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Proving Wrongful Death in a Fatal Bicycle Accident

 Posted on June 21, 2023 in Bicycle Accidents

Waukegan fatal bicycle accident attorneyBicycle accidents are more common than many people realize, and some of these accidents can have fatal consequences. A bicyclist may be struck by a vehicle, or riders may lose their life trying to ride over poorly maintained roads and bicycle paths. If the accident resulted in death, the victim's family may file a wrongful death claim against the alleged offenders. 

Who Is Liable In a Fatal Bicycle Accident In Illinois?

After a fatal bicycle accident, a full investigation can be opened to identify the at-fault party or parties. Representatives of the deceased bicyclist's estate or an immediate relative must prove that someone other than the bicyclist was at fault for the accident and their death. Specifically, a person will need to demonstrate that the other party was negligent by proving the following:

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Your Guide to Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois

 Posted on June 06, 2023 in Pedestrian Accidents

waukegan pedestrian accident lawyerWhen it comes to pedestrian safety, understanding right-of-way laws is crucial for both pedestrians and drivers in Illinois. By knowing who has the right to proceed in specific situations, individuals can prioritize safety and avoid traffic violations.

In Illinois, pedestrian deaths have seen a troubling rise. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 4,940 pedestrian-involved crashes in 2017, resulting in 148 pedestrian fatalities. Among these fatalities, 128 occurred on urban roads, while 20 happened on rural roads. 

Rights of Pedestrians 

As a pedestrian in Illinois, drivers have a legal obligation to come to a complete stop and yield under the following circumstances:

Top Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury and How to File a Personal Injury Claim

 Posted on June 02, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

shutterstock_1759785527-min.jpgWhether you are involved in a car accident, truck accident, or slip and fall accident, you may suffer from a serious head injury. Depending on how you hurt your head, the injury can impact your motor functions, emotions, and thoughts. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may not be able to work or live your life as you did before your accident.

Signs of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

While most head injuries from personal injuries and motor vehicle accidents are considered mild, they are the opposite for the victim. Common signs of a mild traumatic brain include the following:

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Premises Liability in Illinois: Holding Property Owners Accountable for Injuries

 Posted on May 31, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

dupage county premises liability attorney Premises liability governs the legal responsibilities of property owners or managers for injuries that occur on their property. Under Illinois law, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors of any known dangers. If a property owner breaches this duty and someone is injured because of it, the owner may be held liable for damages.

Duty of Care 

In Illinois, the duty of care owed by property owners to visitors depends on the visitor's status on the property. The law distinguishes between three types of visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers.

Invitees are individuals who are invited onto the property for the owner's benefit, such as customers in a store. Business or property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care and must inspect their property regularly to identify and correct any hazards.

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Workers' Compensation Claims in Illinois: Your Rights as an Injured Worker

 Posted on May 26, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Untitled---2023-11-16T111620.146_20231116-172027_1.jpgWorkers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that offers benefits to employees who are injured or suffer an illness due to work responsibilities. Employees in Illinois and most states that offer this insurance are eligible for these benefits regardless of fault.

Your Rights as an Injured Worker in Illinois 

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA) governs worker's compensation claims in the state. If you are injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to:

  • 100% medical expenses – Employers must cover all medical costs of the injured worker.

  • Temporary total disability benefits (TTD) – If workers have to take some time off to get treatment for workplace injuries, they may be eligible for lost wage benefits. The sum is based on at least 2/3rds of their average gross weekly wages.

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Steps to Take Right After a Motorcycle Accident in Illinois

 Posted on May 22, 2023 in Motorcycle Accidents

Untitled---2023-11-16T110643.804.jpgMotorcycle accidents can be devastating and life-changing events. They can cause severe injuries, medical expenses, and emotional trauma. Illinois, like most states, establishes various requirements for individuals involved in any motorcycle accident. A lot of these steps are quite simple and basic. Nevertheless, notifying legal authorities and other technical requirements are slightly more complex. 

