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IL injury lawyerHalloween is a wickedly magical time of year for children to enjoy - but it is also a dangerous time of year. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition that is enjoyed by children of all ages, but with an increase of pedestrians on the road and a decrease in daylight, it can make for deadly circumstances resulting in slip-and-fall accidents or car accidents. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep your children safe during this spooky season. Here are four tips to have a safe Halloween.

Choose a Safe Costume

Halloween is all about the costumes, whether your child is a sweet and sparkly fairy or a dark and mysterious witch. Help your children stay safe by choosing light-colored costumes when possible. Also, make sure the costume fits your child to help prevent any trips or falls from baggy fabric and make sure masks fit correctly so their vision is not obstructed.

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IL injury lawyerGetting into a car accident is a scary experience and can be traumatic for all those involved. When you are recovering from injuries you have sustained from a car accident, the last thing you want to be doing is fighting with an insurance company that does not want to pay for your damages. Many times, insurance companies will do everything in their power to make sure that you are paid the absolute minimum amount that they can get away with. In order to receive a decent insurance payout, you should follow these five tips to help:

  1. Be Prepared

Before you call your insurance company, be sure to have all of the necessary information and paperwork on hand to answer the questions your insurance company is sure to have. You will need information and documents pertaining to the accident, including:

  • Photos from the accident, including any damage to your vehicle;
  • A list of repairs needed to the car and how much they cost;
  • Medical expenses for injuries caused by the accident;
  • A copy of the police report from the accident; and
  • Any medical records from doctors’ visits relating to injuries from the accident.
  1. Stick to the Facts

Do not try to retell the accident minute for minute. Instead, try to give simple facts about the accident and do not offer up any information that is not asked for.

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Illinois injury lawyerIn the Chicago area, the battle between the end of winter and the start of spring in the months of March and April can wreak havoc on Illinois roads, sidewalks, and points of ingress and egress at local businesses. Rain turns to snow, snow turns to rain, and sometimes precipitation however between its solid and liquid states, coating surfaces with a dangerous layer of icy slush. The city is usually dogged in its efforts to plow snow to the sides of roads and dissolve ice with salt. The same is true of most local business owners, whom, like the city government, literally have a duty to safeguard persons visiting, entering, exiting, or crossing a business’s premises.

As such, if a retailer, bar, restaurant, or other business fails to protect customers (and even mere visitors or passersby) by diligently keeping ice at bay and posting warning signs about slick surfaces, and a slip-and-fall in which personal injuries are sustained results, the business may be held liable for the injuries and other losses.

Inadequate Surface Maintenance and Signage Is Indicative of Negligence

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Illinois injury lawyerBetween the hours of noon and 7 p.m., few places in a metropolitan area are more bustling than popular restaurants. Hosts conduct the endless jigsaw puzzle of expeditiously seating parties eager to dine and return to work in the time allotted by employers. Servers race around from table to table, taking orders, delivering food and beverages, and bussing tables to make room for the next in line. And the cooks in the kitchen line grills and prep stations with ingredients and tools. Most of the time, a popular restaurant is the definition of a “well-oiled machine,” with the relationship between patrons and staff being a harmonious one. This is precisely how a restaurant becomes popular and stays in business, turning patrons into “regulars.”

Sometimes, however, food service goes awry and a patron is injured by a spilled scalding hot beverage or tray of plates containing fresh-off-the-grill items. Besides the interruption of an otherwise clockwork-like day, restaurant-related injuries, such as burns, can be severe. When this happens – when you have suffered an injury in a restaurant – an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney will work to obtain compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Burn Injuries May Require Surgery and Physical Rehabilitation

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Illinois injury lawyerOrdinarily, when a consumer is zooming through a “big box” retain center or other bustling store in a major shopping center, he or she only sees what is straight ahead and to the left and right. This mundane truth is despite the fact that all around are shelving units and metal pallets stacking store items from the floor to the rafters. While employees are aware of these storage devices, customers typically only become aware of them when an accident is caused by a falling store item. With items often being heavy and stored at a significant height, accidents caused by falling store items can inflict severe injuries on the unsuspecting customers below. In such instances, it is only right to hold the retailer responsible for the injuries sustained. An experienced Park Ridge premises liability attorney is well aware of this principle of liability, and will advocate for your legal rights.

