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When you spend time in the hospital, you rightfully expect that you will receive care that is safe. That it will improve your health or, at the very least, not be hazardous to it. Still, every day medication errors occur in hospitals across the nation. Sometimes they are minor errors and there are no adverse outcomes, but other times, they are severe enough to be deadly. 

Each year the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives more than 100,000 reports associated with a suspected medication error. If you or someone you love become victim to one of these errors, a personal injury lawyer can help. The hospital, as well as other parties, could owe you monetary compensation for any injuries the medication error caused. 

What Causes Hospital Medication Errors?

Medication errors within a hospital setting can happen when the physician is ordering them, such as prescribing the wrong dose. They can occur when the pharmacy staff is dispensing the medication, such as dispensing the wrong drug. These errors can also happen at the bedside when nurses are providing care. A patient could receive too much medication or medication too frequently. 

Many factors can be attributed to causing a medication error. Common causes of these errors often include:

  • Lack of adequately trained staff
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Language barriers
  • Medication sound-alike names
  • Lack of information about a patient 

However, these are no excuses for causing injury to a patient. Hospitals have worked to put procedures in place that help decrease medication errors, and even though they may have reduced their incidence, they are still happening. 

Proving a Hospital Medication Error Case

Your personal injury attorney should be well-versed in what elements must be shown to have a successful medication error claim. First, they must prove that a medical professional did not provide the same level of care that another similarly trained and educated healthcare professional would have provided in a similar situation. This is typically done with the use of expert witnesses who are highly-trained in the same area of medicine as the defendant. 

Next, they will need to establish that the substandard care provided to you was the cause of your harm. Finally, there must be evidence to show that the harm you suffered caused your damages, such as additional medical bills and pain and suffering. 

Call a Hospital Medication Error Personal Injury Attorney Today

Winning a hospital medication error case can be quite tricky, but with the right personal injury lawyer on your side, it can be done. You need a lawyer who is willing to dig deep into how this error happened and show how it has impacted your life or the life of your loved ones. It is crucial that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your injuries as vital evidence can be lost, and your legal right to seek compensation is time-barred. 

Our attorneys will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation. All you need to do is contact Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form. 

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,283 Americans lost their lives as pedestrians in 2018. This represents a three percent increase over the previous year. Many of these fatalities and countless other injuries occurred to pedestrians who were in crosswalks where they assumed they were safe.

If you or someone you love was injured as a pedestrian in a crosswalk or anywhere else, consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer should be a priority. You might be owed compensation for your injuries and damages. 

What Causes Pedestrian Crosswalk Accidents?

Despite being designated areas for pedestrians to cross the road safely, many accidents happen in crosswalks. Driver negligence is often to blame in these cases. Pedestrian crosswalk accidents happen when:

  • Drivers fail to yield to pedestrians already in the crosswalk when the walk signal expires
  • Drivers making a right turn at a red light who fail to look for pedestrians before proceeding
  • Drivers fail to stop at a red light
  • Drivers are speeding
  • Drivers are under the influence of alcohol or other substances
  • Driver inattentiveness from talking on cell phones, eating while driving, programming a GPS, applying make-up or several other actions
  • Pedestrians fail to obey the crossing signals and are not focused and alert

Elements of a Successful Pedestrian Accident Case

Most pedestrian accident cases will be based on the legal concept of negligence. To prove negligence, your personal injury attorney will need to be able to prove four elements:

  • Defendant Duty: The driver owed you a duty of care such as to yield to you as a pedestrian in a crosswalk or to stop at a stoplight
  • Breach of Duty: The driver failed to uphold their duty of care
  • Injuries: The driver’s breach of duty directly caused your injuries
  • Damages: Your injuries led to your damages such as medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement or pain and suffering

What is the Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accidents?

Under the statute of limitations found in Illinois Compiled Statutes 735 §5/13-202, individuals who are injured in a pedestrian accident and wish to bring a legal claim will need to do so within two years of the date of their injury. If you fail to file your claim within this specified timeframe, you will lose your legal right to seek compensation. To avoid making this mistake, speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. 

Injured in a Crosswalk Pedestrian Accident? Hire an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Suffering injuries from a pedestrian accident can be one of the most difficult experiences of your life. You may have a long road to recovery with tens of thousands of medical bills that need to be paid. You may be unable to return to work, earn wages, or participate in the activities you once enjoyed all because of the negligence of one driver. You do not have to simply accept what has happened to you. Instead, contact our team to exercise your legal rights to recovery. 

For your free no-obligation case evaluation, reach out to Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form. 

Although you may assume that crashes with semi-trucks and the insurance claims that follow with are similar to other vehicles on the road, they are actually very different. Unlike other vehicles, commercial trucks must follow the standards of the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which dictate commercial driver’s licenses and truck maintenance, among other things. Their insurance policies are usually worth more, causing insurance carriers to do anything they can to escape liability. Also, the injuries and damages that arise from trucking accidents are typically more severe.

