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Waukegan product liability attorneysWhen we use or consume a product, most of us assume that there are no dangers associated with the product. In the United States, governmental agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Food and Drug Administration are tasked with ensuring that the products we use every day are safe. Unfortunately, defective products or products containing unsafe ingredients can still find their way onto store shelves. Most recently, the popular over-the-counter heartburn medication Zantac has been recalled in the U.S. and Canada over fears that it could increase consumers’ risk of cancer.

Drug Manufacturer Recalls Zantac

Sanofi SA, a French drug manufacturing company, recently announced that they will be recalling Zantac until further information about the drug’s ingredients can be analyzed. Health agencies have investigated the drug because it contains N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing impurity.

The generic version of Zantac is called ranitidine. Many manufacturers of ranitidine have already stopped distribution and pharmacy chains across the country have suspended sale of any over-the-counter medications containing ranitidine.

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysAcross the United States, both children and adults are preparing for Halloween. For some, Halloween simply means passing out candy to a few neighbors, while others celebrate the spooky holiday with as much enthusiasm as they do Christmas or Easter. Whatever your Halloween plans, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. reminds you to stay safe and be on the lookout for dangerous situations.If you are injured while enjoying the holiday festivities, a qualified personal injury attorney may help you receive compensation for expenses like medical bills and lost wages.

Take Steps to Ensure Your Property and Home Are Free from Hazards

If you plan to invite others into your home or to your front door on Halloween, make sure there are not any dangerous items or circumstances on your property. If an individual is injured by a preventable hazard on your property, he or she may be able to sue you. In order to protect yourself as well as trick-or-treaters, remove tripping hazards like loose toys or lawn décor from trick-or-treaters’ path. Ensure that your property, walkway, and porch area are well-lit. Even if your pets are usually friendly to strangers, it may be best to relocate pets who could accidently jump on or injure children during the Halloween festivities.

Be Aware of the Increased Risk of Traffic Accidents

Halloween can be a dangerous night on the roads. Excited, sugar-filled children can neglect to use common sense while crossing the road. Adults who attend Halloween parties of their own can underestimate their level of intoxication after drinking and drive drunk. The holiday generally sees an increase in both pedestrian accidents as well as drunk driving collisions. Providing children with flashlights and adding reflective tape to costumes can help reduce their chance of being involved in an accident. If you plan on drinking during a Halloween event, find a designated driver or ride-sharing service to take you home.

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Waukegan medical malpracticeWhen you go to your family doctor or visit the emergency room, you probably trust that any medication you are given will be safe and effective. While the majority of the time this is true, dangerous medication errors happen every day in medical facilities across the country. When medical negligence causes a person harm, he or she has the right to seek compensation for their damages through a medical malpractice claim. Read on to learn about some of the most common medication mistakes made by healthcare professionals and what you should do if you or someone you love was a victim of medical malpractice.

Types of Prescription Medication Mistakes

Medication mistakes can occur during physician prescribing, hospitalization, and pharmacy dispensation. Unfortunately, data shows that medication errors are extremely common. It is estimated that over 7 million people are affected by preventable medication mistakes every year.

Medication errors can occur when a doctor, nurse, healthcare provider, or pharmacist:

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Lake County car accident lawyersWhen we think about negligent drivers, drunk driving or drugged driving often comes to mind. However, those under the influence of alcohol and drugs are not the only drivers who can cause serious and even deadly car accidents. In our busy world, about half of U.S. adults report not getting enough sleep at night. When a sleep-deprived driver gets behind the wheel of a car, the results can be catastrophic. In one survey, a shocking 40 percent of drivers admitted to actually falling asleep while driving at least once in their lifetime. Fatigued drivers who cause car accidents can be held legally responsible for the damages caused by the accident.

How Does Sleepiness Affect Driving?

If you are like most adults, you probably sleep fewer hours than you would like to. While it is extremely common, being sleep deprived can significantly harm your brain’s ability to properly function. Not getting adequate sleep can negatively affect cognition, alertness, decision-making, attention, and memory. 

One of the most common side effects of sleep deprivation is a slowed response speed which is especially dangerous for drivers. Being sleepy and being under the influence of alcohol can have a very similar effect on driving ability. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about one out of every six fatal car accidents is caused by a fatigued driver. About 72,000 car crashes were caused by sleepy drivers in 2013 alone.

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Lake County wrongful death lawyersLosing a loved one in an unexpected accident can take a massive toll on surviving loved ones. Not only does a death in the family cause heartbreak, it can also be create a tremendous financial burden to those left behind. When another party’s negligence causes a death, the deceased person’s loved ones may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. Through a wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can pursue compensation for medical expenses, loss of companionship, and more.

When is a Wrongful Death Claim Appropriate?

Tragic accidents happen every day, but not every unexpected death warrants a wrongful death claim. According to the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, when an individual’s death is caused by “wrongful act, neglect, or default” and the deceased person would have been eligible to recover damages if he or she survived, the personal representatives of the deceased person may pursue compensation for the benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin. A wrongful death claim may be appropriate in the following situations:

  • A drunk driver causes a deadly car accident.
  • An employer fails to maintain a safe work environment and an employee dies in an accident as a result.
  • Medical negligence or medical malpractice causes the death of a patient.
  • Someone texting and driving veers off the road and kills a pedestrian.
  • An individual dies after using a defective product created by a negligent manufacturing company. 

These are only a few examples of the many circumstances which can lead to a wrongful death claim. To learn more about whether or not your loved one’s passing constitutes a wrongful death, contact a qualified personal injury attorney. 

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