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Back and Neck Injuries are a Result in Rear End CollisionsRear-end collisions are incredibly common—in fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 2 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. in 2017. The number of rear-end collisions has actually gone up in recent years. Not only are they responsible for numerous injuries, but they also led to almost 2,500 fatalities during 2017. Rear-end collisions account for by far the highest number of collisions among all collisions with motor vehicles in transport.

The nature of a rear-end collision, where your vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle, means that back and neck injuries are quite common. A lot of force travels through your vehicle and through your body during a rear-end collision, even a minor one, and that force can cause all sorts of damage to your neck, back and other parts of your body.

How Rear-End Collisions Cause Back Injuries

Each year, the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers give back to the community through financial aid scholarships as support to single mothers attending college. Our law firm understands the difficulty of a single parent continuing their education while providing care for their family.

Since the program’s inception, the firm has provided more than $30,000 in scholarships to women enrolled in college and law school and other deserving people.

2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Every year, the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers give back to the community through financial aid scholarships as support to single mothers attending college. Our law firm understands the challenges single parents face when attempting to continue their education while supporting their family.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the annual $1000 Single Mother Scholarship to two students currently attending or planning to attend college or graduate school. Our program is designed to assist single mothers who have overcome many of life’s challenges and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Since the program’s inception, the firm has provided more than $30,000 in scholarships to women enrolled in college and law school.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Failing to Control Surgical BleedingAdvocate Health and Hospitals is under fire after numerous negligent actions lead to the death of a patient on January 30, 2014. Among the claims made by the executor of the deceased’s estate are that the doctors in charge of the victim’s care misdiagnosed her condition, performed an unnecessary surgical procedure and failed to detect internal bleeding during and immediately following the operation. Whenever medical errors result in bodily injury or the death of a patient, the doctors performing the procedure and the facility where the procedure took place can be held liable for damages in the amount of the cost of additional medical care or for wrongful death.

Lawsuit Alleges Malpractice and Negligence

Herlinda Rodriquez was under the care of Doctors George Bovis and John Ruge from January 19, 2014 until her death on January 30. She had been admitted for a spinal procedure that Juan Rodriquez claims was inappropriate and unneeded. It is his claim that Herlinda was misdiagnosed and never required the procedure, and that the doctors performing the procedure did not take the steps needed to stop the internal bleeding that would eventually claim her life. Juan filed a lawsuit against both doctors, Advocate Health and Hospitals and Advocate Medical Group on February 1, 2016.

Hip Implants Sets Tone for FutureFive lawsuits filed against DePuy over its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant were consolidated into a single trial that began on January 8, 2016 and the trial is the second major bellwether trial that has been heard since numerous injuries have been linked to the device. The result of this trial will have an impact on thousands of cases yet to be heard, and if things do not go DePuy’s way, it could open the door for a settlement program to compensate those who have suffered injuries or required revision surgeries after receiving the devices.

DePuy Had Knowledge of Potential Concerns

Evidence brought forward for the trial suggests that DePuy was aware of manufactural defects and safety concerns related to the Pinnacle hip replacement as early as in 2008, but delayed the recall of the device to the detriment of thousands of patients. One of the reports details an error in the measuring techniques used to ensure that the metal-on-metal components of the hip implants would not wear excessively or present a risk of metalosis— a condition that occurs when heavy metals such as chromium and cobalt reach the blood stream. Additional evidence shows that DePuy reduced its investment in quality control measures in 2006 and continued to spend less time inspecting its products despite the concerns that surfaced in 2008.

Contractor Pays Out on Slip and Fall CaseA general contractor agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with an injured construction worker in December of 2015 for an injury he sustained in December of 2007. While attempting to move a heavy cart, he slipped on a patch of ice and twisted his back in a manner that caused serious and permanent injuries. The Chicago construction accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC encounter many cases where employer negligence results in the permanent inability of a worker to return to his or her regular duties. In this case, the worker received compensation for the ongoing pain and suffering he must endure as well as his inability to return to his occupation for the rest of his life.

Ice on Concrete Causes Slip and Fall

Kevin Montgomery was working for a subcontractor that was serving Bovis Lend Lease Inc. at the time of his injury and alleged in his lawsuit that Bovis failed to halt work or provide a safe work environment under wintry conditions prior to his accident. He and two other workers were asked to move several large and heavy carts of plywood that were on the 61st floor of the One Museum Park East condominium complex and as they were moving a cart so that it could be lifted by a crane, he stepped on a patch of invisible ice and injured his spine.

Guard Wins Comp CaseIn October 2015, Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard Lance Fracher collected an additional $48,000 as a part of his claim settlement involving injuries associated with his job. The prison guard claimed that his hand and wrist were injured by turning locks as a part of his job at Menard Correctional Center. Today, Fracher has filed five claims yielding more than $183,000 in cash payouts along with his salary that provides him $66,000 annually in his new job as a southern Illinois Vienna Correctional Center guard. This amount did not include payments for his medical expenses associated with a recent surgery to repair Fracher’s shoulder injury.

The prison guard was a target of an Illinois fraud investigation when it was found that he participated in a local fishing tournament while collecting tax-free disability for his injuries. The investigation was launched by then IDOC Director Salvador Godinez once photographs had surfaced showing Fracher fishing on a boat. At that time, Godinez said he had “absolutely zero tolerance for employee misconduct of any type.”

At the time of the investigation, the prison guard was not working but receiving temporary total disability in an amount to cover his full salary as regulated by law to provide injured employees “extended benefits.” These payments allow correction officers injured by inmates to recover from their injuries without a loss in pay.

Dangers of Loading DocksLoading docks can be dangerous places to work, especially when adequate safety measures are not taken or when workers are busy or hurried. Roughly one quarter of injuries in warehouses occur on the loading dock and the vast majority of the accidents reported could have been reported had workers followed safety protocols, proper equipment or devices been made available or been more careful. Whenever heavy machinery is involved in accidents, the injuries are more severe and require longer periods of recovery before workers may return to work— if they can return at all.

The Most Common Causes of Loading Dock Accidents

Numerous people are involved in the loading or unloading of trailers and each person’s actions can have a negative impact on others who must work on the dock. Many accidents are the result of a chain reaction of negligent behavior that ultimately results in the injury of workers and it is worth the additional time to make sure that forklift operators and others occupying the docks are not in harm’s way. Common causes of loading dock accidents include the following.

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