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When Do You Need A Work Related Injury Attorney?

When Do You Need a Work Related Injury Attorney?

Getting injured at work can be devastating for you and your family.

The emotional costs of these injuries can be hard enough to deal with. When you consider the potential financial costs, it can be extremely overwhelming. 

In these cases, a work related injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve to help your family overcome this hardship. 

Filing for worker’s compensation can result in a lot of negative pushback from employers and other employees. They could be upset that you are attempting to rock the boat. 

Employers are not always looking out for your best interests. So, you need to have somebody on your side if your compensation request goes awry. 

Here are some ways you can determine whether or not you need a work related injury attorney.

The Nature of the Injury

What were the circumstances that lead to your injury? This is an essential question asked in all personal injury cases. 

If your injury happened at your workplace, you may think you have a substantial claim. But you must be able to prove that your injury was a direct result of your employer’s negligence. 

For example, let’s say you became injured after falling in your company’s warehouse. In this case, you have to be able to prove that your injury was because your employer did or didn’t do something. 

Many cases have been won or lost based on this question. If you are in a public place and you slip and injure yourself because of standing water, you have a valid claim for compensation. 

But if there was a “caution” sign next to that standing water, then whoever owns that public place is not technically liable for your injury. 

That’s why you will see many disclaimers post all around work environments that some would consider dangerous. This is a huge part of what makes some compensation cases so complicated. 

Cases where the injury happened at an offsite location can be even trickier. Even if you are at a specific location for the purposes of your job and you get injured, you may not have a substantial case. However, there are instances where these cases were successful. 

Either way, the “how” is the most important part of building your compensation case. This is because the answer to that question will define who is to blame for your hardship. 

The Severity of the Injury

How serious is your injury?

This qiestion directly correlates with whether or not you need to employ a work related injury attorney. If your injury only requires a brief hospital visit or a simple outpatient procedure, it may not be in your financial interest to hire an attorney. 

But if your injury is more serious, there will be more costs associated with it. Additionally, you’ll be entitled to much more money.

For example, if you are severely disabled in some way because of employer negligence, there will be a lot to endure. These things can include surgery, lengthy hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation. 

These injuries can change a person’s life. They will need compensation to ensure that their affairs are being taken care of when they can’t control them. 

A work related injury attorney is often hired in cases where an employee will have to miss work and will not be able to be paid a livable wage for the length of recovery.

In these cases, an employee may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can cover medical costs, lost wages, and emotional damages associated with the injury. 

But sometimes, employers will not want take your injuries seriously. They will pressure you into downplaying your injury so they don’t have to pay you as much. 

Whether or Not Your Employer is Cooperating

Severe, permanent injuries warrant a serious payout. 

This is a major reason to employ a work related injury attorney. The problem is that there are employers out there who will seek to give you as little money as possible for your injury — even if they were indirectly responsible for it. 

It’s shameful, but a lot of employers just want to save their money. This is true even if it means putting your financial and emotional situation in turmoil. 

Insurance companies are sometimes just as guilty. Often, a representative will attempt to question the circumstances and severity of your injury. They will try to pay out less money than you deserve. 

Their job is to question the validity of your claims. However, this undermines the plight of workers who actually need compensation to survive. These workers are regularly not taken seriously. 

In times like these, you need someone who will fight for you and speak up for you and your family. A lawyer can work as your spokesperson. 

An attorney can also negotiate a settlement for you. Settlement payouts can sometimes be in the millions. They can go a long way to ensure you and your family’s security. 

Sometimes, your injury at work is caused by a chronic hazard at your job, such as asbestos. In this case, a lawyer can contact other plaintiffs and help build a class action lawsuit against your company. This way, nobody else will be hurt by their negligence. 

Ready To Hire A Work Related Injury Attorney?

Remember, it’s crucial that you make the decision to contact an attorney before too much time has passed.

The longer you wait, the less that will be covered by your employer’s insurance. You will have to shoulder most of the cost out of pocket.  The time limit to file a worker’s compensation lawsuit varies per state. So, make sure you are aware of the restrictions. 

Hiring a work related injury attorney is the first step to justice. Your injury was not your fault. You shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of all of the expenses associated with your injury. 

Consider employing a work related injury attorney that has experiences dealing with cases like yours. 

Contact us for a free case evaluation and to get closer to receiving the emotional and financial support you need. 

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Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Have You Been Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash? Here’s What To Do.

Hurt In a CTA Bus Crash?

Here’s What To Do.

Reports show that you are not alone and that there are a lot of reasons for the crashes that CTA should be working harder to fix. But they do not.

According to records and interviews conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, there have been 5 people killed and over 1000 injured in CTA caused crashes.

That is only from a CTA bus crash, not all the other ways people can be hurt on the CTA. Like being hurt on a train, for example. And these are just the ones which have been reported.   These crashes have cost taxpayers over $16 million dollars over the same 2-year period.

You see, the CTA only has to report the crash to the Federal government if there is a death, a hospital trip, or property damage of more than $25,000.00. These figures do not even factor in how many minor injuries have occurred that were not required to be reported.

I’ll be honest: I am often a critic of the Sun-Times because their paper is often fluff. But in this case, their investigation is a good service to the people of the City of Chicago and anyone who rides the CTA.  

In the last 2 years, more than half of the injured people were passengers of the CTA. They were hurt by negligent driving by a CTA bus driver.

The remaining injured people were the bus drivers themselves (around 250); other drivers (about 200); and pedestrians (55) and bicyclists (20).   

That is a lot of people being injured in a lot of different ways. Of course, speaking with a lawyer who is in possession of the actual details of the case is the only way to really know whether you have a chance at recovery in any kind of injury case.

That includes when you got hurt on the CTA. I am going to explain a little about the injury claims process that the Chicago Transit Authority has.

You see, CTA bus drivers, train operators and even supervisors who are called to the scene of a crash or an injury will often give you a claims number. This is so that you can call the CTA and open an injury claim. I have been an injury lawyer for almost 20 years.  

Do you know how many times I have heard of an injured person actually being paid anything for their injuries or getting the medical bills paid by making an injury claim through the CTA? Never. Not once in almost 20 years.

I think that the CTA claims process is false. It is a farce. ​

It is designed to get injured people to give the CTA information about you, your injuries and your medical treatment. They do this NOT to evaluate your claim for purposes of settling.

Instead, they do it, I believe, SOLELY for the purpose of finding weaknesses in your case. They hand out witness cards to other people on the bus. However, they do it to find a way to contest your injury case.  

CTA lawyers will ask to take a recorded statement from you. But it is mainly to figure out a way to poke holes in your case and get you to say things that you do not even realize hurt your case.  

That’s why talking to a lawyer who knows what to do when you get hurt on the CTA is the key to improving your chances to win fair compensation for your injuries.

They have lawyers and you deserve the advice of a lawyer, too. Why should they get legal advice and you have to go in ‘blind,’ not knowing what they are really doing? Consult with a lawyer and level the playing field.

Every case is different and there are wrinkles to the facts of your case that make it somewhat unique. One simple fact and knowing how to mitigate it if it is a bad one can mean the difference between a good outcome or having your case thrown out of Court.  

We deserve to be warned of the dangers of riding the CTA and the preventable injuries that its negligence causes. If you want to learn more, you can read more about the article here.

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

I have talked to many people who get hurt on the CTA and sometimes, bus drivers do not want to make a report. Then, the CTA can later claim that the injury never happened. Make sure to report it and make sure CTA does a report of injury as well.

