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Illinois injury attorneyMany people choose dogs as pets because they bring them joy and companionship. While dogs can make you happy, they can also be dangerous when they attack you and leave you seriously injured. If you have been bitten by a dog, you should take these nine steps to recover safely and ensure your rights are protected.

1. Take Care of Your Wound

Once a dog bites you, press on the wound gently to flush out bacteria. Then, use warm soap and water to wash it. Lastly, add some antibiotic cream to the wound and wrap it with a sterile bandage.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyWith the spring season now upon us, people throughout the region will undoubtedly be looking to stretch their legs and leave winter behind them. Stores and retail outlets are likely to see a boost in sales over the next few weeks and months, but with more customers out and about, there will also be an increased risk of shopping injury. Wet floors, tripping hazards like extension cords, and falling merchandise can all pose serious threats to shoppers. Fortunately, the legal system provides protection—known as premises liability—for those injured on the property of another. At its most basic, premises liability laws require landowners to make sure that their property is safe for other people to enter, but other complications do often arise.

Shopping Injuries

Although people do not often think of shopping as a dangerous activity unless they are lining up for a Black Friday sale, even “normal” shopping can result in a variety of injuries. The most common injuries are the result of slips and trips due to puddles, tripping hazards or poorly maintained floors. These sorts of shopping hazards can result in sprains, bruises, broken bones, and back injuries, but shoppers can experience even more severe injuries.

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DuPage County premises liability attorneysEvery year thousands of people are injured when they slip and fall. Many of these slip and fall cases happen on someone else’s property and subsequently become premises liability cases. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere from a hotel to a grocery store to the front sidewalk at a person's home. Getting the compensation you deserve from a slip and fall case can be difficult.

Comparative Negligence

You are not permitted to recover damages for an accident you caused yourself. But, often the cause of a slip and fall accident is not clear. Illinois courts use a modified comparative negligence approach for cases when both you and a third party share responsibility for an accident that injured you.

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snow, slip and fall, Hinsdale personal injury attorneysDespite the relatively mild temperatures thus far, and a forecast of a gentler winter than a year ago, the snow and ice will still likely reach the Chicagoland area at some point. When it does, it will be accompanied by an increased risk of slip and fall accidents, as walkways, parking lots, and floors are often much more dangerous with the addition of slush and freezing conditions. Every year, thousands of people are injured in falls caused by icy sidewalks and steps, and while many result in minor bumps and bruises, some are extremely serious and can cause problems that last a lifetime. If you have been injured in snowy weather on another’s property, it is important to know what recourse you may have.

Natural Accumulation

Recovery in a winter-related slip and fall case can be challenging. Illinois courts have established that a landowner is not obligated “to remove natural accumulations of snow, ice or meltwater water from their premises” as a general rule. This means that if you are getting out of your car in a parking lot during a snowstorm and the lot has not been plowed, there is no assumed negligence on the part of the property owner. However, you may have a cause for action if the design of the parking lot or walkway cause the snow or ice to accumulate in an unnatural manner and the unnatural accumulation was the cause of your accident.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_recreational-activities-protections-liability.jpgEvery day, thousands of Illinois residents take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy recreational activities that often takes them onto the property of others. When you consider of someone else’ property, you probably think of their home, yard, lakeside cottage or cabin, or business property. What you may not always remember is that privately owned property may also include forested areas, open meadows, and waterfront land that provide inviting settings for enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, however, many individuals are injured during such activities, and due to existing laws in Illinois, a person injured during recreation on another’s property may have limited avenues for collecting damages.

Afforded Protections for Recreational Use

In 2013, the Illinois legislature officially addressed the concerns of landowners who were willing to offer the public use of their property but had reservations due to potential personal injury liability. Until that point, the law had only offered protections to owners related to hunting and other shooting sports on the owners’ land. Lawmakers realized that, in order to encourage conservation and outdoor recreation in the state, landowners need to feel secure in offering their property for such uses, and in August 2013, a new law provided the needed security.

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