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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.

 

slip and fall

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.

products liability

When you think of manufacturer negligence, you may think of companies making and selling defective products that malfunction and cause injuries. While this is a common occurrence that leads to products liability claims, there is another way manufacturers can be negligent and lead to consumer injuries – failing to warn consumers of the risks of a product.

When Products Need Warnings

Products should have instructions for how to use them, and they should include any warnings that consumers need to know. These include warnings about risks that may cause injuries, especially if the risk is not obvious to the purchaser. For example, a lighter might not need a warning that it might cause a fire, but non-flame retardant baby clothes should have a warning that they might catch on fire. 

Household products that might be toxic if they are ingested or come into contact with the skin should always have appropriate warnings. This allows a user to store the product away from children, as well as take precautionary measures, such as wearing rubber gloves, when using the product. In addition, toys should always have warnings, including the recommended minimum age for the product. If a parent unknowingly lets a child play with a certain toy when they are too young, there might be a choking risk, among others. 

Holding Manufacturers Accountable

Many accidents involving risky products can lead to serious injuries and losses, including:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Costs of future medical treatment
  • Past and future lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injuries

In some cases, the losses stemming from a product-related injury can be extensive, and accident victims may face a long road to recovery – or may not ever fully recover at all. 

When you were unaware of an inherent risk of a product, you might be able to file an insurance claim against the corporation that manufactured and sold the product. In some cases in Illinois, companies can be held strictly liable for failure to warn if the failure resulted in an unreasonably dangerous situation. You can also bring a claim for negligence, citing that the company failed to fulfill its duty to warn of certain risks.

You can expect companies to defend against liability whenever possible, and some issues that may arise are as follows:

  • That you did not use the product as intended, though was the misuse predictable?
  • That there was a warning, but was it conspicuous enough?
  • If the company was unaware of the product risks, should it have conducted more research before selling the product?

Learn How Our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

When you call Malman Law, you can speak with a member of our legal team about what happened and your legal options. Consultations are no-cost and no-obligation, so you have nothing to lose by discussing a possible case with our law firm. Our personal injury lawyers in Chicago have the resources to take on large companies and stand up for our clients’ rights. Call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist you today.

Illinois law clearly requires drivers to stop and remain at the scene of any car accident that resulted in property damage. If someone is injured, the driver has the duty to offer reasonable assistance to that person, as well as provide the necessary information to others involved in the accident. This includes the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information.

Despite criminal charges and penalties for leaving the scene of an accident, some people still choose to drive away and leave injured victims alone to fend for themselves. This can happen in any type of crash, including motorcycle accidents.

Why Drivers Hit and Run

There are many different reasons why someone might flee an accident scene and, generally, it is to avoid serious consequences for unlawful activity. Some examples of why this might happen include:

  • The driver has a suspended license
  • The driver does not have the mandatory insurance coverage required in Illinois
  • The driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • The driver has drugs, weapons, or other contraband in the vehicle
  • The driver knows they have a warrant out for their arrest

No matter what the reason might be, seeing a driver flee the scene after they crashed into your motorcycle can be devastating. If you are seriously injured, it might be difficult for you to even call 911. Furthermore, if you incur medical bills, lost income, repair bills, and other losses, who will cover those?

Seeking Compensation after a Hit and Run

After a hit and run, you should always call 911. Not only will first responders give you the medical attention you need, but the police will also file a report about the hit and run. Police officers can speak with any witnesses to help identify the driver and/or vehicle. In some cases, law enforcement officers are able to track down the driver who fled in the days following the crash. In this instance, you can then seek to hold the driver accountable.

What happens if the driver is never found or if they do not have insurance? If you are in this situation, you should have an attorney review your insurance. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you can file a claim under that policy. Insurance companies treat hit and runs as if the motorist was uninsured. These claims can be complex, though, even if you are dealing with your own insurer. It is still important to have legal assistance during the uninsured motorist claims process to protect your rights to the settlement you deserve.

Speak with an Experienced Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

It can be distressing to be injured in a hit and run crash. Motorcycle accidents are difficult enough without having to worry about how you will get the compensation you deserve. You should not wait to discuss your options for financial recovery with a trusted Chicago personal injury attorney. Malman Law handles all types of accident and injury cases, so please call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for a case evaluation with a member of our team. 