The third thing you have to do is see a doctor right away. You do not want to wait weeks or months and there are two reasons for that. First, there are no medical injuries that get better faster without medical care.

You may think your problem is a minor sprain, but it may be something more serious. Second, delays in medical treatment make Juries suspicious that you were not really hurt. When in doubt, go get checked out.   

But obviously, if you are okay and in no pain and no pain develops in the days or weeks ahead, do not go to the doctor for no reason. Another thing to think about is whether you know anyone who saw the CTA bus crash or whether you can get photos of the scene.

These days, almost everyone carries a cell phone that is capable of taking really good photos.   I know it is hard to think to do that, but it is important. Finally, DO NOT try to handle the case yourself. Years ago, the CTA would occasionally settle cases.  

That has more or less disappeared. They now only settle slam dunk cases and they are experts at interviewing unrepresented injured people and poking holes in their case.

Are There Differences In CTA Bus Crash Cases?

The answer to that question is “Yes”. Of course, the basics of a crash that happened on the roads of Chicago are the same whether we are talking about a car crash or an injury on the CTA.

But there are differences. The first is that there is a ONE YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. That means that you have one year from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit. This confuses some people because most injury cases involve a 2-year deadline.   

Since the CTA is a part of the City of Chicago, it benefits from the one-year deadline which most municipalities enjoy. Miss the date and your case is over.Another thing to keep in mind is that having a clear diagnosis from your doctor for an injury that is clearly related to the crash makes the case easier to settle.This will give us fewer problems if we have to take the CTA to trial to win your case.

Believe it or not, I have several clients where the Hospital or the follow-up doctor makes medical notes in the patient’s medical records and it described how the injury occurred incorrectly.

For example, I represented a lady who had a car accident and was taken to the Emergency Room by ambulance. However, the ER nurse wrote down that my client hurt her knee in a fall.   

Obviously, that was wrong, but Defendants in these cases will try to confuse the Jury and defend that case however they can. It isn’t always honest or fair. Their job is to save money and they have to give you nothing and defeat your claim to do that. And believe me, they will.

That’s why I believe that the most important thing any injured person could do is hire an experienced lawyer for CTA injury. One who is also courteous and easy to talk to. Sometimes, these cases go on for many years and it is a mistake to hire a mean lawyer who acts like you are bothering him when you have a question.

As much as it is unpleasant to think about calling a lawyer, not all lawyers are jerks. Many of us a very nice people and will spend some time with you on the telephone so you can explain what happened and what your concerns are.

If you have a lawyer who is a jerk, say goodbye and call another one. Find a lawyer who is courteous and knowledgeable about how to handle such cases. That’s why most good injury lawyers offer a free consultation in person or over the telephone.  

You can learn a lot from one of these free consultations. They cost you nothing, but what you might learn could win your case, or prevent you from losing it.

Like many injury lawyers, I offer a free consultation through my telephone line as well. You can call 24 hours a day and every day of the year, so answers are just a call away whenever you want to call.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  See More >

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7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

Injured man consulting an attorney about a lawsuit.

You’ve just been injured in a car accident. Left leg was broken. Index finger on your right hand crushed. Left thigh burned to the third degree.

You know you’re entitled to financial compensation due to the negligence of the other driver, but you’re not sure how to go about getting it.  

So where do you turn? The good news is that persoanl injury lawyers are available to help.

Let's take a look at 7 smart tips on how you can successfully naviagte your claim with the best personal injury attorneys Chicago has to offer.

1. File a Police Report ASAP

Remember, if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen, at least according to the courts. Unless you have what happened in writing, anyone can say anything during a personal injury case.

Be sure to include as much relevant information as possible, including the:

  • Full names of every person involved
  • Contact information for every person involved
  • Facts as you know them to be
  • Make and model of the other vehicle if in an auto accident
  • Location and time of the accident
  • Machinery, objects or anything else involved in the accident if not an auto accident

It’s a good idea to write down as much information as possible before filing the police report.

2. Collect Evidence

Every little piece of evidence you can gather for your case can have a significant impact and adds credibility. Your personal injury lawyer can help you with this.

When you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” you’ll want to read the testimonials. Once you’ve established that you’ve chosen a reputable lawyer, he or she can help you know what type of evidence is most important to your case.

Keep in mind that lawyers can get sued, too. So, you’ll want to make sure that the information you’re giving your attorney is accurate, complete, and provided to the best of your ability.

3. Speak Mindfully

During a personal injury court battle, less is more. Make it a point to only speak with your attorney in the privacy of his or her own office.

You’re entitled to your privacy, and the details are no one’s business but yours and whomever you choose to share them with.

Avoid speaking about your case to family, friends, and especially strangers. Though it may seem as if your words are safe when you’re chatting with the grocer, beware. Even the walls can have ears.

Remember that “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Keep your confidential information confidential.

4. Take Responsibility For Your Emotions and Reactions

After you’ve sustained a personal injury, all sorts of emotions may come up: anger, grief, fear, sadness, resentment, betrayal. And these are all valid and completely understandable.

But don’t forget these are your emotions, and you can choose how to respond to the situation when they arise.

Pursuing a personal injury claim is about receiving what you’re due in compensation for the physical, financial, psychological and employment consequences you endured. This is not about revenge. It’s only about justice.

So, even though it may be tempting to shout at or curse the person who harmed you, keep your emotions in check. Speak respectfully to all parties involved in your case, resting in the knowledge that justice will be served.

5. Stand Your Ground with Your Insurance Company

It’s natural for your insurance company to offer you the lower financial compensation that you deserve during your first attempt to contact them. They’re trying to save money and will agree to the lowest you will allow. This is normal operating procedures for insurance companies.

While you do want to be reasonable, you don’t want to sacrifice what you’re entitled to. Their inability or unwillingness to see the extent of your personal injuries does not have to determine how much you settle for.

Contact them a third or fourth time if needed. It’s normal for there to be several offers and counter-offers before reaching an agreement.

Comprise where you can to show them that you know what you’re worth and you’re willing to be open and reasonable. But also know when not to budge. This is where a personal injury attorney can help tremendously.

6. Social Media Can Be Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy

Many of us enjoy our daily romp down the Twitter page or our hourly browsing of Facebook pictures.

Social media is connecting, entertaining, and just plain fun.

But it’s important to remember that all this can change during a personal injury claims battle. Every status you post, every picture you take, every comment you give — all of it can potentially be used against you and hurt your personal injury claim.

From that picture of you throwing a ball to your 2-year-old cousin to that status about the great time you had a party the night before, you can greatly affect the outcome of your settlement.

These pictures and statuses can be used to demonstrate that you’re not really that hurt, or that you haven’t really suffered that much.

A good rule of thumb is to take a break from social media altogether during the personal injury claim process. It may just be worth the withdrawals you go through.

7. Hire a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

This may be a given, but it bears repeating. A good personal injury attorney can fight the battles that would only give you additional headaches and stress.

You’ll want to either fully research “personal injury attorneys Chicago” or get a very good recommendation from a trusted source.

The nice thing about having a lawyer is that they often fight these types of battles for you to get you the greatest financial compensation possible.

The next time you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” remember these seven tips.

The Best Personal Injury Attorneys Chicago Can Provide

You don’t want to cheat anyone. You just want to receive what you’re entitled to.

When you’re looking for personal injury attorneys, look no further than DeSalvo Law.

We’ll work with you to make sure you receive what you’re due, and we’ll be there for every step of the journey.

Contact us for more information and let us lead the way!

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  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  See More >

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

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Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall at Work?

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall at Work?

Taking the wrong turn and falling down happens sometimes. But what if it occurs at work?

This leaves you injured, unable to work, and out of money. What do you do if you experience a slip and fall at work?

Although worker’s compensation kicks in for many folks, what if it doesn’t? Or what if you believe the accident was the fault of your employer, and shouldn’t have occurred to begin with?

Here’s everything to know about when you can sue if you are the victim of an accident at work that involves slipping and falling.

Prove That Someone Else is Liable for the Accident

When dealing with a slip and fall at work, it’s important to understand that for you to sue your employer, you need to show they were liable for the accident.

Proving fault isn’t simple as an accident occurs. You must make the claim that the employer either ignored or didn’t take action quickly enough to correct a problem.

An ideal example of this is a huge puddle of water that was left standing. You come into work and don’t see the puddle, causing you to slip and fall.

If your employer wasn’t in the act of getting a mop or attempting to clean up the mess or even show there was a mess present (such as with signs) this presents a problem. Another example would be the workplace not training new employees in proper safety measures.

These are examples showing that there is a lack of concern and you are not the one at fault. Make sure you’re aware of what workplace conditions are present, so you have an accurate picture of what you’re dealing with.

Show That Conditions Existed Causing You to Slip and Fall at Work

When proving an accident at work, it’s important to understand the difference between the employer not doing their job and cleaning up, and being careless and not paying attention. When suing someone, the burden of proof remains on you to show that you weren’t at fault for what occurred.

If you don’t look where you’re going, ignore signs that are clearly up around a wet or damaged area noting it is dangerous, or simply didn’t see someone who was working on the area, this creates an issue. It’s important to show that none of these things were present when your accident happened.

When understanding slip and fall injuries at work, here are certain factors that contribute to them:

  • Ice
  • Lubricants on the floor or ground
  • Water
  • Wires, cables, or other cord-like items across the floor that lead to tripping

Keep in mind other factors such as if you:

  • Have a disability, and use a cane, crutches, or another type of walking aid
  • If you were carrying several items at once and weren’t able to see what caused your accident
  • There were signs up that you missed
  • You were in an area that transitioned from one surface to another (carpet to floor)

Being aware of your surroundings and what caused you to have a problem is crucial to your case. You’ll need to give your lawyer complete information when you file a slip and fall at work suit against your company.

Show The Accident Wasn’t Created by You

Certain accidents, especially those caused by you, cannot be used when suing for slip and fall. This is because you are the one responsible for what caused the accident.

Let’s you start mopping and get called away to do something else without putting up signs alerting others to a wet floor, and you come back and slip. The fault becomes yours since you were responsible for addressing what caused the slip to begin with.

Proving fault in a slip and fall lawsuit is difficult for some folks. This is true for those that played a role in creating the conditions that lead to the accident.

Some examples of problems that weren’t created by you are:

  • Long-time hazards that the company knew about but did not fix
  • No signage up that would make employees aware of the problem
  • The problem was created by someone other than the employee
  • The problem occurred before the employee arrived to work

You’ll also need to show that there was no reasonable understanding of the problem or condition. For example, someone who saw signs up about slippery surfaces would infer not to walk quickly in that area.

When pursuing a slip and fall at work, documentation is one of the most important things. This helps your attorney build a strong case, and show how the manager or owner left the area in a state of neglect.

Make a note of:

  • Where the accident occurred
  • How long it had been in this condition
  • What happened to you
  • Any diagnoses from a doctor you saw related to this accident
  • Any witnesses who will come forward with the accident

The more you can prove you weren’t at fault for what occurred, you’re likely to win a slip and fall case against the company and your employer.

Let Us Help You

Taking your employer to court over a slip and fall at work is intimidating. You don’t want to lose your job, but you aren’t comfortable or safe with a company that permits bad conditions.

Contact us, and see how we help build your case. Together, we help you work toward a solution that involves safety and gives offers financial help for the pain and suffering endured.

We will help you find a solution to your problems and ensure no one else’s safety gets put in jeopardy by the company. Get started and reach out to our offices today.

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Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

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  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
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Job Site Safety Tips from a Top Construction Accident Lawyer

Job Site Safety Tips from a Top Construction Accident Lawyer

On a construction site, there are many worst-case scenarios that can play out. It’s a scary thought for any site owner and construction firm to think about.

These instances can turn into multi-million-dollar lawsuits that can bankrupt your construction business. This alone is more than enough reason to hire a construction accident lawyer to draft your contracts.

There has to be clauses that indicate the risks of a project and the accountability of all parties involved. For instance, who’s responsible for paying the costs of injuries and property damage in the event of an accident?

This is also why your construction firm should have proper liability insurance and worker’s compensation coverage. But what’s even more important is having safety guidelines in place that your employees follow.

Tragically, thousands of workers are injured and hundreds are killed on construction sites in the U.S. each year. As Chicago personal injurylawyers, we’re aware of the crucial importance of workplace safety.

In the following guide, we’ll cover the top tips you can use to keep your construction site safe.

Give Safety Training to All of Your Workers

Before a new employee sets foot on any of your construction sites, they should receive safety training. The training should go over workplace safety standards and common hazards on different job sites.

Training should include proper lifting techniques to avoid back injuries. Then, there should be safety policies employees have to read before the start of a new site. Make sure no employees operate equipment they’re not trained or qualified to use.

In the event of an accident, your workers should know the procedure to use and the name and location of first aid responders to contact. Remember: safety training isn’t a one-time thing. It’s an ongoing effort to ensure all workers know and remember all of the policies and procedures.

The last thing you want to have to do is hire a construction accident lawyer for a pending lawsuit.

Have Crew Safety Meetings Frequently

The frequency of these safety meetings will depend on your particular construction firm. For instance, some companies need to have these meetings daily when there’s high-risk work being performed.

In this case, remind your workers to stay focused and address relevant issues. It’s more motivating when the details given are real-life and job-specific.

Make Workers Wear Protective Clothes and Gear

Your top priority as a construction business owner is to ensure the protection of your employees. The best way to do this is to have them consistently wear protective clothing and gear.

This includes high-visibility clothing, hard hats, steel-toed boots and shirts that protect against UV rays. Wearing a yellow hardhat is not a fashion statement, but it could save your life.

Without that hard hat and steel toe cap boots, you’re putting yourself at great risk on a construction site. Anyone not wearing the recommended protective wear shouldn’t be allowed on the construction site.

This way, you can avoid potential injuries, lawsuits and the need to hire a construction accident lawyer.

Maintain Clean Workspaces

While constructing a new building, it’s essential to have a cleanup crew. This will ensure walkways are free of debris, spills and tools, so no one slips and falls. It’s also a good idea to teach your employees good cleaning habits.

Have them maintain a clean space at all times.

Regularly Inspect Tools and Equipment

Malfunctioning equipment can present a grave hazard to employees and anyone else on or near the construction site. It’s best to inspect your tools and equipment on a regular basis. Accidents can occur, such as employees being pinned by heavy malfunctioning equipment.

Then, there are cases where workers end up losing fingers, toes and limbs because of faulty tools. In worst case scenarios, some companies end up with a wrongful death lawsuit they have to hire a construction accident lawyer for.

Prevent workers from using any gear containing broken parts or improper functions.

Implement Fall Protection Systems

One of the leading causes of fatalities on construction sites is due to falls. In order to protect your employees from fatal injuries, it’s best to install fall protection systems. For example, you can install guardrails, screens, canopy structures, toe boards and nets.

