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Waukegan car accident attorneysIllinois is known for its harsh winter weather. Icy, snowy, or slushy roads can significantly increase the risk of being involved in a car accident, so it is crucial for Illinois drivers to be vigilant this winter. Rear-end collisions are especially common in icy conditions. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that nearly two million rear-end collisions occur every year in the United States and that these types of collisions account for about 40 percent of all car accidents. 

The most common type of injury in a rear-end collision is whiplash. If you or a loved one suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation.

How Does Whiplash Happen?

Whiplash occurs when a sudden force causes a person’s head to jerk violently back and forth. The rough movement can cause serious damage to the discs, soft tissue, ligaments, and muscles of the neck. One of the biggest dangers associated with whiplash is that many people suffering from whiplash do not immediately know it. Symptoms can take up to 24 hours to develop, so many people do not immediately realize how injured their neck actually is. 


Waukegan personal injury attorneysAlthough we rarely think about it, driving is one of the most dangerous activities people do on a regular basis. An estimated 32,000 people lose their lives in car accidents every year in the U.S and thousands more are injured. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, people are starting to make holiday travel plans. During the holiday season, there are even more vehicles than normal on the road, so it is critical to be vigilant. Keep yourself and your family as safe as possible by following these holiday travel safety tips.

Car Accidents Spike Around Thanksgiving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 750 fatal car crashes and almost 50,000 non-fatal motor vehicle accidents during Thanksgiving 2012. Every year, traffic accidents spike during the winter holiday season. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who are too sleepy to drive. 

In order to have the best chances of an accident-free holiday, keep the following tips in mind:


Waukegan personal injury attorneyInfluenza is a highly contagious viral infection that is often called “the flu.” An influenza infection can range in severity from mild to moderate. Some people get the flu and are able to recover on their own in a relatively short amount of time. Other people get the flu and die from the illness. In order to help prevent the spread of influenza, many people take a flu vaccine. Ten people from a facility for the intellectually disabled had to be rushed to the hospital after a medical mistake resulted in them receiving insulin instead of the flu. It is not known at this time whether or not the victims of this mistake will file medical malpractice claims or not.

Disabled Patients Given Insulin Instead of a Vaccine

Staff at the Oklahoma care facility in which the outrageous mix-up occurred decided that they wanted to provide flu shots for patients and employees. They contacted an experienced pharmacist who was not affiliated with the facility to administer flu vaccines. Unfortunately, the pharmacist accidentally administered insulin to the patients and staff instead of the influenza vaccine. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar and is usually only given to individuals with diabetes. Receiving too much insulin can cause a person’s blood sugar to plummet – sometimes to fatal levels. While the victims of this medical mistake are expected to recover, the situation could have been much worse. Police chief Tracy Roles explained that “it could certainly have been very, very tragic.”

Medical Malpractice Is Shockingly Common

Unfortunately, this mix-up is not an isolated incident. In fact, an almost identical mistake was made at a school in Indianapolis. In September, 16 students received insulin instead of a tuberculosis skin test. Adverse drug events cause approximately 1 million emergency department visits every year. One study estimates that preventable medication errors cost almost $21 billion annually. Medical mistakes like these should not happen.


Lake County personal injury attorneysImagine this scenario: You are invited by a neighbor to party at his house. As you are walking up the stairs to the bathroom, the handrail breaks, and you fall down the stairs. You are seriously hurt and require emergency surgery for a broken bone. In a situation such as this, who is responsible for the costs associated with your injury? Read on to learn about how a premises liability claim can help you pursue compensation after an injury on a private residence.

When is a Homeowner Liable for Injuries on His Property?

Many, if not most, premises liability cases hinge on the concept of negligence. A property owner is negligent when he or she fails to uphold a “duty of care” owed to guests. Illinois law says that property owners and occupiers must take reasonable steps to prevent guests to the property from being injured. If a property owner fails to maintain a reasonably safe home and a guest is injured as a result, the property owner could be liable for the expenses incurred by that injury. Examples of unsafe conditions which could result in a premises liability claim include but are not limited to:

  • Inadequate security
  • Poor lighting
  • Broken stairs or handrails
  • Slippery or icy walkways
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Broken flooring
  • Inadequate smoke detectors or fire extinguishers
  • Failure to property contain hazardous or toxic materials

If a property owner has an unsafe condition on his or her property, he or she has a duty to warn guests of this danger. For example, if a homeowner is doing construction in a certain part of the house and there are unsafe electrical hazards, he or she must tell guests so they can avoid these hazards.


Lake County personal injury attorneysThe vast majority of personal injury cases revolve around the concept of negligence. The term "negligence" refers to a party’s failure to act with an appropriate level of care. Anyone driving on public roads has a duty to drive responsibility and avoid injuring other drivers or pedestrians. An individual who drives with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more is breaking the law by driving under the influence (DUI). If a drunk driver causes an accident in which someone was injured or killed, the driver can be considered “negligent per se” and held legally responsible for the damages caused by the accident.

Understanding Negligence Per Se

In a typical personal injury claim, the injured individual and his or her legal counsel have the burden of proving how the defendant’s actions or inactions caused the injury. Generally, to win a personal injury case, the plaintiff must show:

  • The defendant had a “duty of care” to the injured person.
  • The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care.
  • The plaintiff was injured.
  • The plaintiff’s injury was caused by the defendant’s failure to uphold his or her duty.

Personal injury claims involving illegal actions like driving under the influence of alcohol are slightly different. “Negligence per se” refers to actions which are negligent because they break the law. If you bring a personal injury claim under the umbrella of negligence per se, you must only prove that that defendant broke the law and that the violation of the law caused your injury. Under the doctrine of negligence per se, a defendant is considered negligent if the following elements are present:

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