325 Washington St., Suite 302, Waukegan, IL 60085
Search
Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.

Call Us847-662-3303

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Youtube

Hablamos Español

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Waukegan personal injury attorney

IL injury lawyerDid you know that over 80 percent of homicides and 37 percent of assaults are committed by people under the influence of alcohol? Alcohol is thought to increase impulsive and aggressive behaviors because of the substance’s effect on the brain mechanisms that typically inhibit these behaviors. It is no surprise then that physical altercations are common in bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments that serve alcohol. If you or a loved one were injured in a bar fight or another physical altercation while in a commercial establishment, it is important to know your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.

Personal Injury Claims Involving Assault and Battery

Most victims of assault and battery know that the aggressor can face criminal charges for his or her violent conduct. Fewer realize that they may have the option of bringing a civil claim for damages in addition to the criminal charges. If somebody attacked you in a bar or other commercial establishment or you were injured by other patrons who were fighting each other, you may have several legal avenues for pursuing compensation for your damages. You may be able to bring a personal injury claim directly against the individual who hurt you. You may also be able to bring a premises liability claim against the establishment itself.

Premises Liability Claim for Lack of Security

Premises liability deals with the duties that property owners have to individuals visiting their properties. Bar and nightclub owners have a legal duty to maintain reasonably safe premises and prevent avoidable injuries. This includes implementing adequate security measures. If a property owner’s failure to maintain reasonably safe premises results in a patron’s injury or death, the property owner may be liable for damages. However, determining what constitutes “reasonably safe” is not easy. Typically, premises liability claims come down to the foreseeability of the injury. If a bar or nightclub has a known problem with customers becoming physically violent and the property owner does not take steps to increase security measures, the property owner may be considered negligent.

...

IL accident lawyerDamage to the spinal cord can lead to painful, debilitating symptoms. The spinal cord is responsible for sending signals from the brain to the body. A spinal cord injury can lead to loss of sensation, loss of motor function, and even paralysis. If you or a loved one recently suffered a spinal cord injury due to another party’s carelessness, you may have a right to compensation through a personal injury claim.

Holding a Negligent Party Accountable for Your Spine Injury

Spinal cord injuries are commonly suffered in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, and other incidents caused by negligence. Whether your spine injury was caused by a drunk driver, distracted driver, negligent property owner, or another party, you deserve justice. A personal injury claim can help you hold the negligent party accountable for your debilitating injury. Personal injury claims are civil actions that are separate from any criminal consequences that the at-fault party may face. You can bring a personal injury claim in addition to criminal charges or in the absence of criminal charges.

Financial Compensation for Medical Bills and More

A spinal cord injury claim may also allow you to recover financial compensation for your damages. Spinal cord injuries often require significant medical treatment. You or your loved one may require CT scans, MRIs, and other expensive imaging tests. You may need surgery and considerable rehabilitative treatment. Compensation for your past medical bills and future medical costs may be available in a personal injury claim. You could also be compensated for your lost wages from missed work and for any harm to your future earning capacity. Compensation for non-economic damages including your physical pain, emotional anguish, and lost enjoyment of life may be recoverable as well.

...

Posted on in Accident Liability

IL accident lawyerIllinois winters offer a variety of recreational opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. While snowmobiles can be an exciting and fun mode of transportation, snowmobile accidents can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one were harmed in a snowmobile accident, you may wonder who is legally responsible for the accident. Often, the question of liability in a snowmobile accident hinges upon negligence. If your snowmobile accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim. You could be entitled to damages.

Snowmobile Injuries Caused by Negligence

Thousands of snowmobile accidents happen in the United States each winter. It is estimated that accidents involving snowmobiles result in 14,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year. Snowmobile accidents can lead to fractures, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. These injuries may leave a snowmobile accident victim disabled or disfigured for the rest of his or her life. Many snowmobile accidents are preventable. Some snowmobile accidents are caused by snowmobile drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other times, driver inexperience or inattention causes an accident. Snowmobile accidents may also be caused by poorly maintained trails or paths. Manufacturing defects within the vehicle itself may also be to blame for an accident.

Determining Who is Liable for a Snowmobile Accident

If another party’s negligent or illegal actions caused your accident, you may be entitled to damages. However, you and your attorney will need to prove that the party’s actions were negligent and that this negligence led to your injuries. The liable party may be the company that designed, manufactured, or sold the snowmobile. Liability may also fall to the owner of the snowmobile or the party who was in charge of keeping the vehicle maintained. Another snowmobile driver, a driver of another type of vehicle, or the owner of the property on which you were riding may also be liable for your accident. It is possible that you share liability for your own accident. Fortunately, Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that you may still be able to recover damages even if you share fault for the accident.

...

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.

...

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.

...
Avvo Elite Lawyer 10 Best 2016 ASLA 2017 Nation's Top One Percent American Justice Institute Top 10 Chicago Bar Association DuPage County Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Kane County Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Lake County Bar Association McHenry County Bar Association Workers Compensation Lawyers Association Martindale Hubbell 2018 Martindale Hubbell 2018
Back to Top