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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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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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