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What are my rights if I don't know who caused my car accident?

When Chicago residents are involved in car accidents, many follow the appropriate protocols regarding how to manage the aftermaths of their crashes. They stop their vehicles and check themselves and others for injuries. Then they examine their vehicles, noting any damages. They exchange their contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the crashes and then they begin the processes of having their property repaired.

But what happens if two cars get into an accident and one of them drives away? This type of accident is called a hit and run accident, indicating that one vehicle hits another and then drives off without stopping to offer aid or information. Hit and run accidents raise questions regarding civil and criminal liability and can cause responsible drivers a lot of legal problems.

Four workers suffer personal injuries in Chicago-area fire

Whenever combustible materials are near, Chicago residents should take precautions to prevent ignition of those resources. Whether they are at their homes or at their jobs, individuals who must handle dangerous and flammable products put themselves in peril when accidents happen with those materials. One of the major hazards of experiencing a flammable materials fire is the difficulty of containing it.

While changing a propane tank in their employer's garage, four workers at an Oak Park bakery were injured when the tank caught fire. One of the employees was burned so severely that the worker had to be taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. The other three suffered less severe personal injuries and were released after receiving medical treatment.

What are doctors' duties to prevent medical malpractice?

One of the most glorified, popularized and glamorized professions in the American entertainment industry is that of medical doctors. The popular television drama "ER," which was set right here in Chicago, opened up the fictional lives of many made-for-TV medical professionals to the homes of people far and wide. Through those pretend doctors' trials and tribulations regular people got glimpse at some of the stresses real medical professionals often endure.

Though they may not be celebrities, real doctors face challenging situations that force them to make critical decisions about their patients' lives. When they are making those choices they are hopefully keeping in mind the duties they promised to uphold when they entered the medical profession. Those duties are well-encapsulated in the variety of oaths.htm">oaths medical professionals are often required to take.

Construction injuries can lead to worker deaths

Each year thousands of American workers are hurt and killed while performing their jobs. Many injury causing accidents occur right here in Chicago, and a good portion of those accidents occur at construction sites. When construction workers suffer serious physical harm that keeps them from doing their jobs, their livelihoods can be adversely affected and their enduring health can be compromised.

According to statistics released by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, one out of every five work-related deaths occurs in the construction industry. Four particular types of accidents within that industry make up the majority of construction worker deaths. The first of those accident types is falling.

If I slip on ice on private property can I sue?

Fall weather is taking hold all across Illinois and very soon the cold weather of winter will begin to infiltrate the city of Chicago. With winter inevitably comes the arrival of the first snow and individuals must quickly relearn how to walk and drive on wet and icy pavement. Sometimes the process of acclimating to winter weather can result in cases of personal injury.

With snow and ice soon coming to sidewalks and roads all across the city, some people may wonder who, if anyone, is responsible when individuals fall and hurt themselves as a result of such conditions. According to the Illinois Circuit Courts, property owners do not have to clear snow and ice off of their properties as a general rule. However, when people fall on ice or snow that covers improperly designed sidewalk or parking lot structures, injured parties may sue based on the bad design of the surface under the slippery substance.

Integrating the law with the facts of motor vehicle accidents

Whether they are minor or serious, car accidents happen all across Chicago each and every day. When accidents occur not all people may know how to proceed or who to call in order to get their lives back on track. Some people may not even know what to do in the moments following an impact.

First and foremost, anyone involved in a car accident should be aware of any injuries he or others may have sustained. Whether it is a serious injury or a minor issue, seek medical help for any injuries that may have been created or aggravated in the collision. Next, it can be useful to begin collecting information about the parties who were involved in the accident.

Will staffing shortages lead to increases in nursing home abuse?

Nursing homes and other medical care facilities are required to meet the standards established for them by law to ensure that their residents are safe. In Illinois and other states throughout the nation, care facilities must employ adequate numbers of nurses, doctors and support staff to provide ailing individuals with sufficient attention to meet their medical needs. An unfortunate trend throughout the state threatens to put some Illinois care residents in jeopardy of suffering nursing home abuse.

Families for Better Care is an advocacy organization that monitors nursing and care homes throughout the country. It recently ranked the 50 states in terms of the quality of care each provides to individuals in nursing homes. Based on the organization's rankings, Illinois finished in the bottom ten of all states.

Defining negligence as a cause for personal injury

There are many ways that Chicago residents can suffer personal injuries. In some situations individuals harm themselves in avoidable accidents. In other cases their harm is caused by the actions or omissions of others.

When a person suffers harm as a result of the actions or inactions of another individual, that harm may result from the actor's negligence. Negligence can generally be defined as the failure of a party to exercise the same level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised given the circumstances of an event. If action or inaction that causes harm was reasonable given the situation of the injury, then negligence may not be present in the case.

What is distracted driving and how does it cause car accidents?

Chicago residents see it each day on local roads. A driver puts on her makeup at a stoplight. Another chats on his phone while changing lanes. A mother in the driver's seat of her car reaches around to discipline her children in the backseat.

According to the United States government's website distraction.gov, all of these activities can be considered as contributing to distracted driving. Distracted driving is engaging in any other activity while driving that takes a driver's attention away from operating his vehicle. Talking, texting, using GPS devices, eating, drinking and a myriad of other activities can contribute to distracted driving.

Procedural error at trial overshadows possible malpractice claim

Organ donors save lives in Chicago and throughout the rest of the state of Illinois. When tragedies claim the lives of designated organ donors, others receive new leases on life through lifesaving transplants. While some organ transplant stories have happy endings, one story that unfolded at a Chicago hospital had anything but a joyful result.

In 2007 a woman underwent a kidney transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She received the kidney from a man who had died in a car accident. Several other individuals received organs from that man as well.

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