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IL injury lawyerAlthough the terms “assault” and “battery” typically go hand in hand, they are actually two separate crimes under Illinois law. Assault is when someone knowingly engages in conduct that places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Battery is when a person knowingly causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature. In other words, assault is the threat of harm, while battery involves actual physical contact. These offenses are different from other personal injuries that result from a negligent party since they are intentional. Therefore, in addition to the criminal case, a victim of assault and/or battery can pursue a civil case against his or her alleged perpetrator.

Damages for Assault and Battery

It is important to note that it is not necessary for a defendant to be convicted in a criminal trial for a victim to file a civil claim against him or her. As long as the plaintiff suffered damages because of the defendant’s wrongful actions, he or she can file a civil lawsuit. According to the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act, victims of violent crimes such as assault and battery can receive up to $27,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses. Proof of some of these costs can include receipts for doctor visits or copies of medical records.

Below are a few examples of the damages a victim can seek for pain and suffering after an assault and battery:

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IL injury lawyerMany people dine out every day in the United States. According to statistics, on average, Americans eat out between four and five times a week. In many cases, it can be out of convenience to save time while juggling work and child-rearing commitments. In addition, families often gather together at their favorite eatery to celebrate a birthday or a holiday. However, a nice evening out can sometimes turn into a nightmare. Restaurant accidents may cause a patron to suffer minor to severe injuries, depending on the circumstances. For example, if a person slips and falls, he or she can sustain serious damage to a body part. There are other mishaps that can cause injury to restaurant-goers, and they are often caused by the negligence of the property owner. That is why it is imperative that an injured party consults with an experienced personal attorney regarding a premises liability claim.

What Kind of Injuries Can Occur at Restaurants?

Accidents at food establishments are more common than one might think. Tripping, slipping, and falling can result in significant bodily damage since a person can land on a hard surface such as pavement or tumble down a flight of stairs. In many cases, this is due to ice on a sidewalk/entrance or oil that was not cleared from a floor, making it slippery.

In other instances, a patron can suffer burns to the skin if he or she comes into contact with boiling water or a hot plate. If the wait staff is not properly trained, they run the risk of spilling a piping hot cup of coffee on someone.

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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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