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September 2015 Archives

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.

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