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When healthcare providers deviate from the accepted standards of care, and patients suffer adverse health effects as a result, it may constitute medical malpractice. Unfortunately, several types of medical mistakes commonly occur, causing injury or illness, worsened health condition, or death for patients. 
If a patient believes medical malpractice has occurred, then it is best to start consulting legal representation. Documents a lawyer might require can include medical records, hospital records, labs, and even doctor and nurse notes. These can be used to prove several of the elements of malpractice, which might also be referred to as the four d’s. 
A Personal injury lawsuit is the civil route that an injured victim can take to recover financial compensation from the party responsible for his or her injuries. The burden of proof lies with the victim to prove that the accident was due to the negligence of another party, and that it resulted in injury or death. If this can be proven to the court, then the injured party may be awarded damages. The claim might also be resolved through a settlement prior to trial.
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Pedestrians Have Rights in Car Accidents, Too; Says New Illinois Law

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Pedestrians Have Rights in Car Accidents, Too; Says New Illinois Law

When a car accident occurs involving a pedestrian a new amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code states that pedestrians have rights, too! Under the heading of “Car Accidents” and “Personal Injury” we often have occasion to inform and opine over court cases and settlements involving pedestrians and bikers (see grazianvolpe.com or myaccidentlaw.com July 29th on “Hot Pursuit”, July 28th on “Bicycle Helmets” and July 27th on “Hot Pursuit and the Joliet Bicycle Verdict”).

Now here comes some good, hard law through an amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code which requires drivers to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing on the vehicles side of the road when there are no traffic control signals in operation (625 ILCS 5/11-1002). A driver may choose to slow down instead of stopping when the pedestrian is crossing on the other side of the road, unless the pedestrian is dangerously close to the vehicle’s side of the road. Prior to this amendment, vehicle drivers were allowed to slow down instead of stopping regardless of the location of the pedestrian.

While your Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys at Grazian and Volpe are pleased to report that pedestrians have rights we need to caution you not to go out and exercise those rights without some common sense. Cars, trucks and motorcycles, are simply bigger, faster and stronger than the average pedestrian. As South Chicago Accident Lawyers we handle many car accidents involving pedestrians and it is inevitable that the pedestrian always suffers a much more serious personal injury than either the car or the driver! So, as always, stay safe first and if you can’t stay safe, stay with Grazian and Volpe!

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd