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IL injury lawyerThe environment in a bar or club, where many patrons are consuming alcohol and experiencing its intoxicating effects, can unfortunately contribute to a higher risk of accidental injury. If you are injured at a bar, you may assume that the actions of a drunk individual, or even yourself, are to blame. However, bars, clubs, and other establishments that serve alcohol are expected to serve responsibly and to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for their customers. You may have a claim for compensation from the bar itself due to the negligence of the owner or an employee.

Here are three common situations in which a bar or club could be liable for a person’s injuries:

Drunk Driving Accidents

Illinois has a legal statute known as the “dram shop” act, which holds that a bar or club that serves alcohol may be liable for injuries that directly result from the intoxication of a patron. This statute can apply, for example, when a person was drinking at a bar and attempted to drive home under the influence, in the process causing a car accident and seriously injuring someone else. The victim in such a case may be able to recover compensation from both the driver and the bar where the driver was drinking. In order to recover compensation under the dram shop act, it may be necessary to show that the bar overserved the driver, or served the driver after knowing they were intoxicated.

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IL injury lawyerAccording to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 50 percent of fatal car accidents happen at night, despite the fact that only about 25 percent of motor vehicle travel takes place during the night hours. Clearly, your chances of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident increase substantially when you are on the road at night. Understanding the common factors that contribute to these serious accidents may help you avoid them, or recognize signs of negligence that could bolster a personal injury claim if you are injured in a nighttime car crash.

Alcohol Intoxication

There is a stark difference between the number of alcohol-related car crash fatalities during the day and at night. According to the NHTSA, while alcohol is a factor in less than 20 percent of car crash fatalities during the day, it contributes to around 60 percent of nighttime car crash fatalities. Drivers at night are much more likely to be traveling after spending time at a bar or social gathering where alcohol was served, putting others on the road at risk.

Speeding

Speeding is also a more serious issue at night than during the day, perhaps because roads are less congested. The NHTSA reports that speeding is a factor in almost twice as many car crash fatalities at night when compared to the daytime hours.

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IL abuse lawyerThroughout the U.S., elderly nursing home residents are at risk of preventable injuries due to a variety of causes. Some of these injuries are the result of medical or surgical errors on the part of doctors, while others are the result of physical or sexual abuse on the part of nursing home staff. However, it is also unfortunately common for residents to suffer injuries simply due to negligence or neglect in the facilities where they live. It is important to recognize some of the injuries that can be caused by nursing home neglect so that you can protect yourself or your loved ones and hold any negligent parties accountable.

Injuries in Illinois Nursing Homes

Nursing home neglect can happen because of a staff member’s disregard for their duties, but it is often a symptom of more systemic problems within the facility, like understaffing, overcrowding, or insufficient training of staff. Some of the injuries that can happen as a result include:

  • Bedsores - Bedsores can develop when a resident is left in the same position for an extended period of time, especially if the resident is not regularly bathed and their bedding is not regularly changed.
  • Fall injuries - Some nursing home residents, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions, are prone to wandering around or outside of the facility if left unsupervised. This puts them at risk of falling and suffering broken bones or head injuries, especially if there are tripping or slipping hazards throughout the facility.
  • Medication incidents - Many residents rely on nursing home staff to administer the medication they need for various health conditions. However, staff members may err by administering the wrong dose or the wrong medication, or by leaving medication in a place where residents can access it without supervision.
  • Dehydration and malnutrition - Residents who are not provided with proper food and water on a regular basis can suffer from adverse health effects.
  • Choking and suffocation - Residents who need feeding assistance may be at risk of choking if their food is not prepared properly or they are left to feed themselves. Breathing tube and feeding tube incidents can also lead to suffocation.
  • Emotional distress - The effects of nursing home neglect can also take a toll on a resident’s mental health, which may cause or exacerbate conditions like anxiety and depression.

Contact a Lake County Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in a nursing home, the experienced Waukegan personal injury attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. can help you determine if neglect or negligence was a contributing factor. If so, we can help you recover compensation from the facility for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact us today at 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.

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IL injury lawyerIf you have unexpectedly lost a loved one, you are bound to be suffering from emotional turmoil and concern for the future. The death of a family member due to someone else’s negligence can feel especially unfair, and it can be difficult to deal with the legal ramifications along with your grief and personal loss. Fortunately, an attorney can help you manage the process of seeking compensation through a wrongful death claim. If you are unsure whether such a claim is possible in your situation, you may benefit from the answers to the following questions.

When Can a Wrongful Death Claim Be Filed?

In Illinois, a wrongful death claim is generally possible in similar situations to a personal injury claim—namely, when the person’s death was caused by the negligence or intentional malicious actions of another party. In most cases, a claim must be filed within two years of the victim’s death, though the statute of limitations is extended to five years if the death was the result of certain forms of murder, homicide, or manslaughter.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Illinois law requires a wrongful death claim to be brought by the personal representative of the deceased, which typically means the estate executor or administrator. If you are not your loved one’s personal representative, you should work with that person to initiate a claim on your loved one’s behalf.

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IL accident lawyerOne of the most common causes of car accident injuries is the blunt force trauma of the collision. Sometimes, the effects of this trauma are immediately apparent. For example, an injury victim may suffer broken bones or visible bruising, or bleeding. However, blunt force trauma can also cause internal bleeding and injuries that may not be so obvious. Getting medical attention immediately after an accident is important not only to diagnose the full extent of your injuries and get the treatment you need, but also to document your injuries for the purposes of filing a personal injury claim.

Common Internal Injuries in Car Wrecks

Some internal injuries that may be caused by car accident trauma include:

  • Broken or fractured ribs
  • Punctured lungs
  • Damage to the spleen, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs
  • Internal bleeding in the head, chest, or abdomen

While internal injuries sometimes have external symptoms, this is not always the case, at least not immediately. If you experience any pain, headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, or other unexplained symptoms after a collision, it is important to get a medical examination to determine whether something more serious may be wrong. If you start to notice visible symptoms like swelling or discoloration of the skin soon after the accident, these are often clear indicators that you have suffered an internal injury.

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