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Il accident lawyerMany parents rely on school buses to transport their children to and from school. While the vast majority of school bus trips are completed without incident, car crashes involving school buses can and do happen. Just recently, a school bus driver allegedly caused a crash while students were on board the bus. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The bus driver is now facing charges for drunk driving.

Bus Collision in Deer Park

The crash, which occurred on February 17, 2022, was caused by many different factors. Authorities say that the 61-year-old bus driver was driving north on Ela Road when he made a left turn onto Cuba Road and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The slick, snow-covered roads made it difficult for other drivers to stop in time, and another vehicle plowed into the bus.

Police officers arrived at the scene of the accident and began investigating the circumstances of the crash. At this point, officers detected signs that the bus driver was intoxicated. Chemical blood alcohol content tests revealed that the bus driver’s BAC was over twice the legal limit. The driver now faces felony charges for aggravated driving under the influence (DUI).

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IL injury lawyerWhen someone is seriously hurt in an accident, they may be unable to work at all while they are recovering from the injury. Some injured people are never able to work again. Those who can return to work may need to change careers or take a lower-paying position. Fortunately, many accident victims are entitled to compensation for lost earning capacity.

Reduced Income Earning Potential Caused by a Serious Injury

Being involved in a car crash, fire, work accident, or another injurious incident may force someone to miss work for several weeks or months while they recover. However, if an injury causes permanent disability or loss of function, the injured person may never again be able to work in his or her chosen profession. For example, a construction worker that loses the ability to walk in a horrific car accident may be forced to take a desk job when he returns to work making less money than he did before the accident.

Damages in a personal injury case often include lost wages from missed work. However, some injured claimants are also entitled to compensation for lost earning capacity or lost earning potential.

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IL injury lawyerWhen you rent a house or apartment, you are expected to pay rent and fulfill any other responsibilities outlined in your lease. In turn, your landlord is expected to maintain the property and keep it in a safe condition. Unfortunately, as many renters can attest to, landlords and property owners do not always fulfill their end of the bargain. If you or a loved one were injured due to an unsafe condition in your rental property, you may be able to sue for damages. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

Injury-Causing Accidents Caused by Landlord Negligence

Property owners, property managers, and landlords have certain legal obligations. One such obligation is to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition. This includes ensuring that any necessary maintenance is completed and warning tenants if an unsafe condition does exist.

Rental property injuries may involve:

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How Common Is PTSD After a Serious Car Accident?

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IL injury lawyerBeing involved in any type of car accident can be shocking and upsetting. Severe car accidents in which occupants or pedestrians are injured or killed are especially traumatic. When we think about car crash injuries, we typically focus on physical injuries like traumatic brain injuries or broken bones. However, psychological injuries can be just as harmful as physical injuries. Studies show that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common after being involved in a serious wreck. Many accident victims experience PTSD symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives.

Psychological Injuries and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Research demonstrates that the incidence of PTSD in collision victims is as high as 33 percent. Anxiety, phobias, depression, and other mental health conditions may also result from a traumatic car crash. Some of the most common psychological injury symptoms after being involved in a serious wreck include:

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Recurrent memories of the accident
  • Flashbacks
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Memory impairment
  • Hyperreactivity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Survivor’s guilt
  • Fear and avoidance
  • Distorted beliefs about oneself

These symptoms can be extremely hard to live with. Sufferers may find it difficult or impossible to maintain employment or complete everyday tasks.

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IL injury lawyerIn the moments after a bad car accident, the last thing on a person’s mind is medical bills. However, many car accident victims find themselves overwhelmed by medical expenses following a wreck. Between the initial emergency room treatment and ongoing medical needs, the medical costs resulting from car crash injuries can be extremely burdensome.

If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Seeking Reimbursement After an Accident

When another party’s actions cause someone to be injured, that party may be liable for monetary damages through a personal injury claim. Injurious car accidents may be caused by drunk drivers, drivers who are looking down at their phones, speeding, and many other factors. Sometimes, the at-fault party is a trucking company or other commercial business. If the crash was caused by a defective product such as defective brakes or steering mechanisms, the company that manufactured, designed, or sold the product may be liable.

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