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ATV accident

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a type of vehicle that is often used for recreation on vacation or for farmers to maintain their land. Though they can be used properly and for fun, sometimes ATV accidents occur and victims can be seriously injured. If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you ......

CTA accident

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is a form of public transportation in the Chicagoland area that consists of buses and trains, helping millions of people get to their destinations on a daily basis. The CTA must stay diligent in maintaining and running so many different vehicles as so many people depend on it for their commutes. If you or a loved one has been ......

SUV Rollover accidents

Although driving an SUV may give some the feeling of comfort and safety since it is a larger car, there is still a large risk of damage and injury in the event of an accident. This is because an SUV is more likely to rollover than a smaller car is. If you or a loved one has been in an SUV rollover accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you......

Snowmobile accidents

During the winter, one popular recreational activity is taking a ride on a snowmobile. Some places, such as parks, are only accessible via snowmobile. While they can be lots of fun on a day with heavy snow on the ground, they also pose a risk of serious injury to its users. If you or a loved one has been in a snowmobile accident, contact us for a free con......

What Are Child Injury Laws in Illinois?

Child injury laws are a series of statutes that Congress and each state has passed to criminalize the mistreatment of children and allows those children who have been victims of abuse and/or mistreatment to receive compensation in civil court.  Child injury laws are complex and involve bot......

Toy Recalls

Parents purchase toys every day for their children and assume that these toys will be safe. Unfortunately, just like any other product on the market, toys can be defective and dangerous and put children at risk for serious injuries that were preventable if the toys had been designed and manufactured properly.  ...

School District Negligence

Parents entrust the care and safety of their children to school districts every day. They believe that not only will their children receive a good education, but that they will be kept safe from harm while they are under the care and supervision of the school and its employees. Unfortunately, there are times when children are injured while at school, either due ......

School District Negligence

Parents entrust the care and safety of their children to school districts every day. They believe that not only will their children receive a good education, but that they will be kept safe from harm while they are under the care and supervision of the school and its employees. Unfortunately, there are times when children are injured while at school, either due ......

Safety Code Violations

Safety codes are in place to keep children safe, especially when they are under the supervision of their school or daycare and the business's employees. Schools are supposed to be safe havens, a place where they are not subjected to injuries or abuse. When teachers or other employees do not abide by these safety codes or safety codes are not even in place, child......

Recalled Baby Products

Each year, thousands of dangerous or potentially dangerous products are recalled, with many of these items geared towards babies and infants. The reasons for these recalls will vary from product to product, but a large portion of these recalls are because of faulty product design, lead paint hazards, and products that are improperly labeled. ...

Prescription Medication Injury

Parents have an expectation that when their child needs a medication for an illness or an ongoing condition that they will receive the correct medicine at the correct dosage. However, this isn’t always the case. Doctors, pharmacies, and medical facilities can make mistakes with these medications which can cause serious, and sometimes deadly, consequences. ...

Poison/Chemical Injuries

Children are naturally curious and while this curiosity helps them to learn about their world, it can also lead to dangerous situations, such as poison or chemical injuries. Children cannot always read and understand the warning signs on bottles and may not always comprehend how these chemicals and poisons can be dangerous. Anyone supervising children should be ......

Poison/Chemical Injuries

Children are naturally curious and while this curiosity helps them to learn about their world, it can also lead to dangerous situations, such as poison or chemical injuries. Children cannot always read and understand the warning signs on bottles and may not always comprehend how these chemicals and poisons can be dangerous. Anyone supervising children should be ......

Pet Door Accident

Pet doors are a convenient method of giving a pet the freedom to come and go as needed on an owner’s property. Unfortunately, pet doors are also a risk to young children who are also small enough to fit through, allowing them to gain access to outside dangers that can put them at risk for serious and sometimes deadly injuries. ...

Paralysis

Paralysis is one of the most devastating and life-altering injuries a child can suffer. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause partial or full paralysis and can be due to a birth injury, a congenital disorder, an infection, sports injury, or an accident. Regardless of the cause, paralysis often has ongoing medical care that can reach into the millions. ...

Neglect/Lack of Supervision

Neglect/lack of supervision is defined as the failure to provide adequate supervision, food, or shelter and can be committed by a parent, family member, foster family, teacher, daycare worker, or anyone else who has been entrusted with the care of a child. While cases of child abuse receive more publicity, neglect is actually just as dangerous and a more common ......

Lack of Protective Sports Gear

Coaches of children’s sports teams are responsible for their players and ensuring that they have access to adequate protective sports gear and understand the risks they face by participating in whatever sport they have chosen to play. When a coach does not provide this important protective sports gear or information, they may be found negligent in their behavior......

Hospital Medication Errors

Medication errors are more prevalent in hospitals than most people would think, especially for children. Children are among the most vulnerable and most common victims of medical malpractice and unfortunately, when a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff member prescribes or distributes an incorrect medication, or administers a medication at the incorrect dosage......

Hospital Medication Errors

Medication errors are more prevalent in hospitals than most people would think, especially for children. Children are among the most vulnerable and most common victims of medical malpractice and unfortunately, when a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff member prescribes or distributes an incorrect medication, or administers a medication at the incorrect dosage......

Firearm Injuries

Firearm accidents and injuries are frequently tragic events. Each year, over 33,000 deaths occur due to firearm accidents, with a significant number of these deaths occurring in children under the age of 18. Many times, firearm accidents occur because guns are left loaded and within reach of a curious child. It only takes seconds for a child to pull the trigger,......

Firearm Injuries

Firearm accidents and injuries are frequently tragic events. Each year, over 33,000 deaths occur due to firearm accidents, with a significant number of these deaths occurring in children under the age of 18. Many times, firearm accidents occur because guns are left loaded and within reach of a curious child. It only takes seconds for a child to pull the trigger,......

Confined Space Accidents

Many types of construction projects require workers to spend time in confined spaces. Unfortunately, confined space accidents are common, exposing construction workers, and their rescuers, at risk for serious injuries and death.  If you have been injured in a confined space accident......

Building Collapse

Unfortunately, building collapses are all too common in the world of construction. Whether it be due to relaxed code enforcements, ignoring safety standards, or any number of safety hazards, the fact remains that building collapse is not only dangerous, it can be deadly. If you have been......

Bridge Collapse

We often take for granted the bridges we use every day. It is easy to overlook the amount of work that goes into the construction, maintenance, repairs, and inspection of the bridges that we travel over on a day-to-day basis. However, Illinois residents should be concerned about the bridges that are used, as a recent study done by Transportation for Ameri......

Airport Construction Accidents

If you spend any time traveling, you know that airports are areas of frequent construction. Because of the sheer amount of people who pass through the gates of local airports on a daily basis, expansions and improvements are not only needed, but are often a requirement for new safety standards. ...

Airport Construction Accidents

If you spend any time traveling, you know that airports are areas of frequent construction. Because of the sheer amount of people who pass through the gates of local airports on a daily basis, expansions and improvements are not only needed, but are often a requirement for new safety standards. ...

Arapahoe Credit Union

Creditors like Arapahoe Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Arapahoe Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Arapahoe Credit Union will pay our fees and costs......

Aqua Finance

Creditors like Aqua Finance cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Aqua Finance violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Aqua Finance will pay our fees and costs. You won’t owe us a ......

Applied Bank

Creditors like Applied Bank cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Applied Bank violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Applied Bank will pay our fees and costs. You won’t owe us a ......

Apple Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Apple Federal Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Apple Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Apple Federal Credit Union will pay our......

APCO Employees Credit Union

Creditors like APCO Employees Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If APCO Employees Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and APCO Employees Credit Union will pay ......

Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union

Creditors like Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Anheuser-Busch Em......

Andrews Federal Credit Union

Creditors like Andrews Federal Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Andrews Federal Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Andrews Federal Credit Union will p......

Andigo Credit Union

Creditors like Andigo Credit Union cannot harass you over a debt. You have rights under the law, and we will stop the harassment once and for all. THE BEST PART IS… If Andigo Credit Union violated the law, you may be entitled to money damages and Andigo Credit Union will pay our fees and costs. You ......

Injuries and Damages in Dram Shop Cases

When someone is injured by an intoxicated person who has unlawfully been served excessive alcohol by an establishment, the injuries can be quite severe depending on the circumstances of the accident. For example, if the intoxicated person causes an auto accident, we all know the resulting injuries can range from minor to extremely severe, even death. Other scena......

Does Dram Shop Liability Insurance Protect the Seller of Alcohol?

Many establishments which serve alcohol are legally required to have “dram shop liability insurance” (more commonly known as “liquor liability insurance”) and many more have this insurance even if it’s not legally required. It commonly covers physical/psychological damages, assault & battery, property damage, and legal defense costs. ...

Can you Sue a Bar for Overserving?

Yes; the basis of a dram shop case is that the defendant - typically the alcohol-serving establishment - supplied excessive alcohol to an alleged intoxicated person (AIP), who then caused injuries and damages to the plaintiff. For a more detailed outline of dram shop claims, consult the Illinois Dramshop Act Practice handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for......

Can you Sue a Bar for Overserving?

Yes; the basis of a dram shop case is that the defendant - typically the alcohol-serving establishment - supplied excessive alcohol to an alleged intoxicated person (AIP), who then caused injuries and damages to the plaintiff. For a more detailed outline of dram shop claims, consult the Illinois Dramshop Act Practice handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for......

Do Dram Shop Laws Protect You from a Lawsuit?

Many establishments which serve alcohol are legally required to have “dram shop liability insurance” (more commonly known as “liquor liability insurance”) and many more have this insurance even if it’s not legally required. It commonly covers physical/psychological damages, assault & battery, property damage, and legal defense costs. But while dram shop liab......

Do Dram Shop Laws Protect You from a Lawsuit?

Many establishments which serve alcohol are legally required to have “dram shop liability insurance” (more commonly known as “liquor liability insurance”) and many more have this insurance even if it’s not legally required. It commonly covers physical/psychological damages, assault & battery, property damage, and legal defense costs. But while dram shop liab......

What is Dram Shop Insurance?

Many establishments which serve alcohol are legally required to have “dram shop liability insurance” (more commonly known as “liquor liability insurance”) and many more have this insurance even if it’s not legally required. It commonly covers physical/psychological damages, assault & battery, property damage, and legal defense costs. ...

What is Dram Shop Insurance?

Many establishments which serve alcohol are legally required to have “dram shop liability insurance” (more commonly known as “liquor liability insurance”) and many more have this insurance even if it’s not legally required. It commonly covers physical/psychological damages, assault & battery, property damage, and legal defense costs. ...

Proving Liability Under the Dram Shop Law

There are five essential elements needed to establish liability under dram shop law in Illinois. According to Chapter 5, Section G. [5.34] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “[In this lawsuit] [In Count ,] plainti......

Does Illinois's Dram Shop Law Contain any Special Provisions?

The only “special provision” in Illinois’s dram shop law concerns the potential to enforce our state’s law across state lines, provided that the second state in question also enforces a dram shop law. According to Chapter 1, Section D [1.27] of the Illinois Dramshop Act Practice handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE):...

Damages and Time Limits in Dram Shop Cases

While Illinois’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two (2) years, the statute for claims pursuant to the Dramshop Act is one (1) year. For more information, see Chapter 3, Section I [3.1] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). ...

Pediatric Surgical Errors

Surgeries require extensive training, skill, and careful technique, especially when it involves children. All pediatric surgeries come with some degree of risk, but when a medical professional is negligent in their actions, the result can be devastating, and even deadly. If your child has been injured due......

Fetal Death

Losing a child can be devastating, especially when this tragic loss occurs during childbirth. While fetal death can occur for a variety reasons, medical negligence, accidents, or defective products may also lead to a miscarriage or stillbirth.  If you lost your child to fetal death and you suspect th......

Dog Bites/Animal Attacks

Dogs and children are a natural match. Not only do dogs provide a family with love and companionship for many years, they also teach children responsibility and how to care for another living being. Unfortunately, not all dogs are well-behaved, well-trained, or safe and children, especially under the age of nine (9), are often the victims of dog bites or other a......

Diagnostic Errors

Children are vulnerable to disease and injuries, but parents hope that when an issue arises, their physicians and medical team will be there to provide a correct diagnosis and the treatment that their child requires. Unfortunately, physicians can make mistakes and a diagnostic error can lead to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all. Thes......

Road construction zone accident

According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, in Illinois, there were 21 fatal accidents in road construction zones. This is not an insignificant number. With the large amount of people that pass through road construction zones and the obstacles that it may pose to each driver, it can be a hotspot for danger and accidents. If you or a lov......

Road construction zone accident

According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, in Illinois, there were 21 fatal accidents in road construction zones. This is not an insignificant number. With the large amount of people that pass through road construction zones and the obstacles that it may pose to each driver, it can be a hotspot for danger and accidents. If you or a lov......

Public transportation accident

Public transportation is useful for all walks of life as it can get them from point A to point B on a clearly set out schedule. However, this schedule may be put on hold at times, as there have been countless incidents of public transportation accidents in the past that can cause serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a public tr......

Public transportation accident

Public transportation is useful for all walks of life as it can get them from point A to point B on a clearly set out schedule. However, this schedule may be put on hold at times, as there have been countless incidents of public transportation accidents in the past that can cause serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a public tr......

Passenger van accident

Passenger vans are vans that are intended for usually 12-15 passengers. They are often used to transport members of an organization, such as a school or church, from place to place as it saves on costs and seems more efficient to the organization. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passenger vans with 10 or more passengers ar......

Limousine accident

Limousines are often used to celebrate and have fun with a good group of friends. These celebratory occasions can take a turn for the worse when the vehicle gets in an accident. If you or a loved one was in an accident involving a limousine, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation. ...

Handicapped transportation medicar injuries

Handicapped transportation is an essential part to the lives of those who are disabled. They accommodate their lives by making vehicles handicap-accessible so they can freely go from one place to another. When accidents occur, these people, who are already in a fragile state, can suffer from severe injuries that only worsen their condition. Some accidents may ev......

Golf cart accidents

People use golf carts for a variety of reasons - besides the obvious reason of moving across a golf course. Generally, they cannot be used on public roads due to their low speed and very basic nature. Some people may use them on private property, at airports, or around a retirement community. In these cases, there are chances for accidents to occur that end in s......

Commercial vehicle accidents

Commercial vehicles are vehicles that transport goods or paying persons across the country. These are usually semi-trucks traveling for a business that are required to follow certain state and federal statutes and regulations. Actually, this may also include privately owned vehicles or drivers traveling for work-related purposes; in which case, the employer coul......

Taxi cab accidents

People hail taxi cabs countless times per day in large metropolitan areas, and taxis are also called in advance for a ride to take people from less urban areas to their destination. They are meant to safely and conveniently take you from point A to point B, however, sometimes accidents happen involving taxi cabs. These accidents can occur in a couple of ways, an......

Right of way with MV

Motor vehicles have the right of way to travel on various lands to travel according to specific real-estate arrangements. Most commonly, public highways and roads allow free flow of registered vehicles to travel, and sometimes allowing off-road vehicles, as well. Some routes are privately or government owned; these can be open or closed to the public with a sign......

Steering and Stopping

Most vehicles have some type of steering mechanism, whether it be a wheel for motor vehicles or  a rudder for boats. Steering is important in that it allows the vehicle to move in a certain direction at the will of its controller. Wheels angle a certain way to move one way or another. Almost all vehicles ......

