Every year, thousands of people across the United States are injured due to hazardous conditions in stores, restaurants and other businesses. In the state of Illinois, the owners and operators of these public establishments are obligated to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for all lawful visitors. Foreign objects on walkways, wet floors or areas that have fallen under disrepair are examples of hazards that are capable of causing personal injury. If a hazard cannot be removed, warning signs must be posted to alert customers to the potential dangers. Unfortunately, not all business and property owners will adhere to these rules.
It is the hope of every family member that their loved one will be well cared for in a nursing home facility. Unfortunately, that is not always true and families should know what to do about it. Nursing home residents are sometimes abused physically and psychologically by caregivers which may create liability for nursing home staff and the nursing homes they work for.
Dog bites can be traumatic both physically and emotionally for victims of a dog attack. Because of the serious physical, financial and emotional damages victims of dog bites can suffer, it is essential for dog bite victims and their families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
The costs of a brain injury for the victim and their family has to be measured in different ways but can result in physical, financial and emotional harm. In addition to the losses and costs to victims and families, brain injuries also result in costs to communities and society in the form of social services costs and reduced productivity, reduced time at work and reduced earnings.
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.