Also, scaffolding is useful for preventing falls. Just ensure it’s properly installed so that it holds the intended weight load. It’s important to inspect scaffolds regularly as well.

Make sure the scaffolds have been inspected by a competent person and never work on one that does not have a strong platform or base. Check any ladder thoroughly before using it and if any part of it is wobbly, don’t use it.

Run Risk Assessments Per Job Site

Each construction site is different and comes with its own separate hazards. The safety tips you provided to workers for the last construction site may not work for the new site.

Risk assessments will help you identify unusual hazards, so you can warn your employees beforehand. Then in your crew meeting, ensure your workers get all the important information, education and training to handle the job safely.

Management should have prepared a safety plan to deal with on-site emergencies. Workers should have some basic first aid knowledge to deal with injuries that occur.

Use All Equipment for its Intended Purpose

It’s not uncommon for construction workers to use equipment and tools in tasks they’re not prescribed for. Make sure all of your workers know how to operate all gear based on the instructions of the manufacturer.

Misusing tools and equipment will increase the chances of someone getting injured. Also, the equipment should meet the standards of OSHA.

Follow the Guidelines OSHA Sets

OSHA guidelines are very important for keeping construction sites safe. Make sure each of your workers are well-acquainted with the rules and procedures. Then if there are any dangerous working conditions, workers should know how to report it to OSHA.

Record and report all violations and incidents.

Hazardous Materials

Label and store any hazardous materials in proper containers and secure them in a safe location. Make sure there is an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for all potentially hazardous chemicals and materials.

Surroundings

Many construction site accidents happen when people are not aware of their surroundings. Stay alert and pay careful attention to any loose materials that might topple or fall on you.

Tools and Electricity

When using power tools, make sure that power cables are protected, the metal casing is grounded and the power supply has an earth leakage circuit breaker.

Heavy Equipment and Vehicles

Each year, about ten people die when hit by heavy vehicles at construction sites. Often the drivers cannot see you fully, so stay clear while they’re in motion.

Reduce Nighttime Work

There will be days when work has to extend into the night. However, you want to reduce this as much as possible. Having employees work too long will potentially lead to injuries due to workers cutting corners to get the job done faster.

Plus, you have to worry about employees becoming fatigued and injuring themselves or others. Lighting should be sufficient to ensure visibility isn’t an issue. Also, it’s better to limit nighttime work to a low-risk area.

Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer

When the push comes to shove and you end up facing a personal injury or worker’s compensation lawsuit, you need proper representation.

We fight on the side of construction businesses and construction workers. If you were recently injured and you’re denied workers compensation, we can help.

If you’re injured at a construction site despite your efforts to avoid it, we urge you to email or call us at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318).

At the Law Firm of Scott D. DeSalvo, we are Chicago personal injury lawyers and we want to help you get back on your feet, both physically and financially.

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The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

If you’ve just been in a wreck, figuring out the intricacies of filing an auto accident claim is likely the last thing on your mind — and for good reason.

That’s why taking a proactive approach and learning how the process works now can save you valuable time and energy should you need to do it in the future.

Today, we’re breaking down just what happens after you file that initial claim. Where does it go? Who handles it? How long until you can expect to hear back?

We’ll answer all of those questions and more. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

The Basics of an Accident Claim

As with almost any legal process, the exact steps that your claim will take will differ according to a few factors. These include:

  • The exact nature of the accident
  • How severe the accident was
  • The degree of property or bodily damage (or both) that occurred, if any

That said, there are a few actions that will occur regardless of your individual circumstance. Let’s look at those in closer detail:

Step 1: The Claims Adjustor

As soon as you file your accident claim, your insurance company will dedicate a claims adjustor to your case. He or she will be responsible for reviewing your auto policy to determine exactly how you’re covered — and how you should proceed.

Depending on your case, your claims adjustor might do the following to help create a clearer picture of what occurred during the accident:

  • Ask for a copy of the detailed police report
  • Communicate with other parties involved, including the driver and any witnesses
  • Go to the scene of the accident
  • Examine your car and photograph any physical damage
  • Review your medical record (with authorization) to discern sustained injuries

This step is critical for determining fault as it helps your insurance company understand precisely what happened and who should be held responsible.

Step 2: Finding Fault

Next, your adjuster will work to gather the evidence, listen to recounts, and pore over details to determine who was at fault.

You may be aware that not all automobile accidents are cut-and-dry. Sometimes, one driver is mainly at fault, but not completely.

What then?

While you’ll likely have a hard time proving total (100%%) or no (0%) fault, figuring out a percentage of blame is a helpful way for insurance companies to determine who pays what amount.

For instance, if you were found to be 70% at fault and the other driver was found to be at 30%, the settlement payments would be divided against those ratios as well.

Checking You Out

Increasingly, insurance adjusters are adopting a more digital mindset, turning to the Internet to help fill in any holes they might need while determining fault.

One place they’re likely to look? Your social media accounts. Now, you can find out more about a person in just a few clicks than you ever could in an over-the-phone interview.

Often, you can also trace that person’s steps according to what they post that day — a feature that helps adjusters grasp the timeline of the day of the accident.

For instance, you might claim you were in an automobile accident on Thursday, then upload a Facebook Live video showing your pristine car in the background on Friday.

Sounds fishy, right? Your adjuster will think so too.

Adjust the settings on your accounts so that only your added friends and family members can see your posts.

Also, it should go without saying, but try to avoid posting about the accident in the social sphere, as doing so could come back to hurt you in the end.

Step 3: Payment for Damages and Losses

After your claims adjustor reviews your case, he or she may determine that the other driver was at fault.

When this is the case, he or she will work with the other party’s insurance company to seek payment for any medical attention you might have received or any property damage done to your vehicle.

In insurance speak, this payment process is known as indemnification. Alternately, if your adjuster determines that the other party is at fault, it can sue that party for the amount of its payment in a process known as subrogation.

Vehicular Damage

If your vehicle is damaged during the accident, you’ll have a few ways to go about getting it fixed with your insurance money.

You can either go to a body shop that approved by your insurance company, or you can opt for a local one that you prefer. Regardless, it pays to do your homework and get plenty of estimates.

If you end up going with your preferred shop over the approved one, keep in mind that you could be required to pay the difference if their price is higher than what your insurance company budgeted.

Medical Care

To give your claims adjuster as much information as possible, it’s important that you allow him or her access to your medical records, including any other pertinent yet personal data such as your amount of lost wages.

Doing so will allow the adjuster get a more in-depth understanding of your case, as that information is often highly detailed.

Typically, all it takes to allow this permission is to sign a patient release waiver.

Not entirely comfortable with the idea of a veritable stranger rummaging through your medical history? Hire a personal injury lawyer to facilitate this process, so you can rest assured that the documents are sound and allowing access to them is the best next move.

Not Satisfied? Your Rights and Options

If the outcome of your accident claim wasn’t quite what you thought it would be, take heart that there are measures you can take to ensure another chance.

You could start by requesting your adjuster’s boss review the claim from a fresh point-of-view.

If that doesn’t work, you can choose legal mediation or head to small claims court. If you want to avoid a full-blown trial, you can seek arbitration instead. Follow the advice of your attorney to discern what the appropriate steps are.

Your Next Move: Hire an Experienced Attorney

Regardless of whether you’re totally satisfied with the outcome of your accident claim or wish it could be different, an experienced car accident lawyer is a key asset throughout this journey.

