IL accident lawyerOf all the different types of car accidents, rear-end collisions often seem like the least serious, especially when compared to high-speed head-on collisions or T-bone accidents. In many cases, being rear-ended will result in damage to a vehicle while leaving a driver or their passengers unscathed. However, these collisions are rarely harmless, and in some cases, they can lead to serious injuries that can affect a person’s long-term health. Victims of rear-end collisions will want to get legal help from an attorney to determine how they can receive financial compensation to address their damages.

Potential Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

When a car or truck is struck from the rear, people inside the vehicle can suffer a strong jolt, and this can result in injuries such as:

  • Whiplash - A person’s head may snap back and forth suddenly due to the impact of another vehicle. This can cause damage to the vertebrae in the neck, and the neck’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons may also be injured. In more minor cases, this may cause a person to experience stiffness in the neck and loss of range of motion, but more serious whiplash injuries can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, or tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, or other extremities. These symptoms can persist for months or years after the initial injury occurred.
  • Traumatic brain injuries - If a collision causes a driver or passenger to strike their head on a headrest, the dashboard, or other objects in the vehicle, this can result in brain trauma. In mild cases, a person may experience headaches, temporary memory loss, confusion, or issues with balance and coordination. In moderate or severe cases, a person may experience permanent memory loss, speech disorders, personality changes, mood disorders, sensory issues, sleep disorders, or seizures. In many cases, symptoms of a brain injury may not appear until days or weeks after an accident.
  • Broken bones - A driver may suffer fractures in their arms if a collision took place while they had their hands on the steering wheel, or a vehicle’s occupants may suffer other types of fractures due to the impact. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, a person may suffer temporary or permanent loss of function in the parts of their body that were affected.
  • Sprains or dislocations - The forces applied to a person’s body in a collision may cause unnatural motion of their limbs, which may lead to dislocated or sprained joints. In addition to receiving emergency medical treatment, a person may require ongoing treatment and physical therapy before they can regain full function in the parts of the body that were injured.

Contact Our Kane County Rear-End Accident Attorneys

Usually, rear-end collisions are caused by the negligence of the driver who struck another vehicle from behind. A driver may be at fault if they were speeding, tailgating, talking on a cell phone, or acting in other ways that put you at risk of injury. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., we can help you demonstrate fault for a rear-end accident, and we will work to make sure you receive the financial compensation you need and deserve. Contact our Aurora rear-end collision lawyers at 630-907-0909 to arrange your free consultation.

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IL truck accident lawyerThere are a variety of ways that negligence by truck drivers or trucking companies can lead to dangerous truck accidents. While some collisions are caused by a driver’s negligent operation of a truck, such as by speeding or driving while drowsy, others may occur because of the way cargo was loaded or secured. In these cases, multiple parties may be liable for injuries suffered by the drivers or passengers of other vehicles, and these parties may include a driver who did not ensure that cargo was properly secured on their truck, the trucking company that employed the driver, a company that was responsible for loading cargo on a truck, or the manufacturer of defective cargo securement devices.

Cargo-Related Safety Issues That Can Cause Truck Accidents

There are multiple ways that improper loading of cargo can lead to accidents and injuries, including:

  • Unbalanced cargo - Items should be properly distributed throughout a truck’s cargo area. If cargo is not loaded properly, the truck’s weight distribution may place too much pressure on one axle, which can affect the traction of the tires or lead to other issues that make it more difficult for the driver to control their vehicle.
  • Shifting cargo - Items that are not tied down properly or secured within a truck’s cargo area may move around during transit. This can throw off the vehicle’s balance and cause a driver to lose control, especially when traveling at high speeds.
  • Overloading - Trucks have strict weight limits, but in some cases, trucking companies may disobey these limits in hopes of delivering more items in a single trip. Trucks with heavier loads will take longer to slow down and stop, and this may result in rear-end collisions. Overloaded trucks may also be top-heavy, increasing the risks of rollover accidents.
  • Falling cargo - If cargo is not properly secured, or if straps or other devices break during transit, items may fall from the truck. Cargo that lands on another vehicle can seriously injure drivers or passengers, or items that fall into the road can create dangerous obstacles, and collisions may occur when other vehicles swerve or slow down suddenly.

