Category Archives: Personal Injury

Illinois injury attorneyIf you have been injured in a car accident, you may think that your case is straightforward and that it is obvious that you deserve compensation for your losses. Sometimes this can be the case, but often, in order to get you a full recovery, the case becomes more complicated and requires the use of accident litigation professionals.

In these cases, you should seek the legal counsel of a car accident attorney who can assess your case and explain potential strengths and weaknesses. Your attorney may inform you that an expert witness will be needed to testify on your behalf to prove the following.

Proving Fault

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Illinois accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorneyMany car accident victims are curious about punitive damages - and for good reason. Punitive damages are often awarded in large amounts, and Illinois does not cap punitive damages. It is not unheard of for punitive damages to reach millions of dollars, although they can be much lower depending on the facts of the case.

The reality, however, is that only a small number of car crash cases will qualify for punitive damages.

Definition of Punitive Damages

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyWhen you have been injured in an auto accident, the road to recovery may be long and difficult. Depending on the circumstances, however, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the injuries you have suffered and their effects on your life. Unfortunately, many car accident claims take months or even years to finalize, but there are some things you can do to give yourself the best chance of success.

1. Take Action Immediately

It can take a substantial amount of time for you to receive financial compensation following a car accident. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative for you to begin the process immediately. Of course, you may not have all of the pertinent information right away, but waiting too long to file a claim could be disastrous. In most cases, this begins by notifying your insurance company of the accident and letting your carrier know that you require medical care. It is understandable that you will not have exact dollar amounts—or even reasonable estimates—just yet, but if you wait until you have a pile of bills, it may be too late. Unnecessary delays may also be seen as an indication that your injuries are less severe than is actually the case.

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DuPage County medical malpractice attorneysWhen a loved one is in a nursing facility, you have every reason to assume that he or she will receive a higher level of care than would be possible at home. In most such facilities, staff members are available 24 hours a day to monitor patients, dispense medication, and generally follow all care instructions provided by the patients’ attending physicians. But, what happens when the staff does not follow a doctor’s instructions? As a case from Cook County shows, the outcome can be tragic.

A Fall and Subsequent Treatment

The facts of the case began in 2011 when a woman in her mid-80s fell at her home and broke her hip. She was referred to a nursing home in Bartlett for physical therapy and was on prescription Coumadin—a blood thinner that is intended to prevent clotting and potential strokes. According to court records, the staff at the nursing facility “inexplicably” stopped giving the woman her prescription after conducting a test that allegedly reassessed her need for the medication. The woman’s doctor, the suit claimed, did not sign off on stopping her medication.

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hinsdale personal injury attorneysSummertime has finally reached the American Midwest, and for many, that means that motorcycle season is in full swing. Even non-riders can appreciate the appeal of a cruise on the open road with the sun shining down and the wind blowing across one’s face. In cities and towns around the state, motorcycles also offer a fuel-efficient, fun mode of transportation. Illinois, however, is rather unique in its statutory requirements for motorcycle riders—specifically regarding the use of helmets. As it currently stands, Illinois is one of just three states, along with Iowa and New Hampshire, that have no laws in place regarding the use of protective helmets while riding a motorcycle.

A Before and After Study

Over the last several decades, other states have experimented with relaxing their helmet laws as well, including the state of Michigan. In 2012, the Michigan state legislature repealed its universal helmet requirement in favor of a statute that permitted most riders to ride without helmets. Last fall, a research team at Michigan State University took an in-depth look at the impact of the weakened helmet law.

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