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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the main causes of car accidents include vehicle, driver, environmental and unknown factors. Drivers account for about 94 percent of traffic accidents. The NHTSA’s Crash Causation Survey states vehicle, environmental, and unknown factors are each about two percent of the total critical reasons that are identified as collision causes. In this...
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According to the CDC, each day there are nine people in the United States who are killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. This can include things like texting, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system, and adjusting the...
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Yes, when insurance companies settle claims, they do pay for pain and suffering. When seeking compensation in a personal injury claim, attorneys ask for economic and non-economic damages. Examples of economic damages include lost wages and medical bills. These examples can be easily calculated. Non-economic damages can include emotional distress, pain, suffering and loss of a normal life. This category of damages is...
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How long does an insurance claim take? There is no single answer to the question: "how long does an insurance claim take after a car accident?" Each car accident settlement case is completely unique and depends on the circumstances of your specific crash. These circumstances can include the nature of the accident itself, the injuries you've sustained and your insurance...
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Every case consists of its own unique set of circumstances, meaning that there is no clear answer regarding what the average settlement for a motorcycle accident is. A few major factors contribute to the outcome of a case—first and foremost, the amount of insurance a person has. If our team calculates that your damages amount to $100,000, but the negligent...
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In Illinois, motorcycle accident victims can seek economic and non-economic damages. These damages are meant to address the hardships you have endured physically, mentally, and financially because of the collision. There are many specific types of damages within these categories that our firm may be able to help you recover, including: Lost wages and employee benefits Diminished income potential Disfigurement...
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There is no way to predict exactly how long a motorcycle accident claim will take to settle. Every case is different, and various factors could come together to result in a quick settlement or a lengthy ordeal. It is important to expect the unexpected when it comes to resolving a motorcycle accident claim. There is no formula to apply to...
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If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a vehicle collision, you’re likely aware of your right to seek compensation for injuries and damages to your vehicle. The amount of compensation you receive, however, can vary and depends on a number of factors. An attorney can review your case and advise you on how to seek a...
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If you suspect that they were responsible for your injuries, you can sue someone personally after a motorcycle accident. The only party that is virtually immune to lawsuits is your employer. You can sue many other entities, including: Government organizations (like the city, county, and state) Manufacturers Mechanics Businesses Subcontractors When to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident While...
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If you are seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages, you may have to go to court for a motorcycle accident. The good news is that the majority of motorcycle accident injury claims resolve without the need for a trial, per the American Bar Association (ABA). Ultimately, this will depend on whether you are able to agree to a...
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When you've been seriously injured and are looking for a lawyer, you might see the slogan "we don't get paid until you do." But what does that really mean? How do personal injury contingency agreements work? These contingent fee agreements involve a lawyer taking your case in exchange for a percentage of any compensation they recover on your behalf. If they...
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Although you may not have been at fault when a traffic accident occurred, you should still consider getting a car accident lawyer, especially if you are looking to recover compensation from the at fault driver who caused the accident. Recovering compensation from the at-fault party or their insurer sounds like it would be straightforward. However, a personal injury lawyer can...
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Coming up with an average payout for slip and fall cases is hard to do because the details of a fall and the severity of injuries sustained can vary greatly from case to case. When it comes to slip and fall personal injury cases, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for what the average payout is. Every case is unique, and...
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Calculating pain and suffering damages in Illinois is not as straightforward as calculating other types of financial compensation. Unlike with damages like your medical expenses, there is no objective way to determine what a pain and suffering claim is worth. This means that a judge or jury will need to consider a wide range of factors when awarding damages in...
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The Illinois Wrongful Death Act determines what qualifies as a wrongful death lawsuit in our state. 740 ILCS 180 says that an eligible party can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover their losses when a negligent or intentional act causes the death of a close relative. How the Statute Defines Wrongful Death Illinois law provides a legal remedy for...
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Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202 and 740 ILCS 180/2, you generally have two years from the day of the motorcycle accident to file either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Also, your case’s circumstances could extend or shorten the deadline. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the time to act is now. While two years seems like a...
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The costs of hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer vary case by case. Nevertheless, what usually happens when you first hire a lawyer to represent you is that you two will agree on a percentage that they will take from your final compensatory award. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), your lawyer will typically charge one-third of your winnings. Still,...
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In the days following a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical care. If you were taken from the accident in an ambulance, this might seem obvious, but even if you walked away, you should seek medical attention. Some injuries are not obvious right away but can develop in the days and weeks after an accident. Proper medical care is critical...
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It is often worth hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer if you would like help with the many legal tasks that an attorney can handle for you and if you would like to seek the fairest possible settlement. A lawyer from our firm can help you demonstrate your level of injury, negotiate your settlement, and prove that the other party was...
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While no law states that you have to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer for a minor accident, you may want to consider the benefits of working with a lawyer. For instance, an insurance company may try to argue that your injuries and damages are not sufficient to warrant compensation. Even in a minor accident, you may be able to seek...
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After a motorcycle collision, what happens if the at-fault party doesn’t have insurance depends on your level of damages and the amount of insurance coverage you have. You could file a claim with your own uninsured motorist (UM) policy, which is automatically included as a part of your insurance, per the Illinois Secretary of State. Other coverage from your insurer...
