Animal Attacks

Animal Attacks

Pets are lovely companions and can quickly become a member of your family. However, some animals can cause serious injury to family members, home visitors, or other passersby. If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, it can be more than just painful. Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks can also suffer symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Truth About Dog Bites

The Centers for Disease Controlnotes 36% of American households include a dog. While there are plenty of benefits to dog ownership, there is some risk as well. The CDC continues to report that nearly 1 in 5 dog bites require medical attention.

Children tend to be most vulnerable when it comes to dog bites. However, many dog bites also happen outside of the home. Runners, walkers, and bikers can be bitten while exercising around their neighborhood.

Dogs bite for a variety of reasons, including to prove dominance and to protect their territory. They can also bite during play. In any case, a dog bite can cause physical injury and the potential for an infection.

Dog Bite Cases

Illinois has the second-highest number of dog bite cases in the country and a law that holds the owner accountable for the dog’s bad behavior. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have up to two years to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.

If you choose to file a claim, your attorney will prove you did not instigate the attack and that the dog attacked you in a place where you were lawfully allowed to be. For example, if you are walking down the street and a dog bites your ankle as you pass by his yard, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Typically, homeowner insurance will step in during cases of animal attacks. This can be especially frustrating for the person who was bitten, as there can be extensive tasks and phone calls. You can eliminate this hassle by choosing to work with an experienced attorney.

When you work with MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we advocate for your best interests with the insurance company and other parties. Our team offers decades of experience working with cases just like yours, from animal attacks ranging from dog bites to even more serious situations. We would be honored to provide you with the guidance and counsel to navigate your way through your recovery.

Call our offices to tell us more about your situation.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Sometimes, a company distributes a product that causes harm to many people in a similar way. When these people get together to hold the company accountable, it can either be through a class action lawsuit or through mass tort litigation. In the latter example, plaintiffs are able to pursue their claim individually.

At MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we have extensive experience with mass tort litigation. Currently, we are working with clients who have developed ovarian cancer or other complications due to the use of talcum powder.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder, specifically from distributor Johnson & Johnson, has been linked to ovarian cancer. Since the 1970s, studies have demonstrated repeated use of talc in the genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. More recently, researchers have concluded a 40% increase in risk for developing ovarian cancer with only weekly use of talc.

Unfortunately, talcum powder is not just found in powder form. It has also been used in feminine hygiene products, which only increases exposure risk.

Further, Johnson & Johnson has recently come under fire for knowingly distributing talc products with traces of asbestos. This act of negligence is unacceptable and could have potentially harmed many people.

What to Do Next

If you, or someone you love, has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and they have a history of using talcum powder, you could be entitled to compensation. There have been successful cases against companies like Johnson & Johnson throughout this mass tort litigation. Our firm has worked with clients just like you and has the experience to advocate for you in court.

Call us for a free case evaluation. We will learn more about you and your situation. Then, we will develop a plan of action to assure you receive a favorable outcome.

Staying Safe in Construction Zones

Staying Safe in Construction Zones

It’s summer, which means families are hopping in the car to drive to their favorite destinations. Before you head on your next road trip, or before you get in the car to drive to work, be sure you are brushed up on safety habits around construction zones.

Road construction is necessary to keep our interstates, highways, and neighborhood streets safe. After all, poor road conditions can lead to potholes or other damage that can quickly lead to vehicle crashes. However, road construction can also be frustrating for busy drivers who are in a hurry to reach their final destination. Here is what you need to know to stay safe this season.

Dangerous Conditions

The Federal Highway Administrationreports that in the past five years, more than 4,000 people have died in crashes in work zones. Nearly 200,000 people were injured in accidents in construction zones as well. Rear-end collisions are the most common in construction zones, and one of the most fatal times of year is the summer season (fall is also hazardous).