Contact Our Aurora, IL Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer truck, the attorneys of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. can determine whether your injury was caused by cargo that was not properly loaded or secured. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident, identify all liable parties, and help you take legal action to recover financial compensation. Contact our Kane County truck crash lawyers at 630-907-0909 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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IL injury lawyerSerious injuries can have a long-lasting or permanent impact on a person’s life, and in some cases, they can affect a person’s ability to work. Fortunately, those who suffer these types of injuries while on the job have the right to receive workers’ compensation that will cover the costs of their immediate and ongoing medical care and provide disability benefits to address their loss of income. For those who have suffered injuries that will permanently affect their health and well-being and their ability to work, different types of permanent disability benefits are available. Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits will cover situations where a person is able to return to work, but their injuries have limited the income they are able to earn or have permanently damaged parts of their body.

Types of Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

A worker may suffer a permanent partial disability (PPD) if they completely lost a part of their body through amputation, completely or partially lost the use of one or more parts of their body, or lost partial use of their entire body. Being unable to perform activities or work-related tasks that a person could do previously is considered a loss of use. PPD benefits will usually be calculated using the person’s average weekly wage (AWW) that they earned during the 52 weeks before their injury.

Before a person can receive PPD benefits, they must reach a condition of “maximum medical improvement” (MMI) in which any further treatment would not impact their ability to work. At this point, they may be eligible for one of the following types of benefits:

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IL injury lawyerSerious injuries can occur in multiple different types of situations, ranging from car accidents to construction accidents or slip-and-fall accidents, and much more. While many injuries are evident at the time that an accident took place, others may not always be immediately obvious. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often fall into the latter category, and the symptoms of these injuries may not become evident until days, weeks, or even months after the original incident. However, brain injuries can affect a person’s health and well-being for years, and in some cases, they can even lead to permanent impairment. Victims of these types of injuries should be sure to understand how they have been affected and how they can pursue compensation that will address the harm they have suffered.

Long-Term Brain Injury Symptoms

Concussions or other brain injuries that are classified as mild will usually only have short-term effects, and a victim will often recover within a few weeks. The effects of moderate or severe TBIs, on the other hand, may persist for years to come or even the rest of a person’s life. The long-term issues that a victim may experience include:

  • Motor deficits - A person may have difficulty controlling their muscles or performing fine motor skills. They can also suffer issues with dizziness, balance, and coordination, which can affect their mobility and make it difficult or impossible to perform daily tasks at work or at home. In serious cases, a person may suffer partial or complete paralysis in parts of their body.
  • Pain - Victims may suffer from chronic headaches and migraines, and in some cases, the pain increases over time.
  • Sleep disorders - Many TBI victims experience extreme fatigue, and this issue may be compounded by insomnia or other issues that cause them to be unable to get enough sleep.
  • Sensory problems - Some victims have difficulty processing information from their senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste, leading to sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises, or strong smells. A person may also experience issues such as blurred vision, double vision, difficulty judging distances, or partial or complete blindness, as well as loss of hearing or a ringing in the ears.
  • Cognitive issues - A person may experience memory loss, confusion, delays in processing thoughts or information, or difficulty focusing and concentrating. Victims may also find themselves easily distracted, or they may struggle with complex functions such as planning and taking appropriate actions.
  • Emotional and behavioral effects - Victims may struggle with depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. They may also experience a lack of motivation or decreased inhibitions.
  • Speech and language problems - Some victims have difficulty understanding spoken or written words, or they may struggle with slurred speech or be unable to express their thoughts clearly.
  • Seizures - A person may experience post-traumatic epilepsy, putting them at risk of seizures that can affect their life and health for years to come.

Contact Our Aurora Brain Injury Lawyers

If you or a member of your family have suffered brain injuries in a car accident or another situation where someone else was at fault, the lawyers of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. can help you take legal action to recover financial compensation. We will work to make sure you will have the resources you need to address immediate and ongoing medical treatment, disabilities that may affect your ability to earn an income, and your physical and emotional pain and suffering. Contact our Kane County traumatic brain injury attorneys at 630-907-0909 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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Kane County product liability attorneyUPDATE: Defective medical devices continue to affect many patients in the United States, and hundreds of products are recalled each year because they present safety issues. Some types of medical products that have caused injuries to patients in recent years include:

  • Artificial joints - Some hip replacements or other joint replacements have used metal-on-metal components. The regular friction that occurs when a person moves these joints may cause these components to break down. When this happens, metal fragments may enter a person's bloodstream and perforate blood vessels or internal organs. Metal components may also corrode, leading to dangerous infections or the release of toxic substances into a person's body.
  • Blood clot filters - These small metal devices have been used to stop blood clots from causing damage to the lungs or brain. However, they have been found to break down, causing sharp metal fragments to travel through the bloodstream, which may lead to organ injuries or dangerous internal bleeding.
  • Warming blankets - Heated blankets are sometimes used during surgery to help a patient maintain their body temperature. Some blankets circulate warm air, but this has been found to increase the risks of infection due to the spreading of harmful viruses or bacteria.

