Nursing Home Negligence
More than 2.5 million Americans live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and every year thousands are injured, exploited or maltreated.
Even worse thousands of these vulnerable people die from preventable conditions, such as malnutrition, dehydration, or infections caused by bedsores.
If you or an elderly loved one has been the victim of negligence while residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility, our Chicago medical malpractice and negligence attorneys can help you receive the compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred due to staff mistreatment.
The Attorneys of Parente & Norem will certainly hold the nursing homes responsible for their poor treatment and practice. We will see that you and your loved one get proper care, while sending a strong message to the nursing home that residents are to be treated with the utmost care.
Our attorneys handle cases where elderly people have suffered:
- Preventable Death
- Broken or fractured bones
- Improper restraints
- Bed sores
- Physical abuse
- Over medication
- Improper hygiene
- Stealing money and property
- Malnutrition or inadequate food and liquids
- Injuries from falling
- Undue influence concerning property and/or wills
Do you have a valid case?
Many families are unsure if they should bring a nursing home negligence lawsuit because their family member was elderly, sick, or medically frail and they are uncertain if the injury or illness was the result of their medical condition. If you have uncertainty regarding the situation surrounding your loved one, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys. We will certainly review the facts and give you a professional and knowledgeable assessment as to what steps can be taken.
Railroad Accident / FELA Attorneys
Parente & Norem, P.C. has extensive experience representing those injured by the negligence of railroads under various circumstances. Whether you are a train passenger, a by-stander, or an employee of the railroad, we have successfully represented all of these victims and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf.
Unfortunately, victims of railroad negligence usually experience serious injury or death and must have competent legal representation who are capable of taking the necessary immediate action required to secure evidence, retain the best experts, and make the appropriate legal filings required. Parente & Norem, P.C. has both the experience and financial resources to take these important steps immediately following a rail tragedy. If our firm accepts your case there is no limit on the time or resources we are willing to put forth in order to secure a successful result for our client including taking your case to a jury verdict.
We have successfully handled cases involving commuter rail injuries, city transport rail injuries, platform injuries, freight rail derailments, and train vehicle collisions. All of which can have enormous impact on a victim and their family.
We recognize this and do everything possible to not only secure the best legal result for our clients but help guide them through the long recovery process that is often necessary following a serious injury or death in a family.
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to some type of train accident please don’t hesitate to contact our firm to speak with one of our highly experienced rail road litigators by phone or email today. It is free of charge, there are no costs involved and it could change your life.
The wrongful death lawyers with the Chicago firm of Parente & Norem understand that few experiences are more devastating than the loss of a loved one due to the deliberate, reckless, or negligent actions of another. Wrongful death is often sudden and unexpected. Events unravel quickly and chaotically, and the family is left confused, frustrated, and emotionally drained. Many times, families turn to our Chicago wrongful death attorneys to make sense of the situation.
In addition to the emotional distress, wrongful death often results in financial hardship for the surviving family members. Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers can help protect the financial stability of the household. There are often medical bills and funeral expenses that can be burdensomely expensive. If the deceased contributed to the household income, there are lost wages, including future earnings, to worry about. The surviving family members may now be without medical insurance coverage or have no way of paying for their child’s college tuition or making the mortgage payment.
The emotional distress and financial hardship that accompanies wrongful death can be overwhelming for families. This is where the experience of our wrongful death attorneys at the Chicago firm of Parente & Norem can be of great help and comfort to you.
Many times, surviving family members cannot get answers to their questions about what happened to their loved one. Using various legal tools, our Chicago wrongful death lawyers can get the information you need and assist you with securing the compensation you may be entitled to under the law.
If you suspect that the death of your loved one was due to the deliberate, reckless, or negligent actions of another, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys want to help. Although there is no amount of money that can substitute for your loss, you should not be forced into financial ruin because of the negligence of another. Our wrongful death lawyers handle your case with compassionate professionalism to help secure the monetary damages to which you are legally entitled.
For information on how our wrongful death attorneys in Chicago can assist you, please contact the law firm of Parente & Norem. We fight for your rights.
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have been injured while performing your employment duties. The Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers with Parente & Norem will discuss your situation and help you determine if you are eligible for these benefits.
