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Older adults can suffer extremely serious injuries, including broken hips, when they fall to the ground. Falls can occur both indoors and outdoors and depend upon various factors, including the weather. There are also certain steps that older adults can take to try and keep slip and fall accidents from occurring in the first place.

Nevertheless, slip and fall accidents can and sometimes do still occur because a business fails to properly maintain its premises. When that happens, you or your loved one might be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the owner of the business. An experienced Chicago personal injury attorney at Malman Law could help you pursue a claim or lawsuit against a business and fight for your right to economic recovery. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help.

Steps Seniors Can Take to Avoid Slip and Falls

There are certain steps that senior citizens can take to protect against slip and fall accidents. First, seniors should wear proper footwear that has a thick tread. When the tread on a shoe becomes worn, it becomes easier for the wearer to slip — especially on a surface that is wet.

Moreover, seniors should make sure to only walk in areas that are well lit. When walking uphill or downhill, holding onto someone else or using a railing can help to prevent a fall. Finally, seniors should allow themselves extra time to get to where they are going, so that they are not in a hurry. Taking extra time can help to avoid a slip and fall accident that could potentially result in one or more serious injuries.

Pursuing Legal Action against a Premises Owner

Even despite these extra precautions, serious slip and fall accidents can still occur on business premises. In some cases, these accidents occur because the premises owner or operator fails to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition. 

Businesses, including stores and restaurants, have a duty to make sure that customer areas are free of debris at all times, including slippery substances. In order to demonstrate that the business violated its duty of care to customers, the accident victim must be able to demonstrate that the business owner knew about the defective or hazardous condition, but failed to repair or warn about the condition within a reasonable period of time.

If the accident victim is able to prove that the business was at fault, then he or she could pursue damages. These damages might include compensation for all related medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, mental distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of use of a body part, and loss of spousal companionship.

Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred on business premises, the experienced attorneys at Malman Law might be able to assist. 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 about how we could help. 

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Escalator and elevator accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. In some instances, these accidents happen when stores and other businesses fail to keep their equipment in proper working order. At other times, these accidents happen when the equipment itself malfunctions as a result of some sort of defect.

If you suffered an injury in an escalator or elevator accident, it is important that you seek out legal representation as soon as possible. A Chicago personal injury lawyer at Malman Law could help you recover the compensation that you need resulting from your accident, via the settlement or litigation process. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could file a personal injury claim or lawsuit on your behalf. 

Duty of Care Owed

Individuals who are on business property in order to benefit the business owners are typically classified as business invitees. Business invitees are commonly customers at a store, restaurant, or other business.

The owner of a business owes a duty to business invitees. Specifically, business owners must ensure that the premises are always kept safe from defects and must ordinarily inspect the premises on a regular basis for unknown defects. This duty of care extends to equipment on the premises, including escalators and elevators. Specifically, if the business is aware of an equipment defect but does not cure the defect or warn about the defect in a reasonable period of time, then the business could be responsible for any accidents or injuries that result.

When it comes to equipment on the premises, such as escalators and elevators, businesses have a duty to ensure that all of the proper mechanisms are in working order at all times. They must also ensure that equipment is inspected on a regular basis and that any defects are promptly corrected. Finally, they must make sure that escalators and elevators are clean at all times and free of any spills that could result in a slip and fall accident.

Negligence of a Third Party

Businesses regularly hire outsiders to take care of repairs on elevators, escalators, and other equipment used by the business. Third-party entities are also typically responsible for inspecting these devices. In some instances, when repair facilities and inspectors do not do their jobs properly, elevators and escalators malfunction, resulting in serious injuries.

Therefore, in addition to filing a claim or lawsuit against the premises owner, the accident victim could also make a claim against the repair facility and/or the inspector. When it comes to proving third-party negligence in an elevator or escalator accident case, it is often necessary to hire an expert to show that the repair facility or the inspector did something wrong.

Finally, in escalator and elevator accident cases where the equipment malfunctions, the accident victim might be able to file a product liability claim against the equipment manufacturer. 

Call a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident in Chicago, an experienced personal injury attorney at Malman Law can explain all of your legal options and help you recover monetary compensation. 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. 