When patients are injured or killed by defective medical products, the manufacturer of a dangerous device should be held responsible. A skilled Aurora product liability lawyer can help victims and their families determine their best options for pursuing financial compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one.

When a person is injured, ill, or otherwise in need of medical care, he or she expect that the equipment used to treat them is reasonably safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, the number of defective medical device recalls has risen sharply over the last several years. Even more concerning is the risk that those defective devices pose to the general public: an undisclosed, often unpredictable risk of serious injury and/or wrongful death.

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IL injury lawyerAlcohol and driving do not mix well, and every driver learns about the dangers of drunk driving and the consequences they can face if they are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). However, in addition to alcohol, there are many other substances that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. When drivers cause car accidents due to intoxication by legal or illegal drugs, victims may be able to hold them liable for their negligence.

Dangers of Drugged Driving

In Illinois, as in most other states, a driver may be charged with DUI if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of .08%. While marijuana has been legalized in the state for adults over the age of 21, DUI charges may also apply if a test finds that a driver had at least five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood or 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter of a substance such as saliva or urine.

In addition to alcohol and marijuana, a driver may become intoxicated through the use of illegal drugs, prescription medications, or a combination of drugs and other substances. DUI charges may apply if a person drives after using any substances or combination of substances that make them incapable of driving safely. For example, prescription opioids can cause drowsiness and lethargy, or illegal drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines can cause a person to act aggressively and recklessly. Even drugs that would not normally cause a person to be intoxicated, such as anti-anxiety drugs or over-the-counter cold medicines, can impair a person’s driving ability when combined with alcohol or other drugs.

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IL job injury lawyerFor those who are injured while on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can be crucial. Medical benefits will cover the costs of all treatment related to an employee’s injury, and wage benefits will provide compensation for the loss of income due to a temporary or permanent disability. However, even though employees are eligible to receive these benefits following any work-related injuries, whether they or their employer were at fault, some employers or their insurance companies deny workers’ comp claims. This can cause a great deal of financial difficulty for a person, since they may be unable to pay their medical expenses, especially if they are unable to work while recovering from their injury. Fortunately, employees who have been denied benefits can file a claim through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) and take steps to receive the benefits they deserve.

The IWCC Claims Process

An employee who has been denied workers’ comp benefits can begin the claims process through the IWCC by submitting an Application for Adjustment of Claim. A claim must be filed within three years after an injury occurred or within two years after the employee last received payment for medical bills or Temporary Total Disability (TTD).

After a claim is filed, the IWCC will assign an arbitrator to the case. Every three months, a status call will be scheduled, and either party may ask for a hearing to be held to review the case. In most cases, an employee must reach “maximum medical improvement” before the arbitrator can make a decision, although an emergency hearing may be necessary if an employee needs immediate assistance with medical bills or disability benefits.

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IL injury lawyerConstruction sites can be dangerous places due to the use of large, heavy equipment and materials and multiple people performing different tasks at once. When working in one of these areas, it is important to follow the proper safety procedures. However, even if employers and workers take precautions, construction accidents can still occur due to defective tools or equipment. People who have been injured because these types of items did not function properly may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit against a manufacturer or a company that did not follow the correct practices when performing maintenance.

Common Issues with Defective Tools

While any tool that fails can present hazards, some types of tools are more likely to cause serious injuries when they malfunction. These include:

  • Ladders and scaffolding - When these items break, those who are using them can suffer fall injuries, which may include traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, or broken bones. Hand tools or materials that fall from defective ladders or scaffolds can also injure the people walking or working below.
  • Fall prevention equipment - Harnesses, safety straps, or safety nets may be used to protect those who are working in high places. Other types of safety devices, such as protective railings or barriers, may prevent people from falling in holes or off the edges of a roof or upper floor. If these devices break or otherwise fail, they may be unable to prevent dangerous fall injuries.
  • Power tools - Electrical equipment such as drills or nail guns can cause electrocution injuries or fires if they are not wired properly. In some cases, defects in these tools can send projectiles flying that can cause injuries to the tool’s user or others working nearby.
  • Heavy equipment - Defects in large pieces of equipment, such as cranes, excavators, or cement mixers, may cause drivers or operators to lose control and roll over a person or strike someone with moving parts. Parts failure could also cause these pieces of equipment to tip over and crush workers or damage the structure of a building, leading to further injuries.

Contact Our Aurora Construction Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured while working at a construction site, the lawyers of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. can investigate your case and determine whether defective tools or equipment were to blame. In addition to helping you file a workers’ compensation claim, we will make sure you understand your options for pursuing a third-party product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of defective equipment. To learn more about how we can help with your case, contact our Kane County construction site injury attorneys at 630-907-0909 and schedule a free consultation today.

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IL injury lawyerWhen you visit a doctor, you expect them to properly evaluate your physical condition, listen to your concerns, and determine the best course of treatment to address any issues that affect you. However, if a doctor does not properly assess your condition and identify diseases or other issues that may impact your health and well-being, you may not be able to receive the proper treatment within the right amount of time. In some cases, doctors may misdiagnose a condition, or they may not make the correct diagnosis in time to provide the necessary treatment. This form of medical malpractice is much more prevalent than many people would expect; around 12 million people are misdiagnosed every year in the United States, and one out of every three cases involving misdiagnosis result in serious injuries or wrongful death.

Reasons for Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

When a patient is misdiagnosed, they may suffer harm not only because their condition goes untreated, but because they undergo unnecessary treatments that could have a negative effect on their overall health. Delayed diagnosis can also result in serious injuries due to the lack of treatment. For instance, a delayed cancer diagnosis may result in the cancer spreading beyond the point where it can be addressed through treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.

There are multiple reasons why a patient’s condition may not be diagnosed correctly, including:

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IL injury lawyerOver the past decade, Amazon has skyrocketed from a small online forum for third-party vendors to the nation’s largest online retailer. Their cardboard boxes adorned with a smile-shaped arrow are delivered to billions of houses across the world on a daily basis. Consumers typically turn to Amazon as a one-stop-shop that offers cheaper products and quick shipping. With the high volume of packages that are delivered each day, some of the products are bound to be faulty—even Amazon can’t be perfect. But what happens when these quick-shipped, defective products lead to serious injuries? Will Amazon take the blame or leave you empty-handed?

Groundbreaking California Case

One woman's battle with Amazon began back in 2016 when her recently purchased laptop battery exploded and left her with third-degree burns on her arms, legs, and feet as well as damaging her San Diego apartment. In the five years since the incident, the victim has had skin graft surgery to repair the scars that the $12.30 replacement battery left behind, and pursued a product liability case to hold Amazon accountable. The woman is not the first, and certainly not the last, person to be injured by products sold by the global enterprise. However, a California state appeals court ruled that Amazon can be held liable for defective products sold on their site this past August.

Amazon’s responsibility for the defective product may seem like a no-brainer — they did sell the woman the dangerous battery. However, the company has repeatedly come away scot-free from cases like this one. Amazon’s core defense against complaints like this one is simple: the company is an online marketplace facilitator that helps manufacturers connect with customers on a global scale, not a distributor or retailer that is subject to product liability law. A trial judge initially ruled Amazon to be dismissed from the liability case, but after the victim appealed the ruling, the appellate court reversed this decision.

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IL accident lawyerWhen employees suffer work-related injuries, they are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Injuries can occur in workplace accidents, employees may experience repetitive stress injuries due to the activities they perform while working, or they may contract illnesses after being exposed to toxic substances or infectious diseases in the workplace. The costs of medical treatment for work-related injuries will be fully covered by workers’ comp, but employees should be sure to understand their rights and the procedures that should be followed to receive medical benefits.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits

An employer’s workers’ compensation insurer will be required to pay all costs related to medical treatment that is needed to address the effects of a work-related injury. This includes any immediate or emergency medical care, as well as treatment that will address the ongoing effects of an injury and restore a person to their condition before being injured, or as close to that condition as possible. Covered treatment may include:

  • First aid
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Doctor or hospital visits
  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Medications
  • Prosthetics and other medical devices or appliances

Employees should notify their employer as soon as possible after a workplace accident or after a work-related injury begins to affect their activities either while working or outside of work. When receiving treatment, an employee should inform the provider that their injury or illness is work-related, and the provider will bill the employer for the services provided.

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Il accident lawyerCommercial trucks are large, heavy vehicles that contain multiple types of complicated equipment. Trucks should be properly maintained at all times, since the failure of any of these systems can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, leading to dangerous truck accidents that are likely to cause serious injuries to people in other vehicles. Following this type of accident, victims will want to determine whether a truck driver, trucking company or other parties were responsible for equipment failure due to inadequate maintenance.

Truck Parts That Most Commonly Fail

Before and during a trip, a truck driver should inspect their vehicle and identify any issues that need to be addressed. Regular maintenance should also be performed to ensure that all systems are working properly. Some maintenance issues that can lead to truck accidents include:

  • Brakes - A truck’s air brakes should be inspected to ensure that there are no leaks that could lead to loss of air pressure. Brake failure can cause a driver to be unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Tires - In addition to ensuring that tires have the proper air pressure, the tread depth should be checked to make sure that a truck will have the proper traction, and worn tires should be replaced. Improperly maintained tires can blow out and cause a driver to lose control of their truck.
  • Trailer couplings - If the coupling between a semi-truck’s trailer and cab breaks down or fails, this may cause the trailer to detach during transit and collide with other vehicles.
  • Cargo securement - Straps or other devices used to secure cargo should be checked for wear and to ensure that they are functioning properly. Failure of these systems can cause cargo to fall from a truck and collide with other vehicles, or shifting cargo may affect the weight distribution of a truck, causing a driver to lose control.
  • Engine - All fluid levels should be checked and maintained in a truck’s engine. Leaks of coolant, antifreeze, or oil could cause an engine to overheat and fail, leading to truck accidents.
  • Electrical - Faulty wiring or burned-out lights could affect other drivers’ ability to see a truck and avoid collisions.
  • Steering and suspension - A driver may not be able to fully control a truck if the steering system is not properly maintained. Problems with the suspension systems in the cab of a truck or a trailer can also lead to a loss of control.
  • Windshield - Wipers should be functioning properly to ensure that a driver will be able to see the road during inclement weather. Any cracks or pits in a windshield should be repaired, since they could cause a windshield to break, especially in colder weather.

Contact Our Aurora Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial truck, the attorneys of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, PC can help you determine whether inadequate maintenance played a role in your accident. We will review maintenance records and identify any forms of negligence by a trucking company that led to the collision, and we will fight to make sure you are fully compensated for the damages you have suffered. Contact our Kane County commercial truck accident lawyers today at 630-907-0909 to schedule your free consultation.

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IL injury lawyerThere are a variety of situations in which a person may be injured while on someone else’s property. If a person’s injuries occurred because of the property owner’s negligence, the victim may be able to recover financial compensation through a premises liability claim. These cases will often involve accidents that occur because a property owner failed to correct hazardous conditions or warn visitors about the risks of injury. However, victims may also be able to pursue compensation for injuries that occurred because a property owner was negligent in providing the proper security to protect the safety of guests.

Requirements for Adequate Security

Property owners or tenants in control of property have a duty to protect the safety of those who are allowed to enter and use the premises. This duty includes taking steps to prevent foreseeable events, such as assault, robbery, or theft. Adequate security must be provided at all times when visitors or guests are present.

Property owners may need to address multiple different forms of security, including:

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IL malpractice lawyerAnyone who undergoes a surgical procedure is likely to be concerned about their health and safety since complications can occur even when an operation is completed correctly. Unfortunately, complications and long-lasting injuries become much more likely when errors are made by doctors, nurses, or other medical staff members during a procedure. In many cases, surgical errors are considered medical malpractice. Those who have suffered these types of injuries will want to understand how they can receive financial compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of the negligence of surgeons or other medical personnel.

Five Common Surgical Errors

Surgical errors can occur for a variety of reasons. Doctors or nurses may fail to follow the correct procedures when preparing for surgery or performing a procedure, or they may make mistakes during a procedure that cause harm to a patient. Some of the most common surgical errors include:

  • Operating on the wrong body part - If doctors or staff members do not take the time to verify the details of a procedure before beginning surgery, they may perform an unnecessary operation on the wrong part of the patient’s body. This will not only cause harm to the patient that may require additional procedures to correct, but it will leave the patient’s initial conditions unaddressed. In some cases, a procedure may be performed on the wrong side of the body, such as a knee operation performed on the left leg when it should have been performed on the right. In other cases, surgery may be performed at the wrong site, such as a spinal procedure done at the wrong level of the spine.
  • Operating on the wrong patient - Even though it may seem unlikely, a surgery that was intended for one patient may be performed on another patient. These situations are often the result of clerical errors at a hospital or medical facility, such as when patients have similar names or when patient records are accidentally switched.
  • Leaving foreign objects inside a patient - Doctors and nurses should be sure to account for all tools used during a procedure, and failure to do so may result in objects such as sponges or clamps being left inside a patient’s body. This can lead to serious infections or damage to internal organs.
  • Injuring organs or other body parts - Mistakes made during a procedure may cause long-lasting harm to a patient. For example, accidental perforation of the bowels could lead to infections, or accidentally severing a nerve can lead to paralysis in certain parts of the body.
  • Anesthesia errors - A procedure may involve local anesthesia to prevent pain and sensation in the parts of the body where surgery is being performed or general anesthesia that puts a patient to sleep during surgery. Injuries can occur during surgery if anesthesia medication is administered incorrectly, if a patient’s vital signs are not monitored to address any signs of distress, or if a patient experiences an allergic reaction. Overdoses of anesthesia can restrict oxygen flow to a patient’s brain, resulting in permanent brain damage, disability, or wrongful death.

Contact Our Aurora Surgical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a member of your family have suffered injuries because of mistakes made during surgery, Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, PC can help you understand your options for recovering financial compensation. We will investigate your case and gather evidence to show that your injury was caused by medical negligence, and we will fight to make sure you are fully compensated for your damages. Contact our Kane County medical malpractice attorneys at 630-907-0909 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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IL injury lawyerOn-the-job injuries can occur in a wide variety of situations, and they are not always caused by workplace accidents. In many cases, an employee may suffer injuries that are caused by repetitive motions that put strain on different parts of their body. These types of injuries often develop over months or years, and they can cause a person to suffer pain and discomfort, affecting their ability to continue working.

Those who have been injured while working are typically eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits that will cover the costs of their medical treatment, as well as the loss of income due to a temporary or permanent disability. Workers’ comp will cover injuries that are fully or partially related to a person’s work, including repetitive stress injuries that develop over time.

Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Workers may experience multiple different forms of bodily harm related to the movements and tasks they perform while on the job. These repetitive stress injuries may include:

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IL injury lawyerDriving is such a commonplace activity that many people do not realize how dangerous it can be. Motor vehicles weigh thousands of pounds, and even at relatively slow speeds, a collision can cause a great deal of damage. While modern cars and trucks have a variety of safety systems, drivers and passengers can still suffer serious injuries in car accidents. Because of this, drivers should take care to operate their vehicles safely at all times. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to do so, and distracted driving is one of the most common forms of driver negligence that can lead to dangerous accidents and injuries to other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, or pedestrians.

Types of Driver Distractions

Drivers should always pay close attention to the road and the act of driving, but there are a variety of issues that can cause them to become distracted. In some cases, a person’s attention may wander, especially if they are driving on familiar routes, such as traveling to and from work. Drivers may also try to divide their attention and complete other tasks while driving, or they may be distracted by other people in their vehicles.

Distractions are classified into one or more of the following categories:

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IL nursing home abuse lawyerMany elderly Americans and others who have disabilities or health concerns reside in nursing homes. They may do so because they cannot fully care for themselves or because their family members cannot take on the responsibility of providing for their needs. While many facilities provide quality care, there are far too many cases in which residents suffer from nursing home abuse or neglect. In many cases, injuries to nursing home patients occur because of understaffing. The family members of those who have been injured will want to work with a personal injury attorney to determine whether a nursing home can be held responsible for negligence related to staffing.

