Category Archives: Personal Injury

construction fatalities, DuPage County personal injury lawyersWorkers on construction sites extreme face danger daily by virtue of the type of work they do, and the risk of a workplace fatality is very real. This danger is exacerbated when safety precautions are compromised, putting workers at further risk. When preventable accidents happen, the consequences can be deadly. If fortunate to survive, workers are often left battling catastrophic injuries.

If you have been hurt or have a loved one who was killed on a construction site, contact a personal injury attorney with experience litigating these types of cases. You may be entitled to compensation that can alleviate some of the costs and burdens associated with your suffering and recovery.

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pain and suffering, psychological injuries, DuPage County car accident lawyersOver the last several decades, advancements in science and human behavior have created entirely new standards for the way we look at mental health. Emotional and behavioral issues that were once ignored or written off have become increasingly recognized as legitimate medical concerns, often treatable with a combination of various types of therapy and medication regimens. When mental health or psychological issues are caused by a traumatic event, such as a car accident, however, there seems to be some hesitancy to recognize the injuries as medical in nature. In most cases, compensation for emotional or psychological injuries is possible, but the path to financial recovery is often more complicated.

Compensation for Medical Expenses

You probably realize that if you are physically injured in an auto accident caused by another person, he or she will typically be responsible for covering the costs of your necessary medical treatment. In most cases, this is handled through auto insurance companies, at least at first, but, depending on the severity of your injuries, may require litigation to secure full reimbursement. Proving that your injuries were the result of the accident is usually straightforward, with doctor’s notes and medical records providing reliable evidence.

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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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