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Justice takes time in medical malpractice suits

Medical malpractice injuries and deaths are particularly hurtful to the victims and their loved ones. It is difficult to understand how the very people we trust to heal us could actually harm or kill us with their negligence, but it is a grim reality for thousands of individuals.

When it comes to medical malpractice, there's good news and difficult news. The good news is that those who suffer harm at the (gloved) hands of medical providers have legal options available to pursue compensation for these injuries. In fact, depending on the nature of the loss, the compensation for such a medical care error is often quite substantial.

What is defensive driving and how do I do it?

The roads of Chicago can be unbearable to drive at times. There's just so much traffic that you have nowhere to go and it seems like it's only getting worse. Because of the traffic, you need to know how to anticipate issues with other drivers and road hazards. This is part of defensive driving, which is an incredibly important trait to have no matter your experience level as a driver.

First and foremost, you need to eliminate the distractions from your trip. This is especially true when it comes to using a handheld device of any kind, including a GPS device. Taking your eyes off the road to check the GPS or send a text message can lead to an accident within seconds.

Conditions that can cause slip-and-fall accidents outside

It's not uncommon for people to slip and fall indoors. In fact, it's a leading cause of premises liability lawsuits in Chicago. There are so many hazards inside a commercial or residential building, such as wet floors, objects, poor lighting, broken stairs and much more. Here are some of the conditions that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents outside.

Since we are in the midst of the summer heat, we won't discuss ice or snow here, but these items can still cause slip-and-fall accidents. Summer storms can be just as severe, if not more severe, than those that hit in the winter. High winds, heavy rains, flooding and lightning can cause quite a bit of damage. Property owners are required to clean their property within a reasonable amount of time after a storm so the hazards do not cause injury to someone.

Protecting yourself at work from chemical hazards

Going to work each day can be stressful. There's no reason to add to that stress when chemicals are present in the office or on your worksite. Take as many safety precautions as possible when working with or near chemicals while on the job. The safety precautions put in place by your employer should be followed in an effort to prevent any accidents.

Employees who use chemicals, or work in a setting where chemicals are used often, can experience any of the following issues:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye burns
  • Skin burns
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Dizziness

Weather leads to crash that injures three

Severe weather and flooding led to a crash that injured three people on the morning of July 20 in the Chicago area. Heavy downpours, severe thunderstorms, and wet roads led to multiple accidents. The severe weather made it difficult for drivers to see and for them to stop.

The three people injured in a crash involving that many cars occurred on the Edens Expressway in the Chicago suburb of Skokie. One of the three people injured suffered critical injuries in the crash.

How does premises liability work in regards to children?

Premises liability is an important subject that all property owners should brush up on every now and then. The laws differ from state to state, but tend to be the same when dealing with children and premises liability. For the most part, property owners have a special responsibility placed on them by the law because of their curiosity and inability to comprehend what can be a danger to them.

The law that protects children from dangerous items on your property is known as the attractive nuisance law. The law has three aspects:

6 types of workplace hazards to look for in Chicago

Going off to work in the morning should not be risky for those who are not first responders, military personnel or those who don't work in inherently dangerous positions. But, some workers can suffer injuries and illnesses at work due to the carelessness of their employer. There are six types of workplace hazards everyone should look for in Chicago.

Work organization hazards are those that cause stress and strain on workers. Stress is short-term, while strain is long-term. These hazards include workplace violence, the demands of the workplace, lack of respect for employees, lack of flexibility, sexual harassment, pace of the workplace and much more.

Spotting a drunk driver on the streets of Chicago

The streets of Chicago can be a dangerous place, for various reasons. One of those reasons is one that will be around for as long as people continue to make bad decisions. That reason is drunk driving. Drunk driving takes the lives of thousands of people across the country each year and Chicago is not exempt from these tragic accidents. Here's how you can spot a drunk driver on the streets of Chicago.

A driver near you who constantly speeds up or slows down for no reason could very well be driving under the influence of alcohol. This is a common sign of drunk driving because the driver has no control over their body or critical thinking anymore. This leads them to routinely speed up or slow down because they begin to second guess what is happening around them.

Do you have a premises liability case?

Owners of homes and businesses in and around Chicago must take the necessary steps to ensure that their properties are hazard-free and don't pose dangers to the public.

Leaky gutters can create slick spots that lead to painful falls. Uneven sidewalk surfaces present tripping hazards. Unsecured backyard pools are attractive nuisances that can lead to curious children drowning. Heavy tree limbs can come crashing down onto passersby on the sidewalks. When you consider it from a liability standpoint, dangers lurk around every unlit corner.

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