That’s where we come in.

Our injury lawyers are skilled in helping clients win big and we’d love to represent you. Contact us today to learn more!

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Bitten by a Dog? Lawyers in Chicago Can Help

Suffering After a Dog Attack? Here’s Why You Need to Hire a Dog Bite Attorney

og attacks aren’t easy. While we may love dogs, some of them are absolutely massive and can cause serious harm to victims of their bites. Every year, between 20 and 30 Americans die from a dog bite.

Along with coping with your consequences, victims of dog attacks play a role in keeping dangerous dogs more restricted. Depending on the dog’s history, this can result in various responses. For a first-attack, a vicious dog is usually required to wear a muzzle.

Why Dogs Bite

With so many dog bites occurring each year in the United States, one has to wonder why. There are a number of reasons dogs attack people. Typically, it’s a reaction to stressful or threatening situations.

Reaching out to pet a dog may not seem threatening to you. But if the dog is anxious or ill, it can unexpectedly lash out in defense. Dogs also commonly bite during play, but may not realize how painful the bite is for the recipient.

This can catch people off-guard, especially with larger dogs that don’t know their own bite strength.

Potential Harm From a Dog Bite

First off, there is a lot to discuss regarding the potential harm caused by a dog bite. Obviously, a larger dog causes more harm. It doesn’t take a lawyer to understand that an angry dachshund will not hurt you as much as a vicious Rottweiler.

However, even in the case of large dogs, people often do not understand the potential harm that could result from a dog bite. On the other hand, lawyers in Chicago know that dog bites are extremely serious.  For people of all ages, being attacked by a dog can cause serious trauma. A lifelong fear of dogs is not an uncommon result of an attack. In the case of a more serious and unexpected attack, deeper trauma can occur.


In some cases, a person can even fear leaving the house as the result of an attack. There are also physical risks. Along with the dozens of deaths that result from dog attacks every year, a person attacked by a dog can experience lifelong scarring and disability.

This is particularly true if a person is attacked by a dog like a pitbull, which can bite with over 230 pounds of pressure. This pressure can easily break the limbs of an attack victim.

What to Do If Approached by an Angry Dog

There are ways to minimize risk. While you cannot help the way others raise their dogs, there are actions you can take to keep yourself safe.

Do Not Approach Strange Dogs

This is the first and most effective piece of advice. If you see a dog, especially a large one, do not approach it to pet it. Unless you are expressly invited to by the dog’s owner, you have no idea how a dog will react.

Respect a dog’s right to personal space and do not get into an unnecessary altercation.

Do Not Run

If a dog approaches you, it is important to ignore your instinct and try not to run. If you run away from a dog, you will find that dog becoming more aggressive.

This is because dogs initially evolved as a hunter and have a strong prey drive instinct for those who decide to get into a chase. Instead of running from an angry dog, stay perfectly still and lay down in a fetal position.

Communicating submission to a dog is one of the best ways to stop an attack.

Do Not Make Eye Contact

When lawyers in Chicago see clients attacked by a dog they did not approach, the cause is often eye contact. Making eye contact with a dog can seem harmless to somebody who does not know much about these animals.

But if you are an expert on dogs, you will recognize that many dogs see this as a challenge. Avoid making eye contact with dogs, particularly dogs that are walking off-leash.

If Bitten, Do Not Pull Away

Finally, if you have been bitten by a dog, there are ways to minimize the harm. One of the most effective is resisting the temptation to pull the clenched limb away from the animal.

When you pull your hand away, the dog will see this as an invitation to partake in a tug-of-war with the clenched individual. This will end poorly for you. This makes it absolutely essential that dog bite victims resist the temptation to pull away from a dog.

What to Do If You’ve Been Bitten By a Dog

If you have been bitten by a dog, the first response is probably to remove yourself (or the dog) from the situation. Even if the dog didn’t mean to bite aggressively, the ensuing commotion may cause the dog to panic further. This can result in greater injury.

After that, there are a few steps to take to clean the dog bite and prevent infection.

1. Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. If possible, find a clean cloth or towel to prevent contamination.

2. Go to the nearest kitchen or bathroom to clean the bite with soap and water.

3. If the wound is very large or deep, head to a local clinic or doctor’s office, as you may need stitches or other assistance.

3. Apply a clean bandage and a disinfecting ointment to the wound each day.

4. Over the next few days, continue to change the bandages and check for any redness, swelling, or discharge that could indicate infection.

If you notice any of these symptoms, go to your doctor for antibiotics and treatment.

Dog Bite Laws in Illinois

Before you hire lawyers in Chicago for your dog bite, you should know about the laws around dog bites in the state. This can help you make sure that you have legal options for your situation.

The first thing to know is the statute of limitations. In the state of Illinois, there is a two-year statute for dog bites. If you were bitten over two years ago, lawyers in Chicago will probably be unable to help you.

Another thing to consider is whether you provoked the dog. If you provoked a dog to attack you, you do not have the right to legal recourse within the state of Illinois. This is an important consideration when weighing your legal options in the case of an attack.

Finally, you need to consider where you were. If you were bitten by a dog while trespassing, you obviously do not have the right to pursue legal action.


In trying to determine your right to damages from an attack by a dog, there are provisions in the Illinois Animal Control Act to keep in mind.

The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/) states: “If a dog or animal attacks, attempts to attack any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dogs or other animals is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.”

The Illinois Animal Control Act permits a person to recover money if they have been bitten by a dog. Under the law, you can recover damages from the dog’s owner under the following circumstances:

  • The person actually owns the animal.
  • You did not provoke the dog.
  • You were acting peaceably.
  • You were standing in a place where you were legally entitled to be.

If you can prove these four things, you are entitled to recover from the dog’s owner for medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages and disfigurement suffered in the attack.

Further, even if this is the first time a dog has attacked or bitten anyone, you might still collect from the owner’s insurance company. Most homeowner policies cover this type of incident under general liability policies.

However, in order to collect, you need Chicago personal injury lawyers to represent you as insurance companies often try to place the blame for the attack on the victim.

As Chicago personal injury lawyers, the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo LLC has spent years helping victims of dog bites collect the damages they deserve. If you’ve suffered a severe dog bite, we urge you to contact us to arrange your free consultation.

When to Seek Legal Advice

If you’ve already been bitten and the injury was severe enough to require medical attention, or if there have been any complications afterward, it’s best to follow up with a dog bite attorney. There can be a number of costly complications following a dog attack.

In addition to obvious medical bills from stitches, antibiotics and follow-up care, you may also need mental health care. Traumatic events such as dog attacks can leave lasting effects. You may even develop PTSD or other issues that can negatively impact your daily life.

Avoiding dogs altogether might seem like a solution, but it’s very difficult to predict when someone will be walking their dog on the sidewalk alongside you. To cope with this, you may need emotional support and therapy for years to return to a state of normalcy.

If this is the case, it makes sense to hire a dog bite attorney who can review the case and work to get monetary coverage and reimbursement for these related costs. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, here are some ways that lawyers in Chicago can help.

Benefits of Working with a Dog Bite Attorney

An experienced dog bite attorney can listen to the facts and determine liability. In addition, even if you think it’s clear who owes you reimbursement, it can be difficult to collect outside of the legal system.

Having an attorney will help recoup your funds and make sure you receive the resources necessary to heal.

Hiring the Right Attorney for the Job

Even after you’ve made the decision to hire a professional, there are still a few considerations to keep in mind. Not every lawyer will be willing to take on every case. Many law firms have specializations or focus areas.

