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Chicago, IL vaping lung illness attorney

Recently, people across the United States have begun experiencing serious lung injuries after using e-cigarettes. As of October 1, 2019, there have been more than 1,000 cases of lung disease reported, and at least 18 people have died. Officials have been investigating this outbreak, but the specific cause of these lung injuries has not yet been identified. However, new research has revealed some disturbing information about the harmful effects of e-cigarette use.

Study Compares Vaping to Poisonous Gas Exposure

While e-cigarettes are purported to be safer than traditional cigarettes, the current outbreak of lung disease indicates that the inhalation of chemicals vaporized by these devices may be dangerous. As officials work to identify the cause of these illnesses, scientists have begun studying the cases to determine the full effects of these types of injuries. After analyzing samples of lung tissue from 17 patients, researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that the damage was similar to injuries that occur following the inhalation of toxic chemicals.

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Lake County e-cigarette lung disease lawyerThe health risks associated with smoking cigarettes are well-known, and in recent years, many people have switched to using e-cigarettes, which have been promoted as a safer option. However, recent events have shown that “vaping” may also be hazardous to one’s health. People across the United States have begun experiencing lung disease after using e-cigarettes, and as of September 26, 2019, more than 800 cases of lung injury have been reported, as well as 12 deaths. Due to this outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended against using any vaping or e-cigarette products.

Potential Causes of Vaping-Related Lung Disease

So far, no exact cause of these lung injuries has been identified, and there is no single product or substance involved in every case. However, the injuries have occurred for users of both nicotine products and substances derived from marijuana, including CBD and THC. Some studies have identified multiple substances in e-cigarettes that may play a role in cases involving lung disease, including:

  • Flavoring chemicals - E-cigarette liquids often come in flavored varieties. The chemicals used to provide flavoring, such as benzaldehyde or vanillin, can be toxic when they are vaporized and inhaled.
  • Vitamin E acetate - This chemical has been present in may of the reported cases. While it is used safely in other products, such as nutritional supplements, it has oil-like properties that could cause damage to the lungs when inhaled.
  • Nicotine - Vape products often have high levels of nicotine, which is a carcinogen. Officials have warned that nicotine in e-cigarettes could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and seizures.
  • Microscopic particles - The heating elements used in e-cigarettes may release metallic particles, which may become lodged in the lungs or absorbed into the bloodstream. This can cause damage to the lungs or heart.

It has also been suggested that even if the chemicals used in e-cigarettes are not inherently dangerous, inhalation of these chemicals in the form of vapor can be harmful. Vapor inhalation can cause inflammation of the lungs, resulting in the production of mucus and high levels of enzymes, which may lead to irreversible damage to lung tissue.

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Cook County vape pen illness attorneyFor the past several years, the popularity of e-cigarettes has been on the rise, and “vaping” has been marketed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, more and more information is coming out about the health hazards associated with vaping.  First, it was the numerous instances of vape devices and e-cigarettes exploding or catching on fire. Now, data and information has proven that these devices also present a serious danger to their users’ health, even when they function properly. In recent months, the number of serious or fatal cases of lung disease related to vaping has skyrocketed, and public health officials have warned against the use of e-cigarettes and vape pens.

Hundreds of Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 380 cases of lung illness have been reported that are related to the use of e-cigarettes, and this number is expected to increase as older cases continue to be examined. These cases have spanned 33 states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. So far, six people have died due to vaping-related lung disease, with the first death being reported in Illinois in August of 2019.

Vaping devices are manufactured by numerous different companies. One popular brand is Juul. This brand has specifically marketed their devices to kids, offers eight different flavors with varying amounts of nicotine strength, and claim they are the safe alternative to cigarettes. However, experts say that one Juul pod delivers the same amount of nicotine to the body as a pack of cigarettes. As a result, after long term usage or even short term usage, e-cigarette users have experienced serious respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and fatigue, as well as related symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. The issue has affected people using a wide variety of vaping products, including those containing nicotine and cannabis-derived substances such as THC or CBD.

