Lake County nursing home negligence attorney, nursing home residentsKind acts towards the elderly often emerge in the media—stories which restore our faith in mankind. However, behind closed doors, ugly realities exist; our most vulnerable citizens experience abuse and neglect

Across the country, there are 15,700 nursing homes with beds serving over 1 million residents. Yet while nursing homes continue to be profit driven businesses, they often lack proper care—patients experience bed sores, severe bruising, broken bones, and unusual behavioral changes. 

According to estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection. Recent news reports state that the Illinois Department of Public Health receives “roughly 19,000 calls a year alleging neglect or abuse in nursing homes.” 

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Lake County personal injury attorney, vehicle recallsRegulators of the auto industry in the U.S. recently took a bold step in highlighting the lapses in safety recalls by the manufacturer Fiat Chrysler. The National Highway Transportation Authority (NHTSA) imposed a 105 million dollar fine on the company for failing to report recall information to consumers.

The Letdown

The problem pertained to the poor “execution of 23 vehicle safety recalls covering more than 11 million defective vehicles.” Fiat Chrysler admitted to violating the following three areas of the Safety Act:

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Lake County personal injury attorney, construction site worker fatalitiesConstruction Sites Harbor Danger

Construction sites are a hotbed of activity involving heavy machinery and equipment. Whether it be a site zoned off for a new building or a small dig taking place near a highway, there are always safety concerns for the women and men working with enormous machinery, working in close proximity to wiring and trenches, and working at great heights or below into expansive earth. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 4,585 workers died on the job in 2013. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites include falls, being struck by objects, electrocution, and being “caught-in/between.” 

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Lake County personal injury attorneys, airplane collisionsRecent news has highlighted just how unpredictable skies can be for private planes. Not only can mid-air collisions take place between pleasure crafts, but the possibility of a military airplane colliding with a civilian aircraft—although a rare occurrence—is now a proven possibility. In 2014 there were close to 1000 fatalities due to plane crashes in the USA involving civil aircrafts carrying at least 19 passengers. 

Common Causes

It has been stated that flying a small airplane is roughly equivalent to riding a motorcycle or piloting a private boat. With that in mind, it is fairly easy to comprehend the risks involved. Just as a motorcycle rider could be inattentive, inexperienced, or reckless, so too could a pilot. Moreover, human error is often to blame. 

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Lake County personal injury attorney, police cruiser pursuitWhen an offender or suspected criminal is on the loose, law enforcement may be forced to pursue the individual in an open area or on public roads—locations which may be filled with innocent bystanders. Therefore, what happens if a person is hit and seriously injured in a police pursuit?

Various organizations report that one person dies every day as a result of a police pursuit, and one-third of these deaths happen to an innocent bystander. Can fault be leveled at the police department involved? Or can they prove justification?

To Chase or Not to Chase

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Lake County nursing home neglect attorney, deadly drug errorsReports of patient mistreatment in nursing homes is common, and the systemic neglect of patients’ hygiene routines—leading to bedsores, malnutrition, and slips and falls—is disturbing. 

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that somewhere between one and two million Americans over the age of 65 have been abused through injury, mistreatment, or exploitation by a loved one or caregiver. However, recent news reports have revealed another epidemic—elderly patients who are administered medications and are then left without sufficient monitoring. Insufficient monitoring post medication administration can lead to permanent injury and even death. 

Prolific Medications

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Lake County personal injury attorney, risks of anesthesiaThe use of anesthetics are proclaimed to be tolerable medical procedures for patients. Yet many doctors and dentists continue to improperly administer the correct dosages or fail to accurately monitor patients under sedation. When this occurs, patients can suffer irreversible harm and even death. In fact, reports indicate that anesthesia/anesthetics in the U.S. are the underlying cause in approximately 34 deaths, and are contributing factors in another 281 deaths, each year.

Anesthetics are drugs administered to patients to numb pain or fully sedate individuals for surgical procedures. If a medical team does not properly evaluate a patient pre-operatively, and tailors an anesthesia dosage incorrectly, the consequences can be deadly. If there is a systemic failure in the procedures carried out by the team, they can be held liable for their actions.

