Springfield Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation Blog

You may have heard of product liability, but what exactly is it?

When you go to a store here in Springfield or go online to shop, you probably look around for a product that fits your needs and that doesn't break your wallet. You may assume that, since a particular product is available for sale, the company that made it tested it to ensure its safety.

Then you get it home, use it according to the directions and suffer a serious injury. This is where product liability comes into play. If the product was defective or dangerous due to its design or the manufacturing process, you could make this type of claim. In addition, if the product's labeling, marketing, safety warnings or instructions were inadequate or defective, you may have a product liability claim as well.

The most common types of traffic accidents invovling bicycles

If you are one of the many Illinois residents who enjoys cycling, you are likely be aware of the risks you face every time you take to the road. Many drivers of cars and commercial vehicles do not lookout for bicycle riders, nor do they allow cyclists their rightful space on the streets. Unfortunately, this attitude of motor vehicle operators can cause tragic accidents.

Due to the difference in size and the lack of protection for bicycle riders, collisions between automobiles and bicycles often leave the cyclist with catastrophic injuries or worse. When these accidents are the result of a driver's negligence, the injured cyclists should not be the ones liable for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages while trying to recover from the physical harm they suffered.

Are pedestrians facing increased danger?

There are many reasons why Illinois residents would choose to walk as a form of transportation instead of driving or riding in a car. It is easier and can be significantly cheaper to walk, as well providing significant health benefits. While there are more people choosing this mode of transportation, the number of accidents involving pedestrians is on the rise as well.

A new study from the Governor's Highway Safety Association revealed that last year was one of the deadliest for pedestrians in recent history. In fact, almost 6,000 people died in pedestrian accidents in 2016, which is up by 11 percent from the year before. It is more important than ever for pedestrians to know how to protect themselves in the event of an accident with a motor vehicle.

How safe is your workplace?

No matter how long you have been working at the same Illinois company, you may be great risk for injury on the job. Some jobs are undoubtedly more dangerous than others; then again, you could trip over a turned-up corner of carpet at the office and wind up flat on your back in a hospital bed. Even if you are not a fire fighter, construction worker or railroad employee, it doesn't necessarily mean you are not at risk for accidents in the workplace.

To stay as safe as possible, you'll want to be on the lookout for certain hazards known to place workers of all kinds in harm's way. It's also crucial to make sure your employer is doing his or her part to maintain safety in your workplace. After all, employers are obligated to provide proper training and any safety equipment necessary to help workers avoid injury on the job.

Protect your neck at work and play

A neck injury that occurs in the blink of an eye can leave you struggling to regain function for a long time. You might need rehabilitation for months, and even then it might change your life forever. Your neck can be vulnerable and prone to injury from a myriad of different things in the workplace.

Since neck injuries can result from almost any type of work you do, you should always try to take precautions to prevent them. Threats that can result in these injuries can include repetitive activities at work or lifting heavy objects. However, sometimes a random accident leads to a neck injury. Circumstances may include car accidents -- particularly rear-end crashes -- falls, sports injuries and even diving into waters of unknown depth. In some cases, the negligence of other parties can cause such accidents.

While nurses are called angels, they are also heroes

Professionals in the health care industry in Illinois and other states are duty bound to restore health, alleviate suffering and keep patients safe. If you are a member of this profession, you may -- like many others -- find it difficult to focus on the well-being of patients while your own life is threatened every day. The president of the American Nurses Association said the prevalence of violence against nurses is undermining the U.S. health care system.

The physical exertion of the job already makes nursing a hazardous occupation in which moving and lifting patients often lead to musculoskeletal injuries exceeding those suffered by construction workers. The results of a recent survey indicated that a significant percentage of nurses had experienced verbal and physical abuse by patients.

Understanding why a claim may be denied and advice moving forward

Workplace accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence, and in many cases, they run the risk of ending in severe occupational injuries. If you have suffered an injury on the job, you might be experiencing numerous challenges following such a stressful and daunting incident.

Perhaps your injuries are forcing you to take an extended leave from work, and when coupled with extensive medical expenses, the financial struggles that may follow could be challenging to overcome. You could choose to pursue relief through workers' compensation, but what happens if your claim is denied?

Extreme heat exposure increases heart attack risk in firefighters

If you're a firefighter, you most like put your life on the line on the line very frequently in an effort to save others. It's common knowledge that your occupation is one of the most stressful and challenging. Although the fires pose risks of burn injuries and death, there are additional threats to which you may be highly susceptible.

Reports of fires often include notes that say none of the firefighters suffered injuries, but as a firefighter, you will know that even though you suffered no burn injuries, every fire you fight can cause further damage to your body. Along with the psychological impact of facing life-and-death situations almost daily, researchers say firefighters are at a high risk of suffering heart attacks.

Hit by an uninsured driver? You may have insurance for that

If you have been involved in a car accident, chances are, you might have questions and concerns about what comes next. Perhaps you suffered serious injuries in the process, and if the other driver is at fault, you may subsequently be wondering about the available options for pursuing compensation.

In some cases, insurance coverage might reduce the financial burdens that may accompany such an incident. However, what happens if the other party's plan isn't sufficient to cover your damages, or worse yet, what if they don't carry any coverage at all?

Knowing the measures to take in the aftermath of a collision

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and daunting experience. Along with the potential of damaging your vehicle and rearranging your schedule for the time being, a collision may also pose a threat to your health, subsequently prompting a need for medical attention and treatment.

While you probably don't begin your day with the idea of being in a collision, unfortunately, they do occur. Preparing for the possibility of a collision before it takes place could help you be more prepared to handle such a challenging situation.

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