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Back to School Safety Tips for Children

Posted on in School Bus Accidents

IL injury lawyerThis month, children all over Illinois are returning to school - most of them in person. Whether your children are excited to be going back or resisting the early-morning wake-ups, their safety comes first. While all parents are somewhat anxious about sending their children off to brick-and-mortar schools this year, the risk of them sustaining a serious injury is fairly low - but not nonexistent. Typically, the most dangerous part of the school day is getting to and from school. No matter how your children get to school - walking, biking, riding the bus, using public transportation, or taking a car - there is some level of risk involved. If your child is injured on their way to school or home from school, you may be entitled to recover compensation on their behalf. An attorney can help fight for your child.

Staying Safe On a Bus or Train

Neither yellow school buses nor public buses nor trains typically provide seatbelts. This means that children - and other occupants - are more likely to be thrown about and injured in the event of a crash. Even a sudden stop or turn can prove risky. Children should:

  • Know evacuation procedures - School buses should do yearly drills. Even on public transportation, children should be familiar with the location of emergency exits.
  • Cross when directed - If your children need to cross the street when getting on or off a bus, it is crucial that they know to cross only when the bus is stopped. While there is still a risk of a careless driver passing a stopped bus, crossing only when instructed by the driver can reduce this risk.
  • Stay seated - Children should be seated at all times when the vehicle is moving whenever possible.

Staying Safe in a Car

Parents should ensure that children are wearing seatbelts at all times. Other than that:

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IL injury lawywerA car accident caused by a careless driver can change the entire course of your life in an instant. One second, you are driving along, maybe headed home from work or to the grocery store. Suddenly, you feel a tremendous impact - someone has crashed into you, hard. From that moment on, your life may be completely different. Tragically, quite a few people do sustain life-altering physical injuries in car accidents. It is something that no one should have to deal with, ever. If this is the situation you are in, there is help available. Our attorneys can fight for you to receive a settlement or award that fully compensates you for everything you have lost. Although no amount of money can make up for a life-altering injury, you deserve to be in the same financial position you were in before the accident - and then some.

Types of Injuries That Cause Permanent Disability

Injuries that lead to permanent loss of function tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • Traumatic brain injury - People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury often spend months or years in a hospital or rehabilitation facility recovering. Many will never be restored to the condition they were in before the crash. Loss of cognitive function, emotional regulation, or any of the other changes that can occur with a brain injury may prevent a person from functioning independently for the rest of their life.
  • Neck or spinal cord injury - These injuries can result in paralysis or severe chronic pain. A person with these injuries may never be able to care for themself and will require lifelong assistance in daily living.
  • Limb injuries - Losing a limb, or losing the ability to move or use a limb, can affect a person’s ability to perform their job duties or other activities of daily living.

The costs associated with both short and long-term care from these injuries are compensable.

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What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall

Posted on in Premises Liability

IL injury lawyerSlipping and falling can be very serious. People who slip and fall typically land squarely on their back or tailbone, often hitting the back of their heads on a hard surface. Concussions or even more serious brain injuries can occur. So can major spinal cord or neck injuries. While it may be funny in a sitcom, slipping and falling in real life is no laughing matter. It is important for everyone to know what to do if they experience a slip-and-fall. Taking the right steps, both immediately at the scene and in the following days, can not only help your case but can also help you prevent further injury. Our attorneys can offer you more specific advice based on your own unique case.

Steps to Take After a Slip-and-Fall

In roughly chronological order, the steps you should take after slipping and falling include:

  • Stay down - Do not try to get up until the paramedics arrive. Do not let anyone except the paramedics try to move you. If you have a suspected neck or back injury, you will need to be stabilized with braces before you can be transported to the hospital. Trying to get up on your own can worsen an existing injury. Do call EMS even if you are not sure whether you have been seriously injured.
  • Document - Have someone take pictures of everything around the area where you fell. Be thorough. Try to capture anything that has to do with your fall, such as a wet floor sign (or the conspicuous lack thereof), and of course, the substance you slipped on.
  • Call an attorney - Do not skip this very important step. It is best to make the call the same day the accident happens if possible. A lawyer can offer you further guidance. Just as you should not get up until EMS arrives, you should not negotiate with the store manager or anyone else until you can speak with an attorney.

