Posted on January 12, 2018 by salvi
Commuting into the city is a huge part of life for many Chicagoland citizens. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Illinois ranks among the tops in the nation when it comes to commuters. Upwards of eighty thousand commuters drive from Lake County alone, every day, to get to work.
With the sheer numbers of commuters traveling into Chicago, collisions are inevitable. Over three hundred thousand crashes occurred on Illinois roadways throughout 2015. If you or a member of your family are injured during your commute to or from work, speak with an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney.
The Dangers of High Speed Commuting
Commuting to work can be a dangerous proposition in the state of Illinois. Ranking as one of the top commuter states in the nation, while facing bumper to bumper traffic and harsh winter road conditions, commuting in Illinois is a uniquely risky endeavor. In 2015 alone, 914 fatal collisions occurred in the state of Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation—nearly three citizens were fatally injured on an average day.
For a number of reasons, including increased congestion and lessened distance between vehicles, roughly 25 percent of all vehicular collisions nationwide occur during rush hour.
Limiting the Risk of Commuting
While commuting naturally comes with risk, due to the sheer number of commuters on the road, there are ways to reduce the potential for a collision:
The Aftermath of a Commuting Collison
If you or a loved one are involved in a vehicular collision while commuting to or from work, contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney. Commuting to work can be an aggravating experience, dealing with that aftermath of a car crash can be debilitating, let us do the heavy lifting. Contact us today at 847-662-3303 or visit our motor vehicle collision page online.
Posted on January 8, 2018 by salvi
If you are injured in an automobile collision, it is entirely possible that a vehicular defect was the cause. Vehicular defects can be incredibly dangerous, especially when traveling at high speeds. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C. we have decades of experience working with victims of product defects and are available to speak to you about your personal injury case.
History of Recalls
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, initially enacted in 1966, provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the authority to require vehicle manufacturers to recall products with defects that directly impacted the safety of passengers. Over the next half century, just under 400 million vehicles were recalled for safety-related defects. Yet the enactment of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, while helpful, has not completely eradicated the risk of safety-related defects in our motor vehicles.
In the late 90’s, Firestone Tires released a malfunctioning tire that failed to connect the tread of the tires with the steel belts. After accepting responsibility for nearly 200 deaths nationwide, Firestone recalled the faulty tires.
In 2010, Toyota recalled over eight million vehicles after discovering a failure in the acceleration pedal mechanism in a number of their vehicle designs. While the recall, in all likelihood, saved countless lives, 31 passengers lost their lives due to the defect.
General Motors recalled 2.59 million vehicles due to a flaw in the ignition switch within many of their 2014 fleet. The defect shut off the engine of the vehicle, and with it safety precautions such as airbags, while the vehicle continued to move. The defect was responsible for more than 50 fatalities.
Examples of Safety-Related Defects
While it can be incredibly difficult to notice safety-related defects in a vehicle prior to a collision, recognizing the presence of a defect post-crash can provide victims with the ammunition to legally persecute the motor vehicle companies involved.
Prominent safety-related defects include the following:
For more information on safety-related defects visit our defective product page.
If you or a loved one are involved in a vehicular collision, automobile defects may have played a role. Dealing with the aftermath of a serious car crash can be painful, both emotionally and physically. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C. we have decades of experience helping victims pursue legal action in the wake of an injury, contact a knowledgeable Lake County personal injury attorney today.
Posted on January 4, 2018 by salvi
With the holiday season behind us, the Chicagoland area is bustling again as we move further into the new year. Heading back into the routine of work life, commuters are once again braving for early morning journeys to work, and late afternoon treks back home.
Adjusting back into work life can be difficult post-holiday, most notably the re-adjustment back into one’s standard sleep pattern can be especially challenging. Unfortunately a disrupted sleep schedule can lead to more than a bad mood.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 37,000 people are injured each year in drowsy driving accidents. If you or a member of your family are involved in a late-night or early morning collision, it is important to contact an experienced Chicagoland personal injury attorney.
