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Chicago Wrongful Death Law Blog

When Illinois seller's response to complaints are unsatisfactory

When a consumer is not satisfied with a product because of a defect, the first step that the person should take is to file a complaint with the seller. The process for filing such consumer complaints was discussed in an earlier blog post. As that blog post mentioned, it is the duty of a seller to respond to the complaint and to take it seriously. However, in certain cases, a consumer may not be satisfied with the seller's response. Nonetheless, that does not mean that the situation has been resolved. On the contrary, the consumer has the option of involving other appropriate people in order to resolve the situation.

According to the law, consumers who have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product have the right to seek compensation for damages.

Laws related to operation of boats on Illinois waters -- Part II

Summertime is a time when many Illinois residents venture out on Illinois waterways for a fun-filled day with family and friends. As a result, because many people have the same idea, the waterways may get congested. This makes it necessary for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to enforce laws that ensure the safety of the people using those waterways. Waterway laws are very much like traffic laws. A previous post on the blog discussed some of those basic rules that every boater must follow, if they are operating a boat on Illinois waters.

As discussed in our previous post, the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act (IBRSA) states that operating a boat carelessly or recklessly, interfering with navigation and overloading boats are offenses. Similarly, supplying power to a boat in excess of its rated capacity is also an offense. Again, passing, crossing and overtaking other boats must be executed according to the rules stated in the act. The act also emphasizes how a motorboat operator should act when there are sailboats and rowboats in the vicinity.

Recreational activities: boat laws on Illinois waters -- Part I

Summer is arriving and many Illinoisans will be planning weekend boating trips with their family and friends soon. Since many of those people are not regular boaters, it is important for them to understand the various rules and regulations that govern the operation of boats on Illinois waters. The rules and regulations are meant to ensure the safety of regular and recreational boaters. A boating accident can be as devastating and as tragic as any other automotive accident.

According to the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act, there are certain rules and regulations that apply to the operation of boats. For example, if a person operates a boat and it results in injuries or property damage, or if the person speeds or does not leave enough distance between the boat and the one in front, it is considered careless operation of a boat.

Construction sites pose many risks to life and limb for workers

People in Illinois who work in the construction industry understand that they can find themselves in some of the most dangerous workplaces. A construction site can present a variety of risks, ranging from cuts and crush injuries to falls and electrocutions. No matter the risk presented to workers, construction sites are required by federal and state law to have all necessary safety measures in place and to post notices of the potential dangers to workers.

A fall is very likely to lead to serious injury or death in any construction accident. A worker can fall from defective scaffolding, an unsecured wall, a slippery roof or unprotected staircases. Defective construction equipment also causes many workplace accidents. Although many types of tools are inherently dangerous because of their working parts and their physical actions, those that have defects such as missing shields or eyeguards are even more dangerous and can maim or kill in an instant.

What should you know about filing a medical malpractice claim?

Most people who receive medical treatment are satisfied with their outcomes as long as they were told beforehand about the pros and cons of the treatment they would receive. However, sometimes patients becomes victims of medical malpractice, whether in Rhode Island or Illinois. These patients have the right to file suit against the medical professionals or facilities that caused their alleged harm. Any lawsuit alleging negligence, however, must comply with requirements set forth by state law.

What does an affidavit, which is filed along with a complaint for medical malpractice, require? An affidavit must state that the healthcare professional was consulted and that there are valid reasons for the complaint.

Authorities investigate recent nursing home death in Chicago area

Nursing facilities across the country, including those in Illinois, are supposed to be safe places in which residents can have their basic care and medical needs met every day. Unfortunately, neglect and negligence have become more frequent in recent years as larger numbers of people enter facilities.

One apparent case of Chicago nursing home neglect recently came to light when an elderly nursing home resident was found unconscious with a couple of pairs of gloves stuffed in his throat and eyeglasses and a toothbrush lodged his rectum. Several hours later he was pronounced dead in an Indiana hospital

The Chemical Safety Board's role in preventing accidents

Construction and manufacturing worksites in Illinois are usually hazardous work zones. Machinery, ladders and the usage of dangerous materials and tools make these workspaces in big cities like Chicago potential death spots. In order to avert Chicago work-related deaths, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is responsible for conducting investigations after the industrial chemical accidents that sometimes happen at construction sites. The board has its headquarters in Washington, DC and the U.S. President appoints the board members, who then are confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The CSB carries out investigations to find the root cause of accidents in industrial zones. A root cause investigation also provides deficiencies in worksite safety systems that may have instigated the accident and identifies any factor that could have averted the accident, such as human errors, failure of equipment or any other hazard. Although the board does not issue a fine, it does make recommendations to agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which do have the power to issue fines for unsafe worksites. The purpose of setting up this board was to prevent industrial chemical accidents.

Making consumer safety a priority

A Chicago resident buying a product in the United States assumes it will be safe to use or consume. Unfortunately, many consumers are injured or made ill when they use dangerous or defective products. Any Chicago products liability attorney would probably say unequivocally that consumer safety should be the most important priority for a product manufacturer. At our law firm we have a history of holding manufacturers responsible for bad products, including dangerous and defective automotive products that have injured unsuspecting residents of Chicago.

A consumer product, whether it is a laptop or makeup, can cause serious injury if it does not function according to design. In a recent incident, Wal-Mart reportedly recalled hundreds of thousands of toasters manufactured by General Electric due to a possible risk of electric shock and fire. This is just one example of how a common product used every day can put a family member at risk for injury. Consumers who use faulty exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or stationary bike, also experience greater risk of injury due to unsafe product manufacturing or design.

Safety education for snowmobiling enthusiasts in Illinois

Illinois gets its fair share of snow every year. Vast stretches of land across the state are covered in snow, which attracts many snowmobile enthusiasts. Sadly, winters in Illinois are often unpredictable and any lapse in safety measures can lead to serious consequences for a person who enjoys a snowmobile ride in the countryside. However, if snowmobiling enthusiasts take some basic precautions, they may be able to avoid the various hazards associated with snowmobiling.

According to existing Illinois law, a person under the age of 10 years is not allowed to operate a snowmobile. Those who are between 10 and 12 years may operate a snowmobile under the direct supervision of an adult. In order to educate people at a young age, Illinois offers the Snowmobile Education Course. After completing the course and taking the course examination, trainees can obtain the State of Illinois Certificate of Competency. The course is important for those aged 12 to 16 years because the certificate entitles them to operate a snowmobile without adult supervision.

Nursing home neglect case filed against Cook County nursing home

A nursing home is supposed to be a safe place for the residents. It is assumed that those residents will get the proper care from the nursing home staff. However, when that is not the case and nursing home neglect causes the elderly loved one to pass away, it can be devastating. In a recent incident, a Chicago family sued a Cook County nursing home for nursing home neglect.

According to a petition filed by the Chicago resident, his 53-year-old wife developed bedsores, fractured her knee without an explanation by the nursing home and ultimately died due to nursing home neglect. The woman was admitted to the nursing home in 2011 because she had multiple sclerosis. She required the support of constant medical treatment because of her disease. A medical plan was put in place, but ultimately there was no reasonable standard of care.

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