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Will County criminal defense attorney COVID-19

There is no denying the massive impact COVID-19 has had on millions of people all over the world. The new (novel) coronavirus that reportedly originated in China has now spread to other countries, including the United States. The influx of confirmed cases and reported deaths led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a global pandemic. Schools, along with non-essential businesses such as shopping malls, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, and sports venues have been closed temporarily. Health and government officials are urging people to practice “social distancing” in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. In many cities and states, there are “shelter in place,” isolation, or quarantine orders in place to protect the health and safety of its citizens. It is important to be aware of these restrictions to avoid any criminal charges. 

Typical Symptoms 

This specific type of coronavirus is highly contagious, and it travels from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 mirror upper respiratory illness such as pneumonia and include:

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Will County car accident attorney brain injury

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in the United States. Recent studies have put a spotlight on head injuries, especially concussions related to sports. However, another common way someone can suffer head trauma or injury is by being involved n a car accident. In some scenarios, a vehicle occupant can hit his or her head on the window, door, or dashboard after colliding with another car. In other cases, a passenger may be ejected from the automobile, slamming his or her head on the pavement or even a tree or lamppost that is close to the roadway. If you are involved in a vehicle collision, it is imperative that you seek medical attention even if you do not feel the immediate effects of a brain injury. Your next step should be to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to explore your options for seeking compensation.  

Types of Brain Trauma

It is important to note that there can be several different injuries relating to the brain, skull, and head, in general. Possible complications and treatments will vary depending on what caused the injury, the location of the injury, and the severity of the damage. The types of brain injuries that a victim of a car crash can suffer include: 

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WIll County personal injury attorneysA “slip and fall” injury may sound minor, but such an injury can be debilitating for the victim. A person can suffer a serious injury as a pedestrian, a patron at a store or restaurant, or even as a visitor in someone else’s home. In some cases, proving premises liability can be complicated. Illinois premises liability law only applies when an injury is due to an unsafe condition that the property owner or operator knew about or should have known about and corrected. It is important to understand the laws regarding this if you are ever hurt under these circumstances.  

The Premises Liability Act

Under Illinois law, the Premises Liability Act outlines what duty property owners have to individuals who enter their premises. If a property owner fails to take reasonable care to keep their land or structure safe, the state of Illinois may hold them accountable for damages that could occur to guests. This includes both individuals who are invited by a property owner (invitees) and people who are there for their own enjoyment (licensees). 

Besides an expectation that the premises will be properly maintained and clear of hazards, these entrants are also entitled to prior knowledge of any known defects or dangers. For example, a sign warning of a wet floor or areas that are under construction. One important facet of the premises liability law is that it does not apply to adult trespassers. That means property owners are not responsible for an injury that occurs as a result of trespassing. 

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Joliet criminal defense attorneysAlthough recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois as of January 1, 2020, there are still many other drugs that citizens cannot possess or distribute in the state. Under Illinois law, it is unlawful to manufacture, own, sell, or traffic controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines. Drug trafficking is a serious crime in which a person knowingly brings a controlled substance for the purpose of delivery or with the intent to deliver it elsewhere. 

Offenders are subject to serious criminal consequences, including prison and steep fines. These penalties are often doubled compared to drug possession charges. However, to be convicted of drug trafficking, the prosecution must prove the defendant knew he or she was bringing the controlled substance across state lines in addition to the ultimate goal of its delivery within or outside of the state. 

Punishments for Selling Drugs

Per the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, drug trafficking can carry a range of felony charges, from a Class 3 to a Class X. A convicted drug trafficker could be sentenced to serve a maximum sentence of 30 to 120 years in prison, or twice the maximum term applicable for a possession conviction. People found guilty of trafficking may be required to pay a fine of $75,000 up to $1 million, which is twice the amount of a maximum fine for a Class X controlled-substance possession-related felony.

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Will County personal injury attorneysMost of the time, family pets are friendly and loving. That is why dogs are often called “man’s best friend.” However, there are instances where a dog or other animal may become aggressive and attack a person—even its owner, in some cases. Injuries suffered can range from a scratch to severe lacerations and nerve damage. An animal bite can also result in serious or even fatal infections.

Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, if someone is injured by a dog or another domesticated animal, the pet owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries. The law applies to situations where the victim was neither trespassing nor provoking the animal in any way.    

Symptoms of Infection

At first glance, a dog bite victim may not think his or her injuries are life-threatening. However, they may experience symptoms later that signify a more serious condition. Some of the common symptoms of infection include:

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