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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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  • $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
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  • $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

Statutes of limitation apply in personal injury cases

Minor accidents and inadvertent mishaps occur rather frequently in Chicago and throughout Cook County. For many of the people involved in these common incidents, the loss experienced due to personal injury or property damage is small or even nonexistent. An unfortunate number of people, however, sustain significant damages from their unplanned and accidental ordeals, leaving those victims considerably harmed from their involvement in unintended misfortunes.

In Illinois and many other jurisdictions across the country, statutes of limitation apply in personal injury cases. A statute of limitations is a law that establishes how long after an accident or the incurring of a loss that a person may file a lawsuit against the presumably responsible party. Readers of this blog who are outside of the state of Illinois should check with the laws of their jurisdictions in order to learn what limitations could apply to their potential personal injury lawsuits.

When is patient harm not medical malpractice?

Personal accountability is important to many Cook County residents and based on this fact conscientious citizens believe in remedying problems that may have occurred due to their actions. Not all people, however, are so community-minded. Many instances of litigation arise because individuals fail to take responsibility for the mistakes they make and the harm that arises from those problems.

Incidents that result in personal injuries are common events that necessitate legal intervention in order to protect the rights of harmed victims. In the medical malpractice field, people who are hurt and made sick by the actions of the health care providers can, in some cases, pursue their damages from those who created their suffering. However, legislation limits just how far a doctor or hospital's liability extends when a person claims to have incurred damages while under its care.

Don't wait to get legal and medical help after a car accident

Last week's blog post looked at one of the most common health problems a Chicago resident can face following a car accident: whiplash. Whiplash is just one of many ailments a person may endure when he is in a collision. From broken bones and painful bruises to damaged organs and brain injuries, the range of injuries a person may experience in an auto accident can be vast.

After an accident, it is not uncommon for a victim to want to get his bearings and sort out the damages that he has sustained to his personal property. He may shrug off the soreness and pain that affects his body in the days after an accident as he works with insurance companies to repair his vehicle. However, before he realizes it, the soreness and pain that resulted from his accident may morph into a more serious and debilitating medical condition.

Car accident whiplash can lead to many health problems

Whiplash occurs when a person's neck is forced to strain as his head and body are forced in separate directions. Many Chicago residents who have been in fender benders and more serious accidents have experienced whiplash to some degree. For many, whiplash is a discomfort that eventually remedies itself with rest and therapeutic treatments. For others, it lingers as a debilitating ailment that manifests into additional serious conditions.

For example, whiplash can cause pronounced pain in a person's head, neck, back and shoulders. That pain can be mild to severe, constant or sporadic. It can exist as pain alone, but it may also be associated with numbness and other sensations in the extremities and affected areas of the body.

Residents have rights to prevent nursing home abuse

This Chicago personal injury law blog has looked at some of the horrific problems that can occur when nursing home residents suffer from neglect and abuse. From bed sores and falls to mental trauma and assault, the harm that some nursing home residents must endure while under the watch of care facilities is tragic, heartbreaking and, in some cases, violent. Nursing home residents do, however, have legal rights. Even though they are not living in their own homes, they deserve and have the rights to the respect and duty of care expected of nursing homes and care facilities.

For example, nursing home residents may not be denied access to their friends and loved ones, and unless doing so could harm them, they may also have personal items with them while in their care facilities. Every nursing home resident has the right to maintain confidentiality over his medical information and can choose not to have treatments selected for his care.

Misdiagnosis is a common medical malpractice issue

Prior posts on this Chicago personal injury law blog have talked about the legal requirements for bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Generally, a patient and a doctor must have a relationship before a claim can be filed, meaning that the doctor has agreed to treat the patient or otherwise has some duty to provide care to the individual. In addition to a pre-existing relationship, a doctor must do or fail to do something with regard to the patient that a reasonable doctor would have done properly given the facts of the case.

When a patient suffers harm and the preceding elements of the claim exist, that patient may have a lawsuit based on malpractice against a doctor. Though surgical errors and birth injuries occur more than they should, misdiagnosis is a common basis for medical malpractice claims. Misdiagnosis can involve a doctor diagnosing a patient with an erroneous condition or a doctor failing to diagnose a patient with an actual and present malady.

Celebrity suffers personal injury at restaurant

Chicago residents may be familiar with actress Tori Spelling from her years on television dramas and more recently on reality programming. She has lived much of her life in front of the camera and has had many major events in her life documented by the press. Just recently, Spelling was involved in an injury-causing incident at a restaurant and media outlets quickly picked up on the story.

According to reports, Spelling was eating with friends and family at a Benihana restaurant when the accident occurred. Spelling allegedly fell onto a hibachi grill and suffered serious injuries to her arm. The grill seriously burned her skin and the actress underwent skin grafts to treat the injury.

Why do crane accidents cause so many construction injuries?

Before a new building is finished, Chicago residents often see a massive crane looming over the construction project. On its own a crane is an impressive structure. Tall and strong, sturdy and precise, cranes help lift large materials up into the air as building projects grow higher and higher off of the ground.

As elevations increase, however, so too do the occurrences of crane-related construction injuries. Crane operators and those who work with them on construction projects can be at risk of injury and death when problems occur with cranes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides data on crane and hoist safety that describes why cranes can be dangerous pieces of construction equipment.

Motor vehicle accident involving semi kills one in Chicago

Large trucks such as 18-wheelers and other freight vehicles can cause serious problems for other drivers on Chicago's roads. As they are very large and generally cannot start or stop as fast as smaller cars, semi-trucks can quickly become hazards for those that must drive near them. A recent accident in the city's Southwest Side ide demonstrates this terrifying phenomenon.

A car carrying a driver and one passenger collided with a semi on South Damen. The early morning crash occurred just where the road goes over the Stevenson Expressway. The city deployed its Major Accident Unit to perform an accident investigation into the matter, though it appears that the smaller vehicle hit the large truck while the semi was making a left-hand turn.

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.