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Cook County nursing home injury lawyerWhen the vast majority of Americans think about problems at nursing homes, they think of outright abuse, such as intentional physical harm, verbal abuse, or sexual misconduct. In reality, the vast majority of problematic behavior from nursing home staff members comes in the form of nursing home neglect

Nursing home neglect differs from nursing home abuse in that neglect is not always intentional, but is often an unintentional oversight or breach of responsibility that results in harm to the nursing home occupant. Thousands of elderly Americans are plagued by the negligence of their caretakers, and if you believe that your elderly loved one is being negatively affected by negligent staff at their nursing home facility, it is important to understand your legal options. 

Types of Nursing Home Negligence 

Much like nursing home abuse, negligence in a senior care facility can come in a number of different forms. The four most common types of senior care negligence include: 

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Chicago elder abuse lawyerWhen we place our elderly loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home, we are placing a great deal of trust in the caretakers and staff members of the facility. Tragically, a large number of assisted living facilities allow their staff to neglect and abuse their residents, either knowingly or unknowingly. In fact, approximately two million cases of elder abuse are reported each year. 

Shockingly, nearly one in ten Americans over the age of 65 will experience some form of elder abuse. If you believe your elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, it is time to contact law enforcement officials, medical staff, and a legal team you can trust. 

What Is Elder Abuse? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elder abuse is defined as the intentional act of causing harm to an elderly person entrusted to one’s care. Elder abuse is not just limited to outright physical abuse, but it can also come in the form of emotional and verbal abuse, neglect of the everyday needs of the patient, and sexual misconduct. 

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DuPage County motorcycle accident attorneyOn September 9th, 2018, a Lake County Man was fatally injured after his motorcycle crashed on the corner of 16th Avenue and Broadway. The accident reminded everyone in the greater Chicago area of the increased dangers motorcyclists face in motor vehicle collisions. In 2016 alone, 5,286 Americans died in motorcycle accidents. This marked a more than 5% increase in annual fatalities in comparison to the previous year. 

As highway injuries continue to pose problems for law enforcement officials and medical personnel alike, it is important to know where to turn if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision. Finding a legal team you can trust can be paramount in protecting you and your family in the aftermath of an injury. 

Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide 

Tragically, motorcycle fatalities continue to rise throughout the United States. 2016 marked the highest number of motorcycle-related fatalities since 2008. The rise in fatalities can be directly linked to the increased dangers of traveling via motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are approximately 28% more likely to suffer fatal injuries than those traveling by car. So why are motorcycles so dangerous?

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Will County e-cigarette injury lawyerE-cigarettes and vape pens have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Many prefer electronic cigarettes because they purportedly lack the dangerous side effects of tobacco and the distinct smell and taste of cigarettes while still delivering the addictive nicotine buzz that smokers seek. Though many e-cigarette companies promise a “purer” cigarette, people across the country have been put in danger by malfunctioning e-cigarettes

The Source of Danger: Batteries

Since e-cigarettes came on the market in 2007, many smokers have been severely injured by devices that have exploded or caught fire. There are a variety of reasons these explosions occur, but the most common cause is the batteries that power the devices. The powerful lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigarettes have been known to explode or catch fire when they are overcharged or shorted out. Due to these devices being used in proximity to a person’s face, a malfunctioning battery is likely to cause severe injuries and disfigurement. 

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Lake County bicycle accident lawyerCycling is a common form of exercise, recreation, and transportation in the Chicago area, especially in the summer months. However, while cycling may be a relaxing and enjoyable activity, it can be extremely dangerous. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 3,322 bicycle crashes in the state in 2015 alone. 

Chicago and many other major cities have taken action toward making cycling safer for everyone. Bicycle lanes have been created to protect cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike. But even though cyclists are provided their own space on the road, serious and sometimes fatal bicycle accidents continue to happen daily.

