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Unintentional injuries land millions of people in the emergency room each year. However, you have legal rights if your injury is caused by another person or party’s negligence or recklessness.
Medical malpractice, auto accidents, workplace injuries – the list goes on. Unintentional injuries can impact your life in many ways. When someone else’s negligence causes this interruption, you deserve compensation.
Unfortunately, navigating the complex personal injury laws in Chicago alone can be overwhelming and frustrating. This is why you should contact our legal team for assistance. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., our Chicago personal injury attorneys will investigate your situation
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A Chicago car accident can have devastating outcomes. When a truck collides with a passenger car, the results can be fatal.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are extremely common in the U.S. and Chicago. If you are the victim of a truck accident, you have legal rights. At Drake & Collopy, P.C., we can investigate your situation and help you file a claim to recover compensation for your losses.
The Danger of Chicago Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are extremely dangerous. The massive weight and size of commercial trucks make them especially dangerous.
Additionally, many truck drivers are on the road for
Continue Reading Proving Negligence in a Chicago Truck Accident

Knowing what to do and what not to do after an accident is not intuitive. This is especially true if you are involved in a situation where you need to figure out who is at fault.
If you are injured, you likely know you need to call emergency services. If you are involved in a car accident, you need to contact the police. However, what steps should you take from there?
Knowing what to do and what mistakes to avoid after a personal injury accident is essential to protect your right to compensation. Here, you can learn some of the
Continue Reading 7 Mistakes You Can Make to Hurt Your Chicago Personal Injury Case

Your spinal cord is an important part of your body. It sends signals from your brain to the rest of your body. 
If the spinal cord is damaged, serious health issues may arise. Spinal cord injuries are often devastating and can change your life and the life of your family forever. If you are paralyzed in an accident, your ability to live a normal life, like you once knew, is stripped away. Unfortunately, paralysis can occur in multiple accident situations. 
A common accident that leads to paralysis is auto collisions. However, a slip and fall can have the same devastating
Continue Reading The Long-Term Burden of Paralysis After an Accident 

Laws known as statutes of limitations define how long a person has to launch a lawsuit against a business or person. It is no longer feasible to submit a claim or case relating to the claimed occurrence or event once this window of time or the applicable legal deadline has elapsed.
If the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in one state is two years, for instance, and you bring a claim two years and one day after the alleged occurrence, you’re out of luck. With very few circumstances, a lawsuit cannot be brought against a doctor or hospital after
Continue Reading What is a Statute of Limitations?

There are some details of Illinois’ personal injury claims procedure that you should be aware of if you were recently hurt and would like to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries. The issue of who can be held accountable in personal injury claims depends on the nature of the case. The following are some typical personal injury cases in Illinois:

  • Workers’ compensation – If an employee in Illinois sustains an injury while doing their duties, their employer is often held responsible for the severity of the injury. Although legally the employer is also responsible, workers’ compensation insurance is

Continue Reading Making an Injury Claim in Illinois

According to personal injury law, the individual who may be found to have a duty of care is the one who is most likely to be sued. Duty of care applies to a wide range of routine tasks. Retail establishments have a responsibility to prevent slip-and-fall incidents for customers. Every driver has a duty of care that compels them to drive safely at all times.
Medical professionals have a duty of care that requires them to practice their crafts in accordance with recognized standards. Manufacturers have a responsibility to guarantee that their goods don’t expose customers to unnecessary dangers. There
Continue Reading Understanding Who Is Responsible for Duty of Care in Chicago

It can be challenging to define what constitutes a major vehicle accident, particularly given some horrifying incidents only produce minor injuries, while a very low-impact fender bender could result in painful and disabling injuries. A person has suffered a significant injury if they continue to experience the consequences of their injuries for weeks, months, or even years after the incident, even though there is no clear definition of what constitutes a serious or minor vehicle accident.
While significant injuries to accident victims in low-impact collisions are not very common, they can and do happen. For example, many accident victims emerge
Continue Reading What’s Considered a Serious Injury in A Car Accident?

As personal injury attorneys in Chicago, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of pedestrian accidents. These types of accidents can result in serious injuries or even death, and they often have a profound impact on the lives of those involved.
Pedestrian accidents occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle while walking or crossing the street. These types of accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including driver distraction, failure to yield, speeding, and intoxication.
Pedestrian Accidents in Chicago: What the Statistics Show
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 1,112 pedestrian
Continue Reading When Do You Need a Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

As personal injury attorneys in Chicago for many years, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of accidents involving intoxicated drivers. These types of accidents are completely preventable, yet they continue to occur with alarming frequency.
Drunk driving accidents occur when a driver operates a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These types of accidents can be caused by a variety of substances, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and illegal drugs.
What the Statistics Show
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 8,024 drunk driving crashes in Chicago in 2019. These accidents resulted
Continue Reading How to Proceed if You are Involved in a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident

Blunt force head trauma is one of the most devastating injuries. Blunt force trauma is the sixth-leading cause of death worldwide. Head injuries can also put the victim in a coma, cause brain damage, skull fractures, bleeding in the brain, and other complications.
There are many reasons why one may sustain a head injury, such as from accidents, assault, or negligence. Here are some leading causes of blunt force and how this injury affects the body. You should also know when you will need a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
What Is Blunt Force Trauma?
Blunt force trauma is a physical
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You would like to think other drivers are concerned about safe driving and always follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are many ways a driver can be negligent on the road, and running a red light is one of them. Nearly 1 in 3 drivers reported running a red light in the past 30 days, making this a massive traffic problem. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
Here is why red light running is a dangerous habit that all drivers should break. And if you
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Whether your loved one passed away due to a car accident, medical malpractice, a construction site accident, or for another negligent reason, understand that you can seek justice for your loved one against the at-fault party.
The law is known as wrongful death and includes any death caused by negligence, wrongful act, or breach of the standard of care by another party. If you want justice for your loved one, you should hire an experienced Chicago wrongful death lawyer to handle your case. But what does a wrongful death lawyer do?
Explain Your Legal Rights
When you hire a lawyer,
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When someone else’s careless or negligent conduct injures you, you may be hesitant to hire an attorney, concerned you will not be able to afford their services. However, in personal injury law, this is not the case. Attorneys who operate in this area of law work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only receive a payment if your case is successful.
Learning more about these fees and how much you should expect to pay will ensure you know what to expect when you hire a personal injury lawyer.
Average Percentage Amounts Taken by Personal Injury Attorneys
Continue Reading What Fees Do Most Personal Injury Lawyers Charge? 

Car accidents can happen at any time and anywhere. The aftermath of an accident can be scary, confusing, and overwhelming. If you are involved in an accident, you may be unsure what to do or what options you have.
For example, do you know who was at fault and who is responsible for the medical bills and damages?
You may also wonder if you can file an accident claim against the at-fault party and how long after an accident you can do this. It is important to be aware that there are strict time limitations for filing legal claims of
Continue Reading How Long After a Car Accident Can You File a Claim in Illinois?

As you may know, it can be difficult to understand the variety of moving parts in a personal injury case. It’s even more difficult when you may be suffering from an injury. In this blog, we will explain the Illinois statute of limitations, personal injury protection, and the role that insurance companies play in the process as a whole.
In the event that you need representation or would like to speak with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, please feel free to contact us for more information regarding your case.
What is a Statute of Limitations?
Laws known as
Continue Reading Personal Injury: Statute of Limitations, PIP, and Insurance Companies