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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 personal injury lawyerThe actions motorists take can often contribute to the severity of their injuries in the event of a collision. Refusing to wear a seat belt is a classic example. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we routinely field questions about whether the refusal to wear a seat belt will harm a person’s personal injury lawsuit. In particular, accident victims want to know whether the seat belt defense is valid in Illinois.

Why the Seat Belt Defense Matters

Illinois recognizes the concept of comparative fault. Under this concept, a motorist cannot receive compensation if he or she is “more” at fault for an accident than all defendants combined. Put simply, a victim can be up to 50 percent responsible for their injuries—but not more—to collect compensation.

Failure to wear a seat belt probably sounds like a form of negligence. After all, seat belts have been proven to reduce the risk of injury and save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a seat belt reduces the number of serious injuries by approximately 50 percent. In one year alone (2016), seat belts saved approximately 15,000 lives. Furthermore, wearing a seat belt is the law in our state. Everyone ages 8 or older must buckle up, even if the car is equipped with airbags.

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