The lawyer who helped close your real estate transaction may not have the experience or desire to work on a personal injury case. The personal injury lawyer who represented you after a car accident may not work with animal attack victims.

It’s important to look for a dog bite attorney who has specifically helped clients in similar situations in the past. Feel free to ask about previous cases they’ve worked on and settlements they’ve received on behalf of other dog bite victims.

Each case is different, but it’s good to know that you’re working with someone who knows local laws regarding animal attacks and has had success representing clients in the past.

Getting Ready for Your Attorney Consultation

After you’ve been bitten, make a note of when and where the attack happened. Write down as many details as possible to help your lawyer determine who is at fault. Keep a record of all bills related to your injury as well.

Document each doctor’s visit, medication prescribed and any follow-up care. Even if the bite seems minor now, there is the chance it will become infected later or lead to other complications.

It’s best to record all the details as they happen rather than trying to remember them later on when there is a larger problem.

Remember: mental health is just as important as physical health. If you’ve suffered any emotional trauma as a result of the attack, let your attorney know about this as well. They may be able to help you find treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about what to expect at your consultation, feel free to contact us for more information. We’d be happy to answer any questions and help you recover from your attack.

Hire Lawyers in Chicago

We’re the best lawyers in Chicago when it comes to helping victims of a dog bite. We specialize in helping the victims of animal attacks get the legal recourse they are owed. That includes giving you financial restitution while holding the owners of vicious animals accountable.

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Coup Contrecoup Injury: What to Expect and How to Get Legal Help

Coup Contrecoup Injury: What to Expect and How to Get Legal Help

Statistics about traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States, including coup countercoup injuries, prove sobering. Annually, there are about 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with TBIs, and 50,000 of those die as a result of their injuries. Of the 230,000 people that get hospitalized and survive, between 80,000 and 90,000 of them struggle for the rest of their lives with TBI-related impairments.

When you look at cumulative figures, TBI casualty rates point to an even more shocking trend. Around 5.3 million Americans live with permanent disabilities and symptoms associated with TBIs. Many of these come from a coup contrecoup injury. Read on to learn more about head injuries associated with car and motorcycle accidents and what legal means you have as a victim of such an injury.

Types of TBIs

The majority of TBIs result from an outside force colliding with your head. These TBIs get diagnosed into three categories based on the type of damage inflicted, where, and how. These three types of TBIs are:

  • Coup injury
  • Contrecoup injury
  • Coup contrecoup injury

The term coup (pronounced coo) hearkens back to 18th-century French and means “a stroke or blow.” The word contre (pronounced contra) also comes from French and means “against.” You may sometimes see countrecoup spelled “contra coup” but this spelling is incorrect. So, contrecoup literally means “against blow” and coup contrecoup means “blow against blow.”

As we learn more about how car and motorcycles accidents contribute to these types of injuries, you’ll gain an instant appreciation for the literal meanings of these terms. It will help you to identify their differences, too.

Whether a coup, countrecoup, or coup contrecoup trauma, all three conditions are categorized as non-penetrating injuries. They have many different causes, including:

  • sports-related injuries
  • trauma from falls
  • blunt force trauma
  • motorcycle and car accident-related injuries

For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on TBIs related to car and motorcycle accidents.

Take These TBI Symptoms Seriously

Before we delve into what each of these brain traumas looks like, remember that you need to take any type of traumatic brain seriously. They can prove difficult to diagnose and treat because of the hundreds of different symptoms that may manifest with each type of injury. Time is of the essence with TBIs, so get to the ER as soon as possible if you or someone you love has recently taken a blow to the head.

Attempting to shake off a concussion or grin through the pain could lead to permanent brain damage. What’s more, if left untreated, you could die. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you need to seek medical assistance right away:

  • Blurred vision
  • Affected speech
  • Confusion
  • Feeling dazed
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sluggishness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Behavioral changes
  • Personality changes
  • Other abnormal feelings

Like strokes, every minute counts. TBIs can lead to problems with cerebrospinal fluid flow. They can result in life-threatening brain bleeding (hematomas) or brain swelling. Fragmented bone from skull fractures could also get embedded in brain tissue causing further damage. Don’t take any chances when it comes to head injuries.

Diagnosing TBIs

Before we delve into coup contrecoup injuries caused by vehicle accidents, let’s explore how TBIs get diagnosed. Then, we’ll compare each condition to the other. Going into this discussion, you should know that any brain trauma can prove serious. They all require timely treatment, whether a coup, contrecoup, or coup contrecoup.

Coup

First, coup injuries refer to damage at the point where the force trauma occurs. These prove among the easiest to pinpoint because the area of impact likely contains telltale cuts, contusions, bruises, or other identifying marks with the bruised brain just below. Coup injuries range in severity from mild to severe. They can lead to bruising, swelling, and even hemorrhaging when left untreated.

Contrecoup

Second, contrecoup injuries happen on the opposite side of the brain from the point of impact. When it comes to coup vs contrecoup trauma, contrecoup conditions don’t come with visual markers such as abrasions or cuts. As a result, they often get ignored by patients and overlooked misdiagnosed by healthcare providers.

Contrecoup injuries often occur in a motorcycle crash or a vehicle rollover where the head undergoes the effects of significant force. The reason the trauma appears on the opposite side of the area of impact is that the force and speed causes the brain to strike the skull opposite the blow.

Contrecoup injuries often involve cerebral contusions or brain bruising. Left untreated, contrecoup injuries can cause severe long-term problems for victims as well as microvascular disruption, subdural hematoma, or brain hemorrhage. You may be more familiar with contrecoup injury in the context of “shaken baby syndrome.”

Coup Contrecoup

Finally, coup contrecoup injuries, as the name suggests, represent a combination of coup and countrecoup injuries. Coup contrecoup injuries affect both hemispheres of the brain, proving the most severe to treat. As you can imagine, the double impact sites in the brain can lead to a cataclysmic chain of complications and impairment.

Although the coup portion gets treated, many doctors neglect to diagnose the contrecoup element. Coup contrecoup injuries, when left untreated, can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Timely treatment remains crucial to avoid complications such as hematomas and swelling of the brain.

How a Car or Motorcycle Crash Damages Your Brain

Brain tissue is soft and delicate. It’s not made to withstand blows and blunt force. The skull’s hard bone shielding envelopes and shields it from damage. And spinal fluid surrounds it providing extra cushioning. In this sense, then, the brain remains somewhat free floating.

During a motorcycle or car accident, the brain jostles around in the head, often at a very high rate of speed with significant force. As we previously discussed, when enough force occurs, the brain slams into the front of the skull. And if the force is powerful enough, it may even cause the brain to then bounce backward smashing into the opposite side of the skull.

These impacts can cause bruising, swelling, damage to blood cells, and damage to nerve cells. We call this a concussion. The term “concussion” doesn’t conjure up the horrific injuries that may impair a victim.

What’s more, people tend to minimize concussions because, oftentimes, few if any visible signs of the damage beneath the skull exist. Victims of TBI may also feel too embarrassed or too confused to report their mental impairments. No one likes to admit to experiencing problems with word recall, memory, uncharacteristic thoughts, depression, and more.

These confessions could lead to problems in the workplace or at home. Some sufferers of TBI do so in silence denying themselves much needed medical attention. Unfortunately, they’re only making matters worse.

The Most Common Areas of Damage

When it comes to the most common areas of the brain damaged by coup contrecoup injuries, physicians often see trauma in the frontal lobe behind the forehead and in the temporal lobe beneath the temples.

