Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Chicago

Posted on: May 29, 2015 by in Wrongful Death
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wrongful death lawyer in ChicagoA wrongful death claim is typically filed when a person dies due to the negligence of another. When a person has died due to injuries sustained in a car accident, or trucking accident, or even a serious injury in a slip and fall accident, his survivors can file a claim against the party whose negligence caused the death.

Wrongful death claims are different from personal injury claims, in that these claims are filed to compensate the survivors of the deceased for the losses that they have suffered as a result of the death. The wrongful death actions are not meant to compensate for the damages that the deceased suffered, like pain and suffering before the death. For help filing a wrongful death claim, speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Chicago

In Chicago, certain survivors can file a wrongful death action. Typically, these claims are filed by the spouse and children of the deceased. Adopted children may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If the deceased left behind no parents and children, the parents of the deceased may be eligible to file a lawsuit. If the death involved a minor child, the parents of the minor child are eligible to file a claim.

To discuss if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim after the death of a loved one, speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Chicago. You can recover damages including loss of financial support, loss of affection and companionship, los of guidance of children and other damages.

Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

Posted on: May 27, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Bicycling is an enjoyable activity for children between the age of five and 14, but it also has its dangers. Every year, more children are rushed to emergency rooms after injuries suffered in a bicycle accident, than any other type of accident. Most of these injuries involve head injuries. There are several steps that you can take to reduce the risk that your child will suffer an injury in a bicycle accident this year.

Make sure that your child wears a bicycle helmet while riding. You can reduce the risk that your child will suffer a brain injury by as much as 80%, by encouraging him to wear a helmet every time he rides. Unfortunately, helmet usage rates are very low among American children. Approximately 45% of children below the age of 14 admit that they don’t always wear a bicycle helmet while riding. If you were injured in a bicycle accident speak to a bicycle accident attorney in Chicago.

Teach your child to ride on the right side, and in the same direction as traffic instead of opposing. Bicyclists must be very careful, and avoid distractions while driving. They must stop before they cross the street. Make your children wear brightly- colored clothes, including helmets to make them visible on the road. Avoid sending your children out bicycling wearing white. Contrary to what you may believe, white does not make them more visible, especially during the daytime.

For help filing a bicycle accident claim, talk to a bicycle accident lawyer in Chicago.

Illinois Cell Phone Laws Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

Posted on: May 25, 2015 by in Auto Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerAccording to a study of teenagers who live in states that have bans on texting while driving, teenagers who live in these states are much less likely to drive while texting, compared to teenagers who live in states that do not have these bans.

The results of the study were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and found that the rates of teenage texting while driving dropped from 43% to 30% over the two-year period after the bans on texting while driving for teenagers were implemented. The study was based on data from 2007 and 2015, and researchers specifically focused on 14 states that had new bans on texting while driving.

In Illinois, texting while driving is banned for all drivers. Besides, Illinois also has strong laws against the use of handheld cell phones for all drivers.

If you were involved in an accident caused by a driver who was texting or using a cell phone, while driving you may have grounds for a claim. Discuss filing a claim with a Chicago car accident lawyer.

To file a claim based on distracted driving however, you may be required to provide evidence that the other person was texting at the wheel. For this, you may have to provide evidence in the form of cell phone records. You can obtain cell phone records from the other person’s cell phone services provider, to prove that the motorist in your accident was texting or using a cell phone while driving. To obtain these records and for other assistance filing a claim, seek the help of a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Children and Dogs: Supervision Can Prevent Bites

Posted on: May 18, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago dog bite lawyerThe physical vulnerability and natural curiosity of a young child places it at the highest risk of being involved in a dog bite. Children are naturally curious, and that may cause them to behave in a way that may incite aggression in a dog. Additionally, children are at a much higher risk of being seriously injured, in a dog bite. Young skin is much more likely to be torn open, and a child is much more likely to suffer injury to the head, eyes, and face because it is closer to the level of the dog, compared to an adult.

It’s important to supervise interaction between a child and a strange dog. It is also important to teach your child the safe ways of behaving around the dog, and to never approach a dog on his or her own. For help filing a claim, speak to a Chicago dog bite lawyer.

Teach your child to recognize signs of aggression. Growling at the child, or baring the teeth are very clear signs of aggression. However, sometimes instead of growling, the dog might only freeze and stop whatever whatever he’s doing to stare at the child. Take this also as a sign of aggression.

Teach children to keep away from a strange dog. Restrain or secure your dog in another room, if it is not possible to supervise your child all the time.

If your child was injured in a dog bite, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Chicago dog bite lawyer.

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Chicago Records Large Numbers of Dog Bites Involving Postal Workers

Posted on: May 16, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago dog bite lawyerAccording to statistics from 2015, the state of Chicago sees high numbers of dog bites involving postal workers every year. In 2014, according to the rankings, there were 47 dog bites involving postal workers or mail carriers in the city of Chicago. The city ranked at number five on the list, and was preceded only by Los Angeles, Cleveland, Boston and San Diego.

Every pet owner believes that his dog is safe, and will not bite. However, that doesn’t prevent dozens of postal worker dog bites every year. Postal workers are far from the only high-risk category for dog bites. Children are at the highest risk of dog bites across the country, and the majority of the 4.5 million Americans who suffer a dog bite every year, involve children. In fact, more than 50% of children are below the age of five.

The U.S. Postal Service has tips for dog owners to help reduce the risk of bites. Post warning signs about the dog at the entrance to your property. If the postal worker delivers mail to your front door, then ensure that your dog is restrained in a separate room before the front door is opened.

Remember, if your dog is deemed aggressive, the mail carrier may simply request you to collect your mail from the nearest Post Office.

If you were injured in a dog bite, speak to a Chicago premises liability lawyer about filing a claim for compensation for your injuries. You could recover compensation that includes lost wages and medical costs. Schedule a consultation with a Chicago dog bite lawyer.

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Accidents Involving Treadmills Are Not Uncommon

Posted on: May 14, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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The death of Survey Monkey CEO David Goldberg in a treadmill accident has spotlighted the risks involved when you use treadmills and other types of exercise equipment. However, these types of accidents are not entirely uncommon.

In fact, according to data by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these are actually some of the most common injuries, recorded in emergency rooms. Last year alone, there were at least 24,400 injuries related to the use of treadmills that required hospital emergency visits around the country.

In fact, between 2003 and 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded as many as 30 deaths associated with treadmill accidents. In 2012, there were approximately 450,000 injuries linked to the use of exercise equipment. Out of these, 32,000 persons had to be hospitalized for their injuries, or died from their injuries.

Many of these treadmill accidents, like the one that involved David Goldberg occur in gyms. Goldberg died in a treadmill accident in a gym at the Mexico hotel, when he was on vacation.

There may be legal consequences when you are injured in a treadmill accident at the gym or any other commercial establishment. To learn whether you have grounds for compensation after an accident involving gym equipment, like a treadmill, speak with a premises liability lawyer in Chicago. Call us to schedule a consultation with a premises liability lawyer in Chicago. However until then, ensure that you minimize distractions while using exercise equipment, and never leave children unsupervised around exercise gear.

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Women at Risk of Substantial Brain Injury after a Concussion

Posted on: May 8, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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brain injury attorney in ChicagoBrain injuries or serious injuries and even a mild brain injury like concussion must be referred to a doctor immediately. There are long-term effects associated even with concussions that most people are not entirely aware of.

A new study finds that women who suffered a concussion may have a much harder time recovering memory or recovering completely after the injury. There are no explanations for why women seem to have a harder time recovering from a brain injury compared to the brains of males. However, it may have something to do with the differences in the anatomy of the male and female brain, or the manner in which these injuries occur.

