Many slip and fall accidents are caused by wearing shoes that are inappropriate for a particular activity or a particular place. Eliminate this risk by wearing shoes that are appropriate for your surroundings and making sure that your shoelaces are tied at all times. If your the type of person to wear unsafe shoes like high heels, then try keeping a pair of flats in your car to change into.

If liability is assessed against the defendant, the judge or jury will then determine the appropriate amount of money damages to be awarded to the plaintiff. The amount of personal injury damages will depend on a number of factors, such as the specific legal claim, the circumstances of accident, the extent of the victim’s injuries, the impact of the victim’s injuries, and the laws of the jurisdiction. Personal injury damages may include compensatory damages, including: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and emotional distress.
^ Lawyers Cooperative Publishing. New York Jurisprudence. Automobiles and Other Vehicles. Miamisburg, OH: LEXIS Publishing. p. § 720. OCLC 321177421. It is negligence as a matter of law to drive a motor vehicle at such a rate of speed that it cannot be stopped in time to avoid an obstruction discernible within the driver's length of vision ahead of him. This rule is known generally as the `assured clear distance ahead' rule * * * In application, the rule constantly changes as the motorist proceeds, and is measured at any moment by the distance between the motorist's vehicle and the limit of his vision ahead, or by the distance between the vehicle and any intermediate discernible static or forward-moving object in the street or highway ahead constituting an obstruction in his path. Such rule requires a motorist in the exercise of due care at all times to see, or to know from having seen, that the road is clear or apparently clear and safe for travel, a sufficient distance ahead to make it apparently safe to advance at the speed employed.

Truck Accidents: Large commercial trucks, fully loaded, can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, and they often cause serious injuries to passenger vehicle occupants in a collision. Large truck collision cases can be more complex than other automobile accident cases because of the number of potentially liable parties, evidence that must be preserved, and the federal regulations involved. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash with large commercial truck, do not hesitate to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney with The Sawaya Law Firm.


In the pre-trial process, both sides will ask each other for evidence and witness information in a phase called “discovery.” At the early stages, both sides will also appear in court to inform the judge of how the case is proceeding, to agree or not agree to mediation or arbitration, and to set a trial date. As the discovery process proceeds, both sides will begin to schedule  depositions  of the opposing party and witnesses, i.e. examinations and cross-examinations under oath outside the courtroom.
Motorcyclists have little protection other than their clothing and helmets. This difference is reflected in the casualty statistics, where they are more than twice as likely to suffer severely after a collision. In 2005, there were 198,735 road crashes with 271,017 reported casualties on roads in Great Britain. This included 3,201 deaths (1.1%) and 28,954 serious injuries (10.7%) overall. Of these casualties 178,302 (66%) were car users and 24,824 (9%) were motorcyclists, of whom 569 were killed (2.3%) and 5,939 seriously injured (24%).[59]
States that recognize contributory fault laws will not award a settlement to a plaintiff if there is any degree, even the slightest, of partial blame on the part of the injured party. States that enforce comparative negligent laws will award compensations in cases where there is partial negligence, but they will reduce the settlement in proportion to the percentage of liability. Determining partial liability on the part of the injured person is determined by the engagement, access and warnings provided to the plaintiff. If the injured person was distracted by talking or texting on the phone they may be deemed to personal liability. If the injury took place in a restricted area in which the plaintiff was not granted access to, or they disregarded warning signs posted in the area, those issues may also present a case of partial liability.
^ Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, Collaborators (22 August 2015). "Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013". Lancet. 386 (9995): 743–800. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(15)60692-4. PMC 4561509. PMID 26063472.
Finally, your own auto insurance policy also provides limited benefits for lost wages. These Income Continuation Benefits pay for lost wages for a minimum of 52 weeks in the amount of $100 or more per week. This amount can be greatly increased in both weekly amount and time period of payments by selecting available options. These benefits receive a credit for any Temporary Disability Benefits you are entitled to receive (whether or not you actually receive them). Therefore, you must apply for Temporary Disability Benefits immediately upon stopping work.
In a personal injury case, money damages are paid to an injured person (the plaintiff) by the person or company who is found to be legally responsible for the accident (the defendant or their insurer). A damage award can be agreed upon after a negotiated settlement -- among the parties, their insurance companies, and their attorneys, for example -- or may be ordered by a judge or jury following a court trial. (To learn more about how insurance companies value a claim after an accident, see Nolo's article How Do Insurers Value an Injury Claim?)

