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IL injury lawyerElectric scooters or “e-scooters” have been quickly gaining popularity in the last few years. These small vehicles allow individuals to navigate the streets of Chicago and other U.S. cities without needing to drive their own car or hail a taxi cab. Unfortunately, e-scooters have been causing significant problems for pedestrians and bicyclists who are sharing the sidewalks or roads with these vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured in a scooter-related accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You could be compensated for your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other costs.

Negligent Scooter Riders

There is no doubt that scooters offer some benefits to riders. They are small, inexpensive, and more environmentally-friendly than automobiles. Unfortunately, the misuse of e-scooters has caused considerable problems for other scooter riders as well as non-riders. Because scooters are smaller than motorcycles and cars and do not reach high speeds, some riders underestimate the potential risks of riding a scooter. Many scooter riders are unfamiliar with the scooter and do not know how to operate it safely. They may also use the scooter while under the influence of alcohol and drugs or attempt to drive the scooter while simultaneously using their cell phone.

Discarded Scooters Present a Hazard

Scooters have also caused non-rider injuries when they are not in use. One of the perks of using a scooter is that the rider is not expected to return to the scooter to its original location after using it. This has led to scooters being carelessly discarded on sidewalks and streets. Bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and other scooter riders may collide with or trip over discarded scooters. This can lead to significant injuries.

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IL injury lawyerWhen the nerves contained with a person’s spinal column or backbone are damaged, the injury does not only affect the specific injury site. The damage may also interrupt the flow of nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury may lead to intense pain, loss of motor function, breathing problems, incontinence, loss of sexual function, and much more. After suffering a spinal injury, a person’s life may never again be the same. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury after being in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, workplace accident, or other incident, you may be curious about your legal options. In some cases, a personal injury claim may enable a spinal cord injury victim to recover compensation for the losses incurred by his or her injury.

Reimbursement for Your Medical Bills, Disability, Lost Income, and More

If another party’s reckless, negligent, or unlawful actions resulted in your spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may be reimbursed for your:

  • Past Medical Expenses and Ongoing Medical Treatment: This may include the costs of your emergency room treatment, ambulance transportation, hospitalization, surgery, prescription medication, and more. You may also receive reimbursement for your ongoing rehabilitate care such as physical therapy. A major spinal cord injury does not only cause physical harm. It can also result in significant emotional and psychological trauma. The costs associated with any mental health treatment, counseling, or therapy may also be included in your personal injury award.
  • Lost Income and Lost Earning Capacity: You have likely missed a great deal of work due to your injuries. Your injuries may also prevent you from ever returning to your previous line of work. A personal injury claim may help you recover compensation for your lost wages as well as the loss of any associated benefits, commissions, and bonuses. You may also be compensated for the decrease in your ability to earn income.
  • Disability: As a result of your spine injury, you may be left with partial or full paralysis or other incapacities that dramatically affect your lifestyle. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs associated with home modifications needed to make your home wheelchair accessible and for any medical assistance or nursing home care you require.
  • Pain and Suffering: You may receive compensation for your physical suffering and mental anguish. Non-economic damages such as these are often difficult to quantify, but your attorney will help gather evidence that shows the extent of your physical and psychological pain.

Contact a Waukegan Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

A spine injury can have life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn about your legal options. Call our office at 847-662-3303 and schedule your free consultation with one of our accomplished Lake County injury lawyers today.

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IL injury lawyerPersonal injury claims are used to pursue compensation for a person who has been injured due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another party. The other party may be an individual or it may be an organization such as a manufacturing company or business. The term “damages” is used to describe the harm for which a personal injury plaintiff receives compensation. In some cases, additional compensation called “punitive damages” is awarded.

Reckless Indifference to a Risk of Harm

Typical damages in a personal injury claim include medical expenses, lost income, reduced future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are above and beyond compensatory damages and are intended to punish the at-fault party for behavior that is especially reprehensible. Illinois law states that a plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages if he or she can prove that the defendant’s actions were with “evil motive” or reckless disregard for the safety of others. Punitive damages are referred to as “exemplary” damages because they are designed to “make an example” out of the defendant and discourage other parties from acting similarly.

Obtaining Punitive Damages in an Injury Claim

Punitive damages are not recoverable under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act or in medical malpractice cases. However, punitive damages may be available in cases involving product liability, car accidents, premises liability such as “slip and fall” injuries, and other types of injuries. In order to obtain punitive damages, your attorney will need to show “clear and convincing” evidence that proves the egregiousness of the defendant’s actions. The court will consider factors including the duration and frequency of the plaintiff’s misconduct, the type of harm suffered by the plaintiff, whether the defendant attempted to conceal the reckless or dangerous behavior, and the overall facts of the case. In Illinois, the amount of money that may be awarded in the form of punitive damages cannot exceed three times the amount of compensation awarded for economic damages.

