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Who is liable for a dangerous or defective product?

Victims of a dangerous or defective product may wonder who is liable for the damages and harm they have suffered. The answer is that the legal process holds a number of parties accountable for the harm caused by a dangerous or defective product to ensure that consumers are protected from harm.

Products liability law protects victims of dangerous or defective products by providing a legal remedy that may allow them to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims of a dangerous of defective product may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages if they have been injured or otherwise harmed by a dangerous or defective product.

Truck driver texting rules are strict

There are strict rules concerning texting while driving that Illinois truck drivers must follow. The rules are designed to help keep the driving public safe as they share the roadways with large trucks and truck drivers and trucking companies who violate the rules may be liable to compensate victims for the harm and damages they have suffered.

According to federal rules, truck drivers are not permitted to text while driving their use of hand-held cell phone devices while driving is also limited. They cannot access their phone other than to press a single button to initiate or terminate a phone call. The rules include a definition of texting while driving, which is generally thought to be the most serious form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distracted driving including physical, visual and cognitive distraction.

Legal resources and remedies for victims of medical malpractice

There are various different types of medical malpractice, however, regardless of what type an injured victim has been harmed by, it is important for them to familiar with options that may be available to help them with their damages. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims injured by medical errors such as a failure to diagnose.

Victims of medical malpractice may need help with their physical, financial and emotional damages including their medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages. In terms of medical malpractice, a failure to diagnose can be serious and can even be fatal in some circumstances. When a patient has suffered a failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis, they may not receive the life-saving treatment they need promptly or at all or may receive the wrong treatment which can cause them further harm.

What types of damages are available after a car accident?

Damages available following a car accident are intended to help injured victims with the harm they have suffered in a car accident. As a result, it is important for injured victims to know what those damages include and how they may help them with the injuries and harm they have suffered.

One of the most important categories of damages injured victims will likely be concerned with include the cost of their medical care and treatment. Medical expenses and bills can quickly pile up while an injured victim is unable to work and focusing on their recovery. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims not only recover compensation for their medical care costs but they may also be able to recover compensation for the cost of future medical care they may require to fully recover from their injuries suffered in a car accident.

10 tips to stay safe as a commercial truck driver

Safe driving should be important for all of us, but it’s vitally important when training to be a Commercial drive. As a commercial driver, you have deadlines, and sometimes, unsafe driving practices are adopted.

When you drive distracted, you not only put your own life at risk, but are endangering others on the road. As a driver of such large rig, your presence on the road is very imposing. Sometimes commercial driver’s will use this to their advantage which can lead to accidents, crashes, personal injury and even death.

Common questions you may have regarding your child's birth injury

The birth of a child is an exciting time for any family. You may be overjoyed at the prospect of a new member of your family, but you may experience a dampening of your joy when you learn that your child was born with a birth injury. Injuries that happen during the birth process can result in pain, suffering and complications that will follow your child the rest of his or her life.

There are many reasons why birth injuries happen, and sometimes, these reasons are grounds for a claim against a medical professional. Sadly, many birth injuries are the result of medical negligence or the decisions that a doctor or nurse makes during the delivery process. If your child has one of these injuries, you may find it beneficial to learn about your legal options as soon as possible.

Large trucks can make roadways extremely dangerous

The headlines are all-too-familiar: Man killed in crash with semi on 1-90; 1 dead in fiery semi crash. These and others like them happened in the summer of 2019, and they happened in Illinois.

In late June, a 54-year-old Chicago man’s Jeep was idling in some morning traffic on I-90. A westbound semi rear-ended the Jeep, launching it forward into two other vehicles. The driver of the Jeep was transported to a hospital but died a couple hours later. One other driver was also hospitalized for emotional distress.

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.

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