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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 attorneysElectric scooters can be fun, cost-effective means of travelling. Unfortunately, these scooters can also be dangerous for both scooter riders and other people. Since electric scooters started increasing in popularity, emergency rooms have seen more and more scooter-related injuries. Scooters that are used improperly or left in walkways or sidewalks can be a hazard for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. If you have been injured because of a negligent scooter driver, you may be curious as to whether you can bring a personal injury claim for damages. Liability for scooter-related accidents can be tricky, so it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to get the help you need.

Scooters Can Cause Serious Injuries to Non-Riders

Ten e-scooter vendors distributed scooters throughout Chicago last summer as part of a pilot program. A survey was conducted to learn residents’ opinions about the influx of scooters. While 84 percent of scooter riders supported continuing the program, interestingly, only 21 percent of non-riders wanted the program to continue.

Although the survey respondents did not have the opportunity to list reasons for their opinions, it is very possible that many individuals opposed to the scooter program have concerns about the scooters being a hazard on roads and sidewalks. Unfortunately, some scooter drivers do not take this obligation seriously and drive in an irresponsible or reckless manner. Scooter drivers may also leave scooters in walkways where they present a falling hazard to pedestrians or bicyclists.

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Waukegan personal injury attorney Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often occur when an incident such as a car accident or fall causes the head to be struck or violently shaken. TBIs can also be the result of an object penetrating the skull and damaging brain tissue. A traumatic brain injury can cause significant, long term pain and suffering. The injured person may experience symptoms that dramatically reduce his or her ability to work or even enjoy life. He or she may need expensive medical care and rehabilitation. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may help a person recover compensation for medical expenses and other financial losses incurred by a TBI.

Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs can vary dramatically in severity. The mildest form of TBI is a concussion. If you have a concussion you may experience dizziness, headache, double vision, nausea or vomiting, light and noise sensitivity, confusion, or balance problems. While the symptoms of a concussion are often temporary and do not cause long-term health complications, some people develop a condition called post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Individuals who have experienced head trauma in the past may be more likely to develop this syndrome. PCS can cause anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, and problems with concentration and memory. An individual with PCS may also experience long-term headaches, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can dramatically interfere with the person’s day-to-day life and may last weeks or months after the injury.

Symptoms of a Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Physical violence, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls from heights, sports, and many other situations may lead to a severe traumatic brain injury. In addition to the symptoms experienced by mild TBI sufferers, a person with a severe TBI may also experience significant loss of consciousness, seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of coordination, and weakness or numbness. Cognitive symptoms such as confusion and agitation can be extreme enough that a sufferer may act noticeably different than he or she normally does. Complications from a moderate to severe TBI can include hydrocephalus or fluid buildup in the brain, blood vessel damage leading to a stroke or blood clot, paralysis and loss of sensation in the face, and problems with communication and executive functioning.

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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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Waukegan premises liability attorneysFalling can lead to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, internal organ damage, and more. Something as simple as a broken handrail on a flight of stairs or slippery floor can cause a person to suffer agonizing injuries. People who are hurt in a fall may need extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Their injuries may prevent them from working, maintaining their home, caring for children, and enjoying life the way they could before being injured. Fall-related expenses such as these can quickly become overwhelming. If you or a loved one have experienced a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

What Are the Illinois Laws Regarding Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws pertain to an injured person’s right to pursue damages after being injured on another person’s property. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, property owners, managers, and occupiers have a legal duty to keep premises reasonably safe for people who are lawfully on the property. If a hazardous condition does exist on the property, the owner must take action to fix the condition or warn guests to the property about the unsafe condition.  

When Is a Property Owner Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries?

In order to bring a successful personal injury claim against a residential or commercial property owner, you will need to establish that the owner’s negligence led to your injuries. Often, a slip and fall accident is caused by an unsafe condition on a property such as a parking lot pothole, broken or icy walkway, loose floorboard, torn carpeting or loose rug, or poorly constructed staircase. If it can be proven that the owner was aware of the unsafe condition and it represented an unreasonable risk to guests, the property owner may be liable for injuries caused by a slip and fall.

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