Accident Attorneys Assisting Victims in Wheaton and Schaumburg
Many types of accidents can be devastating. If you were injured on the job or in an accident caused by someone else, you may be able to obtain compensation. The Schaumburg and Wheaton personal injury lawyers at Therman Law Offices represent Illinois residents in lawsuits for damages, as well as workers' compensation claims. We have over 35 years of combined experience, and we can develop a strategy that considers your specific needs and circumstances, whether you were injured in a car accident, an elevator accident, or a slip and fall.Personal Injury
Most personal injury lawsuits are brought under a theory of negligence. A plaintiff alleging negligence must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, but the defendant failed to meet the duty of care, and this caused the accident. In more complicated personal injury lawsuits, it may be necessary to retain experts. For example, in a complex truck accident case, we may need to retain an accident reconstruction expert to look at the different factors that contributed to the accident. If we are able to establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit, we may be able to recover compensatory damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.Car Accidents
Car accidents are very common. The injuries may be catastrophic, particularly if the cars involved were going at high speeds. You may be able to sue another driver for their negligent driving if you can show that the driver did not drive safely given the circumstances, and you were injured because of the negligent driving. Conduct that is often found to be a breach of the duty of all drivers to use reasonable care while driving includes speeding, texting, weaving, drunk driving, fatigued driving, tailgating, and aggressive driving. The conduct must have a causal relationship to your injuries in order for a personal injury attorney in Wheaton or Schaumburg to be able to establish liability.Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often more complicated than car accidents. Due to the weight and size of commercial trucks, there may be catastrophic injuries to multiple people. Often, there are multiple claims against the truck driver's insurance, making it especially important to look at all of the factors that may have contributed to the accident. In some cases, it is appropriate to hold the trucking company, a third-party loader, a property owner, or a truck manufacturer responsible for a truck accident. For example, it may be appropriate to sue a trucking company for negligent hiring if it hires a truck driver whose background check reveals a drunk driving problem, and then the truck driver gets into a drunk driving accident that kills a victim.Motorcycle Accidents
Many drivers do not expect to see motorcyclists on the road. For example, they may not take into account the possibility of a motorcyclist at an intersection, and they may run a yellow light that is turning red just as a motorcyclist tries to make a turn. Unfortunately, many jurors have a bias against motorcyclists, and insurance adjusters know of this bias. Therefore, it is important to retain a Schaumburg or Wheaton personal injury attorney who understands motorcycle culture and how to combat stereotypes. Illinois motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets. However, helmets can protect against catastrophic injuries to the head in case of a collision.
Some bicycle accidents are caused by a bicyclist's error. However, a bicycle accident involving a larger vehicle may result in very serious injuries. It is possible to hold other drivers responsible if they cause serious injuries to a bicyclist. Drivers owe a duty of care to bicyclists with whom they share the road. Generally, a higher level of care is owed when a bicyclist is a child. A driver may breach the duty to use reasonable care toward a bicyclist by speeding around them or by opening a door without checking to make sure that a bicyclist is not placed in danger by the opening door.Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injury or a wrongful death. They do not have any physical buffer between their body and the force of a collision. A personal injury lawyer in Schaumburg or Wheaton can help you sue for injuries that you suffer as a result of a car accident. If you carry auto insurance, that insurance may give you coverage in case you are involved in a hit and run. When a driver kills a pedestrian, their family may be able to sue for specific types of damages.Elevator Injuries
When you visit an apartment building or business, you rely on the property owner to keep the elevators in safe operating condition. Sometimes victims are unexpectedly injured because of elevators. They may malfunction due to heavy usage and lack of maintenance. If you were injured in an elevator accident, a Chicago elevator injury lawyer may be able to recover damages through a premises liability claim. Property owners are supposed to keep their property reasonably safe, and this duty includes providing regular inspections and maintenance of elevators. In some cases, it may be possible to hold liable a company that installs or repairs an elevator.Premises Liability
If you are injured as a result of a dangerous property condition on a property that you are visiting, you may be able to recover damages. The Illinois Premises Liability Act provides that property owners owe visitors a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances, regarding the state of the premises or acts committed on the property. The duty of reasonable care does not include a duty to warn of obvious dangers. Likewise, a property owner is not expected to provide warnings for dangers that are already known to the visitor or that could reasonably be expected to be discovered. Your Schaumburg or Wheaton personal injury lawyer will need to show that a property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.Nursing Home Abuse
When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you trust that they will be competently treated. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is common, and it may involve negligent care, improper restraints, pressure sores, or falls. Of all of the states, Illinois has had the largest number of nursing home abuse incidents overall. Nursing homes in Illinois are licensed and regulated, and they are inspected by private and public agencies. Both federal and state laws govern them. If you or a loved one has been subjected to nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be able to recover damages.Workers' Compensation
Workers’ compensation laws are designed to give employees financial assistance in case they cannot work because of on-the-job injuries or illnesses. This financial assistance is paid in the form of benefits that are provided without regard to fault. You can get workers' compensation even if your own carelessness caused you to be injured on the job. Employees may be entitled to benefits such as medical expenses and temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial disability, or permanent total disability. Vocational rehabilitation and death benefits may also be available.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Schaumburg or Wheaton
The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Therman Law Offices are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy for a client's rights during litigation or settlement negotiations. We understand how stressful it can be to deal with injuries. Call us at 312-588-1900 or use our online form to set up a free consultation.