Consider the following tips for noticing the symptoms of drowsy driving in fellow drivers, and how to avoid becoming a drowsy driver yourself
Signs of Drowsy Driving
The chances of a drowsy driving accident are greatly reduced when more than one person is riding in a vehicle. This is in large part due to diligent passengers looking out for signs of drowsy driving. Listed below are a few common signs of drowsy driving. If your driver is displaying any of these signs, it may be prudent to pull over.
Ways to Combat Drowsy Driving
No one intends to drive while sleep deprived. Consider the following simple tips on how to avoid drowsy driving:
Contact a Compassionate Car Accident Attorney Today
Every year, an average of 730 people are fatally injured in drowsy driving accidents. It is incredibly important to know the signs of drowsy driving and to take the necessary precautions to avoid it. For more information on the dangers of drowsy driving, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 or visit us online to speak with an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney.
Posted on January 2, 2018 by salvi
As temperatures in the greater Chicagoland area continue to rest below freezing temperatures, ice and snow continues to spread. Most people are well aware of the increased dangers of driving during the winter, as limited visibility, decreased space on the road, and worsening conditions, make driving in the winter a risky endeavor. But winter weather does not only change the landscape of vehicular travel, it increases risk of injury for pedestrians and employees, as they navigate the sidewalks to and from their stores of choice and respective places of work.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 people are hospitalized annually due to an injury caused by slipping and falling. If you or a member of your family suffer an injury due to slipping on the ice this winter, contact a personal injury attorney.
Types and Costs of Injuries
The two most common injuries that occur during a fall are injuries to the head and hip. Suffering head trauma can be incredibly painful, disorienting, and expensive. A break to the hip bone, however, can be one of the most grueling injuries imaginable and almost always requires surgery.
Serious injuries to either the head or hip have the potential to impact a victim’s life long-term. Recurring or severe head trauma can result in memory loss and other symptoms comparable to dementia down the road, while serious hip injuries can hamper a victim’s ability to walk unassisted for long periods of time. Considering the medical costs of hospital visits, physical rehabilitation, and prescription drugs, fall injuries are among the most expensive injuries, as the average cost of a serious fall is upwards of $30,000.
Patrons and Employees
During the winter months, sidewalks and walkways require diligent upkeep. In many cases, slip and fall injuries can be attributed to the negligence of a business owner. Business owners are responsible for shoveling snow, applying salt, and scraping ice off of the sidewalks outside their establishment. Despite this, many business owners fail to uphold their end of the bargain, for both their patrons and employees.
Every year consumers and employees alike suffer slip and fall injuries due to the negligence of business owners. According to the Insurance Information Institute, slip and fall injuries account for 29 percent of all worker’s compensation claims.
The Good News
While the recovery from a slip and fall injury can be taxing and painful, the good news is many victims are able to file injury claims if the fall can be attributed to business owner negligence. The average claim for a slip and fall injury is $33,000, which would in most cases cover all medical costs post-injury. For employees who suffer slip and fall injuries, the average worker’s compensation claim falls just under $50,000.
If you suffer a slip and fall injury either as a patron or employee, contact us at 847-662-3303 or visit us online to work with our knowledgeable and experienced Waukegan personal injury attorneys.
Posted on December 29, 2017 by salvi
Holiday festivities are in full force as the New Year approaches. While families and friends come together for the holiday season, alcoholic beverages often accompany the parties. But as you and your loved ones bring in the new year, watch out for impaired drivers on the roads. Additionally, if you or a member of your family are injured in a collision involving negligence or alcohol impairment, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and options available for recovery.
Drinking and Driving Kills
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 29 people die in drunk driving accidents every day throughout the United States. While fatal collisions involving alcohol impairment have steadily decreased over the last three decades, drunk driving accidents still result in more than 10,000 fatalities annually.
To this day, drinking and driving represents a massive portion of traffic-related deaths. In 2015, the 10,265 collision fatalities involving alcohol impairment accounted for just under one-third of all vehicular fatalities. Even more concerning is the consistent statistical rise in drunk driving fatalities around the holidays.
