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Plaintiffs have a duty to mitigate

Failing to seek medical treatment when you are injured can be a costly mistake. Under Illinois law, plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits have a duty to mitigate. The duty to mitigate means that if you are injured due to someone else's negligence, you have a duty to make reasonable efforts to avoid additional loss or injury. In fact, failure to do so is an affirmative defense and could impact your ability to recover damages.

Losing the right to compensation due to statutes of limitations

A Cook County resident who is injured in a head-on collision caused by a distracted driver does not want to be told by an attorney that he or she has lost the right to sue for damages. Unfortunately, too many people wait before seeking legal advice following an auto accident because they are unaware of the Illinois statute of limitations.

Study reveals interesting distracted driving habits in teens

When a driver is engaged in something other than focusing on the road, this is known as distracted driving. While some common examples of distracted driving involve texting, eating or talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel, this can include many behaviors one might not expect. Illinois residents might find it surprising that an Oregon State University study found that some teenagers do homework, change clothes and switch shoes while driving.

Negligence has different degrees

The outcome of personal injury cases in Illinois depends upon the level of negligence assigned to each person involved in an accident. The defense side often tries to argue for comparative or contributory negligence or claim assumption of risk to try to reduce or eliminate damages in personal injury cases.

Coping with accident-related PTSD

As a result of the 6 million motor vehicle accidents that occur across Illinois and the rest of the nation on a yearly basis, car accident victims might expect to feel shaken, guilty, angry or worried afterwards. However, they may not expect to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a crash. Most feelings of stress after an accident begin to fade after a short while, but sometimes, these feelings can escalate and last for long periods of time.

Playground injury statistics

Illinois readers may be saddened to learn that 147 children under 14 years of age died as a result of playground accidents in the decade between 1990 and 2000. Over 200,000 children in this age bracket are given medical treatment in emergency rooms for playground injuries, costing $1.2 billion in a single year.

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