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IL injury lawyerBeing seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, car accident, fire, or another type of accident can lead to painful, debilitating injuries. Even if these injuries heal, the accident victim may be left with disfiguring scars for the rest of his or her life. If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident that led to disfiguring injuries, you may have questions about your legal options. If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for scarring and disfigurement.

Accidents That Lead to Disfigurement

There are many different types of accidents that can lead to disfiguring injuries. A serious car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident can lead to deep lacerations that leave lasting scars. Cuts to the face, arms, and hands are especially common in car accidents. Fires, explosions, fireworks accidents, workplace accidents, exposure to toxic chemicals, and electrical accidents may cause burn injuries that lead to lasting scars. Amputation of a limb may result from a construction accident or another incident in which body parts are crushed or severed. Disfigurement can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to work, perform daily living tasks, and enjoy life.

The Role of Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim Involving Disfigurement

A personal injury claim is a legal claim that is used to pursue compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. To recover compensation for disfigurement after an accident, you and your attorney will need to show that the defendant acted negligently or broke the law and that this negligence or wrongdoing led to your injuries. Negligence is typically defined as the failure to exercise a level of care and concern a reasonable person would have exercised in a similar situation.

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IL injury lawyerBeing involved in a serious car accident can be a very traumatic experience to go through. Emotional and psychological injuries caused by a car accident can be just as severe as physical injuries. Car accident victims may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and a number of other psychological problems. These problems can heavily interfere with a car accident victim’s ability to work and complete everyday responsibilities. If you were involved in a serious auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your psychological, emotional, or mental injuries.

Car Accident Trauma Symptoms

Studies show that nearly 40 percent of car accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if a person is not physically injured in an accident, they can be deeply affected by the experience. This is especially true if they witnessed another person be severely injured or killed in the accident or if they came close to death themselves. A car accident can lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Compulsive or obsessive behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Hypervigilance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

These symptoms can have a profound impact on a person’s life.

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IL injury lawyerIf you are like most people, you have probably fallen many times in your life. The unique thing about falling is that many fall accidents result in little more than small bruises while some fall accidents result in severe or even permanent injuries. Falling can lead to injuries to the head, brain, spinal cord, vertebrae, and more. Falls can cause broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and life-long pain. Often, a major fall accident is caused by environmental hazards like spilled liquids or cluttered walkways. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you should know that you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Property Owners Have a Duty to Keep Premises Clear of Slip and Trip Hazards

According to Illinois law, property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties reasonably safe. These laws protect customers, clients, visitors, and anyone with a legal right to be on a property. Property owners cannot prevent every potential injury on their properties. However, they should take steps to reduce the chances of people being injured on their property to a reasonable degree. Environmental hazards that may lead to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident include:

  • Wet floors caused by spilled liquids, condensation, or leaks
  • Slippery floors caused by cleaners, soap, wax, or dust
  • Broken concrete and potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Loose or broken floor tiles
  • Torn carpeting and loose rugs
  • Debris or clutter in aisles, sidewalks, or walkways
  • Broken stairs and missing handrails
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose electrical cords

Seeking Compensation for a Slip and Fall Injury Caused by an Environmental Hazard

A slip and fall or trip and fall accident may lead to painful injuries and considerable financial harm. If a property owner or property occupier’s failure to remedy environmental hazards leads to a person’s injury, the property owner or occupier may be liable for damages. If you were injured in a preventable fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

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IL injury lawyerAlthough most rarely consider it, getting into a car is statistically one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis. Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other traffic accidents lead to severe injuries and death every day in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Americans spend over 1 million days in the hospital every year because of traffic accidents. In 2012, car accident injuries led to an estimated $18 billion dollars in expenses. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you may wonder which medical expenses may be recoverable through a personal injury claim.

Past Medical Expenses

Being hurt in a car accident is a traumatic ordeal. After the initial shock caused by the accident wears off, an injured car accident victim may experience a secondary shock from the medical bills incurred by the accident. The first expenses may people encounter after a car accident are ambulance fees and emergency room bills. They may then accumulate medical bills related to hospitalization, diagnostic tests like laboratory blood tests, x-rays, or CT scans, surgery, and more. A personal injury claim may enable you to recover compensation for these medical expenses.

Ongoing and Future Medical Expenses

If your injuries are severe or have led to long-term or permanent disability, you may also be facing considerable future medical costs. A personal injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for the estimated medical expenses you will encounter in the future. This may include compensation for physical therapy, occupational therapy, or vocational therapy as well as ongoing psychological treatment. The cost of in-home health aides and nursing care may be recoverable. If your injuries required you to purchase assistive equipment like a wheelchair or hospital bed or make modifications to your home or vehicle, the costs of these items may also be recoverable.

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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.

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