For all of these reasons and more, it is essential to have a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in representing victims of commercial truck accidents. An attorney can help you in dealing with your injuries after the crash and in seeking the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. 

Get Medical Attention

If you are not taken to the emergency room via ambulance after your truck accident, you should consider having someone else take you. If you do not feel that your injuries are severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, go to an urgent care or see your own doctor as soon as possible. While some injuries after a crash may not reveal themselves for days or weeks to come, it is crucial that your injuries get documented as soon as possible. 

Now is not the time to downplay your pain and play tough. Medical professionals must document your injuries and pain associated with the accident along with a diagnosis and what was done to aid your recovery, or the insurance company will see it as though the injury never even happened.

How to Deal with Your Injuries to Improve Your Case

How you deal with your injuries after a crash with a big rig can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Keep in mind that the insurance company for the truck driver will have access to your medical records. Your personal injury attorney can also provide them with additional evidence showing the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. You should be sure that you:

  • Have all of your injuries and complaints documented in your medical record, especially in the emergency room 
  • Keep copies of your medical records, bills, and any other documentation given to you by the hospital or medical providers
  • Follow the advice of your doctors and other medical professionals, if you do not the insurance company might be led to believe that your injuries are not as serious as they seem
  • Take pictures of your injuries such as swelling, bruises or cuts, as well as anything medical treatments needed such as stitches, casts, and braces

After a Truck Accident, Turn to a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Who Can Help

Just as you need doctors and other healthcare professionals for your injuries after an accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover financially from your injuries and property damage. Injured individuals who hire an attorney often receive higher settlements than those who do not. Let our team go to work protecting your rights. 

For your free no-obligation consultation, reach out to Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form. 

Despite the more recent popularity of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, many Chicago visitors and residents alike still rely upon taxicabs to transport them from place to place around the city and suburbs. Taxicabs, however, are not immune from being involved in motor vehicle accidents, and taxicab drivers sometimes operate their vehicles in a reckless or careless manner. In some instances, however, other motor vehicle operators are responsible for the collision.

One recent taxicab accident in Chicago occurred in October of this year, near the 100 block of North Wacker Drive. In that incident, a taxicab that was traveling southbound on North Wacker turned left onto eastbound Washington Street, and in the process, struck a Ford Mustang that was traveling north on North Wacker. The passenger in the taxicab was later pronounced dead.

If you have been injured in a cab accident, the experienced Chicago car accident lawyers at 

Malman Law are ready to take legal action on your behalf and help you recover the compensation that you need and deserve. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you throughout your personal injury car accident case. 

Making a Claim against the Cab Driver or Cab Company

Cab drivers have a duty to operate their motor vehicles in a safe and prudent manner at all times – most especially when they are transporting passengers from place to place. When a taxi driver negligently causes a motor vehicle collision that results in one or more passenger injuries, then the passenger may be able to file a claim or a lawsuit directly against the negligent cab driver.

Moreover, if an employment relationship exists between the cab driver and the cab company, the cab company might be deemed vicariously liable for the negligence of its employee driver. Consequently, in a cab accident case that was caused by a negligent cab driver, your lawyer may be able to bring a claim or file a lawsuit against both the cab driver and the employer cab company. 

Making a Claim against another Driver

Sometimes, cab drivers are not the cause of the motor vehicle accident, but instead, another driver might have caused the accident. The other driver might have been unlawfully speeding, weaving in and out of highway traffic, or violating some other rule of the road. In that instance, an injured taxi passenger may be able to file suit against the negligent motor vehicle driver. 

As part of your negligence claim, you may be able to pursue monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings (if any), as well as for all of your pain, suffering, and inconvenience stemming from your accident.

Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a taxi accident in or around Chicago, the experienced legal team at Malman Law is ready to help you handle your personal injury claim. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

Drivers License Expo

The holiday season is a time that many people enjoy taking road trips to visit far-away relatives and friends. Long trips, however, can present many hazards to motor vehicle operators and their passengers. In some instances, these hazards cannot be avoided because they are caused by other motor vehicle drivers. 

Sometimes, no matter how careful, safe, and prudent a driver is, serious motor vehicle collisions can still occur on long road trips. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident that occurs on a road trip in or around Chicago, the experienced Chicago car accident lawyers at Malman Law are ready to assist you with every aspect of your personal injury claim or lawsuit. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit arising out of a motor vehicle collision. 

Distracted and Careless Drivers 

In some instances, other motor vehicle drivers are the source of motor vehicle collisions on road trips. The number of different ways that motor vehicle operators can be negligent is almost too numerous to count. Some of the most common examples of motor vehicle driver negligence include the following:

  • Distracted driving Distracted driving often takes the form of unlawful texting while driving or unlawful cell phone use while behind the wheel – such as by making a phone call without using the phone’s hands-free calling option. However, distracted driving can also include loud music, roughhousing in the car, and other distractions (and distracting individuals) that are present in the vehicle – and that divert the driver’s attention away from the road.
  • Violating traffic laws Illinois traffic laws are in place to decrease the chances of a motor vehicle accident while on the roadway. When drivers exceed the speed limit, make unsafe lane changes, and tailgate other drivers, they significantly increase their chances of causing a serious motor vehicle accident. 

Drunk Drivers

The State of Illinois recognizes the importance of sober driving and the serious dangers associated with drunk driving. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs can lead to a serious collision accompanied by harmful bodily injuries. 

In Illinois, a person can be arrested – and later convicted – of driving under the influence (DUI) if he or she is found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more, while he or she is in “actual physical control” of a motor vehicle. 

DUIs often result in criminal charges being imposed against the offending driver. In addition, if the DUI results in a motor vehicle collision in which one or more individuals sustain injuries, the drunk driver could be civilly liable for the injuries and damages from which the accident victim(s) suffers.

Speak to a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in an accident that took place on a road trip, the lawyers at Malman Law are ready to assist you. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

 

Driving is one way that older drivers in Chicago are able to remain independent and not have to rely upon friends and family members for rides to and from their destinations. Generally speaking, however, many older drivers suffer from decreased hearing and vision, as well as slower reflexes. Unfortunately, these characteristics can lead to serious motor vehicle crashes on the roadway. 

When an older driver causes a motor vehicle accident, it often calls into question whether the driver should be operating a vehicle at all. If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision that was caused by an older motor vehicle operator, the Chicago car accident lawyers at Malman Law could investigate your accident and determine your eligibility for filing a civil personal injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. 

Call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help you pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. 

 

Older Drivers may be at Risk for Causing an Accident

In some instances, older drivers can pose a risk to other drivers when they are operating their vehicles on the road. Some of the most common reasons why older drivers (especially those who are over the age of 65) pose a risk to other drivers include the following:

  • Some older drivers have vision problems, including macular degeneration that is related to their age, glaucoma, cataracts, and complications from diabetes.
  • Some older drivers experience issues with mobility, including muscular weakness, mobility issues that result from arthritis in various joints. 
  • Some older drivers experience difficulty with their motor function and judgment because of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or depression. 

 

How Older Drivers Sometimes Cause Accidents

Older drivers, just like their younger counterparts, can cause accidents when they disregard a traffic law or other rules of the road. Negligent driving exhibited by an older driver could include disregarding a stop sign or a red traffic light, speeding, unexpectedly braking or stopping the vehicle, driving the wrong way on the road, failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles at the appropriate times, or failing to properly maintain their vehicle.

 

Proving Negligence against an Older Driver

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by an older driver, you must still prove negligence on the part of that driver. Specifically, you must be able to demonstrate that the older driver acted in an unreasonable manner, such as by violating a traffic law, and that you suffered one or more physical injuries as a result. 

In order to prove that an older driver was negligent, you may need to gather evidence which supports the driver’s mental or physical condition at the time of the collision, such as the driver’s medical records and any prior accident reports. You might also want to obtain a copy of the individual’s driving record. 

 

Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that an older driver caused, the attorneys at Malman Law can assist. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

People in the Greater Chicago area regularly rely upon public transportation – including the “L” train – both during the holiday season as well as year-round. Generally speaking, public transportation is a safer alternative to driving in heavy Chicago traffic. However, accidents on these trains can still occur, and when they do, you may be able to assert a legal claim or cause of action for the injuries that you suffer.

Chicago’s L-train is run by the Chicago Transit Authority – otherwise known as the CTA. If you have been injured in an L-train accident, the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law may be able to assist. Our legal team can investigate the circumstances of the accident in which you were involved, interview witnesses, and gather other evidence – all for the purpose of pursuing monetary compensation on your behalf. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help you throughout every stage of your personal injury case. 

About Chicagos World-Famous L-train

Chicago’s L-train – so named because of the fact that it runs on an elevated track – provides passenger service to and from 140 stations located on both elevated tracks and in the subway. The L-train system consists of a total of eight different train lines that run to Chicago suburbs in the north, south, and west. All of the lines then converge in downtown Chicago where the majority of the city’s businesses, restaurants, and cultural centers are located.