Workers’ compensation is different from a personal injury lawsuit. Workers’ compensation is an administrative procedure involving the state, the workers’ compensation lawyers representing the injured employee, the injured employee, and the employer and the employer’s legal representative. Because this is an administrative procedure as opposed to litigation, the rules governing a workers’ compensation case differ greatly from that of a personal injury lawsuit.
Usually, employees who are injured on the job cannot choose between applying for workers’ compensation and initiating a personal injury lawsuit. The injured employee must apply for workers’ compensation to receive monetary compensation for his or her injury. Further, the amount of money received is dictated by statute, as opposed to being decided upon by a judge or jury as in the case of a personal injury lawsuit.
A benefit to the employee that workers’ compensation offers is that employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation do not need to prove negligence or fault on the part of their employer in order to be awarded monetary compensation. Because the employee does not have to prove negligence or fault, the time involved to finalize a workers’ compensation procedure is typically significantly less than with a personal injury lawsuit.
Not all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation. For example, some state and federal government employees may be exempt from workers’ compensation benefits. Further, not all workplace injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. With Parente & Norem in Chicago, our workers’ compensation lawyers have several years of experience with the workers’ compensation system.
If you have been injured in conjunction with your job, even if you were not on your employer’s property at the time of the injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Parente & Norem to schedule a free case evaluation.
If you find yourself involved in a car accident, contact our Chicago auto accident lawyers at Parente & Norem. Regardless of who may be at fault, our car accident attorneys can protect your legal rights with regards to the other parties involved, including your own insurance company.
Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful experience. You or your passengers may have sustained injuries. Your young children may need to be hospitalized for examination by medical professionals. There may be extensive damage to your vehicle. If your loved one died as a result of the auto accident, you may wish to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
During this chaotic time, there may be administrative matters with regards to the auto accident that must be dealt with. Further, state or local laws may require you to notify certain individuals or state agencies regarding your auto accident.
This is where our Chicago-based auto accident lawyers with Parente & Norem can be of great help to you. Our car accident attorneys can take care of the administrative matters, file the necessary paperwork with state or local agencies, and begin negotiations with insurance companies.
Our auto accident attorneys in Chicago can begin to locate and interview witnesses, compile medical information and medical bills, and track lost wages and pain and suffering for settlement negotiations or eventual trial. This is an important step, as it is vital to take witness statements while memory is still fresh and track medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as these losses incur to ensure no losses are missed and you receive full compensation.
As with most personal injury situations, after the car accident it is important to contact our Chicago auto accident attorneys as soon as possible. There are time constraints involved in car accident lawsuits. Additionally, there may be other matters that our car accident lawyers can assist with.
If you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident, contact our Chicago car accident attorneys to schedule a complimentary consultation and discuss your case.
Uninsured Motorist Claims Attorneys
All states have laws that require motorists to show proof of their financial ability to pay for personal injury and property damage to others in the event of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. Most drivers satisfy this obligation by purchasing auto accident insurance; others cannot afford insurance or ignore this requirement. A Driver that does not carry insurance is an uninsured motorist.
Many motorists choose to purchase the lowest amount of coverage permitted by law. Underinsured and uninsured drivers are typically unable to cover the cost of a serious accident. If you are involved in an auto accident in which the at-fault driver is underinsured or has no insurance at all, you may be able to pursue a claim with your own insurance company. If you have been injured in a serious car accident, the auto accident attorneys at the Chicago, Illinois Law Offices of Parente & Norem can help you attain the monetary compensation to which you are entitled. Accident victims should not be responsible for the negligence or carelessness of another driver. Contact our car accident attorneys to schedule a complimentary consultation.
According to the Insurance Research Council, 14 percent of U.S. motorists are uninsured.
If you have purchased uninsured motorist insurance and you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you can obtain compensation from your insurance company. Uninsured motorist insurance protects you, covered passengers, and covered family members for injuries resulting from an auto accident that is caused by an uninsured driver. Depending on your coverage, you may also be entitled to compensation for damage to your vehicle.
However, if you are involved in a car, truck, and motorcycle accident with an uninsured driver and you do not have uninsured motorist coverage, your options may be limited. Contact our experienced auto accident attorneys. Serving car accident victims in Chicago, Illinois and statewide, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to determine if you have legal recourse and to maximize the return on your claim.
An underinsured motorist is generally a driver who has opted to purchase only the minimum coverage amounts required by law.