Retailers Owe Customers an Elevated Duty of Care

In life, we owe one another a duty of care. This duty includes, for example, driving safely. In the law, the sphere of this duty ranges from a broad “zone” to an even broader (and abstract) area of foreseeability. Importantly, retailers owe customers a duty of care, too. This duty of care is even greater – even more serious – than the duty owed by individuals to one another.

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Illinois injury lawyerWhile many individuals and families in the Chicago area have made the shift to online retailers for searching out Black Friday deals and savings, thousands upon thousands will still make in-person visits to local stores, shopping centers, malls, and other businesses. With so many people flocking to areas of commerce to acquire the most sought-after items at the lowest prices, commotion and congestion will inevitably produce accidents and injuries. Businesses, even amidst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, have a duty to protect customers – even mere potential customers – from injuries on their premises. When you have suffered an injury on unsafe or ill-maintained premises, an experienced Park Ridge premises liability attorney will work to obtain compensation for the harms that you have suffered.

The Duty Owed by Businesses to Customers Represents an Elevated Standard

One might think that businesses deserve a break observing rules and regulations on a hectic occasion such as Black Friday. Such a conclusion would be entirely incorrect, however. Businesses, at all times – including peak shopping days or hours – are duty-bound to their customers to provide safe premises. Under Illinois law, customers, whether making a purchase or merely looking around, are classified as “invitees.” The duty owed to invitees by businesses is elevated beyond even the duty we owe to one another as individuals to refrain from intentionally or negligently causing harms.

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Illinois injury attorneyA slip-and-fall accident in or around an Illinois business may from the outside appear as a simple sequence of events. From a legal perspective, however, the question of liability for a slip-in-fall in which injuries are sustained may involve layers of complexity, depending on the presence or absence of notice of caution, employers, employees, independent contractors, and number of accident victims.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident at an Illinois bar, restaurant, grocer, store, or other business, an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney will assert your legal rights and determine where liability lays for the harms that you have suffered.

The Complexities of a Multi-Party Slip-and-Fall

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Illinois premises liability lawyerThough the weather is changing, as it always does to pronounced effect in Chicago this time of year, some beer gardens and back patios remain open to patrons. Such outdoor areas are popular with individuals who enjoy bringing a canine friend to watch the game with under darkening autumn skies. For public safety, importantly, both pet owners and businesses that allow pets on the premises have a responsibility to protect patrons from harm. When that responsibility is abrogated, an experienced Park Ridge personal injury attorney is there for you.

Dog Bites Are Often the Result of the Negligence of a Person or Business

Most dogs are friendly, lovable creatures. But some, whether as a result of nature, a history of trauma, or fear aggression brought on by a stressful environment, may bite, lunge, or run. A dog bite, especially by a large and powerful breed, can cause serious injuries. In addition, a lunging or sprinting dog, when making contact, may cause a slip or fall that results in injuries. When either scenario, a dog bite or dog-related slip and fall occurs, it is only right the dog owner be held responsible for the harms caused by the animal.

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Illinois injury lawyerIllinois businesses owe state residents a duty of care in protecting them from on-site injuries or exposure to hazardous chemicals or waste. This duty is above and beyond what individuals owe to one another in daily life in ordinary civil society. This is because businesses are soliciting the business of its customers in an effort to exchange goods or services for financial compensation.

A customer, in the eyes of the law, is what is known as an “invitee.” Invitees, importantly, are owed elevating safekeeping under state law. To put this duty in practical terms, the example of a grocery store – a business common to all – is helpful. With all of the people milling about a grocer’s aisles, shopping carts being pushed around (sometimes wildly by children), and some senior citizens utilized motorized shopping vehicles, it is not uncommon for there to be a spill of solid or liquid food on the store’s tile floors. Owing a duty to its “invitee” customer, the grocery store, as a business, must promptly clean up this spills and, in the process, post warning signs to alert customers of the danger of slick floors.

Businesses Owe an Elevated Duty of Care to Invitees

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