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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): ...

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): ...

My child suffered an injury at birth. What should I do?

A birth injury can be devastating and life changing for both parents and their new child. Parents never expect that a birth injury could occur, but the sad reality is that birth injuries in hospitals do occur. Unfortunately, these injuries are not always immediately apparent and may appear months or years later.   ...

My child suffered an injury at birth. What should I do?

A birth injury can be devastating and life changing for both parents and their new child. Parents never expect that a birth injury could occur, but the sad reality is that birth injuries in hospitals do occur. Unfortunately, these injuries are not always immediately apparent and may appear months or years later.   ...

What can a child personal injury lawyer do for me?

Parents do everything they can to protect their children from getting hurt, but unfortunately not all accidents can be prevented. Injuries to young children are some of the devastating to families, especially when these injuries are due to the negligent actions of another person. When your child is injured and in pain, you may feel hopeless, alone, and you may b......

Do children get hurt more than adults in hospitals?

No, children are not hurt more than adults in hospitals. In fact, adults and children are affected by medical malpractice at similar rates, however this does not mean that they do not suffer equally devastating consequences due to this negligence  If your child has been injured due to medical malprac......

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......