Illinois state law requires the following minimum amounts of auto accident liability insurance coverage:
- Injury or death of one person in an accident: $20,000
- Injury or death of more than one person in an accident: $40,000
- Damage to someone elses property: $15,000
However, these minimum amounts may not cover the costs that result from a significant accident.
If an underinsured driver has caused you to suffer injuries and property damage in a car accident, contact the auto accident attorneys at our Chicago, Illinois office to schedule a complimentary consultation and case evaluation. We can help you get fair compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, vehicle repair costs, and other hardships.
Your Legal Options
Auto accident victims of uninsured or underinsured motorists may receive payment from their own insurance company. Our car accident attorneys — serving Chicago and Illinois victims statewide — help drivers get just compensation. If you are an accident victim, the Law Offices of Parente & Norem can help you file a claim to recover your benefits.
If the person who caused the car, truck, or motorcycle accident has insufficient liability insurance, we can make an additional claim against your own insurance company to recover the difference. This is particularly important because the average driver carries more than the minimum limits identified above and you are entitled to claim the difference between the insurance you purchased and the minimum limits of the underinsured driver.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims involve a complicated body of case law. To successfully recover the maximum compensation to which you are legally entitled, accident victims require the assistance of a trial lawyer who has extensive experience in negotiating and litigating car accident claims. Contact our auto accident attorneys at the Chicago, Illinois office of Parente & Norem for a complimentary consultation to discuss your case and learn your legal options.
Contact Our Auto Accident Attorneys
Serving car accident victims statewide, the auto accident attorneys at the Chicago, Illinois Law Offices of Parente & Norem handle claims involving uninsured and underinsured motorists. We have the experience necessary to achieve optimal results in these difficult, complex cases.
Our lawyers have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of car, truck, and motorcycle accident victims statewide. If an uninsured or underinsured motorist’s reckless or negligent driving has resulted in harm to you or a loved one in an auto accident, contact the car accident attorneys at our Chicago, Illinois office. Schedule a complimentary case consultation and evaluation today.
Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) typically results from a catastrophic head injury and can inflict a broad spectrum of symptoms and long-lasting disabilities.
Victims of a serious personal injury, auto accident, or workplace accident that results in a traumatic brain injury face devastating and often life-altering consequences. Brain injuries occur when a sudden blow, jolt, or penetrating wound injures the brain and causes impaired cognitive function or permanent brain damage. At the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, our lawyers will help you take legal action against those responsible for your injuries, and they will fight aggressively on your behalf for fair compensation. Do not suffer in silence, unable to earn wages while you use your hard-earned savings to cover medical bills. Contact our office so you can schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team.
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, about 1.4 million Americans annually suffer a brain injury. Although a majority of these injuries are considered “mild,” any brain injury can have long-term consequences. As a result, every head injury should be treated as being serious.
Consequently, victims of a serious head injury may suffer a range of short- and long-term effects. Victims of a so-called “mild” brain injury may lapse into unconsciousness and experience confusion and disorientation. Moderate injuries may cause permanent cognitive, motor, and sensory impairment. Severe brain injuries may result in psychosis, coma, or wrongful death. Furthermore, victims of a traumatic brain injury are susceptible to an increased risk of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other disorders.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, you are entitled to compensation. Serving traumatic brain injury victims statewide, our lawyers can help you attain the just compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, contact Parente & Norem and schedule a consultation.
Common Head Injury Causes
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:
- Falls: Trip-and-fall accidents account for 28 percent of brain injuries that occur each year. Falls are also the leading cause of brain injury for children under age four and adults over age 75.
- Auto accidents: Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents account for one-fifth of new brain injuries.
- Struck by/against events: Accidents in which the head is jolted by a collision with a moving or stationary object account for 19 percent of brain injury cases.
- Assaults: Violent encounters (often involving gunshot wounds) account for 11 percent of new brain injury cases.
Regardless of a traumatic brain injury’s cause, the effects are typically devastating.
If another person’s reckless or negligent actions have caused you or a family member to suffer a severe head injury, we can help you understand your legal rights and options for attaining justice and full compensation. Contact our lawyers today and schedule a free consultation.
Brain Injury Lawsuits
Our lawyers can help victims obtain the fair compensation they deserve for their injuries. Victims may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
To successfully recover compensation, our head injury lawyers must show that:
- The victim is injured. In fact, the state of Illinois allows victims to file a personal injury claim even if there is a pre-existing condition which was aggravated by those actions.
- The head injury was the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions.
