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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While slip-and-fall injuries may not sound exceedingly serious, these events can have detrimental legal consequences if the injury was caused by the negligence or irresponsibility of a property owner. For example, in Illinois, the Premises Liability Act states that property owners are obliged to both proprietors and guests to keep them safe from all foreseeable hazards. Furthermore, property owners must be held accountable for ensuring their property is hazard-free. 
Suffering from an injury, regardless of circumstance, can be a scary and overwhelming time for anyone. If you or someone you love injured themselves due to what you believe to be
Continue Reading Can I Seek Damages for a Slip-and-Fall Injury in DuPage County?

You are driving down a picturesque road in DuPage County when suddenly you are struck head-on by another vehicle. Waking up in the emergency room, the doctor informs you that you have suffered a spinal cord injury and may never walk again. Your very existence has been upended instantly, with life as you knew it irrevocably shattered. 
Catastrophic injuries from a car accident involving the neck and spinal cord are amongst the most severe injuries someone can experience. During this turbulent and frightening period in your life, it is vital to remember that since you are suffering from a personal
Continue Reading What to Do If You Suffered a Catastrophic Car Accident Injury in Illinois

When someone falls and breaks their arm, the extent of the injury is usually apparent immediately. An x-ray can further assess the damage. From there, the patient undergoes surgery, rehabilitation, and other medical treatments needed to heal the broken arm. 
Unfortunately, head injuries are much more elusive.  The brain is a complex organ, and even doctors have difficulty assessing the full extent of an injury. That’s why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention after sustaining any kind of blow to the head, even if you don’t feel like you’re injured. Head injuries and brain injuries can also cause a
Continue Reading Does Illinois Workers' Compensation Cover Head Injuries?

Most people do not think about how often they use their shoulders until an injury limits their use. Everything from driving a car to household chores like dusting requires the use of our shoulders. When an individual suffers a shoulder injury such as a torn rotator cuff, it can impact nearly every aspect of their lives.
Rotator cuff injuries are usually the result of sudden force to the upper body. Car accidents, falls, and work-related accidents are some of the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries. If another party’s reckless or irresponsible actions cause someone to suffer a rotator
Continue Reading Taking Legal Action After a Major Shoulder Injury

Being the victim of a robbery, assault, battery, sexual assault, or another violent crime is something that can change your life forever. The immediate physical injuries resulting from the attack are often just the beginning. Many people suffer from lingering psychological, emotional, and personal consequences for years or decades after the attack. They have trouble working or even completing everyday tasks like running errands. Many are consumed by fear and anxiety.

When a business’s failure to provide adequate security leads to an avoidable attack, the business may be liable for damages.  If you were injured in a violent attack, you
Continue Reading When Is a Business Liable for an Assault?

Side-impact crashes or “T-bone” accidents often occur at intersections. One driver may run a red light or stop sign and collide with the vehicle traveling in the perpendicular direction. Alternatively, a driver may lose control on a multiple-lane highway and cause a side impact collision.  The results of T-bone accidents can be catastrophic. The vehicle may become pinned against a guardrail or flip over. Vehicle occupants can be trapped inside the car and unable to get out.
If you or a loved one were injured in a T-bone accident, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault
Continue Reading T-Bone Accident Injury Claims in Illinois

Work accidents and injuries happen every day in the United States. Some are as minor as a skinned knee or bruise. Other work injuries lead to long-term or permanent impairment. In Illinois, workers’ compensation is required. Employers with one or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance which is used to reimburse injured employees for lost wages and medical bills.

