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How can a personal injury lawyer fight for your injured child?

Parents do their best to keep their children from danger and harm. Despite their best efforts, though, accidents still happen and when these accidents are due to the negligence of others, the results can be devastating. An injured child deserves justice and a personal injury lawyer can help fight for the financial compensation your child is entitled to.  ...

Traffic Accident Injuries

Traffic accidents can be deadly for everyone, but nobody is more vulnerable than small children. While car seats and restraints can help protect even the smallest passenger, unfortunately these safety methods aren’t always enough to prevent serious injuries in a traffic accident.  If your child has b......

Teacher Negligence

Parents trust that when they put their children on a school bus or drop them off at school that the teachers in charge will properly supervise and keep their children safe. While this is a reasonable expectation, it is unfortunate that this isn’t always the case. When a teacher or other school staff member is negligent in their duties, children can be seriously ......

Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

Privacy has become a hot topic in recent years as technological advances have created new methods for collecting and storing personal information for identification purposes. While fingerprints, face, and voice recognition are convenient biometric methods to increase security, companies must insure that consumer and employee information is kept safe and that their privacy is not violated.&nb......

Defective Toys and Products

Often, we take for granted that toys and products geared towards children will be safe and pose no risk to their safety. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 251,000 toy and child product-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2017 and companies who manufactur......

Defective Playground Sports Equipment

Children love playing on a playground, whether it be at school, a local park, or at a childcare facility. Not only is it a great way to have some fun, but it also helps children to stay active and release some of the pent-up energy they can sometimes feel. Most modern playgrounds have safe equipment made of plastic materials that pose little threat to children w......

Crossing Injuries

Every day, millions of children across the U.S. cross busy streets on their way to and from school. Parents trust that their children will be kept safe by school districts and school crossing guards, however this is not always the case. Crossing injuries are all too common and are often due to the negligence of someone that was trusted to keep your child safe.&n......

Comas

Comas are one of the scariest injuries your child can sustain following an accident. They can last for days, weeks, months, even years, leaving parents to wonder when, or if, their child will recover. This time is not only stressful, but often leaves parents and family members feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and unsure where to turn. ...

Choking Injuries

Children are curious by nature and this curiosity often leads them to place things into their mouth as a way to learn about their world. Unfortunately, this normal part of child development can lead to choking injuries that can be devastating. According to the New York State Department of Health, choking accidents are the fourth leading cause of unintentional de......

Choking Injuries

Children are curious by nature and this curiosity often leads them to place things into their mouth as a way to learn about their world. Unfortunately, this normal part of child development can lead to choking injuries that can be devastating. According to the New York State Department of Health, choking accidents are the fourth leading cause of unintentional de......

Child Medical Malpractice

When we take our child to the doctor, we expect that they will receive the appropriate care they need when they are sick or injured. However, when a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff member fails in their duty and your child is hurt by their carelessness or negligence, it can be devastating and cause lifelong complications.  ...

Child Medical Malpractice

When we take our child to the doctor, we expect that they will receive the appropriate care they need when they are sick or injured. However, when a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff member fails in their duty and your child is hurt by their carelessness or negligence, it can be devastating and cause lifelong complications.  ...

Caretaker Negligence

Parents cannot always be with their children, whether that is due to work or other obligations, which often necessitates the use of a caretaker for your child. This person is someone you trust to provide a safe environment and appropriate care for your son or daughter while you can’t be there to do so. Unfortunately, some caretakers are negligent in their action......

Caretaker Negligence

Parents cannot always be with their children, whether that is due to work or other obligations, which often necessitates the use of a caretaker for your child. This person is someone you trust to provide a safe environment and appropriate care for your son or daughter while you can’t be there to do so. Unfortunately, some caretakers are negligent in their action......

When Do I Have an Accident SF

Slip and falls regarding snow and ice are tricky. In these cases, liability can be nonexistent or complicated to determine. Due to a rule in Illinois regarding “natural accumulations” such as snow or ice, property owners are not obligated to remove natural accumulations on their property and they are not liable if someone slips on it since they did not place it ......

When Do I Have an Accident SF

Slip and falls regarding snow and ice are tricky. In these cases, liability can be nonexistent or complicated to determine. Due to a rule in Illinois regarding “natural accumulations” such as snow or ice, property owners are not obligated to remove natural accumulations on their property and they are not liable if someone slips on it since they did not place it ......