Our lawyers may be able to win damages or negotiate a settlement for you. Contact Parente & Norem to schedule a free consultation and discuss your claim.
Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
At the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, our traumatic brain and head injury lawyers are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of catastrophic injury litigation, and they have the experience necessary to help you achieve the optimal result in your case.
Lastly, we have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of brain injury victims statewide, and can help you as well. If another person’s or a company’s reckless or negligent actions have resulted in harm to you or a loved one, contact our office so we schedule a complimentary case consultation.
Transportation Accidents Attorneys
Transportation accidents can be devastating experiences. Accidents can often involve large construction or commercial vehicles, rail trains, airplanes, or watercraft. Consequently, the results of transportation accidents are often loss of life, loss of limb, or serious bodily trauma. If you have been involved in a transportation accident or car accident, our personal injury lawyers want to help you.
The law regarding transportation accidents can certainly be quite complicated. Depending on the situation, federal, state, and municipal law may be applicable. Also, safety laws and criminal statutes may have been violated. Corporations as well as individuals may be at fault.
The depth of legal issues involved in transportation accidents can so easily overwhelm the victim of the accident and the victim’s family. Our personal injury lawyers with Parente & Norem can relieve some of this burden.
Our attorneys can discuss and evaluate your situation and help you determine if you want to file a case. As with the majority of personal injury and wrongful death cases, time is of the essence. Witnesses’ memories fade, evidence is lost or destroyed, and statutes of limitations expire. Therefore, if you are considering filing litigation as a result of a transportation accident or car accident, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a transportation accident, contact the personal injury attorneys with Parente & Norem. We can help you protect your legal rights and achieve the compensation to which you may be entitled under the law.
Slip, Trip and Fall Attorneys
Unfortunately, injuries caused by a slip and fall on another’s property happen all too often. A shiny floor has an indistinguishable puddle of water on it and someone slips and falls. A parking lot was plowed and salted, a small section was missed, and a person slips and falls while walking. If you have been injured by a slip and fall, our lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
The law of slip and fall applies whether the property involved is commercial or residential. Typically, however, most slip and fall cases happen on commercial properties such as grocery or convenience stores where liquid spills often occur.
In addition to slip and fall injury cases, compensation can also be recovered for premises liability cases. Premises liability law applies to most injury cases that occur on public or private property. If you step into a hole in a parking lot and break your ankle, the law of premises liability may apply. If your child takes a short cut through someone’s back yard and is injured, premises liability law may apply.
Duty of Care
Our premises liability lawyers represent plaintiffs in a wide variety of situations. Under the law of premises liability, property owners typically have a duty of care to people who enter their property. Commercial and residential property owners owe a duty of care to their patrons, guests, and anyone who may enter the property.
Under premises liability law, this duty of care varies, however, as to the status of the person entering the property. For example, different duties of care apply to people who are invited onto the property by the owner, people who enter the property to patronize the business of the property owner, people who must enter the property for specified reasons such as delivery people, lawn care workers, meter readers, children, and sometimes even trespassers.
Our lawyers will help you determine the duty of care owed to you by the property owner. As with most personal injury cases, it’s important to talk to our lawyers as soon as possible after your injury. Time is of the essence in a slip and fall case, and it is important that our lawyers be able to talk to witnesses and begin negotiations before the evidence grows stale or is lost.
If you have suffered a slip and fall or other injury on another’s property, our premises liability lawyers may be able to win damages or negotiate a settlement for you. Contact our Chicago slip and fall attorneys to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.
What is a personal injury?
The term “personal injury” is typically defined as an injury to one’s mind, body, or emotions. In other words, it’s an injury to the person, as opposed to an injury to property. Personal injury law seeks to compensate the victims of personal injury and punish the offenders through monetary awards. These monetary awards are known as compensatory and punitive damages. Our personal injury attorneys concentrate in personal injury law and winning compensation for victims. The personal injury attorneys with Parente & Norem have won millions of dollars for their clients.
Each state has different laws regarding personal injury lawsuits, and each court has different rules for filing claims. It is very important to choose an attorney with knowledge of the various rules and courts. Our firm has significant personal injury litigation experience and are very familiar with the different court rules and systems. This includes Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, the surrounding areas, and elsewhere in the United States.
There are many types of personal injury lawsuits, including car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, mesothelioma diagnosis, asbestos exposure cases, and slip and fall litigation. Our experienced attorneys can determine which type of lawsuit fits the facts of your case.
