Category Archives: Personal Injury

medical malpractice, standard of care, Hinsdale medical injury lawyerFor most people, making a mistake at work creates a relatively minor hardship for a customer or a coworker. Perhaps a customer paid slightly more than they should have for a particular item, their food order was wrong, or their custom-designed computer software will be delivered a little later than originally promised. While such errors are certainly frustrating, they are rarely the basis for a credible negligence lawsuit. In certain professions, of course, mistakes can be significantly more serious. A police officer, for example, who mistakenly arrests the wrong person can dramatically impact that person’s life. Similarly, when a doctor or medical professional makes a mistake, a patient may suffer physical injuries, illnesses, and even death. It is important to realize, however, that not every medical mistake constitutes medical malpractice, and a qualified attorney can help you know the difference.

Doctors Are Human Too

A medical error can be a scary situation, especially if the mistake involves a misdiagnosis or prescribing the wrong medicine. As a patient, your health and your life can be directly affected, and the dangers are extremely serious. Any time a doctor or other medical professional misses a symptom or guesses wrong about your condition, it is easy to believe that he or she should be held financially responsible for the error. The law in Illinois, however, is not quite so harsh on medical practitioners.

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social media, distracted driving accident, Hinsdale car accident lawyerThe warnings are all around us. “Arrive Alive; Don’t Text and Drive.” “Dnt txt n drv.” “Texting and Driving…It Can Wait.” Crash statistics from across the country indicate that texting while driving and other forms of cell phone-related distracted driving are extremely dangerous. Each year, distracted driving contributes to thousands of accidents, many of them causing serious injuries and even death.

Social Media and Distracted Driving

As you probably realize, texting and driving does not just refer to the exchange of traditional text messages, or SMS—Short Message Service—messages. Interacting on social media while driving is equally dangerous, if not more so, as many social media outlets offer features that can be even more distracting than a simple conversation. One such feature is the basis of a lawsuit now pending in Georgia, the outcome of which could lead to serious changes to the understanding of distracted driving accident liability.

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punitive damages, DuPage County personal injury attorneyWhen you have been injured in a car accident or any other type of accident for which another party was responsible, you have the right to collect full reimbursement for your losses. The law in Illinois, as in most other states, also allows you to seek additional compensation in some cases based upon the actions and intent of the liable party. In certain situations, you may be able to collect punitive damages that are designed to punish the person or entity who caused your injuries and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

Compensatory Damages

The most basic premise of personal injury law is that you deserve to be made financially whole—to the extent possible—when you have sustained injuries as the result of someone else’s actions or negligence. In most cases, this means that the liable person or entity would be required to compensate you for:

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car accident claim, DuPage County car accident lawyerAnyone who has experienced the unfortunate event of being involved in a car accident knows firsthand just how stressful the aftermath can be. Regardless of who caused the collision or how minor or major the damage, navigating the insurance claim process, tending to any injuries, and dealing with vehicle damage is often downright overwhelming.

Who is at Fault?

Following an auto accident, many questions arise as you begin the process of assessing the damage, exchanging insurance information, filing a claim, and reporting injuries. One of the first concerns is typically who will pay for repairs and any medical bills that are incurred. While your insurance agency might be capable of explaining your policy, it does no good if you do not understand your rights or what that policy means in the first place. It is important to know who is at fault and who is responsible for what expenses.

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workers' compensation, Illinois workers' compensation attorneysEach year, more than 3 million workers are injured while performing their jobs in the United States. Such injuries cost American companies billions of dollars in lost productivity, not to mention the expenses associated with helping workers recover physically. The workers’ compensation system was created to provide injured employees with the benefits they need to cover medical bills, costs of retraining, and even a portion of missed wages. Despite the existence and suitability of workers’ compensation for most cases, injured workers often wonder if they are able to sue their employer to recover additional compensation for their injuries.

Fault Not a Factor

The workers’ compensation program in Illinois, as in all other states, is a no-fault system that offers protection for employees injured on the job. This means that benefits are intended to be available regardless of whether the injury was caused by the actions or negligence of the employer or the injured party. If an injured party was forced to prove that his or her injuries were caused by employer negligence, far fewer claims would be paid, leaving thousands of injured workers without income or recourse. For example, if you were on a ladder at work—one that was properly maintained and in good working condition—and you twisted your body to reach an item on a high shelf, would your employer be negligent if you fell? Under workers’ compensation, it does not matter. You would be able to file a claim for benefits to cover your injuries.

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