3601 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL 60431

Call Us815-727-0100

McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in personal injury

Joliet motorcycle accident attorneyOwning and riding a motorcycle can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, and it provides the ability to travel freely across Illinois and the United States. Unfortunately, life as a motorcyclist can also be quite dangerous due to the negligent actions of other drivers. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says around 90,000 motorcyclists are injured and 5,000 killed each year in motorcycle accidents throughout the U.S. Due to a motorcycle’s lack of structural protection, riders and passengers are 28 times more likely to die in an auto collision that those traveling in a standard automobile. 

Anyone injured in an accident resulting from another driver’s negligence may be eligible for compensation to cover hospital and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

...

Joliet truck crash lawyerAfter decades of decline, the number of fatal accidents involving large commercial vehicles is on the rise. In 2017, there was a 10 percent jump in truck accidents resulting in death across the United States, with a total of 4,657 people killed in crashes involving commercial trucks. 

There are a number of reasons for the increase in tractor-trailer truck accidents nationwide. Truck drivers are susceptible to many of the same bad driving habits as everyone else on the road, but the potential for disaster is much greater. If you are injured in a trucking accident, after you seek medical treatment, contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help.

Some common reasons for serious truck accident injuries include:

...

Will County car accident lawyerEach year, there are more than 300,000 motor vehicle accidents in Illinois, with approximately 65,000 crashes with injury and 1,000 individual fatalities. With over 9 million registered drivers in the state, many fail to practice safe driving habits, thus endangering other drivers on our roadways.

Driver negligence is a common cause of car accidents in Illinois and nationwide. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident due to another driver, it is imperative you contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Here are some of the most frequent types of negligent driving that a skilled injury attorney can prove in court: 

...

Will County workers' compensation lawyerAccidents happen, and if you have been injured or fallen ill at work, you may be wondering how you are going to pay all your medical bills. If you are unable to work due to your injury or work-related illness, this can compound your issues, and you are probably worried about the bills that are piling up. Fortunately, you may qualify to receive workers' compensation, but in order to receive these benefits, you must follow the proper procedures. 

What Qualifies As a Work-Related Injury or Illness

According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation covers a wide range of issues affecting employees. An injury due to an accident at work is an obvious one, but some people may not realize that they may also be able to receive workers’ comp for gradual injuries, such as those caused by repetitive motions when performing job duties, a heart attack brought on by mental or physical stress at work, or worsening of a pre-existing condition due to work conditions. 

Steps to Take Advantage of Workers’ Compensation

In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, you will need to see a doctor or go to a hospital, as needed, in order to assess the situation and show that it is work-related. If it is, your employer must, by law, cover the costs of your appointments and procedures. So that you can get that coverage, you will need to inform your employer of your condition within 45 days of it happening. Your employer must report any accidents that keep you from work for multiple days.

...

Will County car accident attorneyA car accident is an overwhelming experience for most people. Many accident victims find that it is difficult to maintain rational thought following the crash, or even for days and weeks later. However, taking immediate action can make a difference between winning and losing a personal injury case. That is, the decisions you make can mean the difference between being compensated for your medical costs and being required to pay for them on your own. If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to complete any of the suggested tasks, your attorney can rush to the scene to gather any evidence available.

Why Photos and Videos Are So Important

Today, everyone has the potential to be a photographer due to the availability of camera technology on our smartphones. When it comes to a car accident, the camera may be the last feature you think of on your phone. However, after you contact the authorities and seek any necessary medical attention, use the camera and video function on your phone to capture photographic evidence of the scene. This compelling evidence can be used to demonstrate how the accident happened, who was at fault, any damages incurred, road conditions, and more. Most importantly, photographs can provide details of any injuries sustained and any negligence on the part of the other driver.

Capturing Helpful Evidence

As a general rule of thumb, it is better to have too many pictures than not to have enough, but it is essential to have the right images to build substantial evidence to support your case. Take as many pictures as you can, because you never know what evidence you may capture without realizing it. You should try to capture information about anything related to the accident, including photos from multiple angles. Suggested subjects include:

...
Will County Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Lions Minooka AV 2019 Rotary DuPage County Bar Association
Back to Top