Losing a loved one is by far one of life's most difficult experiences, and when that death came about because of someone's negligent or wrongful behavior, pain is often redoubled. A drunk driver who kills a pedestrian, a surgeon whose negligence costs a patient her life, a manufacturer whose failure to check his product's safety leads to a consumer death -- these are some examples of wrongful death cases. If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another person or group, our firm can help you receive compensation. Please contact us today.
Given how much time we spend on the road commuting to work, running errands, driving to movie theaters car accidents seem inevitable. But when cellular phones, alcohol or drugs, speeding, and recklessness are thrown into the mix, driving a car can be as dangerous as entering a war zone. While it is true that many car accidents are minor fender-benders resulting in minimal damage, sometimes they might be serious collisions that can cause injury and death. Some victims may never work again or be the same again. It is important to understand the seriousness of such a case and to seek legal help. We have the legal knowledge, expertise, and experience to help you win the just compensation you need and deserve. Each lawyer at the Margolis Firm has experience with auto accident lawsuits in Chicago, Illinois. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, we can help. Please contact an auto accident attorney at the Margolis Firm today - located in Chicago, Illinois.
Medical professionals are meant to provide care and healing, but in cases of medical malpractice the opposite occurs. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis, fails to treat a patient's condition promptly, issues a wrong prescription, or neglects to administer appropriate care, the patient may suffer serious injury. The victim and his or her family may be overwhelmed with medical bills and other costs. In cases of permanent disability, the victim may never be able to work again. In addition, victims and their families often endure lasting emotional pain and suffering.
Hospital negligence can range from providing sub par care to maintaining unclean or dangerous facilities. For example, a nurse or doctor may provide negligent care for a patient by failing to obtain a medical history, order appropriate tests, or deliver necessary care. Other hospital personnel might be negligent by failing to properly sanitize medical equipment or properly prevent people's exposure to hazardous materials.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases may be obvious - as in Penetrating Head Injuries (when something passes through the skull and pierces the brain), or harder to diagnose - like Closed Head Injuries (when there may not be any visible wound, but the brain damage will be evidenced by physical, mental and behavioral changes). Every year, about 1.5 million Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury. That's about every 21 seconds. A Traumatic Brain Injury may result from Auto Accidents, Medical Negligence (during Labor and Delivery, Drug Administration Errors, or Surgical Misadventure), Construction Accidents, Inadequate Security incidents or other Premises disasters.
Firefighter Hearing Loss
The Margolis Firm PC represents thousands of Firefighters and EMTs across the United States in products liability lawsuits against siren and emergency vehicle manufacturers. Although studies have proven that the traditional sirens are ineffective warning devices, and the trade industry is aware of safer and more effective alternatives, the manufacturers refuse to eliminate, reduce or adequately warn against the hazards of permanent hearing loss to emergency personnel. Unfortunately, Firefighters can't protect themselves by wearing ear plugs, since they need to communicate en route.
If you find yourself saying, "What?" all day long; get an audiogram and get your local union officer to call Jordan Margolis, Founder and Chairman of the (ATLA) Firefighter/EMT Hearing Loss Litigation Group. The Margolis Firm PC is the designated Personal Injury law firm for Local 2, Chicago Firefighters Union.
Defective Products/Dangerous Drugs
Manufacturers and store owners have a responsibility to consumers. They must ensure that the products they sell are neither defective nor inherently dangerous. If a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, the manufacturer (and sometimes the designer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer) is considered legally liable, as long as the consumer was using the product as it was meant to be used when he or she was injured. Whether the product is a hairdryer or an automobile tire, manufacturers must make sure that products are designed and made safely, that quality control systems prevent defective products from entering the market, and that adequate directions and warning labels are available to protect consumers. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, please contact us today.
Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you or your parents or grandparents are in a nursing home, it's probably because you associate such facilities with care and attentiveness. That's why nursing home negligence is such a serious problem. Many of the patients who reside in nursing homes are unable to communicate instances of abuse or neglect because of physical or mental disabilities or simply because they have no one to tell. Nursing home negligence can be very serious, causing significant health problems and even death among victims. Examples of nursing home negligence include: failing to provide adequate food or water, failing to provide appropriate hygienic care, overmedicating patients, using physical restraints unnecessarily, and physically or sexually abusing residents. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, it's important that you seek help both for your own situation and for the other residents. Please contact our firm today.
Employers and business owners are obligated to provide a safe workplace or environment for their employees and/or customers. For example, a woman should never have to feel unsafe if she stays late working at her office. In addition, parking garages should be well-lit for patrons' safety. Security should be on-hand to intervene should any problems arise—such as assault, robbery, burglary, or even harassment. If you or a loved one has been victimized as a result of inadequate security, you have the right to pursue legal action. Please contact our firm today.
