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You Might Be Entitled to Compensation if You Were Injured in a Multi-Car PileupFebruary 5, 2023-Illinois highways are often the scene of serious, multi-car pileups. Slick roads and bad drivers are a recipe for disaster. All too often, those involved in these accidents suffer long-term consequences that range in severity from injuries to death. In the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, over 1,200 wrecks resulted in […]
Biggest Nursing Home Abuse Stories of 2022January 29, 2023-The decision to send a cherished family member to a nursing home is always hard. But you want the people you love to have the best possible care, and often a skilled nursing facility, long-term care facility, or other nursing home is the best choice. Illinois has more than 1,200 long-term care facilities serving more than 100,000 […]
Rental Car AccidentsJanuary 21, 2023-The last thing most of us want to deal with when away on vacation or a business trip is a rental car accident. But they happen, and it’s important to understand what to do if you’re injured in a rental car crash or are struck by someone driving a rental car – whether as a […]
Nursing Home Feeding Tube FailuresJanuary 14, 2023-Nursing home residents often require feeding tubes to ensure they receive the nutrition they need. However, complications can arise if a feeding tube is not inserted safely or if nursing home staff fail to maintain the tube properly. If your loved one has been injured due to a feeding tube failure, our experienced nursing home […]
Involved in an Accident with an Ambulance?January 9, 2023-Traffic accidents involving emergency vehicles are on the rise, not only in Illinois but also in neighboring states, including Wisconsin. There, Department of Transportation data shows that these types of crashes have doubled between 2016 and 2021. The numbers themselves are sobering enough to consider, but looking at the real-life impact of these numbers is […]
Involved in a Car Accident with a Fire Truck? Compensation May be AvailableJanuary 1, 2023-Motor vehicle accidents involving emergency vehicles are not uncommon. The National Safety Council reported that in 2020, 180 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles. Although police vehicles accounted for most of the deaths, there were still 17 fire truck-related deaths. Given their large size, amount of (heavy and dangerous) equipment on board, and effect […]
Is Driving too far Below the Speed Limit Dangerous?December 18, 2022-Most people are concerned with driving too far above the speed limit and getting a ticket, so it’s interesting to find out many states have minimum speeds for different roadways. For instance, on highways in Florida, the minimum speed is 40 miles per hour, except when the posted speed limit is 70 miles an hour, […]
Worker’s Compensation: Torn Rotator Cuff InjuriesNovember 13, 2022-A torn rotator cuff is among the most common injury suffered by Illinois workers. It is a painful injury, and while it is not usually life-threatening, it can certainly be life changing. While surgery and physical therapy can typically restore total mobility, you’ll likely be permanently limited in terms of how much stress you can […]
What Happens When a Wreck is Caused by a Road in Poor Condition?November 6, 2022-Roads are what connect people to essentials like groceries, healthcare, consumer goods, career opportunities, and social gatherings. As a driver, you have a reasonable expectation for the roads you travel upon to be safely maintained. You’re also responsible for being fully aware while driving, adjusting your speed to match the road conditions, and attempting to […]
Limo AccidentsOctober 30, 2022-Those involved in limo accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. Devastatingly, worst-case scenarios result in the death of victims. If you or someone you love has been injured or worse in a limo accident, you know the impacts are ongoing. Limo accidents are usually severe due to the size of the vehicle and the […]
Vehicle RolloversOctober 23, 2022-Vehicle rollovers are the deadliest form of car accidents. Only a small percentage of all car accidents are vehicle rollovers, but they still account for one-third of all car accident deaths. Aside from fatalities, people who are involved in vehicle rollovers can experience serious, long-term injuries. Those injuries can result in being unable to work […]
Determining Fault in a Collision at a 4-Way Stop SignOctober 16, 2022-The right-of-way rules at a 4-way stop sign can confuse even experienced drivers. The situation can become even more bewildering if you’re one of the thousands of people who have a collision at one of these intersections each year. How to determine who was at fault? Who will compensate you for damage or injuries? The […]
The Danger of Bald TiresOctober 9, 2022-Car maintenance is something we rarely think about until something goes wrong. Be honest: when was the last time you checked the tread on your tires? Tires are among the most important automobile safety features, yet motorists often forget about them. Without enough tread or air, your car may begin to lose traction with the […]
Workers’ Compensation: Orthopedic InjuriesOctober 2, 2022-Workplaces are supposed to be safe and injury-free. Too often, though, repetitive movements, falls, and sudden stress can lead to a job-related orthopedic injury. When such an accident – or the cumulative impact of your working conditions – leaves you unable to work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Since orthopedic injuries are […]
Cell Phone Pictures: What Photos to Take if You’re in an AccidentSeptember 25, 2022-Cell phones and driving typically don’t mix; in fact, many states ban the use of cell phones when you’re behind the wheel of a car. However, cell phones can come in handy if you’re involved in an accident. Using the camera feature on your cell phone is a great way to preserve evidence if you […]
What Happens if You Have an Accident at a Hotel?September 19, 2022-At their best, hotels can be wonderful places. If you’re on vacation, they can have landscaped pool areas where you might sit and relax with a cocktail. When traveling on business, they provide necessary workstations and rooms that accommodate your needs. Bigger hotels have large ground staffs that maintain the public areas to keep them […]
