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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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First Steps After A Car Accident

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Car accidents can range from fender benders to life changing incidents. Depending on the severity of the injuries, it can be difficult to get your life back to normal. If you are involved in a car accident, you are likely not thinking about everything you will need to do to build your personal injury case, until it is too late. This blog post will give you a high-level overview of all the tips and best practices that can be applied after a car accident including seeking medical attention, filing police reports, collecting evidence, finding a lawyer, and more. Learning some simple steps now will make you more able...

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What to Do After an Uber Car Accident in Chicago

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Taxis and city buses are becoming transportation methods of the past as rideshare companies continue to grow. Uber is the most popular rideshare company of choice in Chicago, followed by Lyft. Uber provides a convenient alternative to traditional methods of transportation by allowing individuals to request a ride via the free Uber mobile app to take them virtually anywhere in a matter of minutes. Uber will automatically connect users to the closest driver that will take them from point A to point B at a predetermined price. Often, Uber fares are cheaper than those of taxi cabs while offering nicer vehicles and more flexibility. It’s no wonder why...

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Pedestrian Safety in Illinois

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2016. This means 1 crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours, on average. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported that in the same year, 5,545 people were injured and 136 were killed just in Illinois alone. These accidents can most obviously be caused by pedestrians crossing the street or highway, but they can also happen due to poor vehicle maintenance, sidewalk defects, construction, or other negligible acts. This blog post will go into further detail about who is at risk, common causes, how to prevent a pedestrian-vehicle accident...

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Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

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Making the decision to place an older family member into a nursing home is often a difficult task. There are many reasons why families choose to do this, but it is usually because they are no longer able to provide the level of care needed. While nursing homes are expected to create positive environments and put their patient’s best interests first, this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, some patients are actually physically and/or psychologically harmed by their supposed caregivers. The severity of the nursing home abuse and/or neglect can be present on many levels, but it is usually due to...

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Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents in Illinois

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Some of the most dangerous accidents on the road today are caused by large commercial trucks. Every year, many people are killed in semi truck accidents and even more are seriously injured. It can be important to know common types of trucking accidents as you share the road with these large vehicles, but it can be just as crucial to know what usually causes these accidents. Whether you are a commercial truck driver, or you drive a typical passenger car, this blog is for you. Federal & Illinois State Law Large truck drivers have an increased responsibility to drive safely just due...

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Accidents to Avoid This Winter

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Winter time can be one of the most magical times of year. It’s usually a time for family, holidays and lots of fun. However, there are things to be aware of so that you don’t let an unexpected trip to the ER spoil the fun. According to the National Weather Service, the average high temperature for the winter season in Chicago is only 33.7 degrees with the low being 19.7 degrees, on average. These are prime temperatures for snow and ice which can create many potential dangers and injuries in everyday life. Additionally, many people choose to engage in winter sports and activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding,...

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What You Should Know About Product Liability in Chicago

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Every year, thousands of people are injured by dangerous and defective products in the United States. It’s not your job as a consumer to wonder if products being sold are safe to buy and use. If a product is shown to be unsafe in the way it was designed or manufactured, then those injured by the product have a right to file a product liability claim. Product liability is the legal responsibility of a manufacturer, producer, distributor, retailer, or vendor of a product to compensate an injured party when its product causes harm or personal injury. Product liability claims can not only compensate the victim for pain and...

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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Illinois

Death is an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier on loved ones to lose a member of their family. This is especially the case when a life is lost due to the negligence of another person. When a person is killed because of someone else’s misconduct, the surviving family members may have the right to file a wrongful death case under Illinois law. This can make all the difference for loved ones that are not only experiencing a devastating loss, but also enduring financial hardships due to the loss. There is no amount of money that can compensate for the loss of...

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How to Prove A Slip And Fall Case in Illinois

how to prove and win a slip and fall case in Illinois

According to Injury Facts, slip and fall accidents were ranked the number 1 nonfatal preventable injury in 2017. Everyone is bound to slip and fall at some point in their lives and it’s important to know your rights. For example, if you go to the grocery store and slip on a wet spot, do you have the right to sue? If you choose to file a claim, your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner was responsible for your injuries. There are many factors that go into proving fault and ultimately winning a slip and fall case. This...

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