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Who can be sued in a motorcycle accident case will depend on the circumstances of your collision. However, some at-fault parties in your case (and those you can sue) can include: Another motorist The at-fault motorist’s employer A vehicle’s parts manufacturer A state or local government department According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual monetary cost...
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One of the primary benefits of hiring legal counsel after a motorcycle collision is that a motorcycle accident lawyer will deal with the insurance companies for you. This is a tremendous benefit, as handling settlement negotiations on your own can be difficult. It is vital to protect your legal rights following a motorcycle accident, given the potential severity of your...
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To protect your rights after a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical attention and begin gathering as much evidence as you can. Attorneys can take the lead in gathering the evidence necessary to hold another driver responsible for your losses. At the same time, they can protect your case against aggressive insurance companies. Additionally, there are steps you can take...
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The difference between medical malpractice and negligence can be complex. With malpractice, professional negligence is what causes harm. Medical negligence is an essential part of establishing a malpractice case, but not all negligence cases qualify as malpractice. Both occur when a professional violates the standard of care, which means they acted in an unreasonable manner for their field and skill...
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You can sue a doctor without malpractice insurance. Even though Illinois does not require physicians to carry insurance, if they work for a hospital or healthcare facility, they could be covered under its insurance policy. However, things can get complicated if this isn’t an option. If you are not familiar with filing an injury lawsuit against a medical entity, a...
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It is challenging to place an exact dollar amount on the average settlement for medical malpractice, as no two cases are identical. Compensation awarded varies depending on the nature of your injury, illness, and the other circumstances of your case. If you believe substandard care on the part of the provider or their facility resulted in harm done to you,...
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If you get into a car accident with no license, you can expect a few things to happen. You may face criminal charges in addition to the economic, physical, and mental hardships that come with being in a serious accident.  If you were injured in a car accident while driving without a license, that does not mean that you give...
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If you or someone you love was injured due to a mechanic’s negligence, then you can sue them for damages.  When a mechanic’s subpar work contributes to or causes a car accident, you can hold them accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here is how.  Pursuing Damages for Your Accident To recover damages on your...
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The timeline for bringing criminal charges against a driver who causes a hit and run accident will depend on the severity of the incident and whether the accident resulted in property damage, injuries to another, or death. This means a driver who causes a hit and run could be charged up to three years after a collision or one year and six...
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If your loved one passed away, and you believe that the negligence or harmful actions of someone else were to blame, you may want to pursue a wrongful death case. A family can sue for wrongful death damages in a number of situations. They can seek compensation for the losses caused by the decedent’s passing.  However, there are rules about...
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), the four types of workers’ compensation benefits are: medical and wage replacement benefits, rehabilitation benefits, and other benefits (e.g., death benefits).  Because most Illinois employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, an employee who suffered an on-the-job injury may be entitled to recover some or all of these benefits (except for death...
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There is no simple way to calculate how much employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance. Many different factors go into this calculation, and the amount you can expect to collect if you were injured on the job can vary dramatically. A workers compensation lawyer from our firm can explain what you can reasonably expect to collect based on the severity of your...
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You have the right to file a whiplash injury claim without an attorney. You are ultimately in control of your own personal injury case, and the choice to hire an attorney is yours to make. The courts will allow you to pursue a whiplash injury lawsuit without an attorney. However, serving as your own legal counsel risks associated. Personal injury...
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Illinois is a fault state, so motorists can pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit against the party that was responsible for the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Illinois, an attorney with our firm could guide you on your legal options. While you have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit,...
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Whether or not you should sign an insurance company release is a complex question. By signing an insurance release, you are formalizing a settlement offer resulting in financial compensation for you. That said, a release also waives all future claims for that injury. Your decision to sign a release depends on the contents of the document.  Before you sign a...
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There are numerous reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer after an accident. If your injuries resulted in costly medical care or time away from work, a personal injury lawsuit could be your best opportunity to recover compensation. A Chicago personal injury lawyer from our firm could obtain a fair award for you. From serving as your advocate to building...
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Comparative fault is a legal principle that applies to certain injury claims. This principle governs when a plaintiff might be entitled to financial compensation despite sharing in the fault of an accident. Comparative fault rules are used in the vast majority of states, but there are different ways jurisdictions approach this principle.  If you were injured in a car accident...
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When it comes to evidence in a personal injury case, legal and medical witnesses are important. Eyewitness accounts of your accident could help you establish the other party was at fault. Medical expert testimony could show the jury the extent of your injuries.  If you are considering a civil lawsuit following an injury, it is important that you build the...
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The force of the impact of a collision can cause severe injuries to your body in a car accident. Even low-speed crashes can result in injuries that may require medical treatment.  Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Bodily Injuries When a car collides with another vehicle or object, the force of the impact can transfer to the vehicle’s occupants. The resulting...
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What makes someone a credible witness for a car accident claim is a mixture of factors. Credibility is subjective, and numerous factors could lead a jury to believe a witness or not.   Credibility might be subjective, but it is also vital for a witness. The strength of a witness’ testimony depends entirely on whether a jury takes them at their...