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

It is no secret that fatigued driving can result in a serious motor vehicle collision that has the potential to injure all of the involved drivers. When motor vehicle drivers – including the operators of large tractor-trailers and big rigs – operate their vehicles while fatigued, they could cause their vehicles to collide with another vehicle (or even to run off the road and into a stationary object). When that occurs, serious injuries can result that often require extensive medical treatment and expenses. 

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car accident that was caused by a fatigued driver, let the Chicago car accident lawyers at Malman Law assist you with pursuing a claim or filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. Our experienced legal team can help you work towards a settlement or file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Please call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about the legal assistance we could provide. 

Preventing Drowsy Driving 

The National Sleep Foundation has recently declared that the week of November 3 through November 10, 2019, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The purpose of this week is to draw additional attention to the seriousness and dangers of operating a motor vehicle on the roadway while fatigued. 

According to statistics, fatigued drivers are responsible for over 6,400 motor vehicle accident deaths across the United States every year. The purpose of this week is to draw attention to this statistic and hopefully, to encourage drivers not to operate their vehicles without the proper amount of sleep. 

What Can Happen When a Fatigued Driver gets behind the Wheel?

Fatigued driving can have very serious consequences on Chicago roadways. When a driver gets behind the wheel without sufficient sleep, any of the following could occur:

  • The driver could fall asleep at the wheel and cause his or her vehicle to collide with another vehicle
  • The driver could cause his or her vehicle to drift into another lane of travel and collide with another vehicle
  • The driver could cause his or her vehicle to strike a pedestrian at a crosswalk or on a sidewalk
  • The driver could strike a stationary object on the side of the road, causing himself/herself and any passengers to suffer injuries in the collision

Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a fatigued driver, you might be eligible to pursue a claim for damages. Specifically, you could pursue compensation for your medical treatment and any lost wages for the time that you missed from work. You could also seek damages for your pain and suffering, inconvenience, and mental or emotional distress. 

At Malman Law, our experienced legal team could pursue a claim for personal injury damages on your behalf. 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. 

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Pedestrian accidents near traffic intersections and on sidewalks happen all too often. Moreover, new vehicle technology does not always do much to reduce pedestrian accidents in these locations. Even the American Automobile Association, otherwise known as the AAA, has claimed that car braking systems and pedestrian detection systems do not always recognize pedestrians’ presence in time to avoid a serious accident. 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to assert a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle that hit you. In some instances, you might also be able to assert a personal injury claim against the car manufacturer on the basis of a defective product. Let the experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law help you determine if you have a claim and explore any and all legal options on your behalf. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help. 

Recent Study 

Recent studies have confirmed that car braking systems and pedestrian identification systems on newer vehicles are not as reliable as vehicle manufacturers once claimed and believed. Specifically, these studies confirmed the following:

  • That pedestrian detection systems are completely ineffective at night – coincidentally, when many pedestrian accidents occur
  • That these systems work better when the pedestrian is an adult (but avoiding a collision only 40 percent of the total times tested and crashing into the test dummy approximately 60 percent of the total times tested)
  • That these systems’ effectiveness decreases significantly when the vehicle is moving at a high rate of speed
  • That these systems’ effectiveness decreases significantly when the pedestrian is a smaller individual, such as a child – even when the vehicle is traveling at a relatively slow speed

In reaching its conclusions, the AAA reminded drivers that they should not rely on new vehicle technology completely, that they should constantly make sure that they are aware of their surroundings (especially when the sun goes down), and that they should always use their common sense when driving. 

Making a Claim or Filing a Lawsuit

Motor vehicle drivers owe other drivers – as well as pedestrians – a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a safe and careful manner at all times. When they fail in this regard and negligently strike a pedestrian, they may be liable for damages. 

Similarly, when a pedestrian accident victim can demonstrate that an accident resulted from defective vehicle technology, he or she might be able to make a claim or file a lawsuit against the car or technology device manufacturer. 

Speak to a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, let the experienced attorneys at Malman Law review your legal matter and provide you with skilled and results-oriented legal representation. 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. 

