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What Are the Most Common Injuries Associated with Nursing Home Falls?

 Posted on June 20, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Hyde Park Nursing Home Neglect LawyerFalls can be devastating for older adults living in nursing homes, and unfortunately, they happen all too often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death for older Americans. The risk of falling for seniors living in nursing homes is exceptionally high. When a nursing home fall occurs, it can result in serious injuries with long-term consequences. If your loved one experienced a nursing home fall, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your loved one has the legal representation they need during this difficult time.

The Most Common Injuries Associated with Nursing Home Falls 

Here are some of the most common injuries associated with falls in nursing homes:

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Does a Misdiagnosis Constitute Medical Malpractice? 

 Posted on May 16, 2023 in Medical Malpractice

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1733457761-min.jpg Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, or surgeons, knowingly or through negligence, fail to meet the medical standard of care and this failure leads to a patient's injury. Misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis occur when a medical practitioner fails to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. In certain situations, failure to diagnose a patient's condition may lead to a medical malpractice claim. If you suffered from the results of a misdiagnosis, contact a medical malpractice attorney to see whether you are eligible for compensation. 

What You Need to Know About Missed Diagnosis in Relation to Medical Malpractice

Missed diagnosis is one of the substantial cases a medical malpractice claim may hang upon. It occurs when a physician misdiagnoses or overlooks a disease or condition that they should have diagnosed, and as a result, the patient suffers adverse effects. A missed diagnosis can be detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient and can result in severe consequences for doctors and medical professionals, including legal liabilities. 

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Understanding Public Transit Accidents

 Posted on April 04, 2023 in Personal Injury

South Side of Chicago Personal Injury LawyerOn February 11, 2023, WLS-TV reported that a person was struck and killed by a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Yellow Line train in Skokie, even though all signal devices were properly functioning at the time of the accident. Public transit injuries in Chicago are much more common than people realize, and it can be difficult for people to know how to pursue these types of personal injury claims.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) oversees three transit agencies in Illinois: the CTA, Metra, and Pace. The city is also served by Amtrak, tourist trolleys, and various taxis.

Differences with Public Transit Injury Claims

The Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act under 745 Illinois Compiled Statute (ILCS) § 10/ can make it much more challenging for a person to obtain financial compensation from a public entity. The good news for most injury victims is that the CTA is not afforded the same immunity from legal actions as other government entities.

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Truck Black Box Data Can Be Instrumental in a Personal Injury Claim

 Posted on March 03, 2023 in Truck Accidents

South Side of Chicago Injury LawyerCar accidents involving large commercial trucks such as semi-trucks or 18-wheelers can be especially devastating. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can cause a great deal of destruction, and serious injuries or fatalities are not uncommon. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be exploring your legal options. A personal injury claim or wrongful death claim is often the best way to hold a negligent truck driver or carrier accountable and recover monetary damages.

When it comes to investigating an accident involving a commercial truck, one of the most important pieces of evidence is the data recorded by the vehicle’s "black box" or event data recorder (EDR).

What is an Event Data Recorder and What Does it Record?

An EDR is a device that records various metrics related to a truck’s operation. It is similar to the black box recorder on an airplane, and can be just as informative when investigating the cause of an accident. The data recorded by an EDR includes information such as speed, braking, acceleration, engine rpm, transmission shift points, and seat belt usage. It can also store data related to the truck’s overall performance such as tire pressure, distance traveled, fuel levels, and engine temperature.

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Civil Rights Violation Claims for Police Brutality

 Posted on February 03, 2023 in Civil Rights

Hyde Park Civil Rights Violation LawyerProtestors have been taking to the streets across the United States in response to the video depicting Tyre Nichols’s arrest. Unfortunately, videos showing violent police interactions with the public are not new, and this is not the first time a video like this has led to nationwide protests against police brutality.

In many cases, police brutality leads to physical injury, or even death. When these types of incidents occur, those affected may be able to file a civil rights violation claim against the police department involved.

Taking Legal Action After an Injury or Death Caused by Police Brutality

The victims of police brutality, or the family members of those killed due to police brutality, may be able to seek compensation for their injuries or loss. Claims can be filed against the officers involved in the incident and the department employing them.

