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Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits

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Asbestos is a toxic mineral commonly used in many consumer products due to its strength and insulation properties. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the health concerns of using asbestos in consumer products were brought up. Asbestos can cause great harm to people and often results in mesothelioma, an entirely preventable form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos. Many companies that produce products using asbestos were aware of the potential dangers and didn’t warm employees or end users. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you aren’t sick it’s a good idea to learn about asbestos...

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6 Things You Should Do After A Motorcycle Accident

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According to NHTSA, motorcyclists only make up about 5% of all drivers. Yet, research shows that fatal motorcycle accidents happened 27 times more often than passenger car occupant accidents in 2017. Therefore, it’s important to know what you should do after a motorcycle accident whether you are the rider, the passenger vehicle driver, or just an innocent bystander. While there are things you can do to protect yourself against a motorcycle accident, even the most careful drivers can find themselves in unavoidable accidents. Immediately after an accident, your adrenaline will be pumping, and you may be in a state of shock. Learning what steps to take now will help...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Explained

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If you are an employee in Illinois, you need to know about workers’ compensation. An injury at work can wreak havoc on your health, career, and finances. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, all employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of number of employees. It is put in place to compensate injured employees and help them get back to work as soon as possible. So, what are the types of benefits and what injuries qualify? The worker’s compensation system can get complicated and there are a lot of things you should know as an employee. Keep reading to learn more about your...

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Car Insurance Claims After an Accident in Illinois

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If you’ve been injured in an accident, insurance claims may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is in your best interest to file an insurance accident claim as soon as possible. Illinois requires all drivers to have a minimum of $20,000 coverage for bodily injury liability and $15,000 coverage for property damage. In Illinois, there is a “fault” system used to determine financial responsibility for an accident. Insurance is a necessity so that the person responsible for an accident can compensate anyone who was injured or whose property was damaged. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know about filing an...

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Everything You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Claims in Chicago

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Studies show that over 250,000 people die each year as a result of medical malpractice. In addition, 1.5 million people suffer medical injuries that could have been prevented. There are a variety of situations that can create grounds for a medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice claim is defined as negligence committed by a medical professional. While many accidents occur in hospitals and in the practice of medicine in general, some of them could have been avoided. Medical malpractice can range from improper diagnosis to life threatening surgical errors. What is a Medical Malpractice Claim? In order to have a legitimate claim, there must be: a breach of duty owed to...

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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Across the country, all kinds of accidents happen every single day. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip and fall or a wrongful death, unfortunate incidents happen all too often that require the help of a personal injury lawyer. When you have been the victim of an accident, there are many factors to consider when choosing the lawyer that you want to have by your side through it all. You’ll first need to know when to hire an attorney, and then you’ll want to consider where to find one, experience, cost, what questions to ask, etc. Keep reading to learn...

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What to Do After a Hit and Run in Chicago

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A “hit and run” accident can mean a variety of things ranging from hitting a car in the parking lot to running a red light and hitting a pedestrian. Either way, a hit and run accident is when someone causes an incident and then leaves the scene. Committing a hit and run can be a very complicated crime especially if you don’t know who did it, but it is punishable by law. In this blog post, you will learn the definition of a “hit and run” accident, the consequences, and what you should do if you are involved. Hit and Run Defined A hit and run accident is...

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Most Common Bicycle Accidents & Prevention Techniques

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Bicycling is an increasingly popular form of transportation and exercise, especially in a big city like Chicago. Many people ride their bikes for fun or to relieve stress, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the safest option. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2018. As you can imagine, when a bicyclist collides with a moving vehicle, it is almost always the bicyclist that is in the most danger. Whether you are the one driving the vehicle or riding the bike, it’s important to know your rights and ways to prevent accidents before they happen. Keep reading...

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How to Prevent Construction Site Injuries

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Chicago is one of many cities that relies heavily on skilled construction workers to expand its infrastructure. Working in the construction industry in Illinois means that workplace injuries are a real concern every day you go to work. According to OSHA, “Out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2017, 971 or 20.7% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.” Being injured on the job at least once, no matter the severity, throughout your constructor career is usually inevitable. But what do you do when you slip and fall or get injured by heavy machinery...

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Personal Injury Lawsuit Basics

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A personal injury claim is something that exists to compensate those who have been injured in some way by another person, intentionally or by accident. Unfortunately, you will most likely encounter an unforeseen injury or accident at some point throughout your life that could result in costly medical bills and time away from work. If you find yourself injured in a car accident, slipping on a wet floor at the grocery store, or injured in any other way as a result of someone else’s negligence, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be the next step. However, there are many important aspects to filing and winning a personal injury lawsuit...

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