There are several different types or forms of sedation and include the following:

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boating safety, Lake County Personal Injury AttorneyOn the east coast of the United States, a new law was recently enacted to provide better safeguards for young people on the water. In early June, the Governor of Connecticut (CT) signed “ Emily’s Law” which establishes a minimum age for towing people behind a boat. The law also requires boaters to complete safe towing instruction before earning a boating certificate. The new law takes effect October 1st. The publicity surrounding it, however, will hopefully put families all over the country on notice to be extra cautious now that the warm weather is upon us.

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can be devastating. In 2014, twelve children under the age of thirteen lost their lives while boating. The combination of a motorized engine and lack of visibility in changing waters can lead to fatalities. If someone is towed behind or falls overboard, the individual piloting the boat must be extremely careful when coming back around to retrieve the person in the water.

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cerebral palsy diagnosis, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneyFinding out that your baby has cerebral palsy is a devastating and life-changing diagnosis. The effects are long lasting and the costs and stress on families can build over the years. Currently, cerebral palsy affects about two to three live births out of 1,000 in the United States. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type and makes up 61 percent to 76.9 percent of all cases.

What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Occur?

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of neurological disorders which occur in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy disrupts the brain’s ability to control movement and maintain posture and balance, and it can be caused by damage to a developing brain. In some cases, the cerebral motor cortex does not develop normally during fetal growth. In other cases, the damage is a result of an injury to the brain either before, during, or after birth. Unfortunately, in either case, the damage is irreparable and the disabilities are permanent. Brain damage does not get worse; however, secondary conditions, such as muscle spasticity, can develop and may worsen over time.

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injuring cyclists, Illinois personal Injury AttorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affords the same privileges and responsibilities to two wheel travelers as it does to four wheel travelers. Hence, cars and trucks are expected to be cautious and courteous towards cyclists, just as cyclists are to be towards motorists.

Unfortunately, however, a lack in visibility that cars and trucks seem to consistently have when sharing the roads continues to cause thousands of accidents each year.

The Fatalities

In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed and an estimated 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Between 2005 to 2010, the national number of cyclists struck and killed by distracted drivers jumped from 56 to 73—a 30 percent increase. When struck by a motorist, cyclists can suffer traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, loss of a limbs, internal injuries, broken bones, and deep gashes.

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drug recalls, Lake County Personal Injury AttorneysAdvancements in medicine are often welcomed, especially when a new drug can cure an ailment, prolong a life, or alleviate pain. However, what if a drug, said to prevent an illness, actually causes more harm than good? Reports have shown a huge surge in the number of drug recalls, with 2014 being a less than outstanding year.

New Drugs, New Exposure

Despite claims of protecting a patient’s best interests, pharmaceutical drugs are causing thousands of patients to become ill or suffer harm and catastrophic injury. Often, despite seemingly thorough laboratory testing and clinical trials, patients become “guinea pigs” for drugs new to the market, and only then are the real side effects revealed.

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defective air bag, Illinois Personal Injury Attorneynationwide safety recall of over 34 million cars with defective air bags has brought to light the fact that we can never be sure of our safety behind the wheel. Not only do we have to be wary of distracted, impaired, drunk, and reckless drivers, we need to be cautious about of own vehicles.

How is a Recall Issued?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that it “has the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards.” Since original legislation was enacted, millions of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and other vehicles have been recalled. The same goes for equipment such as tires and other motor vehicle equipment. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this latest recall, which involves the rupturing of air bag inflators and can result in metal fragments striking a car’s front passenger, has affected millions of car owners around the country.

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baby starved of oxygen, Lake County Personal Injury LawyerStatistically, birth injuries occur in approximately 7 out of 1,000 births in the United States, or about three per hour across the country. Birth injuries can occur at any point throughout a pregnancy, not just during delivery. Moreover, a baby can suffer harm in-utero and it is usually a physical harm or trauma which causes the injury, resulting in long-lasting health and developmental problems.

The most common cause of birth injury to a baby, however, is when he or she does not receive appropriate levels of oxygen. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), the medical term for a loss of oxygen, can lead to permanent damage to a baby’s brain. Moreover, it can be fatal.

Several factors can lead to HIE including intrauterine asphyxia brought on by circulatory problems such as clotting of placental arteries, placental abruption, or inflammatory processes. HIE is noted to be an “evolving” event of gradual brain cell deterioration caused by an initial negligent act. If an attending doctor improperly monitors a baby’s vital signs/heart rate in order to detect stress, and a brain injury occurs, a medical malpractice suit may be merited.

