Each year, there are hundreds of personal injury lawsuits filed in civil court in the Chicago area. Most of our readers probably associate personal injury claims with so-called "slip and fall" cases or even car accidents. The reality is that personal injury lawsuits can be based on a wide range of incidents. After a person is injured, the legal process has to start somewhere. So, what are the first steps in a personal injury lawsuit?
There are millions of pedestrians near the roads and streets in the greater Chicago area on any given day. Although many drivers take precautions to make sure that they do not endanger these pedestrians, not all drivers operate their vehicles with the highest level of care. This fact was on full display in a recent tragic accident.
By now, most of our readers in the Chicago area are familiar with the tell-tale signs of a distracted driver: sudden jerks to one side or another of a lane of traffic, seemingly for no reason; drifting out of a lane of traffic; and, of course, the ever-present ability to simply look at a driver and see that driver staring down instead of looking at the road. There is no doubt about it - distracted drivers are becoming the biggest danger on the roads in Chicago and throughout the country.
Many of our readers in the Chicago area know that lawsuits are a possibility with so-called "slip and fall" cases. However, many people may not realize that these types of lawsuits are brought under the umbrella of "premises liability" law, which is part of personal injury law overall. Anyone who has been injured while on another party's property would benefit from knowing the basics of a premises liability claim.
There are many different types of injuries that Chicago area residents might suffer in an accident, but a traumatic brain injury is probably one of the most debilitating in the long-term. Sure, broken bones and lacerations take a long time to heal, but a traumatic brain injury - or "TBI" - might never fully heal. So, what can our readers expect if they or a loved one suffers a TBI in an accident?
Almost every type of "unexpected" death is a tragedy to family and the friends of the deceased. Car accidents and workplace accidents, for example, take the lives of healthy young people every day in our country. However, when the deceased is a particularly young child, the death can be all the more tragic.