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April 2013 Archives

Illinois jury awards six-figure sum to dog bite victim

Illinois dog owners may take a variety of cautions to avoid the potential lawsuits that can arise when guests to their property are bitten. Dog bites can subject owners to premises liability if a jury agrees that reasonable precautions were not taken, such as posting signs, constructing fencing or dog cages, and keeping dogs leashed when in public. If a jury finds a dog owner was negligent, the compensation awarded to dog bite victims can be substantial, as a recent case illustrates.

Medical marijuana bill discussed for spinal cord injury victims

Even with the protection of a helmet, there may be a risk of spinal cord injury arising from a motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist struck by another driver's negligence can be thrown from the bike, and the fall may result in serious injury.

Illinois bus accident possibly due to running red light

School bus crashes are among the most troubling kind of accidents to read about, even for Illinois readers who are not parents. Perhaps the reason is evolutionary, attributable to a shared instinct among adults to protect younger generations. Perhaps especially young school children are more easily seen as defenseless, or potential victims. Whatever the reason, almost no one wants tragedy to befall children whose futures are still ahead of them.

Elderly driver causes two-car Illinois crash

A personal injury lawsuit usually arises in the context of a negligence claim brought by an injured driver against another driver alleged to be at fault for causing a crash. The other driver may have violated a traffic rule, been fatigued or distracted, or possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- prescription or otherwise. In today's story, however, an elderly Illinois man traveling with his wife is believed to be the cause of a two-vehicle crash that ended in the loss of his wife's life.

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