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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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Lake County medical malpractice attorneysLosing a loved one is difficult no matter the circumstances. However, if the loved one’s death was preventable, the loss is especially heartbreaking and infuriating. Sadly, it is estimated that medical errors result in the deaths of over 250,000 people per year in the United States. This makes medical mistakes the third-leading cause of death. 

If you have lost a loved one and you suspect medical negligence played a role in his or her death, you may wonder when a doctor or medical facility is liable for a patient’s death. If your loved one’s death was the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss.

Proving That a Wrongful Death Was Caused by Medical Malpractice

Sometimes, a patient passes away and there is nothing that doctors and other medical workers could have done to prevent the death. However, this is not always the case. Failure to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnosis, medication and anesthesia mistakes, surgical errors, or other forms of substandard medical treatment may result in the injury or death of a patient. 

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysIn Illinois, individuals who are hurt in auto accidents caused by recklessness or intentional wrongdoing may choose to bring a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident. Often, people assume that car accident injury claims are brought by an injured driver against another driver. However, the claimant in a personal injury case may be an injured driver, passenger, or a pedestrian. A passenger hurt in an accident may bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver even if the at-fault driver was operating the vehicle the passenger was riding in. If you or a loved one were hurt in an auto accident caused by negligence, read on to learn about your right to pursue compensation.

Who is Liable for an Injury-Causing Accident?

Traffic accidents are rarely black and white. There may be a number of factors that led to the accident. Driver inattention, speeding or violation of traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, hazardous weather conditions, and many other elements could all contribute to a serious wreck. It is also possible that more than one person’s actions may have contributed to the accident. 

If you were hurt while riding in a vehicle and the driver of the vehicle you were in is considered to be the at-fault party, you may be hesitant to file a personal injury lawsuit. The at-fault driver may be a good friend, colleague, or even a family member. However, it is essential to understand that an injury claim is not a personal attack on the at-fault driver. In the majority of personal injury claims, the injured party is bringing the claim not against the actual person but against his or her insurance company.

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Waukegan wrongful death lawyersThe Illinois Wrongful Death Act can be difficult to understand and interpret correctly. As with many pieces of legislation, the way the law should be interpreted is established in large part through case law. Recently, the First District Appellate Court announced a ruling that demonstrates the complex nature of the Wrongful Death Act with regard to unborn fetuses. If you have lost an unborn child due to medical negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your options under Illinois law.

Surgeon’s Failure to Recognize Pregnancy Leads to Elective Abortion

According to court records, when the Illinois woman bringing the unprecedented lawsuit was admitted to the hospital for an elective surgery, she did not know that she was pregnant. During presurgical assessment, samples of her blood and urine were tested and lab results showed an increased amount of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HGC), the so-called “pregnancy hormone,” in her system. Although the lab results indicated a possible pregnancy, the woman was allegedly assured that she was not pregnant and the surgical procedure continued. Unfortunately, the woman was, in fact, pregnant. She claims that she later learned that the medications and general anesthesia used during the surgery may have resulted in major fetal abnormalities. Because of this, the woman elected to terminate her pregnancy.  

Liability for Fetal Death May Lie With the Surgeon Who Failed to Recognize Pregnancy

Although the woman’s decision to have an abortion was her own choice, she only made this decision because the fetus could potentially suffer from deformities. These possible deformities would not have occurred if the surgeon had recognized that the woman was pregnant and canceled the original surgery. Because of this, the woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon.

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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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