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Wheaton personal injury lawyerFor many people, fireworks are one of the most enjoyable parts of summer. Whether you are visiting a public fireworks display or setting off small fireworks in your backyard, watching the lights streak across the sky is fun for all ages. Unfortunately, fireworks can also be very dangerous. There are many steps you can take to help prevent fireworks injuries. However, if you or a loved one is injured in a fireworks accident this summer, you should know that you may be entitled to compensation.

Preventing Common Fireworks Injuries

Fireworks can be fun, but they can also cause severe, sometimes disfiguring injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that, in the weeks surrounding Independence Day, 180 people per day visit emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries. Over 44 percent of these ER visits are for burns. The hands, fingers, face, eyes, and legs are the areas of the body that are most likely to suffer from a fireworks injury. If you plan to enjoy fireworks this summer, make sure to immediately back away from fireworks after lighting them, never point or throw fireworks at another person, and douse used fireworks in water before throwing them in the trash.

Fireworks Injury Lawsuits

Many fireworks injury lawsuits depend upon whether or not an individual or company acted negligently. When a company is hired to put on a public fireworks show, that company has a legal obligation to prevent foreseeable injuries to spectators. A pyrotechnic show company may be liable for fireworks injuries if they:

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Lake County boat accident attorneysSummer weather has finally arrived in Illinois which means that many people will be enjoying the sunshine out on the water. Boat accidents are less common than car accidents, but the results are often just as disastrous. Over 600 individuals lost their lives in boating accidents in 2018, and thousands more were injured. 

There are many different reasons that a boat accident can occur, but many boat accidents resulting in death or serious injury are the result of operator negligence. If someone else’s recklessness caused a boat injury in which you or a loved one were seriously hurt, you may have a valid personal injury claim. You or your loved one could potentially be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

Top Causes of Boating Accidents

Some people do not take the responsibility of operating a boat nearly as seriously as they take the responsibility of driving a car. While roads are often congested with vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, lakes and other bodies of water may appear nearly empty. A boat operator may feel a false sense of confidence based on this perceived emptiness and make reckless decisions as a result. For example, people who would never think to drive under the influence of alcohol may justify operating a boat drunk. Alcohol use is the top known contributor to fatal boat accidents. Boaters may also operate the boat at excessive speeds or in an erratic manner. This combined with improper lookout and operator inattention can lead to catastrophic collisions and other boat-related injuries.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysThe human body is an incredible machine. Bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves all work in harmony to allow us to move around and respond to our environment. The back is an especially intricate part of the body. Damage to the spinal cord, vertebrae, cartilage, back muscles, or other parts of the back can lead to excruciating pain and reduced movement that may last years if not a lifetime. If you or a loved one have recently suffered a back injury, you should know what your legal options for pursuing compensation are.

Types of Back Injuries

If you have experienced severe back pain, you know just how miserable it can be. Working, maintaining your home, caring for children, enjoying hobbies, or even finding a comfortable resting position may be nearly impossible. There are many different types of back injuries that can cause this type of suffering including:

  • Herniated disc: When the discs that cushion vertebrae become damaged, the soft nucleus of the spinal disc can push out past the exterior annulus. Also called slipped disc or ruptured disc, a herniated disc can cause pain, weakness, and numbness.
  • Compressed nerve: Pinched nerves can cause painful and debilitating conditions including lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica)
  • Back strain: Damage to the back muscles or tendons, sometimes called a “pulled back,” can be caused by trauma or overuse
  • Back sprain: Stretched or torn ligaments in the back can cause muscle spasms, decreased range of motion, and pain
  • Broken vertebrae: Broken or fractured vertebrae including spinal compression fractures can lead to incontinence, urinary retention, pain, numbness, weakness, and severe pain

Seeking Compensation for a Back Injury

Back injuries may be a result of a car accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, or another incident. If you hurt your back in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation. You could be reimbursed for the costs associated with your injury including medical bills, ongoing and future medical care, lost income, and more. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysA serious slip and fall accident, car crash, assault, or other frightening incident can leave emotional scars that last years if not a lifetime. Trauma can have profound short-term and long-term effects on a person’s mind and body. Events that are particularly shocking or disturbing are hard for our brains to process and understand so the negative emotions of the traumatic event can linger long after the actual danger has passed.

Many people who have been through a traumatic event develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological conditions. These mental health conditions can make it hard if not impossible to work and live a normal life. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may allow a person suffering from the effects of trauma to receive financial compensation for their mental injuries.

When is a Personal Injury Lawsuit Possible?

A personal injury claim is a civil action used to pursue compensation when an individual has been harmed by the negligent or wrongful actions of another party. The other party may be a person, or it may be an entity such as an organization or business. Negligence is typically defined as the failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably cautious person would exercise in a similar situation.

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysIf you or a loved one have been injured, you may wonder whether or not you will be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim. The vast majority of personal injury cases hinge upon the concept of negligence. The word “negligence” is typically understood to mean carelessness or recklessness, but the legal definition is much more specific. In order to prove that a party’s negligence led to your injuries, you will need to demonstrate several things..

Duty and Breach of Duty

When a party has a legal “duty of care” to another party, it means that there is a certain relationship between the parties. For example, doctors and nurses have a duty to provide reasonably competent medical treatment to patients in their care. Similarly, commercial property owners have a duty to keep premises safe for customers. When this duty is breached, it means that the party that owed a duty failed to uphold their responsibility, and such a failure could constitute negligence.

Cause in Fact and Proximate Cause

In order to bring a successful personal injury lawsuit based on negligence, you will also need to prove that the defendant’s action or inaction resulted in your injuries. This is sometimes referred to as “but-for” causation, meaning if it were not for the defendant’s actions, the injury would not have occurred. Medical records are often a crucial element in proving cause in fact. You will need to show that your injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions and were not preexisting. 

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