Personal Injury

Everyone knows that driving under the influence – DUI – is against the law, but you may not realize how extensive and serious the penalties can be, even for a first offense. If you are charged with DUI in or near Chicago, you must be advised and represented by a Chicago DUI attorney.
In 2020, more than 20,000 drivers were arrested in this state and charged with driving under the influence. The enforcement of DUI laws is aggressive in Illinois because DUI is so dangerous. In fact, more than 250 people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic accidents in
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Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Most of these bites are accidents and require little or no medical treatment, while other bites are much more serious. Serious dog attacks are rare, but when the victim is a child, the consequences can be disastrous. It is essential to know what to do after a dog attacks your child, just as it is essential to retain the help of a knowledgeable Illinois dog bite injury lawyer. 
What to Do After a Dog Attack 
If your child has been attacked by a dog, the most important
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Dog bites happen every single day all across the country. But unfortunately, dog owners and their pets are often unaware of how dangerous they can be when interacting with people who aren’t part of their pack.
When a dog bites a human, it is known as a “dog bite.” It is also known as an “aggression” or an “animal attack,” with one of the most common causes being that the dog felt threatened by something or someone it did not recognize as part of its domain.
Even if your dog has never bitten anyone before, there is still a chance
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You may need legal representation if you’ve been injured in an accident. Finding the right Chicago personal injury lawyer can be difficult, but it’s important to do your research to ensure you get the best possible representation. Many lawyers out there claim they can help with your case, but not all of them have the experience or knowledge necessary to get the best results.
There are a few key things to consider when choosing a personal injury lawyer in Chicago. Here are a few tips to help you find the best lawyer for your needs.
Seek an Experienced Personal Injury
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Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of auto accidents, and they can cause serious injuries. If you have been involved in a rear-end accident, it is important to be aware of any symptoms that may arise. A personal injury attorney can help you take the correct steps to pursue compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
Car accident victims may experience injuries such as:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries – These include injuries such as ligament sprains, strains, and tears; muscle spasms; whiplash; and contusions (bruising). Soft tissue injuries often result from rapid acceleration and deceleration


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Personal injury cases take many forms, including car accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect, construction accidents, dog bites, and product liability. Depending on the type of personal injury case, most claims involve an allegation of negligence, which requires the plaintiff to prove four core elements: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
The duty of care is the bedrock of every personal injury claim based on negligence. Generally, if the plaintiff cannot prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, the case will be unsuccessful in court.
Personal injury attorneys have extensive
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People who suffer injuries on the job can be entitled to workers’ compensation, and workers’ compensation benefits are usually paid regardless of fault. When an employer’s own negligence is the cause of a devastating accident, then people may want to pursue additional legal options beyond just workers’ compensation.
When Third Parties Are Liable for Workplace Accidents
If a person is involved in an accident while they are working, such as another person causing a motor vehicle accident while doing something for work, that person can recover workers’ compensation benefits that will help pay bills. The problem is that the
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As a parent, you have the right to visit and spend time with your child regardless of the relationship status between parents. In many cases, parents avoid going through the legal process to set up custody agreements. However, down the line, one party may violate the other party’s parental rights by denying them visitation with […]
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The statistics on dog bite injuries in Illinois alone demonstrate how prevalent dog bites are in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it would seem that one of the most cherished pets is the target of far too many attacks, whether intentional or not.
Children and the elderly frequently take an excessive number of bites. Although most of these dog bites result in minor injuries, a few also cause more severe injuries that could have long-term effects.
To comply with the dog bites statutes law, dog owners must keep their pets from hurting people or causing property damage. However, following the Illinois dog
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Insurance coverage is complicated. There are different types of coverage, limits, and situations where one type of insurance will apply but others will not. Some cover medical bills, whereas others cover damage to property. While policies and coverage types vary, certain types of coverage will come into play in a car accident case where there are one or more injured accident victims. The different types of coverage for auto accidents include:
Property Damage Liability
PDL covers damage you cause to another party’s motor vehicle, not bodily injury coverage. Illinois law requires a minimum of $20,000 in PD liability per accident.
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Losing a family member can be one of the most challenging things anyone will ever have to go through. This is even more true if they died due to someone else’s negligence. However, what hurts most about wrongful death cases is that the person did not have to die. Instead, the negligence of another caused their untimely death. This can be excruciatingly painful to have to accept.
In Illinois, the Wrongful Death Act paves the way for family members to seek justice after their loved one’s death. In addition, the law allows for wrongful death claims to seek compensation if
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Every mother hopes for a quick, problem-free birth. Unfortunately, sometimes the labor process can be wrought with complications and difficulties. Prolonged labor or “failure to progress” is any labor that lasts more than 20 hours for a first-time mother or 14 hours in subsequent births. Without medical intervention, prolonged labor puts both mother and baby at risk of birth injuries.
Why is Prolonged Labor So Dangerous?
Many different problems can cause prolonged labor. The baby may be too large to fit through the mother’s birth canal or in the wrong position. Weak contractions and other issues can also lead to
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People who suffer work-related injuries that fall under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and cannot work or face certain work restrictions can be entitled to temporary disability benefits.
TTD benefits begin when an injured worker is off work for two consecutive weeks and become payable on the first full day the worker is authorized to be off of work. TTD benefits are paid weekly or biweekly depending on how an injured worker was paid by their employer.
Who Is Entitled To Ttd Benefits After A Work Injury?
TTD benefits are paid to workers who miss at least three days of
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Getting the news that you will be losing a limb can be devastating, especially after a car accident that is not your fault. Yet traffic accidents are the second leading cause of amputations. Sometimes you may not even have time to digest the horrible news because it happens in a violent car crash. Other times, a doctor may say they need to amputate to save your life. Amputation injuries can have a profound impact on your life and for that reason are considered catastrophic injuries.
Common Amputation Injuries
Trauma caused by car crashes, sports injuries, and workplace accidents accounts
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Many people are injured while working every year. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be aware that you can receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits will cover your medical treatment, and they may also reimburse you for some of the income lost while you were recovering or because of a permanent disability. You will be eligible for workers’ comp no matter whether you or your employer were responsible for your injuries. But did you know that in some cases, a third party can also be held liable for your workplace accident? In these situations, you
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After getting into a crash, it is common for victims to suffer from injuries to the head, neck or back.
Many people only consider the physical impact of these injuries when considering the aftermath. However, back injuries often result in negative emotional and mental impacts, too.
Healing with chronic pain
The International Association for the Study of Pain discusses injuries after a crash and their potential impact. As mentioned, many of these injuries result in mental and emotional effects, too.
This is due to the fact that many back injury sufferers will go on to become chronic pain sufferers. Chronic
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