Thousands of people visit Chicago-area emergency rooms due to accidental injuries each year. In many cases, these injuries happen because someone else was negligent, and the at-fault parties should be liable for your medical expenses and other losses. The right personal injury lawyer can review how your Chicago accident occurred and advise you whether you might have a legal case.
Below are only some of the many injury risks you might encounter in Chicago.
One thing that Chicago is particularly notorious for is its traffic and reckless or aggressive drivers. Even though highways are jam-packed with vehicles, some drivers try to get where they are going faster by engaging in speeding, tailgating, illegal lane changes, and other traffic violations. Tourists who are driving around town and don’t know where they are going can also make mistakes and cause car accidents.
Everywhere you look in Chicago, people are walking. With so much foot traffic, it is important for drivers to pay close attention and follow all rules regarding crosswalks and pedestrian right-of-way. Unfortunately, with so many drivers who are distracted or in a hurry, pedestrian collisions are all too common.
The e-bike and e-scooter rental business is booming in Chicago, as these small vehicles make it easier to get around the city faster than on foot. With more vehicles on the road, however, there are also more accidents involving e-bikes and scooters. This is especially true because drivers might not be accustomed to seeing and accounting for these small vehicles zipping around the Chicago streets.
Injuries can happen on any job, even in office buildings, and they are particularly common in high-risk industries such as transportation and construction. While workers’ compensation should cover some of your job-related injury expenses, it does not cover as much as a personal injury claim might. It is important to identify when a third party should be responsible for causing your workplace injury, including contractors, equipment manufacturers, and other parties. Our firm can handle both the workers’ comp process and a third-party injury claim.
Like any other city, Chicago sees its share of violent crime. That said, businesses have a duty to keep their patrons reasonably safe, and that duty often includes the installation of lighting, surveillance video, or the hiring of private security guards. In the event that you are assaulted at or around a private business and suffer injury, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a negligent security claim. An attorney familiar with Illinois personal injury law can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident in the Chicagoland area, it’s in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At Malman Law, we know how to get our clients the compensation they deserve and do everything we can to resolve cases as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us or call our office today to schedule your free consultation.
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