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Posted on in Slip and Fall

Illinois slip and fall lawyerAs temperatures begin to dip and autumn turns (sometimes slowly and sometimes overnight) into winter, property owners prepare for the inevitable snowfall that arrives each year. Despite the knowledge that winter in Chicagoland and Illinois brings about snow-covered and slippery walkways, pedestrians often are forced to traverse treacherous routes that sometimes result in injuries caused by a slip and fall.

Mother Nature and the Law

The question of whether or not someone is responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalk and steps in front of their home or other property is a common topic during the winter months. The related issue of whether or not an individual can file a personal injury claim against a property owner when they call on a snowy sidewalk is just as common. Last winter, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified an Illinois law passed in 1979 that was designed to protect property owners under certain circumstances.

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Illinois personal injury lawyerPlaintiffs from across the country and around the world frequently file their cases in Illinois as the courts in a handful of counties gained the reputation for awarding large monetary settlement awards. However, a recent unanimous decision by the Illinois Supreme Court could impact the flow of suits, personal injury claims, and asbestos cases into the state from other jurisdictions.

Targeting Tort Reform in Illinois

Corporations operating in the state heralded the ruling as they have long sought some relief in the way of limits to general personal jurisdiction to which they were liable. Now, for a claim to be heard in Illinois it must meet some criteria in order to qualify for a place on a court’s docket. The ruling issued by the Illinois Supreme Court sought to establish parameters by which out-of-state plaintiffs could file its suit with a court in Illinois.

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Illinois wrongful death attorneyWhile it may be true that sometimes accidents just happen, it is also true that many accidents are avoidable. When wrongful death occurs due to the negligence of others, there are legal avenues one can pursue to ensure those responsible are held accountable.

Examples of Wrongful Death and Liable Parties

Frequent incidents of deaths to road workers occurring on Illinois highways forced the state to enact stricter laws punishing motorists who strike and injure or kill construction or highway workers. However, regardless of the criminal outcome, the driver can still face a wrongful death suit in civil court.

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Posted on in Workers' Compensation

Illinois injury attorneyWorkplace accidents and illnesses result from a variety of incidents and sources. In the past, it was difficult to pinpoint exactly the reason for occupational disease and illness, but medical and scientific advances have helped blue collar workers gain reimbursement for hospital bills as well as compensation for lost wages and living expenses.

Asbestos-Related Illness

Asbestos once was heralded as a building material breakthrough that could help prevent the spread of fires and would make buildings safer. It was used extensively throughout schools, commercial buildings, multi-family buildings and other structures in which a large number of people might accumulate. Although there may have been warning signs early on, it was not until the 1940s that some began linking asbestos exposure to incidents of cancer.

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Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

Illinois injury attorneyAlthough initially created to protect consumers from injury or death by fire, groups are heralding new efforts to ban the use of flame retardant materials now known to contain deadly carcinogenic compounds. The flame retardants in question are used on a number of household items used by consumers across the country.

Consumers in Line for Greater Protection from Harmful Chemicals

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently voted to issue a consumer warning about products that contain harmful toxins. The vote now sets in motion a debate that could result in new, stricter regulations governing the use of flame retardants on a wide array of consumer products:

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Posted on in Personal Injury

Illinois injury attorneySuffering an injury, whether at work, as part of an auto accident or when simply walking down the street, can have a dramatic impact on one’s life. When faced with medical bills, loss of wage or the inability to perform everyday household tasks, an injured individual may pursue filing a personal injury claim to help cover related expenses.

Personal Injury Filing Criteria

A personal injury claim is a legal is a legal case, so it is important to understand and follow the rules and procedures in place to ensure that your filing is reviewed and processed without delay. Before filing your claim be sure one or more of the following criteria is met:

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Illinois car accident lawyerIt has been reported that, despite laws designed to help keep drivers focused on the road, the rate of auto accidents occurring in Illinois continues to increase. If you are injured in a car accident  the pain suffered can have lasting results. However, the law provides a variety of options one can pursue to help offset the various expenses that accompany most automobile accident injuries.