Workers' Compensation, Construction or Work Place Accidents
Both accidents and repeated job duties can cause work-related injuries. A construction worker injured in a fall is an example of the former while an industrial worker injured by constant exposure to dangerous chemicals represents the latter. Worker's compensation is a benefit system put in place to help injured workers receive compensation for their injuries and return to their jobs as soon as possible. Injured employees are eligible for workers' compensation if they are injured on the job or while performing normal job duties. Fault is not considered. Workers' compensation protects workers by providing for their medical expenses and lost wages. Employees who accept workers' compensation benefits can not sue their employer, although in some cases, a suit may be brought against a third party. If you believe that you have been wrongfully denied workers' compensation benefits, our firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today!
Property owners, such as restaurant proprietors, have a responsibility to ensure that safety hazards on their land do not cause harm to guests. Homeowners with pools, for example, must take steps to protect visiting children from danger. If a danger is present, it must be clearly marked to prevent harm. If a store owner's floor is slippery after it is mopped, signs should be posted to warn customers. Except in cases of trespassing, property owners are liable for injuries that occur due to preventable hazards on their premises. Even if a property owner is not aware of the hazard, the law may say that he or she should have known about the problem. If you have been injured on another's property, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact our firm today.
Even in today's society, employers still may discriminate against employees and customers based on sex, age and race. For example, an employee may not be given the same privileges as his counterparts. Or an older employee may be terminated from a position solely because of his age no matter what his qualifications and capabilities. In other cases, a woman may be paid a smaller salary than her male coworkers because of her sex. Whatever the case, civil rights violations will not be tolerated. If your civil rights have been violated, you have the right to pursue legal action. Please contact us today.
Rarely can one drive along the highway without passing a semi-truck. But even though we are used to seeing them, their inherent dangers haven't decreased. Drivers still must navigate often at slower speeds than the flow of traffic with large blind spots, and their trucks are prone to jack-knifing because of their awkwardly distributed weights and high centers of gravity. In addition, trucks may spill their loads, potentially causing accidents and ultimately, injuries to other drivers on the road. Each lawyer at the Margolis Firm has experience with truck accident lawsuits in Chicago, Illinois. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact a truck accident attorney at the Margolis Firm today - located in Chicago, Illinois.
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury during accidents, especially when an automobile or truck is also involved. Speeding, alcohol or drug use, and disobeying traffic laws on the part of either a rider or the drivers of the vehicles nearby greatly increases the likelihood of a serious accident. When motorcycle accidents occur, the results are often devastating. Victims are often left with serious injuries or permanent disabilities; some do not survive. For the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families, high medical bills often combine with emotional strain to cause additional suffering. Each attorney at the Margolis Firm has experience with motorcycle accident lawsuits in Chicago, Illinois. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at the Margolis Firm today - located in Chicago, Illinois.
School Bus Accidents
Because we entrust them with our children's safety and lives, school bus drivers must abide by all transportation laws, including laws that prohibit speeding and consuming alcohol before or while driving. In addition, the companies that maintain public transportation vehicles like buses are liable for the safety of their vehicles. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident, we can help. Please contact us today.
Van Rollover / SUV Rollover
Rollover accidents are far more likely to cause serious injuries than are other types of accidents. In addition, rollover accidents have a much higher fatality rate. Unfortunately, the preponderance of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and vans on the road has led to a higher number of rollover accidents. SUVs and vans are more prone to rollovers because of their higher center of gravity. Unfortunately, many such vehicles also offer limited roof crush protection, increasing the risk of driver and passenger injury during a rollover crash. In addition, school vans are also prone to rollover accidents. We expect that our children will be well cared-for and safe in the hands of school officials and in school equipment or vehicles. If our children's safety is compromised, it can be devastating. If you or your loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, we can help. Please contact us today.
Many statistics have shown that wearing a seat belt can significantly lower your risk of injury during an auto accident. Almost all states require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts. For this reason, seat belt failures represent a sort of betrayal by the automobile manufacturing business. When a seat belt fails to serve as a restraint during an auto accident and a person in injured or killed as a result, the vehicle manufacturer may be legally liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to a defective seatbelt, contact a car accident attorney at the Margolis Firm - located in Chicago, Illinois.
The Firestone tire recall in August 2000 brought to the fore the issue of defective tires. Tire defects can result in serious injuries to both drivers and passengers. Tread separation and blowouts have been responsible for numerous injuries and deaths, and the rates of such accidents have been higher among truck and SUV drivers. Like other manufacturers, tire makers have a responsibility to ensure that their products do not harm consumers. If they do, the manufacturer may be held strictly liable under the law. Each attorney at the Margolis Firm has experience with auto and truck accidents caused by defective tires. If you have been injured in such an accident, contact us today. Serving Chicago, Illinois.
Volatile, flammable substances can, under certain circumstances, lead to terrible accidents. In many instances, gas fires and explosions result from defective vehicle parts or designs. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of an automobile fire, we can help. Please contact us today.
Although companies have some discretion over whom they may hire and fire, there are certain things that do not constitute legal grounds for dismissal. These include a person's color, gender, national origin, age, and creed. For example, if an older employee who is working well and consistently is let go simply because the boss wants to higher someone younger, this may be considered wrongful termination. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, our firm can help. Please contact us today.