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IL accident attorneySometimes a person falls and sustains only minor scrapes and bruises. However, some falls can cause significant personal injury. More than 800,000 people are hospitalized every year in the United States due to a serious fall accident. A slip and fall can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spine or neck injury, internal organ damage, and more. When a slip and fall accident is the result of negligence, the injured party may bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. The damages available in a slip and fall case will vary significantly depending on the specific circumstances of the accident.

Costs Associated with Slip and Fall Accidents

You may not think that simply falling could incur substantial financial damage, but many fall accidents leave the injured person in momentous debt. If you have experienced a serious fall, you may have needed emergency room treatment, an extended hospital stay, diagnostic tests, surgery, expensive prescription medication or medical equipment, physical therapy, rehabilitation or nursing home care, and more. Medical treatments such as these can easily cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Even worse, your injuries may have left you unable to work. If so, you not only incur the costs of your treatment but you also experience financial harm due to missed work. Some fall accidents can even leave a person permanently disabled and unable to continue working in their preferred profession. Injuries from a serious fall can also prevent a person from performing non-work activities such as caring for children or maintaining a home.

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IL injury lawyerAny type of accident, whether it involves a vehicle, sports, workplace equipment, etc. can cause serious personal injuries. Depending on the situation, victims may be able to recover within days or months after surgery or rehabilitation if a bone was broken, for instance. However, there are other kinds of injuries that are considered more severe. A catastrophic injury is legally defined as an injury with “direct and proximate consequences” that “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

This type of injury can have life-altering effects and in many cases causes the victim permanent damage. This can range from paralysis to brain damage to third-degree burns. Regardless of the specific injury, it alters the victim’s life in a way that usually requires compensation to cover medical costs or long-term care.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are unique, but they not only impact the survivor in a significant way, but typically his or her family, too. It may require a family member to quit his or her job or take a leave of absence to care for his or her injured loved one. This can be emotionally and financially draining, especially if the victim requires 24/7 assistance. Even if a family member does not stay home, the family will likely have to hire a caretaker, which is a huge expense. A catastrophic injury can result in a limited future for survivors and their families.

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IL car crash lawyerTraveling by car has become a way of life for a majority of U.S. citizens; millions of people hit the road every day either as a driver or a passenger. However, how many of these motor vehicle occupants are involved in car accidents? Based on recent statistical trends, it is estimated that there are roughly 4.5 million people injured from car accidents in the United States per year, including about 40,000 deaths. These accidents can be physically and emotionally draining on all parties involved.

If you or a loved one is hurt in a vehicle crash, you might be entitled to compensation if the accident was due to another driver’s reckless behavior. Taking certain actions immediately following the accident can help with seeking damages.

Potential Injuries From a Vehicle Crash

The aftermath of an auto accident can produce lasting effects for every party involved, including serious injuries. Depending on the circumstances, some of the most common consequences of car crashes include:

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IL bike accident lawyerA popular mode of transportation these days are electric bicycles or “e-bikes.” Two basic types of e-bikes exist, throttle and pedal-assist, although many e-bikes have both. Pedal-assist e-bikes use a battery in addition to the power created by pedaling. E-bikes can reach speeds up to 27 miles per hour. Electric bikes are fairly inexpensive and many commuters see it as a convenient way to get to and from work without exerting much effort. However, there are unique dangers to riding this type of motorized bicycle. The higher speeds of an e-bike along with reckless driving behaviors of both cyclists and motorists can lead to significant injuries.

Common Types of E-Bike Injuries

The majority of e-bicycle accidents are due to negligence or recklessness. A variety of parties can be at fault, including other bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, or the manufacturers of the bike. There have been reported cases of serious injuries suffered while riding pedal-assist e-bikes due to faulty brakes, lithium battery, and fork failure. A slight tap of the brakes can cause them to lock up and send riders flying over the handlebars. Other causes of e-bike accidents can include reckless drivers who are intoxicated or looking at their phones or pedestrians who do not pay attention to where they are going and crash into the cyclist.

The types of injuries suffered by falling off an electric bicycle or being hit by a pedestrian, another cyclist, or a driver can include the following:

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IL injury attorneySummer is typically the time for construction on America’s streets and roads because of the nice weather. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Organization (NHTSA), work zones on U.S. roadways have become increasingly dangerous for both workers and motorists. A work zone is a designated area or stretch of highway or road where work takes place, typically to improve the pavement or roadway conditions. This may involve lane closures, detours, and tractors or equipment. Car accidents can happen at any time and anywhere, especially if there is a change in the normal flow of traffic. It is important to be even more aware when driving in work zones in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control other drivers on the road who may not be paying attention.

Drive with Caution

There are steps a driver can take to be better prepared for traveling in work zones. Practicing safe driving tactics, such as slowing down, can help reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident. Here are a few other safety precautions every motorist should take during road construction season:

  • Expect the unexpected in designated road construction zones.
  • Be alert and pay attention to the signs.
  • Comply with the directions given by the flagger or electronic signage.
  • Be patient in road construction zones.
  • Use the “Take 10” technique to change lanes.
  • Slow down; do not drive too fast for conditions.
  • Drive defensively; other drivers can be reckless.
  • Do not follow the vehicle ahead of you too closely.
  • Obey the posted signs until you leave the work zone.
  • Plan ahead and leave early for your destination in anticipation of delays.

Most of the above safety tips are common sense, such as driving slower in work zones. The “Take 10” method to change lanes involves putting on your turn signal at least three seconds before beginning to change lanes and allowing at least seven seconds to complete the lane change while checking your side and rearview mirrors during the maneuver.

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