Personal injury lawsuits are often valid and difficult to defend when the plaintiff legal counsel can establish the case with supporting documentation and identify the appropriate respondents who may have been negligent with respect to a reasonable duty of care owed to the injured plaintiff. This component of a personal injury lawsuit is often accomplished relatively easy following automobile accidents where the police have performed an investigation and listed all parties involved. Lawsuits also usually are filed after an extensive negotiation concerning the specific injuries that become items of damage recovery in the formal filing. Those negotiations consist of the legal positions of each party regarding the level of negligence and degree of responsibility for each respondent. In slip and fall personal injury cases, the dynamic is somewhat different, but automobile accidents regularly involve several parties who contributed to the accident in some manner who are also attempting to recover damages. This commonly results in very complicated cases where defendants and their insurance companies are attempting to lessen their level of fault and deflect responsibility to other involved parties. This is also why it is absolutely necessary to have an experienced personal injury lawyer defending your legal case.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Trip or slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including fractures, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, hip injuries, and elbow injuries. If you have been hurt because you slipped on a slick floor where there was no warning sign, or tripped on an object in your walking path, contact a slip and fall accident lawyer with The Sawaya Law Firm.
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Sometimes your car accident may be much more serious than just an ordinary “fender bender.” If you suffer injuries in a car accident, the legal issues involved become much more complicated. In addition to those items of damages listed above, you may be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses or lost wages. You may also claim compensation for your mental and physical pain and suffering stemming from the accident.
Your insurance agent or the person who you speak to at your insurance company claims phone number,  will be able to walk you through how to file your claim after an accident. If your insurance company has an app, you may also have the option to start the claims process there or visit your insurance company website to see if you can fill in the information or follow up on your claim online.

All lawsuits will include the actual legal claims of the plaintiff, and many times the original filing fails to meet the standard of establishing a reasonable duty of care by connecting the respondent to the accident that caused the injury. This is a more common defense in premise liability personal injury claims, as automobile accidents are often better supported by documentation such as police reports and ambulance records. Premises liability cases filed against a business operator may be misdirected when a property owner is the one who is actually liable. This defense depends the specifics of the lawsuit claims.
Negligence involves the disregard for the safety of others by failure to act a reasonable person would. It could be that a dangerous situation was created by a pot hole, leaking ceiling or uneven surface. The key attribute in this assessment is whether or not a reasonable individual would have been able to identify the condition as dangerous or potentially hazardous and if the liable party had ample opportunities to improve the conditions prior to the occurrence of the injury. The alternative task to prove is whether the liable property owner specifically caused the dangerous situation themselves and that it was reasonably understandable that a person would suffer an injury due to the situation.
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However, property owners do need to be careful in keeping up their property. While there is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for something on which you slip or trip, cases turn on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen -- and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the thing you fell on. Here are some general rules to help you decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip or trip and fall injury.

Arbitration is an alternative to the trial process. Arbitration is similar to a trial, but is conducted before an arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators. In binding arbitration the decision of the arbitrator or panel is as final as the trial court’s verdict. Parties to a lawsuit can agree to enter arbitration and are required to submit to arbitration in some contracts. For example, if you sign a contract with a health care provider that has an arbitration clause, if that person injures you, you may be bound by the agreement to use arbitration. Arbitration is usually less expensive than litigation and may be quicker.
Burn/Fire Injuries Fire and burn injuries are some of the most dangerous and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. Imagine if your life or a loved one’s were irreparably changed for the worse, because of a chemical fire caused by unsafe working conditions or an apartment fire that occurred because of a landlord cutting corners with fire safety?
In smaller injury cases, especially when the lawyers know each other, one lawyer will just pick up the phone and talk settlement. The plaintiff’s lawyer may or may not write an actual demand letter. Then, the defense attorney may or may not respond with a counteroffer. If the defense thinks that the demand was too high, he/she may simply ignore the demand or may say that the demand is too high and that the insurer will not make a counteroffer. If the defense does make a counteroffer, then the bargaining begins. Sometimes the lawyers can settle it, sometimes not. If they can’t settle, they will likely go to mediation.