Drunk Driving During the Holidays
The holidays are a fantastic time for families and friends to come together and share the year’s blessings. Unfortunately, the holidays are also a notorious time of year for driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to the NHTSA, traffic fatalities due to alcohol inebriation more than double during the holiday season.
Throughout the month of December, alcohol impairment is responsible for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In the time period between Christmas and the New Year, drunk driving is responsible for 40 percent of deaths on the road. Due in large part to the increase of impaired drivers on the road, January 1 is now one of the two deadliest days of driving throughout the calendar year.
Steps to Take Post-Crash
The physical, emotional, and psychological aftermath of a serious car accident can be incredibly difficult to navigate alone. Moreover, the financial responsibilities of recovery post accident can be devastating.
At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C. we have over three decades of experience serving our clients and helping personal injury victims in need. If you or a loved one are unfortunately a part of a collision involving alcohol-related negligence, please contact our knowledgeable and compassionate Lake County personal injury attorneys. Call 847-662-3303 today or visit us online.
Posted on December 25, 2017 by salvi
Here in the greater Chicago area we are blessed to be in close proximity to an abundance of outdoor recreation areas. With access to the Shawnee National Forest, the Pere Marquette State Park, and other incredible gateways to nature, local residents have no shortage of options for recreation. Even in the dead of winter, we can still get out and experience the natural environment.
Today many Chicagoans choose to enjoy nature through the use of snowmobiles. While snowmobiles can be exceptionally fun for outdoor adventure seekers, they do come with risk of severe injury.
Risk of Injury
Over the last few decades, snowmobiling has become one of America’s favorite wintertime activities. In 2017, upwards of 50,000 recreational snowmobiles were commercially sold within the United States. But as snowmobilers flock to the outdoors this holiday season, it is important to know the risks of taking part in this exhilarating but dangerous winter activity.
Every year approximately 200 fatal and 14,000 non-fatal injuries occur due to snowmobiling throughout North America. Most injuries in snowmobiling accidents are caused by head trauma, or severe injury to the spine or internal organs. According to the Wisconsin Medical Journal, many variables can lead to snowmobile accidents; however, the most common factors included in accidents are excessive speed, reckless operation of the vehicle, inexperienced drivers, poor visibility, and presence of alcohol.
Simple Safety Tips
Snowmobiling is an intrinsically dangerous activity, in large part due to the fact that most snowmobiles weigh more than 600 pounds and can travel up to 90 miles per hour. Consider the following simple safety tips that can help any snowmobiler, novice or experienced, stay safe.
If you and your family choose to spend part of this holiday season snowmobiling, practice extreme caution. If you or a member of your party are injured due to the negligence of another snowmobiler, a manufacturing defect, or a problem with trail maintenance, contact a compassionate Waukegan personal injury attorney today at 847-662-3303 for more information.
Posted on December 22, 2017 by salvi
Today most people think of the dangers of concussions and traumatic head injuries within the realm of professional sport. They would not be wrong for thinking that way, since over four thousand former NFL players filed a high-profile lawsuit against the NFL in 2011 based on the long-term life altering damage that accompanies traumatic head injury.
While contact sports such as American football and hockey put participants in much higher risk of suffering concussions, traumatic head injuries are not limited to the arena of competitive sports. Traumatic head injuries can occur in everyday life.
Everyone should be aware of the immediate and long-term health implications of head trauma. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic head injury, contact a knowledgeable Lake County personal injury lawyer today.
What Causes Concussions?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a concussion is defined as a traumatic head injury that impacts the functionality of the brain. Concussions are predominantly caused by a blow to the head or upper body that results in internal shaking of the brain. As the brain shifts and hits the inner lining of the skull, problems such as bruising, swelling, nerve damage, and tearing of blood vessels can occur.
These types of blows to the head and upper body can occur in any number of ways while taking part in everyday activities. A rear-end collision on the commute to work could result in violent contact with the dashboard or steering wheel leading to a concussion. An industrial worker could suffer a traumatic head injury from falling debris at the workplace. A holiday shopper in downtown Chicago could slip on ice and fall outside an establishment suffering a concussion.
