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  • July 2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

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    Here’s what other personal injury and worker’s compensation lawyers have been talking about during the month of June:

    • Legal Remedies for Patients Harmed by Unsafe Injection Practices (Protect Patients Blog).This article follows up on one of its previous articles regarding shoddy injection practices by certain healthcare providers. In the article “Safe Injection Practices Are Not a Shot in the Dark,” the author explains that tens of thousands of people are harmed every year from infections caused by sloppy injection procedures. This article also references another article, titled “Law as a Tool to Promote Healthcare Safety,” that discusses how the legal system can punish healthcare providers who engage in unsafe injection practices, and deter healthcare providers from putting patients at risk.
    • Workers’ Comp Covers Work-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents.(Workers Compensation Law Blog). In this article, the author explains a worker’s rights if he or she is injured in a work-related car accidents. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker may be able to recover money damages from the negligent party. As the article states, “It is important to note that the employer would have a subrogation right to be reimbursed for workers’ compensation benefits paid on your behalf against that of any third-party negligence claim where you obtained a recovery.”
    • Tired Truckers, In Brief (The Pop Tort). This article highlights the dangers of truck driver fatigue, particularly in light of comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart stemming from a truck accident that seriously injured Morgan, killed James McNair, and injured several others.
    • Wisconsin’s Medical Malpractice Cap Needs to Vamoose – Again (The Pop Tort). In this scathing article, the author explains why Wisconsin needs to get rid of its damage caps. Currently, noneconomic damages are capped at $750,000, but because many hospital workers are state employees – including the doctors at UW Health – the noneconomic damages are capped at $500,000 for wrongful death cases and punitive damages are banned in medical malpractice cases. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a $25.3 million jury award for a 53-year-old mother of four who “lost all four of her limbs as the result of medical malpractice.” The jury had awarded her $15 million for pain and suffering and $1.5 million for her husband’s loss of companionship, but the damages were subject to the state’s $750,000 cap.

    The Chicago accident and injury attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on handling personal injury and workers’ compensations matters. Because we focus on representing accident victims, we are able to provide efficient and effective legal counsel that is catered to our clients’ unique situation and personal needs. Contact us today at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago injury attorneys.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Traffic Deaths Decrease in Almost All States

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    Traffic deaths decreased nationwide by nearly 23 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Researchers attribute the reduction in traffic fatalities, in part, to safer vehicles that include technologies such as anti-lock brakes, collision-avoidance systems, and stability control.

    Traffic fatalities for the first half of 2013 also fell by 4.2 percent, though fatality figures for all of 2013 are still being calculated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    States seeing the largest improvement in terms of traffic fatalities were: Washington, D.C. (68.8 percent reduction); Nevada (39.6 percent reduction); Mississippi (37.5 percent reduction); New Hampshire (34.9 percent reduction); and Missouri (34.3 percent reduction). Only two states – Vermont and North Dakota – saw more traffic fatalities in 2012 than in 2005, according to the study.

    Although the overall trend shows a reduction in traffic fatalities, there was an increase in traffic deaths in 2012 for the first time since 2004. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths rose 5.3% to 34,080, the first year-over-year increase since 2005. Perhaps most unsettling about the 2012 data, however, is that the number of child traffic fatalities increased three percent in 2012, with 1,168 children killed in traffic accidents. In fact, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and children between the ages of 11 and 14. According to the NHTSA, an average of three children 14 and younger were killed and 462 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes during 2012.

    Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

    Although the downward trend in traffic fatalities is a significant improvement, even one traffic death is one too many. At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago car accident lawyers are committed to helping the families of those killed in a fatal car accident obtain financial recovery for their loss. Money damages in a fatal car accident lawsuit can include: medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of future income and benefits, loss of future inheritance, loss of parental guidance (if decedent has minor children), loss of spousal companionship, emotional distress of surviving spouse and next of kin, and pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death.

    The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to helping motorists and passengers stay safe, and to protecting the rights of car accident victims. Contact our office at (312) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.

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    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • What to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

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    If you are thinking of contacting a personal injury lawyer, it is likely because you or a loved one was injured in an accident. You are probably feeling scared, confused, and angry, among a number of other emotions. Making the decision to contact a personal injury lawyer is the first step in securing your financial recovery and protecting your legal rights.