Your Options

If you or someone close to you is injured, whether as a pedestrian, driver or passenger, it is important to know the various avenues to consider when seeking monetary relief to help pay for medical bills or cover loss of income.

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Illinois work injury lawyerAlthough workers compensation premiums paid by Illinois employers are expected to decrease next year, it is widely believed the reduction will not be enough for the state to compete with its neighbors in luring new jobs to Illinois. The governor’s office further indicated the expected reduction would not make a dent in Illinois’ non-competitive workers’ compensation expenses.

Workers Compensation Reform Efforts

Since taking office in 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has advocated for reform of the state’s workers compensation laws. Some view this agenda item as an important step in making the state more attractive so large companies would relocate here, creating more jobs for Illinois residents.

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Illinois personal injury attorneyDespite efforts to make sports equipment safer and protect the participants, personal injuries continue occurring to those who take part in athletics and other physical activities. While many believe participating in sports come with inherent risk, the fact remains that every year injuries happen in situations and under circumstances that demand close scrutiny.

While some courts have upheld that inherent risk exists under certain circumstances, it does not always account for injuries that occur. From faulty equipment to unsafe playing conditions and even negligence, willful or otherwise, catastrophic injuries can change the lives of those injured, as well as those of family members.

The Role of Negligence

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Illinois accident lawyerIf you have been injured after falling at business, you may think you have a foolproof lawsuit. However, slip and fall claims can be complicated to prove. In many cases, the most difficult element that an accident victim will be required to show to the court is that the business owner knew or should have known about the danger that caused the fall.

The law requires that business and property owners keep their properties in reasonably safe conditions. However, the accident victim must prove that the responsible party have knowledge or should have had knowledge of the dangerous condition.

How to Prove Knowledge of the Dangerous Condition

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Illinois work injury attorneyIt can be surprising to a worker when he or she is injured on the job and yet cannot get workers’ comp benefits because the employer or its insurer denies the claim. Not only can this mean you are out of work, it can also mean that you will have to pay for expensive medical treatment yourself.

Your health and livelihood are two important things, and fighting a claim denial may be your best shot at getting the help you deserve under the law. An attorney can help you as you navigate the workers’ compensation process.

Here are some common reasons an employer or insurer will use to deny your claim:

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois accident attorneyThe capital city of Hawaii, Honolulu, recently passed a “distracted pedestrian law,” which bans those on foot from looking at their cell phone while crossing a street or highway. Lawmakers said that the new rule was put into place in an effort to curb pedestrian accidents, which can be serious or deadly.

More Details on the Law

While most states have laws on the books that prohibit texting and driving, Honolulu appears to be the first major city in the U.S. to ban texting and walking. The mayor of Honolulu said that the area had seen many pedestrian accidents involving seniors and that he hoped this law would reduce the number of accidents.

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Illinois accident lawyer, Illinios car crash attorneyAmerica’s opioid abuse has reached crisis level with many first responders and doctors reporting a significant spike in deaths and complications due to the drug, which includes prescription painkillers. Another sign this type of drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions is the recent report that the number of drivers who died in car crashes under the influence of these drugs has increased sevenfold.

This comes as little surprise to those familiar with the statistics on opioid use. Prescriptions for the drugs oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine have risen by four times since 1991. In 1991, there were 76 million prescriptions written for these drugs, and in 2014 there were almost 400 million.

Thus, experts are not surprised that these drugs are now contributing to roadway deaths as these drugs can cause drowsiness, distorted thinking and decreased reaction times.

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motor vehicle accident, Bloomingdale car accident attorney, marijuana traffic accidents, Illinois car crashes, intoxicated driverTwo studies have reviewed motor vehicle accident data for states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The findings? One study determined that there was an increase in accidents while the other found no increase.

One study found a 3 percent higher rate of car accidents than would have been anticipated without legalization in states which had legalized marijuana when compared to neighboring states that had not legalized the drug. While this is a small increase, it is significant, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The other study found no increase in motor vehicle accident fatalities in Colorado and Washington compared to similar states.

