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Do You Have to Report a Dog Bite in Illinois?

 Posted on August 02, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Libertyville Dog Bite AttorneyDog bites can be emotionally distressing and sometimes lead to severe injuries, making addressing the incident promptly and responsibly essential. Like in many other places, dog bite incidents are subject to specific reporting requirements in certain cities in Illinois. Understanding these requirements is crucial to ensure the safety of all parties involved and to navigate the legal implications that may arise from such incidents. Suppose you or someone you love was bitten by a dog in Libertyville or the surrounding areas. In that case, it's essential to hire a Libertyville dog bite attorney who understands the laws surrounding dog bite reporting in this state and can fight for your rights. You'll find that attorney at Salvi & Maher, LLP.

Illinois Dog Bite Laws

Illinois follows a strict liability statute concerning dog bites, commonly referred to as the "one-bite" rule. This means that a dog's owner can be held responsible for injuries caused by their dog, even if the dog has not previously shown aggressive behavior or bitten anyone. The owner can be held liable for damages if their dog attacks or injures another person, with few exceptions.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Illinois?

 Posted on July 31, 2023 in Wrongful Death

Untitled-77.jpgA wrongful death claim in Illinois allows a surviving spouse, children, and family members to ask for financial relief from the at-fault party. These cases are pursued against liable parties whose intentional actions, negligence, or medical malpractice resulted in death. This article identifies the people related to the deceased who can file a lawsuit. We also share an overview of what you need to initiate the legal process.


Surviving Spouse 

A surviving spouse typically files wrongful death claims. In such cases, the court allows them to ask for compensatory damages for the medical expenses and other services needed to treat the fatal injuries of their deceased partner. 

A surviving spouse can also list emotional pain and mental suffering caused by listing grief of losing a loved one. Terms and conditions may apply depending on what the court determines as liability charges or the insurance coverage policy of the at-fault party. 

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Car Accident Injuries with Delayed Pain

 Posted on July 25, 2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled-63.jpgDid you know that car accident injuries with delayed pain often go unreported during personal injury lawsuits? Injured individuals may not recognize the direct relation between their pain and the collision if they do not receive medical attention after the incident. From internal damage and muscle sprains to underlying injuries, there are many different things you need to watch out for after an automobile accident.  This article shares an overview of common car accident injuries and the advantages of seeking medical help after the incident. 


What Type of Car Accident Injuries Cause Delayed Pain?  

Here are common accident injuries that have delayed symptoms: 

Internal Injuries 

Internal bleeding or organ damage is often caused by blunt force trauma during the collision. Or an unseen puncture wound.  The liver, spleen, stomach, and small intestine are commonly affected by internal injuries. 

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What to Expect in Burn Injury Cases in Illinois

 Posted on July 21, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Untitled-56.jpgIf you sustain a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled by Illinois laws to receive compensation. The at-fault party in a burn injury lawsuit is responsible for providing medical coverage and reimbursement for punitive damages. These cases are complex and challenging.  Understanding the variables that impact your case and working with a lawyer can help. This article explores the key factors you must consider during your personal injury lawsuit. 


Common Causes of Burn Injuries 

First and foremost, Illinois court only accepts personal injury claims if someone else’s negligence directly caused you or a family member to sustain severe burn injuries. 

Here are some common scenarios where victims are entitled to seek compensation:

Can You Be Disqualified from Receiving Your Worker’s Compensation?

 Posted on July 18, 2023 in Workers’ Compensation

Untitled-39.jpgWorker’s compensation laws are complex, and the authorities continuously scrutinize your claims. Lawyers can help you complete the paperwork, but you must understand the rules for filing a worker’s compensation claim in Illinois. This article explains the basics, in addition to the administrative board’s reasons for disqualifying someone. 


Worker’s Compensation Requirements 

The core requirements to qualify for a worker’s compensation are as follows:

  • Working for an insured employer with a valid worker’s compensation coverage. 

  • Sustaining an injury at your workplace while performing work-related duties. 

  • Notifying your employer about the incident within the designated deadline. 

