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IL dog bite lawyerWith the temperatures rising in the greater Chicago area, thousands of Illinoisans are finding ways to recreate outdoors. For many families, the hotter temperatures bring great opportunities to find ways to exercise their dogs. While the vast majority of dogs are friendly and docile, others can show uncanny signs of aggression, especially towards children that lack the ability to recognize signs of fear or aggressive behavior. Below we will examine some of the health ramifications of dog bites as well as the steps that need to be taken to ensure you will receive the compensation your family deserves.

The Dangers of Dog Bites

According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dog bite injuries are much more common than people would like to assume. Estimates by the CDC found that approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur throughout the United States each year. Considering the fact that children are much smaller in stature bites can occur in sensitive areas such as the neck and head. These bites can result in facial scarring and damage to the throat.

In both adults and children, dog bite injuries that break the skin can result in dangerous infections. The CDC states that approximately 18% of all dog bite injuries result in infection. These infections can range from rabies to Pasteurella and Capnocytophaga bacteria. If the bite is deep enough to break the skin, the injured area needs to be washed immediately and you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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Will County child injuries attorneyEvery year, thousands of American children are severely injured in accidents of various kinds. Regardless of how the injuries occur, nothing can devastate a parent more than to hear that their child has been hurt. In many cases, injuries to children are caused by the negligent actions of another party. If your child suffers an injury, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable and compassionate personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Common Causes of Child Injuries 

Children can be very resilient, and they often seem to bounce back quickly after being hurt. However, when a young child is severely injured, their life can be impacted forever. From tissue damage to traumatic brain injuries, a serious injury to a child can last a lifetime. Some of the most common causes of serious child injuries are listed below:

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions: Today, car accidents are a leading cause of death among American children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 723 children were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2016 alone. If you have young children, equipping your child with the proper car seat or booster seat could save their life. 
  • Animal Attacks: Throughout the United States, dog bites are the most common form of animal attack. Each year, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bite incidents nationwide. For young children, dog bites can be incredibly dangerous. Due to the small stature of young children, they are likely to suffer injuries to the face or throat in the event of an attack. Children are commonly victims of dog attacks because they fail to recognize when an animal may be dangerous. 
  • Falls: Every year, approximately 1.2 million children are hospitalized due to fall injuries. In the United States, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among children. In many cases, falls occur due to negligence on the part of a property owner. If your child is injured in a slip and fall accident while you are shopping at an establishment or while they are at school, you may be entitled to substantial injury compensation. 

Contact a Plainfield Child Injury Lawyer

When your child suffers a severe injury, it is easy to feel helpless and alone. In the aftermath of an injury, it is important to act quickly. Attorney Daniel Flaherty has helped countless families receive the compensation they deserve. As you focus on helping your child heal, we are here to ensure that your family is not financially impacted by the tragic event. To schedule a complimentary consultation with an adept Will County personal injury attorney, contact our office today at 815-577-7500. 

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Will County wrongful death claim lawyerEvery single year, thousands of Americans are fatally injured due to negligence. Dealing with the emotions resulting from a death in the family can be unbearable. Whether they were caused by drunk driving, medical malpractice, or another form of negligence, wrongful death cases can be especially devastating. For families that experience a death, the financial impact (such as the loss of wages) can be crippling. If a member of your family has been fatally injured due to the negligence of another party, you should seek out a legal professional you can trust. 

The Most Common Forms of Wrongful Death

According to Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act, a wrongful death lawsuit may be pursued by a victim’s surviving family members if their death was caused by any negligent actions that could have resulted in a personal injury case. Some of the most common forms of wrongful death in the United States include: 

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions: Throughout 2017, a tragic 37,133 Americans were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions. In a vast majority of fatal car accidents, the collision was caused by negligent driving. Some of the most deadly forms of negligent driving include speeding, texting while driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Workplace Accidents: According to studies conducted by OSHA, 5,147 American workers were killed while at work in 2017. Today, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous fields in which a person can work. Common fatal construction accidents include falls, burns, and electrocution. Falling alone accounted for 371 construction deaths in 2017. 
  • Elder Abuse: Nursing home negligence has become a national crisis in the United States. Nationwide, nearly five million elderly Americans are abused each year. Forms of nursing home abuse and neglect can include misdiagnosis, malnourishment, and failure to provide care. If you believe that the actions of a nursing home staff member were the cause of your loved one’s death, you deserve answers and compensation from the nursing home. 

Contact a Plainfield Wrongful Death Lawyer 

Emotionally recovering from a loved one’s death can be a truly traumatic experience. If your family member was fatally injured in a car crash, while on the job, due to medical negligence, or due to some other form of negligence, your family could be entitled to wrongful death compensation. With years of experience operating throughout the state of Illinois, Attorney Daniel Flaherty is prepared to ensure that your family receives the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Will County wrongful death attorney, call us today at 815-577-7500. 

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Will County slip and fall injury attorneyWith the holiday season in full swing, thousands of people throughout the greater Chicago area are shopping and enjoying activities around the town. However, with the winter holidays comes winter weather conditions, and walking in and around establishments and other properties during this time of year can be a dangerous proposition. From broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, falls can result in expensive hospital trips, costly physical therapy, and chronic pain. If you suffer a fall injury, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. 

Understanding Illinois Slip and Fall Laws

According to the Snow and Ice Removal Act, written within the Illinois Compiled Statutes, property owners are encouraged to remove natural accumulations of snow or ice from their property, but they are typically not responsible for injuries that occur when someone slips and falls on snow or ice. While some municipal ordinances may require a premises owner to clear walkways of snow or ice in certain situations, this does not establish legal liability. That said, if a premises owner elects to remove the snow or ice and does so in a negligent manner, they may be liable for injuries suffered. 

While property owners are not liable for natural accumulations, they may be liable for falls caused by unnatural accumulations of snow or ice. These cases may involve factors such as sloping surfaces, improper entryway design, and negligent maintenance, resulting in snow or ice accumulating in an unexpected manner and creating an increased risk for people who enter the property.

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Will County wrongful death claim attorneyThe pain of losing a loved one can be incredibly traumatic. The tragic loss of a spouse or a family member can be especially difficult when the loss was caused by someone else’s negligence. While finances are often far away from the forefront of one’s thought process after a tragedy in the family, losing a family member, especially a spouse or parent, can have a monumental impact on one’s financial security. If you believe your loved one was fatally injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you should understand your options for pursuing compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. 

The Wrongful Death Act

Here in the state of Illinois, a death in which a party is liable is defined by the state’s Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180). According to Illinois law, wrongful death occurs when the death of a person is caused by neglect or a wrongful act that would normally constitute a personal injury suit if the injuries suffered were not fatal. Common situations involving wrongful death include fatal injury suffered in a car accident, death in a workplace accident, or the negligence of a nursing home employee ultimately leading to the death of a resident.

The Survival Act

While the Wrongful Death Act addresses the damages caused to a victim’s family members, another law, the Survival Act, allows for a victim’s estate to pursue compensation from the person responsible for their death. A lawsuit filed under the Survival Act can seek to recover damages caused by the negligent party to the victim, such as medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Any compensation recovered will be paid to the deceased person’s estate, and it will then be distributed to their next of kin according to the terms of their last will and testament.

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