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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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Chicago personal injury attorneysLarge commercial trucks can be seen driving in and out of Chicago, carrying goods from our city to distant points in the nation and back again. If you have been injured in a collision with one of those trucks, however, you should contact a personal injury lawyer at Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz.

According to the Department of Transportation, Illinois sees over 11,000 tractor-trailer accidents in an average year. If you have been injured in such a crash, we recommend that you take the following steps to preserve your ability to collect compensation.

Call the Police

You should report the accident as soon as possible so that the police can come out to the scene. The responding officer should write a police report, which you will want a copy of for your records. This report helps lock in key details of the accident, such as the date, time, location, and involved parties.

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Chicago premises liability attorneysThe basic concept of premises liability means that a property owner can be held liable for injuries occurring on his or her property. In most personal injury cases involving premises liability, however, the injured party must show the owner or occupier of the property was negligent or committed a willful act that caused the injuries. Such cases often hinge on the idea of foreseeability and whether the owner of the property should have reasonably expected the consequences that occurred as a result of his or her negligence or actions.

Understanding Foreseeability

In a retail setting, for example, if a store employee mops a floor and fails to place “wet floor” warning signs, a slip and fall injury would almost certainly be foreseeable. Slip and fall accidents are common on wet floors, and store employees are expected to take precautions to prevent injuries. The responsibility for the injury would likely extend to store management or ownership for unsafe practices.

Conversely, consider an example in a grocery store that carries a particular brand of salad dressing containing peanuts. The dressing is packaged in glass bottles. A child running through the aisles of the store knocks a bottle of the shelf, and it explodes on the floor, splashing dressing into the eyes of nearby shopper who happens to have a severe peanut allergy. If the shopper then experiences an allergic reaction and is injured, he or she may try to hold the store owner liable. However, the store owner would certainly be able to argue that there was no way to foresee such an unusual combination of circumstances and that the shopper’s injuries were not due to negligence or actions on the part of the owner.

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In this unprecedented time, Livas Law Group remains committed to putting its clients first. As government officials recommend social distancing, limitation of in-person meetings and travel, and practicing self-quarantine, we are adjusting how we go about the practice of law. Out of an abundance of caution to our employees and to the public, the leadership of the firm decided it was best for now that all employees work from their homes. The firm was properly prepared to have its office fully operational on a remote basis.

Our technology allows the firm to be in contact with each other, to be in contact with clients, and to continue working on their behalf. Our highly skilled technology staff allows for the confidentiality of client information with all security measures in place while allowing full access for those working on your files. Although lawyers and staff are working uninterrupted remotely, our fully equipped virtual desktop permits our entire staff to handle all matters that arise, despite the courts throughout the State of Illinois and across the nation being closed for the upcoming month and possibly longer. Most courts have now extended the discovery deadlines, so we expect some delays with depositions and hearings, but many judges are hosting video teleconference hearings and adjusting to these changing times.

Our expert witnesses still are hard at work reviewing files. Attorneys are answering and issuing interrogatories, motions are being drafted, cases are being filed, and telephone calls and voicemails are being answered and returned. We are using all means of communication necessary to ensure that your case is moving forward. Should you need to contact your lawyer, please call us at 312-804-6102 or email us directly. 

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Chicago personal injury attorneysHere in the greater Chicago area, winter weather ranges from mild and wet to very cold and very icy—a pattern that can create some serious hazards getting around. Whether you are travelling on foot or by car, one of the most dangerous of these conditions is black ice. With over 150,000 car accidents happening every year due to ice on the road—over 500 of which result in at least one death—it is easy to see why black ice is something every driver should take very seriously.

What Is Black Ice?

At its most basic, black ice is a transparent coating of ice that takes on the color of whatever surface lies beneath it. Most often, the surface is a roadway, and roadways usually have a black asphalt surface, hence the name “black ice.”

Black ice generally forms when temperatures warm up, and snow and ice starts to melt, leaving the surface wet and slick. Then, it gets cold again, and the ice-melt refreezes. It can happen anywhere along a road, but it often starts on bridges and overpasses because, unlike the regular road, these structures are exposed to freezing temperatures from top and bottom.

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Chicago personal injury attorneysFor many individuals, the sight of snow can create an unparalleled feeling of joy and happiness. Due to the events and breathtaking sights that transpire in Chicago every holiday season, people from around the world will come to visit. Although this time of year is often associated with enjoyable experiences, the negligent or reckless actions of another individual can lead to serious injuries and unintended fatalities taking place. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys understand the legal system, and can work with you to hold negligent party members responsible for their actions.   

Slip and Fall Injuries

One of the more prevalent ways of sustaining a wintertime injury is the possibility of slipping and falling. Weather conditions such as snow, ice, and slush can make any street or sidewalk a serious hazard. Although this form of injury does not seem crucial, the possible outcomes can be significant. For instance, a loss of footing caused by snow, ice or slush can lead to:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Sprained muscles 

If a slip and fall accident resulting from inclement weather conditions does take place in Chicago, the owner of the property may be held responsible. According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, every person that is in charge of a building or lot of ground is required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalk. 

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Chicago personal injury attorneysAs ice, snow, and slush starts to become more common throughout the city of Chicago, pedestrians are at a higher risk of suffering a personal injury. While there are steps that individuals traveling by foot can take to reduce the chances of being injured, it is impossible to control the negligent actions of others. For instance, a sliding vehicle can create a dangerous situation for everyone in the general area. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we are knowledgeable on the topic of pedestrian accidents and we are here to help. If you or a loved one has suffered because of the reckless actions taken by a motorist, financial compensation may be awarded.   

