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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

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.

How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?

When an Illinois resident is injured due to the conduct of another person, he may wonder if he has a legal claim against the responsible party. He may be especially interested in the answer to this inquiry if his accident-related injuries prevent him from earning a living or otherwise fully living his life. As with all legal matters, a person's individual situation will determine if the claim is solid and therefore the following discussion of negligence and fault should only be read for informational purposes.

In Illinois a person may be liable for the injuries of another if his conduct was negligent, reckless, willful and wanton or the breach of a warranty. Each of these bases of fault requires a different level of proof and the various personal injury claims codified in state law each establish their own elements that a victim must prove to be successful on his particular legal claims.

Car accident leads to death of Chicago teen, other accidents

Motor vehicle accidents happen all of the time throughout Chicago. In fact, even the presence of single-vehicle accidents on local roads can create dangerous situations for other area drivers. Just recently a tragedy occurred in North Chicago and claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy. The entire incident began with a one-car crash.

The boy was driving north on Skokie Highway when he apparently crashed his car into the highway's median. He then got out of his vehicle to look at what had happened and the situation quickly escalated into a serious incident. While looking over his damaged vehicle, the boy was struck by a second vehicle that was also traveling north on the highway.

Medical malpractice in the mental health field

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors fail to exercise their professional duties of care toward their patients and patients suffer harm as a result of those shortcomings. It is an unfortunate and real occurrence in communities all across the state of Illinois and it affects many people across the country each year. Though medical malpractice is often thought of as a wrong that results in only physical harm, it can also occur in cases of mental health as well.

The website mentalhealth.gov describes mental health as related to a person's social, emotional and psychological health. The state of people's mental health can have a drastic impact on how they live their lives. When doctors fail to adequately treat individuals for mental health issues and disorders, those patients can suffer devastating harm.

How do I report a case of nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is a difficult problem for any Chicago resident to confront. Aside from the suspicions and fears about making an allegation against another person or a medical facility, individuals cannot always be sure of where or to whom their reports should be made. This blog addresses authorities that are involved in reporting cases of nursing home abuse.

The Illinois Department of Health, Bureau of Long-Term Care enforces the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. This law sets standards for facilities operating in the state and with other state and federal laws makes up the regulatory force behind state nursing home administration. The state's Department of Health also operates a nursing home hotline that permits concerned citizens to contact the government and report possible cases of nursing home abuse and neglect that violate the mentioned act.