Chicago Wrongful Death/Personal Injury

Personal injury includes any injury that was caused by the negligence of another. Liability is found in personal injury cases when: 1) the wrongdoer has failed to exercise the level of care required, as determined by law; 2) there is proof that the victim was injured; and 3) there is proof that the victim's injuries were caused by the wrongdoer's carelessness. For personal injury cases, a victim may receive compensatory damages that usually cover past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages and, at times, damages for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages can be awarded to compensate the victim for emotional and physical suffering, embarrassment, inconvenience, etc.

In the tragic instance when a family member is lost as a result of the negligence of another, the survivors have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for that loss. Victims of serious personal injury, and wrongful death can rely on our attorneys to help.

Slip and Fall Injury

Slip and fall accidents are personal injury and are one type of "fall down" accidents.

There are four general types of slip and fall accidents:

  • Trip-and-fall accidents, where there is a foreign object in the walking path.
  • Stump-and-fall accidents, where there is an impediment in the walking surface.
  • Step-and-fall accidents, where there is an unexpected failure or hole in the walking surface
  • Slip-and-fall accidents, in which the interface of the shoe and the floor fails.

Both the property owner as well as the injured person can be held to varying degrees of responsibility for an injury. The property owner has a responsibility to keep property safe. Each person has a duty to watch where they are going, as well as realize that there are things that fall or spill onto walking surfaces.

Ideally, an accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed both the accident and the conditions that caused the fall along with any other relevant information such as lighting. The requirement for a report is generally a store or business policy, rather than mandated by law.

Brain Injury

Brain injuries bring more than 400,000 people to hospitals every year. Approximately three-quarters are diagnosed as having suffered a mild to moderate injury - injuries that can be subtle, persistent, and potentially long term.

The most challenging aspect of representing TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivors is that many times they suffer minimal outward physical manifestations of injury. These patients are told they will recover. As a result many do not receive appropriate care and treatment for the disabilities that follow, including physical, cognitive, psychological, and social impairments. Maximizing damages for these plaintiffs requires a thorough understanding of traumatic brain injury. Since the medical community generally speaking is not well trained in neurobehavior, physicians often fail to diagnose the short-term and potentially chronic aspects of closed head injuries in the regular office visit. Outside of the regional head injury treatment centers, neurologists on a day-to-day basis do not treat trauma victims. Neuro-surgeons see only the most severe cases of acute disorders and coma.

Burn Injury

Generally resulting from fires caused by faulty wiring in schools, homes, workplaces, hospitals, other buildings, and appliances, as well as by arson, unsafe conditions, and negligence, burn injuries can cause permanent, disabling injury. The power company, contractor, or product manufacturer may be to blame, so it is imperative that you seek legal representation from experienced personal injury lawyers if you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury.

Premises Liability

Restaurant owners, storeowners, and other proprietors as well as homeowners are legally obligated to ensure that their premises are not inherently dangerous. For example, a shop owner must clearly mark wet floors, broken steps (which should be repaired immediately), and other potential safety hazards, while a homeowner must protect visiting children from harm-such as by keeping them away from swimming pools unless accompanied by an adult. It is usually only in cases of trespassing that proprietors are not responsible for injuries sustained on their property. If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else's property, we can help.

Nursing Home Abuse

In many societies parents and grandparents are held in the highest esteem, but in America, older people are often the victims of elder abuse and neglect. Scam artists as well as ill-intentioned friends and family prey on elders' finances. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities do not always provide adequate food, medication, hygiene, or attention. In addition, caretakers in nursing homes sometimes physically or emotionally abuse older adults. Because many victims of elder abuse have limited means of communicating what is happening to them, it is often the responsibility of family or friends to notice and report problems. Elder abuse and neglect is against the law. A nursing home that does not provide appropriate care can and should be held responsible for its actions.