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers who have just received their licenses are extremely inexperienced – especially when it comes to driving on busy roadways and highways. Given their lack of experience, young teen drivers are more prone to causing accidents than older and more experienced drivers. These accidents can occur when teenage drivers are speeding or violating other rules of the road. 

In addition to getting a ticket or incurring a criminal penalty (such as for a DUI), young drivers who cause motor vehicle crashes could incur civil liability. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a young driver, you should call an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer at Malman Law today. Our knowledgeable personal injury legal team could investigate your accident and could help you pursue a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. 

Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn how we might be able to assist you with your car accident case. 

Types of Teen Driver Negligence

Teen drivers are not yet experienced at operating motor vehicles on the road, and consequently, they are more likely than other drivers to cause a motor vehicle collision. Some common examples of teen driver negligence on Chicago roadways, including the following:

  • Speeding – Young people sometimes have a tendency to drive fast – especially if they are operating a newer vehicle, such as a sports car. When young and inexperienced drivers operate their vehicles fast, they are more likely to collide with other vehicles and cause a serious accident. 
  • Weaving through traffic – Young drivers are sometimes in a hurry to get to their destinations, and in order to do so, they may weave in and out of traffic or forget to use a turn signal. Doing so, however, can lead to a serious collision.
  • Driving on busy roads – Teenage drivers are also inexperienced drivers who are still learning how to operate and control a motor vehicle. In some instances, these drivers are not experienced enough to be operating a vehicle on a multi-lane highway or another busy roadway. When inexperienced drivers are operating motor vehicles in this setting, serious accidents can occur. 
  • DUI – Drunk driving is a serious problem, not just with teenage drivers, but with adult drivers as well. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adult drivers is 0.08 percent. However, for minors, a zero-tolerance policy is in effect, due to their decreased level of driving experience and because drinking is unlawful for them. If a minor is found to have any alcohol in his or her system while driving, the minor could be arrested. The minor could also face civil liability if he or she causes a collision that results in injuries. 

Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a teenage driver, let the skilled legal team at Malman Law assist you with your case. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

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Auto recalls are extremely common today and are issued by manufacturers very frequently. While some auto recalls are issued for relatively minor issues, some recalls are for far more serious defects. Even when manufacturers recall their automobiles, many car owners ignore these recalls or wait too long to do anything about them. When a driver operates a vehicle without addressing a recall, the driver could be putting himself or herself – along with passengers and other drivers – at serious risk. 

In many cases, checking on an auto recall is simple, and the fix can be made very quickly. Also, in many circumstances, auto recalls are addressed by car dealerships free of charge. When auto recalls are not addressed promptly, serious accidents and injuries could result. In some instances, you might be able to assert a claim against the auto manufacturer and/or the manufacturer of the defective part, in the event of an accident. 

A Chicago car accident lawyer at Malman Law could help you investigate your claim and may be able to assert a personal injury claim on your behalf. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. 

 

Types of Auto Recalls

Recalls can be issued for a variety of different defects on motor vehicles, including car seats (or child safety seats), tires, steering mechanisms, airbags, braking systems, and other vehicle parts. If a recall has been issued on your vehicle, you should try to get the defect corrected as soon as possible. 

 

Recall-Related Accidents

Auto recalls can lead to serious motor vehicle collisions – especially when they are not addressed promptly. Some of the most common types of accidents that involved recalled vehicles include the following:

  • Motor vehicle fires
  • Vehicle rollover accidents
  • Vehicle roof collapses
  • Loss of control over the vehicle
  • Failure of a vehicle door latch
  • Flying debris after airbag deployment

If you have been involved in one of these accidents, an investigation will likely need to be completed in order to determine the cause of the accident. In some instances, the injured accident victim might be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the car manufacturer, while at other times, he or she could file a claim against the defective part manufacturer, such as the tire manufacturer or seat manufacturer, depending upon the circumstances. 

 

Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a car accident that involved a recalled vehicle, let the experienced legal team at Malman Law review your circumstances, and determine if you have a valid claim. We could first try to pursue a settlement on your behalf, and if a reasonable settlement is not forthcoming, we can work to litigate your case in the Illinois court system to a favorable resolution. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

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Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable people in our society. They choose to live in facilities where they can expect their basic needs to be met and have assistance with tasks when they need it. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and every year thousands of people throughout the United States are subjected to nursing home neglect, often with tragic outcomes.