What Can Cause a Winter Car Accident?

In a city that accommodates millions of individuals on a daily basis, the roads and sidewalks of Chicago are often filled with people trying to get from one location to another. First and foremost, it is important for motorists and sidewalk users to understand the rules of the road. According to Chicago Ordinance 9-24-030, a pedestrian will have the right-of-way at a crosswalk or intersection that is clearly marked and has stop signs in place. Similar to a motorist, however, a pedestrian will also have to follow traffic-control signals at an intersection or crosswalk. With the prevalence of snow, ice, and black ice, the possibility of a car making contact with a pedestrian that is crossing the street can dramatically increase. Most commonly, a collision would take place due to:

  • Decreased vision of the motorist
  • Slippery road conditions, increasing the amount of time it takes to stop
  • Poor vehicle conditions, such as inadequate tire traction, broken windshield wipers, or non-functioning headlights

If the individual on foot was injured in an area that he or she was legally allowed to be, fault could be placed solely on the motorist.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_winter-walking-city-park-safety.jpgThroughout the winter season, inclement weather conditions such as snow, ice, and slush can become prevalent on our roads and sidewalks. Although the sight of snow can be appealing to look at, both pedestrians and motorists should be aware of the hazards that can result. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand that the negligent actions of an individual or business can lead to life-altering injuries. Before venturing out in the wintertime, there are several preventive measures that can be utilized to limit the possibility of suffering an injury.

Dress Appropriately

Paying attention to the weather conditions and understanding how clothing and footwear could affect your safety is crucial during the wintertime. A pedestrian that is traveling by foot should consider wearing clothing that increases their visibility and shoes that can help maintain traction. For example, clothing that blends in with the environment (white coats and non-reflective items) and footwear that limits your ability to move safely (dress shoes and high heels) should be avoided for outdoor use.      

Walk Cautiously

It is important to be aware of the movement restrictions that wintertime weather can cause. Due to the likelihood of slippery streets and wet pavements, every action should be well thought out. Even if a surface looks safe, black ice can be prevalent. When out and about, pedestrians should remember to:

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Chicago personal injury attorneysWintertime can be a beautiful season throughout the city of Chicago due to the snowfall and holiday decorations. Although the sights can be breathtaking, it is imperative to understand the risks that are often associated with winter weather conditions. Falling chunks of ice can strike an individual, causing severe injuries and even death. Before simply accepting or dismissing the incident as happenstance, a victim should seek legal help from Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can work with a victim or their family to help recover compensation linked to negligence.   

How Does a Falling Ice Injury Occur?

As the skyline of Chicago continues to grow with additional buildings, pedestrians should be aware of the possible hazards that can result. Once snow on a roof begins to melt because of sunshine or building heat, water will flow down from the top of the building. If temperatures are below freezing, that melted water will form into icicles. The accumulation of additional water molecules will increase the size and weight of an icicle. Although the build-up of frozen water may be interesting to look at, there is a chance that it could fall to the ground. Warmer weather dramatically increases the probability of an icicle detaching.  

How Can Icicle Injuries Be Avoided by Pedestrians?

For Chicago citizens and tourists alike, there are several things that can be done to limit the possibility of an icicle injury. During the winter season, pedestrians and motorists should be aware of their surroundings. If possible, avoid walking under a roof overhang with ice buildup. In addition, a person traveling on foot should never stand still underneath or near an icicle formation. If ice begins to fall from a structure, it is important to get as far away as possible. 

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Chicago personal injury attorneysAs winter weather becomes more prevalent in the city of Chicago, citizens and property owners alike are preparing for the season. Unpredictable weather conditions coinciding with the lake effect can cause an unsafe environment. Sleet, snow, and ice can lead to pedestrians sustaining serious injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, and head trauma. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand the challenges that a slip and fall injury can cause an individual and their family. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to the weather conditions, it is important to speak to an experienced attorney.

Who is Responsible for Snow and Ice Removal in Chicago?

Many people rely on public transit or walking as their primary method of travel in Chicago. As snow, sleet, and ice start to accumulate on the ground, streets and sidewalks can become a dangerous place for pedestrians and motorists. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 and 10-8-180), the responsibility of snow and ice removal falls on property owners and occupants. Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person that has authority of a building or property is required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk. 

Can a Business or Property Owner Be Liable for Injuries?

Negligent and careless snow, ice, or water removal can leave a property owner liable for any resulting injuries. Premises liability holds an owner responsible for maintaining and securing the safety of their property. For example, if a business owner left massive amounts of snow near the entrance of their property that later melted and turned into ice, the company may be responsible for any slip and fall injuries. Furthermore, if a faulty design or maintenance technique led to a slip and fall injury, the owner may also be liable.  

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Illinois personal injury attorneysAt the Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand that a motor vehicle accident can happen to any person, at any given time. Regardless of your actions, a personal injury may result due to another individual’s negligence. Even if inclement weather conditions caused a car crash to happen, the driver may still be liable for the resulting damages and injuries. While factors such as rain, wind, sleet, ice, and snow may lead to a driver wanting to avoid the road, that might not always be possible. Driving in Chicago can already be a stressful scenario for many motorists; it is important to take extra precaution and remember these tips before driving in the winter: 

Prepare for Ice

Winter car accidents are commonly linked to vehicles sliding on icy roads. Throughout the city, ice can be prevalent and lead to devastating damage and injuries for both motorists and pedestrians. 

In an effort to avoid sliding on ice, motorists should:

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