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IL injury lawyerMany parents struggle to find the balance between being too strict and too lenient when it comes to parenting their child. Some parents allow their child a few sips of alcohol before they are old enough to drink legally while others prohibit underage drinking entirely. In Illinois, supplying a minor with alcohol is not only a question of morality, but also legality. A parent who supplies alcohol to a minor may be held liable for injuries, deaths, or property damage caused by the minor’s intoxication. This “social host liability law” often applies to damages caused in a drunk driving accident but it may also apply to injuries and deaths involving fireworks, slip and fall accidents, or alcohol poisoning.

Illinois Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act of 2004

On June 15, 1997, a 16-year old was encouraged by two young adults to consume an entire bottle of potent Goldschlager liquor. The teen began vomiting profusely and quickly fell unconscious. She eventually passed away from alcohol poisoning. The teenager’s mother brought a wrongful death claim against the adults who encouraged her to drink but the claim was dismissed by the circuit court of Cook County. As a result, Illinois passed the Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act. Under this act, an individual over 18 years of age who serves alcohol to a minor can be held legally responsible for injuries or property damage caused by the minor’s impairment.

The Illinois Liquor Control Act also includes a section addressing adults who provide minors with alcohol. Under the Liquor Control Act, a person over 21 years old who purchases or rents a hotel room or other commercial property for the purpose of underage drinking may be liable for injuries caused by the underage drinkers’ intoxication.

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IL accident lawyerEven mild-mannered individuals sometimes experience aggravation or anger behind the wheel. Traffic jams, inattentive drivers, and other frustrations can make driving an exasperating experience. However, when a person allows their frustration to turn into road rage, dangerous or even deadly traffic accidents can result. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by road rage, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. You could be entitled to compensation for your vehicle damage, medical expenses, missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

Car Accidents Involving Reckless Driving

Reckless driving puts the lives of other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists in danger. Because of this, reckless driving is a criminal offense in Illinois punishable by heavy fees and possible jail time. According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a person commits the offense of reckless driving if he or she:

  • Drives with an intentional or reckless disregard for the safety of people and property or
  • Uses an incline to cause a vehicle to become airborne

Reckless driving may include traveling at speeds well above the posted speed limit, swerving between lanes without signaling, performing stunts like “donuts” on public roads, and driving aggressively.

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IL injury lawyerDrunk driving accidents often result in catastrophic consequences. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol, you may be exploring your opportunities for financial compensation. You may already know that you have the option of bringing a claim against the at-fault driver. However, you may not be aware of an Illinois law that allows an injured person to bring a personal injury claim against a bar or restaurant. Under Illinois dram shop liability laws, you may be able to recover compensation by suing the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol.

Illinois Dram Shop Liability Laws

Illinois’ Dram Shop Act, also called the Liquor Control Act, allows a person injured by the actions of an inebriated person to bring a claim for damages against the bar, restaurant, or other establishment that served the intoxicated person alcohol. To bring a claim under dram shop laws, you and your attorney will need to prove that:

  • The establishment sold alcohol to the at-fault driver and the driver consumed it.
  • The alcohol provided by the establishment was the cause of the driver’s intoxication.
  • The driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
  • The injuries you sustained were caused by the driver’s intoxication.
  • You sustained damages as a result of the accident such as property damage, medical bills, or lost wages.

Personal injury claims brought under dram shop laws are most likely to be successful if it can be demonstrated that the establishment knew or should have known that the driver was already intoxicated when he or she was served alcohol.

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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 lawyerWhen most people walk into a store, restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, house or another building, they do not worry about suffering an injury on the property. They simply trust that the individuals who designed and constructed the building ensured that the it was safe. In the majority of cases, this is true. However, when a building is constructed in violation of state and local building codes, the structure may have defects that can cause serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident and you suspect that the property was not up to code, you may have a valid premises liability claim.

Structural Defects Have the Potential to Cause Severe Bodily Injury

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for the individuals lawfully visiting that property. Although not every injury can be avoided, the property should not contain preventable hazards or unreasonable dangers. If a visitor is harmed on an unsafe property, it is possible that the property owner or manager will be liable for the visitor's damages.

In order to ensure that properties are safe, state and local governments institute building codes. These rules regulate the types of materials and building practices used to construct and maintain buildings. Building code violations can be especially hazardous because they often affect the structural integrity of the building or building components. Some examples of building code violations that may lead to injury or death include:

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