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Peoria Illinois Personal Injury Law Blog

Hurt on the job? Know your options for compensation

Accidents and injuries are relatively common in the lives of Illinois residents. They may suffer from moments of clumsiness that leave them with minor injuries or they may be involved in serious incidents like vehicle accidents that threaten their future health. When accidents happen while individuals are performing their job duties, they may have to leave work and seek medical treatment for their injuries. Depending upon how severe the injuries are, the victim may be unable to return to work for days or even weeks.

Not many people can provide for their family for weeks if an injury prevents them from performing their job duties. Without their regular income, the financial stability of their family may be threatened, and they may find they are behind on important obligations, such as their mortgages and other mandatory bills.

Learn how to avoid a dog-bite attack

Some people are more susceptible to being bitten by dogs than others simply because they are not adept at reading dogs' pre-attack body language.

Any animal with teeth can bite, and that includes a friendly little floof gamboling about your ankles. However, it's also true that certain dogs have more of a propensity to bite, either because of inherent traits from breeding or ill-treatment by other humans.

Did a car accident injure your spine?

The human body is remarkably resilient to harm, if it receives the right treatment and has time to rest and recover properly. However, when an injury affects the spine, it is not time to sit around ignoring it and hoping that your body will heal itself over time.

This is especially true after some trauma event, such as a car accident. The impressive healing powers of the body often are not enough to counteract the violent experience of a car accident if you suffer damage to your spine, among other very serious injuries. Injuries affecting the spinal column may not only produce agonizing pain, but may also leave you unable to control your body, or portions of it.

Can trespassers obtain compensation for slip and fall injuries?

Not everyone who enters onto the property of another person has the right to be there. For example, if an Illinois resident sees a "no trespassing" sign and elects to enter that land, they may waive their right to seek compensation for any injuries they sustain while traversing the land.

Trespassing is a crime and generally does not afford an individual legal protection from harm and loss. Under the theory of premises liability law, property owners are tasked with keeping their land safe for individuals they know and expect to be visiting it. This can include individuals who are specifically invited to be on the land and individuals who have a license to be there from the landowner.

We take your auto accident claims seriously

Car accidents are common but that does not mean that individual claims for damages after vehicle collisions should be treated as identical. A Peoria resident's crash should be evaluated and assessed based on its own facts and circumstances so that their claims for the recovery of their losses may be particularly crafted to achieve positive outcomes through litigation. The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles understand this important fact and work zealously to ensure that their auto accident clients are treated as individuals.

Preparing to litigate a car accident claim begins at the first meeting between a victim and attorney. During such a meeting our team will ask a new client for information about their collision and will help them understand if and how they may pursue their financial losses. They may schedule subsequent meetings to go over accident-related documentation and to prepare the pleadings that will allow the victim to enter the courts for the process of seeking what they deserve.

Pedestrian crashes: Bicyclists need to watch out, too

When you think about pedestrian crashes, you probably assume that the pedestrian is impacted by a motorist. What you may not consider is the damage that can be done by a cyclist who strikes a pedestrian.

Even with a cyclist's impact, a pedestrian can suffer serious injuries. These crashes are usually less serious than those involving motor vehicles — but not always. How can you avoid hitting a pedestrian while riding your bike?

Prepare to face defenses to claims of an animal attack

Animal owners are generally expected to control their pets and livestock from harming others and their property. However, dog bites and animal attacks are, unfortunately, common and can leave victims with devastating and sometimes life-threatening injuries. While it may seem rather straightforward to allege that a person's dog attacked and caused harm to a victim, in some cases, pet owners assert defenses in an attempt to avoid legal liability.

For example, a dog owner may claim that a victim trespassed onto their property at the time of the dog attack. They may claim that they posted warnings regarding their vicious animal and that their animal was contained on the grounds of their property. They may attempt to assert that the alleged victim brought the harm upon themselves by entering the dog owner's land without permission and with a warning of the danger they may face.

Caterpillar plant has deadly workplace accident

Many Peoria area residents work at the Caterpillar plant or another manufacturing plant. Manufacturing jobs are usually good jobs that offer good pay and benefits. Although they can require hard work, it is often done in a safe environment. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and an injured employee may wonder about workers' compensation.

A recent article in the Journal Star highlighted the safety history of Caterpillar. After having no deaths in their plants in 2017, a recent accident occurred in a Wisconsin facility which resulted in a worker's death. It was the second death at that plant in 7 years. The employee was a welder at the plant and was struck by a steel plate in the welding shop that crushed him. The employee had worked at the plant for 23 years and died at a local hospital. OSHA is investigating the accident. Caterpillar reports their injuries have been reduced by over 90% for hours worked in 2017.

Traffic accidents may require many kinds of compensation

After any serious accident, you should always carefully consider who may bear responsibility for your injuries and material losses. In most instances, the safest, most effective way to recover fair compensation is through a legal claim against the individual or entity that caused the accident.

Depending on your particular circumstances, you might have a number of damages that you may claim. Take extra care to examine every area of your life for effects of the accident to create a detailed picture of how the accident impacts your day-to-day living as well as your ongoing health and employment.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents: Causes and safety tips

As a pedestrian, you realize that you could be part of an accident with a motor vehicle at some point. Of course, you don't want to think about this often as you realize just how dangerous it can be.

The more knowledge you have of pedestrian accidents, the easier it is to avoid trouble. Here are some of the top causes of accidents:

  • Reckless driving, including speeding
  • Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone or texting
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Failure to obey all traffic signals and signs
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
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