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Who Can Be Held Liable for Train Derailments?


4469868_s-300x194 (1).jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Millions of people rely on trains to travel in and around Chicago. While train travel is generally safe, occasionally train derailments and other accidents happen, oftentimes with catastrophic results. For instance, last month, a train accident near Philadelphia killed seven people and injured hundreds more passengers. Train accidents - including derailments, crashes with other trains or vehicles, and pedestrian injuries at railroad crossings - can be caused by a number of reasons, such as conductor error, railway negligence, mechanical failure, a distracted pedestrian, a negligent motorists, or an obstruction on the tracks. Determining the specific cause of the accident is instrumental to the assessment of liability for any damages, injuries, or fatalities. Possible sources of liability include:

Caring for Elderly Patients

 9841759_s-300x200 (1).jpgImage credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Caring for elderly patients is an important, but challenging, task. Like any patient, elderly patients need medical treatment that meets the appropriate standard of care. But caring often involves a heightened level of care due to extenuating circumstances. When an elderly patient does not receive the appropriate standard of care, and he or she suffers illness, injury, or death as a result, the caregiver may be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. One of the most common forms in negligent medical care for elderly patients comes in the form of nursing home abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse can include inadequate medical treatment, physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and neglect. In fact, neglect is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse. Although nursing home abuse and neglect can be difficult to spot, the following are some common signs that an elderly patient may be the victim of nursing home abuse:

What Evidence Is Necessary to Prove Liability and Damages?

 10422524_s-300x199 (1).jpgPhoto Credit: 123RF Stock Photo[/caption] Production of evidence is an essential part of any personal injury claim, whether it is an auto accident claim, a medical malpractice lawsuit, or a premises liability claim. In most cases, the more plentiful the evidence, the stronger the claim will be. And without adequate evidence, a personal injury claim may fall flat. In order to prove liability, you must provide adequate evidence to prove the following:

Summer Safety Tips

18514796_s-212x300.jpg Summer in Chicago is in full swing. Soon the beaches will be filled with swimmers; the lake will be filled with boats; the roadways will be filled with travelers. Summer is a season of fun and relaxation for many people, but there are several things to keep in mind in order to have an enjoyable and safe summer.

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