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IL injury lawyerAlthough dogs are a popular pet for families, it is easy to forget that they are still independent animals. In fact, 4.7 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog every year. A dog bite can happen from a dog that is familiar to a strange or feral dog. Because this kind of personal injury comes from an animal, there is an extra risk of infection or complications from a bite. Half of dog bite victims are children between the age of 5 and 9, so it is important to treat a dog bite properly.

How Do Dog Bites Happen?

A dog may bite if they feel threatened or intimidated. In most cases, a bite is from a familiar dog who is acting in self-defense. To help prevent dog bites, do not leave young children alone with dogs, especially ones that you do not know the temperament of. A young child may not respect the space of a dog and put the dog in a fight or flight situation. Avoid interactions with dogs you do not know, and let unfamiliar dogs approach you.

If a dog bite does occur, staying calm will likely prevent further damage. Move away with caution and prevent eye contact with the dog. Direct eye contact can be seen as a threat by the animal. The safest bet after a dog bite is to seek professional medical attention. If the bite causes complications later on, having documentation of a doctor will be helpful in the case you decide to sue.

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IL accident lawyerCar crashes, no matter the severity, are a life-altering experience. Even a mild fender bender can create uncertainty with making an insurance claim and taking the time to get your car repaired. However, after a serious accident, it may take time to recover from injuries, mourn the death of a loved one, or to conquer your fear of being in a car.

In 2015, Illinois saw a 5.5% increase in car accidents compared to the year prior. With 19,675 injuries caused by car accidents in the same year, it is important to know what your feelings after a car accident are valid. Here are our tips for getting back to normal after a car accident.

Take Time to Heal: Car crashes can produce catastrophic injuries. Broken bones and fractures are not uncommon. No matter your physical injury, be patient and let yourself heal. The result of your injuries may have even required surgery, that that kind of trauma takes months to heal. Your body may not feel great even if you did not break a bone. Although a seatbelt will save your life, the belts can cause internal injuries. Concussions and whiplash are also common injuries that car crash victims face that take time to heal on top of anything else suffered.

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Joliet slip and fall injury lawyerWinter is a good time to stay indoors and get cozy by the fire with your loved ones. However, we all must keep commitments during the colder months, and these will require us to go outside at one point or another. Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone at any time of the year, but they are more likely in the winter months, due to slippery surfaces caused by snow and ice. 

According to the National Safety Council, there are 25,000 daily slip and fall accidents in the United States. In 2014 alone, there were over 40,000 workplace injuries as the result of snow, sleet, or ice. There is a chance for a slip or fall anytime there is a wet surface indoors in a location such as a store, or outside on a sidewalk or parking lot. 

Under the Illinois Snow And Ice Removal Act, residence owners are encouraged, but not required, to clear sidewalks of snow and ice. In most cases, a homeowner or property owner cannot be held responsible for a winter slip and fall if reasonable effort has been made to clear naturally accumulating snow. For unnatural accumulations of snow or ice, such as a mound of snow from plowing or shoveling, a homeowner or business owner may be held liable for injuries that occur. 

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Joliet, IL Accident Lawyer

Christmas is considered one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, according to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The period between Christmas and New Year’s Day sees a 12 percent increase in auto accidents involving drunk drivers compared to the rest of December. This is because more people are on the road, and holidays are a time of indulgence. The happiest time of year for some people traveling with their families can be destroyed with one mistake of a negligent drunk driver.

DUI Statistics 

In 2017, more than 31,000 people were killed in car accidents that involved another driver with an illegal blood-alcohol content level, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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Joliet semi-truck accident lawyerGetting into an accident on the road is a common fear for drivers. Sharing the road with a semi-trailer truck can make drivers especially nervous. Commercial trucks are large and intimidating, even at a distance. Most truck drivers are responsible on the road, but human error and mechanical problems often lead to dangerous truck accidents

How Common Are Truck Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 475,000 reported crashes in 2016 that involved large trucks. Truck accidents are most common in rural areas, with 61% of fatal crashes involving a truck occurring in that kind of environment. The second most common area in which truck accidents occur are interstate highways. 

No one ever imagines that they would get into an accident with a truck, but preparing yourself for what to do after a collision with a tractor-trailer truck can save lives and help you preserve your right to receive compensation for your damages. Be sure to take the following steps if you have been in a truck accident: 

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