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Slipping and falling on a floor or walkway may not always seem immediately serious, but the truth is slip, trip, and fall accidents can have severe results. According to the CDC, roughly between 20% and 30% of slip and fall accidents result in moderate to severe injuries, including fractures and head trauma.

Quick Facts About Slip and Fall Injuries

The following facts and statistics show just how serious these types of injuries can get:

The process of recovering damages after an accident can be complicated and stressful, and you might wonder when you should start involving a personal injury lawyer. In most cases, it’s recommended that you get legal help, even if it’s nothing more than a quick consultation on whether you have a case.

When You Need an Attorney

Some of the following situations will most likely warrant the help of a personal injury attorney.

Pedestrian fatalities from accidents have been steadily increasing since 2009, which means the roads have become far more dangerous for those traveling on foot. In order to reverse the trend and get pedestrian accidents to start decreasing, caution and alertness are needed from everyone involved.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

To understand how to reduce your chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to know what causes these types of accidents in the first place. These accidents frequently result from the following contributing factors:

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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