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Depending on the facts of your case, you may have a claim for medical malpractice, or for medical negligence. While these claims are closely related, there are differences between medical malpractice and medical negligence.  It is important to understand the differences between these theories of negligence, as it can affect who you can sue. If you need to obtain medical treatment at a hospital, it is reasonable to assume that you will not suffer an additional injury due to medical malpractice or medical negligence. The injuries you suffered as a result of a medical provider’s negligence will likely require extensive medical care […]

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When a hit-and-run accident occurs, the victim should immediately call 911 to report the accident and request emergency services for injuries. If the victim is not injured, he or she should remain at the scene of the accident, talk to police officers at the scene, and gather information from witnesses. Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a hit-and-run crash occurs every minute in the United States. Since 2018, the number of hit-and-run accidents that impact drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists has steadily increased around the country. Over the last few years, […]

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If a worker’s compensation claim gets denied, the injured worker can use group or personal health insurance to cover the necessary medical treatment. While health insurance companies are generally not mandated to cover workplace injuries, the law requires them to pay the medical bills in the event of worker’s comp denial. This requirement enables the injured worker to obtain necessary medical treatment promptly. Medicaid and Medicare are other options people injured at work can use to cover medical bills when workers’ comp denies their claims. In Illinois, workers’ compensation is liable for covering 100% of all the reasonable and necessary […]

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A workers’ compensation attorney is necessary when a worker’s claim for benefits is at risk of denial. A workers’ compensation attorney defends victims and helps ensure that they get their benefits quickly. Workers Compensation Overview Workers’ compensation is a legal process by which workers who are injured on the job can receive compensation for their injuries. It is a faster process than going through the courts, but workers waive the right to collect non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering) in exchange. Workers collect compensation for their lost wages, medical costs, re-training, and similar costs to recover from the injury. In […]

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Christmas is full of fun and dangerous activities that are a treat and could also be a burden for families. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Incidents (“RoSPA”), approximately 80,000 injuries occur annually due to accidents linked to Christmas activities. Alcohol While alcohol can facilitate fun activities, when consumed in moderation, too much can result in injuries. Alcohol lowers awareness and inhibition, which can lead to more accidents. The increased availability of alcohol also means that it is easier for children to consume — parents should ensure that empty glasses are cleaned out before children can get them. […]

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Conveyor belts cause injuries to workers in every manner of the workplace, from warehouses to factories. Conveyor belts are dangerous heavy machines that move thousands of pounds of material and objects daily and can easily crush a human worker’s hand or limb. Conveyor Belts Can Cause Serious Injuries Conveyor belts are ubiquitous. They are present in grocery stores, warehouses, factories, and even in some restaurants. Conveyor belts eliminate thousands of hours of labor that would otherwise be spent by humans pushing carts or carrying objects back and forth. Conveyor belts are great at reducing stress on human bodies and improving […]

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When celebrating Halloween this year, there are steps that people can take to keep the holiday safe and free of tragedies. The following are some precautions that can help prevent accidents and injuries during holiday celebrations. Safe Trick-or-Treating One of the biggest risks that children face when trick-or-treating is accidents due to low visibility. Low lighting and dark costume colors can make it difficult for drivers to see trick-or-treaters in the evening, potentially leading to pedestrian accidents and serious injuries. Wearing lighter colors or reflectors and staying in lighter areas can help reduce the risk of these accidents. To help keep […]

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Workers’ compensation settlement agreements are comprehensive agreements that seek to settle all or most aspects of a workers’ compensation claim, including payment of medical bills, lost wages, legal fees, vocational training, and other related issues. These agreements will govern how the company and the worker move forward, including whether they will be offered their previous job back or if a new position will be made available. In exchange, the worker usually agrees to waive claims against the company. Structure of the Settlement Agreement The settlement agreement will describe how the claimant will be paid: lump sum or installments. Most payments […]

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White Line Fever, or Highway Hypnosis, is a type of trance that drivers can experience after driving for long periods of time. Drivers most often describe the sensation as getting into their car to head home and suddenly realizing that they made it home without recollection of the time passing during the journey. Highway Hypnosis Explained Highway Hypnosis is similar to a trance-like state. Drivers enter this state when their navigate function goes into “auto-pilot.” Highway Hypnosis occurs when someone drives the same route routinely, and the road is unchanging. It is sometimes called White Line Fever because the white […]

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According to a recent report by the AFL-CIO, over 100,000 workers are killed or disabled while on the job every year. The report argues that the United States can and must do more to improve workplace safety. The AFL-CIO is one of the oldest and largest unions in the country. It represents millions of workers across dozens of industries and is a leader for workers’ rights and safety protections. The 2021 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect notes that since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, approximately 627,000 workers’ lives have been saved since […]

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