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Some people call them “fender-benders,” but in reality, a rear-end collision can result in serious property damage and injuries. Many people injured in this type of crash have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver, though the process is not simple. If you have been in a rear-end crash and believe someone else was to blame, contact a Chicago car accident attorney about your legal options right away.

Causes of Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons – most of which place fault for the accident squarely on the shoulders of the driver of the vehicle in the back. For this reason, in the vast majority of cases, the person or people in the vehicle in front can typically recover compensation for any losses they incur as a result of the accident. Some specific causes of rear-end accident include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Impaired driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Texting and driving
  • Failing to account for adverse weather conditions

It’s important to note that not all rear-end accidents are caused by the rear driver, and there are certain cases in which the front driver may be at fault for a rear-end collision. For example, if the driver in the front was operating a vehicle with malfunctioning brake or tail lights, a rear-end accident could potentially be his or her fault. Likewise, if a driver suddenly changes lanes while the vehicle next to him is accelerating, the same may be true. 

Common Injuries and Losses

Rear-end accidents are capable of causing severe damage and serious injuries. This is partially true because the people in the front often have no idea that a crash is about to happen, so they do not have any chance to brace themselves for the collision. Some of the more common injuries that people sustain in rear-end accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Concussions
  • Severe soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

These injuries can often translate into significant tangible and intangible losses for people that are involved in rear-end crashes. In many cases, they require medical treatment and are unable to work for weeks or even months after their accident. Fortunately, these and other losses are typically compensable under Illinois law. Some of the specific damages that rear-end crash victims commonly seek include medical expenses, lost income, property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. You can also receive compensation for permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement. 

Consult with a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer for Free Today

The dedicated legal team at Malman Law helps clients after many types of motor vehicle accidents, including rear-end collisions. We know that even if an accident seems relatively minor, it can still result in serious injuries and losses, and we are on your side. If you have been in an accident, timing is important, and you should not put your legal rights on hold. Call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today. 

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Doctors and hospitals prescribe and administer medications for many important reasons. Whether you are controlling your blood pressure, managing diabetes, fighting infections, or anything else, medication will likely be a part of your treatment plan. When medical professionals are dealing with many types of medication on a regular basis, the opportunity exists for serious errors to occur.

Medication errors can cause serious harm to patients, including life-threatening complications. If you suffered harm because of a medical mistake, you should discuss your legal rights with a Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Prescription Errors

Doctors write prescriptions on a daily basis, as well as give out sample drugs they receive from pharmaceutical companies. Before a physician ever prescribes or hands out medication, they should:

  1. Review your medical history for any potential risks or side effects
  2. Inquire about any known drug allergies
  3. Inquire about the medication you are currently taking, including over-the-counter products and dietary supplements, to identify any possible adverse drug reactions
  4. Ensure the prescription is properly filled out, including the right patient name, medication name, and dosage instructions
  5. When a doctor fails to properly take the above steps in every case, errors can occur. Patients can have allergic or adverse reactions, they might take the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, and much more.

Hospital Errors

Most patients who are admitted to the hospital receive medication at regular intervals. Nurses and staff members are tasked with keeping track of every pill administered and accurately updating charts to make sure that the next staff on duty know what medication was given and needs to be given.

Unfortunately, working in a hospital can be stressful and hectic, and there can be many situations that distract nurses from the task at hand. This can lead to a failure to notate medication or other interruptions in patient care. Some medication errors that can happen in hospitals include:

  1. Failing to give the necessary medication
  2. Giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient
  3. Double-dosing a patient

If a patient misses medication they need, it can have devastating effects if they are already in serious condition. Receiving the wrong medication altogether not only deprives them of their necessary medication, but it also puts them at risk of adverse reactions to the wrong drugs. Receiving a double dose of certain medications can result in an overdose when it comes to certain drugs. If you sustained preventable injuries or complications due to hospital medication errors, you might have important legal rights to financial recovery, and you should speak with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer immediately.

Contact Our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys for More Information

At Malman Law, our Chicago personal injury lawyers have seen firsthand the serious effects of many medication errors and other forms of medical negligence. We also know that medical malpractice claims can be difficult, and we have the resources and experience to tackle these cases head-on. We stand up for the rights of clients injured by medical professionals, so please call (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to discuss how your injuries occurred today.

Pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers are commonly known as bed sores. Bedsores typically develop on skin covered by bony areas, such as the heels, ankles, hips, buttocks, shoulder blades, back of the head, backs, and sides of the knees, and the tailbone. Those most at risk for developing bedsores are those with medical conditions that limit their ability to change positions or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair. 