Slow Down

First things first, when traveling through a construction zone, slow down. Follow all marked speed limit signs and feel free to back off the gas pedal if the construction zone features working employees, lane shifts, or other hazards. Resist the urge to tailgate the person in front of you, choosing instead to take a deep breath and follow at a responsible distance to avoid any accidents.

Put the Phone Down

Distracted driving is already a major hazard, and you should never be on your phone while driving. However, take extra care to focus on the road ahead when driving in a construction zone.

Follow Instructions

If the construction zone has flaggers or other workers, be sure to follow their instructions. Slow down even more when asked and take special care to give roadside employees a wide berth.

You can choose to adopt good habits to stay safe in construction zones, but you could still be involved in an accident due to negligence on the part of another driver. If you are involved in an accident, be sure you work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate your case and advocate for your rights.

Call the experienced team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesto set up your free case evaluation.

Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips

The thermometer is rising and the kids are out of school, which means it is the time of year when hitting the pool sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. While cooling off with a dip in your backyard or community pool can feel great, it can also be a dangerous situation without proper safety habits. Here are a few ways you can assure your family’s safety this summer in the water.

Supervise Your Kids

Did you know drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in kids ages 1-4? If you are heading to the pool with your child, no matter the age, be sure you are constantly supervising and watching them. For younger kids, you should be in the pool with them, within arm’s reach in case of emergency.

Never leave a child unattended near a pool. Unfortunately, many drowning events happen while families are not swimming, but when a child wanders near the pool and falls in. If you have a backyard pool or are visiting a home with a backyard pool, assure there is a fence or gate that blocks entrance to the pool deck space.

Teach Your Child to Swim

Swimming lessons are crucial to your family’s pool safety plan. Children as young as 6 months can sign up for water safety classes and can begin to learn how to swim or float in the water. Adults should be comfortable in the water as well, so sign yourself up for a refresher class if you are not a strong swimmer yourself.

Talk About Water Safety During Playdates

Elementary school kids can enjoy playdates at the community pool, or in the backyard of a friend. Before dropping off your child for a pool date, be sure you have spoken to the adult who will be supervising the kids. Talk about your child’s swimming abilities, and ask the supervising adult if there will be planned rest breaks where kids get out of the water for a designated amount of time.

For more tips and safety ideas, visit Pool Safely, a national public education safety campaign.

Common Worker’s Compensation Questions Covered

Common Worker’s Compensation Questions Covered

Throughout ancient and modern history, the American worker was not always valued. Instead, companies had the opportunity to make decisions based on their bottom line and not on the safety of those working for them. As recently as the early 1900s, American workers were typically not protected or supported if they were injured at work. Thanks to a pivotal book, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, that was published in 1906, the early framework for worker’s compensation began.

It has taken decades for the modern worker’s compensation laws to fully protect employees. Some would argue, however, that certain states have not gone far enough to ensure the safety and support of their employees.

Isn’t worker’s compensation the same across the country?

Unfortunately, no. Worker’s compensation rules and regulations vary by state. While there are certainly best practices, a company is only bound by the laws set forth in their home state.

What if I am injured in a state I don’t work in?
We see this situation happen quite often, thanks to being so close to Wisconsin and Iowa. If you are hired in Illinois but sent to work on a project in Wisconsin, for example, you are still covered with Illinois worker’s compensation protections.

What if my company’s headquarters are located in another state?

If you work for a company that is headquartered in Kansas but were hired in Illinois, you are covered by Illinois worker’s compensation laws.

How does Illinois compare when it comes to worker’s compensation laws?

While Illinois is certainly not perfect, we are lucky that Illinois has excellent worker’s compensation law. Compared to bordering states, workers in Illinois are more likely to receive better care and support in worker’s compensation claims.

Thanks to our strong worker’s compensation state laws, the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesworks diligently to tie claims back to Illinois when possible. If you have been injured at work, even if it is in another state, but you have employment ties to Illinois, contact our office to talk more about it. We can provide guidance and representation to assure you receive the financial support you need during this time.