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For many young professionals who live in Chicago, they relish the ability to take Metra between pub crawl stops instead of driving themselves. Unfortunately though, what was slated to be another fun Saturday night in February resulted in tragedy. That night, a 28-year-old man crashed into another car on his way home, killing both himself and a 68-year-old in the process.

In most cases like this, the victim’s family would file a wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver and his or her estate. In this one, though, they’ve instead decided to also sue three McHenry County bars that they believe overserved the man and his friends earlier that night.

While the owners of two of the bars the man visited that night have remained relatively tight lipped in talking to the press, the owner of Arlington Height’s Peggy Kinnane’s has been much more vocal about his lack of liability for the crash. He noted it was the first stop the man made and that he left his particular bar hours before the fatal crash.

A woman who was left with a severely disfigured hand after riding the Wahoo Racer while visiting Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor Water Park in Gurnee, Illinois, had her a $1.5 million judgment upheld on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The theme park’s attorneys had previously argued that the woman’s own lack of attentiveness had been to blame for her July 2011 injury.

The woman suffered cuts to her hands, wrists and right ankle as she slid down the water slide at the park in 2011. As she landed in the pool at the base of the slide, she noted that the water was full of blood. She was taken tho the hospital where she had surgery on the tendons on her left hand. Three of her fingers could no longer be moved once it was finished.

In her lawsuit, the woman highlighted how she had long worked as an administrative assistant, a role that required her to routinely engage in data entry at the time of the incident. She argued that she would no longer be able to work in that capacity following her injury.

A 26-year-old woman who dreamed of becoming a dance teacher was dealt a life-changing blow in August of 2015. A 750 pound awning at Chicago’s O’Hare airport fell on her during a thunder storm.

While the woman survived, she was left paralyzed. She has since filed a wrongful conduct lawsuit against both the City of Chicago and its Aviation Department. The case goes in front of a judge on Aug. 10, 2017.

The victim in this case had been waiting under the awning at the airport the day when the awning came crashing down on her. As it came into contact with her, she first heard a noticeable cracking noise followed by a numbing sensation that she could feel throughout most of her body. She immediately could tell that her spinal cord had been severed in half and that she’d never walk again.

When it comes to injuries suffered on its property, the city of Chicago is subject to the Immunity Act, a law that specifies that neither the government itself nor any one of its employees can be sued while carrying out everyday tasks related to their jobs. At the same time, government entities are responsible for ensuring that their actions are not seen as being either unreasonable or negligent as well.

If you’ve been injured in Chicago, one of the first things that’s important to determine is whether the area in which you were injured was under the jurisdiction of the city or someone else. Among the many different city-run operations that they are not only responsible for cleaning, but keeping safe from hazardous conditions as well, there is City Hall, sidewalks, parking garages and lots, parks, buses and streets.

Once made aware of certain safety issues, the city is responsible for quickly addressing them or potentially being held liable for not doing so. Among some of the many potentially dangerous issues that can arise in a highly trafficked city such as Chicago, include slips or falls on wet surfaces, trips and falls on either uneven pavement or cracked sidewalks or being struck or cut by a foreign object on the ground are most common.

A woman, who alleges she was injured in a slip and fall while visiting her mother at the Glen Elston Nursing and Rehab Center in Chicago on June 27, 2015, has filed a lawsuit against the assisted living facility. The lawsuit that was filed with the clerk of courts on March 9, 2017 seeks damages for the injuries she alleges she suffered as a result of a slip and fall on the facility’s premises.

In her complaint, she alleges that she slipped on soapy water that had accumulated on one of the facility’s floor. She maintains that staff not only had failed to properly clean up the soapy water that ultimately resulted in her injuries, but failed to post any signs warning her of its presence either.

The woman’s lawsuit, filed in the Cook County Circuit Court system, lists the defendants as Glen Elston Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre Ltd. and its sister organization, the Glen Health and Home Management Inc. To settle the claim, the plaintiff is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000 in addition to court costs against the defendant.

While fatal car accidents account for the largest percentage of all accidental deaths, trips, slips and falls come in at a not-too-distant second at 15 percent. Among the three, they are not only different in terms of how they occur, but as far as how each can be prevented as well.

As for slips, they most often occur when your feet and the surface you are walking on have either too little friction or traction in between them. For example, if you attempt to walk on a wet floor, icy pavement or directly atop an oil spill, without the benefit of use of footwear with a well defined tread to its sole, then you’re apt to slip and fall.

Trips, in contrast, occur in situations in which a foot comes in contact with another object while moving in a forward direction, ultimately causing an individual to lose their balance. An example of this would be you not noticing a raised area on the sidewalk, your shoe making contact with it and you losing your footing as a result.

March has been declared brain injury awareness month. Munday & Nathan is joining organizations around the country that are taking steps to educate people about this medical condition that impacts millions of people every year.

Brain Injuries Come In Many Forms

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are typically classified as mild, moderate and severe. The reality is that even a mild TBI can have a serious impact on a person’s life, resulting in a variety of issues ranging from headaches to memory loss.

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