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Mass transit accidents | Investigation and advocacy for victims

A mass transit accident is one of the most frightening events a person can experience. The lack of control, the chaos and the violence typically rock victims to their core whether they suffer physical injuries or not. Most of us who live and work in Chicago rely on mass transportation in some form. Trains and buses are the usual mode and while one can trust that these vehicles are in good condition, mass transit accidents still occur.

When mass transit accidents happen, there may be many parties involved from the carrier itself down to the organization responsible for manufacturing parts for the vehicle. In other words, these accidents can be terribly confusing and challenging to investigate. Those who suffer injuries soon need to find out how to pay for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with the accident. This means uncovering who is responsible for the incident.

Legal solutions when you lose a loved one to wrongful death

The concept of taking legal action over the wrongful death of a family member is an extremely uncomfortable topic for many Illinois residents. As such, the bereaved often languish in impenetrable grief, unable to find a way to cope. We are not saying that seeking justice will make your pain go away. What we are saying is that it can help in some cases.

When a person dies in a wrongful manner, it feels different than if the person died from old age or illness. It is often abrupt, sometimes violent and always shocking. For example, if a person is hit by an intoxicated driver and suffers violent and fatal injuries, the victim's family is completely unprepared for the loss. Further, knowing the death was 100 percent preventable increases the family's despair.

1 killed, 3 injured in Chicago box truck accident

Most of the time when personal injury lawyers talk about truck accidents, the truck driver seems at fault. However, there are times when the other driver, or perhaps an unknown event, may have caused the accident. A recent collision involving a pickup truck and a box truck near Chicago shines a harsh light on truck accidents in which the driver seems to bear no fault.

According to reports, the pickup truck was traveling south on Route 59 while the box truck was headed north. For reasons yet unknown, the pickup crossed over into the opposite lanes and collided head-on with the box truck. A 17-year-old female passenger in the pickup died a short while later. The driver of the pickup and another passenger suffered injuries and were taken to two different hospitals for treatment. The driver of the box truck suffered serious injuries and was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

A lawyer's perspective on commercial vehicle accidents

Personal injury attorneys do not typically see commercial vehicle accidents as they happen. What we do witness is the aftermath for victims of injury or wrongful death and it is disturbing to say the least. Many of our neighbors might be shocked to learn how often commercial vehicle accidents occur here in Illinois.

Just two days ago, a 24-year-old woman died because of a head-on collision with a semitruck in southern Illinois. Days before, another commercial vehicle accident took the life of a 16-year-old boy from Illinois in a similar incident. While we do not know the cause of these two truck accidents, we can imagine all too well the pain and anguish that the victims' families are feeling. We can imagine this because we have seen it before.

Are all spinal cord injuries immediately apparent?

The shortest answer to your question is a simple no, but you will benefit from learning more about spinal cord injuries and their symptoms.

The human spine is one of the strongest features of the anatomy. It supports your frame, neck and head; it allows you to bend or stoop; and it protects your spinal cord from outside trauma. However, in cases involving severe trauma, the spine may fail resulting in spinal cord injuries. Examples of incidents that can damage this cord include car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and construction accidents.

How the force of impact changes with speed

One of the defining characteristics of any accident is the force of the impact itself. This is why things like vehicle size and weight matter so much; drivers in sedans are in far greater danger when they collide with semi trucks, for instance, since the force against the smaller vehicle is so much greater.

Even when vehicles are the same size, though, the force is very important. The faster the cars are traveling, the greater that force. It increases faster than the speed itself; it goes up by the square of that speed change. This means that even a slight alteration in speed can have a huge impact, and that's a large part of the reason speed limits are so heavily enforced.

Toxic exposure may lead to trouble years later

What exactly is a toxic substance? How do toxic substances harm the human body?

One of the problems with toxic substances is that people don't always recognize that a substance is toxic until after they have already been exposed to something for a significant period of time. For example, mercury is a toxic substance that used to be used in medications -- back when nobody recognized how toxic it was to humans. Similarly, lead was mixed with paint and used all over homes and apartments for decades. Asbestos was wrapped around hot water pipes and used for insulation in everything from private residences to public buildings.

Recalled drugs can have negative impacts on patients

We recently discussed the recall of a medical device. While cases involving device recalls are troublesome, so are the cases that involve drug recalls. Drug recalls often come after patients are harmed by the drugs. It is possible for drugs to be recalled prior to patients suffering harm; however, tragedy can strike when patients do suffer harm.

We know that you didn't seek out drugs that would harm you. Instead, you went to the doctor and tried to get help for a medical condition. The prescriptions you were given shouldn't have caused you any harm, but they did. Now, you are forced to live with the effects of what happened.

Class 1 recall on Zimmer medical device

A Class 1 recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the most serious type of recall issued by the FDA. Medical devices recalled in this manner may cause serious injury or death.

The FDA has recently announced a Class 1 recall of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder. The product description is listed as the "Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340." The affected product codes are KWS and PAO, with several lots of part number 115340. The device was distributed between Oct 2008 and September 2005, with manufacturing dates of Aug. 25, 2008 to Sept. 27, 2011. The recall affects 3,662 devices.

What is an incomplete spinal injury?

If you were in an accident that involved your spinal cord, you might have heard your doctor refer to it as an "incomplete" injury. But what does that really mean?

It depends a great deal on the specifics of your injury, but at its most basic, it means that your spinal cord was not completely severed or damaged. You are not completely paralyzed with a total loss of sensation.

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