Frequent Causes of Trucking Accidents

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Any accident that involves a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler will create a greater force of impact than an accident involving only cars or motorcycles. Individuals who are involved in a trucking accident may develop serious debilitating injuries, including disfiguring burns and spinal cord trauma. To ensure that trucking accident victims receive adequate compensation, it’s important that they hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Here are a few of the most common causes of trucking accidents:

    Driver error

    Truck drivers are required to spend their days traveling long, monotonous roads throughout the country. As a result, many drivers become inattentive to dangers on the road and may fail to respond to approaching hazards. Other drivers don’t get the sleep they need to drive safely. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets a maximum time limit for truck driving shifts and requires drivers to be off-duty for ten consecutive hours prior to the start of a shift. If a driver fails to abide by these rules, he or she may experience fatigue during the day and fall asleep behind the wheel.

    Vehicle defects

    Though driver error is the most common cause of trucking accidents, sometimes a truck-manufacturing defect plays a role. For example, damage to the tire sidewall can cause air to rapidly escape from the tires and increase the vehicle’s chances of experiencing a tire blowout. Other hazards can be created when equipment isn’t securely fastened to the back of a truck and rolls off in transport.

    Environmental conditions

    Fog, heavy rainfall, and extreme wind can all make it incredibly difficult for a truck driver to see the road ahead and safely maintain control of his or her vehicle. This is especially true if the driver isn’t paying attention or isn’t properly trained to handle these kinds of situations.

    Since 1994, Malman Law of Chicago has provided personal injury victims with effective legal representation. We offer our clients with the tools and information they need to protect their rights and navigate the legal system. To schedule a consultation, call (312) 983-6193.

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    Last updated 26 days ago

    To protect your right to fair compensation in a personal injury case, information is key. Call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193 to discuss your case with a skilled Chicago personal injury lawyer. For more information related to our recent blog topics, look to the resources below:

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    Nursing Home Abuse: Bedsores

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Pressurized ulcers, or bedsores, form when a bony part of the body, such as the tailbone or elbows, are under constant pressure for an extended period of time. Certain conditions make one more vulnerable to bedsores, including immobility, poor nutrition, and diabetes.

    Nursing homes in Illinois are required to take action to prevent bedsores from forming on vulnerable patients.  If your aging parent or loved one develops bedsores, or if existing bedsores are worsening, you may have the right to fair compensation under Illinois law.

    Don’t take chances with your loved one’s bedsore case. At Malman Law in Chicago, we have years of experience helping families obtain the compensation they deserve in nursing home injury cases. To learn more about our practice during a free consultation with an attorney, call us at (312) 983-6193.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    The Role Negligence Plays in Personal Injury Law

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In legal terms, negligence is carelessness that leads to the personal harm of another. Contrary to other unlawful actions, negligence is a passive wrong. It’s not necessarily what you do, but what you don’t do that hurts the other party. For that reason, negligence can be difficult to prove. It takes an experienced attorney to prove negligence in a personal injury case.

    How Does an Attorney Prove Negligence?

    Negligence is one of the most important components of personal injury law. It can involve legal entities from large corporations to homeowners. To prove negligence, an attorney will need to show that the defendant had knowledge that an action or lack of action could cause harm, and that his or her failure to perform that action led to a personal injury. For example, if you slip on the ice and become injured outside a home, an attorney would need to prove negligence in order for you to collect damages from the homeowner. Analyzing whether the homeowner had ample time to clear the ice, the circumstances of your fall, and a host of other factors would be instrumental in proving negligence.

    How Do You Obtain Compensation in a Negligence Case?

    To obtain compensation for your injuries in a case involving a personal injury, you will need to first prove that the defendant violated his or her duty of care, and that you suffered such damages as the inability to work and medical bills as a result. Duty of care refers to the obligation that we all have to reasonably avoid actions or situations that could cause harm to others. If you have suffered physical harm due to the breaching of duty of care by another person, you are entitled to damages.

    Negligence is a highly complex area of personal injury law, so you will need an experienced attorney to help guide you in your case. At Malman Law, we have years of experience helping clients obtain their just compensation. To learn more about our practice, call our Chicago office at (312) 983-6193.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Defective Product Profile: Drugs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Prescription drugs are meant to enhance your health and comfort. When they do the opposite—that is, cause physical, financial, or emotional harm—it is important to seek out a qualified attorney to help you obtain fair, financial compensation.

    Commercial drug makers are highly prepared to handle defective drug cases, as is apparent in recent high profile drug lawsuits. Going into your case ill prepared will prevent you from collecting the full scope of compensation that you need to pay for your losses.

    If you have been harmed by a prescription drug, the product liability lawyers at Malman Law can help. To defend your rights against big pharmaceutical companies, schedule your free consultation by calling our Chicago office at (312) 983-6193.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

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