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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 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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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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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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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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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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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Distracted Uber and Lyft Drivers Can Cause Car Accidents

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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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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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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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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Be on the Lookout for Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injuries After a Car AccidentWhenever you are in an accident, the first thing you should do is assess yourself and any passengers for injuries. Worry about other vehicles and damage to the car itself after the initial emergency check-over. While some injuries, such as abrasions and broken bones are immediately noticeable, some injuries are not immediately identifiable. Internal injuries such as those to the brain often do not show any signs or symptoms for days or even weeks after a trauma. Even though these traumatic brain injuries do not show immediate signs of injury, they still can have serious and permanent repercussions. It is important to realize this because early detection and obtaining immediate medical care thereafter have been shown to be the key to making a good recovery after a traumatic brain injury. 

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

An intracranial injury, or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is an injury or damage to the brain itself, including its cells and structures, and often occurs as a result of sudden trauma to the head. Car accidents, slip and falls, assaults and explosions are the top incidents resulting in brain injuries. While most people assume that direct impact with the head, such as hitting the window or steering wheel, is necessary to cause a severe injury, that is simply not true. Medical literature shows that the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the automobile not only causes whiplash, but it also causes the brain to bounce around within the cranial cavity. This bouncing, twisting, and rotation can stretch or even sever communication between nerve cells and fibers in your brain. When nerve cells and fibers are injured, people can lose mobility, lose memory, experience severe anxiety and depression and even result in losing the ability to smell and taste food. 

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