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Illinois Wrongful Death Laws

What is a “Wrongful Death” in Illinois?  When a person is killed by another party’s negligent, wrongful, or intentional actions in Illinois, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the deceased individual because he/she could have brought a personal injury claim if had he/she survived.  Common events that can lead to a wrongful death claim:  Negligence-based accidents (e.g., car…

How to Identify an Intoxicated Driver

The Signs of an Intoxicated Driver Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can negatively impact your motor skills, reaction time, and overall ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Unfortunately, not only can drunk or drugged driving result in an arrest, but it can also lead to a devastating car accident.  The common signs of impaired driving are often noticeable when a driver…

5 Common Causes of Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers

When teenagers finally obtain their driver’s license, they view this momentous milestone as one step toward freedom. However, teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes compared to their older counterparts due to their lack of driving experience, skills, and maturity.  In fact, car accidents are the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers…

5 Common Causes of Tire Blowouts

One of the most terrifying situations that can happen to any driver while behind the wheel is a tire blowout, which is described as a rapid loss of air pressure in an inflatable tire and is oftentimes associated with a booming sound of an explosion. If you’re driving at a high speed or in the middle of a busy road at the time of a tire blowout, the…

How Long Does a Concussion Last?

A concussion is one of the most common and least serious types of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, all concussions should be taken seriously.  The brain is comprised of soft tissue, encased in the skull and cushioned by spinal fluid. When there is a direct or indirect blow to the head, the impact can jolt your brain or even cause it to violently shake within your skull.  Common…

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Whether you are walking to get around from place to place or jogging for exercise, you may be in danger of being struck by a motor vehicle. Pedestrian accidents involving vehicles are generally catastrophic and fatal since pedestrians do not have the same amount of protection as drivers.  Drivers are obligated to follow traffic laws and drive with reasonable care, especially in residential areas and places with moderate and…

Illinois Car Accident Laws

Injured in a car accident in Illinois? If so, you may be wondering what you must do to obtain financial compensation to pay for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. The following is an overview of car accident laws in Illinois.  Reporting a Car Accident  According to state law, you must report a car accident to the…

5 Common Accidents During the Holidays

Now that we have entered November, the holiday season is just around the corner. Starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Day, this time of year is associated with festive gatherings with loved ones, decorating homes, shopping for gifts, long road trips, and being jolly and merry during the last two months of the year.  However, the cold winter months present several hazards that we…

Third Party Claims & Work Injuries in Texas

If suffer an injury while on the job in Texas, whether you work in construction or inside an office, you generally qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, which are designed to cover medical expenses, some of your lost wages, and help you return to work or even provide lifetime income benefits if a workplace accident results in total disability.  However, workers’ comp benefits have certain limits, such as only paying for a portion…

DHS Announces a Proposed Rule to Preserve & Fortify DACA

On September 27, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that would preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While the proposed rule will undergo a 60-day public comment period, the agency encouraged Congress to find a permanent solution for Dreamers.  What Does the Proposed Rule Mean for Current DACA Recipients?  The 205-page rule would protect over 700,000…