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What Should You Know About Recreational Vehicle Accidents

 Posted on July 12, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Untitled-23.jpgAccidents during recreational activities are common. Most victims are unaware that the Illinois court provides assistance to individuals who have been injured in scooter or snowmobile accidents, and that they are eligible for compensation. Family members who lost loved ones after an accident also ask for compensation. An attorney can help you determine whether or not you are eligible to file a recreational vehicle accident lawsuit

Understanding the Basics of a Recreational Vehicle Accident 

In Illinois, the law permits you to seek compensation in an accident involving recreational vehicles if you sustained severe injuries or lost a loved one because of the crash. 

The rule applies to cases involving the following vehicles:

3 Common Problems with Multi-Car Accident Claims in Illinois

 Posted on July 11, 2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled-14.jpgThe confusion caused by a multi-car accident makes it difficult for those involved to determine who is liable to pay the compensation. As an at-fault state, Illinois courts order the person responsible for the crash to pay for the damages sustained during the accident. Determining fault in these incidents can be tricky. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the problems you may face before filing a car accident lawsuit. 

Difficulty in Determining Fault 

Once you file a personal injury lawsuit, the court will thoroughly investigate which driver is at fault. This can be difficult to prove when more than one driver was responsible for the collision. 

For instance, rear-end collisions occur when one car collides with the rear end of another car. The abrupt stop can result in a pileup if the drivers behind them are speeding or do not have time to stop their vehicle, leading to a multi-car crash. 

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What Should You Do After a Truck Accident in Illinois?

 Posted on June 30, 2023 in Truck Accidents

IL injury lawyerWhat you do after a collision can impact the outcome of your truck accident lawsuit. This can mean notifying the police, receiving proper medical treatment, and building your case with hard facts.

A truck accident attorney can help you navigate the complex process by familiarizing you with the legal framework. Their assistance and support can help you prepare to testify before a judge if needed. The following are some of the steps you can take.

Step 1: Call 911 for Assistance

Law enforcement and first responders are there to support you and safeguard your rights to file a truck accident case if needed. The best idea is to contact them right after the collision. Their presence can ensure that the guilty truck driver does not hit and run or share false details when you ask for insurance information.

Plus, getting the police involved means you have an official report to file with your lawsuit according to the state law dictated in “Sec. 11-401 for Motor Vehicle Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries.”

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Proving a Product is Defective in a Personal Injury Claim

 Posted on June 27, 2023 in Defective Products

IL injury lawyerConsumers who sustain an injury or loss while using a defective product can file a liability claim. You need tangible evidence that identifies which defect caused the injury and proves them during the lawsuit. Our product defect lawyers can help you arrange the official documentation needed to seek compensation for the damages incurred by the faulty product. We discuss this in detail below.

Understanding the Main Types of Defective Product Claims

When filing a personal injury lawsuit, there are three ways to make a viable defective product claim.

They are as follows:

  • Defective product design – You need to prove that the overall product design is not user-friendly and you sustained injuries while using the product.
  • Manufacturing defect – You need to show how a manufacturing error caused the product to malfunction, resulting in an injury.

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A Guide to Filing for Workers' Compensation in Illinois

 Posted on June 23, 2023 in Workers’ Compensation

IL injury lawyerWhether you sustained a work-related injury or developed an illness, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits in Illinois. The state law requires every employer to pay for worker’s compensation insurance. Yet, there may be instances where employers deny claims. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you file your claim and build an evidence-based case for contested cases. The following is a brief overview of the process.

Step 1: Inform Your Employer

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act states that employees must inform employers about a job–related injury or illness as soon as possible. You should submit a written report to your employer with a brief description of the incident, including the date and time.

You may receive coverage in the following situations:

  • Slip and fall accidents on the job site
  • Repetitive stress injury that leads to chronic medical conditions like back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome

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Contact a Lake County Vehicle Accident Attorney Who is Ready to Help You

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 to set up a free initial consultation at one of our four convenient locations. There is no risk because we only collect fees if you collect compensation. With offices in Libertyville, Waukegan, Richmond, and Chicago, we represent clients in Lake County, Cook County, DuPage County, and McHenry County.

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