Blog
14496 John Humphrey Drive, Suite 100, Orland Park, IL 60462
Search
Schwartz Injury Law

CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Orland Park Office708-888-2160

Joliet Office815-723-7300

Glen Ellyn Office630-349-2325

Elmhurst Office630-415-0500

Peoria Office309-524-6900

Recent Blog Posts

Injuries and Deaths Caused by Drivers Intoxicated by Marijuana

 Posted on July 08, 2022 in Personal Injury

Cook County Personal Injury AttorneyMarijuana products are now commercially available in Illinois and many other states. Adults aged 21 and over are permitted to smoke or otherwise consume marijuana without fear of criminal consequences. However, the right to consume marijuana is not without limits and driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal.

Drivers who are intoxicated by cannabis flower or THC products are more likely to make dangerous mistakes behind the wheel. Consequently, “drugged driving” is prohibited by Illinois law.

If you or a loved one were injured in a crash caused by a drugged driver, you may have question about your legal rights. Can I file an injury claim against the driver? Do I have to prove that the driver was intoxicated to recover compensation? How much financial compensation can I receive? Read on to learn more.

Continue Reading ››

Addressing Catastrophic Injuries from a Cook County Motorcycle Accident

 Posted on June 30, 2022 in Motorcycle Accidents

cook-county-personal-injury-lawyer.jpgAs compared to individuals in a passenger vehicle, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to suffer severe and fatal injuries in a crash. Motorcycles do not protect crash victims the way that closed vehicles protect victims. Motorcycles are also smaller and less visible to other drivers, making them more likely to be involved in a collision. For these and other reasons, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than other motorists. Sadly, motorcycle crash victims who do survive are often left with catastrophic injuries resulting in long-term disabilities.

Motorcycle Crash Injuries

Even the most responsible motorcyclist can be involved in a crash. Wearing a helmet and other protective gear can reduce the extent of injuries sustained in a crash, but protective equipment does not prevent every injury.

Continue Reading ››

Injury Claims for Truck Accidents Resulting in Vital Organ Damage

 Posted on June 24, 2022 in Truck Accidents

b2ap3_thumbnail_orland-park-truck-crash-lawyer.jpgThe forces placed on a human body in a severe truck collision often cause catastrophic injuries. Injuries to vital organs can be especially dangerous and are often deadly. Extensive, long-term medical care is usually needed in order for people with vital organ injuries to survive. Those who do survive their injuries may suffer from medical complications and reduced function for the rest of their lives.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury to a vital organ or another catastrophic injury in a commercial truck crash, speak to a truck accident injury attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be able to recover financial compensation.

Injuries to Organs Can Result in Disability or Death

Commercial truck crashes may be caused by driver error, issues with the truck, or almost countless other factors. In an instant, a large truck crash can change the course of a person’s life. Internal organ injuries usually require surgery and substantial follow-up care. Vital organs are those organs that are essential to life. They include:

Continue Reading ››

Face Injuries Suffered in an Accident Can Be Life-Changing

 Posted on June 17, 2022 in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_orland-park-personal-injury-attorney_20220617-150908_1.jpgWhen having a conversation with someone, we automatically look at the person’s face. Our faces are a crucial aspect of our identity. They allow us to express joy, apprehension, excitement, anger, and other emotions.

Severe injuries to the face are not only painful physically but can also result in deep psychological pain. Many facial injury sufferers struggle with body image issues, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress long after the injury-causing accident. Some suffer permanent vision or hearing loss.

If you or a loved one sustained facial lacerations, puncture wounds, burns, or broken bones in the face, you are probably well aware of how impactful these types of injuries can be. Individuals who suffer face injuries in a car accident, dog attack, or another incident caused by another party’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for damages.

Continue Reading ››

Suing a Medical Facility or Doctor for an Infant’s Death

 Posted on June 09, 2022 in Medical Malpractice

b2ap3_thumbnail_cook-county-medical-negligence-lawyer.jpgFew things in life are as tragic and heart wrenching as the death of a newborn baby. If you or a loved one suffered the death of an infant recently, you may be evaluating your options. When an infant’s death is caused or contributed to by medical negligence, the parents may be able to sue the doctor, nurse, or medical facility that caused the untimely death.

Liability for a Baby’s Death

Sometimes, the death of a newborn is unavoidable. The baby may have been born with a genetic condition or another health ailment that made him or her unable to survive outside the womb. However, some infant deaths are directly caused by negligent medical care.

