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        The Season of Slip and Fall Injuries

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        A winter wonderland can quickly produce conditions that result in slip and fall accidents. Injuries, from falling on wet floors from snow tracked in by customers of retail stores skyrocket. But you’ll be surprised to learn how limited the liability is for store owners when falls on ice and water occur on their property.

        While it is in the best interests of retailers to make their stores accessible to the public during the winter months in a manner that’s both convenient and safe, Illinois law usually does not require a store owner, retailer, corporation or individual to pay any damages or medical bills for injuries due to falls on ice and snow and/or trampled in water.

        When it comes to injuries that occur on private property, whether it’s a neighboring home or a commercial retail store and parking lot, the public is widely misinformed about the owner’s responsibility and liability. Just because you fell on ice in a Wal-Mart store entrance or in their parking lot, for example, does not make Wal-Mart liable for your injuries.

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        Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Illinois

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        Losing a loved one is a tragedy that no one should have to endure. When that loss is caused by the negligence of another, the aftermath can be even more traumatic. Although no amount of compensation can undo the emotional hardship, a Chicago wrongful death attorney may be able to help.

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        Slip and Fall Accidents – Collecting Evidence

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        Slips and falls can cause broken bones, head injuries and even paralysis. Victims often cannot return to work, and the medical bills alone are enough to fall into debt. If you trip on another person’s property because of a hazard and hurt yourself – especially if the owner knew about the hazard – then you should contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible.

        In order to prevail in a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to present strong evidence to support your claim. If your injury happened in Illinois, then a Chicago personal injury attorney from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can provide legal guidance. Call us today at 1-800-985-1894 to discuss your options.

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        Responding to a Car Accident

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        Accident Response 101: 3 Tips from a Chicago Personal-Injury Attorney

        If you were injured in a car accident, then you may face steep medical bills, and you may not be able to return to work. Many victims face overwhelming debt due to their financial losses after serious automobile accidents.

        A Chicago accident lawyer from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can evaluate your crash to determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to discuss your legal options. Responding to a car accident in the right way, can help your claim later on.

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        Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case

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        Note: This story originally appeared in the February 24, 2016 Issue of the Chicago Defender. It was authored by Ken Hare, a staff writer for the Chicago Defender. The original story can be viewed here: Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case.

        Questionable Call in City’s Workers’ Compensation Case

        City Worker Denied Surgery to Relieve Pain

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        Should Teens Avoid Driving with Passengers?

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        Teenagers are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. By being defensive drivers and taking note of the following fundamental safety rules when it comes to driving, we may be able to help reduce this doleful statistic.

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        Chicago Accident Lawyer Highlights Important Tire-Maintenance Tips

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        When most drivers think of vehicle safety features – airbags, seat-belts and anti-lock brakes come to mind. Many people forget that their tires are the only points of contact with the road, and as such, proper tire maintenance is essential for accident prevention.

        Tire malfunctions, such as flats and blowouts, are leading causes of crashes in the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, up to 400 people die and 10,000 sustain injuries each year due to tire-related issues.

        Every vehicle maintenance schedule should include an evaluation of the tires to help ensure proper tire maintenance. In addition to checking the pressure, you should regularly balance, align and rotate your tires.

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        Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Illinois? – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

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        Who Operates Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?

        In order for an injured worker to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the employer must be operating under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Three types of employers are “under the Act”:

        1. government employers;
        2. employers who elect to bring themselves under the Act; and
        3. employers who are subject to “automatic application” of the Act.

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        4 Technologies that can Prevent Collisions in Bad Weather

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        Insights from a Chicago Injury Lawyer

        Car accidents can happen at any time, but inclement weather contributes to a significant number of serious collisions. Snow, ice, rain and fog can all increase the likelihood of a crash – especially when drivers behave negligently or recklessly. If you were injured in a collision that another driver caused, then one of your first calls should be to an accident attorney.

        Fortunately, car manufacturers have introduced several technologies that help keep drivers safer when bad weather arises. Examples include adaptive steering, navigation systems, adaptive headlights and bumper cameras.

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        Winning Workers Compensation Claims in Illinois

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        Advice from a Chicago Injury Attorney

        Workers compensation laws are notoriously complex. In Illinois, all employers with at least one part- or full-time employee must have workers’ comp insurance, as the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission explains. The construction and extraction industries are some of the most dangerous industries for employees, and many workers understand the benefits of using a work injury attorney for help with the claims process.

        If you are learning the hard way just how reluctant companies and insurance providers are to pay benefits to injured workers, then contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A Chicago workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can evaluate your claim, gather evidence and fight for maximum compensation.

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