Melted Ice in a Store

When snow or ice is tracked into a store, it melts and creates a puddle in the store. This creates a slipping hazard for everyone there. Additionally, the puddle is likely to be at the entrance where everyone comes in fresh from the snow and ice, and leaves. If you slip on melted ice or snow in a store, you may be able to sue the store owner for negligence under......

Neighbor SF Shovel

One type of slip and fall case is slipping on snow and ice, and some people may believe that they can sue the homeowner of a house in front of which they slipped on unshoveled snow or ice. However, this is not the case, mainly due to Illinois’ “Natural Accumulation” rule, which fails to prove one essential component of proving a slip and fall case. ...

Evidence to Prove SF

In a slip and fall case, you will need to prove a few things to qualify as well as strengthen your case in court, thus increasing its likelihood of success and your chance at recovering damages. This process of proving things about the slip and fall includes finding evidence regarding the actual accident. Though there is no evidence that is “required,” the more ......

Owner Says I Should Have Seen SF

After a slip and fall, you may be suffering from various injuries and damages that alter your life. In the moment following the slip, the property owner that you are planning on suing may claim that you should have seen what caused your injury. If that is their defense, you can respond in other ways to dispute it. Foreseeability is a large aspect of slip and fal......

Who is Responsible for SF

Slip and fall accidents are a type of premises liability accident where a person slips on a hazard on someone else’s property. This injured party has the right to sue the property owner for the injuries and damages that they suffered as a result, as long as they can prove that the property owner’s negligence was the cause of the accident. ...

Public Property SFTF

If you slip on public property, you can still sue the property owner, whatever public entity that it may be, such as a city, town, or state. The rules do not change to prove liability. Negligence is the basis of premises liability laws. Negligence can be proven if you can prove that the public entity owed you, an invitee or licensee, a duty of care, that duty wa......

Public Property SFTF

If you slip on public property, you can still sue the property owner, whatever public entity that it may be, such as a city, town, or state. The rules do not change to prove liability. Negligence is the basis of premises liability laws. Negligence can be proven if you can prove that the public entity owed you, an invitee or licensee, a duty of care, that duty wa......

Businesses Prevent

Businesses sometimes face the problem of slip and falls or trip and falls occurring on their property, which can result in a premises liability lawsuit against them based on their negligence in failing to eliminate the hazard. But there are some things that businesses can do to prevent the incidence of this, listed below: ...

Business Told SF

If someone has told a business of a spill on the property, the business does not clean it up, and someone later slips and falls on the spill, the business could be held liable but it depends on some factors. Proving liability in premises liability cases involves proving that there was a duty of care, that......

Invite to Home

If you are invited to a person’s house or apartment and you suffer from a slip and fall accident, you can sue the owner of the house or apartment. In this case, you are considered an invitee, which is a type of entrant to someone’s property. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care to ensure their safety since they were invited by the property’s owner. This du......

Invite to Home

If you are invited to a person’s house or apartment and you suffer from a slip and fall accident, you can sue the owner of the house or apartment. In this case, you are considered an invitee, which is a type of entrant to someone’s property. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care to ensure their safety since they were invited by the property’s owner. This du......

Building Codes SF

State and federal building codes mainly govern the development, construction, and maintenance of buildings in a certain area. If the property owner is not compliant with these codes, they will be the responsible party in whatever the dispute is. A few common building code violations involve a property’s deck or porch, handrails/guardrails, smoke detectors, and e......

Building Codes SF

State and federal building codes mainly govern the development, construction, and maintenance of buildings in a certain area. If the property owner is not compliant with these codes, they will be the responsible party in whatever the dispute is. A few common building code violations involve a property’s deck or porch, handrails/guardrails, smoke detectors, and e......

Stores Remove Ice and Snow

Multiple Illinois laws state that Illinois businesses do not need to remove ice and/or snow from their property. However, if they choose to remove it and it forms an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow somehow, as in it is not as it was when it first fell in a natural accumulation on the ground, then they are taking a risk. Natural accumulations need not be re......