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Lake County nursing home neglect lawyerStatistics show that more people are living longer these days, and as a result, many elderly people have to go to nursing homes after an extended illness or to rehab an injury. Often, an older person may live the rest of his or her life in a nursing home, depending on a family’s situation, finances, and medical insurance. Family members put their trust in the staff of a nursing home or assisted living facility to care for their loved ones. Unfortunately, patients can sometimes end up in worse shape than when they arrived due to nursing home negligence. Injuries can be caused by intentional acts or unintentional acts, but regardless of the reason, families whose loved ones have been harmed should consult with an attorney to determine their legal options.

Intentional Versus Unintentional Acts

Examples of intentional acts that may harm a patient include physical, sexual, or verbal abuse. Sadly, many nursing home patients are vulnerable to sexual assault because physical limitations make them unable to resist. In addition, there have been documented incidents in which a nursing home employee strikes or slaps a resident simply because the person is frustrated or impatient with a resident. These types of incidents may also involve verbal abuse such as a worker yelling at a patient, calling them derogatory names, or using racist slurs. Depending on where these incidents take place, they may have been caught on camera, providing evidence of nursing home abuse.

While unintentional acts of nursing home neglect may not have been done on purpose, they can also seriously harm a patient. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are not properly staffed, so workers cannot always tend to a patient’s immediate needs. If a resident is not bathed on a regular basis, he or she can develop bed sores, and if these are left untreated, they can cause serious and even life-threatening infections.

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Chicago truck accident attorney employer liabilityWhen a car accident occurs, everyone involved is likely to experience financial damages, even if they do not suffer serious injuries. Victims may be unsure about their options for recovering compensation for these damages, but typically, the driver who was at fault will be liable for property damages and medical treatment. However, in some cases, another party may also be held responsible for the injuries and damages caused by an unsafe driver. These situations may include:

  • Trucking companies - Due to the high potential for injuries in semi-trailer truck accidents, truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial driver’s licenses, and they must follow strict rules and regulations when operating their vehicles. A trucking company that employed an unsafe driver may be held liable for injuries caused by that driver, especially in cases involving negligent hiring or retention. A company may be found to be negligent if it knew or should have known that a driver was unfit to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
  • Employers - In addition to trucking companies, a wide variety of other employers may also be held responsible for accidents caused by employees during the course of their work. These may include delivery drivers, moving van operators, people using company cars, or a nanny or personal assistant who drives a vehicle owned by their employer.
  • Parents - When children are learning to drive or do not have a great deal of experience behind the wheel, parents should closely supervise them to ensure that they drive safely and protect the safety of everyone on the road. In cases involving negligent entrustment, a parent may be liable for injuries that occurred because they allowed a child that was inexperienced or had a history of reckless behavior to drive a family vehicle.
  • Car owners - Negligent entrustment may apply in any situation in which the owner of a car or truck allows someone else to drive their vehicle. If the driver was known to be inexperienced, or if the vehicle owner knew or should have known that the driver was incompetent or reckless, the owner may be held responsible for damages caused by the driver.

Contact a Cook County Car Accident Attorney

At Pullano Law Offices, we work to ensure that our clients are fully compensated for injuries caused by the negligence of another party. If you have been injured in a car or truck accident, we will identify all liable parties and ensure that they are held responsible. We are highly experienced in these types of cases, and we have a record of success obtaining multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients. In one significant case, we secured a $14 million settlement for a man who was injured by a driver who was hired by a trucking company even though he had a history of DUI convictions, speeding violations, and driving with a suspended license. To arrange a free consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, call our office today at 312-551-1100.

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DuPage County workplace burn injury attorneyWhen a person suffers a significant burn injury, it can lead to chronic pain, disfigurement, and permanent disability. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), every year, an average of 121,000 Americans suffer burn injuries that require emergency room visits. The average number of fire-related fatalities in the United States is approximately 3,275. If you or a loved one have been injured by a serious burn, you should contact a skilled attorney to determine your options for pursuing compensation from those who were responsible. 

