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Personal Injury Attorney Bruce Goodman, Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Chicago IL. Serving greater Chicagoland, including Cook County, Dupage County, Kane County, Lake County and Will County. Phone: 312-782-6792 Web Site: http://www.sgklawyers.com

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  • $4,100,000 - Construction
  • $4,000,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $13,300,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $3,000,000 - Vehicle Accident
  • $950,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $5,860,000 Medical Malpractice - Wrongful Death
  • $925,000 - Malpractice
  • $850,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $1,800,000 - Product Liability
  • $4,000,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $13,300,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $3,000,000 - Vehicle Accident
  • $950,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $925,000 - Malpractice
  • $850,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $7,000,000 - Premises Liability

Chicago Personal Injury Law Blog

Does Illinois law regulate how nursing homes are run?

When researching long-term care facilities or nursing homes, Chicago residents might be struck by how various facilities try to distinguish themselves from each other. They may claim to offer unique and desirable services. They may make offers of cost-effectiveness and tout their records of safety. Because many want to stand out to draw the attention of consumers, it can be difficult for the average person to compare them.

However, the Illinois Department of Public Health provides one good way that a person can begin to compare nursing homes and other similar facilities. It, along with a host of other federal and state-run agencies, regulates nursing homes to ensure that they offer adequate safety and care to their residents. A nursing home in the state of Illinois must be fully in compliance with state regulations as well as many federal mandates.

Wrong-site surgery can lead to malpractice claims

Last week's blog post discussed the serious trauma that can occur when a person suffers an injury to his spinal cord. When Chicago residents have significant problems with their backs and spines they can sometimes undergo surgeries to repair the damage. Surgery, whether it is performed on the spine or another body part, always brings with it inherent risks.

From surgical site infections to other complications, a myriad of problems can occur before, during and after a surgical procedure. In some cases a surgery may go well but still may present a major issue for a patient. This can occur when a patient has a surgery performed on the wrong surgical site.

What happens when someone suffers a spinal cord injury?

Any number of personal injuries can result when a Chicago resident is involved in an automobile-based accident. From seatbelt and steering wheel bruises to broken bones and concussions, the range of physical damages that can occur from such an event can vary greatly. One area of injury that is often very severe is when damage occurs to a victim's spinal cord. The spinal cord runs from a person's brain and down the person's back, connecting brain impulses to the rest of the corpus through the central nervous system.

The spinal cord is protected by bones called vertebrae. When a person's vertebrae are damaged or break, the spinal cord can become damaged as well. In serious accidents a victim's spinal cord may become severed, ultimately cutting off contact from the victim's brain to his body and causing paralysis, organ failure and, in some cases, death.

Electricity may cause serious Illinois construction accidents

Many of the hazards that exist at Illinois construction sites are visible to the naked eye. A Chicago resident may see an uncovered hole, unsecured ladder or other danger that could potentially cause harm to anyone who encountered it. However, visible hazards are not the only problems that individuals may face when they are on construction sites.

Electricity is an invisible danger that causes construction site injuries throughout the country each year. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, electricity can cause a person to suffer internal and external injuries, if it comes into contact with a living body. A person may suffer burns where the electricity touched the skin. Internally, a person may experience damage to his organs, tissue, muscles and nerves. Electricity can cause a person to internally bleed, and it can also cause a person's muscles to involuntarily contract.

My Illinois loved one died in a car accident. Do I have rights?

One of the most excruciating experiences that a Chicago resident may have is the loss of a loved one from an avoidable car accident. Car accidents that occur because of the mistakes of others can cause serious injuries and death for innocent victims. Often the pain and suffering that occurs after a car accident extends far beyond that experienced by the direct victims and reaches out to those who loved and lost individuals killed in the crashes.

When a person loses a loved one in a car accident he may not know what he can do. He may be filled with emotions and uncertain of what rights and responsibilities he has with regard to seeking compensation from the negligent party or parties. With regard to car accidents that result in losses of life, some relatives of deceased victims may have the right to sue under the wrongful death theory of law.

The invisible side of Illinois nursing home abuse

Prior posts on this Chicago personal injury blog have discussed physical ailments and conditions that can develop as the result of nursing home abuse or neglect. These injuries and illnesses can cause individuals to suffer from painful falls, sores and other health problems that can affect their quality of life. However, one major area of injury is often forgotten by those who think of nursing home abuse and neglect and that form of harm can be significantly detrimental.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, individuals who are cared for in nursing homes may suffer harm in the form of psychological abuse or neglect. Emotional or psychological harm can manifest from a resident of a care facility being humiliated, ignored, berated, harassed or threatened. This form of treatment can directly harm a resident's well-being and affect his daily functioning.

Your personal injury may be compensable under tort law

Accidents happen every day throughout the greater Chicagoland area. From slips on the sidewalk to trips at the grocery store, some people even find themselves facing personal injuries when malfunctions in products and utilities cause them to suffer harm in their own homes. The many ways that a person can hurt himself or herself are addressed in a variety of personal injury laws, also known as tort laws.

In some cases, a wrongdoer can be within the vicinity of his victim, but in other cases, the offender may be completely separated from the injury-causing act. For instance, products liability cases can arise when people are harmed by the poorly designed or badly manufactured products that they buy. In such cases, a wrongdoer may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away, depending upon where the product came from and where the victim lives.

Construction worker killed on the job in Chicago

The City of Chicago is home to many high-rise buildings, all of which are the result of hard-working construction workers. Although construction jobs may be commonly associated with being dangerous, construction companies are required to adhere to strict safety requirements. One recent incident at one of Chicago's high-rise buildings shows just how tragic construction-related accidents can be.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation after a construction worker recently died on the job, during the construction of a residential building on Elm Street. According to reports, the construction worker, who was 45 years old, was inside a crane about six stories high at the time of the accident. The worker was allegedly leaning into an area where an elevator descended and pinned him. Other workers were able to free the man before emergency crews assisted in lowering him to street level. According to the Chicago Fire Department chief, when the man was found pinned by the elevator and the crane, he was unresponsive.

Serious falls can result from Illinois nursing home neglect

Nursing homes in Chicago and throughout the rest of the country provide vital services for individuals who cannot care for their personal and medical needs on their own. Though the young can find themselves in nursing homes, the elderly make up a large part of the national nursing home population. When many people of failing health and advancing age are all put in a single place, mistakes and accidents can occur.

One major problem in some nursing homes is falls. Nursing home falls affect thousands of people each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 1,800 nursing home residents die every year because of falls. Many others suffer life-changing, debilitating physical damage from falls that do not result in death.

Construction injuries keep workers away from their jobs

Little children (and some grown-ups too) enjoy watching new construction sites pop up all over the Chicago metropolitan area. Whether the sites will be home to new high rises, businesses or single family homes, construction sites bring with them exciting tools and machinery needed to erect large structures. While working with such powerful items may look fun and exciting to some, those tools do not always show their true and sometimes deadly dangers to those who must handle them.

Many construction site accidents occur when problems happen in the use of tools or machines. Those problems can be based on the maintenance of the equipment or their use. When equipment is not maintained in its safest working order, workers can suffer construction injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. When construction workers are not properly trained to use large machinery such as front-loaders and forklifts, dangerous construction site conditions can arise very quickly for the workers operating the machines as well as those working in their vicinities.