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59 year old machinist crushed when a semi-truck rolled off hydraulic jacks because the parking brakes were not engaged.

outcome:
$725,000 SETTLEMENT

42 year old mother sustained a torn rotator cuff when she was sideswiped by a defendant truck driver carrying 40,000 lbs. of bricks.

outcome:
$325,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client suffered shoulder and ankle injuries when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.

outcome:
$500,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client sustained aggravation to pre-existing spinal stenosis after being rear ended on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

outcome:
$475,000 SETTLEMENT​

Minor client suffered a knee injury on trampoline due to rocket bouncing requiring ACL reconstruction, medical and lateral meniscus repairs

outcome:
$322,030.70 JUDGEMENT

Client was injured in an extremely complex pedestrian accident

outcome:
$200,000 SETTLEMENT

Recovery made for estate of a talented young comedian who lost control of his vehicle while intoxicated.

outcome:
$225,000 Settlement

Our client suffered a shoulder injury when he tripped over rusty tomato cages in the garage of a general contractor

outcome:
$200,000 Settlement

57 year old mother suffered a fractured hip when she was t-boned by an intoxicated hit-and-run driver.

outcome:
$225,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client tripped over a tablecloth at a municipal building and had been turned down by 3 other firms when she was finally referred to our firm.

outcome:
$105,000 SETTLEMENT

Our client had a surgical tool left inside her body during an invasive surgery.

outcome:
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Our client was attacked and bitten by a dog while on her postal route.

outcome:
$105,000 SETTLEMENT

We pride ourselves on being responsive to every client’s needs. We understand the challenges faced after being in a serious accident and the importance of attorneys being there for you. At Zayed Law Offices, ensuring every client receives the attention they deserve is our top priority.

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Skokie nursing home abuse lawyers

If your aging family member has been the victim of neglect, injury, or abuse in a nursing home, talk to personal injury attorneys who specialize in this area of law. Everyone, including the elderly, is protected under state law from the mistakes or carelessness of others, including nursing home abuse. Here are some things you can do if you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home misconduct.

Consult with nursing staff

If your loved one is not getting enough to eat or drink, or demonstrates a significant behavior change that is not consistent with his or her diagnosis, discuss your concerns with the nursing home staff. They can explain what steps, if any, have been taken to address the worrisome changes. If they are not aware of any problems, you can inform them and find out what they plan to do to supervise the situation and make necessary adjustments to the patient’s care.

Keep records

Start a diary or list of observations about your loved one’s changes. Add dates of phone calls, text messages, emails, and other communications you have had with the nursing home staff. Include the date, location, and names of people that you speak with. Be detailed. Instead of writing “I explained concerns about Mom,” say something like this: “I met with Sandra Hopkins, Nursing Supervisor, in her office at 10:30 this morning to discuss Mom’s fall from her wheelchair last Monday.”

Contact the doctor

Meet with your loved one’s physician to explain your concerns. The doctor may be able to clarify what is normal or expected behavior in circumstances like those of your loved one versus alarming issues that should be further investigated. The doctor can also schedule an exam or tests for an update of the patient’s condition. This will help to verify the senior’s health status and any problems, natural or otherwise, that may be identified.

Meet with a personal injury attorney

If it appears that your loved one has suffered from negligence or abuse, organize your diary or timeline of events and write a summary of the person’s symptoms, changing condition, nursing home response, and doctor’s evaluation. Schedule an appointment with a personal injury attorney, particularly one who specializes in nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, this problem is not uncommon, and attorneys are working vigilantly to hold the nursing home system accountable for wrongs suffered by vulnerable residents.

The attorney will listen to your concerns and possibly review any documents you have brought with you. You may be asked questions, or the attorney might request additional documentation or information of various types. By complying with these requests as soon as is convenient, you can help the attorney to better understand the situation and to make a logical and legal assessment of the facts.

From that point, the attorney can advise you on how to proceed. You may have several more appointments to discuss additional documents or facts. Witnesses may be sought. These might include nursing home staff who witnessed the alleged abuse or family members and friends who share your concerns due to witnessing the same symptoms in the loved one. Timelines will be discussed to ensure that any legal filings are prepared before the deadline.

If litigation ensues, you might be expected to participate in a series of legal proceedings for which your attorney will guide and prepare you. These could include, among others, court appearances, answering questions, called Interrogatories, from the nursing home lawyer, and giving a deposition. The attorney will likely recruit an objective medical witness, or several, to review the documentation and any videos to give an expert opinion. The medical witnesses may be expected to participate in similar legal activities, such as giving a deposition or courtroom evidence, etc.

All of this takes time. From filing a lawsuit until the trial, a period of several months or years may elapse. Many if not most cases will settle before then at various stages of the legal process. If and when a settlement offer is made, along with the amount, will be based on the strength of your case and your willingness to settle rather than go to trial.

The elderly deserve our protection for their safety and well-being. When they suffer injustice, it is up to their family members or close friends to consider all means of rectification, including the legal process. Fortunately, personal injury attorneys are willing to fight for nursing home residents in court if necessary.

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The legal team at Zayed Law Offices is committed to achieving extraordinary results for ordinary people. We consistently secure favorable settlements and verdicts for people who have suffered physically, emotionally and financially because of the negligence of others. If you are a victim, call our Chicago personal injury lawyers at (815) 782-0784 or use our free case evaluation form. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.

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