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Determining if you have a wrongful death case

The accidental death of a loved on is a terrible, heartbreaking time for a family. What adds to the grief is the feeling that the death was avoidable. Does this qualify as wrongful death? It might help you and other Illinois residents to understand the basics of a wrongful death case.

Wrongful death involves more than just an accidental death. Someone must have shown negligence, misconduct or criminal behavior in such a way as to cause the death of another. For example, trhe family member might have been involved in a car accident caused by the other driver's reckless, aggressive or intoxicated driving. If the relative was the victim of an armed robbery, this might also qualify as wrongful death. The same may be true if a medical professional made a mistake during surgery that resulted in the death of the family member.

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Determined?

chest pain.jpgThere are three ways that pain and suffering damages are calculated in a personal injury claim. Typically, the greater the injuries, the greater the amount of compensation an individual can pursue. Pain and suffering include both the physical and emotional trauma that injuries from burns, falls, or automobile accident in Illinois can cause.

When a birth goes wrong and your newborn suffers an injury

Being pregnant and giving birth should be one of the happiest times in a woman's life. But sometimes the birth experience results in a permanent injury to their newborn due to the failure of hospital staff or doctors to meet the expected standard of care.

If you have given birth to a child who has permanent injury as a result of the interventions or actions of doctors or staff, it is important to inform yourself about your legal rights and your options moving forward in regard to possible compensation for you and your child.

Dangerous Drug Interactions Are a Public Health Crisis

different drugs.jpgDangerous drug interactions are a considerable health crisis that can have severe, and even lethal consequences for patients. It is estimated that adverse drug reactions cause injuries to nearly 2 million people in the United States each year. Approximately 100,000 victims lose their lives. This makes adverse drug reactions a leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and accidents. 

Driving Dangers to Be Aware of this Holiday Season

driving in winter.jpgDecember and January are some of the most dangerous months for drivers and certain behaviors are responsible for causing the lion's share of accidents. There are plenty of driving dangers to be wary of as the holiday season approaches but drug or alcohol impairment, distractions, drowsiness and weather-related road conditions can create a dangerous wintry mix. When victims are injured due to the negligence of another party, an auto accident lawyer can help them hold the responsible parties accountable.

Early Intervention May Reduce the Likelihood of Elder Mistreatment

hospice.jpgEarly intervention on the part of social workers, health care professionals, mental health care providers, and caregivers is essential for reducing the rates of nursing home neglect and abuse. Early intervention and mandated reporting cease the abuse on the individual and can help protect future patients from becoming victims as well.

Sleep Apnea's Effect on Driving

There are many risk factors that increase a driver's risk of getting into an accident. This includes driving while intoxicated or driving while distracted. However, there is one cause of car accidents that many people overlook because it is a silent threat: sleep apnea. 

Nearly 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. This is a sleeping disorder in which a person is unable to breathe periodically throughout the night and wakes up momentarily. Not only is this dangerous for a person's cardiovascular health, but it also prevents a person from getting a good night's rest, making them more drowsy during the day and increasing the risk of being in a car accident.  

Are Cellphones Causing Doctor Distraction?

stethoscope and phone.jpgCell phones are significant distractions that can cause physicians to make serious medical errors. Doctors who are distracted while examining or treating a patient can miss vital information, make critical mistakes, and put patient health and safety in jeopardy. Technological distractions are partially responsible for the 251,000 fatalities caused by medical errors each year yet many hospitals and healthcare facilities do not have formal policies in place barring their use while treating patients.

Multiple Parties May Be Liable in a Deck Collapse Case

Premises liability can arise in a commercial setting, such as a store or office building. However, it can also be born of a private setting, such as at someone's home.

Private homes often enjoy company and festivities, and nothing makes for a greater time during a gathering of friends and family like a deck party. However, in the very dangerous and unfortunate event that the deck collapses under the weight of the party-goers, a good time can turn to serious injury and even death.

The Secrets to Driving Kids Around Safely [infographic]

Thumbnail image for baby in car.jpgTo protect children from the catastrophic injuries that a car accident can cause, the following suggestions are recommended.

Protecting Children While Driving

Proper tethering is one of the most important factors to check on a child's car seat. Nearly 1/2 of forward-facing car seats are not properly installed and can come loose in an automobile accident. Ensuring that the seat is properly tethered and that the latches in the seat are solid helps keep the seat firmly in place.

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