Wrongful death of an infant may be caused by:

Continue Reading ››

Calculating Lost Earning Capacity for an Injury Resulting in Disability

 Posted on May 26, 2022 in Catastrophic Injuries

b2ap3_thumbnail_orland-park-catastrophic-injury-attorney.jpgIn a split second, an accident can irreversibly change the course of someone's life. Whether an injury is caused in a car crash, work accident, sudden fall, or another type of accident, it is likely to have a profound impact on the victim. This is especially true of catastrophic injuries that result in permanent disability. Someone who is permanently disabled in an accident may be unable to fulfill the career plans he or she intended.

Individuals who suffer severe injuries that impact their ability to earn a living may be entitled to compensation for lost earning capacity. Read on to learn more.

Reduced Earning Capacity Caused by a Catastrophic Injury

Personal injury claims are used to pursue financial reimbursement for damages. Lost income and lost earning capacity are two categories of damages that are common in catastrophic injury cases. Lost income or lost wages refers to the income a person misses out on while he or she is recovering from an injury. Lost earning capacity, on the other hand, refers to the loss of a person's ability to earn an income.

Continue Reading ››

Paralysis Caused by a Car Accident: Exploring Your Options

 Posted on May 19, 2022 in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_orland-park-personal-injury-attorney.jpgMost people never think about how truly incredible our bodies are. Nerve signals are sent throughout the body at lightning speeds, allowing us to talk, walk, and move. Sadly, some people's lives change forever when they suffer a spinal cord injury in a car crash. Paralysis after a car accident may be temporary or permanent. Some people are able to regain partial or full movement while others are left with loss of function for the rest of their lives.

If you or a loved one were paralyzed because of injuries sustained in a car crash, you may be able to take legal action against the liable party. Financial reimbursement may be available for medical expenses, lost income, and much more.

Car Crash Injuries Resulting in Paralysis

Continue Reading ››

How Event Data Recorder Information is Used in a Truck Accident Case

 Posted on May 12, 2022 in Truck Accidents

b2ap3_thumbnail_joliet-truck-accident-lawyer.jpgThe National Safety Council reports that nearly 5,000 large trucks were involved in fatal auto accidents in 2020. Approximately 147,000 people were injured in truck accidents in the same year. Commercial trucks are much larger than the average vehicle on public roads and consequently, the damage caused in a commercial truck crash is often catastrophic. Personal injury lawsuits for commercial truck accidents often lead to six and seven-figure payouts. Frequently, information from the truck’s event data recorder is a key piece of evidence in a large commercial truck accident investigation.

What Does an Event Data Recorder Do?

Event data recorders (EDRs) sometimes called “black boxes” or electronic control modules may be installed in commercial vehicles or privately owned vehicles. The device records technical vehicle information before, during, and after a collision. This information can be used to understand the events that led to a crash and what happened during the collision.

Continue Reading ››

How Much Compensation Can Be Recovered for a Catastrophic Injury Caused by Negligence?

 Posted on May 05, 2022 in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_elmhurst-personal-injury-lawyer.jpgIn the legal realm, the word “negligence” refers to a party’s irresponsible, reckless, or careless action. Negligence may also refer to irresponsible inaction. For example, an apartment landlord who knows a stairwell is unsafe should take action to remedy the problems that make it unsafe for tenants and guests. Negligence may come in the form of unsafe driving, defective design or manufacture of consumer products, failure to maintain a safe property, and more.

If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury such as a brain injury, spine injury, or amputation because another party acted negligently, you may be able to take legal action. You could be compensated not only for your medical bills and other financial losses, but also for your non-financial damages such as pain and suffering.

Continue Reading ››

Your Questions About Taking Legal Action After a Fatal Car Crash in Illinois

 Posted on April 29, 2022 in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_cook-county-car-crash-lawyer.jpgRiding in a car is statistically one of the most dangerous things the average person does on a daily basis. Fatal crashes caused by distracted driving, intoxicated driving, or simply inattention, are shockingly common. These accidents leave a trail of devastation in their wake and change families’ lives forever.

If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you may have questions about your legal options. Can you hold the at-fault driver accountable? Will insurance pay for medical and funeral bills? How will you make ends meet without your loved one’s financial support? Is taking legal action worth it? Read on to learn more.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When someone dies in a preventable accident, the surviving family often wants answers. They want to know who was responsible for the crash and they want that person to be held accountable. A wrongful death claim is a civil claim used to pursue monetary damages. Illinois law defines wrongful death as a death caused by another party’s negligent or wrongful actions. Negligent driving may include anything from speeding or failure to yield to more egregious actions like drunk driving. The at-fault party could also be a non-individual such as a car parts manufacturer that created a defective auto part.

Continue Reading ››

To Top