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March 2015 Archives

Are All Medical Errors Malpractice?

8943758_s-200x300 (1).jpg Medical errors are the third leading cause of death, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), just behind heart disease and cancer. In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said medical negligence contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year. But the latest numbers indicate between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year due to some type of preventable harm. But just because a medical error happens that does not mean that medical malpractice was necessarily involved. In order to prove a medical malpractice claim, the injured party must show the following:

Could You Have a Personal Injury Claim for a Workplace Accident?


10422524_s-300x199 (1).jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] If you were injured in a work-related accident, you are most likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Under Illinois law, with a few exceptions, injured workers are generally entitled to workers' compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries regardless of who was at fault for the accident. In fact, even those accidents and injuries that occur outside of the workplace may qualify for workers' compensation benefits as long as the injuries were sustained in the course of employment. For instance, if an employee's job responsibilities require that he or she operate a motor vehicle, and he or she is injured in an auto accident while on the job, the injured worker is likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Just because an injured worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, however, does not mean that the employer's insurance company will promptly pay the benefits. In many cases, an employer's insurance company will delay, reduce, or deny auto accident workers' compensation benefits. If this happens, an injured worker can file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. In addition to workers' compensation benefits, the injured worker may also be able to recover money damages in a personal injury lawsuit against any negligent third parties. Although an injured worker is prohibited from suing his or her employer following a work-related accident, the injured worker is not prohibited from pursuing any applicable third-party claims. For instance, you were injured as a result of defective machinery, you may be able to obtain money damages from the equipment manufacturer. If you were injured in a work-related car accident, you may be able to obtain money damages from the negligent motorist. And if you were injured in a slip and fall on the premises of a third-party, you may be able to obtain money damages from the property owner. Unlike workers' compensation benefits, which are limited to a percentage of the injured workers' salary, personal injury damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you are in a work-related auto accident, or other work-related accident that may involve third part liability, you should first seek medical attention. In some instance, such as in the case of a car crash, you should also notify the police. As soon as possible, you should notify your employer or manager of the work-related auto accident in order to protect your right to receive workers' compensation benefits. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you contact a Chicago personal injury attorney if you were injured in a work-related accident. The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to helping accident and injury victims obtain maximum financial recovery from all possible sources following a work-related auto accident. We will guide you through the workers' compensation claim process and represent you in connection with any applicable third-party claims, as well. Contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit.   Steinberg Goodman & Kalish (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (888) 325-7299 or (312) 445-9084.

Get your Rest: Study Shows High Rate of Drowsy Driving Accidents


6997880_s-300x200 (1).jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Drowsy driving may be more harmful that safety officials have thought. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 1.4% of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States involve a drowsy driver. For those accidents that result in injuries, 2.2% involve a drowsy driver and 2.5% of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. But according to a new study by the AAA Foundation, the number of accidents caused by a drowsy driver may actually be much higher. In its report, the AAA Foundation states:

What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know About your Accident Claim


21810631_s-300x200.jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Most personal injury accident claims - whether a car crash, a slip and fall, or a workplace accident - will involve insurance companies. Although insurance companies are obligated to comply with the terms of the insurance policy, there are several things that they don't want you to know about your accident claim, such as:

Calculating Emotional Distress after an Accident


10422524_s-300x199 (1).jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] If you were injured in a personal injury accident, such as a car crash or a trucking accident, you may be able to recover for your injuries - physical and emotional injuries. Emotional injuries can include things like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to WedMD, a significant number of people involved in nonfatal auto accidents experience emotional injuries, such as PTSD, persistent anxiety, depression and phobias on year after the car crash. In order to establish liability for a personal injury accident, you must prove the following: