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Being injured in an accident has a significant impact on your life. From being unable to work while you recover, to wondering how your injury will affect your career and home life, to trying to pay your medical bills; there may be questions you have about how much compensation you can receive for your personal injury.

If you have not sought medical attention for your injuries, then you will need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional right away because they will be able to assess you for any injuries that may be masked by other symptoms, or even adrenaline after the accident.

Areas of Practice

Not every personal injury attorney handles all types of cases. For example, medical malpractice is a well-known area of personal injury law, but not every attorney includes it in their practice. You need an attorney who can help you based on your specific type of accident. You can learn more about who has a legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit and what kind of compensation is available by calling us at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are some of the most common forms of personal injury accidents and, unfortunately, many victims are left with not only their injuries but are sometimes offered inadequate settlement amounts from the insurance company to cover those injuries.

Truck Accidents

These are some of the most severe accidents because of the mass of trucks and the fact that they are often on highways traveling at high speeds. Truckers drive long hours and sometimes push themselves so they can get shipments out faster. They are thinking about the bottom line, and not necessarily about safety. An intrepid personal injury attorney knows how to prove the liability of the trucking company so that their client can get the compensation they deserve.

Motorcycle Accidents

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident while lane splitting, which is driving between lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic, then this can affect your personal injury case. This is seen as reckless driving and could reduce your settlement. Give us a call today to speak more about your motorcycle case.

Slip And Fall

All property owners, whether they are business owners or homeowners, have a duty of care to the guests of their property to ensure that it is safe. This means ensuring that walkways are clear and dry and that all safety procedures are being followed according to relevant laws. Guests also have a duty of care to behave reasonably when visiting a property. This means using handrails, wearing appropriate footwear where applicable, and not running around wet areas such as pools. If you have fallen on someone else’s property and believe that they are liable for your injuries, then give us a call today so we can schedule your free case evaluation and you can learn how we can help you.

It is highly advised that if you have fallen or slipped at a home or business property to then take pictures of the property and any factors that contributed to your fall. This could include wet floors, loose cables, a lack of appropriate warnings, or low lighting.

Dram Shop

It is up to the attorney to prove that a bar sold alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated and that said patron later caused an accident after leaving the establishment that sold them the alcohol. Businesses are encouraged to train their employees to identify intoxicated patrons and not serve them alcohol, or to serve alcohol to minors.

Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home negligence is when staff withhold care or are negligent in providing the right care to residents, or if the staff is physically, emotionally or financially abusive to the residents.

Dog Bites

In the state of Illinois the owner of a dog is liable if the dog attacks a person or another dog. If it can be proven that the dog was provoked, then that could eliminate the dog owner’s liability in the case.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death attorneys represent the loved ones of those who were killed either due to a vehicle accident, workplace accident, defective product, or a pedestrian accident. When a loved one has been killed by the recklessness or negligence of another, then call us and schedule an appointment to tell us exactly what happened. Filing a wrongful death claim is a civil action that is separate from any possible criminal charges.

What To Do After An Accident

Your personal injury case starts the moment you are injured. That means anything that you say after that point is going to be used to either help or hurt your case. Do not apologize or speculate on the cause of the crash, or feel the need to engage with the other driver in any conversation.

It is critical to take the proper steps after an accident to ensure the best outcome possible for your personal injury case. While injuries can occur in a variety of different accidents, these are some general tips that will help you in any situation.

Immediately report the accident. If you slipped and fell at a business or other private establishment, then report it to the staff as soon as possible. In the case of a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, then you would need to call the police. A report would be written documenting the incident, the people involved, and what happened. In the case of a car accident, a copy of this report can be obtained by making a request at the records department at the police station.

What should I do if I suspect that my loved one is being abused in a nursing home in Illinois?

If you believe that your loved one is an imminent danger, then call 911. If you suspect that you have a loved one that is being abused in a nursing home then you can contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-252-4343 or by calling us so you can file a complaint.

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