Nursing Home Injuries Caused by Inadequate Supervision and Care

Staff members at nursing homes should have the proper training that will allow them to provide care to residents. However, many nursing homes struggle to maintain adequate staff levels due to a shortage of qualified workers, or they may be unable to retain staff members because of the long hours and demanding work that is required, as well as what is often inadequate pay. Because of this, a nursing home may only have a minimal number of licensed nurses on staff, and other staff members may not have received the training necessary to meet the needs of elderly residents.

If a nursing home does not have enough staff members, or if its staff is not properly trained, residents may not receive the supervision they need to attend to their concerns. This can lead to serious injuries due to neglect, such as bedsores, malnutrition, or dehydration. A lack of supervision can also result in fall injuries for patients who do not receive the proper assistance getting into or out of bed or who wander inside or outside of a nursing home without being protected from harm. Without proper monitoring, residents may also be subject to abuse by staff members or other residents.

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IL accident lawyerDrowsy driving is a serious risk that affects the safety of everyone who uses the roads. While falling asleep at the wheel is likely to lead to collisions, driver fatigue can also affect those who manage to stay awake, and it can make it difficult for a driver to pay attention to the road and react to the conditions around them. Lack of sleep can be even more dangerous for those who operate semi-trailer trucks or other commercial vehicles. Truck drivers who drift off to sleep may collide with other vehicles or obstacles, and even a momentary lapse in concentration can lead to truck accidents that cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers in other vehicles.

Increasing Risks of Truck Driver Fatigue

Studies have found that around 13% of commercial vehicle drivers who were involved in collisions were found to be fatigued at the time of the crash. In recent years, there has been an average of more than 4,000 fatal accidents involving trucks and buses throughout the United States, and over 100,000 annual commercial vehicle accidents which resulted in injuries. This means that more than 500 people are killed and 13,000 people are injured in accidents involving fatigued truck drivers on an annual basis.

Truck driver fatigue is likely to be even more of a concern going forward. While the overall amount of traffic on roads throughout the United States may have decreased in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been ordering products online, and expectations regarding fast shipping and delivery have led to an increase in the number of trucks on the road. However, the trucking industry has reported a shortage in the number of available drivers, which may result in fewer drivers spending more time on the road, increasing the risks of driver fatigue.

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IL accident lawyerThe holiday season is meant to be a happy time that is full of family togetherness, gift-giving, and preparing for the year to come. Unfortunately, car accidents involving drunk driving often increase during this time. Hundreds of people are killed in these types of collisions every holiday season, with around 300 fatalities occurring during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

While it is unknown how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the rates of traffic fatalities in the 2020 holiday season, drunk driving continues to be a concern. Even though many bars and restaurants are currently closed, reducing the chances that a person will drink and drive after a night out on the town, many people will still be drinking alcohol while attending holiday parties or getting together with their families. In addition, the isolation that many people are experiencing during the pandemic may cause them to increase their use of alcohol or drugs, leading to risky behaviors that could lead to dangerous car accidents.

Legal Options Following a Drunk Driving Crash

Car accident victims may have multiple options for pursuing compensation from a negligent driver or another party who was at fault for a collision. A person may be covered by the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy, or in a case involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist, they may receive coverage through their own insurance policy. A personal injury lawsuit may also allow a person to recover damages from a driver or other parties, such as the manufacturer of defective auto parts or a government organization that did not correct a dangerous road or intersection.

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IL accident lawyerIf you are injured while working, you will typically be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits will fully cover the costs of medical treatment for a work-related injury, and you may also be able to receive compensation for loss of income due to a temporary or permanent disability. Workers’ compensation will be available whether you or your employer were at fault for your injury. In addition to workers’ comp, you may also be able to pursue a third-party personal injury lawsuit against other people or organizations who were liable for your damages.

Reasons to Pursue a Third-Party Claim

Multiple parties aside from you or your employer may have been responsible for your work-related injury. For example, if you were injured in a car accident while working, another driver may have been responsible for the collision due to speeding or distracted driving. You may also be able to pursue a third-party claim against a manufacturer of defective tools that caused an injury, or a premises liability lawsuit may be filed against a property owner who did not properly address hazards in an area where you were working.

In many cases, a third-party claim can allow you to recover additional compensation that is not available through a workers’ comp claim. Disability benefits through workers’ compensation will only provide you with a percentage of the income you were unable to earn because of your injury. A third-party claim, on the other hand, may allow you to be fully compensated for all income you have lost while recovering from your injuries, as well as impairment to your ability to earn an income in the future.

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