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Chicago Personal Injury Blog

Can Vision Zero Chicago Eliminate Traffic Crashes and Fatalities?

At long last, the City of Chicago has released its Vision Zero Chicago plan. The city thus joins New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and a number of other cities around the world in developing such a plan.

The near term goal of Vision Zero Chicago is to reduce traffic accidents by 20 percent and traffic fatalities by 35 percent by 2020. Ultimately, the plan seeks to entirely eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2026. These are certainly ambitious goals - and worthy ones too, considering the fact that traffic accidents in Chicago result in more than 2,000 serious injuries* and about 100 or more deaths each year.

Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

Every year, millions older Americans suffer physical abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Many suffer in silence, too afraid or intimidated to draw attention to their suffering. Often they are often being tormented by caregivers who are responsible for providing their meals and attending to their personal needs.

As a relative of friend of a person living in a nursing home or assisted care facility, it is up to you to recognize the signs of elder abuse and take action.

When Is Personal Injury Compensation Tax-Free?

Remember Dr. David Dao, the man who was dragged off a United Airlines plane even though he had paid for his seat? His attorney negotiated a settlement with the carrier, and though its terms were confidential, most observers assume that the settlement was substantial.

It turns out that in all likelihood, Dr. Dao will not have to pay income taxes on the amount of the settlement. That's because in most cases, personal injury compensation is exempt from federal income taxes as well as state taxes. In this blog post, we will discuss the tax treatment of personal injury compensation, when such compensation is exempt from taxation, and when it may be taxable.

Cyrpto Outbreak Prevention Needed in Swimming Pools and Water Playgrounds

swimming-pool.jpgAs Chicagoans prepare to head to pools and outdoor water playgrounds this summer, park, and pool owners need to take steps to prevent outbreaks of crypto. Since 2014, outbreaks of this parasitic disease have doubled, leaving victims seriously ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has targeted its focus on preventing the outbreaks from happening. A personal injury lawyer may help clients who have contracted crypto from public parks or pools to recover damages for any losses that they suffered.

Remember, any dog can bite

a dog.jpgThe average damages in a dog bite case are $37,000.

More than one-third of American homes have a dog. In all, 70 million dogs, most of them gentle, faithful companions. But any dog can bite, inflicting serious injuries, disfigurement and emotional trauma.

Under Illinois law, dog owners are strictly liable when their pets harm people. It may be a sweet puppy the other 364 days a year. This may be the first time it bit anyone. That does not matter. You are entitled to compensation if you are injured by a dog. But you may need legal help to collect. 

When Surgeons Don't Make the (right) Cut

Surgeons.jpgSurgeons are responsible for hundreds of thousands of surgical errors in the United States each year. These errors include improper sterilization, leaving sponges and other surgical tools inside the patient, and conducting wrong-site surgeries. These errors can cause significant pain and injury, lead to permanent disability, or cause premature death.

Investigators find thousands of safety defects on train tracks across the country.

train tracks.jpgAs Americans, we have a remarkable railroad system weaving intricately across the country. Furthermore, we trust that our train systems will be reasonably safe for travelers and for the homeowners, drivers and pedestrians near the tracks. Most of us simply assume that these tracks are being kept up and repaired when needed and that, ultimately, someone is responsible for keeping the railways safe, especially those railroads on which trains are hauling dangerous, volatile materials.

Medical Malpractice Claims Reveal Problems at Chicago Public Hospitals

claim.jpgThe John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the University of Illinois Hospital have both been repeatedly sued for malpractice and have paid out more than $160 million to settle claims, demonstrating the pervasive problem of negligence within their systems. The paid-out claims are likely just the tip of the iceberg because many settlements are not reported. The settlements date from just the past five years, further demonstrating the problem's depth. A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is aware of the extent of the issue and frequently represents clients who have been seriously injured or who have lost loved ones because of medical errors while under hospital care.

A Mild Concussion Can Have Lasting Effects on Longevity and Mental Health

mental health.pngA comprehensive study completed by researchers at Britain's University of Oxford and Imperial College illustrates the lasting effects that even a mild bump on the head can have. It found that people who suffered mild concussions had shorter life spans and suffered mental health problems at a significantly higher rate than people who had not suffered concussions.

Congress Looks to Limit Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

congress building.jpgRepublican representative Steve King introduced a bill in Congress that would limit the available non-ecomonic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 per case. If the law passes, it would affect claims in every state, including in Illinois. The law would apply to all claims involving coverage provided by Medicare, Medicaid or subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. This means it would apply to most employer-provided insurance policies because employers receive subsidies for the coverage that they offer to their employees. Malpractice lawyers across the country believe that the bill would take away some rights of people who have been seriously injured by medical mistakes.