While most concussions are minor, left unattended the long-term damage to brain function can be incredibly problematic. It is important to contact a medical expert if concussion symptoms are present post-injury.
Short and Long-Term Health Implications of Head Trauma
Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury can be aggravating, painful, and laborious. Short term symptoms in even the most minor of concussions can include headaches, memory loss, declining motor skills, and lack of concentration. In severe cases, short term symptoms can include vomiting, seizures, slurred speech, and prolonged disorientation. While the short term impacts of head trauma can be painful and difficult to deal with, the potential long-term health implications of a concussion can be truly life-altering.
According to studies conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), severe head trauma can lead to abnormal brain activity and in some cases steady degradation of motor skills, even decades after the initial injury. One such study compared brain functionality in healthy athletes to athletes who had suffered concussions in previous decades. Though disturbing, the results proved helpful in recognizing the legitimate long-term health implications of concussions, as the previously concussed athletes suffered from memory loss, inability to focus, and other symptoms comparable to the early stages of Parkinson’s.
Contact an Attorney
The short term symptoms of a concussion can result in loss of work hours, expensive medical bills, and potential physical therapy sessions. The long term health implications of a severe concussion can be life-altering.
If you or a family member suffered a traumatic head injury it is important to contact an experienced Lake County personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., we have years of experience working with victims of head trauma. Contact us today at 847-662-3303 to set up a free consultation.
Posted on December 18, 2017 by salvi
Development of the first airbag restraint systems began in the late 1950’s, monumentally altering the landscape of motor vehicle safety. Airbags were commercially introduced in 1973 with the General Motors’ Oldsmobile Toronado. Over the next 15 years, other automobile manufacturers also began developing and implementing vehicle passenger safety equipment.
In 1988, Chevrolet became the first motor vehicle company to provide customers with airbag restraint systems throughout the entirety of their passenger fleet. Over the following decades, car companies across the world have been working to enhance the safety, strength, and overall functionality of airbag restraint systems. The results have been overwhelmingly positive.
Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that airbag restraint systems saved over 39,976 lives between the years 1987 and 2012. As manufacturers continue to innovate and design safer ways to protect vehicle drivers and passengers, airbags continue to save lives—but not without risks.
Even in the most minor of collisions airbag deployment can cause major injury to victims. If you or a family member are injured by the impact of airbag deployment, contact a knowledgeable Lake County personal injury attorney today.
Common Injuries from Airbag Deployment
Airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe crashes. Surprisingly, this means that airbag restraint systems can deploy at speeds as low as eight miles per hour. While the lifesaving capabilities of airbag deployment have revolutionized motor vehicle safety, these same systems can cause major, sometimes fatal, injuries to vehicle inhabitants.
According to the NHTSA, since June 2003, 87 adults and 144 children suffered fatal injuries due to airbag deployment. While the vast majority of airbag deployment injuries are not fatal, they can be severe. Minor injuries include, but are not limited to, skin abrasions, wrist and finger sprains, and minor concussions.
Due to the speed of deployment and limited space between passengers and airbag restraint systems, many injuries can be much more serious. Airbags can cause fractures to the face, rib cage, or skull; burns and contusions to the face, chest, or lower body; as well as serious injuries to the eyes and ears. Many of these injuries can result in trips to the hospital, physical therapy sessions, and loss of work hours.
Steps to Take After Injury from Airbag Deployment
The emotional stress of a car accident can be incredibly difficult to deal with for victims and family. Sorting out insurance rates, medical bills, and in many cases working through the process of physical therapy can be exceedingly taxing. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C. we have decades of experience providing victims with legal advice and emotional support in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. If you or a family member are injured due to airbag deployment, contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.
Posted on December 15, 2017 by salvi
Every year, an average of 4.5 million people in the United States are victims of dog bites. Dog bites are often times some of the most physically painful and emotionally traumatizing wounds that a victim could suffer.