Common Injuries

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Will County distracted driving car accident attorneyWhen driving, it is important to pay close attention to the road, the vehicles around you, and any factors that may affect the safety of you, your passengers, and other drivers. Unfortunately, drivers are subjected to a wide variety of distractions, and even a momentary lapse in attention can have deadly results. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you should be sure to understand how to take steps to recover compensation for your damages.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

While many people believe they can effectively multi-task and divide their attention between two or more activities, attempting to do so while driving is incredibly dangerous. A driver who takes their attention off the road for even a few seconds is highly likely to fail to notice critical information and react in time to prevent an accident. Every year, distracted driving leads more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries in car accidents across the United States.

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Will County car seat injury lawyerRegularly driving in a car is an inescapable part of modern American life, and unfortunately, people put themselves at risk of injury in a potential motor vehicle accident every time they use the road. Due to this danger, we take steps to protect the safety of ourselves and our passengers by wearing seat belts and driving defensively. Parents also make sure to protect their children by using car seats that provide additional safety measures. However, while we trust this equipment to keep our children protected, there are many instances in which safety equipment fails, requiring a product recall.

Recent Car Seat Recalls

Child safety seats experience recalls at a rate that is likely much higher than one would expect. In 2017, there were a variety of car seat recalls that affected more than 750,000 car seats across the United States. Some recent notable recalls include:

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Cook County defective playground equipment attorneyExercise and activity are incredibly beneficial for children, and playgrounds provide a great environment for them to engage in active play. As we enter the summer months, more and more children are making use of these facilities. Unfortunately, this means that many children are at risk of being injured while using playground equipment. When a child suffers an injury because of defective or dangerous playground equipment, it is important for parents to understand their options for recovering compensation from the liable party or parties.

Playground Injury Statistics

Every year, more than 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries which occurred on playgrounds. Falls are the most common cause of injuries, accounting for 44% of injuries. Equipment-related issues (including broken equipment, poorly-designed equipment, structures which tip over, and equipment which was not assembled or maintained correctly) account for 23% of injuries.

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Cook County nursing home abuse attorneyWhen people reach an advanced age and their health deteriorates, they may no longer be able to care for themselves. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be difficult, and when doing so, family members will want to be sure that the facility will provide them with the care they need. Unfortunately, injuries sometimes occur to patients in these facilities, and whether these injuries are the result of an accident or because of nursing home neglect or abuse, patients and their family members should be sure they understand their rights.

Rights of Nursing Home Residents

Federal and state laws provide nursing home residents with a number of rights and protections. When a resident suffers an injury, they and their family members should be aware of the following:

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Chicago sexual harassment lawyersIn 2017, the United States experienced a major cultural shift as people of all ages, income levels, and walks of life began to speak out about their experiences as victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement opened many people’s eyes about the prevalence of this type of behavior, and as a result, people are finally being held accountable for their actions, whether they are powerful, well-known executives, celebrities, or politicians or someone who takes advantage of a person at their workplace.

The Latest Scandal

The most recent outrage to get major coverage in the news involves Larry Nassar, an athletic doctor who was accused of sexually abusing patients during his two decades of work as a professor at Michigan State University and a team doctor for the United States Olympic women’s gymnastics teams. After pleading guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct, he was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison.

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Chicago elder abuse attorneyWhen we place our loved ones in the care of nursing homes or assisted living facilities, we expect them to be cared for correctly, treated with respect, and protected from harm. Unfortunately, substandard care and other forms of nursing home negligence can cause residents to suffer injuries, and even more troublingly, patients are often the victim of abuse.

The Problem of Elder Abuse in Illinois

A recent audit by the federal Department of Health and Human Services investigated cases which took place between 2015 and 2016 in which emergency room records indicated that nursing home patients may have experienced physical or sexual abuse. The audit found that in 28% of these cases, the possible abuse was not reported to the police. Of the 33 states where these incidents occurred, Illinois had the highest number of cases.

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Chicago truck accident injury lawyerDriving is an inherently dangerous activity, and even though most vehicles provide safety features designed to protect drivers and passengers, anyone who uses the road is at risk of being injured in a car accident. This danger becomes much more likely in truck accidents, since even the safest vehicle is outmatched by the massive size and weight of a semi-trailer truck.