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If you suffered injuries or sustained vehicle damages, you should contact a lawyer after a car accident in Chicago. Our attorneys can help you collect evidence related to your accident and pursue compensation for your losses.   How Can Your Lawyer Assist You with Your Car Accident Case? Accidents can be shocking and traumatic experiences. Chances are, in the time immediately following a...
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The decision to hire legal counsel is yours to make. You do not need an attorney for a motorcycle accident. You can pursue an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit without help. However, there are substantial risks when you represent yourself.  You deserve justice and fair compensation after a motorcycle accident, and an attorney can help you achieve that...
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You could sue for a bicycle accident if another party caused your injuries. You may seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Who Can You Sue for a Bicycle Accident? If your bicycle accident was not your fault, you deserve help paying for your injury-related expenses. You could sue for a bicycle accident if the person...
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Though you may wonder, “What is the average semi-truck accident settlement amount?” this question is not especially useful. You should instead ask, “What is the amount of my semi-truck accident settlement?” Every victim of a semi-truck accident has different losses, injuries, and prognoses. Rather than worrying about the value of other settlements, your lawyer will focus on your own losses....
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If you want an advocate by your side who will protect your rights from the beginning, then you should call a lawyer after a car accident. When you make your initial call, you will first speak with a representative who will assess your case and determine if the firm is a fit for your legal needs. A lawyer works for...
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A slip and fall is a personal injury that may entitle you to compensation if the property owner was negligent. You may be able to recover several types of damages, such as your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A slip and fall injury is a sudden shock that may require a long recovery. Your potential need for...
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Pain and suffering is separate from medical bills when it comes to compensation in a civil matter. Each personal injury case is different; however, compensation typically includes items such as medical costs, time missed from work, and pain and suffering. While your medical bills relate to procedures and treatments to ease your “pain and suffering,” this phrase carries further meaning...
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Going any amount over the speed limit is illegal - even if it’s only 5 miles per hour (MPH).  You have legal rights if you were injured by a speeding motorist—even if they were only exceeding the speed limit by a small amount. Alternatively, if you hit a motorist while you were speeding, that does not mean that you primarily...
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An uninsured driver is not automatically at fault in a traffic accident. According to the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), fault in Illinois is determined based on something called comparative negligence. Basically, the driver whose negligence contributed the most to the accident will be held at fault for what happened, regardless of insurance status. Modified Comparative Negligence in Illinois Modified...
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There is no magic number for the “right” settlement amount after a truck accident. Rather, the amount you should settle for after a truck accident depends on factors unique to your case, including your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. How a Lawyer Will Calculate Your Damages When you hire a Chicago law firm to help...
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You were involved in a car accident, reported the accident, and sought medical treatment. As bills are piling in, you are wondering about how much you should settle for. How much you settle your car accident claim for primarily depends on the damages you have sustained because of the accident and the relevant factors involved in your claim. Potential Damages...
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There is a misconception that as long as people stay within five miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit, they are within the law, but this is not true. Drivers cannot go any mph over the speed limit and must obey speed limits at all times. Speeding drivers place other drivers at risk for serious harm and possible death....
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Truck accident claims can take longer to settle than those involving passenger vehicle accidents. This is primarily because the liability investigation is more complex, and victims’ damages tend to be more substantial. That being said, how long it will take for a truck accident claim to settle will depend on the specific details of your situation. You Must Establish Liability...
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You generally have two years to file a lawsuit after a truck accident, per 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Some facts of your situation may toll this timeline. For instance, if you were injured as a minor or the negligent party fled the state, you could be granted more time to act. A Chicago truck accident lawyer can examine the facts of...
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Following a car accident, if settlement negotiations fail, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your out-of-pocket damages. When taking legal action, it is a good idea to know how long you have to file a lawsuit after a car accident. In Illinois, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file...
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Workers' compensation works by providing benefits to employees who suffer from a work-related injury or illness. In Illinois, many employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees and provide benefits if they are unable to work, regardless of who is at fault for the illness or injury. Illinois laws have been updated with a rebuttable presumption that...
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You prove wrongful death by introducing evidence that establishes each element of the civil tort of wrongful death. Even if the death happened because of someone’s criminal act, wrongful death is a civil lawsuit, so you have to establish all the factors for that cause of action. The Elements of Wrongful Death in Illinois The Illinois state legislature created the...
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Research and statistics tell us a lot about how common nursing home abuse is. In the United States, approximately one-third of nursing homes had serious violations that might have or did lead to resident harm, according to National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) statistics. Of the 2,000 nursing home residents interviewed: 44% identified themselves as victims of abuse 95% identified...
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Most likely, you will not have to go to court for a truck accident. The vast majority of Chicago personal injury cases stemming from collision-related injuries reach a settlement without ever going to trial. Why Settling Out of Court Could Work in Your Favor The fact that your case will likely never go to trial benefits you in several ways....
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In most situations, you will not have to go to court for a car accident. Most car accident claims are resolved through an insurance settlement. Filing an Insurance Claim Illinois is an at-fault insurance state, so the at-fault driver is legally responsible for the damages caused by their negligence. Typically, accident victims receive compensation from their accident through a settlement...
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You do not need a lawyer for a car accident settlement. You can file an insurance claim and negotiate for a settlement on your own. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit without a lawyer. However, working with a lawyer may provide you with several benefits. A lawyer may be able to handle all legal work, communications, and deadlines...
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Whether you are pursuing a claim with an insurance company or filing a lawsuit in state court, slip and fall cases can be hard to win. The good news is that our team could help recover the compensation you need after such an accident. In order to secure compensation for your injuries, it is necessary to prove the property owner...
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All personal injury and car accident cases are different and include varying circumstances that can affect how long it takes to get a settlement check. In some cases, you may see a settlement check arrive in a matter of weeks, but that is not always the case for car accident personal injury cases. While you may be ready to receive...
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Yes, in Illinois, you can settle a car accident without a lawyer. Before you decide to negotiate and settle your car accident claim on your own, though, ask yourself these questions: Does the at-fault driver have enough coverage to fully cover your losses? Does your own insurance policy offer any additional coverage? What if the at-fault driver is uninsured or...
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Personal injury refers to any injury that occurred in an accident, including physical, mental, or emotional damage, whereas bodily injury more specifically refers to physical injury to one’s body. Additionally, some become confused between personal injury protection (PIP) and bodily injury liability coverage. Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage includes payment for injury-related medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income,...
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When a trusted caregiver mistreats or fails to provide proper care for an older adult, it is considered nursing home abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If your loved one experienced abuse or neglect that resulted in serious harm or death, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Entrusting our loved one’s care to nursing...
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The first thing to do after any vehicle collision is to make sure everyone is ok, potentially calling the authorities if not. Roadway crashes are scary but commonplace in today’s highway-centric culture. If you’re asking yourself, what should I do after a car accident, there are many driver responsibilities and obligations after a car accident, such as to: Pull over...
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After signing with a personal injury lawyer at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, you can expect the law firm to begin a personal injury investigation. Because there are many practice areas that cover personal injury laws in Illinois, there are various methods of collecting evidence to build your personal injury case. Personal injury cases in Illinois may involve, but are...
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Common Car Accident Attorney Questions At Kryder Law, we know how stressful the time after a serious car accident can be, especially if you’re not being compensated for your injuries. What you need in a time like this are reliable and experienced answers from your car accident attorney. Our attorneys have experience with the traffic laws in Chicago, Cook County, and the...
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How much it costs to hire a motorcycle accident attorney can vary. Every attorney handles their legal fees in their own way, but the most common approach is through something known as a contingency fee agreement.  A contingency fee agreement allows you to seek compensation for your injuries without making a financial commitment up front. Your attorney will only recover...
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The question “What is the average settlement for a whiplash injury in a car accident?” is not always relevant. Whiplash victims don’t receive compensation based on average figures – their settlement value will depend on their unique losses. Average settlement figures are not reliable nor especially helpful. A lawyer and their team will instead determine the value of your settlement....
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If you were hit by an uninsured car, whether you know it or not, you have legal options. If you have MedPay included as part of your insurance policy, you could file a claim with your own insurer. However, if you do not have this type of coverage or the insurer does not want to pay what you are owed,...
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When thinking about whose fault is a rear end collision, ultimately, the answer depends on what happened. Every rear end collision comes with its own set of circumstances. For instance, if you were rear-ended by a speeding driver, the fault for the accident would likely rest on them. However, suppose that you rear-ended another motorist who braked suddenly. In that...
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The average settlement from a car accident varies and depends upon the specific details of your case. The injuries you suffered, the at-fault party, and other factors play an important factor in a civil claim or lawsuit. If you experienced serious injuries due to the reckless actions of a careless driver, chances are your medical bills are just beginning to...
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A publication from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, titled Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America cites the following leading causes of nursing home and elderly person abuse and neglect: Caregiver stress Staff burnout Understaffing Lack of training Finding out what causes nursing home abuse in elderly is an important part of lessening its prevalence and...
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Intentional or negligent acts by caregivers that result in harm to patients are considered patient abuse. If your loved one experienced abuse in a nursing home facility, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation. Patient abuse is especially upsetting due to the vulnerability of those who trust their caregivers....
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The average payout for a slip and fall depends on the details of your accident. If the property owner was negligent and their negligence led to your slip and fall, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Types of compensation that may be awarded in a slip and...
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You could sue for a bicycle accident if another party caused your injuries. You may seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Who Can You Sue for a Bicycle Accident? If your bicycle accident was not your fault, you deserve help paying for your injury-related expenses. You could sue for a bicycle accident if the person...
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the main causes of car accidents include vehicle, driver, environmental and unknown factors. Drivers account for about 94 percent of traffic accidents. The NHTSA’s Crash Causation Survey states vehicle, environmental, and unknown factors are each about two percent of the total critical reasons that are identified as collision causes. In this...
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According to the CDC, each day there are nine people in the United States who are killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. This can include things like texting, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system, and adjusting the...
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How long does an insurance claim take? There is no single answer to the question: "how long does an insurance claim take after a car accident?" Each car accident settlement case is completely unique and depends on the circumstances of your specific crash. These circumstances can include the nature of the accident itself, the injuries you've sustained and your insurance...