    But it is important to retain a lawyer who can represent your interests in the best possible way. Accordingly, there are several things that you should ask a personal injury lawyer to make sure that he or she is the right lawyer for you. For starters, you will want to ask the following questions:

    1. How much experience do you have? It is important to hire a lawyer who has the specific experience and knowledge to handle your type of case effectively. You should also inquire about whether the lawyer has trial experience, as well. Although many cases are resolved through settlement before trial, some cases do go to trial. Accordingly, it is important to hire an injury lawyer who is prepared to take your case to trial if necessary and fight to get you maximum compensation.
    2. How many successful cases have you handled? In order to support his or her claims of experience and knowledge, a personal injury lawyer should be able to provide supporting information regarding the cases that he or she has handled and the compensation that has been recovered for clients.
    3. How do you communicate with your clients? It is important to hire a lawyer who is responsive and communicates effectively so that you know what is happening with respect to your case and can make informed decisions.
    4. What are your legal fees? Most personal injury lawyers, including the accident and injury lawyers at Ankin Law Office, work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will collect a portion of the financial recovery as his or her legal fees. But it is important to confirm that the lawyer does, in fact, work under a contingency fee and to find out whether incidentals (such as copies, postage, and filing fees) are an additional fee.
    5. What is the likelihood of obtaining compensation? While no personal injury lawyer should guarantee a specific amount of financial recovery – or guarantee recovery at all – an experienced lawyer should be able to provide a general assessment of the range of compensation that you could likely receive, along with the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

    Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

    For more than 20 years, Howard Ankin has dedicated his career to helping the victims of personal injury accidents and workplace accidents, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and class actions. If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled Chicago personal injury lawyers so that we can answer any questions that you might have.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Why You Need to Pay Attention to ATV Safety Warnings

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    All-terrain vehicles, or ATVS, are powerful and dangerous machines that can cause serious and catastrophic injuries, as evidenced by the paralyzing injury to U.S. Olympic Swimmer Amy Van Dyken who severed her spine in an ATV accident last month.

    Because ATVs are so dangerous, they come with a number of safety warnings and recommendations regarding proper use. Unfortunately, it seems that many people ignore these warnings and recommendations to the detriment of their own safety and the safety of others.

    In fact, a recent study found that the majority of teens who are injured while riding an ATV ignore manufacturers’ safety warnings, including recommendations to use ATVs with smaller engines. In the study, researchers analyzed crash circumstances and medical treatment related to ATV injuries at three pediatric trauma centers from 2007 to 2012. A total of 84 patients whose average age was 13 completed a lengthy questionnaire about their crashes and riding habits.

    According to an article in Safety and Health Magazine, the study results showed a strong relationship between dangerous ATV riding practices and severe injuries, including the following specific findings:

    • 71 percent ignored manufacturers’ recommendations that children younger than 16 should ride ATVs with smaller engines (90 cc or less).
    • 70 percent did not wear a helmet.
    • 56 percent had no adult supervision.
    • 50 percent were “double riding” with a passenger.
    • 23 percent were riding on paved roads.
    • 16 percent were riding at night.
    • 43 percent required operations because of their injuries.

    Based on the data, researchers recommended additional preventative measures to keep children younger than 16 from operating ATVs.

    ATV riders are also strongly urged to use helmets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of teens in the U.S. have ridden an ATV, but less than half of them regularly wear a helmet and a quarter of them never wear a helmet.

    “Helmets are very important. Helmet non-use among youth is a particular concern because these riders have a greater likelihood of crashing than adults, and their likelihood of dying or sustaining a serious TBI is much higher,” said Bethany West, an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta and coauthor of the study.

    Contact an Accident and Injury Lawyer

    The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to promoting safety and helping accident and injury victims obtain the financial recovery they deserve. If you were injured in an ATV accident, contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago accident and injury lawyers.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Benefits of Chicago’s Proposed Bike Lanes

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    Chicago is a biking and walking town. Not only do Chicago’s streets see a significant amount of motor vehicle traffic, but bicyclists and pedestrians as well. Given the significant number of bicyclists that share Chicago’s roadways with vehicles, the city is considering removing a lane of traffic in each direction along Milwaukee Avenue in Jefferson Park and Gladstone Park to accommodate a bike lane.

    According to this article, approximately 20,000 drivers use this stretch of road every day, and there have been 970 crashes, including one fatal incident and 17 accidents with serious injuries along this stretch of road.

    Although some people oppose the measure, saying that it will eliminate parking along the street, proponents of the measure say that it would improve traffic flow and reduce accidents. In fact, a petition launched by longtime Chicago bike activist and member of the Active Transportation Alliance Robert Kastigar asserts that removing one lane for vehicular traffic in each direction will make the road safer for pedestrians, children, senior citizens, the disabled and bicyclists and not hinder traffic. Specifically, the petition states that “[a]verage motor vehicle speeds estimated would from 38 mph to 32 mph, the number of speeders would be reduced and the number of vehicles going over 40 mph would drop significantly.”

    What to Do If You Are Injured in a Bicycle Accident

    If you are in a bicycle accident, you should:

    • Seek medical attention even if you don’t think that you are injured. Many injuries, such as concussions and neck injuries, don’t manifest themselves until several hours or days after the accident.
    • Notify the police and wait for them to arrive.
    • Avoid making comments about fault or negotiating with the motorist involved in the accident.
    • Provide a statement of the bicycle accident circumstances so that it can be documented in the police report. Make sure to tell the police of all injuries.
    • Obtain driver and witness contact information.
    • Make sure to maintain documents of the accident, including medical bills, medical records, and photos.
    • Seek the advice of a skilled bicycle accident attorney.

    Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer

    The Chicago accident and injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC are dedicated to keeping the roadways safe for bicyclists and to helping injured parties obtain maximum money damages.  We focus on representing the victims of bicycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents, and we don’t collect any fees unless you recover money damages for your bicycle accident injuries.

    Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago bicycle accident lawyers.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • NHTSA Releases Motorcycle Safety Recommendations

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    Motorcycle safety is of utmost importance, particularly in the summer months when motorcyclists are on the road in greater numbers. Accordingly, as part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a consumer advisory brochure reminding motorists to share the road with motorcyclists in order to reduce the number of annual highway fatalities.

    NHTSA statistics show an increase in motorcycle fatalities in recent years, with 4,927 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2012 – a continued increase from 2011 when the number was 4,630. Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite the fact that motorcycle registrations represented only 3 percent of all vehicles in the United States in 2012. Injured motorcyclists also increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012 and, on a per vehicle mile basis, motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured.

    The NHTSA also reports that helmet use by motorcyclists is on the decline, dropping from 66 percent of motorcyclists wearing helmets in 2011 to only 60 percent in 2012, and that head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. According to the NHTSA, an estimated 1,699 lives were saved in 2012 because of proper helmet usage, but another 781 lives could have been saved if helmets had been worn. Although 19 states and the District of Columbia have a universal helmet law that requires helmets for all riders, Illinois does not have a helmet requirement.

    “Wearing a helmet on every ride is an important way for a motorcyclist to stay safe, but we all play a part. It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman in a press release. “All road users need to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe. By following road signs, obeying speed limits, and always staying focused on the road, deaths could be prevented.”

    NHTSA offers the following motorcycle safety tips:

    • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
    • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
    • Never ride distracted or impaired.
    • Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
    • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
    • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
    • Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.

    Additionally, NHTSA reminds drivers to:

    • Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
    • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
    • Always allow more follow distance – three to four seconds – when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
    • Never drive distracted or impaired.
    • Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.

    Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s critical to hire a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. The Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office are dedicated to keeping roadways safe for motorcyclists and helping clients injured in a motorcycle accident obtain maximum money damages.  Contact us today at (312) 346-8780 to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can help you recover money damages following a motorcycle accident.

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    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles personal injury cases and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Prevalence of Work Injuries in Restaurant Industry

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    The restaurant industry sees its fair share of work-related injuries, but restaurants seem to be a particularly dangerous place for teens to work. According to a Health Day article, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that about 44,800 injuries were sustained by teenage restaurant workers over a two-year period. Of those injuries, an estimated 28,000 (63 percent) took place in hamburger, pizza, or other fast-food establishments.

    Restaurant workers can become injured for a number of reasons, including:

    The NIOSH study found that nearly half of the injuries involved hot grease and that more than half of the injuries from falls were caused by wet or greasy floors. The study also found that males were more likely to have burns, lacerations, and other injuries related to cooking, while females were more likely to suffer sprains, strains, and contusions associated with cashiering and clearing tables.

    How to Prevent Restaurant Worker Injuries

    NIOSH and restaurant industry experts offer the following safety tips for preventing restaurant worker injuries:

    • Prevent burn injuries by providing employees with appropriate gloves and scrapers and other cleaning tools with handles.
    • Allow hot grease to cool before you move it.
    • Wherever possible, use slip-resistant flooring to prevent falls and keep floors dry and well maintained.
    • Wear nonskid shoes to prevent slipping.
    • Extinguish hot oil or grease fires by sliding a lid over the container.
    • Avoid reaching over or across hot surfaces and burners.
    • Don’t plug in electrical equipment while touching a wet or damp surface.

    Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Restaurant Employees

    Restaurant employees – such as waiters, waitresses, bartenders, delivery drivers, and cooks – are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for any work-related injuries or illnesses regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Although injured workers are not allowed to sue the employer, depending on the cause of the injury, a restaurant worker may be entitled to personal injury damages in a third-party cause of action. For instance, if a restaurant delivery driver was injured in an auto accident, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, as well as personal injury damages from the negligent motorist.

    Contact an Restaurant Worker Injury Lawyer

    If you are a restaurant worker who was injured while on the job, contact the Chicago workers’ compensation law firm of Ankin Law Office, LLC at (800) 442-6546 to learn more about how to recover workers’ compensation or other money damages.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Do Americans Support Tougher Penalties on Texting While Driving?

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    Texting and driving continues to be a major problem on America’s roadways. In fact, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that the use of electronic devices while driving remained relatively unchanged in 2012 from 2011 despite the pervasive warnings about its dangers.

    Many states, including Illinois, have enacted stricter laws regarding texting while driving, but many Americans support even tougher enforcement measures. As this Health Day article states, a National Safety Council poll found that 73 percent of respondents wanted more enforcement of texting and driving laws, compared with 22 percent who found current enforcement levels satisfactory. Moreover, when asked about punishments for violators, 52 percent of respondents supported a point system that could lead to the loss of a driver’s license or higher car insurance costs. About half of respondents supported large fines, and half said there should be different levels of penalties for first and repeat offenders.

    The risks and dangers of cellphone use while driving are significant, with thousands of lives lost every year as a result of distracted driving. In 2011, there were 3,360 distracted driving fatalities, and in 2012, there were 3,328 distracted driving fatalities and another 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. According to the National Safety Council, talking on a cellphone – whether handheld or hands-free – is believed to be a factor in 21 percent of car accidents, and 26 percent of auto accidents are believed to involve texting while driving.

    According to Health Day, no state currently bans all cellphone use while driving, but thirteen states (including Illinois) and the District of Columbia ban the use of handheld cellphones by drivers, and 44 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving. Illinois passed more stringent distracted driving laws that took effect on January 1, 2014. One such law is the state-wide prohibition on handheld cell phone use. Drivers are required to use a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone if they want to talk on the phone while driving, and drivers caught using a handheld phone (except in the case of emergencies) may be subject to a fine of at least $75. The safest option, however, is to avoid cellphone use entirely while driving. Drivers should put their phone in the truck, turn it off, or put it on silent while driving so that there is no temptation to use the phone while driving.

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    Distracted drivers who injure another motorist face penalties of up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year of jail time if convicted. Distracted drivers involved in a fatal car accident could be charged with a Class 4 felony, for which a conviction carries fines of up to $25,000 and up to three years of jail time.

    A distracted driver who injures or kills someone could also be liable for money damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing the victims of auto accidents and are committed to getting maximum money damages for our clients. Our Chicago car accident attorneys have vast legal knowledge regarding auto accident lawsuits, along with considerable experience representing clients in distracted driving lawsuits, which allows us to effectively advocate on behalf of our clients.

    If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by distracted drivingcontact one of our Chicago car accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you seek financial recovery through a personal injury lawsuit.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know about Personal Injury Claims

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    Personal injury and negligence are legal words that are often used in connection with various types of accidents. Although the words are thrown around easily, there are many misconceptions about personal injury claims. The following discusses 5 things that you need to know about personal injury claims:

    1. It is not enough to have been injured in order to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Rather, in order to have a valid personal injury claim, an injured party must be able to prove both liability and damages. To establish liability, the plaintiff must prove the following: (1) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; (2) the defendant breached his or her duty of care; (3) the plaintiff suffered injuries; and (4) the breach of the defendant’s duty of care was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
    2. Most personal injury claims settle out of court. The vast majority of claims resulting from personal injury accidents – whether an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, or a workplace accident – are not decided by a judge or jury after a trial. Rather, in most cases, a personal injury attorney will negotiate with the defense for a favorable settlement. If, however, the defense is uncooperative or will not agree to an appropriate settlement amount, a personal injury lawyer will fight to get you the maximum money damages in a court of law.
    3. You may be able to bring a personal injury claim even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Illinois follows a modified comparative negligence model, whereby a plaintiff can still obtain money damages from the defendant even if the plaintiff was partially at fault for the accident. The amount of the personal injury damages are reduced, however, by the extent to which the plaintiff was partially responsible for causing the accident.
    4. You can recover money damages for emotional injuries, in addition to physical injuries. Plaintiffs who successfully prove liability can recover money damages for the following: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and emotional distress. Because personal injury accidents are often traumatic events, an injured party may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, or other psychological injuries for which the defendant may be liable. Damages for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other emotional injuries can be more difficult to prove than physical injuries, however, so it is important to seek the assistance of a personal injury accident who can help you get the full amount of money to which you are entitled.
    5. You may be entitled to more money than the insurance company has offered. Insurance companies are businesses and, as such, they have an incentive to settle claims for as little money as possible as quickly as possible. Accordingly, an insurance settlement offer may not adequately compensate you for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer will deal with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to and fight to get you full and fair financial recovery, whether through settlement or in court.

    Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

    The Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC focuses on representing accident and injury victims. We are dedicated to helping clients navigate the personal injury claim process and obtain maximum money damages. If you have been injured in an accident, contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the personal injury claim process.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Road Construction Safety Hazards

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    It is often said that there are two seasons in Chicago: winter and the road construction season. With several road construction projects underway in and around Chicago, it is important to be aware of various road construction safety hazards such as:

    • Narrower lanes
    • Reduced number of lanes
    • Reduced visibility
    • Cones, barriers, and other obstructions
    • Presence of heavy machinery and construction equipment
    • Construction workers in close proximity to motor vehicle traffic

    Road Construction Safety Tips

    Road construction safety hazards make the risk of auto accidents, injuries, and deaths more likely. According to data provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 4,863 reported traffic collisions in Illinois construction zones in 2011, which injured 1,525 persons and killed 24 people. IDOT reports that, in 2012, 19 people died in road work zones.

    In order to reduce the risk of traffic accidents, motorists should be mindful of certain road construction safety recommendations, including the following:

    • Slow down when approaching the road construction work zone.
    • Follow posted speed limits even if there are no construction workers present or visible.In some situations, you may need to drive slower than the work zone speed limit if weather conditions and traffic patterns dictate.
    • Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
    • Avoid cellphone use and other forms of distracted driving.
    • Merge in a timely manner.
    • Avoid unnecessary lane changes.

    Contact an Illinois Auto Accident Lawyer

    If you were injured in a road construction accident, you may be entitled to money damages for the following:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages (past and future)
    • Disfigurement
    • Disability
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of normal life

    Moreover, if a loved one was killed in a road construction accident, compensation for the following could be recoverable:

    • Medical bills
    • Funeral expenses
    • Loss of the decedent’s future income and benefits
    • Loss of future inheritance
    • Loss of parental guidance (if the decedent has surviving minor children) or spousal companionship (if the decedent was married)
    • Pain and suffering of the survivors
    • Pain and suffering of the decedent if an injury preceded the death

    The Chicago accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to educating motorists on ways to keep Illinois roadways safer and to holding negligent drivers responsible for any injuries or damages that they cause as a result of their misconduct. We are committed to helping injured motorists, pedestrians, and construction workers obtain maximum money damages and other compensation for their injuries. We also represent the families of construction workers, motorists, and pedestrians who are killed in construction zone accidents.

    If you were injured in a construction zone auto accident, contactour office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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