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Chicago IL personal injury lawyerBeing a physician requires a high degree of responsibility. After all, they do often have our lives in their hands. While most physicians exhibit a high degree of knowledge and professionalism, it is important to remember that doctors are humans, too, and can sometimes make mistakes. However, that does not mean they cannot be held accountable for their actions. When a physician causes an injury to another person, there is a chance that they could be held liable for the damages caused by those injuries. Medical malpractice claims can be complicated, which is why it is crucial to work with an attorney who is familiar with them.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional causes an injury to a patient due to their negligence, and that patient suffers some type of loss because of the injury. There are many ways a physician can commit medical malpractice, including:

  • Failure to diagnose

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chicago dog bite lawyerFor tens of thousands of years, humans have had canine companions by their sides, as both working animals and faithful family members. According to the American Veterinary Association (AVA), dogs are the most popular choice as pets. They estimate there to be around 85 million dogs in the United States, with 38 percent of households owning at least one dog. Dogs make great family pets, but It is important to remember that dogs are animals and can sometimes resort to their instincts and bite if they feel threatened. Dog bites can sometimes result in serious injuries and unexpected medical costs, but you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recuperate some of the costs.

Liability for Dog Bites in Illinois

According to the Illinois Animal Control Act, dog owners are responsible for the damages that their dog causes if the dog, without provocation, bites a person while they are in a place that they are lawfully allowed to be in. This is called “strict liability” and would hold an owner responsible for a bite. However, you may not be able to claim compensation if the owner can claim that you provoked the dog or that you were not lawfully present at the location.

Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites are much more common than you would think. According to the AVA, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, with Illinois being one of the top 10 states with the highest number of dog bites. Dog bite injuries can range from relatively minor and treatable at home to rather severe and requiring attention from a medical professional.

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Chicago personal injury lawyerSpring is officially here, and while we are likely to get hit with at least one more round of winter-like weather, sunny days and warmer temps are on their way. Along with the improved weather comes the beginning of the travel season. This year, in particular, is likely to be busier than usual as families begin to venture out again after more than a year of limited activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping your vehicle maintained can help avoid the headaches of breaking down and reduce the possibility of an accident. Taking the time to check just a few items could also help prevent a vehicle accident caused by faulty equipment.

Basic Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Before you get on the road for your first trip of the spring, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready. Driving in spring weather is different from winter driving, and your car should be maintained properly to account for the differences. The good news is that most of the necessary maintenance tasks are fairly easy, including:

  • Check your tires: Vehicle owners should check the tires once a month, making sure the tires are at the correct pressure. This is important not only for good gas mileage but it is also important if emergency driving situations should come up. You should check the tread on the tire as well, looking for any signs of uneven wear, which could indicate an alignment is needed. And don’t forget to check your spare tire too.

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Chicago personal injury lawyerTraumatic brain injuries are difficult to diagnose because they are so hard to see. If you cut your head, then the amount of blood flowing down your neck gives you some indication that you have been injured. But when injuries are internal, many people are unsure of whether or not something is wrong. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we help car accident victims get compensation after a collision.

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most devastating that a car accident victim can suffer. Meet with one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Doctors typically classify brain injuries as either open or closed:

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Chicago personal injury attorneysEach year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs. Although some bites might seem minor, many of them end up causing serious complications which can cost our clients thousands of dollars. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we meet with dog bite victims to discuss their legal options, but they need quality medical care first.

Below, we review some of the relevant considerations to keep in mind. To obtain compensation, please contact us as soon as possible.

Go to the Hospital if the Dog Breaks the Skin

Some wounds are merely superficial, more like scratches. However, if the wound is bleeding, then it is definitely something your doctor should look at. A dog’s sharp teeth can sever veins, damage soft tissue, and possibly kill nerves. Your doctor can fully assess the damage. Ideally, you should go to the doctor or hospital as soon as possible.

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