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Bloomingdale Workers’ Comp attorney, workers’ comp claim, workers’ comp case, social media post, workplace injuryPosting on social media can be detrimental to your workers’ comp claim. Anyone injured, being treated, or receiving benefits should be aware of what is being posted online, both by the injured worker and friends and family.

Malingering, or pretending to have a medical condition, is a huge issue in workers’ comp cases about which employers are concerned. There are numerous medical tests and evaluations meant to detect malingering in injured workers.

An opposing party in a claim will try to gather as much information as possible, especially if that information could be used as evidence of malingering, including meticulously looking through any viewable social media.

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DuPage County motor vehicle crash attorney, car accident injury, slip and fall injury, pre-existing injury, car accident casesPre-existing conditions and accidents: It happens all the time, but some accident victims unnecessarily worry that their ability to be compensated will be hurt by a prior injury or medical condition.

The truth is that Illinois law is on the accident victim’s side in many of these cases, and with the help of skilled personal injury attorney, accident victims can be fully compensated for injuries sustained in accidents such as slip and falls and motor vehicle crashes, regardless of their health at the time of the accident.


Illinois Law on Pre-Existing Injuries

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DuPage County car accident attorney, car accident claims, car accident fault, car accident cases, car wreck lawsuitRecovering money damages for your injuries from a car accident requires you to prove several facts. Some people think that just being hurt in a car accident means that they have a successful lawsuit in their possession, but this could not be further from the truth.

There Are Many Complications that Could Arise in Your Car Wreck Lawsuit

Few car accident cases, especially where there is a large amount of damages at stake, are cut and dry. Most of these accidents have facts that could be damaging to your ability to recover. It is the job of your attorney to assess these weaknesses and determine possible defenses.

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Bloomingdale personal injury attorney, accidental deaths, poisoning, preventable deaths, summertime accidentsMany look forward to summertime for the longer daylight hours, road trips, and outdoor activities. However, summertime comes with its own accident risks of which you may not be aware.

In fact, there are more accidental deaths in July and August than in any other time of the year, according to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit and nongovernmental agency that focuses on safety at work. The National Safety Council says that certain accidents like poisonings, falls, and fires are especially common in the summer months.

While the United States’ overall death rates have fallen in recent years, unfortunately, in 2015 accidental fatality rates climbed to an all-time high. According to the National Safety Council, there were 146,571 accidental deaths in 2015, which is a 7 percent increase from the previous year. It is worth noting that preventable deaths account for more fatalities than strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and suicide.

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carpal tunnel treatment, Bloomingdale workers’ comp attorney, repetitive injuries, work-related injury, Illinois workers’ compWorkers’ compensation is not just for those who have been injured in an accident at a job site. In fact, many people receive workers’ comp benefits for repetitive injuries and injuries that are sustained in an office environment.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a fairly common condition that affects workers who use computers and well as those on factory lines. CTS often causes numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. CTS is a serious condition and an expensive one to treat.

In fact, treatment of CTS costs $2 billion annually in the United States. The cost is so high because surgery is often required. The median lost work time by those who have CTS is 27 days. This is longer than any other work-related injury with the exception of fractures. Alarmingly, about 20 percent of employees with CTS leave their job within 18 months of feeling symptoms.

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wrongful death claim, wrongful death case, DuPage County wrongful death attorney, wrongful death law, wrongful death compensationLosing a family member in an accident that was caused or partially caused by another party is one of the hardest things a person can go through. Whether it a spouse or a parent, a death of this type leaves a void that is impossible to fill.

Under Illinois law, family members of an accident victim are entitled to monetary compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. This compensation is only determined once, and it is meant to address the needs of the family for years.

Thus, it is not advisable to accept a settlement from an insurance company without having your case reviewed by an attorney. Wrongful death cases can involve significant issues of law and compensation, and a professional should be involved.

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