If your loved one has acquired a bedsore while in a hospital or nursing home, you are encouraged to speak with a Chicago personal injury attorney. If you are unsure about what you should do, contact Malman Law to schedule your free consultation. The attorneys at Malman Law are experienced in dealing with these types of cases and providing families the compassion they deserve.

Signs of Hospital Negligence

Hospitals and nursing homes are required to identify patients at risk of developing bedsores through the Braden Scale. Once identified, a care plan centered around bedsore prevention is put into action. Common examples of bedsore prevention techniques include:

  • Moving patients frequently to relieve pressure
  • Frequent examinations of areas prone to the development of bedsores
  • Controlling incontinence to maintain the integrity of the skin
  • Proper hydration
  • Proper nutrition

What Can I Do About My Family Member’s Bed Sore?

A hospital or nursing home’s failure to detect bedsores in their early stages can be an indication of negligence. Once bedsore has developed, a facility needs to take immediate steps to heal the sore as the skin can quickly deteriorate. Pressure sores sustained in a hospital or nursing home are preventable, and they must be investigated to determine whether negligence played a role.

Whom Can I Hold Responsible?

There are federal and Illinois state laws in place to protect hospital and nursing home patients from neglect and abuse that could lead to bedsores. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act entitles nursing home residents to be free from any type of neglect and abuse. When bedsores and other signs of neglect appear, victims and their families have the right to file a claim for negligence against the facility.

Hospital and nursing home negligence victims also have the right to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation. Victims may recover compensation for medical care to address bedsore(s) and complications, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Depending on the severity of the negligence, victims could also be awarded punitive damages. 

Speak With a Chicago Hospital Negligence Attorney Today

If your loved one has developed bedsore or underlying complication while in a Chicago hospital or nursing home, you are encouraged to speak with the Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys of Malman Law. If hired, Malman Law attorneys will begin an immediate investigation to confirm whether negligence was committed and could assist you with pursuing the compensation you need. 

To schedule a free legal evaluation and case consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for more information.

Illinois motorcycle accidents result in thousands of injuries and fatalities annually. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer a fatal injury in a motor vehicle collision. In 2015, there were approximately 3,506 motorcycle accidents statewide, resulting in 147 fatalities and 2,643 injuries.

Motorcycles offer minimal protection during collisions, resulting in a motorcycle rider absorbing the impact of their bodies. The State of Illinois does not mandate helmets, making Illinois motorcyclists twice as likely to sustain head injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys of Malman Law for a free case evaluation and legal consultation today.

Common Motorcycle Injuries

Common injuries sustained in Illinois motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Head Injury – Traumatic head injuries are caused by a severe, violent strike or blow to the head that causes the brain to bump against the skull. The degree of the injury will depend upon several factors, including the nature of the accident and the force of the impact. Traumatic brain injuries can also result in severe long-term complications, as well as death.
  • Road Rash – Road rash is an injury sustained when a motorcyclist’s body slides across the pavement, and concrete rubs against the skin as the body skids across the pavement at a high rate of speed. 
  • Muscle Damage – During a motorcycle accident, a motorcyclist is at risk of suffering muscle damage anywhere on the body. 
  • Biker’s Arm – Biker’s arm is a common injury and occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her bike and stretches his or her arms forward to lessen the impact. However, this movement can result in severe nerve damage to the biker’s arms.
  • Lower Extremity Injury – Motorcyclists who are involved in a serious collision commonly suffer injuries to their lower extremities, including their legs and feet. 

What Damages Can I Recover?

Motorcycle injury victims who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence may be entitled to compensation. Injury victims who have incurred medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering can file a lawsuit to recover their economic damages. Injury victims who have suffered non-economic damages, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may also file a lawsuit to recover compensation.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Motorcycle Accidents?

The statute of limitations is the time limit by which someone must file a lawsuit. In the State of Illinois, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed two years from the date of the accident. It is important to speak with a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney early on so that the statute of limitations is confirmed.

Call a Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

At your initial consultation, the experienced attorneys of Malman Law will advise you as to the merits of your case. If you decide to retain us, Malman Law will immediately begin to investigate your claim, contact insurance companies, and assist you with pursuing a monetary settlement or personal injury litigation. 

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer, please give us a call at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for more information.

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