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A BLOG FROM PARIS TRAVELS

Yesterday, I was fortunate to wake up to a beautiful, sunny day in one of the most fascinating and historical cities in the world. In the afternoon, I took a river cruise on the Seine River that traveled throughout the waterways of Paris, eventually passing by and circling the island on which the Cathedral of Notre Dame is located. I have included photographs taken from the river cruise, a mere three hours before the Cathedral was engulfed in flames.
Later in the day, when walking out of a store, I noticed a strange-colored plume of smoke coming from the direction of the Cathedral. At first, I thought it was a typical fire but was concerned of a potential terrorist threat. Moments later, I heard continuous emergency police, fire, and ambulance sirens. Walking to a bridge across the Seine River and only a short distance away from Notre Dame, I saw a shocking vision of the Cathedral engulfed in flames. On this bridge, were hundreds of Parisians and visitors such as myself. All were in shock at what we were observing. It became evident this was a fire that would be unlikely to be controlled until major damage had taken place. As a raised Catholic, I was especially stunned at this historic, religious 12th Century monument falling before my very eyes.
This morning I woke up to front page news stories of this event from around the world. Thankfully, this fire does not appear to be the work of any terrorist organization. Nevertheless, in spite of what President Macron has promised the French; that the Cathedral will be rebuilt, I am skeptical that any rebuild of the Cathedral will match its former beauty and contained history.
As you can tell, this event has left an enduring impression upon me. Thank you for reading this blog.
Timothy Shay

Damages to consider after a car accident.

On Monday evening of June 4, 2018 there was a collision between a 2005 GMC Envoy and a 2017 Ford Focus which caused three casualties. An article about the particulars can be viewed by clicking here (https://www.wandtv.com/news/dead-in-two-car-illinois-crash/article_faf76c53-76d0-53b9-b14d-eef98b725529.html). After the accident, a 19-year-old female had to be airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

The damages that are available after a car accident can be far more wide-ranging than many drivers may initially believe. There are the obvious things such as the damage to your car or medical bills, but damages can also include things like pain and suffering resulting from the accident and loss of income while you recover. The simplest way to think about the damages available to you after an auto accident are (1) physical damages and (2) other non-physical damages. Physical damage can include damage to your car or other assets as well as damage to your body. If you are hit by a driver who loses control, you may suffer serious damage to your vehicle, possibly even to the extent that the car is considered a total loss. This is known as property damage, and most car insurance policies will have limits for coverage of such property damage. Additionally, because many injuries do not resolve immediately after an accident, plaintiffs seeking to recover from bodily injury will typically be entitled to both the medical expenses they’ve already incurred and those they will reasonably incur in the future.

If you, or someone you know has been injured, we hope you will contact a competent attorney for representation. Tim Shay has a great deal of experience in obtaining justice for victims in vehicle accidents. Please call Shay & Associates today at 217-523-5900 (Springfield) or 217-425-5900 (Decatur) if you require legal assistance regarding an auto accident or other injury, or use the contact form found here: https://wrsp109657.wpengine.com/contact-us-springfield-decatur/.

Bowel Injury Caused by Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernia repairs, as well as other abdominal surgeries, require pinpoint surgical dissection. A common side effect is an injury to the bowels caused by the inadvertent nicking or laceration of the bowels. These risks of surgery are usually addresses in a consent form prior to surgery, signed by the patient either at the physician’s office or hospital prior to surgery. As such, a bowel injury is not necessarily a claim for medical malpractice . A claim for malpractice usually arises from the failure of the physician or the hospital to recognize a bowel injury has occurred that allows for a permanent and sometimes deadly injury due to the untreated bowel perforation.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from an injury as a result of an accident or error caused by negligence of another, then we hope you will contact a competent attorney for representation. Tim Shay has a great deal of experience in fighting for the full compensation that you deserve. Please call Shay & Associates today at 217-523-5900 (Springfield) or 217-425-5900 (Decatur) if you require legal assistance regarding medical malpractice, or use the contact form found here: https://wrsp109657.wpengine.com/contact-us-springfield-decatur/.

 

Recognize the signs of elder abuse in nursing homes.

In November, the Champaign County Board approved to release all claims for 2 residents who died at nursing home located in Champaign County. You can watch the video story by clicking here: (https://foxillinois.com/news/local/claims-released-for-two-seniors-who-died-at-champaign-nursing-home).

Unfortunately, many nursing homes are inadequately staffed to address the medical and psychiatry needs of their residents. Shay & Associates represent elderly persons who have either been abused or neglected in nursing homes, or their families following the death of a loved one who suffered abuse or neglect. If you suspect any abuse or neglect in a nursing home, it is important to contact the Illinois Department of Public Health and file a complaint requesting an investigation. Further, a demand for a transfer to a hospital emergency room will allow for immediate care and reporting of abuse or neglect by a medical professional at the hospital, if such abuse or neglect is suspected. Be vigilant with your elderly loved ones.