The research findings do point to one fact-you cannot treat brain injuries in a woman in the same way that you treat brain injuries in males. Unfortunately, the fact is that most brain injury management programs are designed primarily for males, because they’re based on brain injury data involving men. Males constitute an overwhelming majority of brain injury victims.

If you have suffered a brain injury in a fall or motor vehicle accident, it’s important to speak with a brain injury attorney in Chicago about filing a claim for compensation. Your claim must include not just immediate medical expenses, but also the cost of long-term rehabilitation and care, physical therapy, and modifications to your home. You claim must also account for the fact that that there could be permanent disability as a result of the injury. Discuss filing a claim with a brain injury attorney in Chicago.

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How Social Media Can Wreck Your Car Accident Claim

Posted on: May 6, 2015 by in Car Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerIf you are used to discussing your life, and posting pictures and videos on your social networking account, you may want to cut back a bit while your car accident claim is pending settlement. Avoid social media use during this time as much as possible. For more advice on maximizing your chances of compensation recovery, speak to a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that anything that you post on your Facebook account is only visible to your friends. Mutual friends can also see what your friends like on your wall, and those things can easily be shared. Facebook privacy settings are not as watertight as you think they are. Apart from your post, the pictures that you upload, the videos that you share, and all types of other personal information that you share on the social networking site, can easily be accessed by an insurance adjuster, who is looking for more information about your injuries.

Say for instance, you upload a picture of you rock climbing, while your car accident claim for a neck injury is in progress. Your insurance adjuster could easily claim that your injuries are not as severe as you claim they are.

Typically, insurance adjusters will look for information that you are leading a healthy and active life after the injury, and that the injuries are not as severe as you claim they are. Avoid using social media as much as until your car accident claim is settled.

For more information about what you can do to protect your interests during a car accident claim, talk to a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Apps Can Help Teens Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: May 4, 2015 by in Car Accidents
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Chicago car accident lawyerTeenagers are very heavy consumers of smart phone technology as well as social media. Most teenagers now have smart phones, and use these frequently to keep updated with friends and social networking sites. For parents and transportation safety agencies, distracted driving involving teenagers and young drivers is a major challenge.

A new study finds that the use of smart phone apps that cut off cell phone service from a smart phone when a vehicle is in operation or when a teenager turns on the ignition, can help significantly reduce the risk of an accident. If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you can file for compensation that includes damages for medical expenses and lost wages. Speak to a Chicago car accident lawyer for help filing a claim.

According to the study, technology can be used very effectively to help reduce the risks from the use of technology at the wheel. However, some types of technologies work better than others at reducing the risk of distracted driving. According to the study, the risk of accidents related to the use of cell phones while driving dropped the highest when teens were driving a car that was equipped with call-blocking technology. In comparison, teenagers in a car that was equipped with a camera were much less likely to avoid cell phone use while driving.

If you were involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Types of Premises Liability Claims

Posted on: May 1, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Chicago premises liability lawyerPremises liability is the doctrine that applies when a person is injured on another person’s property. Every property owner has the responsibility to maintain safe premises, and when there is an unsafe or defective condition or hazard of the property, the property owner may be liable in any accident caused by that defective condition.

You may have grounds for a premises liability claim if you were injured in any of the following types of accidents:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents involving hot tubs and spas
  • Assaults, rapes, and other types of crimes as a result of inadequate security on the premises
  • Injuries that occur because of toppling merchandise or displays in a store
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Accident in an amusement park
  • Toxic exposure

If you have been injured in any of these types of accidents, speak to a Chicago premises liability lawyer about filing a claim. You may be eligible for compensation that covers your medical costs, lost income and other damages.

However, determining whether the property owner was negligent, and therefore, liable in your claim, requires some investigation. Property owners often argue that the plaintiff was responsible for his own injury because of his own negligence. That’s because visitors to a property also have certain responsibilities in looking out for their own safety, and must take reasonable steps to prevent an accident when they are on someone’s property. To learn whether you have grounds for a claim, speak with a Chicago premises liability lawyer.