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Il injury lawyerFrom a young age, we are taught to “stop, drop, and roll” in the event of a fire. Unfortunately, fire safety education other safety measures do not prevent every fire from occurring.

Fires can cause horrible burns, lung damage from smoke inhalation, and other injuries. Individuals who survive a serious fire are often left with disfiguring scars and long-term health problems. If you or a loved one were hurt in a fire, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Determining Who Is Liable for Fire

Fires can start for almost countless reasons. Sometimes the culprit is faulty wiring or incorrectly installed appliances. Commercial kitchens that are not properly cleaned can accumulate flammable grease that quickly ignites. Missing smoke detectors, broken fire escapes, or buildings that are not up to code can also cause or exacerbate fire-related injuries.

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IL injury lawyerWhether you were hurt in a car crash, slip and fall accident, or you suffered due to negligent medical care, you have rights as an injured person. Illinois law makes it possible for you to seek financial compensation for the harm you have suffered. Personal injury claims seek to make an injured person “whole.” This is usually accomplished through monetary damages. The amount of compensation that victims can receive for damages varies based on the type of injury, the circumstances of the injury, and other factors.

Compensation for Medical Bills After an Accident

Car accidents and other types of accidents often leave victims with painful injuries that require medical treatment. Even with insurance, medical expenses can be exorbitant. Fortunately, injured people may recover compensation for their past and future medical costs resulting from an accident. If you were hurt in an incident caused by someone else’s carelessness or intentional actions, you could recover compensation for:

  • Emergency room treatment
  • Medical tests including x-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs
  • Bloodwork and other laboratory testing
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Medical procedures
  • Ongoing care including occupational therapy and physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Medical devices

Compensation for Lost Income and Damage to Your Earning Capacity

Most people recovering from an injurious incident need to take time off work. Even if you took sick days, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages from missed work. If your injuries have caused long-term or permanent loss of functioning, you may also recover compensation for the impact the injuries have on your ability to work. Compensation for lost earning capacity is based on the injured person’s employment history, injuries, and disability.

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IL injury lawyerIndividuals in nursing homes are often elderly and in poor health. They may have cognitive issues including Alzheimer’s disease, physical disabilities, and chronic health concerns. Nursing home staff have a legal duty to provide adequate supervision, assistance, and care to nursing home residents. When nursing home staff fail to provide the care residents need, residents can suffer potentially deadly medical conditions as a result.

Infections are especially dangerous in nursing homes. An undiagnosed infection may spread throughout the resident’s body and even develop into sepsis. If your loved one suffered medical problems or passed away from an infection due to substandard care at a nursing home, you may be able to seek justice through a nursing home injury claim.

Infections Can Cause Severe and Deadly Health Consequences

Healthy bodies can usually fight off an infection. However, nursing home residents’ bodies are already frail. Infections that are not properly addressed can escalate quickly. Some of the most common infections in nursing homes including urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and infections of the skin.

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Il injury lawyerWhether we like it or not, winter has officially arrived in the Springfield area. As any Illinois resident can tell you, avoiding snow and ice-related falls is a major part of life during the winter months. Slip and fall accidents can lead to severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, and broken bones. If you or a loved one were injured after slipping on ice, you may be curious about your legal options. You may wonder if the property owner’s failure to salt or clear ice from the area makes the owner liable for damages. Illinois law regarding injuries caused by snow and ice is complicated and the answer to this important question depends on several factors.

Are Property Owners Required to Clear Snow and Ice?

Plowing snow, spreading salt, and clearing your property of ice are all ways to mitigate the risk of slipping and falling during the winter season. However, property owners are not legally required to do so. The Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act states that snow and ice removal is not mandatory and provides immunity to landowners who do remove snow and ice. In many cases, landowners are shielded from legal responsibility for ice-related slip and fall accidents. However, there are some situations in which property owners are liable for slip and fall accidents on ice or snow.

When is a Property Owner Liable for an Ice-Related Slip and Fall Accident?

The Snow and Ice Removal Act states that property owners cannot be held liable for ice-related injuries in a personal injury claim in most circumstances. However, the property may be liable if the owner’s actions were “willful or wanton” or if the injury was caused by an unnatural accumulation of snow. For example, a property owner cannot intentionally create a slip and fall hazard to get back at a neighbor.

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5 Common Medical Errors By OBGYN DoctorsOriginally published: March 10, 2020 -- Updated: December 28, 2021

UPDATE: While the errors described below may be considered medical malpractice, victims who have suffered injuries in these situations will need to understand the steps they will need to follow to ensure that they can receive compensation for their injuries. To successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, a person will need to prove all of the following elements:

The doctor owed the patient a duty of care - Once a doctor-patient relationship has been established, a doctor will be required to meet certain standards when providing medical treatment. This duty of care applies in any situations where an OBGYN or other provider performs medical services at a doctor’s office or hospital.

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