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Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Americans under age 55, and the frightening truth is that they can happen to anyone, at any time. For many victims of car accidents, injuries are instant and obvious; for others, however, symptoms of injuries may not appear for hours, days, or even weeks. In stressful situations, the human body releases adrenaline that can mask pain, leading to a failure to diagnose and treat issues right away. If you have recently been in a car accident and are now experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be
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When victims of serious personal injury are eligible to receive damages from a responsible individual or company, there are two main kinds of damages that are recoverable: Compensatory damages and punitive damages. These two categories may be split into further categories, but for most purposes, understanding the difference between compensatory and punitive damages is sufficient. 
Not everybody will be able to sue for both kinds of damages, and although compensatory damages are the most common form of damages, there are cases where punitive damages are available as well. If you have been injured in a personal injury case, a qualified
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Sometimes car accidents are simply tragic affairs and it is impossible to blame a party who acted wrongly. Other times, however, serious personal injury or death resulting from a car accident is the consequence of negligent or wrongful behavior on the part of an individual or company. When someone is in a car accident and dies before a full legal recovery can take place, survivors often have the right to file a lawsuit. 
There are two main parts of a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois – survival action and wrongful death action. These are related but distinct, and it is
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Lipitor, or atorvastatin, is a drug that is often prescribed to patients whose “bad” cholesterol levels are too high. Like any FDA-approved drug, Lipitor can be helpful to those for whom its use is appropriate, potentially lowering the risk of heart disease. But studies suggest Lipitor has serious side effects, including causing users to develop type 2 diabetes. 
A recently published study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that users of Lipitor and other statin medications are at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes or, if patients already suffered from type 2 diabetes, developing more severe symptoms. Serious
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When you get behind the wheel of a car and drive, you may find yourself surrounded by trucks transporting large loads of goods. Drivers usually assume that these loads are securely fastened and will not come loose. Federal regulations and professional conduct in the trucking industry are meant to prevent disastrous accidents from happening because of items that fall from trucks or liquids spilled in the road. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies do not always follow the proper regulations or practices, and unsecured loads can lead to deadly truck accidents.  
Commercial Trucks Can Cause Accidents Due to
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Hives, rashes, and fevers are common side effects of an allergic reaction to medication, but in the worst cases, such allergic reactions can send patients into potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. During anaphylactic shock, a patient’s airways often constrict, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. Dizziness, low blood pressure, vomiting, seizures, and loss of consciousness can occur. These reactions can cause substantial health problems, leading to large medical bills and prolonged health consequences. 
It is consequently very important for medical professionals to never administer medication to which a patient is allergic. Unfortunately, sometimes healthcare staff behave negligently and make
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If a driver in Illinois hits another car, a pedestrian, or another object with their car, the law prohibits them from leaving the scene of the accident under threat of felony charges. Unfortunately, this law does not keep people from leaving accidents they caused or were involved in. Leaving the scene of an accident can enhance the chances of severe injury or death to the victim of a hit and run who is in need of medical assistance.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, or someone you love has died in such an accident,
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 Although commercial airlines very rarely experience aviation disasters, smaller private planes crash much more often. Around 300 people die every year in private plane crashes, and there are well over 1,000 non-fatal accidents every year in America alone. While the chances of being injured or killed in a plane crash are still very small, the impact of such a catastrophic accident can change the course of many people’s lives forever. Victims of plane crashes or their families may even have cause to sue for personal injury
What Causes Private Plane Crashes? 
Private plane crashes pose additional challenges to investigators,
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Roughly 350,000 Americans rely on an insulin pump to provide life-sustaining care. When an insulin pump fails, the results can be catastrophic. Patients who rely on an insulin pump may become gravely ill or even die if the pump fails to deliver the right amount of insulin at the right time. Patients may also suffer harm if they were given an insulin pump, but were not adequately instructed on how to use it safely. If you or a loved one was harmed by a defective insulin pump, contact an attorney to find out what type of compensation you may
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If you have been injured due to the actions of another person or party, it is understandable that you would want to hold that party accountable, not only for the purposes of recovering financial compensation, but also for achieving a sense of justice. You may even feel that the other party should be punished for their actions. In Illinois, it is sometimes possible to pursue such a punishment in the form of punitive damages. However, the situations in which punitive damages may be included in a personal injury claim are limited, and it is important to understand whether and how
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Earlier this month, there was a scare in Park Ridge, Illinois, when a Metra train struck a car that was stuck on the tracks. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in this instance, but it is certainly possible for people to suffer serious injuries when a commuter train collides with a passenger vehicle. If you are injured in such an accident, or any accident involving public transportation, you can benefit from a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who can work through the complications of the case and help you get the compensation you need.
Liability in Public Transportation Accidents
Perhaps the
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If you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, the thought of spending the next several months or more in a legal battle can be overwhelming. It may come as welcome news that most personal injury claims are settled out of court with the at-fault party and their insurance provider, and when a settlement is possible, it can save you significant time and stress. However, it is sometimes necessary to elevate a claim to a lawsuit and pursue compensation through litigation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand whether this is likely in your case, as
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This month, Amazon surpassed Walmart to become the world’s largest retailer of consumer products. Chances are, you have ordered a product through Amazon at least once, if not on a regular basis. However, not all products offered on Amazon’s marketplace are safe for consumers, and defective products have the potential to cause serious injuries to their users. If you or a loved one suffers an injury because of a product you purchased on Amazon, you may wonder what your options are for recovering compensation.
Amazon’s New “A-to-Z Guarantee”  
Many of the products sold on Amazon are offered by third-party sellers.
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Car crashes have many variables, and there are a number of reasons why one accident victim could suffer more severe injuries than another. However, certain types of car accidents tend to result in more serious injuries, and these are the cases in which it is especially important for victims to understand their options for recovering compensation. An attorney who has experience with many different kinds of car accidents is a valuable asset when pursuing a personal injury claim.
Single-Vehicle Accidents
According to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), single-vehicle accidents account for more than half of all motor
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Each year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are hospitalized for serious burn injuries, and many injury victims are left with long-term complications. If you have suffered burn injuries, you could be facing high medical expenses, permanent scarring or disability, and ongoing physical and mental strain. Determining the root cause of a burn injury can be complicated, and it may not be readily apparent who is at fault. However, with the help of a personal injury attorney, you can determine the factors that contributed to your injuries and pursue the compensation you need.
Causes of Burn Injuries
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We live in a society in which dogs are extremely popular pets and companions, and as such, the idea of a dog biting a person, let alone causing serious injury, may seem unlikely to many people. However, this makes it all the more shocking and devastating when a dog does become violent. Some dog bite victims suffer life-altering, and even life-threatening, injuries, and it is important to be aware of the options for recovering compensation to account for the financial and personal costs of these injuries.
Catastrophic Dog Bite Injuries
Many dog bite victims are fortunate to escape with minor
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