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Schaumburg, IL spine injury attorney for paralysis and disabilitiesThe spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body’s nervous system. Since the spinal cord connects the brain to the nerves in the rest of the body, injuries that affect the spine can disrupt the messages sent and received by the brain. Depending on the location of the injury and the extent of the damage, a person may experience severe pain, tingling, or numbness. In severe cases, a spinal cord injury may result in partial or complete paralysis that affects different parts of the body, and the loss of use of these body parts will likely result in permanent disabilities.

While some spinal cord injuries may occur because of diseases or health conditions, in many cases, another person is to blame for causing physical harm to a person. Car accidents are a common cause of injuries to the spine. People may also suffer spine injuries in slip and fall accidents, and elderly people are especially susceptible to serious harm in these cases. Those who have suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions will want to work with an attorney to determine how they can receive financial compensation that addresses the harm done to them and their family.

The Extent of Spine Injuries Depends on the Level Where the Injury Occurred

While the vertebrae in the spine protect the spinal cord, the impact by a heavy object or projectile may cause the vertebrae to be crushed, damaging the nerves. In some cases, an impact may sever the spinal cord completely. Unnatural motions, such as extreme bending of the neck or back, may stretch or compress the spinal cord, causing irreparable damage to the nerves. 

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Palatine, IL bar fight liability lawyerInjuries can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and in many cases, they are accidental. However, there are some situations where injuries may be intentionally inflicted. Bar fights are one such situation, and even if a person was not looking to start a fight, they may act aggressively toward someone else and cause them harm. As more bars and entertainment venues begin to open to the public after being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that fights will occur. Those who are injured in these types of fights will want to understand their options for receiving financial compensation. By identifying the parties who were responsible for their injuries, victims can take action to hold these parties liable and receive compensation for their damages.

Liability for Bar Fight Injuries

Whenever a person acts in a way that causes harm to someone else, they can be held liable for the injuries and damages that were inflicted. In cases involving bar fights, a person may be charged with assault and battery, but even if they are not convicted of these charges, they may be held liable for injuries they intentionally inflicted on someone else. Depending on the extent of the victim’s injuries and whether a person acted with reckless disregard for others’ safety, they may be required to pay punitive damages in addition to compensating the victim for the ways they have been affected.

In addition to the person who injured someone else in a bar fight, the establishment where the fight occurred may also be liable. A victim may be able to pursue a premises liability lawsuit against a bar or nightclub if it did not take the proper measures to protect its patrons’ safety. For example, a bar may be liable if it did not provide proper security and remove patrons who were acting aggressively or belligerently towards others. An establishment may also be liable for injuries inflicted by bouncers or security staff who were breaking up a fight.

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Arlington heights boat accident lawyerFor many, warmer weather means that it is time to get out on the water. The Arlington Heights area has many opportunities for fishing, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, or lounging on the deck of a pontoon. Unfortunately, severe and even fatal accidents can occur during a boating excursion. If you or a loved one were hurt in a boat accident in a boat that was rented, you might be unsure of your rights in this scenario. Is the boat rental company liable for the accident? Who will pay for your medical bills?

Understanding Liability for a Boat Accident

Boat accidents can happen for countless reasons. In some cases, a boat collides with the shore, a submerged object, or another watercraft. Injuries may also occur when a boater slips and falls on the boat deck. Boat defects may cause the boat to flood, resulting in injuries or even death due to drowning. After a boat-related injury, the legal options available to you are primarily based on the reasons for the boat accident. The cause of your boat accident may include:

  • Boating under the influence – Although prohibited by Illinois law, many boaters choose to operate the boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you were injured in a boat accident caused by an intoxicated boat operator, the operator might be liable for your injury. If a boat operator of a commercial boat such as a fishing charter caused a boat accident while under the influence, the company may be liable.

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Arlington heights truck crash lawyerLarge commercial trucks such as delivery trucks, tanker trucks, and 18-wheelers can cause severe damage during a car accident. Over 4,000 people lost their lives in truck accidents in 2019 and thousands more were injured. If you have been hurt in a trucking accident, it may be possible to sue the trucking company or other liable parties for damages. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Liability for a Large Truck Accident

Truck accidents are often especially complicated because of the number of factors that may contribute to the accident. The truck driver may have made critical errors behind the wheel that caused or worsened the accident. The trucking company may have failed to properly maintain and inspect the truck for issues that could reduce the driver’s ability to drive safely. Product designers or manufacturers may even share liability for the crash if the truck components or equipment was flawed. Determining which parties are liable for a truck collision is an essential element of a successful truck accident lawsuit.

What You Have to Prove to Win a Truck Accident Lawsuit

To recover compensation for damages caused in a truck accident, you and your attorney will need to show that:

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Arlington Heights workers compensation lawyersIf you or a loved one were hurt on the job in Illinois, you may be interested in filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits reimburse an injured worker for medical bills and part of the workers’ lost income while the worker is recovering. However, getting the compensation you need after a work injury is not always straightforward. Knowing your rights and what the workers’ compensation process entails is key to getting the compensation you need.

What Types of Work Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

According to Illinois law, workers’ compensation is available to most employees who are injured at work. Workers’ compensation is “no-fault” meaning that the employee does not have to prove that the injury was the employer’s fault to be eligible for compensation. As long as the work injury was caused or made worse during the course of employment, you should be covered by workers’ comp. An individual may not be entitled to workers’ compensation if the injury was self-inflicted, caused by a violation of company policy, or occurred during the commission of a crime. Injuries caused in a sudden work accident such as a fall as well as repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back injuries may qualify for workers’ compensation coverage.

How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Work Injury?

Medical expenses including costs related to emergency room treatment, hospitalization, and doctor’s appointments are covered by workers’ compensation. Rehabilitative treatment such as physical and occupational therapy may also be covered. If you cannot work while you are recovering, you may receive two-thirds of your gross weekly wage. If your injury prevents you from working your typical job but you can work a lower-earning position or “light duty” job, you may receive two-thirds of the difference between your previous wages and current wages.

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