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Champaign personal injury attorney slip and fall

The Midwest can get down to single-digit temperatures in the winter. If you are like many Illinois residents, dealing with snow and ice is a major part of your life in the winter months. Not only is snow and ice a hassle to deal with, but it can also lead to serious or even life-threatening injuries. If you slipped on ice and fell or otherwise suffered an injury because of snow or ice, you may be interested in learning about your legal options. In Illinois, a piece of legislation called the Snow and Ice Removal Act describes the rights and responsibilities individuals have regarding snow and ice removal.

Do Homeowners Have to Remove Snow and Ice?

Most people agree that shoveling snow from sidewalks, walkways, steps, and porches is part of being a good neighbor. However, homeowners are not required to remove snow from sidewalks by state law. The Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act was passed in 1979 to address snow and ice removal and injuries caused by snow and ice on private property. According to this legislation, homeowners are not typically liable for injuries caused by snowy or icy conditions on their property. However, a homeowner may be legally responsible for snow or ice injuries in certain circumstances.  

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Champaign personal injury attorney car accident

When a traffic accident occurs, everyone involved usually has an interest in establishing which party caused the accident. This determination is generally used to establish who will be financially responsible for the damages caused by the collision. Sometimes, the fault is quite clear, such as in a case where a careless driver crashes into the rear of a vehicle that is sitting at a traffic light. In other cases, determining blame is more complicated, as any number of drivers could have played a part in causing the crash. If there is more than one party with at least some fault for a car accident, the liability for any resulting injuries or damages could be shared also.

Types of Shared Fault Models

Each state maintains its own laws regarding how liability may be shared when the plaintiff in a personal injury case is partially at fault for the incident in question and states generally use one of three basic models. The first model is called “pure contributory fault,” which is used in just four states, as well as Washington, D.C. Under this rule, the injured party can only collect compensation as long as the victim had no fault at all for the crash. Even if the defendant was 99 percent at fault and the plaintiff was 1 percent to blame, the plaintiff is barred from collecting damages.

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Champaign catastrophic injury attorney amputation

A personal injury claim is a legal action that allows an injured person to pursue financial compensation for the damages, or losses, caused by an injury. Often these injuries are the result of work accidents, car accidents, or other incidents caused by another party’s negligence. Amputations are considered “catastrophic injuries,” meaning that they have a profound impact on the injured person’s life. If you or a loved one suffered limb loss in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages as a result of the injury.

Pursuing Compensation After a Traumatic Amputation

Few injuries compare to amputations. The loss of a hand, arm, leg, or foot can lead to long-term medical complications, severe pain, and permanent disability. Consequently, the compensation awarded to an amputation victim in a personal injury claim is often considerable. Traumatic amputations are often the result of:

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Springfield personal injury attorney car accident

A car accident can leave a person with painful injuries, expensive medical needs, and considerable vehicle repair costs. If you or a loved one were hurt in an Illinois automobile crash, you may wonder how you will cover these costs. Through a personal injury claim, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, property damage, and other losses caused by the accident. However, to successfully recover compensation, you and your attorney will need to show proof of the other party’s liability, your injuries, and the damages your injuries incurred.

4 Main Elements of a Successful Personal Injury Claim

To win a personal injury claim after a car accident in Illinois, you will need to show that:

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Springfield personal injury attorney

Injury to the delicate nerves of the spinal cord can result in life-changing consequences. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident and you suffered monoplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, or quadriplegia, you may consider bringing legal action against the at-fault party. A personal injury claim may allow you to receive compensation for the costs, or damages, associated with your paralysis injury. You may also be entitled to financial compensation for the non-economic and intangible losses resulting from your injury.

Paralysis Injuries Suffered in an Accident or Act of Violence

When the spine is damaged, nerve signals may no longer be able to travel throughout the body. Paralysis can involve the partial or total loss of motor function in one or more regions of the body. Sometimes paralysis is temporary and other times it is permanent. Paralysis may be caused by car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents, intentional physical attacks, and more. Paralysis can lead to:

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