What Is a Real Estate Contract?September 11, 2022-A real estate contract is a document that provides the details of the sale and purchase of land. Contracts can cover the transfer of residential homes, business establishments, farms and ranches, vacant property, or any other type of real estate. To be legally enforceable, the contract should be in writing, and must provide essential terms, […]
Staying Safe in Summer ThunderstormsSeptember 5, 2022-When summertime hits, we take to the road. Whether for the Great American Road Trip or just getting errands done while the weather is warm, it always seems there are more people on the road in the summer. There are. Americans drive more miles from May through August than other times of the year, and […]
Got Into an Accident While You’re Out of Town? Here’s What to DoAugust 28, 2022-When you’re on vacation, it can sometimes be easy to forget that real-life things like car accidents can happen. When they do, real life settles in very quickly. If you’re hundreds of miles away from your familiar car shop, driving down new roads, maybe even using a rental vehicle, figuring out what to do can […]
Workers’ Compensation: On the Job Vehicle AccidentsAugust 21, 2022-Illinois law requires employers to compensate injured workers following job-related accidents. Car accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. When an employee is involved in a vehicle accident while working, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation lawyers at the Cullotta Bravo Law Group can help employees pursue […]
Title InsuranceAugust 14, 2022-You might be familiar with title insurance if you have ever purchased a home, but just because you have signed the documents, you may not totally understand what it is. During a real estate transaction, the buyer or seller typically hires a title search company to ensure all the documents are in order. This usually […]
Orthopedic InjuriesAugust 7, 2022-Orthopedic injuries, or injuries to muscle and bone, often necessitate medical interventions such as prosthetic implants to relieve stress and pain. However, these procedures can cause further harm to a patient. If you believe that your pain and suffering were caused by your doctor’s attempt to help you heal, you can pursue compensation. What Is […]
What Happens if Your Ambulance Crashes?August 1, 2022-Most people hope they never find themselves in an ambulance in the first place. Being in a car crash on top of that is another situation entirely. After all, if you’re in the back of an ambulance, you or a loved one is already experiencing an emergency. But what happens if a worst-case scenario occurs […]
Nursing Home Injury FallsJuly 25, 2022-Every year, there are about 36 million falls among older people in the U.S., according to the CDC. About 20 percent of those falls result in injury, and just under 10 percent result in death. Not surprisingly, considering the elderly population, falls are a leading cause of injury in nursing homes. The average 100-bed nursing […]
Nursing Home SepsisJuly 17, 2022-The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health have reported that over 1.7 million American adults develop sepsis yearly — and over a quarter of a million die as a result. The morbidity rate is even higher in older adults, particularly those who live in long-term care. When researchers from Kaiser Health […]
Workers’ Compensation for Misclassified WorkersJuly 10, 2022-More people are working as independent contractors than ever before. Whether you call them gig workers, freelancers, or contractors, these professionals make up more than a third of the American workforce. While this kind of work sets people up for a lot of freedom, there is a dark side to being an independent contractor. Contractors […]
Is Your Employer Liable if You’re Injured During a Crime at Work?July 3, 2022-If you’re injured at work in the state of Illinois—you fall off a ladder while stocking shelves, or burn yourself at a hot stove, or suffer a mishap with a power tool—your employer is legally required to help you during your recovery. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act says that employers must provide benefits to injured […]
Omicron and Workers’ Compensation UpdateJune 26, 2022-If you work in an environment where you’re concerned about exposure to COVID-19, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the state of Illinois has published guidelines for employers designed to help keep you safer—even though, as we all know, there are few guarantees with this pandemic. If you do become seriously ill with Omicron, you may qualify […]
Nursing Home ChokingJune 18, 2022-It’s a nightmare scenario for any family member: you learn that your elderly loved one in nursing home care has been injured, or worse, has died as a result of choking. Unfortunately, this is an all too common occurrence in nursing homes across the country as the elderly frequently encounter problems swallowing food for a […]
Nursing Home InfectionsJune 12, 2022-When an elderly loved one is in a nursing home, we have a natural expectation that they will receive the best possible care. However, as with other health care facilities, nursing home residents face an inherent risk of developing infections–in part because of the nature of medical care, and in part because the elderly naturally […]
Post-Pandemic Hospital Safety: What You Need to KnowJune 6, 2022-Even before the events of the last few years, hospital-acquired infections and other injuries were a definite concern. Hospitals are a place that most people associate with getting better, not worse. And, for the most part, that association holds true: Doctors, nurses, and hospital techs provide essential and life-saving support for people who require their […]
What Parents of Teen Drivers Should Know to Keep Their Kids Safe On the RoadJune 1, 2022-Parents with teens with newly-minted licenses often feel nervous every time they see their child get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, there’s good reason to feel apprehensive. Car crashes are the second leading cause of death for teens, especially males. The good news is that parents can play an enormous role in helping […]
