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IL injury lawyerFiling and winning a personal injury case is no easy feat. There are many legal steps you must go through, paperwork that must be filled out, meetings with your attorney, doctor’s visits, court appearances; the list goes on. After all the time and effort you put into succeeding in a personal injury lawsuit, the last thing you would want to do is to ruin it by somehow decreasing your credibility or having your case thrown out completely, yet it is not uncommon for this to happen. Even just a simple slip of the tongue can affect the outcome of your personal injury case. If you are pursuing compensation for an injury, make sure you do not make these common mistakes.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders or Attending Appointments

Right after you are injured, you should get emergency medical attention if necessary, but you should at least visit a doctor to begin a record of medical treatment. Your doctor will give you a plan of action for your recovery and it is important that you follow his or her instructions. Your medical records will be used in your case and ignoring the doctor’s orders or skipping appointments can make it seem like you may not be as injured as you say you are.

Posting About Your Case on Social Media

In today’s day and age, social media is a big part of many people’s daily lives. It can only feel natural to share your experiences on your Facebook or Twitter feed, but this can actually be detrimental to your case. If you reveal the wrong details to the wrong people, your case can be greatly impacted. For example, if you claim that you have been unable to work during your recovery, yet you or someone else has posted photos of you spending time outside of the house, your credibility may be decreased.

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Il injury lawyerSummer is on its way, temperatures are heating up and many people are taking to swimming pools to cool down. While swimming pools are a fun way to beat the heat, they can be dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, there are more than 7,000 deaths from drowning that occur throughout the country each year. Most of these deaths occur to children who are under the age of 5. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death and injury to children who are under the age of 5. Almost all swimming pool accidents are preventable, so it is important to understand what you can do if you or your child has been injured or has died in a swimming pool accident.

Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents are almost always preventable, which is why it can be so devastating when an accident happens. Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:

  • Inadequate lifeguard supervision
  • Lack of or inadequate markings or barriers dividing the shallow section of the pool from the deep section
  • Missing safety equipment, such as life jackets or life rings
  • Lack of gating, fencing or pool covers

Proving Negligence

To have a successful swimming pool accident claim, you must prove that the property owner was negligent and knew about certain dangerous conditions that were present on his or her property. The Illinois Civil Jury Instructions state that negligence is “a failure to do something which a reasonably careful person would do.” For example, most people would understand that swimming pools pose a danger to children and would have a fence or pool cover on the pool when it was not in use. If a child were to drown in a pool that did not have these safety features, you may be able to claim that the property owner was negligent.

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IL injury lawyerAs the snow begins to fall, everyone scrambles to get their snow tires on their vehicles, change their windshield wiper blades and dig out their snow brush -- but those steps typically only pertain to the four-wheeled variety of vehicle owners. Those who own motorcycles have a set of concerns that are specific to their vehicle and riding it in cold, snowy weather. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are approximately 8,410,255 motorcycles registered for private ownership in the country and over 300,000 of those motorcycles are registered in Illinois alone. Riders who are inexperienced or unprepared for cold-weather driving can find themselves in serious motorcycle accidents if they are not careful. If you are planning to ride your motorcycle this winter, here are three things you should think about before heading out on the road:

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Just like any other vehicle, your motorcycle should be serviced and in great condition at the beginning and throughout the winter months. It is a good idea to look into getting snow tires for your motorcycle because snow tires can give you the best traction possible in snowy or rainy weather. Also, a large windshield or heated hand grips can work wonders for making driving in the cold weather more comfortable.

Wear the Proper Gear

Every motorcyclist knows that proper gear is a necessity when it comes to riding at any time of the year. In colder months, you should wear thick, warm clothing and multiple layers for maximum protection from the elements. Long sleeves and long pants are a must, as thick gloves and boots with a decent amount of tread. Protective wear is not only used to protect yourself in the event of an accident, but also to protect yourself from the cold.

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