It’s important to remember that the loved ones of nursing home residents are often their first line of defense. For this reason, if you have a family member or close friend in a nursing home, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the most common signs of neglect. 

Bedsores

Bedsores are ulcers that can occur when parts of the body are under continuous pressure for a prolonged time. Also called pressure ulcers, they often develop when a person is bedridden or confined to a wheelchair. Because bedsores can be prevented by turning, proper positioning, skincare, and good nutrition, they are often a sign of neglect when they happen to nursing home residents.

Untreated Medical Conditions

Nursing homes have a duty to provide their residents with adequate medical care. When nursing home residents develop medical conditions that go untreated, it is typically a sign of neglect. Conditions can range from a common cold to more serious conditions like untreated injuries or infections. If you notice that your loved one has a medical condition that is not being treated, alert the nursing home’s management immediately.

Unsanitary Conditions

Nursing home residents are often unable to clean their living quarters or themselves – they rely on nursing home staff to do so. As a result, unsanitary conditions are usually a sign that a resident is not getting the level of care they deserve. When you visit your loved one, be sure to take a look at their bathroom, their sheets, and the general condition of their environment. If it seems unsanitary, neglect may be occurring.

Malnutrition

You should always expect that a nursing home resident will be provided adequate food, water, and other vitamins and nutrients they need. However, some long-term care facilities do not always make sure that residents are attending meals or receiving proper meals and hydration in their rooms. Some signs that a resident might be malnourished include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Skin problems
  • Hair loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Anemia

Malnutrition is more common in nursing homes than you might imagine, so you should always look for signs and symptoms when you visit your loved one.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. At Malman Law, we know how devastating nursing home neglect can be and have the skill required to hold nursing homes accountable. To schedule a free case evaluation with a nursing home attorney in Chicago, call our office today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online.

Truck Accident

About 475,000 commercial trucks are involved in crashes each year, and about 104,000 of those accidents result in injuries to one or more people. Semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles are significantly larger than passenger cars, and a collision with a massive truck can often result in catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that affect your brain or spinal cord, or that permanently impair normal abilities. Some catastrophic injuries from truck accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Burns

Life after a Catastrophic Injury

A catastrophic injury can completely change your life. These injuries have severe and lasting effects that can affect both your professional and personal prospects for the future. The following are only some ways that dealing with this type of devastating injury can be challenging.

Medical treatment – From the moment of your injury, medical treatment will be a major part of your life. Catastrophic injuries require emergency trauma care, and patients may need hospitalization, intensive care, surgeries, time in a rehabilitation center, home health assistance, medical equipment, accommodations, and much more. Treatment and the use of assistive devices may be ongoing for the rest of your life. 

Lost earnings – After a catastrophic injury, you will certainly have to miss work for a period of time while you are in the hospital or recovering at home. This lost income can cause serious financial problems for your household. Some catastrophic injuries result in permanent disabilities and impairments that might prevent you from returning to your job. You might have to find a lower-paying job or may need to rely on disability benefits if you cannot work at all. These injuries can often cost you significant future earnings. 

Pain and suffering – Severe injuries often come with severe pain. Pain management can be difficult, especially with the opioid crisis and hesitation by medical professionals to prescribe certain painkillers. Sometimes, the pain you experience will persist (or come and go) for years. It can be a good idea to keep detailed notes in a pain journal so you can better demonstrate the pain levels you are experiencing on a day-to-day basis.

Mental trauma – A truck accident can be traumatic in itself, and many motor vehicle accident victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that requires psychological or psychiatric treatment. In addition, experiencing constant pain and/or adjusting to life with a disability can be difficult, and can result in depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional issues. 

Needless to say, dealing with a catastrophic injury from a truck crash is a challenge – one that might persist for the rest of your life. It is important to identify which parties can be held liable for your devastating injuries and losses.

