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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.

 

What are the first steps in a personal injury lawsuit?

Each year, there are hundreds of personal injury lawsuits filed in civil court in the Chicago area. Most of our readers probably associate personal injury claims with so-called "slip and fall" cases or even car accidents. The reality is that personal injury lawsuits can be based on a wide range of incidents. After a person is injured, the legal process has to start somewhere. So, what are the first steps in a personal injury lawsuit?

Well, for starters, the most important thing to worry about any time a person is injured is that person's health. Hopefully a full recovery can be achieved; however, that is not always the case. When an injured victim begins to think about a personal injury legal claim, the most important first step to think about is the same thing that is crucial in any type of legal case and that is evidence.

Jury verdict of $2 million in medical malpractice case

When a person suffers an injury and is rushed to a medical center for treatment, everyone hopes that the injury can be treated and healed in full. In Illinois and throughout the country, we all expect the very best of care when it comes to medical professionals. Unfortunately, sometimes in their efforts to treat a patient, medical professionals take a course of action that leads to even more significant and permanent injuries.

A recent article detailed a case in Illinois in which a young boy was injured when he fell down some stairs. The incident in question occurred in 2011 when, at the time, the boy was 2-years-old. When the boy was taken into a local hospital for treatment, the doctors put a wrap on the boy's hand, wrist and arm.

Tragedy strikes in recent collision, leaving one person dead

Hit-and-run collisions can be some of the worst circumstances in which to lose a loved one. Not only does the unexpected event end in a tragic death, but the person responsible for the death flees the scene, making those involved wonder if the culprit will ever be located and held responsible for such reckless behavior. In a recent tragic and deadly collision in Chicago, the hit-and-run driver was located.

According to the reports, the incident in question occurred on April 28 on Interstate 55 in the early morning hours. The reports indicate that three young friends had been out that evening celebrating one of their birthdays and were in an Uber ride, a Hyundai sedan being driven by a 47-year-old man. The Hyundai was struck from behind by an Infiniti being driven by a 22-year-old man. The Hyundai reportedly burst into flames in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

Illinois cracks down on distracted driving

Even though car usage is down across the state of Illinois, fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise. And Illinois State Police distracted driving is a leading contributor to the increasing number of deaths on the roadways.

In an effort to curb distracted driving, state troopers are making more traffic stops and issuing more tickets to people using their phones behind the wheel. Police have already issued almost 4,000 tickets for distracted driving across the Chicago area in 2019 alone.

When is it safe to stop using your child’s car seat?

There are many reasons that you might want to move on from your child’s first car seat. Maybe you are tired of carrying it around all the time and buckling it yourself. Or maybe your baby is getting fussy because they’ve grown out of it.

Whatever your reason is, you should know that Illinois has legal requirements for every type of car seat. To keep your child safe and avoid a ticket, make sure you use the proper seat for your child.

Know what caused the truck accident that left you injured

For anyone in the Chicago area who is involved in a serious car accident, the first question is usually the same for everyone: What happened? The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents happen without a moment's notice, and these accidents - particularly if they involve large vehicles like semi-trucks - can cause a massive amount of damage and serious injuries for those involved. When Chicago area residents are involved in a truck accident, they need to know what caused the accident in the first place.

Reckless driving of any type could cause a serious truck accident. Many truck drivers feel pressured to make their deliveries on time - or ahead of schedule. The result? They speed. A semi-truck going the speed limit is dangerous enough, but one that is traveling at an excessive speed can seem like an unstoppable freight train, without the benefit of tracks to keep in on course. Many truck accidents are caused every year due to speeding truck drivers.

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