When you pull your car out of your driveway, you put your life in the hands of other drivers you encounter on your trip. We all share the road together, and one bad decision or distracted moment can bring grave consequences for others nearby.
Consider your latest commute. You probably passed multiple cars, minivans, and SUVs. You also likely passed large semi trucks. The trucking industry is an important one, as it moves goods across the country with efficiency. However, sometimes that efficiency can transform into danger when poor decisions are made.
Concerns About the Trucking Industry
Just like most businesses, the trucking industry is driven by profit. Sometimes, companies and drivers are rewarded for fast delivery. This need for speedy transportation can leave most drivers choosing between a good night’s sleep and pushing through to meet their delivery deadline.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations that are designed to keep drivers safe. There are required rest periods, electronic logs, pre-trip inspections, and other rules to assure trucks, and their drivers, are functioning at their best. Unfortunately, there are incidents of truck drivers ignoring these regulations.
Truck drivers have a higher incidence of driving while exhausted, driving while under the influence of stimulants, failing to maintain their truck, and even driving while texting or using the internet. This is especially frightening because a truck vs. car accident can be deadly.
What To Do
Professional truck drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of cars because they are covering more miles and driving more hours each day. However, if a truck driver does not follow best practices and federal regulations, it can result in serious injury or even death.
If you, or your loved one, have been involved in an accident with a semi truck, finding an experienced lawyer immediately is crucial. Trucking companies are known for swooping into accident investigations quickly, and they may offer compensation that is significantly less than you are entitled to.
Call our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates. We are not intimidated by large trucking companies and keep your best interests at the forefront. Contact us today to get started.
Cancer is always scary, and receiving a diagnosis is always shocking. Most cancer diagnoses come with no explanation as to whyor howcancer happened. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a connection between a hazardous substance and a cancer diagnosis later in life. Even more troubling is the fact that the person using the hazardous substance didn’t even know there were potential complications; they simply trusted the company making the substance.
One example of this is the mesothelioma and asbestos connectionwe have written about before. Another example gaining national attention is the connection between Roundup weed killer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The History of Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
For decades, Roundup weed killer was widely used throughout the country on both corn and soybean fields. It had everything a farmer, on a large or small scale, needed – it was quick, efficient, and easy. However, people who had contact with Roundup as an applicator or farmer began to notice an increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma as compared to others without Roundup contact.
Monsanto quickly purchased Roundup as complaints began to increase. Currently, there have been three juries who have been convinced Roundup was the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in cases that went to court. These cases have given traction to other cases that link Roundup to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What You Should Do Next
If you or your loved one have received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma andyou have a history of working with Roundup, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesimmediately to talk more about your situation. We are experienced in working with cases like these and are not afraid to fiercely advocate for your best interests.
You don’t have to go through this time alone, and we would be honored to work with you to achieve a favorable outcome. Contact us today to get started.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60% of women of reproductive age use some type of birth control. While most birth control methods are relatively safe for the women who use them, there have been types that have unfortunately caused unwanted side effects or dangers for women.
The Essure device is one such case, where a company ended up seriously injuring the women who turned to the device for their preferred method of birth control.
What was Essure?
Essure was a birth control implant that came into the American market in 2002. It was manufactured by Bayer and used by many women. Problems and concerns began surfacing as early as 2016. While Bayer chose to stop selling the device outside of the United States in 2017, it did not pull the device from America until mid-2018.
What were injuries caused by Essure?
Unfortunately, women who used Essure were at an increased risk for serious health complications and side effects. The general injuries sustained by women who used Essure include pelvic pain, autoimmune diseases, and perforated injuries. Here at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates, we are currently working with clients who have had to have hysterectomies due to injuries and complications caused by Essure.
What happens now?
The Essure birth control device had serious problems and the implant was not pulled in enough time to reduce the risk for the women who used it. There is currently a major lawsuit to hold Bayer accountable for medical costs and compensation for women injured by Essure.
If you used the Essure device and have experienced complications, now is the time to contact the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates. We are working hard for our clients who were injured due to Essure and can provide you with the individualized attention that a nationwide firm can simply not provide.
Give us a call to tell us more about your situation, or to inquire if you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries or conditions caused by Essure. We promise to work hard for you and to get you a positive outcome.
The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. Summer has finally started to arrive here in the northern Illinois area! This season is a great time to get outside and enjoy time with loved ones. For many of us, summer temperatures give us more time to be out on the water. Before you log any more time on your boat this year, be sure you are brushing up on good practices that will keep you, and everyone on the water with you, safe.
Skip the Alcohol
Just like driving a car, choosing to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol is an unsafe and irresponsible decision. The Coast Guard reports that alcohol is responsible for at least 16% boating fatalities and for half of all boating accidents. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a serious offense and applies to all vessels, including kayaks or canoes.
Why the big deal about drinking and boating when many people seem to think the two go hand in hand? Alcohol affects judgment, response time, and other abilities that are crucial to safely operating a boat. Skip the cocktail and choose to boat safely.
Brush Up on Rules of the Water
When you hit the river or lake, you aren’t the only one. Boaters share the water with swimmers, kayakers, and other vessels. It is important to brush up on general rules of the water to be sure you are not inadvertently putting yourself, or others, in danger. We like the BoatUS Foundation’s resources and encourage you to take a look as well.
Beware of Towing
Part of the fun of having a boat is the opportunity to tow a water skier or tuber. However, towing can be extremely dangerous if your driver is not experienced, or if your driver participates in risky behaviors. At MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we have taken on tragic cases that involved unsafe towing and unfortunately know the very real consequences of towing more than one tube at a time.
Spending time on your boat, or on friend’s boat, is a hallmark summer experience. However, choose to enjoy the time together safely, and without alcohol.
If you do become involved with a boating accident that results in injury, don’t delay in contacting our team. We have years of experience working with victims of boating accidents and are ready to help you during this difficult time.
When you are injured in a car accident or other unexpected way, it can be difficult to adjust to all the new appointments in your calendar. From follow up physician appointments to x-rays, MRIs to outpatient therapy sessions, your unexpected injury has suddenly taken over a majority of your life. Unfortunately, some people who were unexpectedly injured begin to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and downright tired of the appointments and sessions that they simply stop going. This “gap in treatment” or full cessation of treatment can not only harm the person’s body but can also negatively affect insurance payment or other compensation.
Why Gaps in Treatment Happen
When someone is hurt in a car accident, they may feel fine initially. Thanks to our body’s response system, endorphins and other chemicals released by the brain when we are hurt or injured can mask pain. There can also be a sense of pride, with people feeling embarrassed to get checked out by emergency responder after a vehicle accident or other unexpected injury. However, once those endorphins go away, pain can quickly arise.
For many people who were injured in a vehicle crash, pain can arrive three to seven days after the injury and continue for weeks, months, or years. Unfortunately, the longer the person goes without seeking medical treatment, the harder it can be to prove the accident was the cause of the injury or condition.
Gaps in treatment can also happen when a patient gets tired of all the follow-up appointments, especially if they feel no relief. In these cases, the patient ends up suffering from chronic pain due to unresolved complications or an incorrect diagnosis. Similarly to someone who doesn’t seek medical treatment immediately, it becomes more difficult to hold the insurance company accountable for injuries when there are lapses in treatment.
What You Should Do
If you are injured in a vehicle accident or other situation, seek medical treatment immediately. Don’t delay. Keep a journal with your symptoms or concerns. Return to your physician as directed and follow discharge instructions. Finally, call the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates. We can help you feel less overwhelmed with the process and assure you are getting the compensation you deserve.