Can Medical Devices Be Hacked?

Posted on: July 31, 2015 by in Products Liability
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Chicago product liability attorneyThe theory of hackers hacking into medical devices and tampering with their functioning has been around for several years. Recently however, hackers proved that they could easily hack into vehicles and take control of these vehicles with hardly any trouble at all. They have also indicated that they can easily hack into medical devices. This has very serious complications for patient safety.

According to several medical security experts, medical devices are extremely insecure in the face of these threats by hackers. Cyber security for medical devices is not something that medical device makers have invested in, and the implications for patient safety are severe.

Just about every implantable or other type of medical device that is connected to the Internet is capable of being hacked. In fact, hackers have demonstrated their ability to hack into implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical devices. Even insulin pumps have not been spared. Some hackers recently managed to compromise a number of medical devices, and were able to steal information from hospital data networks.

One of the biggest concerns is that the federal administration has recognized the seriousness of the issue, but is not implementing measures that can resolve these threats. Part of the problem seems to be that there are a number of federal agencies involved in resolving this issue, including the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission, and getting all these federal agencies on the same page has proved to be difficult.

If you were injured by a medical device, speak to a Chicago product liability attorney about filing a claim for compensation. You can recover damages for medical expenses and other damages. Schedule a consultation with a Chicago product liability attorney at our firm.

Drivers Continue to Ignore Dangers of Distractions at the Wheel

Posted on: July 29, 2015 by in Auto Accidents, Car Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerA new study by AT&T finds that as many as one in 10 American motorists admit to video chatting while driving, and 61% are texting while driving. At least one- third of motorists check their e-mail while at the wheel, while 17% take selfies at the steering wheel.

All of these are very distracting behaviors, and increase the person’s risk of being involved in a potentially fatal accident. About 30% of the motorists in the AT&T survey also admitted to using social media, like Twitter, while they were driving, and admitted that they actually engaged in such practices all the time while driving.

The statistics are so disturbing that some experts are calling distracted driving an addiction, or “digital drug.” Some people seem to get high from using cell phones while driving, and that kind of high seems to be comparable to the kind of adrenaline rush that people get when they’re playing on a slot machine. The reward of talking on a cell phone is immediate and positive, and increases the amount of dopamine in your blood. The more frequently you use a cell phone while driving, the more likely it is to become a habit.

If you were injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you can hold the other motorist negligent in a claim. Talk to a Chicago car accident lawyer about how to begin filing a claim for a distracted driving accident. It is important for you to establish that the other motorist was using a cell phone or other electronic device at the wheel. Schedule a consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Rear Seat Occupants Continue to Be at Risk of Injuries

Posted on: July 27, 2015 by in Auto Accidents, Car Accidents
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Chicago car accident attorneyOver the years, the risk of injuries and fatalities involving front seat occupants has declined steadily. That’s because there has been a lot of attention paid to the safety of the front seat occupants, including the development of new technology like specially designed airbags that reduce risk of injuries and fatality involving these occupants.

However, Chicago car accident lawyers have not seen the same kind of advancements made toward the safety of people riding in the back. Rear seat occupants continue to be at a high risk of injuries, and some rear seat occupants like senior citizens, seem to be at a higher risk than others. For occupants above the age of 55, the back seat could be more dangerous than the front, although the findings from the data are not conclusive. According to statistics, people riding in the backseat have a 45 higher chance of dying in an accident, than front seat occupants.

Children continue to be safer in the back seat, however. Chicago car accident attorneys continue to advise that children below the age of 13 continue to ride in the backseat. Even as rear seat occupants are at a high risk of injuries, children seem to be protected from the risk, possibly because they’re restrained in child restraint seats.

If you were injured in a car accident, speak to a Chicago car accident attorney about filing a claim for compensation.

Senate Committee Approves Proposal for Longer Tandem Trucks

Posted on: July 24, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago trucking accident attorneyThe Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a proposal by the trucking industry that would allow tandem trucks of longer length on American highways. The American Trucking Associations and a number of trucking companies had sought approval for the proposal which would allow an increase on the length of tandem trucks, from the current 28 feet to 30 feet.