Contact a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer You Can Trust

Malman Law handles claims stemming from severe injuries. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys work closely with injured clients to protect their rights. If you suffered injuries in an accident, call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

 

Workplace Accidents

Accidents on the job can result in a wide range of injuries. Some injuries may be treated so they heal relatively quickly, while other injuries can completely alter your life. One injury that can affect almost every aspect of your work, personal life, and recreational activities is an amputation of a body part. Commonly amputated parts include digits, extremities, limbs, ears, and more. 

Reports indicate that about one in 20,000 workers in the United States are affected by work-related amputations. This is a high number given the severity of this type of accident and injury. Certain injuries present an even higher risk of amputations, including manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. 

Some common causes of amputations at work include:

  • Lack of safeguards on machinery
  • Power tool accidents
  • Getting pinned or crushed by materials
  • Malfunctioning mechanical equipment
  • Explosions or demolition accidents

When any of the above causes an amputation, the injured worker should get emergency transport in an ambulance to the nearest hospital. Amputations require emergency trauma care, and in some cases, the body part can be surgically reattached. Even if reattachment is possible, the recovery process can be long, and the future use of that body part can be limited. 

If a body part cannot be reattached, doctors must take the proper measures to prevent infection of the wound. You might have to spend some time in the hospital and may require surgical procedures. You will then have to adjust to life without your amputated part, which can be difficult. Even with cutting-edge prosthetics, you will likely need to relearn many tasks. If you choose a prosthesis, it can be costly and will need to be replaced every few years. 

Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Chicago

There is no doubt that medical bills following amputation can be overwhelming. In addition, amputations might prevent you from returning to your job for weeks or months, or might keep you from ever working again. It is important to speak to an experienced attorney to help with your workers’ compensation claim. We regularly seek workers’ compensation benefits for the following and more:

  • Medical care 
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent partial disability
  • Permanent total disability

Under the law, it does not matter if your employer was negligent or not, as you deserve benefits for workplace injuries regardless of fault. If a third party was negligent and caused your accident, such as a machinery manufacturer, you might be able to hold that party accountable for your losses, as well. An attorney can identify all possible sources of compensation in your situation. 

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Assistance Today

The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Malman Law have worked with clients with catastrophic injuries such as amputations. We know your losses can be extensive and that your life will never be the same. Our goal is to obtain the full amount of workers’ compensation benefits or third-party compensation that you deserve for your permanent, life-changing injuries. Call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

 

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Falls are consistently among the most common causes of accidental injury in the Chicagoland area, injuring thousands of people every year. It may be tempting to discount falls as little more than a minor annoyance, as most of us have fallen at some point, gotten up, and went about our business. In reality, falls are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, including those that can leave victims with long-term medical issues.

Some of the most common injuries that people sustain in falls are detailed below. For more information or discuss your slip and fall case in detail, call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Chicago, call our office today.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are a common injury that can occur in a fall. Often, the first body part to come into contact with the ground absorbs the most force, so falls often result in broken wrists, elbows, knees, and hips. In addition, if a person hits his or her head on the ground or another object while falling, it can result in a skull fracture, which is a serious injury that requires emergency medical attention.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A bump or blow to the head can also cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), regardless of whether a skull fracture also occurred. TBIs disrupt the way the brain normally functions and can cause debilitating symptoms that can affect victims for weeks, months, or even years. In milder cases, TBI victims can experience issues like headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, difficulty concentrating, and problems sleeping. In more serious cases, victims may develop issues with problem-solving, communication, movement, and other tasks that may never fully resolve.

Severe Soft Tissue Injuries

Falling can contort your body in unnatural or unusual ways. In addition, while you are falling, there is always the chance that you can hit something on your way down. Consequently, falls can result in serious soft tissue injuries, including contusions (bruises), severe lacerations, sprains, strains, dislocations, and others. In many cases, soft tissue injuries require medical attention and can cause pain for weeks or months.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries people can sustain. In the context of falls, they are rare, but they can occur if a person falls with sufficient force or in a particularly awkward way. Because the spinal cord is responsible for allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, any damage to it can cause serious issues, including paralysis below the site of the injury.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in a fall that occurred because of someone else’s carelessness, you should speak to an experienced attorney as soon as you. At Malman Law, our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping accident victims recover the compensation to which they are entitled under Illinois Law. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online.

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