Stores Remove Ice and Snow

Multiple Illinois laws state that Illinois businesses do not need to remove ice and/or snow from their property. However, if they choose to remove it and it forms an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow somehow, as in it is not as it was when it first fell in a natural accumulation on the ground, then they are taking a risk. Natural accumulations need not be re......

Do I Need a Lawyer SF

After your slip and fall accident, you may be angry and want to represent yourself immediately in a lawsuit against the property owner or occupier. Perhaps you think that you would get it done faster and on your own time. But, we recommend that it is best that you speak to an attorney about representation first, for a few reasons. ...

Do I Need a Lawyer SF

After your slip and fall accident, you may be angry and want to represent yourself immediately in a lawsuit against the property owner or occupier. Perhaps you think that you would get it done faster and on your own time. But, we recommend that it is best that you speak to an attorney about representation first, for a few reasons. ...

Notice in SF

In proving liability in a slip and fall case, one aspect that must be proven is that the property owner or occupier acted negligently. This includes answering the question of if they knew or should have known about the hazard that caused the accident. There is an important factor in considering this, called the “notice standard”. It is divided into “actual notic......

Notice in SF

In proving liability in a slip and fall case, one aspect that must be proven is that the property owner or occupier acted negligently. This includes answering the question of if they knew or should have known about the hazard that caused the accident. There is an important factor in considering this, called the “notice standard”. It is divided into “actual notic......

Proving Liability in Slip and Fall

A slip and fall is a type of premises liability accident where due to some hazard, a person slipped and fell on the property of another. Due to premises liability laws, that person can sue the owner of the property where the accident occurred, contingent on your ability to prove that the property owner is liable. This includes a few key aspects to prove: a duty ......

Proving Liability in Slip and Fall

A slip and fall is a type of premises liability accident where due to some hazard, a person slipped and fell on the property of another. Due to premises liability laws, that person can sue the owner of the property where the accident occurred, contingent on your ability to prove that the property owner is liable. This includes a few key aspects to prove: a duty ......

Waukegan

About 40 miles north of downtown Chicago is Waukegan, the largest city in Lake County, which is home to about 89,000 people. About one-third of the population is between 25 and 44 years of age. Known for its blue-collar roots and sizable minority-populations, Community Health Systems and Cardinal Health, Inc. are among the city’s top employers. Waukegan also has......

Springfield

Springfield, our state’s capital, is located in central Illinois and home to about 117,000 people with over 211,000 in the metro area. The median age in Springfield is about 37 years old. It is also home to Abraham Lincoln’s presidential library, museum, and former home, making it a popular tourist destination in the state. It has a famous 140-mile route known a......

Schaumburg

Schaumburg is a large suburb in northwest Chicago and within the Golden Corridor which is known for its commercial development and affluent, white-collar population. Schaumburg is also home to the headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies, including Zurich Insurance Group,  the city’s largest employer, making it a corporate and commerce hub. ...

Rockford

Rockford is Illinois’s third-largest city and home to just over 153,000 people. Located on the Rock River in Winnebago County, Rockford is nicknamed “The Forest City” and known for its economic diversity and roots in manufacturing and transportation. The Rockford Health System and the Swedish American Hospital are among the city’s largest employers. A long 42-mi......

Peoria

Peoria, located in north-central Illinois, is the state’s third-largest city outside the Chicago metro area and home to about 115,000 people with a metro population of nearly 374,000. About 27% of the population is between 25 and 44 years of age, and hospitals and medical centers are among the city’s largest employers. The area has many scenic country roads, man......

Naperville

About 28 miles west of Chicago is Naperville, home to about 147,000 people. Naperville is regularly ranked among the wealthiest cities in the Midwest and among the safest in the United States, and Edward Hospital is the city’s top employer with over 4,200 employees. The majority of the population is between 25 and 64 years of age. ...

Joliet

About 30 miles southwest of Chicago is Joliet, the fourth-largest city in Illinois with a population nearing 150,000 people. Joliet is known for its cultural and economic diversity and strong Roman Catholic roots, and is also home to Joliet Junior College, the country’s very first public community college. Nearly one-third of the population is between 25 and 44 ......

Evanston

Evanston is a suburb 12 miles north of Chicago and situated right by Lake Michigan. It has a population of 76,486 people and is home to the prestigious Northwestern University. They have a large downtown area full of shopping and restaurants tailored to any person’s liking. Here is a recent swi......