Convering energy to work in MV

In motor vehicles, the energy-dense source of fuel gets turned from chemical energy to mechanical energy and is converted into work, which moves the vehicle a distance. Generally, this conversion is done through wheels, propellers, nozzles, and more. Motor vehicles use wheels to put that work into motion. Wheels allow the work to move the motor vehicle as well a......

Motors and engines in vehicles

All vehicles must be powered by some type of energy, whether it be fuel or human power. Certain types of vehicles have motors or engines that consume the energy source to make the vehicle operate. Motor vehicles typically utilize internal combustion engines, which are either intermittent or continuous, or external combustion engines. ...

Energy sources in MV

All vehicles need to derive their energy from some source in order to operate. Motor vehicles derive energy using internal combustion engines. They burn energy-dense fuels, such as gasoline, as their energy source. These engines are heat engines that transform chemical energy into mechanical energy to make motor vehicles move a distance. They are able to operate......

Types of vehicles

Vehicles are any type of machine powered by energy that transports people or cargo. There are a countless amount of types of vehicles that are meant to serve this purpose. Mainly, they fall into three main categories: landcrafts, watercrafts, aircrafts. Landcrafts include vehicles such as buses, cars, ice......

Types of vehicles

Vehicles are any type of machine powered by energy that transports people or cargo. There are a countless amount of types of vehicles that are meant to serve this purpose. Mainly, they fall into three main categories: landcrafts, watercrafts, aircrafts. Landcrafts include vehicles such as buses, cars, ice......

What are vehicles?

A vehicle is a machine that transports people or cargo. They need not be powered by any type of technology, necessarily, as bicycles and wagons fall into the category of vehicles also. However, it is necessary that a vehicle has some type of energy to drive it. For instance, a car is typically powered by fuel, a bicycle is powered by human power, and a streetcar......

Injury to Means of Support or for Loss of Society as the Result of an Act of an Intoxicated Person

As is true of other personal injury claims, an injured plaintiff in a dram shop case can be compensated for present and possible future medical expenses incurred as a direct result of the injury and damages in question. According to Chapter 4, Section B. [4.5] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Ed......

Medical Expenses in Dram Shop Cases

Plaintiffs in dram shop cases can be compensated for lost means of support and loss of society. According to Chapter 1, Section 2. [1.8] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “Medical expenses incurred on behalf of a......

Pain and Suffering in Dram Shop Cases

Pain and suffering is a common component of plaintiffs’ compensation in dram shop cases. According to Chapter 1, Section 2. [1.8] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “Illinois courts have recognized that pain and s......

Property Damage Resulting from an Intoxicated Person

Property damage is a valid form of compensation for plaintiffs in dram shop cases. According to Chapter 1, Section IIA. [1.6] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “The Dramshop Act creates liability for three genera......

Personal Injury Resulting from an Intoxicated Person

Personal injury is perhaps the most common basis for a plaintiff to pursue a dram shop claim with the help of an experienced attorney. According to Chapter 1, Section IIA. [1.6] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ......

Enforcing Dram Shop Law Across State Lines

By Illinois state law, dram shop cases can be enforced across state lines. According to Chapter 1, Section D [1.27] of the Illinois Dramshop Act Practice handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “The Dramshop Act now contains the following provisions to try......

When someone is injured by an intoxicated person even if only a small percentage?

Plaintiffs in dram shop cases must establish that the alcohol provided by the dram shop to the perpetrator caused the intoxication and, in turn, the damages to the plaintiff, and circumstantial evidence can be valid in these cases. According to Section III B. [4.5] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Leg......

Is it illegal to sell alcohol to an intoxicated person?

When a patron of an alcohol-serving establishment becomes clearly and visibly intoxicated, it becomes unlawful to continue to provide alcohol to that individual. According to Chapter 4, Section B. [4.5] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ...