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Get help making your medical malpractice claim

Medical malpractice is extremely frustrating in part because the very people you placed your trust in are the ones who caused you harm. Malpractice can happen for any number of reasons, from someone writing down the wrong patient name to forgetting to note an allergy on your chart.

Medical malpractice can cost a patient their life. It can also result in serious injuries that require surgery or ongoing treatment to correct. Sometimes, injuries aren't able to be corrected, and a patient is left to live with the damage that was done by the mistakes made.

Get help after you suffer a personal injury

It's difficult to find yourself injured as a result of another person's negligence. Sadly, it happens every day to people who are abiding by the traffic laws and just trying to get from point A to point B without trouble.

In many cases, it's people who are traveling to work, to school, with their friends or with family who end up suffering serious injuries or having to deal with the deaths of loved ones as a result of another driver's negligent or dangerous actions. Fortunately, you can hold others responsible for their actions, so that you don't have to worry about your financial losses impacting you in the long term.

What to do if you're involved in a crash

If there is one thing that you can count on, it's that you're going to know someone who has been involved in a car crash. That person might even be you.

Car crashes are unpredictable, and they happen every single day. Whether it's 2:00 in the morning or the middle of the rush hour, crashes happen.

Are owners of pools liable for all accidents that happen there?

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to talk about premises liability and swimming pools. When you take your kids to the local pool, or you head to a gym for a swim, you want to know that the owner has taken safety seriously. It's essential that you are not hurt as a result of broken stairs, damaged flooring or other issues that the owner should have known about and repaired.

The owner of any property owes a duty of reasonable care to those who enter the property. As an invitee to the property, you're owed the highest level of care. That means that the owner should keep the pool and surrounding area in good condition to prevent your injuries.

Even minor errors can spur a medical malpractice lawsuit

Medical malpractice is a serious concern for patients and their families. If it's been suggested that malpractice may be a cause of your injuries or a loved one's death, then it is in your best interests to talk about your options with your attorney.

Medical malpractice can result from something seemingly small. For instance, you may hear the nurse call you the wrong name and go back to the station knowing that they mean you. However, you know that incorrect name could still be linked to you; if you go on to get a treatment or to see a doctor for a problem, you could find that you're treated for someone else's health problems.

What should you know before filing a malpractice claim?

Illinois has seen its fair share of medical malpractice cases, and if you've been a victim of malpractice, you may be hoping that you can also file a claim and win compensation for your losses. There are some things you should know, however, if you plan to file a lawsuit.

To start with, there is a statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases. In Illinois, you generally have two years to file a claim after you were injured or discovered the injury. That's something you should ask your attorney about first, especially if you are close to that time limit.

Vehicle fleeing police causes serious collision injuring 5

Crashes happen every day, but when they involve you and your family, it can feel like your entire world is under attack. Everything you know changes in an instant, putting you under stress and potentially leaving you in pain.

While crashes do happen regularly, there are some that should have been avoided. Take, for example, crashes that result from drivers fleeing from the police.

Know the signs of whiplash and get medical care

When you're involved in a car accident, one of the injuries you may suffer from is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulders, neck and head are torn or strained during a collision. This often happens because of the head whipping forward or backward quickly, which is how whiplash got its name.

Whiplash is an interesting type of injury, because it doesn't always appear right away. Sometimes, those who suffer from whiplash feel fine for the first day or two after an accident. However, as the adrenaline from the accident fades, it's common for injuries to emerge and symptoms to become prominent.

Walking with your child can help teach pedestrian safety skills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) most recent available data, 245 children in the United States were killed after being hit by a car in 2016. When any pedestrian is hit by a car, severe injuries can occur. This is especially true if the pedestrian is a child.

Drivers have a responsibility to look for pedestrians and to yield to pedestrians in many circumstances. However, children may not automatically know how to behave safely when they are walking near traffic. As a parent, there are several actions you can take to help your child develop these skills.

6 hurt in 3-vehicle crash in Illinois

Multi-vehicle crashes can be some of the most dangerous since it's possible for victims to face injuries from the initial impact and a secondary impact. In pile-up crashes, it's normal to see multiple people suffer injuries and for those injuries to be significant in some cases.

That's what happened in this instance. Six people were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash reported on April 13. According to the report, the incident involved two police officers and three vehicles in all, leading all involved to receive medical care at the scene and five to go on to receive care in area hospitals.

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