Category Archives: Personal Injury

DuPage County personal injury attorneysAt the conclusion of a successful personal injury lawsuit, the injured person collects financial damages as well as attorney’s fees and costs. As the money is changing hands, however, you may need to consider the tax consequences of the judgment or settlement. Depending on the types of damages received and on the type of case, you may have to pay taxes on all or part of the damages you receive in a personal injury case.

Physical Harm

Generally, personal injury damages are not taxable if they are related to a physical injury or physical illness. This rule applies regardless of whether the damages are received as a judgment after the completion of a trial, a settlement payment without filing suit at all, or anything in between. With some exceptions, such compensation is not included in gross income for tax purposes. However, if the injured person deducted medical expenses on a past tax return, then he or she must pay taxes on that amount that is recovered in a personal injury suit.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyDrunk driving is a serious and pervasive issue in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 28 people are killed in drunk driving accidents per day. That is approximately one death every 53 minutes. Thousands more are seriously or permanently injured by a drunk driver. Ridesharing programs claim to have made an impact – but have they really? Or are they simply contributing to more accidents?

Studies on Rideshares and DUIs Have Mixed Results

While a few studies on the potential benefits (or lack of benefits) of rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft have been done, they continue to come up with mixed results. Some indicate that rideshare programs have not had an impact on the number of drunk driving accidents. These studies posture that it is only those who might have otherwise taken a taxi or bus that are using the popular non-driving option – not those that would have otherwise driven intoxicated. Others have determined that drunk driving accidents – particularly nighttime accidents – have declined since the conception of rideshare programs.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyThe winter holiday season is a wonderful time to meet with family and friends who do not live nearby. Every year, families pack up their cars with kids, presents, casseroles, and pies and set off to celebrate with those they love. AAA recently released an estimate that 93.6 million people plan on traveling by car for the upcoming holiday season. This number represents a 1.5 percent increase from last year. Unfortunately, because of this increased holiday traffic, there is an increased risk of getting injured or even killed in a car accident. Driving is second-nature to most of us, but it is important to remember that it is still a dangerous activity. In 2015, 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and an astounding 4.4 million people were injured.

Drinking and Driving

Alcohol is involved in many holiday gatherings. Coworkers may have a company Christmas party, and families may include wine with dinner. Responsible drinkers know to have a designated driver or to stay put if they choose to drink, but sadly, many choose to drive anyway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48,613 individuals were killed in a car crash involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher in 2015. Drinking and driving can be devastating to both those who drink and drive as well as their passengers. Being under the influence of alcohol while driving also endangers the lives of motorists and passengers in the surrounding cars and puts pedestrians and cyclists in harm’s way.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyIn the state of Illinois, drivers are required to carry auto insurance. This is meant to ensure that they and other road users are protected, should an accident occur. Yet the type of protection they expect, and the kind they receive are sometimes worlds apart. Can an auto accident attorney really help, and if so, to what extent? Are there any other potential benefits to hiring one for your case?

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Improve Your Chances of Success

Most drivers are surprised to learn that their insurance company does not just pay out compensation for an accident. Instead, they investigate the details of the accident to determine if you may have been partially (or completely) at fault for the accident. They demand documentation for every expense and then have that analyzed to determine how much they should pay out. Many will even try to limit or completely avoid payouts for more obscure portions of your settlement, such as pain and suffering. They also have teams of attorneys to represent them, should you try to litigate the matter.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_car-seat-winter-coat-danger.jpgAs we turn the calendar to December, the long-expected cold weather has begun to descend upon the region. The days of shorts and t-shirts are gone for the year, replaced by frosty mornings requiring jackets, parkas, and layers of clothing, especially for those who spend significant time outdoors. Amid the effort to stay warm during the winter months, there are some unexpected dangers, particularly to children, as heavily insulated coats can prevent child car seats from working as designed in the event of a crash.

Securing Your Child Properly

Most child car seats are designed to keep a child from being thrown from the seat during a violent collision. They can only do so, however, if the harness that fits across the child’s body is secure and tight. The instructions included with such seats generally instruct parents to buckle the harness, then tighten the straps until it is impossible to pinch any of the webbing between their fingers. If there is any slack in the webbing, the harness is not tight enough and could allow the child to be thrown from the seat as the result of an accident.

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