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Drugged Driving Lawyer Chicago

Medical marijuana became legal in the State of Illinois on January 1, 2014. However, it is important to note that Illinois law applies strict regulations for using medical marijuana, especially when it comes to driving under the influence.

Driving while drugged can significantly alter the driver’s perceptions and reaction times, leading to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drugged driver, a lawyer can determine whether or not you are eligible to recover monetary compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. may be able to represent you in your case and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Driving While Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana

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Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

People visit their primary care doctors and medical specialists to help them feel better. However, when doctors fail to diagnose a serious medical condition, the results can be devastating, and in some cases, deadly.

Unfortunately, certain illnesses have a better chance of going undetected than others. Usually, this is because the symptoms of these illnesses can be easily confused with symptoms of much less serious conditions. Commonly misdiagnosed – or undiagnosed illnesses include cancer, lupus, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Lyme disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Illnesses like cancer and heart disease have the potential to go undetected or undiagnosed – sometimes until it is too late. This is especially true with breast, lung, ovarian, prostate, testicular, colon, and skin cancers. A delayed onset of cancer diagnosis or treatment, for example, allows cancer cells to multiply rapidly. This can potentially wreak havoc on a person’s body and ultimately result in an untimely death.

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Motorcycle Accident Attorney Chicago

May is the official start of warmer weather nationwide. Warmer weather brings out motorcyclists eager to get back on the roads while waiting for the cold to subside. May is therefore designated Safety Awareness Month to remind not only motorcycle users, but all drivers on the road, to practice safety before anything else.

Why Is Motorcycle Safety Important?

If the proper safety guidelines are not followed, riding a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous. It is very important to be careful to avoid injuries to yourself or others on the road. Reckless driving can result in very serious injuries, and sometimes even fatalities.

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Car Accident Lawyers Chicago

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, there is a good chance that you will need extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and/or occupational therapy to get you back on your feet. Medical treatment and hospital or nursing home stays are expensive, and you deserve to recover compensation – even if your health insurance covers some or all of these bills. You also deserve to be compensated for any and all income that you’ve lost because you were or are unable to work.

Payment of your medical bills and lost wages, however, are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to personal injury damages. In addition to recovering these economic damages, you may also be eligible to recover noneconomic damages in your case. This is particularly true if you sustain permanent injuries in your car accident. Noneconomic damages are those which cannot be measured strictly in dollars and cents, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish.

No one asks to be involved in a serious car accident, much less injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue monetary compensation. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. can discuss the facts of your case with you and explore the different types of economic and noneconomic damages that may be available. Our lawyers can then pursue monetary compensation on your behalf, via settlement, trial, or alternative dispute resolution.

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Uber Accident Lawyers Chicago

Under Illinois law, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more. In fact, it is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol generally, so it is possible to face DUI charges with a BAC of less than .08. Of course, these limits apply everyone on the road – including people who drive others for money.

Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular ridesharing companies around. These companies have virtually cornered the market when it comes to inexpensive, reliable, and safe transportation. This is especially true for individuals who are traveling to and from airports, train stations, and other transportation centers. Uber riders can download an app onto their iPhones and other smart devices and when using the Uber app, a rider can request and pay for rides and keep track of a driver’s physical location at all times. Riders are also told the amount of their fare and can store their payment information online for added convenience.

Despite the advantages and convenience that ridesharing companies like Uber have offered consumers, there are always risks associated with getting from place to place – such as drunk or drugged drivers. Impaired drivers are at an increased risk of involvement in motor vehicle accidents, and, in the event that they are, serious injuries and damages may result to everyone in the vehicle. In these cases, several individuals, companies, and/or insurance companies may share in the potential liability to the injured passenger or passengers.

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Personal Injury Lawyer Chicago

When it comes to settling a personal injury case, a lawyer can be an invaluable asset who can help to maximize the amount of compensation you ultimately receive. Dealing with insurance companies and their adjusters is difficult and tedious, and it is not a good idea to go it alone. Insurance companies, generally speaking, are not interested in doing the right or fair thing for you. Rather, their primary focus is on settling your case for as little money as possible. This allows them to minimize their payouts and keep as much of their money in-house as possible. After all, the insurance companies do not become multi-billion-dollar businesses by paying out large personal injury settlements to compensate you for damages.

It takes a special skill set of knowledge and legal expertise to be able to negotiate with insurance adjusters and obtain the maximum settlement value for a case. In some instances, the insurance company will not even take a personal injury claim seriously until a complaint is filed with the court system. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. can negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf and work towards obtaining a favorable settlement in your case.

Initial Settlement Offers – What You Need to Know

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Car Accident Lawyers Chicago

According to a recent article published by National Public Radio, General Motors has reported that it is now ready to mass-produce a self-driving motor vehicle with an Automated Driving System – or ADS. The vehicle is expected to be entirely self-driving and will not have a steering wheel, gas pedal, brake pedals, or any other manual controls that today’s drivers are accustomed to seeing. The vehicle model – a fourth-generation Cruise AV – is expected to hit the streets in the year 2019, pending approval by the United States Department of Transportation.

GM has stated that their new vehicles will comply with all safety requirements, other than those which contemplate a human driver – such as the presence of a steering wheel airbag. In lieu of satisfying these requirements, GM has requested a waiver from the Department of Transportation. The vehicle will maintain a conventional design, including two rows of forward-facing seats, as well as a center dashboard. As far as available safety features, a human passenger will be able to stop the vehicle by making a stop request. After initiating the stop sequence, the vehicle will pull over to the side of the road at the next available space.

GM is currently testing these driverless vehicles in the suburbs of San Francisco and New Mexico. Along with GM, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are also expected to introduce new driverless models by the year 2022.

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Bus Accident Lawyers Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority, otherwise known as CTA, operates the second-largest public transportation system in the United States. The CTA serves the City of Chicago, along with 40 neighboring communities, by rail and bus. Riders may pay cash for single-trip rides or a Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for added cost savings.

Due to the convenience and low costs associated with public transportation in and around Chicago, it is a feasible alternative for visitors and locals alike. However, accidents involving public transportation vehicles do sometimes happen when drivers and operators are in a hurry or operate their vehicles in a careless or reckless manner. When these accidents happen, there are certain steps you should take in order to increase your chances of recovering monetary compensation.

The Chicago public transportation accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. understand the pain, suffering, and inconvenience associated with public transit accidents. Our lawyers can meet with you to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case and provide you with thorough, cost-efficient legal representation.

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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers

Catastrophic and permanent injuries can occur in car, truck, tractor-trailer, motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents, to name a few. In many cases, these injuries require long periods of medical treatment and serious medical procedures in order to correct. In other cases, accident victims require a lifetime of care at a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Some catastrophic injury cases reach a settlement agreement, while others proceed all the way to trial. Litigating a catastrophic injury case requires a special skill set of both medical understanding of these severe injuries and legal knowledge. If you have sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. can review your case and may be able to provide you with legal representation.

Characterizing Catastrophic Injuries

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Bike Accident Lawyers Chicago

Did you know cycling is the official State Exercise of Illinois? Thats how much people in the Land of Lincoln love getting out and enjoying a bike ride. In recent years the number of bicycle users on the road has greatly increased. Cities like Chicago have increased bike lanes and actively encourage riding. But when bikes and cars share the road, accidents happen. These accidents, especially if serious, can have long-term costs. Bicycle accidents cost more than $24 billion a year in medical costs.

Bicycle accidents can lead to broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries. The severity of injuries may vary from accident to accident, but all have long-term effects and consequences. Some of these effects might include:

  • Inability to work for a period of time, resulting in a loss of income