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IL accident lawyerIf you were hurt by the actions or negligent inaction of another party, you may be left with significant financial losses and painful, long-lasting injuries. Ideally, the responsible party and/or insurance company would reimburse you for these expenses, however, getting full compensation through these means is often next to impossible. Insurance companies typically try to settle for less than the injured person’s damages are actually worth and may disregard non-financial damages like pain and suffering. In many cases, bringing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party is the best way to recover compensation after a slip and fall accident, car accident, or other injury-causing incident. If you are interested in pursuing a personal injury claim, you may wonder exactly how a personal injury lawyer will benefit your case.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Increases Your Chances of Success

There are many different reasons that retaining a skilled personal injury attorney will improve your chances of successfully recovering compensation. Your personal injury attorney will help you:

  • Determine the Liable Parties: In many cases, determining which party is liable for an accident is not as straightforward as you may assume. For example, the party legally responsible for a truck accident may be the truck driver, the trucking company, the company that manufactured a faulty truck part, or several other parties. The party liable for a medical mistake could be the doctor himself or herself, the hospital or medical facility, or the manufacturer of a defective medical device.
  • Gather Evidence to Support Your Claim: To win a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that the other party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your injuries and that you suffered damages as a result. Your attorney will help you gather evidence such as photographs, surveillance camera footage, maintenance records, event data recorder files, and medical records and use this evidence to create a strong argument against the defendant. He or she will also gather testimony from those who were witnesses to the accident as well as expert testimony from medical experts, accident reconstructionists, and other professionals.
  • Reach a Settlement That Covers Your Full Damages: Without an attorney advocating on your behalf, you may settle for significantly less compensation than you are entitled to. For example, you may recover compensation for your past medical bills but not the expensive physical therapy and prescription medication you will continue to need long after the case is over. Your attorney will help you negotiate a settlement that gets you the full financial recovery you need and deserve.
  • Present Your Case During Litigation: If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, your case may go to trial. Your attorney will represent you and your best interests thought these legal proceedings. He or she will stand by your side so that you do not have to face this intimidating and confusing process on your own.

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer

The accomplished Lake County personal injury attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. have more than 85 years of collective legal experience. We have helped countless clients successfully recover compensation for a wide range of injuries. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help you, call our office today at 847-662-3303.

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IL injury lawyerIf you or a loved one have been hurt due to the carelessness or misconduct of another party, you may have questions about what it takes to win a personal injury claim and collect compensation. A personal injury claim may allow an injured individual to recover compensation for medical bills related to the incident, ongoing medical costs, pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, and more. Most personal injury lawsuits hinge upon whether or not a party acted negligently.

Understanding the Legal Definition of Negligence

Although the word “negligence” is often used as a synonym for inattention or recklessness, the legal concept of negligence is much more precise. In order to prove that a party acted negligently, you and your attorney will need to show that four main elements are present in your case:

  • Duty of Care: The defendant owed the plaintiff, or individual bringing the lawsuit, a “duty of care.” This means that the defendant had a legal obligation to act in a certain way toward the defendant. For example, a doctor owes his or her patients a duty to provide reasonably skillful medical care. A landlord has a legal obligation to keep his or her property free of preventable hazards. A store owner has an obligation to maintain a reasonably safe premise for customers. Drivers have an obligation to drive in such a way that does not present a risk of death or injury to other motorists or pedestrians.
  • Breach of Duty: The defendant failed to uphold his or her duty of care.
  • Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused the plaintiff’s injuries. There are two types of causation: cause-in-fact and proximate cause. Cause-in-fact is sometimes called “but-for” causation, meaning but for the defendant’s actions, the injury would not have occurred. Proximate cause means that an event was related to an injury in such a way that the court considers the event to be the cause of the injury
  • Damages: The plaintiff suffered some type of injury or loss. If a person breached a duty of care but this did not result in any harm, the person may not be considered negligent. For example, if a pharmacist gave a patient the wrong medication but the patient realized the mistake before taking the medication, the patient would not have a valid personal injury claim. However, if the patient took the wrong medication and suffered serious medical complications requiring hospital treatment, the patient may have a valid injury claim.

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt due to another party’s carelessness or recklessness, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn about your legal options. A personal injury claim may enable you to hold the at-fault party responsible for the wrongdoing as well as recover compensation. Call our office at 847-662-3303 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our passionate Waukegan injury attorneys.

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