Elgin

On the Fox River about 35 miles northwest of Chicago is the city of Elgin, home to about 110,000 people. Over one-third of the population is between 25 and 44 years old, and the area is also known for its historic, Victorian-era landmarks and architecture. One of the most scenic roadways in Illinois, Northern Illinois Route 20, takes countless motorcyclists from......

Decatur

Along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur is is the largest city in Macon County with about 76,000 residents - Decatur. It is located in Central Illinois and sometimes known as the “Soybean Capital of the World” for the major agricultural companies that belong there. Decatur has its own airport, bus system, and two universities, which make for some busy roads at......

Decatur

Along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur is is the largest city in Macon County with about 76,000 residents - Decatur. It is located in Central Illinois and sometimes known as the “Soybean Capital of the World” for the major agricultural companies that belong there. Decatur has its own airport, bus system, and two universities, which make for some busy roads at......

Cicero

Cicero is a suburb on the outskirts of Chicago and is home to 84,103 people, as of 2013. The median age of Cicero citizens is 27.8 years old and is almost evenly split at a half-female, half-male population. It is the 11th largest municipality in Illinois and is home to the Hawthorne Race Course which hosts horse-racing events from time to time.  ...

Cicero

Cicero is a suburb on the outskirts of Chicago and is home to 84,103 people, as of 2013. The median age of Cicero citizens is 27.8 years old and is almost evenly split at a half-female, half-male population. It is the 11th largest municipality in Illinois and is home to the Hawthorne Race Course which hosts horse-racing events from time to time.  ...

Champaign

Champaign, located in central Illinois and home to about 87,000 people, is a prominent transportation hub and crossroads for three major highways: I-57 runs north and south and handles a significant percentage of Chicago’s inbound shipments, while I-72 and I-74 each run east and west. Champaign is also served by U.S. Routes 45 and 150 as well as two railroad lin......

Champaign

Champaign, located in central Illinois and home to about 87,000 people, is a prominent transportation hub and crossroads for three major highways: I-57 runs north and south and handles a significant percentage of Chicago’s inbound shipments, while I-72 and I-74 each run east and west. Champaign is also served by U.S. Routes 45 and 150 as well as two railroad lin......

Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove is a village in the northwest Chicago area and is part of both Lake and Cook Counties. Home to about 41,000 people, there is relatively even distribution across all age-ranges and the population has been stable for the past twenty years. The village shares borders with Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Riverwoods, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, ......

Bloomington

125 miles southwest of Chicago is the city of Bloomington with roughly 77,000 residents. Bloomington is in McLean County here in Illinois, the largest county in Illinois. Also home to Illinois State University, the city is a great area for agricultural production. It is a hub for transportation, as three interstates as well as Route 51 and Route 9 all converge i......

Aurora

Aurora, which is just outside the Chicago metro area, is Illinois’s second-largest city and home to about 200,000 people. Known to some as the “City of Lights,” Aurora also extends into four different counties - DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will - and over one-third of the population is between 25 and 44 years old. Visitors often make the city even busier in the s......

Design or Building Violations

Pools, just like any other public establishment, must adhere to building and design codes as set by the state or local ordinances. These regulations are set in place to give people a standard of safety that they can expect from these places. When a pool fails to follow an ordinance or statute, they can put others at risk of injury. If someone is hurt due to a bu......

Design or Building Violations

Pools, just like any other public establishment, must adhere to building and design codes as set by the state or local ordinances. These regulations are set in place to give people a standard of safety that they can expect from these places. When a pool fails to follow an ordinance or statute, they can put others at risk of injury. If someone is hurt due to a bu......

Inattentive Untrained Lifeguards

We trust lifeguards with our lives when we are at a pool. Their whole job is to watch out for the safety of others. When they are inattentive or untrained, they may let people get injured on their watch. If you or a loved one was injured in a pool accident due to an inattentive or untrained lifeguard, contact one of our attorneys to discuss your case and who may......

Inattentive Untrained Lifeguards

We trust lifeguards with our lives when we are at a pool. Their whole job is to watch out for the safety of others. When they are inattentive or untrained, they may let people get injured on their watch. If you or a loved one was injured in a pool accident due to an inattentive or untrained lifeguard, contact one of our attorneys to discuss your case and who may......

