Posted On: June 24, 2006

Sexual Abuse By Family Member

Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has helped more than 75 victims that have been sexually abused by family members receive compensation for their injuries. Attorney Joseph Klest is nationally recognized for his commitment to helping sex abuse victims recover personal injury compensation. He is sensitive to the injuries and trauma that can be sustained by someone who has been sexually abused, and he offers zealous and compassionate representation to his sex abuse clients.

Attorney Klest has law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, and he represents sexual abuse victims throughout Chicago, Will County, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, elsewhere in Illinois, and throughout the United States. He has represented over 100 sex abuse abuse victims in their lawsuits against their abusers and the organizations and institutions that allowed the abuse to take place. He would like to offer you a confidential, free consultation to discuss your case.


Sexual abuse by a family member is also known as incest. Child sexual abuse by a relative occurs when an infant, boy, or girl, is taken advantage of sexually by his or her mother, father, uncle, aunt, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, step-relative, grandmother, grandfather, or cousin.

Touching a child's genitals, genital penetration, inappropriately touching any part of a child's body, oral-genital contact, anal penetration, hugging or kissing of a sexual nature, showing pornography to a child, and exposing a child to inappropriate sexual activity are all forms of childhood sexual abuse. Childhood sexual abuse by relatives occurs in families from all socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.

The emotional, physical, and psychological injuries caused by sexual abuse are life-altering and can last a lifetime. Medical costs, therapy bills, and other associated costs can accrue as a victim of child abuse seeks help to recover. You deserve compensation for the pain and suffering that you experienced.

Compassionate and Confidential Representation

Sexual abuse by anyone—especially a family member—creates a very delicate situation for the abuse victim, which is why it is so important to work with a child sex abuse attorney who will allow the victim to stay in control of the pace of the claims process. It can be devastating for a child to be sexually abused by anyone—especially a trusted relative.

Many cases go unreported because children are often too ashamed, confused, or scared and are unable to report the incident A child may also subconsciously choose to "repress" or forget the memory of being abused, and it can be years before he or she remembers or acknowledges the incident(s) of sexual abuse. In 2003, Attorney Klest coauthored Illinois's 2003 Child Protection Act, which extended the statute of limitations and in certain circumstances gave sexual abuse victims more time to claim damages against their abusers.

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Posted On: June 13, 2006

Food and Drugs

Chicago Attorney Joseph Klest has handled many products liability cases related to food and defective drugs in Cook County, Lake County, Will County, DuPage County, and elsewhere in Illinois for over 25 years. He knows how to properly investigate your case and he will zealously pursue your claim or lawsuit so that you obtain the maximum recovery possible.

Food and Products Liability Cases

Attorney Joseph Klest has successfully represented injury clients that have become sick, injured, or died because the food that they purchased was not properly prepared or processed. He is knowledgeable about the standards regarding food that restaurant owners, processing factories, grocery stories, and food distributors have to uphold.

If a food item is not properly processed, the person eating the food can get sick or die. Bacterial infections, salmonella, E coli, and other kinds of food poisoning are just some of the illnesses that can result because a food processing company did not properly process the food or the food handlers at a restaurant forgot to wash their hands or clean the restaurant kitchen.

Canned goods, baby food, meat, poultry, fish, packaged foods, processed juices, and food served in restaurants must be free from contamination by toxins, other chemicals, and foreign objects (such as broken glass or body parts) if people are going to eat them.

It is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), food manufacturers, food processing plants, grocery store owners, and restaurant owners to ensure that the food that they prepare, serve, or sell will not cause anyone to become sick or die. Otherwise, the injured party could have grounds to file a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit against any liable parties.

Drugs in Products Liability Cases

The FDA is entrusted with the responsibility of approving all pharmaceutical drugs before they are allowed into the marketplace. However, there are instances when the manufacturer of an FDA-approved drug manages to downplay the potential side effects or neglects to perform enough tests to ensure the drug's safety.

Allowing a pharmaceutical drug that is improperly labeled, does not come with the proper instructions or warnings, or has serious yet unannounced side effects into the marketplace can be very dangerous for users that are relying on the drug to get healthy or help them stay alive.

The dangers of a prescription medication might not become known until some of its users become ill. A recall may be issued, but by then, hundreds of thousands of people may have already gotten sick, injured, or died. Unexpected and unwanted side effects from defective or dangerous drugs include organ damage, chronic depression, blindness, heart attacks, and wrongful death.

Here is a list of some prescription drugs that have caused injury to people:

* Ambien
* Dietary supplements
* Paxil
* Prozac
* Viagra
* Zicam
* Propulsid
* Baycol
* Trasylol
* Zoloft
* Ortho Evra Patch
* ACE Inhibitors
* Bextra
* Aredia
* Accutane
* Fen Phen
* Crestor
* Zyprexa
* Meridia
* Seroquel
* Mifeprex
* Metabolife
* Zelnorm

You have the right to personal injury compensation if you have been injured or become ill from taking prescription medication, herbal supplements, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, or vitamins.

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Posted On: June 12, 2006

Defective Machinery

There are many kinds of machinery that come with a high risk of injury—especially when operated incorrectly. A worker that is injured while handling machinery at work is usually eligible for benefits under workers' compensation law. This does not, however, prevent him or her from suing third parties, such as machinery manufacturers, designers, or suppliers.

Machinery manufacturers, suppliers, and designers are responsible for making sure that the tools and machines that they produce are not defective or place people at high risk of death or injury when used correctly. Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, is a Chicago personal injury law firm that can pursue claims against negligent third parties. Chicago Injury Attorney Joseph Klest represents clients throughout Will County, Lake County, DuPage County, Cook County, and the rest of Illinois.

Injuries caused by defective machinery and tools can be catastrophic and often permanent. They can include severed or amputated limbs, disfigurement, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, blindness, or serious burns.

Examples of injuries and accidents caused by defective machinery:

* Conveyor belt accidents
* Wrecking ball accidents
* Crain accidents
* Nail gun accidents
* Tractor accidents
* Machine press accidents
* Malfunctioning farm vehicles

It is not uncommon for an injured worker to be rendered unable to work for a very long time—even permanently—after being injured by a powerful tool or heavy machinery at a construction site, industrial site, or factory. While workers' compensation will give you some relief and compensation, the amount of benefits that you receive might not cover all your recovery costs or help support your family.

We will zealously pursue your defective machinery case for you and customize our approach to fit your needs and objectives. Mr. Klest will handle every aspect of your case. He and his team of experts will work hard to help you obtain the maximum recovery possible for your defective machinery case.

To schedule your free consultation with Chicago Attorney Klest regarding your products liability injury case, contact us online at Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, or call us at (847) 969-9510, (312) 527-2779 or (630) 528-7848. We have law offices in Schaumburg and Chicago, Illinois, and we can travel to you.

Posted On: June 11, 2006

Medical Devices

Medical devices are manufactured to help a sick or injured person live longer or more comfortably. There are however, incidents that occur when a medical device that was defective caused a person to become injured or disabled. Family members may even sue a medical device manufacturer, designer, or the company or medical facility that provided the medical device for the untimely and wrongful death of a loved one.

Attorney Joseph Klest is a well-respected personal injury attorney in the Chicago area who has successfully represented many injury clients in products liability cases, including cases involving defective medical devices, foods that are not properly processed or prepared, dangerous prescription medication, defective machinery, and defective motor vehicle parts. Many of his personal injury clients come from cities throughout Will County, Cook County, DuPage County, and Lake County.

Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. He offers all prospective clients a free consultation, and he would be happy to speak with you about the steps that you should take to preserve your claim.

Examples of some of the medical devices that—if found defective—can be named as the cause of personal injury or wrongful death in products liability claims and lawsuits:

* Hip and knee prosthetics
* Wheelchairs
* Guidant Pacemakers
* Defibrillators
* Dialysis machines
* Gadolinium
* Hernia patches
* Orthopedic screws
* Orthopedic implants
* Lasik eye surgery (commonly marketed as a product, rather than a procedure)
* Cosmetic implants
* Stethoscopes
* Stents
* Thermometers

It can be very traumatic and upsetting to know that the medical device that you thought would help you or your loved one actually was the cause of serious injury or death. Defective parts, mechanical failure, electrical problems, design errors, improper or insufficient directions, misleading packaging, insufficient testing, not enough training given to the user, mislabeling, and clinical problems are just some of the many problems that can lead to personal injury or wrongful death.

In the United States, manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of products are legally obligated to ensure that any product sent into the marketplace for consumers is free from defect. Adequate warning must be given regarding any potential hazards or danger from use. If an injured person can prove that the product was defective when it left the manufacturer, the plaintiff could have grounds for a products liability claim or lawsuit.

Mr. Klest understands that the extent of your injuries may prevent you from coming to our offices and he is happy to meet with you at a more convenient location. To schedule your free consultation with Attorney Klest, call Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law at (630) 529-7848, (847) 969-9510, or (312) 527-2779, or contact us online.

Posted On: June 9, 2006

Drug Reactions

Doctors and pharmacists are required to ensure that a patient gets the proper prescription and dosage. When a patient has an allergic reaction, becomes even more sick, or dies because of a prescription error or pharmacy misfill, the injured patient or the surviving family members of the deceased have the right to file a medical malpractice claim against any negligent parties.

Chicago medical malpractice law firm Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, represents medical malpractice clients in pharmacy misfill and prescription error cases throughout Will County, DuPage County, Lake County, Cook County, and elsewhere in Illinois. In one recent case, Attorney Klest was able negotiate a $3.2 million settlement for a woman who experienced kidney failure because of the prescription that her doctor had prescribed.

Causes of Drug Reactions

A patient may become seriously ill or die because the drug that was prescribed is a dangerous drug that a manufacturer and the FDA allowed to enter the marketplace. Attorney Klest is also a successful Chicago lawyer who has filed many products liability claims and lawsuits against manufacturers of dangerous drugs. He knows how to determine whether a prescription error, a pharmacy misfill, or an act of manufacturing negligence lead to a person's injuries or death and whether a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, and/or a drug manufacturer should be held liable.

Common Prescription and Pharmacy Misfill Errors:

* Prescribing the wrong drug
* Prescribing too strong a dose
* Failure to inquire whether a patient has certain allergies
* Failure to inquire whether the patient is taking any other medications
* Filling the wrong prescription drug because the doctor's handwriting on the prescription note was Illegible
* Pharmacy negligence or carelessness
* Filling the right prescription with wrong drug
* Giving the right prescription to the wrong patient
* Not giving the patient the proper instructions for how to take the medicine
* Prescribing a combination of prescription drugs that are dangerous when used together

The American Pharmaceutical Association is one of several professional organizations that have rules that doctors and pharmacists have to follow to make sure that prescription errors and pharmacy misfills do not occur. When a patient gets sick, seriously injured, or dies because these rules were not followed, the medical provider responsible for the negligent or careless mistake can be sued for medical malpractice.

Dangerous Drugs

Frequently, drug reactions or related injures and deaths are downplayed by the manufacturer. It is only through careful investigation and study of the history of the drug's use and reactions to it that dangerous drugs can be discovered. This frequently takes place through the course of litigation against the drug manufacturer.

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Posted On: June 3, 2006

Anesthesia Malpractice

Errors in anesthesia administration can lead to devastating consequences for a surgical patient that is the victim of anesthesia malpractice. Anesthesia is administered to a patient to block sensation so that he or she cannot feel any pain. When an anesthesia error occurs, the pain and injuries suffered by a patient can be catastrophic.

Chicago medical malpractice Attorney Joseph Klest has successfully dealt with anesthesia malpractice cases for many clients injured in the Chicago area and in cities throughout Illinois for over 25 years. He can help you recover medical malpractice compensation for your suffering and injuries caused by a negligent anesthesiologist or another careless or inexperienced medical staff member.

Causes of Anesthesia Malpractice:

* Administering too much anesthesia
* Not administering enough anesthesia
* Failure to properly monitor a patient's vital statistics
* Delay in administering anesthesia
* Failure to properly intubate the patient
* Leaving the patient unattended
* Not properly administering oxygen to a patient during surgery
* Intoxication or drug use by the anesthesiologist during surgery
* Extremely prolonged sedation of a patient
* Defective surgical devices

Injuries Resulting from Anesthesia Malpractice:

* Brain damage
* Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
* Heart attack or stroke
* Birth defects or injuries
* Tracheal injuries
* Asphyxia
* Organ failure
* Allergic reactions
* Coma
* Anesthesia awareness
* Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
* Negligence or carelessness
* Wrongful death

Anesthesia Awareness

Anesthesia awareness occurs when a patient is awake during part or all of a surgery because the anesthesia was not administered properly. This can be a horrifying and traumatic experience for the surgical patient, who may hear everything and feel the pain from surgery but is unable to call for help because he or she cannot move or speak. This traumatic experience can lead to psychological and emotional trauma and anxiety disorders.

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