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Unique Traffic Laws in Illinois

Published on Nov 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm in Car Accidents.

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Illinois has some unique laws in the Vehicle Code that you might not realize before entering our state. Whether you’re traveling and driving in Illinois for the first time, just getting your license, or have been driving in our state your whole life and need a refresher, it’s important to know Illinois traffic laws so that you don’t break the rules of the road and cause an accident.

Not knowing traffic laws can have serious consequences, like getting charged with a traffic violation when you break the law or getting into a collision. When another driver neglects a traffic law and causes an accident with you, you can recover damages from the at-fault driver. A lawyer from Prince Law Firm in Marion can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Let’s take a look at some of the unique traffic laws in Illinois, as outlined in the Illinois Rules of the Road.

When is a Workers’ Compensation Case More than a Workers’ Compensation Case?

Published on Nov 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm in Workers' Compensation.

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When a person is hurt on the job and needs help obtaining compensation for their injuries, the first thought is to file a workers’ compensation claim. That is certainly an appropriate starting place, but at Prince Law Firm we do not stop there if you decide to reach out to us. Instead, our team carefully studies your case to determine whether there are other potential avenues of recovery. Our goal at Prince Law Firm is to help our client put their life back together after a serious injury. One way that we help accomplish this is to look beyond the obvious to maximize the injured worker’s monetary compensation.

In some cases, the injured worker’s injuries may have been caused by someone other than just the employer. If an injured worker is hurt on the job, and the injury was caused in some part by the wrongful actions of another person or company, then you might have what is called a “third-party” case. In addition to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, you might also be able to pursue monetary compensation from the “third-party.” For instance, if a worker is driving a vehicle while performing their employment duties and they get rear-ended by another driver, then they can pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a separate claim against the driver who caused the car crash.

Heating Coils May Be Causing Lung Damage in E-Cigarettes

Published on Nov 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm in Product Liability.

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E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to regular cigarettes and other more traditional ways to consume nicotine. Other than the harm that nicotine, inhaling smoke, and the other assumed risks that regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes pose for consumers, studies are showing that parts of e-cigarettes may be causing lung damage for users.

When you’ve been injured by using an e-cigarette, then you could be eligible to recover financial compensation from the damages you suffered. An e-cigarette lawyer from Prince Law Firm in Illinois can help you investigate what caused your injuries and hold the at-fault party, whether that’s a company or manufacturer, responsible for their actions.

Heavy Truck Fatalities Continue to Rise Despite Decline in Total Road Fatalities

Published on Oct 29, 2020 at 6:15 pm in Truck Accidents.

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When large trucks collide with regular sized vehicles, the accident often produces serious injuries, and is more likely to be fatal than regular collisions. While there are many different reasons that truck accidents happen, they are usually from driver error, a company mistake, or a manufacturer defect.

Even though acts of negligence can be prevented through caution and awareness, accidents still happen. In fact, deadly collisions involving large trucks are continuing to rise even though total road fatalities are on the decline.

What Can Happen When a Stroke Is Misdiagnosed?

Published on Oct 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Strokes are serious events that happen in the arteries of the brain and are caused by a blockage of blood flow or rupture of a vessel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes, or caused by a blood clot.

When the blood flow to or within the brain is restricted, brain cells die. When brain cells die, you can lose your memory, certain motor functions, or worse. This is why it’s imperative for strokes to be recognized and diagnosed as soon as possible—because taking too long and misdiagnosing could be the difference between life and death.

When you’ve been misdiagnosed by a medical professional and it ends up causing you further damage, you could be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim. At Prince Law Firm, our lawyers understand how hard it can be to deal with the effects of a misdiagnosis. That’s why we’re here to help you with your claim and ensure that you get justice for your doctor’s negligence.

How to Prepare for a Court Deposition

Published on Oct 16, 2020 at 12:15 pm in Legal Information.

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If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking to seek compensation for your losses, you could find yourself in the midst of a lawsuit. Preparing for a personal injury trial can seem daunting, especially when thinking about parts of the process—like the deposition.

The deposition is part of the discovery process. Testimony collected is used to prepare for trial and avoid any surprises. Depositions are also useful if a witness cannot be present at trial. While many of the questions will not be admissible during the trial, the answers will help the attorneys move forward. If you’re dealing with a lawsuit and are heading in the discovery process, it’s important to know how to prepare for a court deposition. To start, let’s take a look at the definition and purpose of a deposition.

What Should I Do If I’m in a Car Accident I Didn’t Cause?

Published on Oct 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm in Car Accidents.

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The seconds before and after a car accident are often jarring and overwhelming. The moment you realize there’s nothing you can do to avoid another vehicle striking yours is the moment your body braces for impact. The actions you take after the crash, however, have more impact on your recovery than anything else.

If you’ve been involved in a crash that you didn’t cause, it’s important to know what to do—including at the scene of the collision and in the days and weeks after. Let’s take a look at how you can protect yourself and your future after an accident.

Announcing the Winner of the Prince Law Firm 2020 Scholarship

Published on Sep 23, 2020 at 3:36 pm in Firm News.

At Prince Law Firm, we’re proud to host an annual scholarship aimed to help students achieve their dreams and obtain a higher education. The Fall 2020 submission period just came to a close, and we were truly humbled by the quality applications we received. Thank you to everyone who applied! Your applications were a pleasure to read.

We’re pleased to announce we’ve chosen a winner.

Congratulations to Samantha Lopez of California!

Samantha will be attending the University of California-Los Angeles.

Here is the essay prompt:

What’s a mystery you’d like to solve, and how would you go about doing so?

Can Continuous Flow Intersections Prevent Collisions?

Published on Aug 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm in Car Accidents.

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Our intersections in the United States mostly follow a traditional model. This means that all the roads meet and face a signal with four phases—two for left turns and two for going straight through the intersection. These signals can cause traffic to back up, and also create accidents when drivers run red lights for both turns and through movements alike. Is there a way to reduce traffic and prevent collisions? Continuous Flow Intersections, or CFIs, could be a solution.

Steps to Take If You Witness a Car Accident

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:05 pm in Car Accidents.

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Being in a car accident is scary. Witnessing a car accident can be nerve-wracking as well because you might want to help those involved but don’t know how and end up doing more harm than good. Since the people involved in the accident could be injured and unable to contact emergency services, your help could be crucial in saving them from their situation. It’s important to know the steps to take if you witness a car accident so you can help anyone involved while keeping yourself out of harm’s way.

Over 300,000 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Illinois in 2017, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, so you should know what to do just in case you witness one of those crashes. Here’s what you should do to help if you witness a car accident:

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