iPhone App: iWrecked

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Gathering information at the scene of a car accident is a critical step in preserving your legal right and ability to pursue compensation at a later time. iWrecked is an accident resource that makes gathering and logging information after an accident a quick and efficient process.

    iWrecked is a simple application with all of the features you need, from taking pictures of the scene to collecting the names and information of the parties involved. Some of the features include a search feature to find nearby and available tow trucks or taxis, a detailed accident log template, and even the ability to send a PDF formatted accident report which includes any pictures you’ve taken at the scene. To learn more, visit the app store and read more about iWrecked.

    If you would like more information on how to react after an auto accident, or if you would like to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193.

    Important Legal Steps to Take After a Driving Accident

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Road conditions are not always ideal. When you’ve been involved in a driving accident, be sure to take these steps to pursue the compensation you need to get back on track.

    Collect Information at the Scene

    The way you react in the aftermath of an accident has implications not only for your immediate safety, but also for the viability of your case later on. After ensuring all parties involved are safe and calling any necessary emergency response personnel, collect the names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information from everyone involved. Take extensive photographs of the scene. The more information you collect now, the more convincingly you can make your case later. Take down any witness names and statements if possible as well.

    Hire a Lawyer

    Your first priority should be your health, but you cannot ignore the legal aspects of your accident. The most efficient way to deal with this is to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to file paperwork on your behalf, advise you on the status of your case, and handle all negotiations for you. If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will also be able to institute legal action on your behalf.

    While it may be difficult to avoid some accidents you can always ensure that you take the proper steps to preserve your legal rights. A personal injury lawyer can assist you greatly in this task. If you live in the Chicago area and would like to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We pride ourselves on our aggressive representation of our clients’ rights and interests, and provide quality legal services at affordable rates. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.

    Legal Profile: Motorcycle Accidents

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Driving a motorcycle offers various benefits, such as excellent gas mileage and the ability to maneuver easily through traffic. These benefits do not come without risks, however. Motorcycle drivers have a 35 times higher chance of being involved in a fatal crash than those driving cars.

    Some of the most alarming statistics for motorcycle drivers show that most multiple vehicle fatal crashes that occur between cars and motorcycles involve the driver of the car not noticing the motorcycle at all or until it is too late to avoid a collision. Thus, it may not be how well you operate your motorcycle that affects an accident, but simply the inability of other drivers to see or notice a motorcycle on the road.

    For more information on motorcycle accidents, or to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your motorcycle injury, call Malman Law in Chicago at (312) 983-6193. We offer free consultations; call us today to discuss your case and learn how we can help.

    Hallmarks of a Defective Product Case

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Product liability cases arise in all shapes and forms, from defective hip replacements to mislabeled bug spray. Many of these cases involve personal injuries to numerous purchasers of a specific product and can involve large legal actions and high-profile cases. Product liability is body of law that holds the designers, manufacturers, distributors, and others within the stream of commerce liable for injuries caused by products made available to the public.

    Types of Product Defects

    In order to make a successful case for product liability, you must prove that the product demonstrated one of the following:

    • Design defects.
    • Manufacturing defects.
    • Inadequate labeling or warning.

    Design defects can be proven when a product’s design is inherently dangerous to the point that its risks outweigh its benefits, no matter how carefully manufactured. This is analyzed by the standard of ordinary consumer expectations. Manufacturing defects involve errors made during the manufacturing process, such as broken, weakened, or missing parts. Inadequately labeled products pose non-obvious risks that may have been avoided through the use of more precise or expansive labeling.

    Making Your Case

    To win a product liability case, your injury must be caused by properly using the product for its intended purpose, or in a way that the ordinary consumer would believe it could be properly used. Some examples include a case in which a weight machine fell on a woman exercising with it, a case in which a can of bug spray was labeled with hearts and bright colors, leading a child to mistake it for potpourri. Products liability law can be complex, and proving a product was defective requires detailed and extensive fact finding and analysis.

    If you believe you have been injured due to a defective product, you should seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer. If you live in the Chicago region, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. During a free consultation, we can evaluate your case with you according to our extensive experience. Call today to learn how we can help.

    How to Prevent Elder Abuse

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Millions of elderly Americans are abused each year by those entrusted with caring for them. As we age, we become physically frailer and may experience changes in sensation and cognition. This leaves room for individuals in positions of trust to take advantage of the elderly. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the number of elderly adults who are mistreated is close to 5 million and growing. Many of these incidents go unnoticed or unreported, but a personal injury lawyer can help you bring them to an end.

    Know the Facts

    There are several ways to help prevent elder abuse. The first thing you should know is that 90% of all abusers are in fact family members. Don’t assume that someone you know is incapable of mistreating an elderly adult. Half of family members who abuse elder adults are adult children, and 20% are spouses or intimate partners. Other perpetrators of elder abuse include friends, neighbors, or caregiving service providers.

    Recognize the Warning Signs

    Be on the lookout for older friends or family members who appears troubled but is reluctant to speak about it. They may appear malnourished, unclean, or frightened of their caregivers. Frequent bruising, depression, or a lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy may be signs of abuse.

    Look for cues in the caregivers’ behavior as well. They may be verbally or physically abusive to the older person or even others around them. Substance abuse in caregivers is a large contributor to the problem. If an adult or caregiver refuses to let you into the home, or if mail, newspapers, or magazines have begun accumulating outside, abuse may be taking place within. Be on the lookout for large numbers of people using the home, as well as any bad odors that may be originating in the house.

    Elder abuse is a tragic event that occurs every day in the United States. If you or someone you know or love has been abused by those responsible for their care, seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney to learn your options. If you live in the Chicago area and would like to speak with an attorney, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We represent our clients diligently and aggressively, and will fight to protect your rights and interests. Call us today to learn how we can help.

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