated with barbeques and white pants, Chicago residents may be surprised to hear that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is commonly referred to as the 100 deadliest days because of the number of car accidents that take place in them. These months are dangerous for all drivers, but more so for teens.

With more teens on the roads, it is more likely that they would become involved in a crash. At the same time, their inexperience is also a contributing factor to accidents. Their lack of driving experience means they are slower to recognize a potential risk and respond to it accordingly.

Can you avoid an insurance rate increase after an accident?

Accidents happen, even to the best drivers. Whether it's the sun in your eyes making a signal difficult to see, or one of nature's furry friends causing you to swerve off the road, accidents are a part of life that no one wants to deal with. What's even worse is that after having to deal with the inconvenience of being without transportation while waiting for auto body repairs, you are likely to face increased rates from your insurance company...often even if you were not at fault. But with a little creative maneuvering, you might be able to avoid an insurance rate hike after your accident, even if it was deemed your fault.

 

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