Who can file a personal injury lawsuit?
Once you retain an attorney, they will file the lawsuit on behalf of someone, usually the victim of personal injury. If the victim is deceased or mentally incompetent, the lawsuit is sometimes brought by a family member or legal guardian. At Parente & Norem, our personal injury lawyers will review your case to determine who is the proper party or parties to bring the lawsuit.
Can I file a personal injury lawsuit at any time?
No, is the simple answer to this question. However, the answer is usually not so simple. The personal injury attorneys at Parente & Norem will help you determine how much time you have to file your lawsuit.
There is a limited period of time to file your lawsuit. This period of time is called a statute of limitations. When the statute of limitations begins to run, however, is often debatable. Sometimes it’s easy to determine when the statute of limitations clock begins to tick. For example, if you are in a car accident and severely injured in the accident, more likely than not your statute of limitations begins to run the day of the accident. Sometimes, the statute of limitations is not so easily determined, such as in medical negligence and asbestos cases.
Because the statute of limitations varies from state to state, it is very important that if you feel you have the right to file a lawsuit you speak to qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If your personal injury attorney files the lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, it is very likely that the lawsuit will be dismissed, and you will have no recourse or method for monetary compensation, legal or otherwise.
The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. can help you determine if you have a personal injury lawsuit and what your statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit is.
How does personal injury law compensate victims?
In a typical personal injury lawsuit, two types of damages are awarded, compensatory and punitive. Each state has its own individual laws that dictate how these damages are handled. Our lawyers can help you understand your compensation rights.
When your attorney proves your case, you are usually awarded compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the victim. A monetary value is assigned to what the victim lost as a result of the personal injury. These losses can include actual measurable costs such as medical bills, repair bills for an automobile or other property that was harmed as a direct result of the personal injury, and lost wages or earned sick or vacation time. Other compensatory damages do not have a bill or invoice value, so their value must be estimated. The most typical of these losses is pain and suffering.
Indirect victims of the personal injury may also have a legal claim to compensatory damages. Spouses, for example, can often ask for a monetary award to compensate them for loss of affection or for loss of their loved ones household contributions to chores and errands when their loved one is the direct victim of the personal injury. Our personal injury lawyers with the Chicago, Illinois, law firm of Parente & Norem will help you determine the correct parties of your lawsuit.
As our attorneys will tell you, punitive damages are not awarded in every personal injury case. Punitive damages are awarded not to compensate the victim, but to punish the perpetrator of the injury. The purpose of punitive damages is to hit the defendant so hard in his/her pocketbook that the defendant will change his/her behavior so that in the future, no one else is harmed by the conduct or lack of conduct. Typical causes of action where punitive damages are awarded are product liability cases and medical malpractice cases.
It is important to remember that many factors go into determining compensatory and punitive damages, therefore it is important to have representation from competent, experienced personal injury attorneys. The attorneys with Parente & Norem have several cumulative years of personal injury experience and highly developed litigation skills.
Do you have a personal injury case?
Whether or not you have a case depends upon the facts of your situation. If you feel you have been injured , our personal injury attorneys would like to help you. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Parente & Norem to discuss your situation and your legal rights.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, contact our medical malpractice lawyers. We can help you receive the compensation you legally deserve, even if you signed a waiver before your procedure.
The results of medical negligence can be heartbreaking and tragic. Medical negligence often leads to personal injury or wrongful death. Victims and their loved ones are left with a medical and legal quagmire that can easily become emotionally overwhelming.
In situations of medical negligence, our attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience to help you get the answers and compensation to which you may be legally entitled. Using legal tools such as subpoenas and depositions, our medical malpractice lawyers can determine if medical negligence occurred and file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Even if you signed a waiver before your medical procedure, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical waivers do not provide blanket immunity to physicians and care givers. Furthermore, medical waivers do not mean that you consented to medical negligence. Our lawyers will evaluate all of the facts of your case to help you determine if medical negligence has occurred.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been injured by medical negligence, please contact our office. Our medical malpractice attorneys can certainly schedule a consultation and discuss your situation. In many locations, time is of the essence with medical negligence situations, and failure to act can be irreversibly detrimental to your case.
Defective Products Attorneys
Product liability law encompasses a wide variety of situations. If you feel you or a loved one has been harmed or killed by a product, contact our office. Our lawyers will evaluate your situation and determine if you have a case.
