Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C.

The Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C. focuses the majority of its practice in two main areas: personal injury and workers' compensation. As the founder and owner of this Wheaton-based law firm, I offer individuals and businesses across northern Illinois comprehensive legal services.

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When dealing with aggravated existing injuries or repeated injuries on the job, it can be more challenging for individuals to obtain workers’ compensation. When receiving financial payment for a work-related injury or illness, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission must determine that the injury occurred due to the job at hand and not other outstanding factors. If a worker had a pre-existing injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, that was aggravated at work, a skilled workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help pursue financial compensation. Below are the steps to follow if you want to seek compensation for an
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Trips and falls occur all the time. In fact, they are one of the most common incidents that lead to personal injuries. According to a statistic from the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration division (OSHA), there were approximately 230,000 slip and fall injuries cases in 2019. Uneven sidewalks, especially in large metropolitan cities like Chicago, lead to multiple trip and fall accidents. In Illinois, the De Minimis Rule can help victims receive compensation for any injuries sustained or medical payments made due to a fall from uneven sidewalks.
What is the De Minimis Rule?
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While many types of accidents can lead to serious injuries, back injuries can be especially dangerous. Injuries sustained to the spine, vertebrae, or other areas of the back can limit movement and cause an individual intense pain. These injuries can occur from doing home improvement projects around the house, playing a sport, partaking in heavy lifting, or other accidents. When an individual sustains a back injury due to another person’s negligence or malice, a victim can pursue compensation to cover any related costs. 
Understanding Serious Back Injuries 
Back injuries, especially to the lower back, are widespread. Many people sustain lower
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Car accidents can occur in a blink of an eye and leave individuals with lifelong injuries. Injuries sustained in a severe car accident can leave victims with substantial medical bills and rehabilitation payments, leaving many people unsure of their next steps. Victims injured in a car accident in Illinois can take action to receive financial compensation to cover these costs. However, there are rules for filing for compensation, including a strict timeline.
The Personal Injury Claims Process
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life in a car accident, you may choose to file a
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There are many instances of workplace hazards that can lead to injury on the job. Most of the time, people picture workplace accidents as the primary source of workers’ compensation available to employees, such as falls or trucking accidents. However, other hazards can be prevalent on the job. Employees such as healthcare personnel, sanitation workers, factory employees, or even skilled construction workers are exposed to dangerous occupational hazards that can result in occupational disease. With the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, employees who have contracted an occupational illness can file for worker’s compensation.
What is an Occupational Disease?
According to
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Wrist injuries are prevalent and can occur from many different causes, including car accidents or falls. The hands, wrist, and fingers are critical parts of the body. Without the ability to use their hands, people cannot take care of themselves, complete daily tasks, or even work. If you have sustained a wrist injury as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to file for a personal injury claim depending on the severity of your injury, who was at fault, and the impact it has had on your life. 
Types of Wrist Injuries 
Wrist injuries that occur from an
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Being severely injured does not only cause physical pain and suffering, but also psychological suffering. Whether someone is hurt in a work accident, slip and fall, or car crash, the accident may cause suffering long after physical symptoms have subsided. Many accident victims struggle with insomnia, flashbacks, and anxiety after being injured. Individuals in this situation may be entitled to compensation for mental health treatment and other medical needs resulting from the accident. They may also be entitled to compensation for their pain, mental anguish, and lost quality of life.
Mental Health Issues After a Serious Injury
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The majority of car crashes are caused by human error behind the wheel. However, not every accident is a result of the driver’s behavior. Sometimes, problems with the vehicle itself are the root cause of an auto accident. Vehicle defects may be caused by vehicle components that were defective in design or manufacture from the start. Other times, vehicle defects are caused by inadequate or negligent vehicle maintenance.
Car Accidents Caused by Negligent Dealerships or Repair Shops
Mechanics and repair shops cannot perform miracles. Sometimes a vehicle is damaged beyond repair or the mechanic is not skilled enough to
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There are a variety of situations where employees may suffer work-related injuries, and they will typically be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault. However, both employers and employees may be unsure about how to approach injuries that occurred while a person was working at home. This is an increasingly important issue, because the number of people who work remotely has grown significantly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. By understanding what types of injuries are considered work-related, employees can make sure they will be able to receive workers’ comp benefits in these cases.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were hopeful that reduced traffic would lead to fewer car accidents. With more people working from home, as well as a reduction in the amount of time people spend face-to-face with others, this has led to fewer vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, decreased traffic has not had the positive effect that was hoped for, and in fact, pedestrian accidents have increased significantly over the past couple of years in Illinois and throughout the United States. In many cases, these accidents are fatal, and many pedestrians suffer wrongful deaths after being struck by negligent
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Accidents happen. Whether a slip and fall accident occurred after walking on an icy path, slipping on a spilled liquid in your local grocery store or a loose step that wasn’t secured properly on a stairwell, these types of personal injuries can be serious. It is important to understand your rights when looking for financial compensation for medical needs after sustaining a slip and fall injury. If you, or a loved one, slipped on something faulty, unsecured, or otherwise dangerous, a personal injury attorney may be able to secure financial compensation for you.

Who Is Liable?
The first thing that
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 Although most people do not anticipate becoming a car-crash victim on their daily commutes, motor vehicle accidents occur each day. Car accidents can lead to life-long injuries and can often be fatal. During a car accident, it is important for all of the parties involved to remain at the scene of the crash until police arrive, receive medical attention, and identify the reason for the accident. Police will make a report on the accident that can assist with filing an insurance claim or seeking compensation for injuries resulting from the crash. However, how can a car accident victim proceed
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Occupational injuries can come in many forms, including muscle sprains, broken bones, and slips and falls. Sometimes, the injuries sustained by an employee on the job are severe enough to cause long-term inability to work. In these scenarios, the employee may end up losing money they would have otherwise earned due to their reduced capacity to work from the injury or their employer’s unwillingness to accommodate for the injury. The implications can be life-changing and cause hardworking individuals to lose income.

Understanding Your Work Injury
Depending on the occupational injury sustained by the individual, they may be entitled to receive
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 Delivery truck drivers are often exposed to extreme elements on the roads. From car accidents on slippery black ice to carpal tunnel from long, uncomfortable drives, truck drivers who experience an injury on the job can file for workers’ compensation. In the state of Illinois, worker’s compensation claims can yield significant financial damages to an injured driver. If you are a truck driver who was injured on the job, workers’ compensation lawyer can help you fight for your rights.
Types of Workplace Injuries on the Road 
There are a variety of injuries that can occur on the job as
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Navigating life after experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be both frightening and frustrating. You may be left wondering how to pay for treatment or rehabilitation and where you can find help filing a personal injury claim. Experiencing a TBI could significantly impact your, or a loved one’s, life, and it is important to reach out to a skilled attorney to help you determine if you are entitled to monetary compensation. 
Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Car accidents, a slip-and-fall accident or an act of violence can all lead to a TBI. Due to the severity of
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Most car crashes are the culmination of numerous different factors. Speeding, winter weather, driver fatigue, inadequate vehicle maintenance, and countless other circumstances can create the perfect storm of events during an accident. This can make it very difficult for police, attorneys, insurance companies, and car accident victims to know who is ultimately at fault for the wreck.
If you or a loved one were recently hurt in a car accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages through a personal injury claim. Accident reconstruction, or the process of recreating what happened during the crash,
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