Accidents Leading to Burn Injuries

Throughout the United States, a person is fatally burned every 2 hours and 35 minutes. Regardless of how burns are suffered, the impact of these injuries can be life-altering. Some of the leading causes of burn injuries include: 

  • Car Accidents: According to the ABA, motor vehicle collisions only account for approximately 5% of all annual burn injuries. However, when a vehicle erupts into flame, the injuries can be incredibly severe or fatal, due to the amount of fire, the sudden nature of the eruption, and the difficulties of escaping the vehicle. A motor vehicle can catch fire for a number of reasons, including defective manufacturing of vehicle parts. If a car has a defective gas tank or fuel delivery system, leaking gas can cause dangerous fires in the immediate aftermath of a collision.
  • Occupational Burns: According to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 5,000 American workers suffer burn injuries on an annual basis, and chemical and electrical burns make up approximately 10% of all burn injuries that require medical attention. Despite increased safety measures designed to lower the chances of burn injuries in the workplace, occupational accidents are still the second most common cause of burn injuries. These injuries can be caused by leaks of hazardous materials, explosions, or electrical malfunctions. In the event of a burn injury in the workplace, an injured employee will typically be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 
  • Exploding E-Cigarettes: Nationwide, e-cigarettes and vape pens have become a cultural phenomenon. According to research conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than 10 million Americans currently use e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, these devices have been known to explode. E-cigarettes use a lithium-ion battery to heat up the liquid that ultimately creates the vapor that users inhale. If these batteries are defective, the device can explode or spontaneously catch fire. Due to the fact that a user of an e-cigarette will have the object close to their face, the injuries suffered in an e-cigarette accident can cause significant facial scarring or injuries to the eyes, throat, neck, or brain. 

Contact a Chicago Burn Injury Lawyer 

After suffering a burn injury, a victim can face years of chronic pain, difficulty moving, and significant skin damage or scarring. Due to the long-term symptoms of most burn injuries, many victims suffer from depression or PTSD. At Pullano Law Offices, we are prepared to aggressively fight for the injury compensation you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a skilled Cook County personal injury lawyer, contact us immediately at 312-551-1100. 

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Chicago bicycle accident injury lawyer

Throughout the United States, fatal bicycle injuries are much more common than most people assume. According to statistics compiled by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 783 bicyclists were fatally injured in 2017 after being struck by motor vehicles. Due to the limited protection that cyclists have, injuries suffered in collisions with automobiles can be incredibly severe. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you should seek out quality legal assistance immediately.

Remaining Safe on Your Bike

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, an astounding 3,165 people were injured in bicycle accidents statewide in 2015. Of those injured, 26 people ultimately passed away due to their injuries. While many bicycle accidents can be unavoidable and occur due to the negligent actions of a driver, there are a few steps you can take to increase your personal safety:

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Chicago traumatic brain injury attorneyEvery year, thousands of Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries that can impact the rest of their lives. If you are fortunate enough to survive a serious brain injury, the prolonged symptoms can range from severe headaches to loss of motor functions. Tragically, many brain injuries ultimately prove to be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries contribute to approximately 30% of all injury deaths in the United States. Throughout 2013 alone, 50,000 Americans died after suffering brain injuries. If a member of your family suffers a traumatic brain injury, you should seek out legal counsel immediately in order to ensure that their rights and ability to hold wrongdoers accountable are properly protected. 

The Symptoms of a Head Injury 

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, the symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the person injured. The most common brain injury is a concussion. Minor brain trauma can come with symptoms ranging from headaches to sensitivity to light to difficulty concentrating. In the event of a severe brain injury, the implications of the injury can be even more life-changing. After suffering a severe injury to the brain, many people experience memory loss, problems with hearing and vision, taste and smell loss, and issues of balance. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can also experience major changes in their personality, and severe anxiety and depression as well.  

The science of head injuries has changed drastically over the past several years. Recent studies have shown that even mild head injuries can cause severe symptoms that will not necessarily resolve. Whether the head injury is a concussion or results in brain bleeds, the injury can have lasting effects and result in symptoms that will impact the rest of the person’s life. Studies now show that failing to obtain the appropriate medical care from a team of brain injury specialists right away can have detrimental impact on a person’s ability to recover. These studies show that an interdisciplinary team of specialists, including neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, neuropsychologists, pain management doctors, and speech therapists can play a significant role in your loved one making a good recovery. As a result, do not delay in seeking and obtaining this type of treatment and care after a head injury. 

