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Bedsores Can Be a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

 Posted on November 22, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

IL injury lawyerA bedsore is a wound that forms when there is excess pressure placed on the skin. Bedsores are a common nursing home injury, affecting more than 2.5 million people in the United States each year. A bedsore is common in residents who have limited mobility and is a common sign of nursing home neglect and abuse.

If a loved one has suffered from bedsores, you need to consult with a Chicago nursing home injury attorney who can further investigate the situation.

What are Bedsores?

Also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores result when blood flow is cut off to a certain area of skin for two to three hours. Bedsores form on skin that is under pressure, such as when a patient is lying in a bed, sitting in a wheelchair, or wearing a cast for a prolonged period.

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Chicago Car Accidents Increase During the Holidays

 Posted on November 09, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerThe holidays are a busy time of year. Family members are making preparations to spend precious time with loved ones. 

With the holiday rush also comes an increase in car accidents. Each holiday season, thousands of car crashes take place, with hundreds of people suffering fatal injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident during the holidays, you should contact a Chicago car accident lawyer today. 

Holiday Crash Statistics 

The holidays pose a safety risk for us all, with motor vehicle accidents being responsible for the highest number of fatalities. 

It is estimated that:

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Medical Neglect in Nursing Homes

 Posted on October 30, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

IL injury lawyerWhen you place your loved one in a nursing home, you put your family member’s care into the hands of trained staff. You probably do not realize that 95% of nursing home residents are neglected or have witnessed another resident being neglected.

If your loved one suffered injuries, discuss your options with Chicago nursing home law attorneys immediately.

Types of Medical Neglect

Anyone who is responsible for a nursing home resident’s care may fail to provide basic needs to that person, resulting in neglect.

Common types of medical neglect include:

Failure to provide water or to assist residents in using the bathroom

Elderly people require more water intake than younger people. An elderly person is more prone to health complications if not properly hydrated. 

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Common Causes of Car Crashes in Chicago

 Posted on October 20, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerEvery 12 minutes, someone dies from a car crash in the United States. The motor vehicle fatality rate in the United States is 2.3 times higher than the rate in similar high-income countries. 

While many of us are aware of how common crashes are, we may not know the reasons behind the number of crashes. If you or a loved one have been in a car crash, our Chicago car accident lawyers are here to offer you legal guidance.

Distracted Driving

Whether a driver is checking his or her phone, applying make-up, or changing the radio station, anything that takes your attention away from the road makes you a liability.

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Birth Injuries from Failure to Order a C-Section

 Posted on October 16, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

An estimated 1,174,000 Cesarean deliveries or C-sections take place yearly in the United States. Although a common procedure, it is the responsibility of the lead physician and medical team to decide if and at what point a C-section is medically necessary.

If a physician fails to perform a C-section or is delayed in ordering the procedure, the consequences are often devastating. If your child has suffered injuries or died due to a physician’s negligence, a Chicago birth injury attorney can help you secure the compensation that you deserve.

What is a C-Section, and Why is it Performed?

A Cesarean delivery, more commonly referred to as a C-section, is a surgical procedure that allows a baby to be delivered by cutting incisions into the abdomen and uterus. A C-section is usually performed when delivering vaginally is not a safe option.

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 Posted on October 05, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

IL injury lawyerOur law firm is proud to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2023, as we have worked with and supported many breast cancer victims in our legal practice and community involvement. We have represented patients who received a preventable misdiagnosis or delay of treatment, and we are passionate about seeking justice for breast cancer patients who receive subpar medical care and attention. 

With more than 240,000 breast cancer diagnoses each year in the United States, ensuring adequate awareness is critical. If you believe you experienced a breast cancer misdiagnosis or medical negligence that worsened or complicated your condition, consult with our Illinois medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. We are here to help. 

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Who is to Blame for Single-Vehicle Crashes?

 Posted on September 30, 2023 in Car Accidents

Chicago, IL Personal injury lawyerSingle-vehicle crashes cause many problems for drivers involved in them. Typically, when a single-car accident occurs, the driver is considered to be the at-fault party. However, this is not always the case. Even when there is only one vehicle involved in an accident, another driver or party could still be at fault. 

If you crash your car, do not automatically assume that you are to blame or that others may not have any fault. It is best to consult with a seasoned Chicago, IL, car accident lawyer to determine if you have a legal claim. Consider the following common causes of single-vehicle collisions.

Defective Vehicle (or Vehicle Parts) Design or Manufacturing

Vehicles should be reliable and operate in the manner for which they are intended. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as manufacturing defects can and do occur. For example, a faulty braking system can cause a vehicle to be unable to stop, resulting in a wreck. A defective vehicle design can also result in a collision. 

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Did You Receive a Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis?

 Posted on September 20, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

Chicago, IL breast cancer misdiagnosis attorneyAlthough the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nine percent of adults have been diagnosed with cancer, it is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 percent are misdiagnosed in the beginning. Misdiagnosing cancer can lead to suffering at the least, and death at the worst. Since cancer can grow and spread rapidly, a timely and accurate diagnosis is imperative. Physicians are expected to use diagnostic tools appropriately and to refer cases to other doctors when necessary to pursue an accurate diagnosis for their patients. When they do not, the potential for a cancer misdiagnosis increases.

If you or a loved one recently received a breast cancer misdiagnosis, you could benefit from scheduling a consultation with a seasoned Chicago breast cancer misdiagnosis lawyer. An attorney can help you determine if you have a case for medical malpractice.

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What is Gynecology Malpractice?

 Posted on September 15, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

Chicago, IL medical malpractice lawyerWomen's health needs differ from men's, and they often seek the specialized care that gynecologists can provide. Gynecologists receive specialized training, education, and medical experience above and beyond that of general practice doctors. Women trust them to provide safe and accurate care at all stages of their lives. Unfortunately, these specialized doctors are at risk of committing errors just like regular doctors.

Patients who suspect they are the victim of a gynecological error typically lack the medical knowledge to know whether a preventable error was made. They may also lack the legal information to know if they have a medical malpractice claim for compensation. For these reasons, it is best to take your suspicions to an experienced Chicago, IL gynecology malpractice attorney to let them advise you of your legal options. 

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Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

 Posted on September 07, 2023 in Car Accidents

Chicago nursing home abuse lawyerOver 1.3 million people currently reside in nursing homes throughout the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With America's aging "baby boomer" population, this number will only grow. Sadly, an increased nursing home population equates to increased nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect someone you love is a victim, contact an experienced Chicago home abuse attorney as soon as possible.

Family members and friends must understand the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect to protect their relatives and those they love. As nursing home employees are frequently the perpetrators of this abuse, the responsibility of recognizing and reporting the incidents of abuse and neglect typically falls on family members or friends. 

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: A Common Problem

Unfortunately, the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect might be more common than most people think. Studies used by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reveal that 10 percent of all nursing home residents have experienced some form of abuse in the last year. To make matters even more concerning, this information, along with other studies examined by the NCEA, indicates that only a small portion of nursing home abuse incidents are ever reported.

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