The provision would also require that all states permit such tandem trucks, but most states have not agreed to do so. There are several safety concerns associated with these longer tandem trucks. These involve the fact that these trucks are much more likely to cross over into opposing lanes when the driver makes a turn. Besides, there is also the risk that the trucks will not be safe on local roads, compared to much shorter tandem trucks. There is also the concern that longer trucks will simply be heavier, and pose a greater threat of wear and tear on the country’s already dilapidated highways.

There has been plenty of opposition to the deal from lawmakers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat-California is one of one of the bill’s most vociferous opponents, and has mounted strong opposition to the bill, saying that this is a bill that is going to make the highways more dangerous, and is going to cause fatal accidents.

If you were injured in a trucking accident, speak to a Chicago trucking accident attorney about filing a claim for compensation. Trucking accidents typically result in severe damages. Schedule an evaluation of your claim by a Chicago trucking accident attorney, and determine your options for compensation.

How to Establish the Value of a Personal Injury Claim

Posted on: July 22, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago personal injury lawyerDetermining the value of your personal injury claim depends on a number of factors. The average person in an accident will not know how to navigate the complexities of filing a claim. You have to be careful about filing a claim of the right value to take into account all of your damages and to avoid the risk of financial strain in the future.

A Chicago personal injury lawyer will call upon a number of experts in order to determine the value of your claim.

Medical experts like clinicians and doctors may be called in to determine the exact nature of the injuries that have occurred, the kind of treatment that is necessary, and the types of treatment that will require in the future. Medical experts can also give testimony about the potential impact of the injury on the person in the future.

Additionally, attorneys will call on professionals to establish the loss to the person’s income-earning capacity. Economists will be called in to determine the value of the monetary loss suffered by the person in the accident, while vocational experts and life care planners will provide more detailed guidance about the kind of lost income that the individual will suffer in the future as a result of the injuries.

Make sure that your personal injury claim is valued appropriately to take into account all of your damages. To determine the value of your personal injury claim, speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Can an Employer Be Held Responsible for an Accident Caused by a Worker?

Posted on: July 20, 2015 by in Auto Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerWhen you are involved in an accident, it is not just motorists involved in the accident who you may hold liable for your damages, but also certain other third parties. One of those other parties depending on the circumstances of the accident is the motorist’s employer.

In some cases, you may be able to hold the motorist’s employer liable in a claim, and may be able to successfully recover damages from the employer. However, for you to name the motorist in your personal injury claim, it is important for you to establish two facts:

  • The motorist must have been an employee of the employer at the time of the accident. Employers may not be liable in accidents involving employees were not on the payroll, freelancers or contractors.
  • He must have been driving on work-related business, or must have been within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident. In other words, if the employer was driving during off-duty hours, the employer is not liable for any damages resulting out of any accident.

Determining whether the employee was on work-related business can be tricky. To understand whether the employer is liable in your car accident, speak to a Chicago car accident lawyer. For instance, if the employee was driving to work, and causes an accident, the employer may not be liable. However, if he was driving on a sales call or a work-related business, or even a personal errand for the employer, you may be able to name the employer in a claim. To identify liability in your accident, speak to a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Can a Bar Be Held Liable in a Drunk Driving Accident Claim?

Posted on: July 17, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago personal injury lawyerIn any alcohol-related car accident claim, victims can bring a claim for damages against the intoxicated motorist. The drunk driver is the most obvious source of compensation when you have suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident. However, there may be other parties liable for your accident besides the drunk motorist. For help filing a claim after an alcohol-related car accident, speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Under Illinois law, you are allowed to bring a claim for damages against an alcohol vendor who sold the drunk motorist alcohol before he caused the accident. Under these laws, a commercial drinking establishment like a bar, a club, a pub, or any other such facility could be held liable for a drunk driving accident caused by a motorist, who consumed alcohol at the drinking establishment just before causing the accident.