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Lake County truck accident attorney driver fatigueEvery year, thousands of Americans are severely or fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions involving commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,213 commercial trucks were involved in fatal collisions throughout 2016 alone. This staggering number of commercial trucking fatalities marked a 3% increase in fatal accidents in comparison to the previous year. The rise in fatalities is not limited to one year; over the past seven years, fatal commercial trucking accidents have risen by an incredible 28%. 

With the steady rise in deadly collisions, many believe that commercial trucking companies should do more to determine what is causing these accidents and take steps to prevent them. In a large number of fatal accidents, the collision is caused by truck driver fatigue, which can be the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company.

The Concern of Driver Fatigue 

Throughout the United States, drowsy driving has become a national crisis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40,000 Americans are injured in collisions caused by fatigued drivers every single year. These collisions resulted in a shocking 800 deaths in 2015 alone. With long driving shifts and cargo that needs to be delivered in a timely fashion, it should come as no surprise that commercial truck drivers are some of the most common culprits of drowsy driving. 

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Chicago commercial trucking accident attorneyThroughout 2016 alone, a staggering 4,564 Americans lost their lives in car accidents involving large commercial trucks or buses. Despite the fact that all commercial truck drivers must go through extensive training programs to earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL), trucking companies consistently make poor hiring decisions, fail to adequately train their drivers, and routinely send out trucking fleets with improper maintenance. If a member of your family is injured in a truck accident, it is possible that the injuries were caused by the unsafe operation of the vehicle or the negligence of the truck company. 

Company Negligence and Reckless Truck Driving 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a large percentage of commercial trucking accidents are a result of reckless driving. Nearly 20% of all collisions caused by commercial trucks were due to the truck driver traveling at excessive speeds. Additionally, 16% of commercial truck collisions occurred because the truck driver was using their cell phone while operating their vehicle. In many of these cases, the reckless driving was a byproduct of improper driver training. 

While many commercial truck collisions are the direct fault of the driver, these collisions may have been avoided with increased employee vetting and adequate training programs. Trucking companies are responsible for the training and treatment of their employees, and failing to properly train employees or treating employees unfairly is a direct form of company negligence. The most common forms of negligence include forcing drivers to drive more than the federally legal limit of 14 consecutive driving hours, insufficiently training drivers, and poor vehicle maintenance. 

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Chicago bus accident lawyerOn October 17th, 2018, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus collided with a pole in the South Side neighborhood of Grand Crossing, resulting in injuries to 26 people. In all, 21 passengers were sent to hospitals throughout the city after the bus crashed into a pole on the corner of 71st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Fortunately, no passengers were fatally injured in the accident, but the collision served as a sobering reminder of the risks of public transit accidents. 

Every day, more than 1.5 million people use public transportation throughout the city of Chicago. If you or a family member are injured in a mass transit accident, you should seek out the assistance of a legal professional. 

How Common Are Bus Accidents? 

While most people believe that bus accidents are a traffic anomaly, these types of collisions are fairly common both in Chicago and throughout the United States. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 227 bus crashes that resulted in fatalities throughout the United States in 2016 alone. Tragically, these accidents are seemingly on the rise, as the FMCSA found that the number of fatal collisions involving large trucks or buses has increased by a staggering 28% since 2009. Transit buses accounted for 34% of all fatal bus accidents in 2016. 

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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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The Danger of Severe Injuries Caused By E-Cigarette Explosions

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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Cyclists Are at Risk of Serious Injuries from Collisions and Dooring

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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Recovering Compensation After a Distracted Driving Car Accident

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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Child Car Seat Safety: Be Aware of Product Recalls

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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Children Are at Risk of Injury From Defective or Dangerous Playgrounds

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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Protecting Your Loved One’s Rights Following a Nursing Home Injury

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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