These areas of the brain control language comprehension, speaking, and decision making. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients may also experience problems with:

  • Sensory changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Swallowing
  • Memory
  • Concentration

These remain a short list of the hundreds of symptoms that could afflict those with coup contrecoup injuries. Time and prevention remain crucial to the treatment of TBIs, no matter the type.

Once the brain sustains injuries, they often prove irreversible. It’s crucial that doctors and surgeons act fast to prevent further complications. In mild cases, extra rest may help.

Doctors may also prescribe medication to alleviate some of the symptoms. In severe cases, where brain swelling or bleeding occur, emergency brain surgery may be required to stem the onslaught of these life-threatening complications.

What Does a Coup Contrecoup Injury Cost?

Whether a coup, contrecoup, or coup contrecoup injury, the impact can be devastating. TBIs lead to heartbreaking physical and mental impairments. But they take a financial and emotional toll, too. People suffering from TBIs have faced everything from lost wages to lost jobs to divorces as a result of their inability to recover from an accident.

According to the New York Times, “A single concussion… may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning… and multiple head injuries increase the risks of later problems.”

TBI sufferers may face a lifetime of struggle attempting to rehabilitate, relearn, and move on with their lives. And the most severe may remain dependent on others for the rest of their lives. When these injuries result from negligence or malice on the part of another, the trauma can prove more difficult for victims to overcome.

There Is Hope

If you or someone you love is suffering from a coup contrecoup injury or another type of TBI, you may feel overwhelmed or even hopeless. You may not know what recourse you have from a legal standpoint. You may feel like you’ve run out of options, and no one is on your side.

But we can help. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case. We have worked with many other clients suffering from the ill effects of TBI, and we’re here to provide you with the support and legal representation that you need during this difficult time.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Attorney After an Accident

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Attorney After an Accident

Every year, there are about 90,000 people injured in accidents involving motorcycles all across the United States.

In some cases, the motorcycle driver is the one to blame for the crash. But in many others, the motorcycle driver is an innocent victim who is forced to deal with injuries and medical bills stemming from a crash they didn't cause.

If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, it's a good idea to consider hiring a motorcycle attorney to handle your case. Whether you sustained injuries in the accident or not, you might be entitled to a settlement payment that could take care of any damage done to you, your bike, and other vehicles that were involved in the crash.

Here are 10 reasons why you should hire a motorcycle attorney if you're ever involved in a motorcycle accident.

1. A Motorcycle Attorney Can Determine If You Deserve Compensation

There are times when you, unfortunately, will not be eligible to claim compensation in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. If you were the one who 100 percent caused the crash, for example, compensation might not be in the cards for you.

But even if you were ultimately to blame for the crash, you could still be entitled to collect a small settlement that you can use towards repairing your motorcycle and taking care of any injuries you sustained.

If you attempt to figure out how much compensation you're owed on your own or, worse, if you attempt to negotiate a settlement with your insurance company without a motorcycle attorney, you could end up accepting way less than you deserve.

A good attorney can let you know if you qualify for compensation and help you get the most money possible from an insurance company.

2. They Can Explain the Process of Filing a Legal Claim

If a motorcycle attorney determines that you are, in fact, eligible to some kind of compensation following a motorcycle crash, they'll explain how you need to go about filing a legal claim.

In some instances, it's as simple as negotiating a fair settlement with an insurance company. In others, it could require you to go to court to get a settlement you're happy with.

Regardless, an attorney can break down the process you'll need to go through to collect compensation. This will prove to be very important once the process actually begins.

3. They Can Answer Any Questions You Have at Any Time

The average person doesn't know the first thing about filing a legal claim and attempting to collect compensation after a motorcycle crash.

Therefore, people usually have tons of questions that they want to ask about how it all works. When you bring a reputable motorcycle attorney on board and ask for their help, they'll be able to answer all those questions quickly.

It'll be nice to have an attorney in your corner you can trust. It'll put your mind at ease whenever you're confused about something that's happening.

4. They Can Find Out the Facts About Your Specific Case

After you've agreed to work with a motorcycle attorney, they'll take the time to gather all the facts surrounding your specific case.

They'll pull police reports and read through them to see what took place during your accident. They'll contact insurance companies to get a read on what they're thinking with regards to your crash. They'll even evaluate your medical situation and see what kind of bills you could be facing down the line due to the injuries you sustained.

Good attorneys know how to gather facts and use them to their benefit. Your lawyer will be able to make a strong case for you once all the facts are in place.

5. They Can Negotiate With Your Insurance Company

Before they take any official legal action on your behalf, your motorcycle attorney will reach out to your insurance company to see if they can negotiate a settlement related to your case.

At this point, if you're entitled to compensation, your insurance company has probably already reached out to you to try and work out a settlement deal. The insurance company's adjuster has likely tried to give you a lowball offer to keep you happy.

Assuming you haven't accepted that offer, your attorney can push for your insurance company to give you more money. They can use the facts they've gathered to show your insurance company why you deserve more money than they're offering.

Negotiating with an insurance company can be very challenging, even for the best attorneys. It's best for you to leave it to the professionals rather than trying to do it on your own.

6. They Can File a Lawsuit on Your Behalf, If Necessary

More often than not, a motorcycle attorney can negotiate with your insurance company and come to terms on a settlement. It'll help you avoid having to take your case to court.

But in the event that your attorney can't strike a deal, they'll be able to handle filing a personal injury lawsuit for you. They'll also be able to explain why filing a lawsuit is in your best interest based on the facts surrounding your case.

Filing a lawsuit and going to court could obviously complicate your life and cost you money in the process. But if it ends up getting you a significantly larger settlement in the end, it'll be worth it.

7. They Can Represent You in Court

Outside of helping you to file a lawsuit following your motorcycle accident, a motorcycle attorney can also stand by your side and represent you in court. They'll present a case for you, argue the facts about the case, and try to show a judge or jury that you deserve more than what your insurance company initially offered you.

You should never attempt to represent yourself in court if you don't have any experience doing it. The opposition will likely wipe the floor with you and make it difficult for you to collect money you might actually deserve.

By bringing an attorney in, you'll significantly increase your chances of winning your case. You'll also rest easier at night knowing that you don't have to figure out a way to launch a legal attack without any law experience.

8. They Can Paint You in a Favorable Light to a Jury

One of the biggest challenges you'll face in court is the misperception that many people have when it comes to motorcycle riders.

Most people are under the assumption that any accident involving a motorcycle rider is the motorcycle rider's fault. People wrongfully assume that motorcycle riders are all irresponsible and drive recklessly when they're out on the road.

You obviously know that this isn't true. But it's easy for lawyers to convince judges and juries otherwise. It's not uncommon for the perception of motorcycle riders to hurt them in court.

A good attorney can shoot down any misconceptions about motorcycle riders in court and show a jury that you're a responsible rider. They'll use things like your experience level and your expertise to show that you shouldn't be blamed for the crash that occurred.

9. They Can Get You the Money You Need to Fully Recover

At the end of the day, your goal is to collect enough money to pay for the damages done to your motorcycle and to pay the medical bills that you've racked up trying to heal from the injuries sustained during your crash.

Your motorcycle attorney will function with that goal in mind at all times. They'll make it their mission to find a way to get you the money you need to move forward with your life. That's what you're hiring them to do, and that will be their only goal while working with you.

10. They Can Allow You To Focus on the Recovery Process

You've been through a lot since your motorcycle accident.