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If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a vehicle collision, you’re likely aware of your right to seek compensation for injuries and damages to your vehicle. The amount of compensation you receive, however, can vary and depends on a number of factors. An attorney can review your case and advise you on how to seek a...
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Although you may not have been at fault when a traffic accident occurred, you should still consider getting a car accident lawyer, especially if you are looking to recover compensation from the at fault driver who caused the accident. Recovering compensation from the at-fault party or their insurer sounds like it would be straightforward. However, a personal injury lawyer can...
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If you get into a car accident with no license, you can expect a few things to happen. You may face criminal charges in addition to the economic, physical, and mental hardships that come with being in a serious accident.  If you were injured in a car accident while driving without a license, that does not mean that you give...
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If you or someone you love was injured due to a mechanic’s negligence, then you can sue them for damages.  When a mechanic’s subpar work contributes to or causes a car accident, you can hold them accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here is how.  Pursuing Damages for Your Accident To recover damages on your...
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The timeline for bringing criminal charges against a driver who causes a hit and run accident will depend on the severity of the incident and whether the accident resulted in property damage, injuries to another, or death. This means a driver who causes a hit and run could be charged up to three years after a collision or one year and six...
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Illinois is a fault state, so motorists can pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit against the party that was responsible for the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Illinois, an attorney with our firm could guide you on your legal options. While you have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit,...
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The force of the impact of a collision can cause severe injuries to your body in a car accident. Even low-speed crashes can result in injuries that may require medical treatment.  Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Bodily Injuries When a car collides with another vehicle or object, the force of the impact can transfer to the vehicle’s occupants. The resulting...
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What makes someone a credible witness for a car accident claim is a mixture of factors. Credibility is subjective, and numerous factors could lead a jury to believe a witness or not.   Credibility might be subjective, but it is also vital for a witness. The strength of a witness’ testimony depends entirely on whether a jury takes them at their...
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If you suffered injuries or sustained vehicle damages, you should contact a lawyer after a car accident in Chicago. Our attorneys can help you collect evidence related to your accident and pursue compensation for your losses.   How Can Your Lawyer Assist You with Your Car Accident Case? Accidents can be shocking and traumatic experiences. Chances are, in the time immediately following a...
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If you want an advocate by your side who will protect your rights from the beginning, then you should call a lawyer after a car accident. When you make your initial call, you will first speak with a representative who will assess your case and determine if the firm is a fit for your legal needs. A lawyer works for...
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An uninsured driver is not automatically at fault in a traffic accident. According to the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), fault in Illinois is determined based on something called comparative negligence. Basically, the driver whose negligence contributed the most to the accident will be held at fault for what happened, regardless of insurance status. Modified Comparative Negligence in Illinois Modified...
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You were involved in a car accident, reported the accident, and sought medical treatment. As bills are piling in, you are wondering about how much you should settle for. How much you settle your car accident claim for primarily depends on the damages you have sustained because of the accident and the relevant factors involved in your claim. Potential Damages...
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Following a car accident, if settlement negotiations fail, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your out-of-pocket damages. When taking legal action, it is a good idea to know how long you have to file a lawsuit after a car accident. In Illinois, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file...
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In most situations, you will not have to go to court for a car accident. Most car accident claims are resolved through an insurance settlement. Filing an Insurance Claim Illinois is an at-fault insurance state, so the at-fault driver is legally responsible for the damages caused by their negligence. Typically, accident victims receive compensation from their accident through a settlement...
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category Car Accidents
You do not need a lawyer for a car accident settlement. You can file an insurance claim and negotiate for a settlement on your own. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit without a lawyer. However, working with a lawyer may provide you with several benefits. A lawyer may be able to handle all legal work, communications, and deadlines...
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category Car Accidents
All personal injury and car accident cases are different and include varying circumstances that can affect how long it takes to get a settlement check. In some cases, you may see a settlement check arrive in a matter of weeks, but that is not always the case for car accident personal injury cases. While you may be ready to receive...
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category Car Accidents
The first thing to do after any vehicle collision is to make sure everyone is ok, potentially calling the authorities if not. Roadway crashes are scary but commonplace in today’s highway-centric culture. If you’re asking yourself, what should I do after a car accident, there are many driver responsibilities and obligations after a car accident, such as to: Pull over...
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category Car Accidents
After signing with a personal injury lawyer at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, you can expect the law firm to begin a personal injury investigation. Because there are many practice areas that cover personal injury laws in Illinois, there are various methods of collecting evidence to build your personal injury case. Personal injury cases in Illinois may involve, but are...
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category Car Accidents
The question “What is the average settlement for a whiplash injury in a car accident?” is not always relevant. Whiplash victims don’t receive compensation based on average figures – their settlement value will depend on their unique losses. Average settlement figures are not reliable nor especially helpful. A lawyer and their team will instead determine the value of your settlement....
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category Car Accidents
If you were hit by an uninsured car, whether you know it or not, you have legal options. If you have MedPay included as part of your insurance policy, you could file a claim with your own insurer. However, if you do not have this type of coverage or the insurer does not want to pay what you are owed,...
