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Slip And Falls Vs. Trip And Falls

According to the CDC, there are over 17,000 fatalities a year attributed to slip, trip, and fall injuries in the United States. In the workplace alone there are nearly 700 deaths a year caused by slips, trips, and falls according to OSHA. While “slip and fall” and “trip and fall” may seem interchangeable, there are a few aspects of each that differentiate them from each other. SLIP AND FALLS According to OSHA, slips occur due to a loss of balance when there is not enough friction between your feet and the surface of the floor. Slips generally result from a wet surface due...

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How To File A Product Liability Claim

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are nearly 22,000 deaths each year in the United States due to malfunctioning products. In 2018, about there were about 226,100 injuries related to children’s toys that resulted in a hospital visit. As consumers in the United States, we have somewhat of a protection from defective or malfunctioning products. This means if you are injured from a product while using it in its intended fashion, someone within the distribution chain may be held liable, and you could receive compensation. Product liability claims are generally held from state to state, so it’s important to...

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How To Choose The Best Nursing Home For Your Loved One

Deciding to relocate your loved one to a nursing home can be a difficult decision to make. There is a lot of trust involved, and you of course want to make sure they are getting the care that they deserve when you cannot be with them. The National Institute on Aging gives a brief overview of how to go about choosing the best nursing home. 1. Decide on the specific type of home you want for your loved one. Determine what factors are essential and which you could do without. For example, do you want a religious based community, what type of...

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Determining Liability In Dog Bite Incidents

According to the Center for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are victim to dog bites every year, and nearly 800,000 of those result in the need in medical care. If you are bitten by a dog it is extremely important to understand who is at fault and how to proceed with legal action if necessary. Due to “common law” owners become liable for injuries caused by their dog when they were negligent or knew that their dog could be a danger. A caretaker of the dog could also be held liable. In some states where “strict liability” is in place...

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Types Of Wrongful Death Occurrences

Whenever someone’s death is caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person, it is considered a wrongful death. FindLaw outlines the necessary elements necessary for a case to be defined as wrongful death, it includes four components: The death of a person.The death was caused by someone else’s negligence or misconduct, or with intent to cause harm.There is at least one surviving family member who is suffering from monetary issues due to the death.A personal representative was appointed to the decedent’s estate. MOST COMMON CAUSES OF WRONGFUL DEATH According to Nolo, most wrongful death incidents are caused by the following types of...

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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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