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June 2014 Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Law Round-Up

Written by Ankin Law Office

Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers have been talking about during the month of June:

  • Being Hospitalized Can Cause Illness (Protect Patients Blog).As this article explains, a staggering number of patients suffer from post-hospital syndrome – a condition that makes a patient susceptible to a various health risks. In fact, every year, approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. acquire an infection as a result of a hospitalization. The article points to a case study of the syndrome by Dr. David Newman in the New York Times earlier this month. According to Dr. Newman, post-hospital syndrome is not a relapse of the condition that caused the hospitalization in the first place; rather, as Newman writes, “it is a state of susceptibility that most often leads to a new affliction.” Newman went on to say, “Infections, for instance, which are known complications of a hospital stay, were just one small category of post-hospital illnesses tracked in a large study of Medicare admissions. Others included heart failure, gastrointestinal conditions, mental illness, nutrition-related problems, electrolyte imbalances and trauma (probably from falls and weakness).”
  • Construction Site Falls – Leading Cause of Fatalities in the Construction Industry (Workers Compensation Law Blog). Falls are the leading cause of work-related death in the construction industry. According to OSHA, the four main causes for workplace falls are (1) unprotected sides, wall openings, and floor holes, (2) improper scaffold construction, (3) unguarded protruding steel rebars, and (4) the misuse of portable ladders. Not only do injured workers – or the families of deceased workers – have workers’ compensation claims, but they may also have personal injury causes of action, as well.
  • General Motors’ Coldblooded Legal Culture – Same as it Ever Was (The Pop Tort). This article highlights a number of missteps on the part of General Motors with respect to known auto defects. The article blasts GM for failing to fire King and Spaulding – its outside law firm that covered up GM’s ignition switch defects during product liability litigation – and for filing for bankruptcy in an attempt to stop the onslaught of class-action lawsuits stemming from its recall of 2.6 million cars due to the defective ignition switch problem – a defect that is now linked to 13 deaths.
  • Are Forklifts Dangerous? (Workers Compensation Law Blog). This article reminds readers that users must be certified to operate forklifts. Moreover, it is a violation of federal law to operate a forklift if under the age of 18. As the author points out, “If operated properly, a forklift is no more dangerous than any other piece of heavy machinery. However, if the operator is not properly trained and certified bad things can happen.”

The Chicago accident and injury attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on handling personal injury and workers’ compensations matters. Because we focus on representing accident victims, we are able to provide efficient and effective legal counsel that is catered to our clients’ unique situation and personal needs. Contact us today at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago injury attorneys.

Categories: Personal Injury