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Springfield workers compensation attorney

Work-related injuries can happen for countless reasons. Some injuries are caused during a singular work accident while other injuries occur from repetitive movements over time. Falling from a great height, being struck by falling objects, equipment-related injuries, and other workplace injuries can lead to massive medical bills and other financial harm. If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury, you may be curious about your legal rights. You may already know that you are entitled to workers’ compensation for certain work injuries, but you may not know much about bringing a claim against a third party. If your work injury was caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of a party other than your employer, you may be able to sue that party for damages.

Bringing a Personal Injury Claim for a Work Accident

In the vast majority of cases, Illinois workers cannot sue their employers for negligence. If you are hurt on the job, you may file a claim for compensation through the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois are used to reimburse an injured worker for medical expenses and lost wages caused by an injury. However, the amount of compensation available through workers’ compensation insurance is often insufficient and non-economic damages like pain and suffering are not included. If someone other than your employer caused your work injury, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against him or her in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

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Springfield personal injury attorney truck accident

Severe truck accidents are not uncommon in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that 112,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing crashes in 2018 alone. When a car accident involves a large truck such as a semi-truck, the consequences can be catastrophic. Numerous state and federal laws regulating large trucks have been instituted in an effort to prevent truck collisions, but unfortunately, thousands of people are injured and killed in truck accidents each year in the United States. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in an auto accident involving a large truck that was speeding, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident Caused by Speeding

The majority of goods that are transported across the country are transported via truck. Truck drivers are often expected to meet tight deadlines and may deal with unexpected delays caused by inclement weather or heavy traffic. In an effort to meet these deadlines, truck drivers may drive above the speed limit or drive too fast for the conditions. Speeding greatly increases the chances of a truck being involved in an accident.

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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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If you are like many people, you may feel a bit uneasy when traveling behind a semi-truck that is carrying cargo. Although most truck freight is secured tightly and does not represent a risk to other motorists, sometimes truck cargo can fall off of the truck and cause devastating accidents. Unsecured truckloads can also shift within a trailer or flatbed truck and cause the truck to become off-balance and out of control. This, too, can cause horrific collisions. If you or a loved one were involved in a serious truck accident caused by loose or unsecured cargo, another party may be legally responsible for your losses.

Determining Liability in a Trucking Accident
Imagine the following scenario: A flatbed truck carrying large metal boxes of cargo is traveling down the highway when one of the boxes falls from the truck and onto the road below. You and several other motorists swerve wildly to avoid hitting the box. In the chaos that ensues, you are involved in a major auto accident. You subsequently suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, and organ damage that all require costly medical care. You are also unable to work for several months after the accident. In a situation such as this, who pays for these costs? Determining liability for a truck accident can be a very complex process. The fault for the accident may lie with the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loader, manufacturer of securement devices, or another party. The fault may also be shared among several different parties.

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