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Mistakes to Avoid Making During Your Truck Accident Case

 Posted on November 06, 2023 in Truck Accidents

Joliet Personal Injury LawyerTruck accidents are some of the most devastating motor vehicle accidents that can occur on our roads. The size and speed of a truck can utterly obliterate most things in its path, such as regular-sized cars and more, making trucks among the most dangerous vehicles on the road. When pursuing a truck accident case, it is crucial to avoid common mistakes that can risk your chances of receiving fair compensation. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact an aggressive lawyer in Illinois to ensure that you know and understand your rights as you move forward with your case.

Do Not Delay Medical Treatment and Documentation

One of the most critical mistakes to avoid is delaying medical treatment and failing to document your injuries. Seeking immediate medical attention after a truck accident is crucial for not only your physical well-being but the strength of your case as well. Delaying treatment may lead to doubts about the severity of your injuries or allow insurance companies to argue that your injuries were not caused by the truck accident. Furthermore, it is crucial to keep thorough records of all medical treatments, prescriptions, and related expenses to demonstrate the negative impact the accident had on your physical and emotional health.

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Can You Recover from a Catastrophic Injury?

 Posted on October 26, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Injury LawyerCatastrophic injuries are not a typical injury. For an injury to meet the criteria of being catastrophic, it needs to have a profound impact on the life of the injured person. Sometimes, the impact of an injury can be so profound, such as with a spinal cord injury, that individuals are unable to recover fully. However, this is not always the case. With the proper support and resources, there are indeed catastrophic injuries that you can slowly but surely recover from. 

A critical factor in determining whether someone recovers from a catastrophic injury or not is whether they hire a lawyer. This is because your Illinois lawyer will help you maximize your compensation. And by maximizing your compensation, you help ensure you have the resources necessary to recover as fully as possible from your catastrophic injury. 

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Do Wrongful Death Cases Result in Automatic Compensation?

 Posted on October 16, 2023 in Personal Injury

Will County Wrongful Death LawyerLosing a loved one due to another person’s negligence or wrongful actions is among the most devastating experiences someone can go through. In such cases, the surviving family members may wonder if they are entitled to automatic compensation through a wrongful death claim. Compensation in wrongful death cases is not automatic. If you need legal assistance in pursuing a wrongful death claim, contact an experienced lawyer to provide you guidance moving forward.

Establishing Liability

The first step in an Illinois wrongful death case is establishing liability. This involves proving that the negligence of someone else caused the death. It is crucial to gather as much relevant evidence as you can, like accident reports, witness statements, and professional opinions, to support the claim. Once liability is established, compensation may be pursued through a wrongful death lawsuit. 

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How and Why Do Rollover Accidents Happen?

 Posted on October 05, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Car Crash LawyerRollover car accidents are among the most dangerous types of crashes, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. For many people, rollover accidents are something that only happens in the movies and are thought to be no real threat in real life. However, this is not the case. 

If you were injured in a rollover accident, contact a qualified Illinois lawyer today to begin your pursuit of compensation. Legal professionals are ready to assist you and help you obtain compensation at this time when you need it most. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Illinois is two years. Do not wait to bring forth a claim, as missing the two-year deadline will likely result in losing your chance to pursue compensation. 

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Understanding the Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

 Posted on September 26, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Personal Injury LawyerPedestrian accidents are a significant concern worldwide, resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. Understanding the causes of these accidents is important for those who have been injured and are now seeking compensation. If you were a pedestrian involved in an accident and you suffered injuries, contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options. 

Five Reasons Why Pedestrian Accidents Occur

  1. Negligent or distracted driving – Taking your eyes off the road is never a good idea, especially when driving near pedestrians. Drivers who engage in activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio are more likely to be involved in accidents. Failing to pay attention to the road and surrounding environment can result in collisions with pedestrians. 

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Injury Claims After Suffering an Injury While Not Wearing a Seatbelt

 Posted on September 13, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Seatbelt Injury LawyerSeatbelts are crucial safety devices designed to protect vehicle occupants in the event of a car accident. However, what happens if you are injured in an Illinois car accident while not wearing a seatbelt? If this has happened to you, understanding the legal implications now is important, as it may impact your ability to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact a lawyer today to pursue the compensation you may be entitled to as a result of your injury. 

