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    Understanding Owner Liability for Dog Bites

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The state of Illinois has a legal statute that holds dog owners responsible for the actions of their pets. The purpose of the law is to protect people from the dangerous injuries and emotional distress associated with personal injuries from dog bites. Here is an overview of the individuals who can be held liable for a victim’s injuries:

    Any individual responsible for the dog

    An individual can be held responsible for a victim’s dog bite injury even if he or she doesn’t have legal possession or ownership of the dog. For example, if a friend was caring for the dog at the time of the incident, that friend can be held responsible for any injuries the victim sustained. The friend can also be held liable if the dog was just temporarily staying in his or her home when the victim suffered an injury.

    Owners who behave in an unreasonable manner

    In order to accurately assess owner liability in the event of a dog bite injury, the court will determine if the dog’s caretaker was acting in a reasonably safe manner during the incident. This means the court will assess whether the owner violated a leash law, warned visitors of the dangers associated with the dog, or failed to protect the victim from the animal. The court will determine whether or not an ordinary, reasonable person would have acted differently in the same situation.

    Property owners

    Landlords, property owners, and management companies can all be held responsible for failing to remove a dog which poses a threat to visitors. For example, a landowner may be considered liable for a victim’s injuries if he or she knew that a tenant owned a dog that had a tendency to bite people.

    If you’ve suffered a dog bite injury in the Chicago area, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience helping victims receive the compensation they need to recover from their painful injuries.

    What to Expect from a Personal Injury Trial

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you have suffered a painful injury because of the negligence of a third party, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can analyze the facts of your case, help you understand the process of filing a claim against the responsible party, and gather evidence on your behalf to negotiate fair compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial hardships.

    As soon as you hire a personal injury attorney, he or she will send a notice of representation to the opposing party and the insurance company. This notice means that the opposing party will not be legally permitted to contact you during the progress of your case. As this video explains, your attorney will then begin to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf.

    Don’t begin a personal injury case unprepared or alone. Call Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case.

    Personal Injury Compensation: Lost Wages

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The injuries you suffer as a result of an accident can dramatically compromise your way of life. Not only can they cause significant pain when you are performing everyday tasks, but they can also force you to miss a number of days at work. In an expensive city like Chicago, this loss of earnings can make it very difficult for you and your family to stay financially secure.

    Helps victims who are unable to perform their jobs

    During an accident, an individual may sustain injuries that significantly limit his or her mobility. Some of the most common accident injuries cause difficulty with walking, turning one’s head, and lifting objects. When an individual is unable to perform these simple tasks, he or she will most likely need medical treatment or physical therapy in order to return to work. An accident victim is able to collect wage compensation during this recovery period for the earnings he or she would’ve made at work.

    Covers individuals who are unemployed

    Even if a victim wasn’t employed at the time of the incident, he or she can collect lost wages if he or she has a diminished capacity to earn a living as a result of the injury. This is commonly the case when a college student or stay-at-home parent becomes the victim of an accident. The courts can compensate for the wages that person would have been able to earn if he or she hadn’t suffered this painful incident.

    Supplements workers’ compensation

    Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides employees with partial compensation if they are injured in the workplace. Because this doesn’t cover the total amount of their lost earnings, workers can still sue for the full amount of wages they are unable to earn because of their injuries.

    The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after an accident is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. At Shea Law Group, our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience representing accident victims. Schedule an appointment at our Chicago office by calling (888) 529-4185.

    Fundamental Winter Driving Safety

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Icy road conditions are responsible for nearly half of car-related fatalities during the winter months. Even motorists who pay close attention to the road as they drive may have difficulty recognizing dangerous black ice that develops on the Chicago roadways.

    In this video, you will learn how to react when your car begins to swerve as a result of black ice. Even though braking may be your first instinct, this action can actually make your swerving worse and increase your chances of suffering a serious accident. Watch this video to learn safe driving techniques that will help you safely navigate the Chicago roadways this winter.

    Have you been involved in a serious accident this winter because another party failed to drive safely? Contact the personal injury attorneys of Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185.

    Top Causes of Auto Accidents in the Winter

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Each winter, you may notice an increase in reports about car accidents. This is because the seasonal elements of winter make it much more difficult to safely navigate the Chicago roadways. Here are some common driving behaviors that can result in an accident during the winter:

    Maintaining an inadequate driving distance

    Braking or accelerating too quickly can force your car to spin out of control and veer off the side of the road. This is especially true in snowy or icy conditions. You need time to slowly apply the brakes, so you should maintain a reasonable driving distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Traveling too close to the car in front of you will prevent you from having enough space to respond if that driver were to suddenly slow down.

    Failing to adapt to weather conditions

    The fog, ice, and snow associated with winter can make it significantly more difficult to safely drive. You need to adjust your driving behavior to stay safe in different weather conditions. Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses will be the first areas to freeze, so you will need to adjust the speed of your car as you approach these areas. You will also need to drive with headlights on so that other drivers will be able to see you in snowy, foggy, or sleety weather.

    Driving with poor tire traction

    If the traction of your tires has worn away, it will be much more difficult for you to maintain control of your car when you encounter icy roads. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your mechanic to ensure that your tires are prepared for any weather situation. You may also want to consider replacing your tires with a set of snow tires designed specifically for winter weather.

    Call Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185 to schedule an appointment with our experienced personal injury attorneys. We are dedicated to helping accident victims receive the compensation they need to heal and move on. You can learn more about our services by giving us a call or by visiting our website.

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