Our product liability attorneys have extensive experience with defective product situations. There are several ways a product can be defective. In some cases, the product may have been designed incorrectly. In other cases, the design of the product may have been correct, but the defect occurred during the manufacturing phase. Another possibility is the product was designed and manufactured correctly but marketed in a way that caused injury. Insufficient warnings or instruction could be the case. Any of these defects may raise the legal issue of a defective product or product liability.
Product Liability Attorneys
Breach of warranty and misrepresentation in advertising can also give rise to the right to file a product liability lawsuit if use of the product resulted in harm to the user. Even if the product was designed, manufactured, and marketed according to the law. You may still receive compensation under the rules of strict liability if the product nevertheless harmed you.
Depending on the product involved and the type of injury inflicted, product liability law, as well as state and federal statutes and regulations, may be relevant to your situation. If your loved one was killed because of a defective product, you may have a wrongful death cause of action in addition to your product liability case.
As this general explanation of product liability illustrates, there are many factors involved in product liability law. Our Chicago product liability attorneys with Parente & Norem have several years of experience with product liability lawsuits and with court systems throughout the country.
If you suspect that you or a loved one was injured or killed as a result of a defective product, please contact our office. Our attorneys are available to talk about your situation. If we determine that you have a viable personal injury claim, we can discuss representation. There is no cost to you until damages are awarded or a settlement is reached, and you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Contact our office today.
Construction Site Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a construction site accident, our personal injury attorneys at Parente & Norem can help you.
Construction site accidents are a form of personal injury. Accidents that occur on construction sites are usually legally complicated. Regulation of sites often involves many local, state, and federal laws and rules. Another regulation at sites could include OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). If the victim is an employee of the construction site, workers’ compensation rules may apply. If the victim accident died as a result of their injuries, wrongful death statutes may be applicable.
Because so many people are involved at construction sites, it may be difficult to determine who was at fault. During any given day, there are, among others, contractors, subcontractors, delivery and service trucks and personnel, employees and independent contractors. Furthermore there are also visitors on the construction site property.
This is where the expertise of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. offers a strong advantage to the victims of construction site accidents. Using a combination of our legal skills, the legal tools available to us, and our knowledge of local, state, and federal court systems, we can help you achieve the compensation you’re legally entitled to.
Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma Attorneys
Have you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other illness and have been told by a medical professional, or suspect that exposure to asbestos is the likely cause of your disease? If so, contact The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. to discuss your asbestos litigation options.
Asbestos litigation is a complicated process. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos claims have been filed throughout the United States, with many more filed daily. Diseases caused by asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma, can take a significant amount of time to develop and typically many years pass between exposure and diagnosis. Even if you have yet to develop an asbestos-related illness, if you know you have been exposed to asbestos, you may still be able to file a litigation claim.
The refusal in the past of American employers to respond to warnings concerning the dangers of asbestos has given rise to the number of lawsuits filed throughout the United States. “Asbestos” refers to a group of six materials that are found in nature. In the United States, asbestos became popular during World War II and remained popular until the 1970’s. It was typically used as insulation because it is very strong, an excellent insulator, and corrosive and fire resistant. Even when asbestos was discovered to be harmful, many employers ignored the dangers and continued to knowingly expose their employees to it.
If you have been exposed to asbestos but have not yet been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses, contact our office as you may still have a case.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer occurring in the areas that line the body’s various cavities. Litigation for Mesothelioma has grown as a result of the concern over asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure, and the exposure need not be large or extensive. Since Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, and because symptoms resemble other prevalent illnesses, it is very difficult to diagnose. Failure to diagnose mesothelioma may not preclude your ability to file a claim. If you have mesothelioma and are unaware of any past asbestos exposure, you may still have a claim. Our lawyers here at the Law Offices of Parente & Norem can evaluate your situation and provide litigation guidance.
Law does not ban the use of asbestos, but most United States manufacturers no longer use it. Asbestos has the potential to cause serious disability, cancers including mesothelioma, and eventual death. Knowingly using this harmful material can expose the employer to litigation. Asbestos attorneys routinely advise that United States manufacturers resist using asbestos material in their products.
If you know or suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, help is available. The attorneys at Parente & Norem have extensive experience with both mesothelioma litigation and asbestos litigation. Please contact our office to discuss your case.