Inadequate Depth Markers

All pools are required to have depth markers to delineate where the pool’s depth increases and by how much. They must be accurate and easily readable for those using the pool so that they do not go too deep if they cannot handle it. It is the job of the pool owner to make these accurate markings to help the entrants. If you or a loved one was injured in a pool a......

Poorly Lit Pools

Pool owners owe all their lawful entrants a duty of reasonable care once they enter the premises - it’s the owner’s responsibility to watch out for their safety. This includes keeping a well lit pool area to prevent accidents from occurring. If you or a loved one was injured in a pool accident due to poor lighting, contact one of our attorneys to evaluate your c......

Water Clarity

Water clarity is the degree to which the pool water is clean and clear. Pool owners should take measures to ensure that pool water is both clean and clear for the sake of their lawful entrants safety and enjoyment. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident due to the poor water clarity, contact one of our attorneys to evaluate your case to see if......

Overcrowding

All pool owners must exercise a reasonable duty of care in the property that they manage to ensure the safety of their lawful entrants. One of these duties is supervising the amount of people in a pool so that it does not overcrowd. If you or a loved one has been in a swimming pool accident due to overcrowding, you may consider filing a premises liability lawsui......

Intoxication as a Proximate Cause of Injury in Dram Shop Cases

To be eligible for compensation for your injuries and damages, it is necessary that the defendant’s intoxication was at least one direct cause of said injuries and damages. According to Section C 1. [4.11] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ...

Opinion Testimony Regarding Intoxication in Dram Shop Cases

There are up to three types of witnesses in a dram shop case: the “lay witness,” the “independent expert witness,” and the “controlled expert witness.” According to Section 2 b. [4.8] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ...

Use of Blood Alcohol Tests in Dram Shop Cases

Blood alcohol tests are permitted in legal claims involving dram shops. According to Section 1 [4.6] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), entitled “Use of Blood Alcohol Tests:” “Blood alcohol test results are admiss......

Liquor as the Direct Cause of Intoxication in Dram Shop Cases

In a dram shop case, it essential that the plaintiff clearly establishes that the liquor provided to the defendant directly caused, or contributed substantially to, the defendant’s intoxication. According to Section III B. [4.5] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ...

Defendant Provided Alcohol to Inebriate

The typical defendant in a dram shop case is a “commercial vendor or supplier of alcohol,” while social hosts and other non-commercial suppliers are typically protected against such liability. According to Section III A. [4.4] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): ...

The Dramshop Act Permits a Complaint Against Three Types of People/Entities

When legal liability falls on a “dram shop” for wrongfully serving alcohol to individuals who are already excessively intoxicated or too young to be served at all, there are three persons or entities which may be found partially or fully liable for your damages depending on the unique circumstances of your case: ...

Parties that Cannot Recover Damages in Dram Shop Cases

According to Section II [2.2] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE): “A vital aspect of explaining the proper plaintiffs in a Dramshop Act case is to first point out an important class of people who cannot be plaintif......

Parties that Can Recover Damages in Dram Shop Cases

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage due to the negligence of an intoxicated person, you may be eligible for compensation with the help of our experienced attorneys. The most common scenarios for plaintiffs in dram shop cases include The plaintiff was involved in a car accide......

Parties that Can Recover Damages in Dram Shop Cases

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage due to the negligence of an intoxicated person, you may be eligible for compensation with the help of our experienced attorneys. The most common scenarios for plaintiffs in dram shop cases include The plaintiff was involved in a car accide......

Complicity as a Defense in Dram Shop Cases

In some dram shop cases, the defendant - typically the establishment which serves alcohol - may proclaim “complicity” as a defense against charges brought by the plaintiff, who is typically the victim of the actions of an intoxicated person. According to Section IV A. [4.14] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act handbook issued by the Illinois Institute for Cont......

Provocation as a Defense in Dram Shop Cases

In some dram shop cases, the defendant - typically the establishment which serves alcohol - may proclaim “provocation” as a defense against charges brought by the plaintiff, who is typically the victim of the actions of an intoxicated person, but may also be guilty of provocation. According to Chapter 5, Section 2 [5.5] of the Illinois Dramshop Practice Act hand......

How Long do I Have to File a Dramshop Claim?

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). ...