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Asbestos exposure in Chicago can lead to mesothelioma

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.

Birth injuries in Chicago could result in a wrongful death suit

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.

Tripped-Up: Wal-Mart Pays more than $7M to Construction Worker

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.

What are the 'fatal four' causes of construction worker deaths?

Chicago's roads, bridges and buildings are all built and maintained by the hard work of construction workers. However, it may not come as a surprise that construction work can be dangerous. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has identified what it calls the "fatal four" causes of construction worker fatalities.

New Illinois law aims to prevent nursing home abuse

When a family puts an aging loved one in a nursing home, they put their trust in the nursing home staff to provide the resident with the highest quality of life possible. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and even nursing home deaths take place all too often. To counter this, the state of Illinois has enacted a new law that aims to prevent nursing home staff from neglecting or abusing residents.

Product liability and strict liability laws

Illinois law strictly dictates that all manufacturers of products and consumer goods are responsible for the products that they release to the market for purchase. Since product liability is based on the tort law principle of negligence, the manufacturer is only liable in the event that the victim can prove that the damage and injury caused to the consumer could have been foreseen by the manufacturer. One of the most important things that every manufacturer must be careful about is that their products should never be dangerous.

If it is possible to provide evidence that the products sold and manufactured by the defendants were dangerous, the court may hold the manufacturer liable for the product. There are some criteria under which strict product liability can be proved in court. The types of defects that can result in a dangerous product may include the following; manufacturing defects, design defects and providing inadequate warnings on the product.

Resolving Illinois residents' boating accident claims

Water sports and recreational activities such as boating and fishing are popular hobbies among Illinois residents and even for tourists who come and visit each year. Boating, or any other recreational activity, where the people on the boat have to essentially depend completely on their boat operator and instructor can also prove to be inherently dangerous at times when the necessary precautions have not been taken.

Boating accidents can lead to major problems for families and tourists who hire boats from boating companies every year. Such boating accidents can even lead to serious injuries as well as fatalities. Thus, the state authorities employ various initiatives to raise public awareness about the perils of sea. There are even federal laws in place to promote safe boating for everyone. 

ADR to solve medical malpractice cases: Part II

In most cases related to medical malpractice, Illinois residents usually think of the traditional litigation approach. However, it has been found that traditional litigation procedures are not only more time-consuming but also can be more expensive than newer alternative methods. Since court costs are often a hurdle for families who have already incurred huge medical bills, such alternative dispute resolutions can be a more effective solution to get justice for the victims. One of the most common forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms is the process of mediation.

Mediation is a voluntary agreement by both parties and an alternative dispute resolution in medical malpractice disputes. Thus, the parties also resolve a right to opt out of the traditional process in cases where the traditional process may take longer or be more expensive in a medical malpractice case.

ADR to solve medical malpractice cases: Part I

Victims of medical malpractice in Illinois not only suffer from serious injuries that can lead to lifelong disabilities, but often also suffer serious financial difficulties due to the exorbitant medical bills that are incurred. In some cases, although the patient has suffered from serious injuries due to the doctor's negligence or has even died, the family may choose not to go through a lengthy legal procedure against the hospital and the doctor because they fear that they will not be able to emotionally or financially handle a lengthy court procedure. Research produced evidence that revealed that only 3 percent of injured patients actually sued for medical negligence.

An alternative dispute resolution mechanism, like arbitration or mediation, can be an option. Such alternative dispute resolution options are often preferred by medical institutions and the families of the victims who believe that the matter would have greater confidentiality and privacy during a difficult time.

Toddler drowns in swimming pool in Illinois

Illinois residents often look forward to spending time in swimming pools in order to have fun with their friends and families and to cool off during hot summer days. However, swimming pools can be very dangerous if swimming pool owners and public pool owners are not vigilant about the maintenance of the pools. Since a lot of children also use swimming pools, maintaining such pools has become especially important because they can be extremely dangerous for young children and toddlers.

A 1-year-old boy from Aurora died recently when he drowned in his own family's swimming pool. The toddler's 6-year-old sister allegedly found her brother floating in the family's pool late in the evening. All efforts were made to revive the boy, but he unfortunately died. Every attempt by authorities, including the fire department and paramedics, could not save the child, even after administering CPR.

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