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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 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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Joliet animal attack lawyerNo one ever thinks their sweet, docile family dog will bite someone. However, the reality is that animals are unpredictable. This can range from uncharacteristically chewing a shoe or relieving themselves in the house to biting another person or animal. Getting bitten by a dog is a shocking and stressful situation. Educating yourself for the worst possible scenario that can occur around a dog will alleviate some of the anxiety in the case of a dog bite.

One out of five dog bites requires medical care. There are an estimated 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Half of those victims are in between the ages of five and nine years old, and these cases often occur because children may not understand proper boundaries with animals. A serious dog bite may end up on the news, and the owner may face criminal charges or a lawsuit in civil court. 

Do Not Provoke 

A dog may bite a person as a defense mechanism when they feel provoked. Someone else’s dog may respond differently than yours to actions that are intended to be playful. A dog who has been abused may be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues. Avoid yelling or screaming around a dog, hitting them, or staring. These actions may provoke a dog to bite you or increase the severity of an attack. 

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Will County personal injury lawyersEach year, around 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI). About 75 percent of those victims suffer only minor complications and eventually heal from their injuries. Still, that leaves another 25 percent of victims who suffer either fatality (around 52,000 per year) or long-term complications that may ultimately lead to death. When such situations are the result of negligence, compensation to cover medical expenses, treatments, and life expenses are crucial. The following explains your right to pursue this compensation, and where you can find quality assistance to improve your chances of a positive outcome.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Negligence

Negligence is not a factor in every traumatic brain injury case, but it is more common than most realize. For example, auto accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Falls, which are the leading cause of TBI, can also involve an element of negligence. Examples might include slip and fall injuries in a store, down a flight of stairs in a business establishment, or a fall in the icy parking lot of a grocery store. This is known as premises liability - a situation in which the owner of a building or parking lot has failed to ensure the safety of its patrons.

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Joliet personal injury attorney, brain injury awarenessNational statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have reached epidemic proportions. According to the CDC, more than 50,000 people die every year from causes associated with TBI. Almost 2.2 million people are treated at emergency rooms for an injury to their brain, and approximately 280,000 people end up hospitalized because of serious TBI.

These numbers do not include people who develop a concussion from their head injuries, but do not seek treatment, or if they did, then TBI was a secondary diagnosis. If all those victims were included, then the CDC puts the number of people in this country who sustain brain injuries every year at over three million.

In the past fifteen years, the cost of TBI—between medical treatment and lost wages—amounts to over $60 billion.

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medical procedures and mistakes, Will County personal injury lawyersIt has been more than a decade since the Institute of Medicine published the report, "To Err is Human." The findings estimated that as many as 98,000 deaths are caused by medical errors each year. Sadly, little has changed since. In fact, a 2013 estimate from the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that more than 400,000 people die while receiving medical care, many from preventable causes. And in 2008, it was determined that medical errors cost an extra $19.5 billion in national spending each year--often for follow-up treatment and medication.

So who is covering all of these costs? The answer is a bit mixed, with malpractice lawsuits covering some, insurance paying for others, and even actual hospitals and physicians offering free care for their wrongdoing. But largely, it is patients who are left to foot the bill for the mistakes of their physicians and hospitals.

When Wounded Patients Fail to Come Forward

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