If someone you love resides in a nursing home, it will be important that you regularly monitor the care he or she is receiving. Relatives and friends should watch for the following signs of potential nursing home abuse:

  • Bedsores - The appearance of bedsores may be a sign that an elderly person is not being allowed to move about during the day.
  • Malnutrition - Watch for any changes in your loved one's weight and ask what he or she has been eating.
  • Dehydration - Is water easily accessible? Your loved one should have easy access to fresh water.
  • Uncleanliness - Your loved one should be kept clean and his or her living quarters should be sanitary. Make note of strange odors, poor oral hygiene, and dirty linens.
  • Bruises or other marks - Sadly, many elders experience physical abuse while residing in nursing homes. Be conscious of any unexplained changes in your loved one's appearance or behavior.

By staying aware and on guard you can protect the person you care about from harm. If you suspect that nursing home abuse has occurred, notify a nursing home abuse attorney and remove your loved one from the facility as soon as possible. Further, if you have personally experienced nursing home abuse, let someone know. By holding nursing homes liable for the neglect or abuse of their residents, further harm can be prevented.

Please, don't hesitate to contact The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C. if you believe we can help you. It is our aim to provide real help to injured people. We have extensive experience dealing with medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases, and we possess the understanding and knowledge you need.

Dog Bites

Although a dog can be a faithful and loyal companion, sometimes a dog can be a formidable adversary. If you are a victim of dog bites in the Chicago, Illinois area, contact us today. Dogs instinctively protect their owners and perceived territory using their only means of defense - their teeth. Dog bites are painful and traumatic, often requiring emergency medical care. For professional advice, turn to the professional dog bite attorneys at The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C.. Located in Chicago, Illinois, our dog bite attorneys are adept at holding dog owners responsible for the injuries their dogs cause.

The physical and emotional effects of dog bites can be disastrous, and sometimes fatal. Sutures are often required to close wounds caused by dog bites, but that is frequently not the end of treatment and recovery from such an injury. Damaged nerves require lengthy recovery time, fear of dogs and emotional trauma can be long lasting, and scars from the injury are usually permanent and may require a plastic surgeon to minimize their appearance.

Because the law limits the time you have to file a claim, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to get the representation you need to recover your losses and ensure your future costs are covered.

Product Defects & Liability

In Illinois, product liability law enforces an individual’s right to hire an attorney and seek compensation for personal injury due to use of a defective product. Our Chicago-based product liability attorneys are experts at defending these consumer rights.

When a defective product causes injury or death, the maker of the product is liable to the victim or the family of the victim for the damages that the product has caused. If you have been the victim of a defective product, contact our product liability attorneys today for answers.

Spinal Injuries

Millions of Americans suffer back pain every year. As many as 60% to 80% of adults endure some back pain in their lives. The majority of back injuries are most commonly suffered while on the job. Other major causes of back injuries are slips and falls and motor vehicle accidents. Back injuries can also be caused by acts of violence or sports-related injuries. Back injuries cost our American industries 10 to 14 billion dollars in workers' compensation costs and about 100 million lost work days annually.

There are a several types of back injuries, which include spinal cord injuries, slipped or herniated disc and compression fractures. Whiplash is not considered a back injury as many people think.

Prevention of back injuries and pain is best managed through proper lifting and bending techniques, and proper posture. Although proper posture, conditioning and body mechanics are keys to preventing back injuries, back problems caused by accidents cannot always be prevented.

An attorney with experience in handling accidents resulting in back injuries can help you achieve a greater settlement, and can guide you through the entire legal process. Having an attorney on your side is the most efficient route to settling a case and getting the compensation that you deserve. So please contact our offices today.

Defective Drug

The pharmaceutical industry now spends billions of dollars every year to develop and market prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies sometimes fail to share all information about adverse effects of a drug, and as a result, physicians and consumers are not aware of the potential reactions that they might face. People are also sometimes harmed when their pharmacists improperly fill their prescriptions by either dispensing incorrect dosages, or even worse, the wrong prescription entirely. Other times, patients are permanently injured or worse, killed, by defective drugs.  For more information call us at The Law Offices of David C. Thomas, P.C. today - 312-621-0101.