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7 Types of Serious Injuries That Can Occur in Motorcycle Accidents

 Posted on June 27,2024 in Motorcycle Accidents

IL injury lawyerMotorcyclists face increased risks on the roads due to their smaller size and the lack of protection they have in collisions or other types of accidents. Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries that can impact a person’s life in many ways. At Flaherty Law, LLC, our skilled attorney can provide legal representation for injury victims, helping them take steps to recover compensation from negligent drivers or other responsible parties.

Serious Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can lead to a wide range of catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): A blow or jolt to the head can cause serious harm to the brain. These injuries often occur when a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike. TBIs can lead to memory loss, mood disorders, changes in personality, cognitive issues, problems with balance and coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, permanent disability or death.

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When Car Accident Injuries Prevent You from Working

 Posted on June 18,2024 in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerIf you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you will likely be unable to work for a period ranging from a few days to the rest of your life. The good news is that if the accident was another driver’s fault, you can sue for lost wages. Recovering lost income is often a very high priority for people who have been injured by careless drivers. Lost income is part of the economic damages your lawyer can work to recover for you. Both the wages you have already lost in the immediate aftermath of the accident and the wages you will lose in the future can be covered in your compensation package. Your medical providers and your Will County, IL car accident attorney can help you determine how much time you will need off to recover from and receive treatment for your injuries.

How Much Time Off Can I Be Compensated For?

Many factors determine how much time you can take off after a car accident and recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Generally, you can stay home as long as your doctor tells you to and take further time off for any follow-up appointments your doctor recommends. Do not return to work until you are cleared to do so by a doctor.

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Common Types of Train Accidents

 Posted on May 29,2024 in Train Accidents

IL injury lawyerTrain accidents can be extremely severe when they involve a train coming off its track or colliding with another train. However, not all train accidents are so extreme. While some train accidents are pretty severe, involving derailment and multiple fatalities, others are less dramatic. Even minor train accidents can cause injuries to passengers. Most train accidents are preventable and caused by a failure to follow train safety laws. If you were injured while riding or boarding a train due to an accident, you should speak with a Will County train accident attorney immediately. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim.

Train Accidents That Injure Passengers and Others 

A few of the more common types of train accidents that lead to injuries include:

  • Collisions with railroad debris — Trains sometimes hit debris lying on the tracks. Debris may have been intentionally placed on the tracks by careless individuals wanting to watch an object get hit by a train. Other times, debris, such as fallen trees or branches, lands on the tracks due to a storm. Hitting debris can cause the train to abruptly slow down, causing passengers to fall and get hurt. Passengers who were standing are especially likely to be injured. 

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Can My Boss Have Me Followed After a Workplace Injury?

 Posted on May 17,2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerSome employers use private investigators to detect fraud in workers’ compensation claims. This practice is generally legal and nothing to worry about. However, employees who have filed a workers’ compensation claim should be aware that there is a possibility that they may be under surveillance while they are missing work due to their injury. Employees should follow any restrictions their doctors have given them regarding what activities they can and cannot perform while their injury is healing. Trying to perform a task you were instructed not to perform could make it appear as though your injury is not as bad as you claim. You should be represented by an experienced Will County, IL workers’ compensation attorney while your claim is pending.

What Private Investigators Can and Cannot Do

As a general rule, it is acceptable for private investigators to do anything a normal citizen could do, such as film you while you are outside your home. Private investigators handling workers’ compensation claims:

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Truck Drivers and Road Rage

 Posted on April 29,2024 in Truck Accidents

IL injury lawyerProfessional truck drivers who have commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) are held to a higher standard of conduct than most other drivers. This is in part because they are considered professional drivers and in part because they are entrusted with very large and heavy vehicles that can cause devastating damage to others very quickly. Truck drivers are human and are just as prone to issues like road rage as any other driver. However, a commercial truck driver who becomes enraged can be much more dangerous than most others. When a truck driver gets road rage, he is more likely to cause an accident involving multiple other vehicles and serious injuries or even fatalities. If you were injured in a commercial trucking accident, consult a Will County, IL truck accident lawyer immediately.

