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Motor vehicles are expected to share the roads with pedestrians and cyclists and always look out for their safety. Unfortunately, not all motorists take this important responsibility seriously. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to follow traffic signals, and other forms of negligent driving put pedestrians’ lives in danger. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be interested in exploring your legal options. A personal injury claim may be one way to recover compensation for the damages caused by the collision.

Catastrophic Injuries May Result from Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic. Even if the collision occurs at a lower speed, the force of the vehicle striking the pedestrian can cause broken bones, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal organ damage, and more. Sometimes, the victim’s injuries are so severe that doctors are forced to amputate one of the victim’s limbs. Many pedestrian accident victims face paralysis or other disabilities for the rest of their lives.

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When we think of car accidents, we do not usually consider crashes that happen in parking lots. Although many parking lot accidents occur at low speeds, these collisions can still cause serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved suffered an injury after a parking lot accident, you may wonder if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. In many cases, a personal injury claim can help a parking lot accident victim recover compensation for vehicle repair costs, medical bills, missed work, and other damages.

Who Is At Fault for a Car Accident in a Parking Lot?
Parking lots can be hectic places. Individuals who are in a hurry may drive while distracted by their cell phones, disregard right-of-way rules, or drive across parking spaces instead of staying in the appropriate lanes. Drivers who are exiting parking spaces should always yield to cars driving through the feeder lanes and drivers exiting feeder lanes must yield to motorists in the thoroughfare lanes. Drivers should be vigilant for pedestrians at all times. When a motorist ignores right-of-way rules, drives too fast, or fails to check his or her surroundings before moving, he or she may strike a pedestrian or another vehicle. If a motorist’s inattention, recklessness, or negligence causes a parking lot accident, he or she may be liable for the damages incurred in the accident.

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If you ask most children what their favorite part of the school day is, they will likely respond with an exuberant, “Recess!” Playing on a playground can be a great way for children to have fun and exercise. Unfortunately, playground accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and other serious injuries. If your child was hurt in a playground accident at school, daycare, or a public park, you may be wondering what your legal options are. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

Who Is Liable for a Child’s Injuries After a Playground Accident?
Most children experience multiple skinned knees, cuts and bruises, and other injuries before reaching adulthood. While many child injuries are simply a part of growing up, other injuries are the direct result of negligence. Some playground accidents occur because the playground equipment was not properly installed. Others occur because the equipment was broken, rusted, or otherwise defective. Playground accidents may also happen when the adults responsible for supervising the children are negligent. Because school employees and daycare staff are acting in loco parentis or “in the place of parents,” they have a legal obligation and duty to protect children from foreseeable dangers. If your child’s injury was due to dangerous playground equipment or negligent supervision, you may have a valid personal injury claim. The school or daycare facility may be liable for damages. Responsibility may also lie with the government agency that owns or maintains the playground. It is also possible that the liable party is the company that designed, manufactured, or installed the playground equipment.

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The human brain can be thought of as an advanced, lightning-fast supercomputer. Our brains control everything from speech, to movements, to memories. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, physical violence, and other incidents during which the brain is damaged. TBIs range in severity from minor concussions to injuries causing severe permanent neurological damage. It is estimated that nearly 14 million people currently suffer from a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. The financial costs and reduced quality of life associated with many TBIs can be overwhelming. That is why it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for help in exploring your legal options if you or your loved one has suffered a TBI.

Do Not Ignore Brain Injury Symptoms
Brain injuries often occur during frightening, chaotic accidents. When an individual is injured in a car crash or other traumatic incident, he or she may understandably be in a state of shock. He or she may not even realize the extent of his or her injuries. This is why it is crucial to get evaluated by a medical professional after being involved in a violent accident. Some of the most common symptoms of TBIs include:

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Nursing home residents have the same rights as any other patient at a medical facility. They are also afforded specific rights under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act as well as other state and federal legislation. Residents have the right to wear their own clothes and use their own personal property, enjoy a reasonable level of privacy, practice their chosen religion, and much more. Sadly, one of the most important rights afforded to nursing home residents is also one of the most commonly violated. Although nursing home residents have a legal right to be free of unnecessary restraints, overuse of physical and chemical restraints persists throughout Illinois and the United States.

What Is a Restraint?
Restraints are anything used to limit a resident’s movement or independence. Physical restraints include items like arm and leg restraints, ties, vests, and hand mitts. Everyday items can also be used as restraints. For example, bed sheets may be tucked in tightly in order to keep a resident from getting out of bed. Wheelchair wheel locks may be used to stop a resident from moving about the facility. Chemical restraints are substances used to sedate a resident. Medications such as antipsychotic drugs and benzodiazepines are sometimes administered to nursing home residents “off label” to keep them calm.

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