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category Car Accidents
When thinking about whose fault is a rear end collision, ultimately, the answer depends on what happened. Every rear end collision comes with its own set of circumstances. For instance, if you were rear-ended by a speeding driver, the fault for the accident would likely rest on them. However, suppose that you rear-ended another motorist who braked suddenly. In that...
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category Car Accidents
The average settlement from a car accident varies and depends upon the specific details of your case. The injuries you suffered, the at-fault party, and other factors play an important factor in a civil claim or lawsuit. If you experienced serious injuries due to the reckless actions of a careless driver, chances are your medical bills are just beginning to...
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category Exceeding Posted Speed Limit Accidents
Going any amount over the speed limit is illegal - even if it’s only 5 miles per hour (MPH).  You have legal rights if you were injured by a speeding motorist—even if they were only exceeding the speed limit by a small amount. Alternatively, if you hit a motorist while you were speeding, that does not mean that you primarily...
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category Exceeding Posted Speed Limit Accidents
There is a misconception that as long as people stay within five miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit, they are within the law, but this is not true. Drivers cannot go any mph over the speed limit and must obey speed limits at all times. Speeding drivers place other drivers at risk for serious harm and possible death....
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category Medical Malpractice
The difference between medical malpractice and negligence can be complex. With malpractice, professional negligence is what causes harm. Medical negligence is an essential part of establishing a malpractice case, but not all negligence cases qualify as malpractice. Both occur when a professional violates the standard of care, which means they acted in an unreasonable manner for their field and skill...
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category Medical Malpractice
You can sue a doctor without malpractice insurance. Even though Illinois does not require physicians to carry insurance, if they work for a hospital or healthcare facility, they could be covered under its insurance policy. However, things can get complicated if this isn’t an option. If you are not familiar with filing an injury lawsuit against a medical entity, a...
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category Medical Malpractice
It is challenging to place an exact dollar amount on the average settlement for medical malpractice, as no two cases are identical. Compensation awarded varies depending on the nature of your injury, illness, and the other circumstances of your case. If you believe substandard care on the part of the provider or their facility resulted in harm done to you,...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
Every case consists of its own unique set of circumstances, meaning that there is no clear answer regarding what the average settlement for a motorcycle accident is. A few major factors contribute to the outcome of a case—first and foremost, the amount of insurance a person has. If our team calculates that your damages amount to $100,000, but the negligent...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
In Illinois, motorcycle accident victims can seek economic and non-economic damages. These damages are meant to address the hardships you have endured physically, mentally, and financially because of the collision. There are many specific types of damages within these categories that our firm may be able to help you recover, including: Lost wages and employee benefits Diminished income potential Disfigurement...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
There is no way to predict exactly how long a motorcycle accident claim will take to settle. Every case is different, and various factors could come together to result in a quick settlement or a lengthy ordeal. It is important to expect the unexpected when it comes to resolving a motorcycle accident claim. There is no formula to apply to...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
If you suspect that they were responsible for your injuries, you can sue someone personally after a motorcycle accident. The only party that is virtually immune to lawsuits is your employer. You can sue many other entities, including: Government organizations (like the city, county, and state) Manufacturers Mechanics Businesses Subcontractors When to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident While...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
If you are seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages, you may have to go to court for a motorcycle accident. The good news is that the majority of motorcycle accident injury claims resolve without the need for a trial, per the American Bar Association (ABA). Ultimately, this will depend on whether you are able to agree to a...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202 and 740 ILCS 180/2, you generally have two years from the day of the motorcycle accident to file either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Also, your case’s circumstances could extend or shorten the deadline. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the time to act is now. While two years seems like a...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
The costs of hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer vary case by case. Nevertheless, what usually happens when you first hire a lawyer to represent you is that you two will agree on a percentage that they will take from your final compensatory award. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), your lawyer will typically charge one-third of your winnings. Still,...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
In the days following a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical care. If you were taken from the accident in an ambulance, this might seem obvious, but even if you walked away, you should seek medical attention. Some injuries are not obvious right away but can develop in the days and weeks after an accident. Proper medical care is critical...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
It is often worth hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer if you would like help with the many legal tasks that an attorney can handle for you and if you would like to seek the fairest possible settlement. A lawyer from our firm can help you demonstrate your level of injury, negotiate your settlement, and prove that the other party was...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
While no law states that you have to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer for a minor accident, you may want to consider the benefits of working with a lawyer. For instance, an insurance company may try to argue that your injuries and damages are not sufficient to warrant compensation. Even in a minor accident, you may be able to seek...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
After a motorcycle collision, what happens if the at-fault party doesn’t have insurance depends on your level of damages and the amount of insurance coverage you have. You could file a claim with your own uninsured motorist (UM) policy, which is automatically included as a part of your insurance, per the Illinois Secretary of State. Other coverage from your insurer...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
Who can be sued in a motorcycle accident case will depend on the circumstances of your collision. However, some at-fault parties in your case (and those you can sue) can include: Another motorist The at-fault motorist’s employer A vehicle’s parts manufacturer A state or local government department According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual monetary cost...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
One of the primary benefits of hiring legal counsel after a motorcycle collision is that a motorcycle accident lawyer will deal with the insurance companies for you. This is a tremendous benefit, as handling settlement negotiations on your own can be difficult. It is vital to protect your legal rights following a motorcycle accident, given the potential severity of your...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
To protect your rights after a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical attention and begin gathering as much evidence as you can. Attorneys can take the lead in gathering the evidence necessary to hold another driver responsible for your losses. At the same time, they can protect your case against aggressive insurance companies. Additionally, there are steps you can take...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
The decision to hire legal counsel is yours to make. You do not need an attorney for a motorcycle accident. You can pursue an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit without help. However, there are substantial risks when you represent yourself.  You deserve justice and fair compensation after a motorcycle accident, and an attorney can help you achieve that...
