Motor vehicle manufacturers are required by law to design and manufacture vehicles that meet minimum safety standards as a protection for consumers. Vehicles have hundreds of parts, however, and even with stricter safety regulations, extensive testing and advances in technology, defects and design flaws still occur. In fact, according to the Washington Post, one in five cars produced in 2014 had some type of defect. That number is higher than any other year. Unfortunately, some of these issues can cause serious, and even deadly accidents. read more
When two or more vehicles are involved in an accident in Illinois, each driver must notify his or her insurance company to begin the process of filing a claim, determining fault and securing coverage for any damage or personal injury. An injured passenger is in a unique position, though, and their legal rights and options aren’t always clear.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that statewide traffic-related fatalities haven’t exceeded 1,000 since 2008. However, more than 61,000 accidents caused injuries last year, and 22,000 passengers were among the injured. These passengers may receive insurance compensation in a few different ways.
Americans who are going in for a surgical procedure may leave the operating room with more than they bargained for. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that surgeons leave foreign objects within patients’ surgical sites more than 4,000 times every year. More than two-thirds of all retained foreign objects are gauze-like sponges that surgeons use to control blood loss during surgery. These surgical sponges can cause a significant amount of internal damage and even death to unsuspecting patients, as any medical malpractice attorney Lake County knows. The most common complications associated with these preventable surgical errors include:
When Illinois residents place their loved ones in the care of a nursing home facility, they trust that they will be well taken care of. However, a nationwide evaluation of nursing home care rated Illinois as having some of the worst facilities in the country. In some cases, nursing home neglect attorneys Illinois have seen elderly residents who are severely neglected or abused. As people struggle to understand why issues of nursing home abuse and neglect exist in the first place, advocates for the elderly population strive to find a solution to the ongoing problem.