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Hit and run crashes a significant danger to pedestrians

In Chicago and across Illinois, it is an unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen at any time. Often, these accidents involve pedestrians. Because they are so vulnerable and drivers are increasingly indulging in risky behaviors, pedestrians are in near-constant danger. When there is a crash, a pedestrian can suffer severe injuries and even lose their lives. These accidents are compounded when the driver of the vehicle decides to flee the scene rather than check on the victim and call for help, if it is needed. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run pedestrian crash, it might be useful to have legal help to pursue compensation.

An elderly pedestrian was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV. The SUV subsequently fled the scene with law enforcement still searching for it and the driver. The accident happened in the late afternoon at around 5:30 p.m. The pedestrian, 73, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the turning SUV crashed into him. After the pedestrian was hit and was lying in the road, the vehicle hit him in the head as it sped away. He was diagnosed with several fractures. He also had a head injury. The vehicle was described by witnesses and investigators are looking through possible surveillance images.

How does informed consent relate to medical malpractice?

It seems like common sense that a doctor or other medical professional in Illinois would have to ask for your permission before medically treating you. However, the issue of consent in the world of medicine is rarely that simple. Sometimes complications arise regarding whether the doctor obtained the patient's informed consent before performing a procedure or administering treatment.

Informed consent generally requires a lot more than just asking for permission to treat. In order to get informed consent, the physician must first determine whether the patient is able to understand all the necessary medical information to make an informed decision. If the doctor finds that the patient incompetent and cannot decide on their own, the doctor must obtain consent from the patient's guardian. Legally, minors are generally always presumed to be incompetent, and therefore, doctors must get informed consent from the minor's parent or guardian.

Legal help for pedestrians hurt by a negligent driver

Pedestrian accidents can be disastrous for victims who are vulnerable to careless and negligent drivers on the roadways.

Pedestrians can suffer extensive physical, financial and emotional damages when they are unexpectedly struck by a negligent driver.

Preventing mistakes that could cause harm to patients

When you go to your Illinois doctor, you probably assume that you will receive quality medical care. You think the doctor will provide you with the right diagnosis and set you up with the appropriate care plan. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sometimes, doctors make mistakes, and patients end up suffering physical, emotional and financial harm. 

If you suffered an injury after going to the doctor, you could be the victim of medical malpractice. Many malpractice incidents are the result of the mistakes that are entirely preventable with better safety practices and other steps. If you believe you are a victim, you may find it beneficial to take quick action to find out what legal options may be available to you.

Why are Illinois intersections so dangerous?

There are definitely some Illinois roadways that are more dangerous than others. Perhaps, you've been driving for several decades now and have never been involved in a collision other than a mere fender bender in a parking lot or something. Then again, maybe you're among other licensed drivers in the state who have spent time in the hospital after suffering moderate to severe injuries in a car accident.

Some of the most dangerous locations on Illinois roads are intersections. Not all of them are controlled or marked with signage. Even those that are can be busy, chaotic places, especially if someone runs a red light or steps into the crossroads against the light. You definitely have to be on guard when you approach an intersection if you hope to safely pass through or navigate your turn.

What is nursing home abuse and what can families do about it?

It is the hope of every family member that their loved one will be well cared for in a nursing home facility. Unfortunately, that is not always true and families should know what to do about it. Nursing home residents are sometimes abused physically and psychologically by caregivers which may create liability for nursing home staff and the nursing homes they work for.

Certain circumstances can lead to nursing home abuse. Inadequately trained staff; too few staff to properly care for residents; staff that have a history of violence but are negligently hired and kept around anyway; isolation of residents; and the reluctance or fear of nursing home residents to report nursing home abuse can all lead to situations when nursing home abuse takes place. One option to help victims and families of nursing home abuse is a personal injury claim for damages.

Legal help when a child is harmed by a dangerous or defective toy

This blog recently discussed who may be liable for a dangerous or defective product and there is a long list of who may be liable for placing a dangerous or defective product in the hands of consumers. When a dangerous or defective toy is placed in the hands of a child, it can be especially serious and troublesome which is why parents need to understand products liability and personal injury protections available to them.

Unfortunately, children can be harmed by the everyday toys they play with. Approximately 217,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries and though most do not require hospitalization, children can still be seriously harmed and during 2005, 20 children died because of toy-related injuries. A variety of different types of dangerous or defective toys can present a variety of different types of dangers.

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.

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