Common Causes of Train Accidents 

Railroad accidents are actually more common than you might think. According to statistics provided by the Federal Railroad Administration, almost 2,000 railroad accidents take place at various locations throughout the country on an annual basis. This statistic includes commuter rail accidents, such as those that involve the Chicago L-train. Some common causes of these accidents include the following:

  • Poor track maintenance at various places on the rail line
  • Human errors, including failing to follow safety regulations or operate the train in a safe, careful, and prudent manner at all times
  • Train derailments
  • Signal malfunctions
  • Train equipment malfunctions
  • Collisions with motor vehicles at grade crossings along the line
  • Collisions with pedestrians (especially where they are trespassing on railroad property)

If you have been injured in an L-train accident, you may have several legal options. For instance, you might be able to file a claim against a negligent train operator and/or the CTA, depending upon the circumstances. 

Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Injuries in an L-train accident can be severe and may include falls, broken bones, and head injuries, to name a few. The skilled legal team at Malman Law can review how your accident occurred and can assist you with bringing a claim against the proper individual or entity. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes retail shopping at malls, shopping centers, and supermarkets. In the midst of all this commotion, accidents that result in serious injuries can sometimes occur. These accidents and injuries are sometimes attributable to negligent drivers and poor parking lot and parking garage maintenance. Moreover, in the midst of the holiday rush, retailers and other businesses are more interested in making a sale while paying less attention to the condition of their premises. 

If you have been injured while shopping, and your accident and injuries can be attributed to someone else (or to some legal entity), the experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law may be able to help. Our legal team can investigate the circumstances that caused your accident and can help you pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. 

Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you throughout your personal injury case. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents on shopping mall or shopping center premises can result in serious injuries and damages. Some common injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents include head injuries, neck and back injuries, soft tissue injuries, and fractures. 

Retail establishments, including shopping centers and shopping malls, owe a duty to their customers to maintain their premises at all times and keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. These establishments also have a duty to warn about defective conditions – or to repair those unsafe and hazardous conditions within a reasonable period of time. When they fail to do this, an injured slip and fall accident victim could make a legal claim against the retail establishment for damages arising out of the injury or injuries suffered. 

Parking Lot and Parking Garage Accidents

Parking lot and parking garage accidents can happen in a variety of different ways. In some cases, these accidents occur when a careless motor vehicle operator collides with a pedestrian in the parking lot or parking garage, severely injuring that person. At other times, these accidents occur because of unsafe conditions in and around the garage or lot. Some common examples of unsafe conditions on the premises include the following:

  1. Potholes 
  2. Concrete spalling, cracks, and other surface defects
  3. Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
  4. Loose stairs or railings 
  5. Poor security 
  6. Slippery substances that are not removed within a reasonable period of time

If you suffered an injury in a parking lot or parking garage because of a negligent, reckless, or distracted motor vehicle driver, you may be able to make a claim or file a lawsuit directly against that driver. On the other hand, if your injury resulted from a surface defect, loose railing, malfunctioning equipment, or similar defect, you may be able to assert a cause of action against the owner/operator of the parking lot or garage.

Speak to a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The experienced legal team at Malman Law can investigate your accident and help you pursue much-needed compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

With each new year comes new resolutions and opportunities for you, your families, and friends. One of your most important New Year’s resolutions should be to take some active steps to avoid sustaining new accidents and injuries. For example, you should be aware of your driving habits, make sure that your premises are safe, and take caution when operating certain products. 

In some instances, however, no matter how safe you are and no matter how many precautions you take, accidents still happen, and injuries still occur. When those accidents and injuries occur because of another person’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, then you may be able to file a claim or a lawsuit against the negligent individual.

The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law can assist you with filing bringing a legal cause of action or filing a lawsuit against an at-fault individual. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you throughout the process. 

Avoid Negligent Driving Habits

One safety resolution for the new year should be to practice good and safe driving habits at all times. Safe driving habits include all of the following:

  1. Always being aware of your surroundings and frequently look in your side and rearview mirrors
  2. Practicing safe driving by obeying all traffic laws and regulations, especially with regard to speed limits, traffic signs, warning signs, and turn signal use
  3. Refraining from distracted driving and texting while driving (i.e., using an electronic or cellular device that does not have a hands-free option for the car)

If you are injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by someone else’s negligence, a Chicago personal injury lawyer can assist by filing a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. 

Unsafe Premises

A good New Year’s resolution for premises owners is to take some time to inspect their properties and make all of the necessary repairs and updates, if necessary. Premises owners owe a duty to business guests and other visitors to ensure that their properties are safe from hazards at all times. They also have a duty to make reasonable efforts to correct any known dangers – or to at least warn others about them. Finally, premises owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and secure for the benefit of all business customers. 

If you have been injured on someone else’s property because of a hazard or other premises defect, then you may be able to assert a legal cause of action against the property owner. 

Defective Products

When using a new product, it is always important to read the instructions carefully and observe all of the necessary safety precautions. Even still, new products sometimes malfunction due to a product defect. When this happens, and you suffer an injury, you may be able to bring a legal claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. 

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The experienced attorneys at Malman Law are ready to assist you with your personal injury legal matter. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more.

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