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Arlington Heights car accident lawyer teen driver

It is no surprise that many teens will be involved in a car accident at one point or another; however, these accidents are often more than just a fender bender. According to the CDC, 2,433 U.S. teens (aged 16-19) were killed in 2016 and 292,742 were treated in ERs across the nation for injuries caused by car crashes. Driver education classes are required by schools in an effort to reduce such injuries and fatalities. Despite this curriculum, young adults remain six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults. In many cases, these accidents occur because of lapses in judgment that can be attributed to decisions made without much driving experience. A young driver’s inexperience can often lead to serious car accidents, resulting in significant injuries or even death. 

Common Risk Areas

There are a few safety measures that young drivers tend to ignore:

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Arlington Heights bicycle accident lawyer

Riding a bicycle is often seen as a nice way to spend the day, especially in the summer. Some see it as their daily workout, while others ride leisurely to enjoy the scenery. Although riding bicycles can be a fun family activity, it can also be extremely dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 777 bicyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2017 throughout the United States. Illinois has taken action to try to make riding a bike safer, with separate lanes reserved for cyclists and trails set apart from the cars and trucks on the roadway. Unfortunately, bicyclists continue to get hurt.

Types of Accidents and Safety Tips

Bicyclists can encounter numerous dangerous situations, especially when riding on busy roadways in Chicago. The following are common scenarios that bike riders may run into:

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Schaumburg medical malpractice attorney

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of muscle tone, movement, or posture that can be caused by damage to a child's immature, developing brain. This can occur before birth or during labor. Symptoms are often not recognized at the time of birth, and the severity of the disorder varies from person to person. Some children cannot walk, have intellectual disabilities, or experience epilepsy. Blindness and deafness are also fairly common with those who have cerebral palsy.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

There are various reasons a child may suffer from cerebral palsy, all of which affect the child's brain development. Some causes are circumstantial and cannot be avoided, while others are a result of medical professionals’ errors. Below are some of the causes of cerebral palsy:

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Arlington Heights pothole injury lawyer

Now that the snow has melted and summer is in full bloom, potholes riddle the Illinois roadways. Whether you are driving down country roads or navigating Chicago’s narrow streets, it can be almost impossible to avoid hitting a pothole. This was also the case in Baltimore, MD. Mitchelle Conway filed a lawsuit in March 2018 after being severely injured on account of a deep divot in the street. She sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg, after stepping into “an obscured pothole” along the side of the curb. Throughout the legal proceedings, the city admitted that they knew about the unfixed pothole but took no action to fix it. Google images of the pothole from 2009 helped secure her case against the city. In the end, Ms. Conway received $80,000 to compensate for her injuries.

How Are Potholes Formed?

While we would like to think that any city would take action to improve our roads to ensure driver and pedestrian safety, this was not the case for Ms. Conway and is often not the case in Illinois. Potholes are such a common occurrence, but many do not know how they are formed.

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Surgical Error Results in $4.8 Million Verdict

A jury in Vermilion County awarded over $4.8 million to the family of a Danville woman who filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a local physician and Danville Polyclinic. The lawsuit claimed that Dr. Muthiah Thangavelu's conduct was negligent and resulted in injuries to Linda Shelly that would otherwise have been avoidable

Shelly underwent a procedure to remove a cyst in her abdomen, but during the procedure Thangavelu cut and removed a portion of Shelly's right ureter. This eventually led to permanent and severe injuries, and ultimately, the loss of Shelly's right kidney.

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