While many people assume that dog bites are relatively minor injuries that result in little or no long-term health consequences, that assertion is factually incorrect. From sprains and breaks, to puncture wounds that can leave victims with scars or deformities, dog bites can be incredibly dangerous. In nearly a quarter of dog bite incidents, victims are left with more than a puncture wound.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), of the four million plus dog bites that occur annually, nearly 900,000 result in infection. Therefore, if you or a member of your family are a victim of a dog bite attack, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney today.
Types of Infections
According to American Family Physician, dog bites make up approximately 85 to 90 percent of annual animal bites in the United States, and nearly one in four of these bites result in infection. A number of dangerous infections can occur from dog bite wounds, including pasteurella infections, staph infections, and capnocytophaga infections. All three of these infections can be accompanied by painful symptoms such as fever, vomiting, and joint swelling.
Pasteurella infections can be particularly damaging, as the infection can cause a dangerous skin condition known as cellulitis. Cellulitis can lead to a number of problematic health conditions. Like most infections resulting from dog bite wounds, pasteurella infections can be especially threatening to children. Additionally, although incredibly rare, dog bite wounds can spread rabies to humans. While pet owners are legally required to vaccinate their pets for rabies, according to the CDC, only 45 percent of dogs involved in bites requiring an emergency hospital visit are vaccinated for rabies.
Impacts on Children
While dog bite incidents can be dangerous and traumatic for any victim, the long-term physical and emotional ramifications can be even more severe for young children. In 2016, 42 percent of fatalities from dog attacks were to children nine and younger. Due in part to smaller stature, children are more likely to suffer dog bites in areas such as the face, neck, and abdomen.
How to React to a Dog Bite
If you or a family member are involved in a dog bite incident, then it is incredibly important to act with urgency. Contact a local physician, or, if severe enough, call emergency services.
Dealing with the aftermath of these injuries can be difficult and traumatizing to victims of any age. At Salvi and Maher LLC, we have been helping victims decide what steps to take post-bite for over thirty years. Contact one of our experienced Waukegan personal injury attorneys today.
Posted on December 13, 2017 by salvi
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace injuries are on the decline. The incident rate within the private sector workforce has declined from 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2006, to 2.9 cases in 2016.
In the state of Illinois, the average of 2.7 injuries per 100 full-time workers lies below the national average. Moreover, Illinois is ranked as the 9th safest state to work in throughout the United States.
A look at the long term trend in workplace safety shows that the commitment to improving worker safety has been a success. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 10.9 worker accidents or illnesses per 100 workers annually in 1972 compared to 3.0 per 100 workers in 2015.
With the continued implementation of workplace safety procedures, most injuries at the workplace can now be avoided. However, if you or a family member are involved in a work related injury contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.
Most Common Types of Workplace Fatalities
Regulatory organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have worked to see the rate of workplace fatalities decline over the past few decades. For instance, the national average of 38 worker deaths per day in 1970 has been reduced to 13 per day in 2015.
The risk for workplace accidents varies by industry. According to OSHA, the construction sector is responsible for over 20 percent of national workplace fatalities as of 2015. Most of these injuries fall within four common workplace accidents: falls, electrocutions, loose object striking, and crush/compression. Seeing as these categories represent over 60 percent of construction fatalities, finding ways to limit these are a top priority for regulatory organizations focused on the labor sector.
Most Common Workplace Injuries
While fatalities in the workplace are few and far between, injuries at the workplace are unfortunately much more common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fractures represented the most severe types of nonfatal injuries in the workplace during 2016, occurring at a rate of 36.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.
Although these injuries may seem minor, an injury such as a severe ankle fracture can result in missed work time, acute pain, swelling, and in some cases an inability to walk for several weeks.
Legal Steps to Take
How a victim or loved one works through a a fatal or non-fatal injury at the workplace can be an incredibly difficult and emotional process. If you or a member of your family are unfortunate enough to be involved in a workplace injury, no matter how severe, please contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys.