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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.

    Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

    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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  • Talc Cancer Lawsuits Continue to Mount

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    An Illinois woman is the latest to join the ever-growing string of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of talc-based body powder. Last month, a lawsuit filed by Lynne Cebulske in St. Clair County Circuit Court and removed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois sought class action status on behalf of all Illinois consumers of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. In the lawsuit, Cebulske accuses the pharmaceutical giant of concealing data that its products increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

    Lawsuits have been continuing to mount against the manufacturers of talcum body powers for the past few years as evidence comes to light indicating that the products are potentially cancerous. As we reported, last fall, a federal jury in Sioux Falls found Johnson & Johnson liable for a woman’s ovarian cancer that was attributed to her extended use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. Three doctors who testified in the plaintiff’s lawsuit indicated that talc was the cause of the plaintiff’s cancer. In fact, one of those doctors, Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University who has studied the link between talc and cancer for 30 years, testified that talc is probably a contributing factor in about 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.

    Evidence of the dangers of talcum powder began circulating about ten years ago when an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society found a 30% increase in ovarian cancer risk among talc users, but the link became even more apparent when a recent study found that regular use of talcum powder increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent. In the study, researchers looked at data collected from eight separate studies and concluded that the increased risk could be caused by talcum particles traveling into a woman’s body and creating inflammation, leading to an environment that allows cancer cells to thrive.

    Contact a Talc Lawsuit Lawyer

    Those women who do develop ovarian cancer as a result of using talc body powder may have a cause of action against the makers of talc-based body products. The Chicago talcum powder attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are now accepting cases for possible talc liability lawsuits. We are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe consumer products, including talc-based products and testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe consumer products. Moreover, we take cases on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay unless you win.

    If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc-based body powders products, contact the Chicago class action lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (800) 442-6546 to discuss a possible talcum powder lawsuit.

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  • Heat Injuries in the Workplace

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    Each year, thousands of workers suffer heat-related injuries. In some cases, heat illnesses and injuries can be serious and even deadly. During the summer months, many workers – especially those who work outdoors – are at an increased risk of heat-related injuries and illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rashes. Moreover, warm temperatures can increase the risk of other work accidents and injuries. For instance, sweaty palms, fogged-up glasses or safety goggles, and dizziness can result in a wide range of work accidents.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those workers who are most at risk for heat injuries include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments, such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, and factory workers. Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.

    OSHA offers the following suggestions to prevent heat related illness and fatalities:

    • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
    • Rest in the shade to cool down.
    • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
    • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
    • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
    • Go easy on your first days of work in the heat.

    Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Heat Injuries

    Workers who suffer heat injuries and illnesses may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois workers’ compensation laws, employees who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses are generally able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident, injury, or illness. Depending on the extent of the work-related heat injury or illness, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following worker’s compensation benefits:

    • Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
    • Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering.
    • Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount.
    • In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.

    The Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to promoting workplace safety, including the prevention of heat injuries and illnesses, and we focus on helping injured workers obtain the full and fair worker’s compensation benefits to which they are entitled.  Because we work on a contingency fee basis, we don’t collect any fees until you receive compensation.

    If you suffered a work-related heat injury or illness, contact one of our Chicago workplace accident lawyers at (800) 442-6546 to learn more about worker’s compensation benefits.

     

     

    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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  • Liability for Dog Attacks

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    For many people, dogs are a cherished pet and beloved member of the family. But while most dogs are gentle animals, some dogs are dangerous and can cause serious injuries or even death if they bite or attack. In fact, just last week, an 83-year-old woman and her dog were attacked by a pit bull in West Chicago. The woman was injured in the attack, but survived; unfortunately, her dog did not.

    The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with an estimated one in five dog bites requiring medical attention. Although any dog – even those that seem gentle – can attack if provoked, some of the breeds that most commonly attack include:

    • Pit Bulls
    • Rottweilers
    • German Shepherds
    • Huskies
    • Alaskan Malamutes
    • Doberman Pinschers
    • Chow Chows
    • Presa Canarios
    • Boxers
    • Dalmations

    Liability for Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

    If you, your child, or your pet were attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be able to recover money damages from the dog’s owner. Pursuant to the Illinois Animal Control Act, if an unprovoked dog or other animal attacks (or attempts to attack) and injures a person, the owner of the animal may be liable for damages and injuries caused by the attack.  The law provides rights to injured victims even if the animal does not actually bite the victim, but merely tries to attack the victim.

    Damages for Dog Attacks

    Once liability is established, the victim can recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Many times, dog attacks include psychological injuries – such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a newfound fear of dogs – in addition to physical injuries. Proving and calculating psychological injuries is often more difficult than physical injuries, however, so it is important to consult with a dog bite lawyer who will fight to get you full compensation for all injuries, including mental injuries and the long-term psychological impact of the attack.

    Contact an Illinois Dog Bite Lawyer

    The laws and legal theories involved with dog bites and other animal attacks are complex. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are familiar with all of the applicable legal theories that may be involved, including negligence issues and premises liability issues. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog attack, dog bite, or attempted dog bite, contact the skilled Chicago dog bite attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible 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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  • Liability for Boating Accidents

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    With the temperatures rising, so are the number of boats on Illinois lakes and rivers. While boating is a favorite summer pastime for many people, it is important that boaters remember to follow boating safety rules. Just like motorists, boaters are obligated to operate their vehicle with due care and the failure to do so can create in liability for any boating accidents, injuries, or deaths that occur as a result.

    While some boating accidents are caused by mechanical problems that lead to a product liability lawsuit, the majority of boating accidents are caused by negligent or reckless behavior, such as:

    • Speeding;
    • Alcohol use while operating the boat;
    • Careless operation of the boat;
    • Lack of attention to surroundings;
    • Lack of proper lookout; and
    • Inexperience

    If you were injured in a boating accident that was caused by negligence or recklessness, the negligent party could be held liable for money damages for injuries, deaths, and other damages that occur as a result.

    Boating accidents may also result in criminal charges, as well, depending on the cause of the accident. Last year, Illinois passed a new boating law that requires motor boat operators to submit to drug and alcohol testing if they are involved in an accident resulting in injury or death. Boaters who refuse to comply with the testing requirements, register a BAC over .08, or test positive for drugs will face suspension of their driver’s licenses and boating privileges. Operators of sailboats and other non-powered watercraft will also face suspension of boating privileges if they test positive for drugs or alcohol.

    Due to the complicated legal issues and detailed investigation that is necessary with a boating accident claim, it is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer who has experience handling these types of claims. The boating accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing clients who were injured in serious vehicle accidents, including auto accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. As a result, we have the legal knowledge necessary to pursue complex boating accident claims, and we have a vast network of investigators to assist with the boating accident investigation and help collect pertinent evidence as soon as possible. We will fight to get you maximum money damages from all possible sources, including boat operators, boat manufacturers, and any other liable party.

    If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a boating accident, contact Ankin Law Office at (800) 442-6546 to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit. Our Chicago boat accident attorneys are experienced in negotiating and litigating boating accident cases in order to get our clients full and fair financial recovery. We can evaluate the specifics of your accident and help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and 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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Our firm handles workers' compensation and personal injury claims in Chicago, Berwyn, Joliet, Cicero, Waukegan, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Aurora, Oak Park, Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook, Glendale Heights, Aurora, Niles, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Naperville, Plainfield and all of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry, LaSalle, Kankakee, McLean and Peoria Counties.