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Read Our Top 10 Personal Injury and Civil Rights Blogs for 2022

 Posted on January 11, 2023 in Personal Injury

Hyde Park Civil Rights LawyerEvery year, there are a variety of new developments, perspectives, and insights that take place in the fields of personal injury and civil rights law. This can make it difficult to keep up with what is relevant in the ever-evolving legal space. However, at Kadzai Law Group, LLC, we strive to keep our clients informed about the law and the legal developments that may affect them, and we regularly publish blogs that provide helpful information about the legal issues we help clients address. Here is a list of our most-read blogs for 2022:

  1. What Can I Do if I Am Falsely Arrested and Imprisoned in Illinois? - This blog explains the rights to due process that apply to all Americans and the steps people can take to respond to violations of these rights by law enforcement.

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Why Have Fatal Car Accidents in the U.S. Increased Recently?

 Posted on December 22, 2022 in Car Accidents

Hyde Park Car Crash Injury LawyerThe roads throughout the United States can be dangerous, and car accidents occur on a regular basis. While multiple parties are aware of these issues, including automakers, government officials, and drivers and other road users, safety issues have continued to affect people, and the number of fatal accidents has continued to increase. Unlike many other countries, which have taken steps to improve roadway safety and reduce traffic fatalities, the United States has allowed for conditions that put many people at risk of harm. Those who are injured in car accidents will need to understand their options for pursuing compensation from a negligent driver or other responsible parties, and they can do so with the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer.

Reasons for Car Accident Deaths in the United States

The transportation system in the U.S. is designed with cars in mind, ensuring that as many people as possible can travel to their destinations quickly. Unfortunately, this emphasis on cars over people has led to safety issues that have resulted in increasing numbers of traffic fatalities. In 2021, almost 43,000 people were killed in car accidents, and many more suffered serious injuries. This represented an increase of more than 10 percent from 2020, continuing a troubling trend in which overall car accident rates have risen significantly over the last decade.

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How to Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

 Posted on November 10, 2022 in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Chicago, IL nursing home injury lawyerNo one wants to worry about the possibility that their elderly loved one may have been mistreated while residing in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common. According to the National Institute on Aging, around 10 percent of people over the age of 60 have experienced some form of abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, or neglect. 

Family members can play a key role in preventing nursing home abuse by catching it early on. Visiting your loved one regularly and being familiar with the staff at a nursing home will help you notice any changes in your loved one’s behavior or appearance that could be indicative of abuse. It is important to be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect so that you can take action if you suspect that your loved one is being harmed.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes any type of physical force that results in pain or injury, such as hitting, slapping, pushing, or kicking. Signs of physical abuse may include bruises, cuts, broken bones, or other unexplained injuries. If you notice any of these signs on your loved one’s body, it is important to ask them what happened and report these issues to the nursing home staff immediately.

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Three Reasons Why Drunk Driving Is Likely to Lead to a Car Accident

 Posted on October 12, 2022 in Car Accidents

Hyde Park drunk driving accident lawyerIt is no secret that drinking and driving do not mix. The dangers of drug or alcohol use by drivers are well known, yet many people continue to get behind the wheel even though they know that their use of these substances has made them incapable of driving safely. In fact, the number of people who are seriously injured or killed in these types of accidents is on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-related crashes claimed 11,654 lives in 2020, and this was a 14 percent increase from the previous year.

Car accidents caused by drunk driving can be very serious, and victims may suffer multiple types of serious injuries. Drivers who acted irresponsibly by using alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel will usually be considered to be at fault for an accident, and victims may pursue compensation for their injuries and damages, or a drunk driver may be held liable for someone's wrongful death. To ensure that they will be properly compensated, victims can work with a personal injury attorney who can protect their rights and advocate for their interests.

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What You Need to Know When Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

 Posted on September 12, 2022 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerIf you or a member of your family have suffered a serious injury, you may be unsure of how to proceed, especially if someone else was responsible. Making sure you receive the proper medical care can be confusing and difficult enough on its own, but if your ability to work has been affected, you and your family may be facing significant financial difficulties. To make matters more confusing, you may have been contacted by attorneys who claim that they can help you receive financial compensation, but you probably do not know how to choose the right attorney to help with your situation. By understanding the factors that may affect your choice of a personal injury lawyer, you can be sure that you are making the best decision for your case.

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney

As you determine whether a lawyer will be the best person to represent you in your injury case, you will want to consider:

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