Category Archives: Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_injured-worker.jpgIf you have been injured in the course of doing your job, filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits may seem like your only option for covering your injuries. In many cases, this may be true and employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage in the event of a workplace injury. However, there may be situations in which workers’ compensation is not available, and others in which the payable benefits are insufficient to meet your needs. Such cases may require you to file a third-party workplace injury claim against any potentially liable party.

Off-Site Injuries and Other Reasons for Third-Party Claims

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b2ap3_thumbnail_car-accident_20150728-140959_1.jpgIn many personal injury cases, one party is very clearly responsible for the actions or negligence that caused the claimant’s injuries. For example, a claimant may have been driving his car under the speed limit in the right lane of a highway when a speeding truck, driven by operator in violation of mandatory rest protocols, swerves into the car’s lane and forces it off the road. The truck driver, and possibly the carrier company, would likely be held fully liable for any injuries caused as a result of the accident. What if, however, the car driver was also speeding and was texting in the moments before the crash? Could the driver of the car still be compensated for his injuries? According to the Illinois laws regarding contributory fault, the answer may still be yes.

What is Contributory Fault?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dog-bite-law-illinois.jpgSummer is a time for enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends. Barbecues, pool parties, or even just walks in the park can help reduce stress and be sources of relaxation for many people. Understandably, it is not uncommon for dog owners to want to include their furry friends in many of these leisure activities. In many cases, this turns out just fine, but sometimes, dogs will bite and when they do, owners may be held fully liable for any injuries sustained.

Dog Bite Provisions in the Law

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b2ap3_thumbnail_car-accident.jpgAs you probably already realize, if you slip and fall on a wet floor inside a grocery store and are injured, there is a good chance that the owner of the store will be held liable for your injuries. You were on his or her property legally, you had the right to expect a safe experience, the grocery store failed to provide that safe experience, and you were subsequently injured as a result. The basics of premises liability are fairly straightforward. What if, however, you go to pull out of the store’s parking lot, and a delivery driver employed by the store crashes into your car and injures you? Is the store owner still responsible? Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, the answer is very likely yes.

Definition of Respondeat Superior

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b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone-app.jpgThe social media explosion in the last decade has created vast, new environment for sharing stories, pictures, and information with family, friends, and even complete strangers. It can certainly be a lot of fun to jump on Facebook after or during an exciting adventure and to share the experience.  Before you click the “post” button, however, it is important to keep in mind that, if you are currently pursuing a personal injury claim, the things you post to social media sites—to borrow from the Miranda warnings—can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Appearances Are Important

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