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Chicago Wrongful Death Law Blog

I lost a loved one on the job; can I sue?

Like all of the other states, Illinois has a workers' compensation system in place to ensure the families of employees get some compensation when their loved one be killed or even seriously injured in connection with their work. Workers' compensation also pays benefits to families who lose a loved-one due to a work-related illness, such as cancers related to asbestos exposure.

However, in exchange for these benefits, which get awarded on a no-fault basis and are supposed to be paid relatively quickly, families give up important rights, including the right to sue their loved one's employer for wrongful death. Moreover, workers' compensation does not pay for everything and definitely does not compensate for emotional damages like the mental anguish and suffering a grieving family faces after a tragic work-related death.

If it looks like neglect, families can seek compensation

Many families in the Chicago area trust nursing homes to take care of their aging loved ones so that they can be protected and adequately comforted in the final years of their lives. However, as a recent post on this blog illustrated, sometimes nursing homes, either accidentally or for more nefarious reasons, betray this trust and leave their aged patients seriously injured or dead prematurely.

There are many signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect, and any one of them could mean that a family should consider, if possible, finding alternative care for their loved one and seeking compensation for that loved one's injuries, or, in the most serious cases, a loved one's death.

Man sues after relative dies in Cook County nursing home

A family who had placed their loved one in the care of a nursing home located in one of the suburbs of Chicago is now suing the facility after the loved one died following a brain injury. In addition to naming the nursing home itself as a defendant, the suit also accused two nurses of negligence.

The suit stems from an incident in which the loved one of the plaintiff fell and apparently hit his head hard. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home and its staff did not take adequate safety measures to make sure the man did not fall. Moreover, the suit also alleges that after the fall, the staff did not give the man proper medical care.

Illinois med mal suits pay big, but are relatively rare

A recently published breakdown of how the state of medical malpractice suits in each of the 50 states, including Illinois, revealed this state is in what some might see as an unusual position of having relatively few medical negligence actions filed but, on the other hand, offering those that do file suits the strong possibility of getting complete and just compensation for their injuries.

In terms of the number of suits filed per 100,000 residents, Illinois ranks near the bottom of the states, with a little over 14 per every 100,000 people in state filing a medical malpractice suit. However, when it comes to the total payout of compensation for all medical malpractice claims in 2015, Illinois ranked in the top 5 with $258.2 million in compensation being paid to victims by doctors, hospitals and their insurance companies.

Representation for victims of skiing and other injuries

Last week's post on this blog discussed how Chicago-area residents can take precautions while skiing, either at one of Illinois' commercial ski slopes or simply while going cross-country out in the rural areas of the state. Of course, people can engage in other fun activities well, such as snowmobiling or sledding. However, each and every one of these activities carries with it the possibility of someone getting seriously hurt.

Among other injuries, people who are participating in winter sports and recreation can experience head trauma that leads to a significant brain injury. While Illinois residents are well aware that serious brain injuries can lead to death or a permanent comatose state, even injuries that are not life-threatening can be debilitating.

Tips to avoid skiing injuries

Although people might not think about Illinois as snow skiing country, there are in fact several places in which Chicago residents can go within the state in order to enjoy the ski slopes. Additionally, the state's geography is amenable to cross-country skiing and is not terribly far, in some cases, a day's drive, from other places with steeper hills and mountains.

With skiing, however, comes the possibility of knee injuries, such as when someone gets his or her ski caught in a snag, and other, more serious injuries. There are, however, a few tips Chicago residents can use to avoid getting hurt while on the slopes.

Will new administration affect medical malpractice suits?

Donald Trump will soon be the United States' next President. He will be sworn in on January 20. With a new administration could come changes in current laws and this has has led to much discussion amongst political experts. The uncertainty regarding certain legislation has created anxiety in Chicago residents as well as others.

Winter months brings new set of potential dangers

With the change of the seasons and the winter months upon is, Chicagoans engage in a new set of recreational activities. When the snow rolls in, some of us like to just sit with our coffee or hot chocolate or tea beside the fire with a blanket, watching the flakes fall. Others fully embrace the outdoors, and head out to ski slopes, or drive out to the country to hop on a snow mobile. Others still just like a sheet of ice and lace up their ice skates for some casual skating, figure skating, or ice hockey.

Medical malpractice is difficult to prove but we can help

It may seem like an innocent mistake at first. A nurse gives a patient the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage. A doctor overlooks a symptom and gives an incorrect medical diagnosis. A hospital neglects to monitor the condition of a patient. Medical malpractice is not uncommon. People are human. And humans make errors. But why should a victim have to live with the mistake of a medical professional?

Be mindful of the toys you buy you kids for the holidays

Though Chicago residents may have been aware of this at some level, it can now be confirmed by various studies that approximately 65 percent of all toy purchases occur during the holiday season in the United States. For children, unwrapping presents is the highlight of their holidays. But every year, we learn of instances where harmful toys can lead to serious injuries or even death.

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