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Stryker settles product liability investigations for $80 million

Illinois product liability law flows from the principle that a manufacturer can be liable for injuries or deaths caused by a product that is unreasonably dangerous when put to its intended use. A product can be unreasonably dangerous due to a defective design, a manufacturing defect or the failure to provide adequate warnings of potential hazards.

Medical products can be dangerous if defective. Stryker Corporation, a manufacturer of orthopedic devices, recently settled civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Justice Department stemming from Stryker's marketing of its orthopedic knee replacement product. The matter was finally settled by the company for a whopping $80 million.

The state of boating accidents in Illinois

Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti once said, "the sea had no king but God alone". Man has been drawn to open waters for ages. But as serene as open waters may be, one must never forget that tumultuous water may be dangerous for even the strongest of boaters.

Recreational boating activities are thus subjected to strict regulations to ensure the safety of all boaters. The Department of Natural Resources in Illinois has even started educating people regarding boating accidents free of charge in an effort to ensure a safe boating experience. The free courses put an emphasis on becoming aware of current boating laws and restrictions.

An Illinois lawyer can help in an unwarranted nursing home death

Nursing home deaths and other types of medical malpractice have become a serious problem in Illinois. Unfortunately the most vulnerable to nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are senior citizens.

Nursing home abuse of the elderly, though a growing problem, is still highly overlooked. The elderly more often than not complain less than their younger counterparts. Such patience of the senior citizens may not however always be rewarded by the nursing home staff. Elder abuses in a nursing home include mental, verbal, physical and even sexual abuse. The attorneys at The Healy Law Firm have championed the cause of the elders and other victims of nursing home deaths for decades.

Reasons behind increasing medical negligence disturbing

As medical science has advanced, people around the country, including in Illinois, have become ever more reliant on medical care to address illnesses and other conditions that could cut short their life or lives of loved ones. As medical facilities have increased, so have the expectations of patients. Unfortunately, the chances of medical errors have also increased, resulting in more litigation by victims.

Many Chicago medical malpractice professionals agree that medical negligence has become an epidemic the past few decades. Thousands of patients are harmed by or lose their lives to medical injuries every year. As a result, medical negligence lawsuits have increased as patients have become more aware of what constitutes medical error.

Are death benefits payable for an IL construction site injury?

In Illinois, work-related deaths occur due to a variety of reasons, such as construction accidents, defective roof structures on the construction site, falls from heights, unsafe ladders and scaffolding supplied by the employer or dangerous tools used by the employee.

A construction vehicle injury, trench collapse or other such incident can result in the death of the employee. An Illinois construction site injury resulting in death is one of the more unfortunate fates that a worker and his or her near and dear ones can suffer. However, legal recourse is available for survivors of the deceased in order to claim compensation for expenses related to the misfortune.

Woman dies due to nursing home mistakes

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is not a rare occurrence in this country. In a recent case, a nursing home was fined and cited after investigators found that staff mistakes resulted in a resident choking and dying.

Apparently, the staff of the nursing home gave the resident oral medication mixed with applesauce, and after taking it, the resident choked and died two days later. The healthcare center has been slapped with $75,000 fine, along with a Class AA citation, according to a recent report. It is said to be the most severe penalty under the laws of the state.

Do statutory caps on damages affect medical negligence claims?

In Illinois and throughout the rest of the United States, there has been a sharp increase in medical malpractice premiums over the past decade; as a result, medical malpractice insurance has regained interest. Illinois personal injury experts have observed that this phenomenon may be due to the adoption of statutory caps by states, which limit the amount of damages that a plaintiff can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The question that arises is, what is considered fair compensation for a victim of medical negligence? The other question that comes up is, what is the government's position in the event that the death occurs due to medical negligence and how does that relate to statutory caps?

The controversy regarding statutory caps for damages may not be unjustified. There is a frequent disagreement as to whether statutory caps actually help reduce malpractice premiums, how medical errors might be affected by them and whether they allow fair compensation for injured patients. Another question is whether the caps actually reduce the expenses on medical liability insurance, increase access to health care and lower health insurance expenses.

Illinois personal injury law offers medical negligence solutions

Illinois personal injury laws treat medical negligence and medical malpractice very seriously because such cases are a relatively frequent occurrence in the state, as well throughout the rest of the U.S. The legal system has been designed in such a way that extensive discovery is encouraged, along with negotiations between conflicting parties. The sole objective here is to adequately address the grievances of the injured party or compensate the representatives of a deceased victim whose death resulted from the medical negligence.

In medical negligence lawsuits in which the injured party or the representatives of the deceased are alleging medical malpractice, it must be shown that there was negligence on the part of the physician. There must be proof that the physician failed to render due care to the patient, which, in turn, resulted in the death of the patient or injury to the patient.

Illinois legislation aims to reduce product liability

Chicago products liability cases may be able to meet with a speedier resolution due to the recent introduction of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). As a direct result of the implementation of the CPSIA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission may be able to enforce with greater speed and authority certain measures and policies that help reinforce the rights of consumers at large.

Dangerous and defective products can threaten consumer safety. In such cases, the CPSA investigates and finds a resolution to the case. With the introduction of the CPSIA and the positive changes it has brought about to the CPSA's various statues, the commission currently has access to a number of regulatory and enforcement tools.

Illinois vacationers witness fiery death of pilot

Illinois employers and government authorities tasked with worker safety employ and implement policies that are usually geared toward protecting workers against Illinois construction site injuries, which may involve dangerous tools or falls from heights. However, there is certain work that is automatically associated with danger. In a recent case of a work-related fatality, a pilot lost his life while he was battling a forest fire.

According to authorities, a pilot died while he was fighting a wildfire at a national park. His death could only be confirmed hours after his plane crashed, when investigators were able to reach the site of the wreckage. Authorities believe that the accident occurred as the pilot was dropping down to deploy the fire retardant in an effort to control the spread of the fire up a canyon wall. The victim's name has not been released because his family members have not been notified yet.

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