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category Motorcycle Accidents
How much it costs to hire a motorcycle accident attorney can vary. Every attorney handles their legal fees in their own way, but the most common approach is through something known as a contingency fee agreement.  A contingency fee agreement allows you to seek compensation for your injuries without making a financial commitment up front. Your attorney will only recover...
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category Nursing Home Abuse
Research and statistics tell us a lot about how common nursing home abuse is. In the United States, approximately one-third of nursing homes had serious violations that might have or did lead to resident harm, according to National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) statistics. Of the 2,000 nursing home residents interviewed: 44% identified themselves as victims of abuse 95% identified...
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category Nursing Home Abuse
When a trusted caregiver mistreats or fails to provide proper care for an older adult, it is considered nursing home abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If your loved one experienced abuse or neglect that resulted in serious harm or death, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Entrusting our loved one’s care to nursing...
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category Nursing Home Abuse
A publication from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, titled Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America cites the following leading causes of nursing home and elderly person abuse and neglect: Caregiver stress Staff burnout Understaffing Lack of training Finding out what causes nursing home abuse in elderly is an important part of lessening its prevalence and...
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category Nursing Home Abuse
Intentional or negligent acts by caregivers that result in harm to patients are considered patient abuse. If your loved one experienced abuse in a nursing home facility, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation. Patient abuse is especially upsetting due to the vulnerability of those who trust their caregivers....
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category Personal Injury
Yes, when insurance companies settle claims, they do pay for pain and suffering. When seeking compensation in a personal injury claim, attorneys ask for economic and non-economic damages. Examples of economic damages include lost wages and medical bills. These examples can be easily calculated. Non-economic damages can include emotional distress, pain, suffering and loss of a normal life. This category of damages is...
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category Personal Injury
When you've been seriously injured and are looking for a lawyer, you might see the slogan "we don't get paid until you do." But what does that really mean? How do personal injury contingency agreements work? These contingent fee agreements involve a lawyer taking your case in exchange for a percentage of any compensation they recover on your behalf. If they...
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category Personal Injury
Coming up with an average payout for slip and fall cases is hard to do because the details of a fall and the severity of injuries sustained can vary greatly from case to case. When it comes to slip and fall personal injury cases, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for what the average payout is. Every case is unique, and...
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category Personal Injury
Calculating pain and suffering damages in Illinois is not as straightforward as calculating other types of financial compensation. Unlike with damages like your medical expenses, there is no objective way to determine what a pain and suffering claim is worth. This means that a judge or jury will need to consider a wide range of factors when awarding damages in...
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category Personal Injury
Whether or not you should sign an insurance company release is a complex question. By signing an insurance release, you are formalizing a settlement offer resulting in financial compensation for you. That said, a release also waives all future claims for that injury. Your decision to sign a release depends on the contents of the document.  Before you sign a...
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category Personal Injury
There are numerous reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer after an accident. If your injuries resulted in costly medical care or time away from work, a personal injury lawsuit could be your best opportunity to recover compensation. A Chicago personal injury lawyer from our firm could obtain a fair award for you. From serving as your advocate to building...
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category Personal Injury
Comparative fault is a legal principle that applies to certain injury claims. This principle governs when a plaintiff might be entitled to financial compensation despite sharing in the fault of an accident. Comparative fault rules are used in the vast majority of states, but there are different ways jurisdictions approach this principle.  If you were injured in a car accident...
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category Personal Injury
When it comes to evidence in a personal injury case, legal and medical witnesses are important. Eyewitness accounts of your accident could help you establish the other party was at fault. Medical expert testimony could show the jury the extent of your injuries.  If you are considering a civil lawsuit following an injury, it is important that you build the...
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category Personal Injury
You prove wrongful death by introducing evidence that establishes each element of the civil tort of wrongful death. Even if the death happened because of someone’s criminal act, wrongful death is a civil lawsuit, so you have to establish all the factors for that cause of action. The Elements of Wrongful Death in Illinois The Illinois state legislature created the...
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category Personal Injury
Yes, in Illinois, you can settle a car accident without a lawyer. Before you decide to negotiate and settle your car accident claim on your own, though, ask yourself these questions: Does the at-fault driver have enough coverage to fully cover your losses? Does your own insurance policy offer any additional coverage? What if the at-fault driver is uninsured or...