A lot of the wounds you sustained have probably healed. But you might still have a long way to go until you're back to 100 percent as far as health is concerned.

Rather than spending all your time worrying about collecting compensation, you can worry about getting better when you hire a motorcycle attorney. Your attorney will take care of your legal problems while you concentrate on everything else you have going on in your life.

Taking this approach will be much better for you in the long run. It'll prevent you from having to deal with health issues well into the future.

Hire a Reputable Motorcycle Attorney Today

Trying to recover from a motorcycle accident can be a painful process. Don't make it any more painful than it has to be by refusing to hire a motorcycle attorney.

As long as you hire the right attorney, they'll be able to get you compensation for your accident so that you can get back on your feet in no time. It won't be long before you're on your bike again doing what you like to do best.

Contact us today to get a free consultation on your case. You can also check out our blog for more information on personal injury cases.

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Who’s Responsible? The 8 Steps To Take After A Workzone Injury

Who’s Responsible? The 8 Steps To Take After A Workzone Injury

As work zone crashes climb near the 100,000 mark, it’s vital to take work zones and their related injuries seriously. If you’re on the road in a workzone, driver negligence, limited visibility, and unpredictable traffic patterns create the perfect storm for injury and even death. If you were injured while at work, the next steps that you take are vital to your well being and your ability to be appropriately compensated.

Here are the eight most important steps to take following a workzone accident.

1. Don’t Let Anyone Leave

If you’re reading this before you’ve been injured in a work zone, the most important first step to take is to keep anyone from leaving. You never know who could provide vital information to authorities from what they’ve witnessed.

The people involved in the accident need to be given space away from the work zone. All work must cease and everyone’s attention must focus on the people who have been injured.

The person who was driving the vehicle involved in the injury must be pulled aside. If they’re distressed, they’re going to risk causing another accident by driving while stressed out. If they’re drunk or on medication, they must be kept off the road until it’s safe for them to operate a motor vehicle.

If witnesses have pulled aside, ask them to hang around while you wait for the authorities to arrive. Police and investigators will ask for their information to ensure that there is testimony to back up anything that’s occurred.

While everyone is feeling the high intensity of the moment, you need someone to take on the role of keeping everyone calm. Even if you’re the one that’s been injured, your calmness will trickle down to everyone else.

2. Call 911

Someone needs to call authorities and first responders ASAP. In most accidents and injury situations, time is of the essence. If you’re not on top of things, you could risk further injury.

Don’t move anyone’s body until medical staff arrives. If someone is stuck inside of a vehicle, you need medical staff to supervise any movement.

Police arriving on the scene have the tools and training to look at an accident and assess fault. They’ll find out if the driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. By taking a look at the conditions of the work zone, they’ll set into motion the next steps that need to be taken for everyone’s safety.

Calling 911 while at a work zone leaves you with several stressful minutes to deal with everyone. Talk to anyone involved with the accident and check that they’re okay. While the answer seems obviously a no, this checking in also checks the consciousness of anyone involved and the severity of any head or bodily injuries.

Calling 911 will send firefighters, an ambulance, and police as a standard response team. Make sure to tell the operator how many people were involved with the accident so that the adequate amount of ambulances are sent.

Most ambulances only house one injured person at a time, two at most. If you can’t tell, give your best estimate.

3. Contact Your Supervisor

While waiting for first responders to arrive, contact the site supervisor for the work zone. More often than not, they’re trained to respond to situations like this. They’ll have training dictating what reports to take, next steps, and how to proceed with work from here.

The site supervisor is the closest thing to an authority you have until police arrive. Until then, take your supervisor’s lead. They’ll have the training necessary to handle the situation.

Your supervisor may act as a mediator if tensions are high after the accident or incident. It’s infuriating to be injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and it’s natural to seek out someone to blame for an injury. However, that’s not always the best response to keep everyone calm while waiting for responders.

If your supervisor seems overwhelmed, respond by remaining as calm as possible.

4. Take Photos

Photos need to be taken at the scene of the accident. If you photos, use them as evidence in a future court case, to help guide the judgment of insurance companies, and to protect your assets. No matter what stake you hold in this work zone injury, photographic evidence is a great way to provide context and proof.

Get photos of vehicles and equipment involved in the accident. Take shots that are wide and close up. The wider shots provide context to the area of the incident and inform later conversations about how it happened.

On a highway work zone, the area changes quickly and dramatically from the time of an incident to when it ends up resolved. Over time, the important elements that contributed to the incident get paved over, removed, or reorganized. Just a few weeks later, it often looks like a totally different location.

Document with as much detail as possible what the location looks like at the time of the crash. If the incident occurs at night, be sure that you take as much flash photography as possible.

5. Get Contact Info

Everyone on the scene involved with the incident should exchange contact information. Motorists, workers, and supervisors should exchange insurance information, names, and addresses.

If there were witnesses, get their contact information before they leave. Any motorists who saw the incident can come in handy when it comes time to get reimbursed for medical fees, pain, or suffering. If someone saw the severity of the crash, they can tell a judge or litigators about what happened to back you up.

There is typically an investigation following work zone accidents. The more information that people can offer, the faster the situation gets resolved. With more information, a more accurate judgment gets made and everyone who needs help with their medical bills receives the right compensation.

6. Go To Your Doctor

As soon as possible, anyone injured in a work zone must seek out help from doctors and specialist. If you have a primary care physician, get them to take a look and recommend treatment.

Save any scans, test results, or treatment you receive and document them. That documentation becomes useful when an investigation is run. If someone claims that an injury was a pre-existing condition, those claims get disputed with test results.

Time is of the essence when it comes to getting checked out by a doctor. Waiting for more than 48 hours throws the results of those tests into question.

Some lawyers and insurance agencies have successfully claimed that injuries caused by someone else were ineligible to be covered when tests were run later. Tests run a week down the road leave themselves open to scrutiny. If tests aren’t run right away, lawyers and insurance adjusters attempt to claim that the injuries were a result of another incident that happened in the interim.

7. Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance company as soon as you’re fit to. Try to get ahold of them within 24-48 hours if possible. Your medical insurance company will prepare some questions and require some documentation once you tell them you were injured.

They’ll get in touch with the insurance company that your employer uses. If you were struck by someone else, your insurance company will contact their insurance company as well. This is when they begin their investigation.

Insurance adjusters from the other parties’ insurance companies will attempt to ask you questions without a lawyer present. These adjusters will try to make you an offer that is beneficial to them, settling your case without getting lawyers involved. They’ll claim that this is in your best interest.

Before you start taking offers, talk with your own attorney and protect yourself.

8. Talk To An Attorney

Contact an attorney as soon as possible following your work zone injury. Most lawyers will offer you a free consultation if you’re the one injured. In personal injury cases or workplace injuries, many lawyers will work on contingency, only getting paid if you get paid.

Trying to represent yourself is the worst choice to make when you’re the victim of a work zone injury. Work zone injuries will cause other parties’ insurance companies and lawyers to circle, trying to give you as little money as possible. Navigating the court system alone leaves you vulnerable to losing out on time and money.

Workzone Injuries are Serious Business

Whether you’re an injured worker, a site supervisor, or someone responsible for a workzone accident, the steps that are taken after the accident are important. No matter your position, the safety and security of everyone involved in the moments after are preserved by good decisionmaking. Taking these injuries seriously is the only way to ensure that their resolution is as good as it can be.

If you worry about whiplash or head trauma following a workzone accident, check out our latest guide.

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