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Decatur, IL drunk driving injury lawyer for dram shop liabilityDrunk driving presents a serious risk to everyone who uses the roads. Drivers who are intoxicated experience significant impairments to their ability to drive safely. These include vision problems that affect their ability to see other vehicles or people on the road, balance and coordination issues that affect their ability to control their vehicle, and delayed reaction times that may cause them to be unable to respond in time to avoid colliding with a vehicle or pedestrian. Since driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a form of driver negligence, those who have been involved in drunk driving accidents can usually hold a drunk driver liable for their injuries and damages. However, the laws in Illinois also allow an injury victim to take legal action against an establishment that sold or served alcohol to a drunk driver.

Dram Shop Liability in Illinois

Establishments that sell alcohol are sometimes referred to as “dram shops” because alcohol used to be sold in units known as “drams.” The Illinois Dram Shop Act states that if someone who was intoxicated caused injuries to someone else, the establishment that sold or served alcohol to the intoxicated person may be held liable for the victim’s injuries. That is, if a bar, restaurant, or liquor store provided alcohol that caused someone to become intoxicated, and the person went on to injure someone else, the victim can pursue compensation from the establishment.

To successfully recover compensation from an establishment, the plaintiff in a lawsuit must show the following:

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Springfield, IL nursing home negligence lawyer for bedsoresMillions of elderly or disabled Americans live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In many cases, families make the difficult decision to place a loved one in this type of facility because they cannot provide the needed care. Facilities that have trained doctors and nurses on staff can attend to patients’ medical needs and ensure that they are receiving the proper treatment at all times. Unfortunately, far too many nursing homes fall short of this ideal, and patients can suffer harm due to nursing home negligence. In many cases, nursing home neglect occurs because of inadequate staffing or supervision. Staff members’ failure to properly check on patients and provide them with the necessary care may lead to bedsores. These injuries can be very painful, and they can lead to additional complications that threaten a person’s overall health and well-being.

Stages of Bedsore Injuries

Bedsores are also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, and they can occur when a person stays in the same position for too long. Pressure and friction on parts of the body such as the back, shoulders, buttocks, hips, thighs, ankles, or heels can damage the skin or cut off blood supply to the underlying tissue. Bedsores progress through four stages:

  • Stage 1 - Mild sores will only affect the top layer of skin, resulting in redness, pain, or itching. When these types of sores are noticed in time, they can be treated by adjusting a person’s position to relieve pressure on the affected area, while also using soft padding. With the correct treatment, stage 1 sores will usually heal within a few days.

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Champaign, IL workers’ compensation lawyer for occupational diseasesWhen people consider workers’ compensation benefits, it is usually in the context of injuries suffered due to accidents in the workplace. An employee who is injured while working is eligible to receive benefits that address the costs of medical treatment, as well as any income lost due to a temporary or permanent disability. However, a person’s health can also be negatively affected by conditions in their workplace, and workers’ comp will apply for those who have suffered occupational diseases. 

In some cases, proving that an illness is related to the work a person performed may be difficult. This may be a concern for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 during the course of their employment. Those who have suffered occupational illnesses will want to work with an attorney when filing a workers’ comp claim to ensure they can receive the benefits they deserve.

Workers’ Comp Benefits for Occupational Illnesses

In Illinois, the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act ensures that employees who contract occupational diseases will be covered by workers’ compensation. Occupational diseases include any illnesses that occur during a person’s employment because of the work they have performed or the conditions in their workplace, as well as the aggravation of existing illnesses during the course of a person’s employment.

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Bloomington dog bite lawyer for infectionsBeing attacked by a dog can be a scary situation, and a person may suffer multiple different types of injuries. In many cases, a person will focus on the most immediate and obvious dog bite injuries, such as lacerations, broken bones, or traumatic brain injuries. However, a victim can also experience serious infections, and they may not experience symptoms for several days or multiple weeks after being bitten. By understanding the effects of an infection, a victim can receive the necessary medical treatment, and they can pursue financial compensation from the dog’s owner.

Common Dog Bite Infections

The risk of infections is high for those who have suffered dog bites, and the bacteria or viruses in a dog’s mouth may be transferred into the person’s body through a bite wound. Some types of infections that can drastically impact a dog bite victim’s health include:

  • Capnocytophaga - Symptoms of an infection by this bacteria may appear between one and 14 days after being infected, and they include redness, swelling, and blistered skin around the wound, fever, headaches, joint pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. If a person does not receive treatment, they may experience kidney failure, heart attacks, or gangrene in the part of the body where the wound occurred.

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Champaign car accident lawyer for distracted drivingThe month of April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during this time, public safety campaigns are working to make sure people understand how this issue affects everyone who uses the roads. Distracted driving is one of the most common forms of driver negligence, and it can lead to dangerous car accidents that result in serious injuries or wrongful death. In fact, across the United States, 3,142 people were killed by distracted driving in 2019. Non-fatal accidents are very common as well, with about 700 people being injured every day in accidents involving distracted drivers. People who are injured by distracted drivers will want to work with an attorney to determine how they can receive financial compensation for the injuries they suffered because of the driver’s negligence.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Most Americans spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, and it can be easy for a person’s attention to wander, especially if they are driving on familiar roads as part of their daily routine. Unfortunately, a split-second distraction can be enough to cause a person to miss important details, and being unable to react in time to other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, obstacles, or other factors can lead to dangerous collisions.

Distractions can affect drivers in the following ways:

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