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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: computer chair flipped me out onto the floor causing severe back pain, besides wc is this personal injury or on company

Work as a lpn .. old worn chair, company threw out after my fall, keep asking me to return to work

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 9, 2018

It looks like you already identified the workers’ comp element in this matter. I don’t practice in Illinois, but if you were injured and are exploring your rights outside of workers’ comp, consult with an Illinois personal injury/product liability attorney regarding third-party cause(s) of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and International Law for Illinois on
Q: Please see more information

Hello! I’m just trying to ask, my boy friend are studying aviation in America but that is a Chinese school. So they don’t let all the student spend night at outside and they have to be at their dorm after 10pm. It’s that legal? And if they spend the night at outside they will stop that... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 8, 2018

It sounds as if this is private organization, where your boyfriend decided to study aviation. They can set their own rules. If the students cannot accept their rules, I would imagine they can leave the program.

Therefore, you will need to accept these rules. I am hopeful that your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: I was sold a vehicle which I was told had no damage . i later found out in had frame damage.Can I sue for product liab?

I was involved in an accident. I hit a parked car , however the entire vehicle flipped causing me to be hospitalized, I lost wages at work, etc. I later found out the car had frame damage which played a huge role in why the car flipped instead of staying upright.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 29, 2018

It is certainly possible you have a viable cause of action, as well as the ability to recover for the personal injuries sustained. However, the chances of recovery are dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the details around the collision and the applicability of various... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: If you are injured in a motorcycle accident but weren't wearing a helmet can that hurt your case?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Aug 10, 2018

It certainly possible that not wearing a helmet in a motorcycle accident, but the affect of that fact is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the nature and extend of your injuries.

More importantly, do you have an attorney representing you in this matter? If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: What happens if no one is at fault in an accident - who pays?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jul 25, 2018

There is no such scenario. Each of the 2 or more Parties to an accident is ALWAYS assigned some degree of contributory negligence. If it turns out that 2 drivers are determined to be equally negligent, they are each responsible for one half of whatever injury and other damage they cause. In... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Illinois on
Q: If I own a pit bull, and living in a rental house, wouldn't I be the only one liable for any bad behaviors by the dog?

I don't want the owner of my house to be responsible for any of this!

Camille Brooks Ibrahim
Camille Brooks Ibrahim answered on Jul 5, 2018

Absolutely! The owner of the dog is liable for any damages inflicted by that dog

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: My moving company hired two felons who threatened to burn down my house/kill me. Do I have a case for negligent hiring?

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Drew Ball
Drew Ball answered on Jun 14, 2018

From the limited facts you provided it does not sound like any personal injury was actually suffered? Did they cause you injury? Have you seen a doctor or psychologist as the result of the threats? If you did not sustain an injury it would be difficult to say "you have a case" and even more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Hey I had an injury from I was off for a week and a half am I due a settlement

They paid me for the week I was off but didn’t offer me a settlement

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on May 30, 2018

Without knowing the nature of your injury and the extent of your disability (if any) resulting from the injury, there is no way to answer your question. Also, as a general rule workers' compensation insurers do not voluntarily make offers to settle cases unless an attorney is negotiating for you. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: My sister was visiting with her new dog (7 month old puppy) and it bit my neighbor and her son. Am I liable?

The neighbor's lawyer has already sent papers that I sent to my insurance. They found us not liable and offered the 5K in medical. Neighbor has been advised to not take that and the lawyer is going to try again. Should they be going after my father's home owners instead since my sister lived... Read more »

Howard Abrams
Howard Abrams answered on May 9, 2018

This is a complicated question, but if you did not own the dog or were dog sitting or letting the dog stay at your house, you are probably no responsible. If your sister lived with your dad then his insurance could cover it. Your sister is definitely responsible, but probably does not have any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: after signing a class action lawsuit settlement, can I change my mind because I have yet to receive a copy of my contrac

I feel that the the signing of the contract was conscionable and I didn't have an estimate of what the care costs would be going forward and how it would affect my Medicaid benefits.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on May 8, 2018

It is possible, but unlikely unless you have some type of valid defense such as duress or unconscionability. That said, I recommend asking the attorney and/or firm that is representing you in this matter, as they are in the best position to answer your questions due to their implied knowledge of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: I want to sue a hospital for medical malpractice (for a failure to diagnose claim).

Do I have to pay my medical bills before the case gets decided? Or can I wait and see how the case turns out?