Many states have dram shop laws like these that allow injured victims to bring claims for damages against commercial drinking establishments. However, Illinois laws are unique in that they do not require the motorist to establish that the drinking establishment continued to serve the patron alcohol, even though he showed visible signs of intoxication.

In order to understand whether you can recover damages through a claim against the commercial bar, pub or restaurant that served the alcohol in your accident, speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Filing a Claim for Burn Injury Damages

Posted on: July 10, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago personal injury lawyerJust as with any other claim, you will have to establish the negligence or liability of the other party before filing a claim for damages. Speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer about how to establish liability in your case.

In order to establish liability, reflect back on the accident, and determine how the accident occurred, and the location in which it occurred. These factors can prove key to establishing liability. For example, if your injury was caused as a result of defective product, you may be looking at a product liability claim that can recover damages for your medical expenses, for lost wages, and potential lost income earning potential in the future.

Remember that in the case of a burn injury, and if the injury has involved exposed areas of the body like the face or the neck, you may be looking at potential long-term scarring. These are very important factors to consider while determining the value of your burn injury claim, because they do impact your ability to earn an income in the future.

Additionally, there may be long-term complications from your injuries, like nerve damage, joint pain, and other injuries and disabilities that could also impact your ability to earn an income in the future. That must also be accounted for in your claim.

To establish liability in your burn injury claim, and to understand what types of damages you may be eligible for, discuss your case with a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Teens May Continue to Be At-Risk Drivers Even after Obtaining License

Posted on: July 8, 2015 by in Auto Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerEven after a teenage motorist has received a complete license, and is able to drive his own without any restrictions on driving, there may continue to be limitations on his driving skills. Those limitations could place him at a high risk of an accident. Those facts emerged out of a recent study involving a simulated driving test.

In the driving test, teenagers were put through a simulated driving assessment which involved a 35-minute drive. The researchers found that approximately 4 out of every 10 teenage motorists in the study crashed in the assimilated driving test.

At least 42.9% of teenagers who had just received a license over the past three months, crashed during the driving test. In contrast, the crash rate among the experienced adult drivers was 29.4%. According to the researchers, the risk of an accident in the test increased by 8% with every additional error in the test.

The researchers found in their study that newly licensed teenage drivers were very good at basic skills, like using turn signals. However, they were still lacking in more advanced skills, like learning how to brake in emergency situations, and responding to hazards immediately. The study indicates that even when teenagers are newly-licensed, parents cannot become completely complacent about the child’s driving abilities, and must continue to guide their children about driving safely.

If you were involved in an accident with a teenage driver, discuss all sources for compensation with a Chicago car accident lawyer. For assistance filing a claim, call a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Consequences of Burn Injuries

Posted on: July 6, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago personal injury lawyerBut injuries are catastrophic injuries, and very often, the consequences of these injuries last for years, and possibly even permanently. Burns often result in scarring, and disfigurement. If those injuries have occurred to the face, neck, arms, and other exposed areas of the body, the person could be looking at a reduced income-earning potential in the future.

For instance, if you work in a position that requires you to have a pleasant physical experience, you will find that your income earning potential is significantly reduced because of the scarring. Remember, cosmetic surgery may not completely restore the appearance of the skin before the injury. For help filing a claim after a burn injury, schedule an evaluation of your case with a Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Besides scarring, and disfigurement, a burn injury can also result in nerve damage. If the person has suffered deep tissue burns, the consequences may involve reduced motion and mobility. The person may be left with the inability to lose a limb to the fullest extent, and reduced physical ability compared to life before the burn injury.

In any burn injury, there is also a serious risk of infection that can lead to serious health complications. Besides, burns can have a tremendous emotional and psychological impact on the patient. A victim may begin to suffer from nightmares, depression, trauma and anxiety from the burn injury, and may lose confidence and self-esteem.

In order to understand how you can recover damages for all of these losses, discuss your case with a Chicago personal injury lawyer.