Causes of Truck Crashes

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,050 trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, and around 87,000 trucks were involved in crashes resulting in injury. While the number of fatalities and injuries in truck accidents decreased throughout the 2000s, they have seen a significant increase in recent years.

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Cook County ride-share car accident attorneyRide-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are a foundational part of the modern “gig economy,” and these companies spend a lot of money promoting themselves as safe and cost-effective methods of transportation. But while Uber and Lyft often claim that they increase safety on the road, their actual practices seem to show otherwise, and their drivers often put people at risk of being injured in car accidents.

Uber, Lyft, and Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the greatest dangers on the road today, and many car accidents are caused by drivers falling prey to the temptation to take their attention off the road and look at their smartphones. The possibility of distraction is especially strong for Uber and Lyft drivers, who are not just tempted to pay attention to their phone while driving but are actually required to do so, whether they are following GPS directions, looking at messages, or otherwise interacting with the Uber or Lyft apps.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-1.jpgAs the holiday season approaches, families across the United States are preparing to gather together to spend time with each other, give thanks for the positive things in their lives, and, of course, enjoy a delicious turkey dinner. As wonderful as this holiday time can be, it also presents serious dangers to families, that include fires and burn injuries.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 2,000 fires occur every year in homes on Thanksgiving. These fires result in an average of 25 injuries, five deaths, and $21 million in property damage. The following tips will help you avoid burn injuries during the holidays:

  • Keep an eye on the oven - Whether the turkey is in the oven or other food is cooking on the stove top, be sure to check it frequently. Never leave the house with the oven on, and use a timer as a reminder.
  • Be extra careful with turkey fryers - The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of fryers which use hot oil to cook a turkey, since they can be very dangerous—causing severe injuries and property damage. When using a fryer, make sure the fryer is placed outdoors on a flat, level surface and that it is never left unattended. Do not use a fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck. Do not overfill the fryer with oil, and be sure to use insulated pot holders or oven mitts and, if possible, safety goggles when touching the fryer.
  • Keep kids safe - Make sure children stay at least three feet away from a hot stove, or better yet, designate the kitchen as a “kid-free zone” to reduce the possibility of injuries and help adults avoid distraction. Be careful when handling hot foods around children, since steam or splashing liquids can cause burns. Keep children away from turkey fryers even after cooking is finished, since they can take several hours to cool off.
  • Watch for flammable items - Be careful when using items that can catch fire, such as pot holders, dish towels, oven mitts, or grocery bags, and avoid placing them near the stove while cooking. Do not wear loose clothes while cooking, since dangling sleeves can also catch fire when they come in contact with pots, pans, or burners.
  • Practice fire safety - Make sure smoke alarms are present in the house, and test them to make sure they are working. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand to use if a fire occurs, and if a fire spreads, call the fire department immediately.

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

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Cook County personal injury lawyer, negligence, liability waiver, exculpatory clause, exculpatory agreementIn modern times, it has become common practice for businesses to require that its customers sign liability waivers participating in activities in its place of business. When renting equipment or joining a gym, patrons are often asked to sign one of these forms, and this is especially common when children attend a birthday party at a gymnastics facility or trampoline park.

Waivers are often signed without a second thought — we often assume that everything will work out. Yet what happens if an accident occurs and you are injured after signing a liability waiver? Or worse, what if your children are hurt due to someone’s negligence?

People that signed waivers oftentimes do not contact an experienced lawyer because they wrongfully presume nothing can be done by virtue of the fact they signed a liability waiver. This common misconception results in wrongdoers trampling on the rights of the injured and vulnerable. By contacting an experienced lawyer who can help you understand your rights, justice can still prevail.