Howard Abrams
Howard Abrams answered on May 1, 2018

First, you need to consult a lawyer as a medical malpractice case can be one of the most expensive and complicated types of Personal Injury cases. In terms of the medical bills you should contact the providers directly and either submit it through your health insurance if available or work... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Securities Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I sue if I was injured by a store employee

I was basically dragged into a back room and was forced to the grown and asked questions then he took my wallet and seached through it I ended up with a broken ankle

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Apr 30, 2018

You can certainly file a lawsuit based on the facts provided, but the viability of prevailing and recovering on the lawsuit are dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the nature of you getting dragged out and if you were resisting with the individual.

That said, I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Last spring I was at my kids school volunteering for kickball, got hurt in my left eye with the ball, was blind for 7hrs

I ended up in ER, school nurse promised that district will cover my bills and made us fill reimbursement form. School denied paying any bills incurred, what can I do now? I am stay at home mom and don’t have money to pay the bills almost $1000.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Apr 26, 2018

It depends on very specific details surrounding the injury and whether or not a party was negligent. That being the case, I recommend you organize everything in your possession relevant to this matter, including all medical records, and consult with a personal injury lawyer for a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was hit by a person using a scooter offered for customers at a store - is the store at fault?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Apr 21, 2018

It is possible that the store could be at fault, but it depends on very specific facts that are not provided here. As such, I recommend organizing everything in your possession related to this matter, including pictures and medical records, and consulting with an attorney individually for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: What should I do with a restaurant I ordered food at that contained a small piece of plastic in it?

I ordered food from a popular chain restaurant by my house. Upon opening a container, on my first bite I swallowed a small sharp piece of plastic. And began choking. I panicked, as I was home alone, and was able to throw my stomach into a table and force the piece out. My throat hurts a tremendous... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Apr 19, 2018

Although traumatic, the injuries you describe are likely not severe enough to justify filing a lawsuit against the restaurant. That said, I certainly recommend following up with a doctor ASAP to determine whether or not there is more damage than seems apparent. The longer you wait, the less... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Nursing Home Abuse and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Dad fell at Nursing Home the day he was to be discharged. Nurse called & said he fell & skinned his knee but was fine.

When I arrived for his discharge, I found Dad in bed alone in his room complaining of horrible R hip pain. When I tried to have him sit, then stand to get in a wheelchair to leave, he was completely unable & began to shake & scream in pain. At this point it was obvious he had a severe injury. So,... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Mar 26, 2018

My most sincere apologies that you and your family have to go through this, as it certainly could be considered a case of neglect. That said, it is a very fact specific determination, and is dependent on notice the nursing home had, the nature of the fall, as well as whether or not it exercised... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Was in a car accident but neither one of us were insured - anything I can do here?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Mar 16, 2018

Yes, assuming you were not at fault, you can still sue the other driver personally for damages. That said, recovering from a judgment is a different story, as you will have to make sure the at-fault driver has enough assets where it makes economic sense to pursue a lawsuit against him or her. As... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was injured on a pacebus left arm shoulder and neck do to bus driver neglect went to hostipal a musculoskeletal

I end up having a musclarskeleton on my left side neck andshoulder and arm i went to hostipal and seeing my doctor been on meds for pass two weeks now i need therapy bills coming in what I need to do its been reported to pace bus i haven't heard from them

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Mar 3, 2018

I am sorry to hear about your injuries. I highly recommend you continue getting the treatment you need, and consult with an attorney individually as soon as possible. You will not be taken seriously by the bus company until you do, trust me I have represented multiple clients in very similar... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Can I sue the hosts of a party if I was injured by another guest at their house?
Michael J. Brennan
Michael J. Brennan answered on Feb 9, 2018

Yes you maybe able to hold the hosts of the party liable for your injuries. It really depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. You should talk to a person injury attorney to find out all of your rights. My office as well as many other offices will offer a free consultation by phone or in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: can security sue the business they work for after a guest breaks their nose?

We hired security for New Years and he began to use excessive force on an intoxicated guest who was not even fighting back and he pushed him into a wall. As he was pushing him in the guest went to shield his face and broke his nose. He is an officer who has many complaints again him including using... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Feb 1, 2018

To those of us who are unfamiliar with the facts, your frequent use of the words "he" and "his" without clarifying who is being referred to each time makes this a confusing question. It's hard to tell if each use of the words refers to the guard or to the guest. I'm guessing the guest somehow broke... Read more »

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