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        Common Construction Site Accidents

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        Construction sites are rife with potentially fatal hazards. This is one reason why OSHA and other governing bodies are so strict when it comes to enforcing jobsite safety regulations – reducing construction site accidents is of great importance.

        Unfortunately, many construction zone managers and third-party companies who work onsite overlook workplace safety laws. This often leads to serious and potentially deadly injuries to workers and innocent bystanders.

        The construction industry is responsible for 20 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the United States. In other cases, injuries lead to permanent disabilities and prevent victims from returning to work.

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        What Steps Should I Take After a Slip and Fall Accident?

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        Slip and fall accidents can cause potentially fatal injuries – especially for seniors. Without immediate medical care, serious complications may arise, including spinal cord injuries and even paralysis. These can be exorbitantly expensive to treat, but if your accident was the result of a property owner’s negligence, then you may be able to recover costs. We recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and secure evidence at the scene.

        Slip and fall victims usually have a long list of questions.

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        How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

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        Question:

        How much is my personal injury case worth?

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        3 Types of Damages that Slip and Fall Victims can Claim in Illinois

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Some of the most devastating personal injury cases stem from slip and fall accidents. Falls can be particularly harmful for senior citizens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

        A serious fall can lead to long-term medical complications, including back and joint injuries. Expensive medical bills can threaten victims’ financial security, and lengthy recovery periods can prevent them from returning to work.

        Fortunately, Illinois laws protect the rights of people who suffer injuries due to the negligence of others. As a slip and fall victim, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and recover damages to pay for accident-related expenses. Taking legal action can also prevent others from falling victim to the same negligent behavior.

        Three types of damages that slip and fall victims can claim in Illinois:

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        I was Injured at a Casino. Should I Wait to Hear From Them?

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        Question:

        While at a casino, the front of the bar fell off onto my foot. I have nerve damage diagnosed by a podiatrist. I am in constant pain. Should I wait to hear from the Casino, or obtain an attorney?

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        Parking Lot Re-Pave Caused Me to Fall

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        Question:

        My apartment complex paved our parking lot and didn’t provide a way to get out of the parking lot on a safe surface. Every section except ours was done in sections, allowing for people to walk on a safe surface. When leaving very early in the AM for work, we had to get to the HS parking lot they told us to park in.

        Leaving our apt, I tried to walk on the grass, but it was too wet and I was afraid I would fall (ironically). I walked on the cement gutter area until it ended, then I had to walk on the new blacktop. After 4 or 5 steps, I hit a bad area and fell very hard. Luckily my husband was in front of me and he was carrying the baby instead of me.

        I couldn’t get up and I tried three times. My husband had to help me up, and I had that black stuff all over my shoes, heels, pants, and jacket. I went back in to change, and had a hard time walking up the steps. I had the camera in my jacket pocket, and took a few pictures on my way back out to the car (parked on the road immediately outside the big gate, a foot away from where I fell). It hurt to turn the steering wheel a lot on the way to work… so I began to worry. I thought perhaps it would improve throughout the day.

        I have bad back pain and some intermittent pain in my leg, and very very bad headaches. I never had headaches before…maybe once a year. I can’t even reach for something without pain. I went to the ER that night, at the recommendation of my doctor’s office. Nothing is broken or fractured, and I’m not sure what all the X-rays show. I’ll see my Doctor on Thursday.

        I couldn’t go to work the day after and I’m afraid I’m always going to have problems now. I have a pretty high threshold for pain, so I try to force myself to care for my son as I usually do and I just bear down on my teeth. I have to care for my son, because what other option do I have? My husband can’t quit his job to help me, because we need his paycheck to get by. We barely get by now. Help.

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        I Fell in a Pet Shot that Knew they had a Water Problem

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        Question:

        I slipped and fell at a pet shop in Florida. The store has camera’s and I ended up breaking my shoulder and injuring my back. I had an M.R.I. done a few days after my fall and I also have an M.R.I. 8 months prior to the fall, to compare it to.

        They knew they had the water problem and still had it 2 weeks after this happened. I have an employee as an eyewitness. I’m totally disabled as it is and now in a lot of pain. Do you think I may have a case?

        –Dave, Ocala, FL

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        I Fell in a Store and Injured My Knee

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Question:

        On July 11, 2002, I fell in a puddle of water at a store. After 2 doctor visits and an extensive MRI of the Right knee, my doctor informed me today I have to have surgery and it is already scheduled for 08/06/2002.

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        What is the Time Limit to File for an Injury in Illinois?

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        Question:

        How long does someone have in Illinois to file a personal injury suit after the incident occurs?

        I was injured due to an unsafe parking lot owned by a condo association. I reported the injury to the condo board president by phone and in writing and I also spoke to the association’s insurance agent. The board president and the insurance agent informed me that the board was not liable for anything. Is this true considering that the parking lot is common property and owned by the association?

        I sought medical treatment for my injury and have a detailed file of x-rays and treatments. I have ended my treatments for this injury because there is nothing further the doctor can do.

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        I Fell in a Government Bathroom. Can I Sue?

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        Question:

        Would like to know if I can sue the goverment for unsafe premises? I fell in a bathroom.

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