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train derailment, Lake County Personal Injury AttorneyInvestigators are working feverishly to determine why a recent train derailment, killing eight and injuring hundreds of others, occurred in Philadelphia on May 12. While an exact cause may take several weeks or months to determine, understanding the factors that lead to these types of disasters can reveal many disheartening issues.

Derailment Causes

It is the job of investigators to report the devastating scenes from derailment accidents, and the task of first responders to undertake a search and recovery mission. Recovering bodies and searching for survivors takes first priority. However, once completed, retrieving a train’s ‘black box’ and obtaining train records and manifests are the first steps taken to determine cause for derailment.

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Nursing Home Neglect, Illinois Nursing Home Neglect LawyerAbuse and Neglect

Nursing homes continue to be a popular choice for American families to care for their older relatives. Families entrust their loved ones into these institutions with a certain level of vulnerability. Will their relative be cared for appropriately? Will their particular medical needs be met? Will there be a sense of belonging and compassion to allow your loved one to thrive?

Abuse and neglect or “elder mistreatment” is defined as “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder." Mistreatment includes failure by a caregiver to satisfy an elder’s basic needs or failure to protect an elder from harm.

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shopping trips, Lake County Personal Injury LawyerFamily trips to a local shopping mall can be a regular occurrence for a number of reasons: the changing of seasons; kids outgrowing their clothes; or shopping for a loved one’s birthday gift.

But what happens when a seemingly harmless visit turns deadly?

Accidents at shopping malls are common, can be very serious, and may include injuries due to falling merchandise, wet floors, or defective elevators. And while slips and falls are the most common type of accident and account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, several other circumstances can cause serious harm to innocent shoppers.

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Cars Crossing onto the Tracksaccidents on train tracks, Illinois Personal Injury Attorney

A serious rail accident in New York made national headlines when a vehicle inexplicably went onto the tracks and resulted in a collision which killed the driver of the vehicle and five innocent passengers on the train. The case is still under investigation. However, it does bring to light the issue of safety at railway crossings.

Approximately 1,000 people die in train accidents every year. According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, nearly every 115 minutes, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S. Over the previous 10 years to date, 110,413 accidents occurred and resulted in 6,951 fatalities.

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wrong way crashes, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneysHighways and roadways can be congested by distracted drivers, drivers under the influence, and reckless speedsters, and these distractions can lead to terrible accidents and the loss of innocent lives. However, one phenomena that is occurring more frequently is the wrong way crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates around 300 fatalities a year occur as a result of wrong way crashes. In Illinois, 217 freeway wrong-way crashes occurred between 2004 to 2009, and resulted in 44 deaths and 248 personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been the innocent victim of a wrong way crash, please seek the assistance and legal representation of a reputable personal injury attorney. The loss of a love one under these circumstances is tragic, and legal compensation may be available to you.

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pilot’s state of mind, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneyMany travelers approach their flight with a slight trepidation, while others are seasoned business travelers. Whatever the case, a smooth, on-time flight is what every person wants.

But what about the faith we place in the crew, and trust that they have the experience, ability, and presence of mind to get us to our destination safely?

Unfortunately, headlines of late have brought to the forefront of our consciousness the concerns of just what can go wrong when those on the flight deck fail us. Incidents of pilot suicide are a real, current concern.

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road rage, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneyBeing an attentive driver takes a fair amount of effort and concentration, and the last situation a driver wants to experience is encountering an aggressive driver while on the road. Recently, media reports have emerged around the country with stories of people hurt in confrontations with other drivers. In fact, over 13,000 cases of road rage are reported every year, and this does not even include the number of cases that go undocumented.

What is Road Rage?

“Road rage” encompasses several traits. It is no longer restricted to a driver yelling and gesticulating from one car to another. Often, the most trivial matter can escalate into something much more, resulting in serious harm.

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Michael Noonan

Michael K. Noonan
Mike Noonan was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 3, 1946. He was admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar) in 1974; he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared before that body in 1979; he was admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in 2004.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.

Michael J. Perillo, Jr.
Michael Perillo is in his 30th year of practice as an attorney. He began his career in 1983 as an active-duty JAG Officer in the U.S. Navy. In that capacity, his duties included the prosecution of Courts-Martial. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate (legal counsel) to the Commanding Officer of the Service School Command at Great Lakes, Illinois.