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Cook County personal injury attorneys, personal injury lawyer, car accident, car accident evidence, Chicago personal injury attorneyCar accidents are scary, overwhelming and stressful events for people to experience. After a car accident, you will likely be shaken up and unsure of how best to proceed as you deal with injuries and property damage. While you are experiencing pain and trying to deal with your injuries, you may need to deal with insurance companies, fill out police reports, arrange to have your vehicle repaired and try to find alternative means of transportation to your doctors’ visits. In the midst of all this overwhelming activity, proving that another driver is “at fault” or “liable” for your injuries may be the last thing on your mind. However, valuable evidence necessary to protect your rights can be lost by not acting quickly. This is why you need a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side who understands how to gather the evidence that will help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The Value of An Experienced Attorney

It is important to secure the services of an attorney as soon as possible after an accident for two primary reasons. First, by hiring an experienced attorney immediately allows you to be solely focused on recovering from your injuries. Second, as time passes, valuable evidence necessary to prove your case can be forever lost. The experienced attorney knows exactly what steps need to be taken in order to fully protect your rights and preserve this valuable evidence. By hiring an experienced attorney that you trust and has a track record of obtaining great results, you know that the lawyer is taking the necessary steps on your behalf. For example, experienced lawyers will visit the scene of the crash and conduct a thorough inspection, which would include obtaining following:

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Chicago personal injury lawyer, playground safety, playground safety requirements, Illinois playgrounds, playground equipmentPlaygrounds have existed decades — outdoor play areas designed for young children to swing, slide, pretend, and just be kids. More and more indoor gyms for children are being opened as well. Unfortunately, the fun these playgrounds and gyms present are met with corresponding risks.

Children have continuously been injured on playground and gym equipment due to defective parts on a playground, and the property owner’s failure to properly inspect the equipment prior to allowing kids to play on it. We have seen these range from minor cuts and lacerations to severe fractures that require surgery. In fact, at Pullano Law Offices we represented a 6 year-old girl who suffered an awful leg injury at an indoor children's gym, and we were able to settle case for $225k.

Under Illinois law, playground hazards are the responsibility of owners, operators, schools, parents, and all other caretakers for children on the playground.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_airbag-recall-Illinois.jpgWhen you drive or ride in a car, you expect a certain level of safety, trusting the manufacturers of the vehicle and its related safety equipment to protect you in the case of a car accident. When this trust is breached, and you are injured as the result of a company’s negligence, you can hold the company accountable by seeking compensations for the injuries and damages you suffered.  By doing so, corporations will stop putting their profits above the safety of the public,  make the airbags safe, and prevent others from being seriously injured in the future. 

If you have been injured by malfunctioning safety equipment, you may be eligible for a product liability claim. These types of injuries have become a major concern in recent years due to a record-setting auto safety equipment recall. 

 

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Cook County Truck Accident LawyerEvery year, traffic accidents in Chicago result in more than 2,000 deaths or injuries. At Pullano Law Offices, we have seen first-hand how semi-tractor trailer collisions have devastated the lives of innocent people all too often. In one case, our firm secured a record $14 million settlement for a man who was rendered a paraplegic as the result of a truck driver’s negligence.

Through its Vision Zero plan, the City of Chicago has been looking to implement solutions that will reduce and eventually eliminate deaths and serious injuries from car crashes by the year 2026. As part of this plan, Chicago aldermen recently took steps to improve the safety of trucks and protect pedestrians involved in truck accidents

 

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Are You At Risk of Assault When You Use Uber or Lyft?Technology has revolutionized many aspects of modern life, but while many of the services we use provide us with benefits and conveniences, they can also bring unforeseen dangers. This is especially true for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft; while these apps can provide people with savings and simplicity, they can also put riders in a vulnerable position. When using these services, people need to understand the risks involved and be prepared to report any incidents in which their safety was threatened.

Increasing Incidents of Assault and Robbery

In the past several years, more and more incidents involving alleged robbery or sexual assault by drivers for Uber, Lyft, or other similar services have occurred. These services have received a great deal of criticism for their lack of proper screening for drivers, as well as sub-par safety practices, such as the lack of a “panic button” in the app for riders whose safety is threatened.

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