Nursing Home ConcussionMay 22, 2022-We typically think of concussions in the context of athletic injuries or car accidents, but concussions happen quite often in the elderly, as well. Nursing home residents, in particular, are at high risk for experiencing concussions and other head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of people over age […]
Five Little-Known, Science-Based Tips to Reduce Injury Risk in a CrashApril 24, 2022-Every time we get in a vehicle, there’s a chance that we’re going to experience an accident. After all, despite recent innovations that have resulted in heightened vehicle safety, accidents still happen. It may surprise you to learn that — even with this sense of inevitability — there are things you can do to make […]
Spring Break Road Trips: Potential Dangers and How to Minimize ThemApril 18, 2022-After a winter cooped up inside, waiting for blue skies and warmer days, once spring break arrives we’re all ready to hit the open road in search of freedom, fun, and sun. Families pack up their cars with games and snacks, college students grab their best friends and their playlists, and everyone hits the open […]
Staircase AccidentsApril 11, 2022-We often don’t think of staircases as hazardous since most of us use them daily. Yet, staircase accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the country. A study of U.S. emergency room statistics shows that an average of 1 million people are injured in staircase accidents every year. Many people suffer minor […]
Rollover Accidents in IllinoisApril 2, 2022-Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous and deadly types of vehicle accidents. In fact, while rollovers occur in only three (3) percent of accidents, they account for nearly one-third of all passenger vehicle fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Rollovers can be caused by many things, but quite often, they […]
Proving the Driver Responsible for Your Accident Was Using a Cell PhoneMarch 26, 2022-“Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.” — U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thousands of car accidents—too many of them fatal—are caused every year by distracted drivers texting, talking on […]
Defective Tire Tread AccidentsMarch 21, 2022-As simple as they seem, your tires are actually one of the most important safety features of your car. Their good condition ensures that your vehicle moves smoothly and predictably, capably handling all challenges from sharp curves or wet roads. Driving on damaged or defective tires substantially heightens your risk of having a serious accident, […]
Ladder Accidents in IllinoisMarch 6, 2022-Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured in ladder accidents. While many of these injuries are relatively minor, some can be quite severe, leading to long-term disability or even death. Many of these accidents are work-related, meaning worker’s compensation will cover treatment for these injuries–but in some cases, ladder accidents happen due to […]
Police Car Accidents in IllinoisFebruary 28, 2022-When you’re injured in a vehicle accident, the party at fault is typically liable for your injuries. Personal injury cases can range between straightforward and complicated. But when a police car is involved in causing your injuries, your case can be exponentially more complex because filing a claim against the police or another government agency […]
Rear-End Accidents in IllinoisFebruary 20, 2022-Rear-end collisions are quite common on Illinois roads. In fact, according to the Illinois Dept. of Transportation, rear-end accidents are the most common type of collision in the state (more than 92,000 rear-end accidents in 2017 alone). Being hit from the rear also causes more injuries than other types of collisions—and in many cases, those […]
How Language Barriers Can Put Nursing Home Residents at RiskFebruary 14, 2022-As America’s population becomes more diverse, language barriers are creating new challenges in the healthcare sector, particularly in nursing homes. According to recent Census data, some 67.3 million people in America (both native-born and non-native) now speak a language other than English at home. As the immigrant population ages, more non-English speakers are now seeking […]
Crane AccidentsFebruary 2, 2022-Individuals involved in crane accidents can suffer serious injuries, which then turn into expensive medical bills, lost income, and in some cases, even death. Fortunately, victims and their families can find remedies under state personal injury laws. These types of remedies might include payment of medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and burial costs. […]
Who Inspects Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities?January 31, 2022-Those living at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Illinois comprise a vulnerable population deserving of the utmost protection. Multiple agencies oversee inspections of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, but that doesn’t always mean your loved ones are protected. It’s important to understand who is tasked with these inspections and why they are […]
Head-On CollisionsJanuary 24, 2022-Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous type of accidents that someone can be involved in. When a head-on collision occurs, the amount of force involved can be doubled because the cars slam into each other while both going forward. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a head-on collision, then […]
Contributory NegligenceJanuary 16, 2022-Citizens of both Colorado and Illinois have the right to pursue financial compensation if they have been involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether you’re the victim of a car accident, a slip and fall incident, or suffered injuries because of a defective product, you can pursue a personal injury claim against […]
18-Wheeler Accidents in IllinoisJanuary 10, 2022-With the number of tractor-trailers ever-increasing on America’s roadways, it comes as no surprise that trucking accidents are also on the rise. Truck-related fatalities are up by more than 50 percent since 2009. In 2019, more than a half-million 18-wheeler accidents were reported, resulting in 4479 fatal crashes and 114,000 injury accidents. Approximately 97 percent […]
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