Imagine this: you are driving down the highway in Chicago when suddenly your brakes fail and you go smashing into the guardrail on the median of the road. Not only is your car totaled, but you suffered severe injuries including broken bones and a concussion. Your hospital stay lasted a week, and you couldn't return to work for over two months. Not a pretty situation, right?
While Cook County residents are hard workers their workplaces are not always safe. Construction accidents, the presence of asbestos and the use of dangerous tools all contribute to the dangers workers may face on a daily basis. Unfortunately, across the nation, work-related deaths seem to be on the rise.
While many recreational activities such as sporting activities, boating, skiing or riding an all-terrain vehicles are fun, disaster can strike when an accident occurs. One common injury suffered in such accidents is a traumatic brain injury. While a Chicago personal injury attorney can educate individuals in Illinois about the laws surrounding fatal brain injury cases, it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of such injuries, so that prompt legal and medical help can be sought.
Making the decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home is not always easy, but oftentimes it is the only way to ensure that an aging loved one's daily physical and medical needs are met. As one family from Illinois has found out, however, sometimes a loved one in a nursing home passes away not from natural causes, but due to the alleged actions of another.
The number of people affected by medical malpractice in Chicago and across the nation is staggering. In fact, in November 1999, the Institute of Medicine estimated that anywhere from between 44,000 to 98,000 individuals lost their lives annually due to otherwise preventable medical mistakes. In addition, many individuals will be injured due to medical errors that never should have happened.
When medical devices do not perform as expected it can cause serious health issues in unsuspecting patients in Chicago, and in the worst of cases it could even lead to death. For example, in a recent Food and Drug Administration review and investigation of a contraceptive device known as Essure, thousands of patients have reported serious health issues related to the device, including pain, muscle fatigue and punctured fallopian tubes. These health effects have been reported as severe and debilitating.
When it comes to deadly diseases such as cancer, it is important for patients in Chicago to take action as quickly as possible, to prevent the spread of the disease and increase the patient's chances for survival. The failure to do so could prove fatal. However, as one study revealed, lung cancer patients in the United States may not be receiving the optimal treatment.
These days many Chicagoans know that exposure to asbestos can be dangerous. However, that doesn't mean workers aren't exposed to it. Construction work or remodeling can expose workers to asbestos used on the premises years ago. Asbestos can be found in flooring, shingles, insulation and more. Workers breathe in asbestos fibers from the dust that is created when the material containing asbestos is damaged. Asbestos fibers breathed in or swallowed over the years can lead to a particularly deadly form of cancer: mesothelioma.
Many expectant parents in Chicago assume that childbirth is much safer now than it has been in years past. Unfortunately, this does not erase any possibility of mistakes. In fact, infants in Chicago do pass away due to injuries sustained during the childbirth process, injuries that in some cases can be directly attributed to physician negligence.
Most of us have tripped and fallen in our lives. Thankfully, most of the time, the result is just a bruised ego -- or perhaps a real bruise or two. However, a trip on a construction site can be catastrophic, as this union sprinkler fitter discovered while helping to build a Wal-Mart store. Although he is mostly confined to a wheelchair these days, the Healy Scanlon Law Firm was able to win 7,217,664.71 for him from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.