If you were hurt in a work-related incident, it is important to know your rights. If your injuries have reduced your ability to work or forced you to take a lesser-paying position, you may be entitled to compensation for lost
Continue Reading Pursuing Compensation for Reduced Earning Capacity After a Work Accident

Illinois law allows people to file an injury claim or lawsuit against a party if that party’s actions caused them harm. Through a personal injury claim, individuals hurt in a car crash, commercial truck wreck, construction accident, slip and fall, or other incidents may be able to recover financial compensation for their damages.
Bringing a winning injury claim and recovering monetary damages is no easy task. Insurance companies will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying injured parties what they need and deserve. You will need a powerful claim backed by persuasive evidence to be successful.
Continue Reading 10 Potential Evidence Sources in Your Personal Injury Claim

Illinois summers provide motorcyclists with ample opportunities to enjoy beautiful scenery and perfect riding weather. While riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, riders lack crucial protection in accidents. A minor misjudgment or split-second mistake on the part of a car or truck driver can result in an accident that causes critical and even fatal injuries to motorcycle riders.
When a motorcyclist is hurt or killed, the rider or their surviving family may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you do so.
Common Causes
Continue Reading Can I Seek Damages From the Driver Who Hit Me on My Motorcycle?

In a perfect world, an employee would suffer a work-related injury, file their workers’ compensation claim, have that claim approved, and take the time they needed to heal, while having all of their medical expenses paid and their wages covered. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation process is rarely that simple because employers and their insurance companies are notorious for trying to deny an injured worker’s right to benefits.
One of the most common methods used by insurance companies is to put the injured worker under surveillance in order to “catch” them doing something that contradicts their injury claim.
Surveillance Tactics
The
Continue Reading Can Insurance Companies Conduct Surveillance on Injured Workers in Illinois?

In general, workers’ compensation covers employees who are injured in accidents that occur on the job. These commonly include accidents at construction sites and factories, carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive tasks, and slip and fall accidents. However, for employees who regularly travel for their job, whether it is long-distance travel or just driving from job site to job site, questions of eligibility for workers’ compensation get more complicated. Injuries may occur away from an office or job site and sometimes outside of work hours. Since the cases can be subject to interpretation and are often more challenging, it is important
Continue Reading Am I Entitled to Workers’ Comp If I Am Injured During Work Travel?

Summertime in Illinois brings the risk of severe thunderstorms. The pounding winds and driving rain can leave behind a trail of destruction and can make driving treacherous. While you cannot control how others on the road are driving, you can take precautions to help avoid a car accident. If you are struck by another vehicle in an accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you seek compensation for any damages or injuries you sustained.
Five Tips for Safe Storm Driving
Any time that you drive, there is a chance of being involved in an accident,
Continue Reading Stay Safe While Driving in an Illinois Thunderstorm

The pain of a torn rotator cuff or any other shoulder injury can impact even the most basic of everyday moments. You may have difficulty and experience pain when you raise your arm. You could be unable to pick up and lift even small items without pain, impacting your ability to get things done around the house and at work. You could even suffer from pain when trying to sleep, impacting your ability to get a restful night. No matter what type of accident led to your rotator cuff injury, a personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for
Continue Reading What Are My Options if I Tore My Rotator Cuff in an Accident?

 Car accidents can leave you feeling jarred and tense. Once the adrenaline wears off, you may realize that the pain you felt from the initial collision is not going away. Often in car accidents, the driver or passengers will be suddenly jolted, causing their head to move backward rapidly or forward suddenly and sharply. This can cause a neck sprain known as whiplash. Knowing the signs of whiplash and when to call your doctor is essential. It is also important to contact an experienced car accident attorney who can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and
Continue Reading Do I Have Whiplash from a Car Accident?

When your job involves making the same movements or performing the same tasks every day, it may be easy to fall into a routine. You may not even notice the minor pain which is slowly developing. However, repetitive motion at a job has the potential to cause serious medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bulging discs, lower back injuries, tendonitis, and bursitis. Not every worker is at risk for these injuries equally. Some jobs are more prone to cause repetitive injuries than others. No matter what your line of work is, if you have suffered a repetitive stress injury
Continue Reading Jobs Where Repetitive Stress Injuries Are Most Common

Accidents are one of the more common causes of neck injuries. Whether it is whiplash from a car accident, a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall, or any other neck injury, you can suffer serious pain and have other negative impacts on your quality of life. The pain of a neck injury could impact your ability to perform everyday tasks and could even impact your employment. If you suffered a neck injury through someone else’s negligence, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation from those at fault.
Diagnosis and Treatments for Neck
Continue Reading Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment for a Neck Injury