Car crashes happen thousands of times a year and can have devastating impacts on families throughout Illinois. In fact, the past few years have been some of the deadliest years for drivers in American history. If you get in an accident, there are a few things you need to do to ensure that you are making the best of a bad situation and protecting yourself. I deal with these issues in my practice every day. Here are some helpful tips in the event that you are in an accident.
Local press coverage of our most recent lawsuit. In this case, The Collins Law Firm is representing the family of a developmentally disabled teenage girl who was sexually assaulted after being led away from Chaddock, a supposedly secure facility in Quincy, IL. The family is suing Chaddock for emotional distress and negligent supervision.
Here is the latest press coverage of a story about Karen Dobner, a strong, courageous and determined mom, who worked for seven years to help law enforcement take down the drug ring that sold her son, Max, the synthetic marijuana that ultimately caused his death. Karen was one of our clients, and our investigation in her case turned up a nationwide distribution network that now, thanks to the work of Karen, law enforcement, and Dave Savini at CBS 2, will be brought to justice instead of making and selling synthetic drugs to unsuspecting teens who may not know how dangerous they are. It's not often you get to work on a case that can make an impact like this.
Motor vehicle crashes and deaths are on the rise. Despite advances in safety technology, driving has become more deadly. The reason? Operator error. The National Safety Council found that 40,200 people across the country died in traffic crash deaths in 2016, a 6 percent increase since 2015 and the first time the total number of deaths has exceeded 40,000 since 2007.
While many involved in a car accident are, fortunately, not seriously injured and do not require significant medical care, others are not so lucky.Here is a listing of the most common car accident injuries. If you or a loved one experience any one of these, or are concerned about the possibility that you (they) have, it is important that you see a doctor to understand the seriousness of your injury:(1) Neck injuries: these occur typically because the sudden stopping of the car causes the head to violently shake, straining the neck's ligaments.(2) Leg and Knee injuries: Knees, ankles and toes are especially vulnerable when the accident causes part of the car to be slammed into them.(3) Broken bones: Of particular concern here are "compound" fractures-where the broken bone pierces the skin. These require immediate medical care, and involve a high risk of infection.(4) Back injuries: The blunt force trauma of many car accidents can disrupt the spine, causing loss of mobility and pain.(5) Concussions: These result when the brain is shaken inside the skull-often when the head hits the windshield or steering wheel, but no impact is necessarily required to cause a concussion. Note: any loss of consciousness requires immediate medical attention.Remember: if there is any doubt at all as to whether your car accident injury requires medical attention, then you should seek medical attention. Always err on the side of caution.If your car accident injury requires significant or prolonged medical treatment or therapy, or causes you to lose work, or to be in significant discomfort, then after you have seen a doctor for proper care, you should consult an experienced attorney, to see if you have a legal claim.https://myphysiciansnow.com/5-common-types-motor-vehicle-accident-injuries/
Last week a jury in Philadelphia found Johnson & Johnson guilty of designing dangerous pelvic mesh and hit the company with a $20 million verdict for injuries blamed on the dangerous pelvic mesh implant. Transvaginal mesh has also been the subject of lawsuits across the country as these mesh implants have caused pain, bleeding and significant injuries.
Since the 1990s, over 850,000 tons of talc have been consumed annually in the United States. Of those 850,000 tons, 48,000 were used in direct consumer applications, including cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals and even food products. Talcum powder, associated with certain types of cancer, has been a major problem for consumers. But what is talc and why exactly is it dangerous? The answer lies in where it comes from and what it's truly made of.
Heard about the exploding Takata air bags installed in many cars? Upon impact, these airbags explode with such force that they propel metallic shrapnel into the car, and, tragically in some instances, into the car's driver or passenger. So far, worldwide, 16 people have died and 180 more have been injured.
One out of ten Americans are taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Paxil. This large portion of Americans includes women who are pregnant and suffer from depression. In many cases, these mothers-to-be have to choose between treating their depression and risking dangerous birth defects in their children. Taking antidepressants during gestation increases the risks that the baby will be born with a serious birth defect.