Road Rage Risk Factors for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers may be faced with conditions likely to induce road rage at higher rates than other drivers, including: 

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What if a Car Accident Was Partially My Fault?

 Posted on April 12,2024 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerCar accidents often happen because more than one driver erred. However, if you were less than 50 percent at fault for a wreck, you can likely still recover compensation. If the accident was more than 50 percent your fault, you might be barred from recovering damages under Illinois’ comparative negligence statute. This means that your Will County, IL car wreck lawyer will need to investigate and try to show the court that the accident was less than half your fault. If the court finds that you were less than 50 percent at fault, your compensation might be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if you were 20 percent at fault for the accident, you can likely recover compensation for 80 percent of your damages. If there is a dispute over who was at fault for an accident, being represented by a skilled attorney is essential.

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Nursing Home Negligence and Elopement in Illinois

 Posted on March 27,2024 in Nursing Home Negligence

IL injury lawyerNursing homes have a duty to take measures so that elderly and confused residents cannot wander away from the facility alone. Disoriented senior citizens can become injured or ill very quickly if they are able to leave their nursing homes unsupervised. Nursing homes are professional care practices that are responsible for taking appropriate precautions to keep their residents safe. If your loved one was harmed after eloping from a nursing home unnoticed, he or she may be entitled to compensation. It is important to quickly contact an experienced Plainfield, IL, nursing home negligence lawyer if your loved one is injured because a skilled care facility allowed him or her to wander away.

How Negligence in Nursing Homes Leads to Elopement 

Problems in nursing homes that can lead to a vulnerable resident leaving the grounds unnoticed include:

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Common Work Injuries for Delivery Drivers in Illinois

 Posted on March 20,2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerIf you are employed as a package delivery driver for a company like UPS or FedEx, you are likely entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you get hurt doing your job. Injuries are fairly common in this line of work for many reasons. People who spend their days lifting packages, entering people’s property to drop items off, and driving around are far more likely to get hurt than those who mainly work at a desk. Workers’ Compensation can often cover all of your medical expenses as well as any wages you lose while you cannot work due to your injury. A Will County, IL workers’ compensation attorney can help you understand what your rights are and what benefits you might be owed after a work-related injury.

5 Most Common Ways Delivery Drivers Are Injured at Work

Some of the most common types of work-related injuries package delivery drivers suffer include:

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5 Common Causes of Car Accidents Involving Rideshare Drivers

 Posted on February 29,2024 in Car Accidents

Blog ImageRidesharing services have become a common method of transportation that is used by people in large cities, such as Chicago, suburban areas such as Will County, and many other locations. While these services offer convenience and accessibility, the ever-increasing number of rideshare vehicles on the road has led to an increase in car accidents involving rideshare drivers. 

People who are injured in these accidents, including rideshare passengers, drivers or passengers of other vehicles involved in collisions, or pedestrians who are struck by negligent rideshare drivers, may be uncertain about the causes of these accidents. They may be unsure about whether a company such as Uber or Lyft can be held responsible for the harm they have suffered. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can provide invaluable legal help to those affected by rideshare accidents, ensuring that they can navigate the legal complexities involved in recovering compensation for their damages.

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When Is a Fatal Accident Considered a Wrongful Death?

 Posted on February 13,2024 in Personal Injury

Blog ImageThere are many situations where people may act negligently and put others at risk, and in some cases, these actions may lead to dangerous accidents that result in fatalities. When a fatal accident takes place, a victim’s surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and recover financial compensation for their loss. An attorney who has experience representing grieving family members can ensure that a wrongful death claim will be handled correctly.

Negligence and Wrongful Death

In order to receive compensation for a wrongful death, certain elements must be proven:

  • Duty of care: The party who is accused of causing a person’s death had a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner towards the deceased.

  • Breach of duty: The party failed to fulfill their duty of care through negligent or intentional actions.

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