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How To Prevent Workplace Injuries

According to OSHA, every year more than 4.1 million people experience an injury or illness at their workplace, and 4,500 lose their lives. Injuries often occur due to overexertion, slips, trips, falls, and contact with equipment. Workplace injuries and illnesses result in employees taking off days meaning lower productivity, medical compensation, and the cost for other legal services. As an employer, it would be in their best interest to do everything they can to minimize the probability of workplace injuries. As an employee, doing your best to remain attentive to your tasks and ensuring that you are not overexerting yourself...

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Why Does Medical Malpractice Occur?

Medical malpractice can be defined as the failure to provide “the degree of care another clinician in the same position with the same credentials would have performed that resulted in injury to the patient." In the United States as of 2013, there have been an estimated 210,000 to 440,000 deaths due to illness caused by a medical examination or treatment. According to the American Medical Association, around 1/3 of clinicians of being sued at least once during the duration of their career. Ultimately, medical malpractice occurs due to negligence on the clinician’s part. Thus, clients rightfully feel the need to...

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Wrongful Death Caused By An Auto Accident

According to the World Health Organization, across the globe, every 24 seconds someone dies on the road. In the United States, nearly 38,000 people lose their lives in an auto accident every year. This high death rate results in auto accidents being the number 1 cause of death in the United States for people between the ages of 1 and 54. If you reside in the Illinois area, and a loved one has died an auto accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd. today. We will provide you with the help you need to get...

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Liability In An Auto Accident Involving A Self-Driving Car

In more recent years there has been a drastic increase of self-driving cars hitting the streets. Some people seem to be increasingly nervous about the increased use of autonomous vehicles, while others are looking forward to being able to take advantage of this new technology. However, with any type of new technology, there are always going to be hundreds of questions. In regard to self-driving cars, one of the most popular questions seems to be “If I’m involved in an accident with a self-driving car, who can be held legally responsible?”. AUTONOMOUS CAR ACCIDENT CASES According to the Insurance Information Institute, the...

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How Will a Car Accident Affect My Insurance Rate?

In most cases a car accident will negatively affect your car insurance rate. Generally, the safer you are deemed as a driver, the lower your insurance rates will be. However, the amount of increase really depends on the severity of the accident, the state you reside in, and your driving history. In the majority of states, if an accident was not your fault, you will not see an increase in your rate. However, in no-fault states, both parties involved are required to file a claim with their provider, which can often result in increased rates regardless of who was at fault....

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Auto Accidents Involving Pedestrians

While driving, it is not only important to keep your eye out for other vehicles around you, but also for pedestrians near the road or crossing streets. According to the CDC, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed and 137,000 injured in auto accidents in in 2017 in the United States. In Illinois alone there were a total of 4,940 pedestrian accidents in 2017. DETERMINING FAULT When determining who is at fault in an accident involving a pedestrian it is important to take into consideration many different factors. The main determining factor to establish who is at fault, is in regard to negligence. Negligence, according...

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How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim

Although it may be your first instinct to hurry up and file a medical malpractice claim directly after a resulting injury from your provider, there are a few steps to take to make sure you have a viable case before filing a claim. CONTACT THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED IN YOUR INJURY Communicating with your doctor before filing a claim can make the process of correcting your injury significantly simpler for both the medical professional and you. This step allows for you to understand what might have gone wrong that would have resulted in your injury. If it is determined that the injury...

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Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a total of 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018. In 2017 there was a total 104,000,000 production days lost due to nonfatal workplace injuries. Your employer should always do their best in preventing these common workplace injuries from occurring in order to best protect employees. However, that doesn’t always happen. In some jobs such as, transportation, manufacturing, construction, and maintenance, the risk for a workplace injury may be much higher than others. However, that doesn’t mean that if you work a desk job, you can’t become injured at...

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First Steps After Getting A Dog Bite

First Steps After Getting A Dog Bite According to the CDC, in the United States, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Nearly 1 in 5 of those people require medical attention from the bite. Many households have a pet dog, and although you may think your dog would never bite you, or someone else, all dogs are capable of biting. Any dog can bite, however, the risk of them biting is significantly increased when they are scared, nervous, eating, or protecting toys. In order to prevent dog bites,it is important to recognize the dog’s behavior and...

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Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma and it can take 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma can also be contracted by living with someone who comes in contact with asbestos brings the fibers home on their clothing, which over years can put others at risk for developing the cancer. Additionally, if there is a history of mesothelioma in your family, you could possibly be at a higher risk for developing it. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Some general signs of Mesothelioma include fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss, blood clots, and loss of appetite. As for...

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