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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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5 Common Types of Workplace Injuries

 Posted on January 25,2024 in Workers' Compensation

Blog ImageAccidents can happen anywhere, and the workplace is no exception. Every day, workers in various industries are injured on the job due to a variety of reasons. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious conditions that require extensive medical treatment. If you have been injured at work, it is important to understand your options for receiving workers' compensation benefits. An experienced attorney can provide representation when filing claims related to work injuries, ensuring that you will be able to receive the benefits you deserve.

Some injuries that commonly occur in workplaces in Illinois include:

1. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slippery floors, cluttered walkways, or uneven surfaces can lead to slips-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. During the winter, the risks of these types of accidents can increase due to snow, ice, wet floors, and other issues that lead to slippery walking surfaces. These accidents can cause sprains, fractures, head injuries, or spinal cord damage. Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment by promptly addressing any hazards that could contribute to these incidents.

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When Can Negligence Lead to Winter Car Accidents?

 Posted on January 25,2024 in Car Accidents

Blog ImageWinter driving can be treacherous, with icy roads, reduced visibility, and unpredictable weather conditions. While it may seem like accidents during the winter can sometimes be unavoidable due to these factors, the truth is that many winter car accidents are the result of negligence. When drivers fail to take proper precautions or drive recklessly in winter conditions, they put themselves and others at risk. By understanding the ways people can cause car accidents in the winter and working with an attorney who has experience in these types of cases, drivers, passengers, or others who are injured in car crashes can take steps to recover financial compensation. Some common forms of negligence that affect people during the winter months include:

Failing to Adapt Driving Behavior

One of the most common forms of driver negligence during the winter is failing to make adjustments to the ways they drive based on the conditions of the roads. Some drivers may continue to speed even when there is ice or snow on the road. They may follow other vehicles too closely without allowing enough stopping distance, or they may fail to adjust their speed correctly when approaching curves or intersections. Failing to adapt to road conditions during snowstorms, cold weather, or other times when winter weather makes driving dangerous can significantly increase the risks of losing control and causing an accident.

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