Contributory Negligence and Comparative Fault

Illinois follows the principle of comparative fault, which means that the court assigns a percentage of fault to each party involved in an accident. If you were injured while not wearing a seatbelt, the court might determine that you were partially responsible for your injuries. This is because failing to wear a seatbelt is considered contributory negligence. The degree of fault assigned to you will reduce the amount of compensation you can recover from the other party involved in the accident. 

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Improperly Loaded Trucks Can Cause Deadly Accidents

 Posted on September 08, 2023 in Personal Injury

Elmhurst Truck Accident LawyerTrucks that are loaded improperly pose a significant risk on our roads, leading to devastating car accidents with potentially fatal consequences. If you were in an accident with an improperly loaded truck, contact an experienced attorney to ensure you understand the legal implications of the situation and can have a legal professional in your corner advocating for your rights and interests. 

Understanding the Risks

Properly loading a truck is crucial for maintaining stability, maneuverability, and safety. When a truck is improperly loaded, several risks arise, including:

  1. Shifting cargo – Improperly secured cargo can shift during transport, affecting the truck’s balance and stability. This can lead to the driver losing control, causing accidents such as rollovers. 

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Could I Sue if I am Injured by an Electric Car Fire?

 Posted on August 24, 2023 in Car Accidents

Untitled---2023-08-24T091321.960.jpgMore electric vehicles are hitting the road in Illinois and first responders want to be prepared. Firefighters are finding out that it can take three hours or longer to put out an electric car fire. By 2025 one in ten cars will be electric. Part of the problem is that thousands of gallons of water are needed when an electric car erupts into flames. If you or your loved one suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of an electric car fire, you should try to seek the help of an Illinois personal injury attorney.


Who Can Be Responsible for My Injuries?

Under Illinois law, if things meant to keep you safe do not work, you and your family should get a lawyer to help you get compensation for what happened. Most cars use batteries called lithium-ion. They are different from the old batteries with lead. These new batteries are stronger and can be charged quickly. Inside the battery, there are a lot of tiny parts called cells. If these parts break, the battery can get very hot and start a fire. Firefighters usually cannot put out these fires easily, because they need a lot of water and special tools.

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What Compensation Can I Recover for a Catastrophic Injury?

 Posted on August 14, 2023 in Catastrophic Injuries

Untitled---2023-08-14T111952.559.jpgSustaining a catastrophic injury is a life-altering event. You may never be able to return to the job you had and the lifestyle you enjoyed. You may need extensive medical follow-up care including a stay in a rehabilitation facility or long-term physical and occupational therapy. Your daily needs have changed. You may require help with things you used to do independently without a second thought, such as getting dressed or cooking dinner. A catastrophic injury is likely to lead to major changes in the way you live. The expenses associated with care for a catastrophic injury can be astronomical. Aside from the cost of healthcare and medical equipment, you are likely losing income due to an inability to work. You are likely worried about how you will afford to meet your needs while you are not working or have been forced to take a lower-paid position. You may be able to recover these costs and more by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries. 

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Top 3 Causes of Serious Car Accidents

 Posted on August 04, 2023 in Personal Injury

Untitled-86.jpgMinor car accidents happen all the time. In most cases, there is little damage to the cars and no serious bodily harm. Serious car accidents are slightly more unusual. Serious car accidents occur when someone has suffered a grave or catastrophic injury. In these cases, it is highly likely that the driver who caused the accident was doing something quite careless, if not reckless or illegal. When you have been involved in a serious car accident, you likely have a lot of expenses to worry about. You may be missing work while medical bills pile up. The medical bills involved in these major accidents can be very high because you are likely to need intensive medical interventions. Many who have suffered a catastrophic injury will continue to need medical care for the rest of their lives. If you were seriously injured in a car accident, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as you are able to. You may be able to recover most or all of your expenses related to the accident.

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