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Auto accidents are not always as simple as they appear. Even when it seems obvious who is to blame, there can be factors involved that you are not aware of and those factors can have a big impact on your case.

A defective vehicle is often the true cause of an accident. This is most common in SUV rollovers, but can happen in any type of vehicle. Faulty tires, brakes, steering systems, and other components can cause an accident to occur. Even in accidents that truly were the fault of one or more drivers, vehicular defects can make injuries far worse than they had to be Learn more about common causes of accidents.

Accidents can also be caused by defective roadways. Faulty traffic signals are a good example. They can make it appear as if someone must have run a red light, when really neither driver was to blame. In some cases, if the defect that caused the accident is not revealed, an innocent driver can even face criminal charges and wind up in jail. That driver could be you if you do not have an attorney with the experience and knowledge to properly investigate the case.

 

 

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

A premises liability claim can happen anywhere at any time. The most common occurrences of these types of claims include: 

Slip and fall injuries: if another party’s negligence created an unsafe environment that caused you to slip and fall, you could sustain a number of injuries, from broken bones to spinal cord injuries. A slip and fall can be the result of spills and slick floors, icy or poorly-maintained sidewalks or missing handrails.

Swimming pool accidents: each year, thousands of injuries occur and private and public pools. A lack of supervision, faulty equipment or ignorance for acceptable safety standards can lead to a range of swimming pool accidents, from falls on slippery surfaces and diving board accidents to drowning deaths.

Animal bites: pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. If you are bitten by an aggressive dog or other pet, you can sustain severe scarring and disfigurement. The pet owners should be held responsible for your injuries.

Rape and assault: poor lighting, a lack of security or broken locks can enable a perpetrator to attack you. If this occurs in a bar parking lot, hotel parking garage, or apartment complex, that business may be held responsible.

Retail accident: if a display falls or a shelf collapses, you could suffer serious head, neck or back injuries. A store owner or manager must make sure their store does not present a danger to consumers.

  Living with TBI

The outward signs of TBI are not always clear and visible. Symptoms can be elusive, and most TBI survivors have good and bad days. This is confusing to victims and their loved ones. It can make it impossible to hold down a job, even when the good days are very good.

Radical personality changes, unexplainable emotional outbursts, and even violent blackouts can be frightening for TBI survivors and those around them. It is even more frightening when TBI has gone undiagnosed.

More than half of all TBI survivors will develop epilepsy, putting them at risk for more accidents and injuries.

TBI can also affect your ability to concentrate and your memory. Some of these problems can be offset by learning coping skills. Many people get back to a normal way of life by implementing elaborate reminder systems.

No Brain Injury Is Mild

If you have been told that you suffered a “mild” brain injury, do not be misled. When the term “mild” is used it is referring to the rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This scale measures the initial assault on the brain and basically tells you how long you were out. It has nothing to do with the severity of the long-term damage to your brain. Even a “mild” brain injury can have devastating long-term consequences.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, please contact the experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., serving the Chicago, Illinois area. We can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. Complimentary consultations are available!