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With all the anticipation that precedes a child’s birth, it can be heartbreaking to know they’ve started life with a debilitating injury. A birth injury is a very serious matter, regardless of how severe it is, and coping with it can be very difficult for all involved.

With all the pain and stress, filing a lawsuit may be the last item on a parent’s mind, but it can actually help ease the process in certain circumstances. It’s worthwhile to know when filing a birth injury lawsuit is appropriate.

Birth Injury Vs. Birth Defect

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Building managers, property owners, and others in charge of real estate have a duty to make sure their premises are safe. This includes taking care of health concerns such as toxic mold. Failure to handle these issues can result in significant health problems for anyone who enters the premises, and it could be grounds to file a mold lawsuit.

Toxic Mold and Health Issues

There are various types of mold that can be harmful to one’s health, the most common of which is known as black mold. The more significant health concerns that may result from black mold exposure include the following:

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In some cases, a medical injury may be immediately obvious—something obviously went wrong with a routine procedure, you end up in the hospital for far longer than normal, etc. In other cases, it may be less obvious, which means it will usually take longer for you to notice an injury.

If you suspect that medical malpractice has occurred, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. The state of Illinois has various laws governing when a lawsuit needs to be filed. If you wait too long, it could compromise your case.

Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

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A disabling workplace accident is a frightening experience, and you may be uncertain what your future will hold. Any lasting disabilities you have from the incident can affect your ability to support yourself and negatively impact your quality of life.

Some disabilities are temporary, whereas others are permanent. Illinois workers’ compensation law handles these two types of disability very differently, and knowing the differences can help you know what type of compensation you’re entitled to receive.

Temporary Disability

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In Illinois, the party at fault in an accident is responsible for paying damages. This should happen regardless of the vehicles involved—if you’re on a bicycle and are involved in an accident with a car, the party who caused the accident would be held accountable.

Bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians all owe one another a duty of care—meaning they should act in a way that is consistent with sound judgment and safe practices. Breaching this duty constitutes negligence. There are many ways in which one can be found negligent, and these are factors that may be examined when determining fault in a bicycle accident.

Vehicle Maintenance

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After this year’s Independence Day celebrations, the unfortunate truth is there are many people throughout the U.S. who have suffered some form of injury. Fireworks and similar items are frequently the cause of these injuries, often in spite of safe handling and adherence to local laws. If your injury was caused by a faulty product or the reckless actions of another, there is a good chance that you can recover damages for it.

Federal and State Laws

First off, it’s important to note that high-powered fireworks as such are not legal. Fireworks with over 50 milligrams of pyrotechnic materials are illegal under federal law, and Illinois bans most “consumer” fireworks as well. Consumer-grade fireworks would include such items as roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers, etc.

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The warm weather is perfect for numerous spring and summertime activities, including boating. While this can be a great way to relax, it’s important to exercise good judgment to keep yourself and others safe. When individuals fail in these duties, they risk causing harm to others. In some cases, a boating accident may constitute a personal injury case.

If you are injured in a boating accident, you could recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost time at work. Determining if you have a viable claim ultimately depends on the accident.

Types of Accidents

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When making a case for a personal injury claim, it’s important to be as thorough as possible. You need to be able to prove that your injury was the result of another person’s negligence, which often means there are many lines of evidence that may need to be considered. Among the evidence you’ll need for your personal injury lawsuit are the following items.

Physical Items

Physical evidence needs to be collected as early as possible because it tends to deteriorate over time. For instance, in a slip and fall accident, environmental conditions such as spills or unnatural accumulations of ice will very quickly vanish if not photographed promptly.

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If a work accident results in a disability, you are entitled to certain benefits on top of regular workers’ compensation. Disability benefits are designed to cover lost income resulting from reduced earning capacity.

There are four different classifications of disability benefits, including TTD, TPD, PTD, and PPD. These deal with either temporary or permanent disabilities, and the type you qualify for will affect how much you receive in compensation.

Temporary Total Disability – TTD

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About fifteen percent of all spinal cord injuries result from falling accidents, and they are especially prevalent in the elderly. Some spinal injuries are fairly minor, while others have long-term lifestyle impacts. Regardless of the severity, though, they can often lead to pain, suffering, and high medical expenses.

For this reason, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a slip and fall accident, especially if you suspect there was some form of negligent action on the part of another.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents

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