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Peoria Illinois Personal Injury Law Blog

A denied workers' compensation claim may be appealed

After a workplace injury, it can be hard for a person to imagine jumping back into their job. They may need time to recover from the harm that they sustained and they may need financial help to get through their period of healing. In such cases, Illinois residents may choose to file for workers' compensation benefits to get back on their feet and ready to work.

However, needing workers' compensation benefits is not the only requirement for securing such help. A worker must apply for workers' compensation and must meet a variety of criteria to prevail on their claim. If their application is insufficient or deficient in some way, it may be rejected.

Protect your rights after a serious truck collision

Vehicle collisions on Illinois highways can be deadly and can change the course of Peoria residents' lives. They may deprive individuals of their loved ones, cause serious physical injuries, and inflict emotional trauma and pain and those who survive their ordeals. When a collision occurs between a personal vehicle and a large commercial truck, the damages imparted on the victims can be even more significant due to the massive size of the truck.

Trucks take longer to stop than smaller vehicles, are harder to move around on the roads, and require extra licensing to legally drive. Their more challenging operations and inherent dangers can make them difficult to control and prone to accidents when in the hands of drivers who are not prepared to maintain them.

Manufacturing injuries can lead to the loss of a limb or function

Blue collar workers face a lot of potential risks on the job. Working with your hands and body creates an infinite number of ways that someone could end up hurt on the job.

Manufacturing particularly has its own special set of workplace dangers. Workers are vulnerable to acquiring injuries in several different ways.

Can I get rabies from a dog bite?

Just as most people choose to stay up to date on their vaccinations, so too do most pet owners take care of their animals' required shots. In Illinois, domestic dogs are required to have rabies vaccinations to prevent them from developing the dangerous and life-threatening disease. Unlike some illnesses that canines carry, rabies can be transmitted from dogs to humans through saliva and bites.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous systems of its victims. A person who contracts rabies may not know they have it, but, according to WebMD, more than 99 percent of people left untreated who experience symptoms of rabies will die.

Can I claim loss of consortium damages after my spouse was hurt?

Catastrophic car accident injuries can hurt more people than just the person who suffered the injuries. For example, the victim's family members could also suffer indirect harm due to the loss of family income, the loss of love and affection, and the loss of household services.

When focusing on the way a spouse and children can be harmed when a parent, husband or wife gets hurt, this is called "loss of consortium." When filing a personal injury action after a car accident, it's not uncommon for family members of the victims to include damage claims for loss of consortium.

The legal elements of a slip-and-fall lawsuit

Readers of this Illinois personal injury legal blog may know that when they elect to sue another party for their damages, they must first build a case that provides evidence of their included claims. That evidence must support the various legal elements of the claims the individual wishes to use as their means of collecting their damages. This post will look at what is required of a slip-and-fall victim to prove in order to demonstrate the veracity of their claims.

One of the first elements that must be satisfied in a is the need for the victim to show that the responsible party owed them a duty. Prior posts have discussed what can happen when individuals with different legal statuses (such as trespassers, visitors, and invitees) are on other people's land. A victim may been to have permission to be on the responsible party's land in order to be owed a duty of care by them.

Can I pursue damages if police faulted me for the car crash?

Whenever a catastrophic motor vehicle accident results in serious injuries, the victims of the crash should investigate whether they have the legal right to pursue financial damages relating to the costs associated with medical care and other damages caused by the incident. Even individuals who were allegedly at fault for a particular crash should take action to ensure that they don't have any legal options to pursue compensation.

Sometimes, for example, police fail to notice an important element pertaining to a motor vehicle crash that serves to "flip-the-script" in such a way that proves another party was at fault, or at least partially liable, for a specific incident.

Provocation and trespassing can affect victims' dog bite cases

Illinois courts apply a strict liability standard in almost all dog bite and animal attack cases. That means that a dog owner is liable for any harm that their dog causes, regardless of whether the owner had any reason to know that the dog was potentially dangerous or prone to biting. However, there are two exceptions that may derail a victim's path to recovery under this theory of law: provocation and trespassing.

Provocation happens when a person teases or antagonizes a dog into behaving violently. They may hurt the dog by hitting it, pulling its tail, getting in its face, or engaging in other hostile or aggressive behaviors. If a dog bites a person only after being subjected to provocation, then the owner may be released from their liability and requirement to provide for the victim's damages.

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.

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