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category Personal Injury
Personal injury refers to any injury that occurred in an accident, including physical, mental, or emotional damage, whereas bodily injury more specifically refers to physical injury to one’s body. Additionally, some become confused between personal injury protection (PIP) and bodily injury liability coverage. Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage includes payment for injury-related medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income,...
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category Personal Injury
Common Car Accident Attorney Questions At Kryder Law, we know how stressful the time after a serious car accident can be, especially if you’re not being compensated for your injuries. What you need in a time like this are reliable and experienced answers from your car accident attorney. Our attorneys have experience with the traffic laws in Chicago, Cook County, and the...
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category Slip and Fall Injury
Coming up with an average payout for slip and fall cases is hard to do because the details of a fall and the severity of injuries sustained can vary greatly from case to case. When it comes to slip and fall personal injury cases, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for what the average payout is. Every case is unique, and...
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category Slip and Fall Injury
A slip and fall is a personal injury that may entitle you to compensation if the property owner was negligent. You may be able to recover several types of damages, such as your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A slip and fall injury is a sudden shock that may require a long recovery. Your potential need for...
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category Slip and Fall Injury
Pain and suffering is separate from medical bills when it comes to compensation in a civil matter. Each personal injury case is different; however, compensation typically includes items such as medical costs, time missed from work, and pain and suffering. While your medical bills relate to procedures and treatments to ease your “pain and suffering,” this phrase carries further meaning...
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category Slip and Fall Injury
Whether you are pursuing a claim with an insurance company or filing a lawsuit in state court, slip and fall cases can be hard to win. The good news is that our team could help recover the compensation you need after such an accident. In order to secure compensation for your injuries, it is necessary to prove the property owner...
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category Slip and Fall Injury
The average payout for a slip and fall depends on the details of your accident. If the property owner was negligent and their negligence led to your slip and fall, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Types of compensation that may be awarded in a slip and...
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category Truck Accidents
Though you may wonder, “What is the average semi-truck accident settlement amount?” this question is not especially useful. You should instead ask, “What is the amount of my semi-truck accident settlement?” Every victim of a semi-truck accident has different losses, injuries, and prognoses. Rather than worrying about the value of other settlements, your lawyer will focus on your own losses....
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category Truck Accidents
There is no magic number for the “right” settlement amount after a truck accident. Rather, the amount you should settle for after a truck accident depends on factors unique to your case, including your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. How a Lawyer Will Calculate Your Damages When you hire a Chicago law firm to help...
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category Truck Accidents
Truck accident claims can take longer to settle than those involving passenger vehicle accidents. This is primarily because the liability investigation is more complex, and victims’ damages tend to be more substantial. That being said, how long it will take for a truck accident claim to settle will depend on the specific details of your situation. You Must Establish Liability...
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category Truck Accidents
You generally have two years to file a lawsuit after a truck accident, per 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Some facts of your situation may toll this timeline. For instance, if you were injured as a minor or the negligent party fled the state, you could be granted more time to act. A Chicago truck accident lawyer can examine the facts of...
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category Truck Accidents
Most likely, you will not have to go to court for a truck accident. The vast majority of Chicago personal injury cases stemming from collision-related injuries reach a settlement without ever going to trial. Why Settling Out of Court Could Work in Your Favor The fact that your case will likely never go to trial benefits you in several ways....
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category Whiplash Injury
You have the right to file a whiplash injury claim without an attorney. You are ultimately in control of your own personal injury case, and the choice to hire an attorney is yours to make. The courts will allow you to pursue a whiplash injury lawsuit without an attorney. However, serving as your own legal counsel risks associated. Personal injury...
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category Workers' Compensation
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), the four types of workers’ compensation benefits are: medical and wage replacement benefits, rehabilitation benefits, and other benefits (e.g., death benefits).  Because most Illinois employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, an employee who suffered an on-the-job injury may be entitled to recover some or all of these benefits (except for death...
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category Workers' Compensation
There is no simple way to calculate how much employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance. Many different factors go into this calculation, and the amount you can expect to collect if you were injured on the job can vary dramatically. A workers compensation lawyer from our firm can explain what you can reasonably expect to collect based on the severity of your...
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category Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation works by providing benefits to employees who suffer from a work-related injury or illness. In Illinois, many employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees and provide benefits if they are unable to work, regardless of who is at fault for the illness or injury. Illinois laws have been updated with a rebuttable presumption that...
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category Wrongful Death
The Illinois Wrongful Death Act determines what qualifies as a wrongful death lawsuit in our state. 740 ILCS 180 says that an eligible party can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover their losses when a negligent or intentional act causes the death of a close relative. How the Statute Defines Wrongful Death Illinois law provides a legal remedy for...
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category Wrongful Death
If your loved one passed away, and you believe that the negligence or harmful actions of someone else were to blame, you may want to pursue a wrongful death case. A family can sue for wrongful death damages in a number of situations. They can seek compensation for the losses caused by the decedent’s passing.  However, there are rules about...
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category Wrongful Death
You prove wrongful death by introducing evidence that establishes each element of the civil tort of wrongful death. Even if the death happened because of someone’s criminal act, wrongful death is a civil lawsuit, so you have to establish all the factors for that cause of action. The Elements of Wrongful Death in Illinois The Illinois state legislature created the...
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