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Generally, a defendant is liable for injuries caused by his actions or conduct, however, preexisting conditions complicate even the simplest of personal injury claims. Balestri v. Terminal Freight Cooperative Ass’n, 394 N.E.2d 391, 393 (Ill. 1979).

What is a preexisting condition?

A preexisting condition is a prior injury or damage (physical or mental) that was present before the injury that is ...
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A product recall is a request to return, exchange, or replace a product after its manufacturer (or sometimes a consumer) discovers defects that could hinder its performance, harm consumers, or cause legal issues for the producers. It is likely that everyone has heard of a product being recalled at some point in their lives. There are signs at stores, ads on the radio, and even newscasters annou...
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Boating is a popular activity when the warmer weather begins. Illinois and Chicago residents have easy access to Lake Michigan, where recreational boating is very common. Recreational boating is a leisure activity that consists of using a boat for activities such as fishing, water skiing, or travel. This includes sailboats, powerboats, or man-powered vessels, such as rowing and paddle boats.

Un...
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Accidents and tragedies are not exclusively a problem on land; they also occur on the high seas. Cruise ships have been the center of many controversies from lack of necessary safety procedures to inadequate emergency medical care. When these tragedies inevitably occur, injured victims can still obtain relief.

Cruise ships are considered “common carriers”, like buses, airplanes, and subways and ...
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During the spring and summer months, individuals are more inclined to participate in activities that may result in a burn injury. For example, spring and summer usually bring out bonfires, cookouts, and even fireworks. Even though these activities can be exciting, they can also result in a serious injury.

According to the American Burn Association, more than 400,000 people are treated for burn i...
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Personal injury lawsuits typically arise out of accidents or behavior of a negligent defendant that a victim could not have predicted, including severe sport injuries. A sport injury is any type of injury sustained by a participant of a sporting event. These injuries can be categorized into two groups—those caused by a traumatic impact and those caused by the overuse of a particular body part. ...
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With warmer temperatures around the corner, pedestrians will be more inclined to walk rather than be stuck in a vehicle or public transportation. However, with increased numbers or pedestrians comes the increased risk of pedestrian accidents. When a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the consequences are more often than not catastrophic.

Frequency of Pedestrian Accidents

According to th...
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During the winter months, outdoor enthusiasts take on the slopes to practice their skiing and snowboarding skills. However, even though these outdoor activities can be fun and thrilling, they can also be extremely hazardous. When participants take proper safety precautions, they can typically prevent injuries from occurring. Sometimes, however, accidents are inevitable. This is especially the c...
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Imagine you’re walking on the city sidewalk, admiring the fresh fallen snow, when all of sudden you slip and fall, severely injuring yourself. What happens next? In the state of Illinois, cities and municipalities are typically protected from lawsuits. In order for a victim to bring a case against the city or municipality, they must prove that the government acted intentionally or demonstrated ...
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Dog Bites and Strict Liability – What Does it Mean for You and Your Loved Ones? 

When it comes to the law regarding dog bites, all states are typically very similar. However, where the legal rules for dog bites start to become a bit muddled is in the liability. Here in Illinois, the state follows strict liability laws. What this means is that liability for a dog bite case cannot be disputed afte...
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