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If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other medical provider, both the medical questions and the legal rules involved are complex. They almost certainly require that you hire a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases. See Nolo's section on Medical Malpractice for more detail on these complicated cases.
Some of these damages are economic, such as medical bills and lost wages. Others are noneconomic, such as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. Economic damages are generally easy to calculate. Noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate, and you may need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to make reasonable estimates.
Most cases settle before trial. At  any  point in the process described above, the parties can settle and end the case. In fact, the plaintiff can send the  first settlement offer  before the complaint is ever filed. What is more typical, particularly if the initial evidence establishing liability and/or damages is inconclusive, is that a settlement is reached after the discovery process has gone on for a while.
If you answered “yes” to each of the questions discussed above, you may have a valid personal injury lawsuit or claim. Because filing a personal injury lawsuit can have serious legal and financial consequences, and requires a thorough knowledge of the laws and legal system, it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer before considering doing so.

All of our medical professionals are dedicated with providing you with the absolute best care possible. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s likely that you’re already stressed out by all of the different things you need to get done. We are happy to provide you with a variety of patient resources that can make a difficult situation a little bit easier.
Construction Defects—Shoddy workmanship or inadequate repairs to a piece of property can result in an injury and be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit involving construction defects. In some instances, homeowners’ associations may bring construction defects claims when many homeowners have been harmed by a builder’s poor workmanship. Some Colorado municipalities such as Denver have local ordinances that must be taken into consideration when assessing these cases.

Our firm handles workers' compensation and personal injury claims in Chicago, Berwyn, Joliet, Cicero, Waukegan, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Oak Park, Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook, Glendale Heights, Aurora, Niles, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Naperville, Plainfield and all of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry, LaSalle, Kankakee, McLean and Peoria Counties.
Negligence involves the disregard for the safety of others by failure to act a reasonable person would. It could be that a dangerous situation was created by a pot hole, leaking ceiling or uneven surface. The key attribute in this assessment is whether or not a reasonable individual would have been able to identify the condition as dangerous or potentially hazardous and if the liable party had ample opportunities to improve the conditions prior to the occurrence of the injury. The alternative task to prove is whether the liable property owner specifically caused the dangerous situation themselves and that it was reasonably understandable that a person would suffer an injury due to the situation.
Personal injury is the general category under which all personal injury cases fall. Personal injury and health laws cover automobile accidents, product liability, dog bites, animal attacks, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and premises liability. You can learn more about the validity of your claim by reading our law library article, "How much is your claim worth?"
We can then seek just compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages by dealing directly with the insurance companies on your behalf. We can seek a financial recovery for you through the at-fault driver’s liability coverage and, if necessary, turn to your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM / UIM) coverage.
Litigation represents the bread and butter of many law firms, so the employment outlook for personal injury attorneys is good. However, tort reform—proposed changes in common law civil justice systems that would reduce tort litigation and cap damage awards—could potentially reduce the number of claims filed and the damages recovered by plaintiff attorneys in the future.
After an injury, if the damages appear to be more than the small claims court limit (around $5,000, depending on the state), most plaintiffs will seek out an attorney. The typical plaintiff’s personal injury attorney will consult with the plaintiff for free. If, after the initial consultation, it appears that the plaintiff  might  have a case, the attorney may agree to conduct an exploratory investigation, including whether or not the defendant has applicable insurance and/or sufficient assets. If the consultation and investigation lead the attorney to conclude that the case is viable, he or she will enter into a  fee agreement  with the plaintiff and officially become the plaintiff’s attorney.
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