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How to Avoid Dog Bite Injuries with Small Children

How to Avoid Dog Bite Injuries with Small Children 1

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Growing up, many of us were surrounded by dogs as small children. Usually, they are a trusted companion ready to embark on adventures in the house, on the grass, and throughout our neighborhood. Although this may be the image some of us have of a child/dog relationship, there is another more dangerous situation that arises when precocious children encounter aggressive dogs. The last thing any parent or dog owner wants is a small child bit by a dog, which can create a medical emergency, lifetime fear of dogs, and liability for the dog owner. Warning signs Dogs send signals, justified, or...

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What Businesses Need to Know About Worker’s Comp Fraud

What Businesses Need to Know About Worker’s Comp Fraud 2

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you’re a business owner, it’s vital to maintain insurance coverage for your employees in case of an accident. It’s equally important, however, that you know how to keep your workplace out of the mire of worker’s compensation fraud. Fraudulent claims not only lead to increasingly high insurance premiums, but you could pay heavy penalties as well. Why You Need Worker’s Compensation Worker’s compensation is insurance that covers you in case of workplace accidents or injuries. If an employee gets hurt on the job, they can file for worker’s compensation. They’ll receive payouts from your insurance company instead of from you. When...

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Illinois Cannabis Legalization: Increased Motor Accident Risk?

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On June 25th of last year, Illinois became the 11th state in the US to legalize marijuana after Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 1438, better known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. While it was signed in the middle of last year, it didn’t take effect until the first day of the new decade. There were certain restrictions that came with the legalization. For instance, the maximum amount of marijuana plant material that can be legally purchased is 30 grams. For cannabis concentrate products, the threshold lies even lower at five grams. Edibles were also made legal for sale provided...

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Dog Bite Claims – Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Three of the most common mistakes people make when handling Chicago dog bite claims are: Failing to Report the Dog Bite Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Care Dealing Directly with an Insurance Company Keep reading to learn more about how you can avoid these common dog bite mistakes and seek compensation for animal attacks with the help of a Chicago dog bite injury attorney. Three Common Dog Bite Injury Mistakes 1. Failing to Report the Dog Bite The dog owner might offer to pay your medical bills and expenses related to a dog bite while seemingly accepting full liability for the incident. However,...

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How Drowsy Drivers Cause Car Crashes

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Falling asleep behind the wheel is dangerous. In the best of cases, all that will happen when a driver nods off is that they slow down a bit or swerve a little before they wake up. On average, that driver will veer into oncoming traffic or off the road before something startles them awake, like a car horn or the pull of roadside gravel. In the worst cases, driving while drowsy will lead to an accident. A driver will fall asleep behind the wheel, lost control of their vehicle, and cause a crash. This can injure them, their passengers, and...

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How Lost Wages are Determined in an Injury Case

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Determining what makes up a lost wage isn't an exact formula or science. It depends on what the type of injury is and how it must be treated. How this injury affects a person's current and potential future earnings is also an important piece of the puzzle. Experts are often asked to weigh in. The following information should help you better understand the process that goes on to determine how lost wages are determined. What counts as a lost wage, and how to optimize the amount paid is also covered. Types of Lost Wages In addition to compensation for time off work...

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How Bicycle Lanes Make Travel Safer

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Leisure biking has long been a popular hobby in the U.S., and sports biking as well has commanded a large following in the States. And of course, there are millions of Americans that rely on bicycles to get to and from work every day. It goes without saying, but America’s roadways must be able to accommodate substantial bike traffic nowadays, and it’s for this reason that large cities across America have started incorporating bicycle lanes. And with studies that prove the benefits of bicycle lanes coming out all the time, there’s never been a better time for incorporation. If you want...

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The Cost of Workplace Injuries to U.S. Businesses Each Year

The Cost of Workplace Injuries to U.S. Businesses Each Year 8

For some businesses, workplace injuries are an unavoidable fact of life but for other businesses, some preventative measures can help save significant costs in lost labor, medical bills, and other expenses that businesses are obligated to pay, which impacts the bottom line. While, overall, workplaces are getting safer, the costs to businesses range around $55 billion in payments to workers and for medical expenses. Add in administrative, compliance and other costs that a business must bear, and you quickly realize the amount of money that injuries cost our economy, the businesses, and workers that are a part of it are astronomical. The...

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Four Common Winter Slip and Fall Injuries

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Winter in Chicago can be brutal. Weather conditions can increase the risk of winter slip and fall accidents. Falls during the winter can result in serious injuries. In some cases, winter slip and fall accidents cause debilitating injuries. Our Chicago slip and fall accident attorneys handle cases involving a variety of injuries, including four of the most common winter slip and fall injuries. Winter Slip and Fall Injuries That Can Cause Long-Term Impairments  Neck Injuries Neck injuries are common falls, including whiplash. When a person falls, a blunt force trauma can injure the neck and shoulders. However, the whipping motion of the head...

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Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault in an Accident?

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s a bright and sunny day. You’re minding your business and taking a walk when all of a sudden, WHAM!  A car runs into you and sends you flying. Before the dust even clears, you hear bystanders talking about who was at fault.  Your head swims, and your legs hurt. It couldn’t possibly be your fault, right? Wrong!  Just like motorists, pedestrians have rights and responsibilities when it comes to sharing the road and preventing accidents. Whether you’re in a vehicle or on foot, if rules of the road are not followed, you could be at fault. What is Pedestrian Responsibility? Pedestrians...

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