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Can Long Emergency Room Wait Times Kill You? What You Need to Know

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Anyone who’s ever been to the emergency room for a non-life-threatening injury or illness knows that you may end up waiting quite a long time to be seen by a doctor. But is that wait time dangerous? It can be. Emergency room wait times are on the rise, with some hospitals reaching four times the national average wait time of 28 minutes. In 2011, there was an extreme example of just how damaging these wait times can be. Read More»

Ice Hockey Injuries In Illinois: What The Contact Sports Exception Means

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Thousands of people across the United States enjoy ice hockey, and there are nearly 30,000 registered players in Illinois. The pace and ferocity of a typical hockey game can easily lead to injuries, but that doesn’t mean you can automatically file a personal injury lawsuit against somebody. In Illinois, ice hockey is subject to a legal exception that restricts your ability to file a claim against someone for your injuries. Learn more about this exception, and find out how it could affect a potential lawsuit. Read More»

Involved In A Truck Accident? 4 Things To Never Do Before You Consult With A Lawyer

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If you were involved in an accident with a big rig, you may find yourself with substantial injuries. Unfortunately, while recovering from these injuries, you may be overwhelmed, nervous or scared about the prospect of paying your bills. As such, many people work witgh insurance companies to settle out their claims quickly. However, if you do this, you may not be getting the maximum amount of money that your claim is worth. Read More»

4 Situations Where You Need To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer

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If you have been harmed due to a person’s negligence – whether you contracted physical harm or mental anguish – you might be due to receive damages from the person in question by levying a personal injury case against them. Although these court cases are relatively small, most people do not go into such cases alone. A personal injury lawyer is usually necessary to adequately argue such cases (especially in situations where you’re going up against a much larger entity, such as a physician or a hospital for medical malpractice cases). Read More»

Expecting A Large Personal Injury Settlement - It May Be Reduced By These Three Things

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If you have been injured due to the negligence of others, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Many people immediately start envisioning what they will do with the large sums of money they expect to receive, even before they hire a personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, there are certain situations that may reduce, or even eliminate, the amount of settlement you are entitled to.  Contributory Negligence/Comparative Negligence Read More»

3 Reasons To File A Personal Injury Claim Against Your Neighbor

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Most people think of personal injury lawsuits as the result of work mishaps or automobile accidents, but there are times when you may be able to seek financial recompense from a neighbor in the event that you have experienced physical harm from a situation caused by your neighbor. Personal injury laws vary by state, but most require proof of negligence before the court will issue a financial judgement. You may also have to prove that the injury resulted in significant loss of income. Read More»

Why Is Your Malpractice Lawsuit Taking So Long?

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According to a joint study conducted by The University of Southern California, Harvard and the RAND Corporation, on average it took approximately 19 months for a group of malpractice cases that were being studied to reach a conclusion. If you’re in the midst of a medical malpractice suit, you might be wondering why it’s taking so long, and anxious about receiving a fair settlement. Before you walk away from the lawsuit out of frustration, here are just a few of the reasons why medical malpractice lawsuits take so long: Read More»

Worker's Compensation Claims & Your Independent Medical Examination

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If there is any dispute regarding a worker’s compensation claim regarding an on sight work accident, your insurance company may require you to go to an independent medical examination to make sure that you are not falsifying or exaggerating your claim. Generally speaking, IME doctors are there to discover the truth of the matter, so, as long as you are not falsifying your claim, they can support you with documents that lend credence to your disability claims in a court of law. Read More»

Injured On A Cruise - The Rules Have Changed

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If you have booked a cruise as a part of your summer vacation plans, you are probably thinking about all of the fun you are going to have. The last thing you are probably considering is what will happen if you are injured while you are on the ship. Unfortunately, as large as the ships are, and as many people as they hold, accidents do happen. While some minor accidents may only require a simple band-aid, others may be far more serious. Read More»

What To Do If You Are Injured In A Car Accident That Wasn't Your Fault

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Getting into a car accident is a traumatic experience. After the accident, you may be confused as to what to do next. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident that wasn’t your fault, check out these five important tips to help you reach your final fair settlement. Gather Every Piece of Information When you’ve been in a car accident, there is a lot of information to gather. Even if the other driver is also collecting this same information, it is in your best interest to do so as well. Read More»