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Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago

When your child heads into school each day, you trust that they will come home safe and injury-free. However, children are injured at school in the Chicago area on a regular basis. Whether or not you can hold a school liable for your child’s injuries depends on several factors.

For example, if your child was injured simply because they were clumsy or acting rambunctiously, the school likely has no responsibility in the accidental injury. On the other hand, if the school or an adult affiliated with the school caused the injury by acting in a negligent manner, you may have legal rights. The following are three examples of school-related accidents for which schools may face legal liability:

  • School bus injuries – Like any other type of motor vehicle, school buses may crash and passengers can be injured. Crashes may be the fault of the bus driver, another driver, or a manufacturer, among other parties.
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In a single year, more than 82 million people used Metra commuter trains,1  to travel in and out of the Chicagoland area. Because Metra provides such a major source of transportation for hundreds of thousands of people every day, safety is a primary concern. Any type of motor vehicle has the potential to crash for a variety of reasons and the following are some examples of how accidents and injuries can occur during your Metra trip.
  • Train malfunction – Trains have many moving parts that can malfunction and cause an operator to lose control. Liability can arise if Metra failed to adequately inspect, maintain, or repair a train that crashed.
  • Employee error – Train operators can be negligent like anyone else. Distracted driving, fatigued driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs2 can all lead an operator to make mistakes that cause a crash. In addition, other employees who are supposed to be watching for possible derailments or similar events may not be paying attention and may miss signs that a crash may occur. 
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury commonly sustained in traffic accidents. TBIs can range from mild- such as a concussion1 – to severe,2 which can cause a victim to remain in a coma for an extended period of time or indefinitely. All types of brain injuries can result in impairments with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional functioning. For this reason, many TBI victims must take a hiatus from work or school and others may have irreversible disabilities that completely change the quality and course of their lives.

The following are brief explanations regarding how TBIs can so commonly result from car accidents.

  • Direct head trauma – The most common cause of brain injury is direct trauma to part of the head. While your skull exists to protect your delicate brain tissue, an impact can make your brain shift and hit against the inside of the skull, causing damage to tissue. In many situations, a car crash will throw a person’s body forward, backward, or to the side, causing them to hit their head on a steering wheel, dashboard, window, or seat headrest. These can lead to concussions or more severe TBIs.
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According to reported statistics,1 about 88,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries in accidents and an additional 4,976 motorcyclists did not survive the crash in 2015 alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports2 that motorcyclists are approximately 27 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries on the road than people riding in cars or trucks.

Because motorcyclists are at such a high risk of life-threatening injuries, it is important to recognize the common causes of motorcycle accidents to both avoid accidents and to determine liability should a crash occur.

Distracted Driving Leads to Motorcycle Crashes

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),1 the most common fatal accidents at construction sites are falls, electrocutions, being struck by something, and being caught in between two objects or vehicles. Even if a construction worker survives these accidents, they will still likely face a lengthy recovery for serious injuries.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – Construction workers can sustain a TBI if they hit their head in a fall, get hit by a falling object or piece of equipment, if they are near blasting sites, and other similar incidents. Direct trauma to the head or extreme vibrations can damage the brain tissue, leading to a variety of effects2 depending on the location and severity of the TBI. Brain injuries can often result in lifelong cognitive and/or physical impairments.

Broken bones – Broken bones are common injuries in general, however, they can be particularly serious if a construction worker falls or has an accident with a power tool or heavy machinery. Many construction workers suffer compound fractures that require surgery to insert several pins and rods to replace the broken bone. In addition, if a worker is caught in between something, a bone can get completely crushed and may not be repairable.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau,1 the percentage of people who bike to work in Chicago increased from .5 percent to 1.3 percent between 2000 and 2010. Getting to work is just one reason to ride a bike, however, and people throughout the area ride a bike for recreation and exercise as well. As a result, there are thousands of bicyclists riding throughout the area at any given moment.
While the health, financial, and environmental benefits of bicycling are undeniable, riding a bike also puts you at risk of involvement in accidents that can cause serious injuries, including TBIs,2 broken bones, and serious tendon and ligament strains and tears.
The things that you say and do after an accident can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation. Here are three things you should NOT do after involvement in a bicycle accident in the Chicago area.
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While you may have a general understanding of the fact that people who are hurt in accidents often can recover compensation from the person or business that caused their accident, many victims of often have questions about basic issues related to personal injury law and the way that claims proceed. Here is some general information about personal injury1 law in Illinois.

Victims Who are Hurt by Negligence are Entitled to Recovery

Not every accident entitles victims to recover compensation. In order to be entitled to damages, victims need to be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. You probably already have an intuitive understanding of this: if you slip and fall because you failed to tie your shoe, it would be difficult to blame your accident on someone else. On the other hand, if you slipped and fell because of a grocery store’s failure to warn you that the floors were wet after being mopped, it makes sense to say that the accident was “their fault.”

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Everyone would like to think that they would be able to identify whether their loved one has been harmed by a staff member or another person at their nursing home. Unfortunately, many cases of nursing home abuse go undetected and unreported1 and victims often suffer in silence. There are many reasons why a nursing home abuse victim may not report an incident or pattern of abuse, including intimidation by the abuser or lack of mental capacity to do so. Because so many cases go unnoticed, the statistics regarding nursing home abuse are likely low estimates.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, the most important step to keep them safe is to visit and talk to them often and let them know they can trust you if anything should be wrong. In addition, you should always be extremely vigilant regarding the common signs of nursing home abuse. These can include:
  • Injuries or wounds in different stages of healing (bedsores)
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Fatigued driving among commercial truck drivers can cause serious and even fatal accidents. In June, 2014 it was a driver who fell asleep at the wheel that crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan’s limo, causing him to suffer a severe traumatic brain injury and killing his longtime friend. Fatigued driving is often associated with the long hours that a truck driver spends on the road, a risk that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) seeks to mitigate by enforcing strict regulations requiring rest breaks.1 However, recently, a newly researched cause of fatigued driving has become a concern in the trucking industry.

How Sleep Apnea Causes Fatigue

 

About 22 million people in the U.S. live with sleep apnea, a condition that disrupts a person’s breathing possibly hundreds of times per night. To resume breathing, the body will wake itself up for a brief moment – also possibly hundreds of times per night. This presents not only respiratory risks during the night, but also results in serious fatigue throughout the day. Fatigue can cause a lack of concentration, impairment in judgment, and slower reflexes, much like alcohol impairment.

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There are many challenges on the road today, and since you definitely want to avoid being a car accident victim, you need to be aware of all potential hazards. This post will look at articles that provide background on various types of auto accidents and what to expect on the road.

5 Recent Car Accident Victim Posts 10 Disturbing Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Drunk driving is a major contributor to auto accidents in the U.S. This article provides drunk driving accident statistics that we all should be aware of. Here is a sample:

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