Common Personal Injuries that May Warrant Legal Action

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A personal injury case refers to a legal dispute that occurs when one person suffers harm due to an accident or injury. In some cases, a personal injury case may be the result of negligence on the part of another individual or corporation. In order to gain compensation for their injuries, many individuals choose to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

    Automobile Accidents

    There are a number of personal injuries that may warrant legal action, including car accidents, trucking accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Individuals who are injured in an automobile accident may be eligible for compensation in the event that the accident was due to the negligent or dangerous actions of another or vehicle malfunctions. However, injured parties often require the assistance of an injury attorney in order to gather the evidence needed to prove that the injury was the result of a negligent action.

    Medical Malpractice

    Individuals who are the victims of medical malpractice can also take legal action to gain compensation for their injuries. Medical malpractice may include but is not limited to misdiagnosis, delayed emergency treatment, inaccurate administration of medications, and the failure to screen for allergic reactions. Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely complex and require thorough preparation and investigation—increasing the need for an experienced personal injury attorney.

    Slips and Falls

    Another common personal injury that may warrant legal action is a slip and fall injury. In order for individuals to have a valid case, they will need to demonstrate that the slip and fall injury was not the cause of their own actions. For example, an individual may have a claim if they slipped and fell in a grocery store due to the negligence of the owner to clean up a spill or place a “wet floor” sign. Individuals may also have a case if they fell due to insufficient lighting at an apartment, uneven cracks on a sidewalk, or broken steps in a stairwell.

    At Malman Law, our personal injury attorneys are focused on providing our clients with incredible customer service and legal representation.  Learn more about personal injury law by contacting our Chicago office at (312) 983-6193.

    Do You Want to Learn More About Personal Injury?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you have enjoyed some of our recent blogs, covering topics such as what information and documentation to give your lawyer at the outset of your personal injury case, some examples of products liability, why you should pursue compensation for drunk-driving related injuries, and why motorcyclists need to be wary of negligent car drivers, you may find these other resources helpful as well:

    • Learn more about the basics of products liability with this guide from FindLaw.
    • Because products change hands frequently before actually reaching you in a store, it can be difficult to decide exactly who is responsible for your injury. Found out more from with this article on the stream of commerce and how it pertains to product liability.
    • Check out this feed with the latest content on products liability news.
    • Putting a dollar amount on a claim can be difficult as there are many factors to keep in mind. Gain an understanding of the process with this article on valuating personal injury claims.
    • Take a look at why proving lost income can be such an arduous task with this entry from FreeAdvice.com.
    • We all have heard how risky riding a motorcycle can be, but these 2007 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will make the situation clear.
    • This article from Nolo provides some explanations as to why motorcyclists are more prone to injury than other forms of transportation.
    • Drunk driving is still one of the major causes of traffic fatalities even after decades of efforts to reduce its effect. See these statistics on drunk driving fatalities for more information.
    • Punitive damages are a form of compensation given as deterrence to future actions. Learn more about the definition and history of punitive damages with this entry.

    If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the topics we have recently covered, contact Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We can answer any inquiries you may have, no matter how big or small.

    Was The Car Accident Your Fault?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Have you ever been involved in an accident and wished you had proof that the other driver was the one at fault? The AutoGuard Blackbox application may be just the solution you need. This app runs on your phone while you drive, recording acceleration, speed, and even latitude and altitude. It can even record videos.

    While many commercial and emergency response vehicles are being equipped with recording hardware, there is a rising trend of personal vehicles being manufactured or equipped with similar “black box” hardware. The files recorded by these tools can be used to determine the circumstances present during an accident. Not only can these be used to help you settle your traffic case, but the data they record may even help create better traffic collision avoidance mechanisms in the future.

    If you would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys of Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Our staff of experienced injury attorneys can provide you with the answers to any questions regarding your traffic case.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Personal Injuries Resulting from Drunken Driving: Why You Should Pursue Compensation

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    Drunk driving has been in the spotlight of public health and safety concerns for decades, yet the issue remains at the forefront of traffic collisions, injuries, and fatalities. In 2008, 37% of all traffic related fatalities occurred where at least one driver was above the .08% blood-alcohol concentration that is the legal threshold to operate a vehicle. This is the lowest percentage since records have been kept in the US, yet even still means that over one third of all traffic fatalities are caused by people consuming several drinks and still choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    As Deterrence to Future Drivers

    Drunk driving is not an instance of mere negligence, as is the case with most traffic collisions; it is a fully reckless decision. While we as a society punish drunk driving through criminal sanctions, it is also up the victims to deter future drunk drivers in civil court. Punitive damages are a form of compensation designed to deter the liable party from repeating his or her behavior. By seeking compensation, we do our part in deterring future accidents.

    As Compensation for Injuries

    You should pursue compensation for the simple fact that you deserve to be made whole to the greatest extent possible. This entails recovering for your current and future medical bills for any physical and emotional injuries, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

    Don’t wait on your right to receive compensation. If you live in the Chicago area and have been injured by a drunk driver, or would simply like more information, call the personal injury attorneys at Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We believe in recovering the compensation due to our clients as quickly and efficiently as possible. Call or visit us online today to find out how we can help you on your path to recovery.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Motorcyclists: Know Your Rights if You've Been Injured by a Motorist's Negligence

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Multi-vehicle collisions involving a motorcycle and a passenger car most commonly occur when the passenger makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. In these cases, even though the car is violating the motorcyclist’s right of way and traffic control laws, motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured than the car driver or passengers during a motorcycle accident. As a motorcyclist, this fact alone makes it important to know your rights when it comes to personal injuries caused by other motorists on the road. However, there are many other statistics that warrant informing yourself of your rights before you take the road as a motorcyclist.

    Fault

    Approximately 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve colliding with another vehicle, most often a passenger car. Of these accidents, two-thirds of them involved a case in which the driver of car violated the motorcyclist’s right of way, causing the accident. Most of these drivers claim that they did not see the other motorcycle, or that they saw them too late to avoid the collision. The failure of drivers to detect, recognize, and avoid motorcycles in traffic is one of the most predominant causes of motorcycle accidents.

    Risk

    Motorcyclists have an extremely high risk of injury when they are involved in an accident with another vehicle—98% of motorcyclists suffered injuries as a result of colliding with another vehicle, and 45% of these injuries were more than a minor injury. Most accidents leave the motorcyclist with under two seconds to recognize and avoid potential impacts, and almost half of accidents between two or more vehicles cite that glare or other vehicles obstructed their view of the motorcyclist.

    The statistics show that most motorcycle drivers don’t have to worry about their own riding skills as much as of those of the other drivers around them. More often than not, these other drivers intrude on the motorcycle’s right of way, and are the cause of motorcycle accidents and the ensuring injuries to their riders. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Chicago area and would like to contact a professional to learn more about your rights, call the injury attorneys of Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We believe in fighting for the just compensation our clients deserve- quickly and efficiently.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

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