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Choosing the right lawyer for your wrongful death claim

When a loved one dies, grieving family members experience a whirlwind of emotions. When it was a wrongful death, these emotions can be even harder to cope with. While many victims who have lost a loved one to wrongful death want to seek a legal remedy, their emotions often get in the way. A typical result of this is hiring the first attorney they find.

It is true that most lawyers serving Chicago residents care about helping clients reach a satisfactory outcome. However, it is still important to do your due diligence before hiring an attorney. A good relationship benefits all parties, including the lawyer. As such, all of us who practice law in the area want to cultivate a good working relationship.

How does strict liability work in defective medical device cases?

In a personal injury case involving a defective medical device, the strict liability doctrine can improve the odds of winning a products liability lawsuit. Even better, the manufacturer may be found liable even if it cannot be proven that the entity caused the plaintiff's injuries.

Strict liability appears mostly in cases involving manufacturing defects. The doctrine asserts that even when manufacturers practice due caution in the manufacturing process, they might still be held liable for a badly-made product. For example, if a flaw or defect in the product caused injury to the user or users, a successful products liability argument can be made.

Who is liable for death or injuries from an airplane crash?

Like other mass transit accidents in Illinois such as train or bus crashes, identifying liability in an airplane crash can be complex. The first thing injured victims should do after receiving initial medical treatment is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This not only puts victims on the proper path to seeking damages, it empowers them to take a proactive approach, which can aid with coping in the aftermath of the accident.

Regarding the question of liability, one or several entities may be deemed responsible. In many cases, airplane crashes undergo an extensive investigation to uncover at-fault parties, which can take a lot of time. This is the reason it is important to initiate any legal action as early as possible. If victims wait until the investigation is over, it might be too late to take action. You will want it on record that you have spoken with a lawyer and intend to seek damages.

5 things to do if you've been involved in a fatal car accident

Driving in the Chicago metro area can be chaotic. The highways are packed with commuters, commercial vehicles and sightseers alike - some racing by at speeds far in excess of the speed limit, others driving in the center lane at 45 miles per hour, and still more who are distracted or seemingly unaware of their surroundings.

These different driving styles can be a dangerous mix. And even the most careful drivers among us could end up in a serious car accident as a result.

Chicago and Hammond officers named in wrongful death lawsuit

Police officers often carry a heavy burden. They are charged with apprehending dangerous criminals while also protecting the public. Which duty is the most important, and when does one duty supersede the other? For one Illinois family mourning the death of a teenager, the answers to these questions are painfully clear.

Earlier this year, police officers initiated the high-speed pursuit of a couple who had allegedly stolen a case of beer from a store. Unfortunately, the target of this chase struck a car during the pursuit, killing a 13-year-old girl and permanently disabling the girl's grandmother. A relative of the two victims has filed a wrongful death lawsuit involving five police officers who participated in the chase.

What you should know about contributory negligence in Illinois

Before we get started, we want to say that contributory negligence could be a factor in any personal injury case in Illinois. We have chosen to put the focus on commercial vehicle accidents in this blog post because they so often result in serious injuries.

If you don't already know, Illinois recognizes the possibility of contributory negligence in commercial vehicle accident cases. What this means is that if it is proved that the plaintiff contributed to his or her injuries, the amount of compensation awarded would be reduced.

Physics can play a crucial role in car accident investigations

Unfortunately, Chicago residents experience or witness many car accidents. After all, our city is a busy location with people coming and going at all times of the day. One of the most important concerns for those who have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by recklessness or negligence is acquiring compensation. These victims are not looking for "free money." They actually need this compensation to pay for medical care and other expenses.

One of the most crucial benefits a personal injury lawyer can bring to the table is thorough investigative techniques. By accessing a large network of experts, an attorney can make sure the car accident was investigated properly. Physics often plays a big role in proving how a car accident happened. In turn, this can lead to a successful settlement for the victim.

Products Liability: Recent pharmaceutical product recalls

If you are like most Chicago residents, you probably think you know about dangerous drugs that may or may not be on the market. After all, news outlets often feature drug recalls as part of their regular reporting. We want you to know that many recalled pharmaceutical products do not make the news, but that does not mean they are safe for the public.

The fact is, news outlets prefer to feature big stories that involve large pharmaceutical companies. Unless you are someone who routinely researches dangerous product databases, you might not be aware when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or a drug company recalls a product.

Little-known facts about paralysis and spinal cord injuries

Paralysis is one of the most feared possible effects of a spinal cord injury. No one wants to lose their ability to be mobile and carry on with their lifestyles. Some people are also afraid of the vulnerability they perceive to be a side effect of paralysis.

While it is unwise and unpleasant to live in fear of becoming paralyzed because of a spinal cord injury, knowing some facts about these conditions is a good idea for everyone. Perhaps it will make people a little less reckless and a little more thoughtful about the health and well-being of others.

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.

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