If you, or someone you know has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, we hope you will contact a competent attorney for representation. Tim Shay has a great deal of experience in obtaining justice for victims of elder abuse in nursing homes. Please call Shay & Associates today at 217-523-5900 (Springfield) or 217-425-5900 (Decatur) if you require legal assistance regarding a elder abuse in nursing homes, or use the contact form found here: https://wrsp109657.wpengine.com/contact-us-springfield-decatur/.

 

What types of damages are available after an auto accident.

On Wednesday evening of January 23, 2019, there was a collision between a semi-truck and a pickup truck on I-55. An article about the particulars can be viewed by clicking here (https://foxillinois.com/news/local/two-vehicle-crash-on-i-55-sends-one-to-hospital). After the accident, the driver of the pickup truck was taken to the local hospital with serious injuries. The semi-truck driver was not reported injured.

The aftermath of an automobile accident can be incredibly overwhelming. Between dealing with the police, another driver, and your insurance company, it can be difficult to keep track of what is going on and to make sure that you are preserving all of your potential claims for damages. The damages available after an auto accident fall into two categories: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include payment for the repair or loss of the motor vehicle, medical expenses incurred as a result of injuries arising from the accident, and loss of wages or profits. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of a normal life. The loss of enjoyment of a normal life has been defined by law as the temporary or permanent diminished ability to enjoy life, including a person’s inability to pursue the pleasurable aspects of life.

If you, or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, we hope you will contact a competent attorney for representation. Tim Shay has a great deal of experience in obtaining justice for victims in vehicle accidents. Please call Shay & Associates today at 217-523-5900 (Springfield) or 217-425-5900 (Decatur) if you require legal assistance regarding an auto accident or other injury, or use the contact form found here: https://wrsp109657.wpengine.com/contact-us-springfield-decatur/.

 

Responsibility for an Accident Involving a Semi Truck and a School Bus

On Wednesday evening of December 5, 2018 there was a collision between a semi-truck and a school bus which was carrying a high school junior varsity volleyball team. An article about the particulars can be viewed by clicking here (https://newschannel20.com/news/local/school-bus-crashes-with-semi-truck-on-i-74-wednesday). During and after the accident, an adult volunteer on the school bus, and the truck driver died, and several passengers on the bus were injured.

Shay & Associates has represented many clients over the years that have been injured due to the fault of a semi-truck driver. Most people do not realize the trucking industry is subject to several laws, both federal and state, that address on-the-road safety. For instance, the trucking company is responsible for periodic inspections of their fleet. Further, the driver is required to make daily vehicle inspections, including the brakes and tire tread depth. Following a motor vehicle collision involving a semi-truck driver, the police officer called to the scene usually undertakes a detailed inspection of the vehicle to verify compliance with the required laws.

Our hearts go out to the injured and grieving. If you, or someone you know has been injured, we hope you will contact a competent attorney for representation. Tim Shay has a great deal of experience in obtaining justice for victims in truck accidents. Please call Shay & Associates today at 217-523-5900 (Springfield) or 217-425-5900 (Decatur) if you require legal assistance regarding a truck accident or other injury, or use the contact form found here: https://wrsp109657.wpengine.com/contact-us-springfield-decatur/.

Not Sure You Have a Personal Injury Case? 5 Questions to Ask

Many people have heard the term personal injury but do not know what a personal injury case really is. Knowing when a personal injury has occurred, when you have a case to make, and how to create a strong case can help you if you are ever injured in an accident. Ask yourself these questions if you believe that you may have a personal injury case. 

  1. Did Injuries Occur?

Personal injury cases start with injuries. The more serious the injury, the stronger the case and the more compensation you are likely to win in court. Often, people who win personal injury cases suffer from disabling and disfiguring injuries. If you have been injured and you think you might have a personal injury claim, see a physician as soon as possible.

Seasonal Safety: How to Keep Safe When Making Your Holiday Rounds

Although the holiday season can be one of the most endearing and exciting times of the year, it can also be one of the deadliest times for car accidents. Many of these accidents occur from human error, such as rushing to do last-minute shopping, driving while drunk, or texting while driving.

If you plan to make the rounds this holiday season to shop, visit loved ones, or even travel, keep the following safety tips in mind.

How to Pay Your Medical Bills During a Personal Injury Trial

If you’re in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit, you need compensation for your medical bills and time lost from work now — but what if the compensation may not come for a while? What do you do when you need to pay medical bills and living expenses while you’re at trial for a personal injury case?

Unfortunately, some people give up on their lawsuits because they’re too busy dealing with their current health and financial problems to keep fighting for compensation. It could be months before you recover any funds, so you need to find ways to cover your expenses in the meantime. Use the following suggestions to stay in the fight:

Failure to Warn Product Liability Case: Frequently Asked Questions

From cars to food and children’s toys, defective products impact millions of people. Three basic types of product liability claims exist: design defect, manufacturing defect, and a failure to warn.

If you want to file a claim against a manufacturer, distributor, or another entity because they failed to warn you about the potential negative consequences or reactions of using their product, know where to begin and what mistakes that could jeopardize your case.

Here are a few frequently asked questions you might have about filing a failure to warn product liability claim.

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