What Not to Do After a Slip-and-Fall

You should also know what not to do after a slip-and-fall. One of the main things you need to avoid doing is accepting any responsibility for the accident. Out of conditioned politeness, your instinct might be to say something like, “It is okay, it was my fault. I was not paying attention,” Unfortunately, saying something like this right after an accident could affect your case.

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Il injury lawyerThere is a very good reason that drunk driving is against the law - it is incredibly dangerous for everyone on or near the road. Drunk drivers can be incredibly erratic in their behaviors and movements. They may swerve across multiple lanes wildly, drive the wrong way down a one-way city street, or blow through a red light. It is no surprise that accidents caused by unpredictable intoxicated drivers can be very bad indeed. Sober drivers may not even be able to see a drunk driver hurtling toward them until it is far too late to get out of the way. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you will likely be able to recover compensation either through insurance or from the driver themself. An attorney can help you fight for the highest possible settlement.

What Are Negligence Per Se Laws and How Do They Affect Drunk Driving Crash Claims?

Negligence per se laws are a sort of legal shortcut to prove that the person who caused your injuries was negligent. In most cases, you have to prove that the other driver was behaving carelessly when they caused your accident. One way to do this is through negligence per se.

If you can show that the driver who hurt you was breaking a law that was in place to keep the public safe and caused exactly the type of harm that the law was meant to protect the public from, negligence is established automatically. In a drunk driving case, the driver was breaking laws against drunk driving. This law is in place to keep people safe by preventing drunk drivers from crashing into people and hurting them. Because the defendant drove drunk and crashed into you, causing injuries, your lawyer can show that they were negligent per se.

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4 Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

Posted on in Premises Liability

IL injury lawyerYou may know that if you slip and fall and get hurt, the party responsible for the premises you were in may be liable. However, premises liability is not limited to just slip-and-fall accidents, although this is a very, very common type of premises liability lawsuit. Generally, the party who has control of the premises or is tasked with maintaining it has a duty to keep the premises reasonably safe for those who are supposed to be there. If they fail to do so and a visitor to the premises is injured, the party responsible for the premises can likely be held financially responsible. Premises liability can be based on an almost limitless variety of accidents that occur on-site. However, there are a few very common categories of accidents that give rise to premises liability accidents. An attorney can help you determine whether you may have a case.

Types of Accidents That a Premises Owner or Operator May Be Liable For

While almost any type of accident could be caused by unsafe premises conditions, some of the most common types of cases we see in premises liability litigation include:

  • Slip-and-fall - While often played for laughs in the movies, a slip-and-fall can cause very serious injuries. This is perhaps the classic type of premises liability case.
  • Staircase injuries - Falling down the stairs can cause anything from broken bones to a traumatic brain injury. Most staircase falls can be prevented with reasonable safety measures like sufficient lighting, a good handrail, and a staircase that is not too steep. Overhanging steps can also cause a serious tripping hazard.
  • Assaults - Whether you can hold the premises owner liable for an assault that happens on the property depends on several factors, including whether adequate and appropriate security measures were taken. For example, if a grocery store manager knew that several robberies had taken place in the parking lot and failed to take steps to secure the area, he may be liable.
  • Falling products - In retail stores, one of the biggest hazards may be falling shelves or products. Having a heavy shelf or top-shelf products come crashing down on you can cause severe injuries including concussions, lacerations, and neck or spinal cord injuries. Often, this is because shelves were improperly overloaded, or products were precariously stacked. Displays may also fall with little warning.

These are just a few of the more common types of premises liability cases. If you were injured on another’s premises and suspect that it was due to their carelessness, you should contact an attorney for a case evaluation.

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