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Do I have to prove negligence to pursue workers' compensation?

When people are injured on the job, they may be eligible to collect workers' compensation. Unfortunately, many people do not understand this because they may misinterpret their rights as workers or they do not know how workers' compensation works. 

Generally speaking, workers' compensation is a program that requires employers to pay for this insurance for employees. In exchange, they can be protected from lawsuits filed by injured workers. This means that it is not necessary to prove negligence to collect this type of compensation.

Motorists can pay the price when truckers break the rules

Truckers make their living by driving; getting from point A to point B in time is a top priority. The hours are long and the trips can be grueling; there are inherent dangers that come with this occupation. In order to help keep truckers and other motorists safe, rules have been put in place that are intended to limit unsafe behaviors in the trucking industry. 

One of the more significant set of rules has to do with preventing drowsy driving. The Hours of Service regulations were established to get truckers off the road and take mandatory breaks to combat fatigue. Unfortunately, there are truckers and trucking companies who violate these requirements.

Injuries from defective products can be grounds for legal action

Product manufacturers are expected to only put safe and defect-free products on the market. If there are certain risks associated with use, it is crucial that there be warnings included with the product.

However, there are companies that fail in these responsibilities, and people using that product often pay the price. A defective or dangerous product can result in serious injuries that can have lasting consequences, from burns to illness to lacerations. When damages are suffered as a result of using a defective product, you may be eligible to receive compensation. 

What are the signs of nursing home neglect or abuse?

When a loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, family members expect that he or she will be treated with care and respect. In many cases, facilities follow through on their promises to provide a high level of care.

However, there are some facilities that do not live up to the expectations they have presented, and their vulnerable patients become victims of abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, this horrific treatment is not always easy to spot, especially when a person is not regularly visited by friends or family members. But there are certain red flags that could suggest a person is being mistreated, and if these are identified, legal action may be appropriate.

Police: Alleged drunk driver caused serious Illinois crash

In our last post, we discussed some facts about car accidents in the U.S. and just how costly they can be. Statistics can be a good way to appreciate, on a higher level, just how prevalent crashes are in the U.S.

But when we read about individual car accidents in Illinois, it can truly remind us of the personal toll that every crash has on the people involved. For example, the lives of seven people were put in danger when one man allegedly got behind the wheel of his car while intoxicated.

Some cold, hard facts about car accidents

We often discuss the personal and upsetting toll that a car accident can take on individuals across Illinois. Every crash, every injury and every potential claim involves someone whose life could be dramatically impacted by an accident. It is crucial not to lose sight of this fact.

However, it can also be helpful to consider car accidents and motor vehicle safety on a larger scale. Despite the advancements made in auto manufacturing and increased efforts to enforce traffic laws, hundreds of thousands of car accidents still happen and put lives in danger.

Injured coming to work: Can you collect workers' compensation?

Many workers in and around Illinois have a general understanding of what workers' compensation is and when it may be available. People know that if they get hurt or get sick on the job, they can typically pursue workers' compensation benefits to cover some of the costs of being unable to work and seeking medical care.

However, there are some specific situations that can be much more complicated to understand, and it can be difficult to determine whether workers' compensation is, in fact, available. For instance, in one of our recent articles, we explored when or if employees who suffer injuries coming to or leaving the workplace can collect workers' compensation. 

Injured? Why you might consider a personal injury claim

People can get injured at just about any time of the day or night. Something as simple as making breakfast, driving to work or heading out to a restaurant for dinner can quickly turn into something much more complicated if someone is in an accident and gets hurt.

In many of these situations, victims may feel like they are just unlucky or clumsy to have gotten hurt and assume there is nothing that can or should be done after an accident. However, this can end up being a costly mistake. In fact, many cases involving personal injury can be grounds to take legal action against a negligent party. 

What you should know about seeking medical care for a work injury

Getting injured on the job can be quite disruptive. Right away, you may need to stop working and get first aid. If an injury is serious, you may need to go to the hospital. In some cases, the injury can require ongoing monitoring, care and medication. Surgery may also be necessary.

As troubling as this can all be, it is important to remember that this is why workers' compensation is available in Illinois. The benefits provided through workers' compensation are intended to cover medical expenses for work-related injuries so that victims are not left with huge medical bills in addition to a painful condition. However, while medical care is generally covered by this employer-paid insurance, it is important for employees to know some specific requirements that must be observed when it comes to seeking care.

Common questions victims have after a truck accident

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But if an 80,000-pound commercial truck is involved in this accident, the severity of any collision is multiplied considerably. 

If you or a loved one have been involved in this type of accident, chances are that you are scared, hurt and overwhelmed by the situation you are now facing. Victims and their families are often dealing with some life-threatening illnesses and have a number of questions that they want answered. In this post, we will look at some of the common questions truck accident victims and their families have and shed some light on some potential answers.

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