Here are the steps you must take after a motorcycle accident in Illinois:

1. Stay at the Scene of the Accident 

Make sure you stay at the accident scene after a motorcycle accident. Failing to stop is considered a “hit-and-run accident” and a criminal misdemeanor. Nevertheless, in case of death or serious injury, a hit-and-run can be considered a criminal felony. 

2. Call the Police

If the accident involves injuries, deaths, or significant property damage, you must call the police. The police will create an accident report, which will be essential when filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. It is essential to provide accurate and complete information to the police officer and not admit fault or liability. The police officer will take statements from all parties involved and any witnesses.

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Hit by a Car While Walking? Here Is How You Can Maximize Your Compensation

 Posted on May 16, 2023 in Pedestrian Accidents

Untitled---2023-11-16T105412.358.jpgGetting hit by a car while walking can be a terrifying and traumatic experience. It can result in serious injuries, expensive medical bills, and lost wages from time taken off work. Dealing with the aftermath of such an accident can be physically and emotionally overwhelming.

If you have been hit by a car while walking in Lake County, Illinois, you should know you have legal rights and options. You can consider filing a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered. 

Here are some tips on maximizing your compensation after being hit by a car while walking:

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Your health should be your top priority after being hit by a car while walking. Even if you feel fine or have minor injuries, it is crucial to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Some injuries may not show up right away but can become more serious if not treated promptly. Additionally, a medical report from a qualified professional can help strengthen your personal injury claim.

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How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

 Posted on May 10, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Untitled---2023-11-16T102127.938.jpgIllinois has a high number of car accidents, leading to numerous injuries annually. Under Illinois law, individuals involved in car accidents have the legal right to hold negligent drivers responsible for any losses they incur. However, proving negligence in a personal injury case can be complex. With the right approach, evidence, and legal strategy, it is possible to achieve a favorable outcome. 

In this guide, we will outline some key steps to take to prove negligence in a personal injury case.

What Is Negligence?

Negligence is a legal principle that denotes a lack of reasonable care in one's actions or omissions, leading to harm to another individual. To establish negligence in a personal injury case, the plaintiff, who is the injured party, is required to demonstrate that the defendant, who is the person or entity responsible for the harm, owed a duty of care to exercise reasonable caution, violated that duty, and consequently caused harm.

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Understanding Illinois Car Accident Laws - What You Need to Know

 Posted on May 04, 2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled---2023-11-16T101218.472.jpgAccording to Illinois law, car accident victims have the right to hold negligible drivers accountable for their losses, including lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and suffering and pain. If you or a loved one were hurt in a crash, you may be entitled to financial compensation for these losses. 

How Does Fault Affect a Car Accident Case in Illinois?

Illinois is a "fault-based" state, meaning that the individual at fault for the crash is also responsible for the resulting vehicle damage, injuries, and other losses. The at-fault party is usually another driver. However, businesses, trucking companies, vehicle manufacturers, and several other parties may also be at-fault for a car accident. 

Requirements for Car Insurance Illinois 

A key question that needs to be answered after a car accident is whether the drivers involved in the crash have the proper auto insurance. Illinois drivers must have a minimum of $25,000/$50,000 bodily injury coverage and $20,000 property. 

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Illinois Law Regarding Non-Bite Injuries Caused by a Dog

 Posted on April 24, 2023 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Untitled---2023-11-13T150410.271.jpgAnyone who has been around dogs can confirm that their behavior is sometimes unpredictable. A large dog may run and jump on somebody, knocking them to the ground where they suffer a serious head or spine injury. Dogs who think a neighborhood child is a threat may try to attack the child. Sometimes, dog-related injuries occur not because the dog is aggressive, but because the dog is playing and does not realize its own strength. However, this can still lead to serious injuries.

If you or a loved one were injured by a dog, you may have several questions about your legal rights and options. According to Illinois law, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs in most circumstances. These laws typically apply to dog bite injuries, but the law also covers people who have suffered another type of dog-related injury.

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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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