IL accident lawyerIn May of this year, a 27-year-old motorcyclist tragically lost his life after colliding with a passenger vehicle on the Kennedy Expressway. Illinois State Police report that the other vehicle did not stop after the collision and instead fled the scene of the accident.

Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident can be devastating. If you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle accident and the other driver sped off before insurance information could be exchanged, you may be unsure of your rights. Can you recover compensation for your medical bills and vehicle damage? What if the at-fault driver is never discovered?

Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Motorcyclists

Riding a motorcycle puts a driver in an especially vulnerable position. Even if the driver is wearing a helmet and other protective gear, the motorcycle offers virtually no protection in the event of a collision. Consequently, fatal and catastrophic injuries are particularly common in motorcycle accidents. The economic consequences of a motorcycle accident can create a tremendous financial burden on an injured person and his or her family. Fortunately, injured motorcyclists may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income from missed work, and other damages.


IL accident lawyerAt some point throughout the day, we are all considered pedestrians. We are all at risk of being injured in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, which happens more often than you may think. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 79,000 motor vehicle accidents that occurred involving a pedestrian in 2019. When a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a vehicle, the results can be devastating and can inflict damage and trauma onto the pedestrian because of the sheer size and weight comparison. If you have been in a traffic accident as a pedestrian, you should get in touch with an Illinois pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your options for compensation.

Risk Factors for Accidents Involving Pedestrians

When you are walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting on a bench, or stretching out in the grass, you are a pedestrian. According to the NHTSA, pedestrian fatalities decreased between 2018 and 2019, but only slightly with a small 2.7 percent decrease. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, recovering compensation may be possible if you can determine who is at fault for the accident. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:

  • Distracted drivers and/or pedestrians: A big cause of pedestrian accidents are distractions for both drivers and the pedestrian themselves. In today’s world of technology, there are more distractions that can pop up than ever before. Cell phones and other devices can take a driver’s attention from the road, putting pedestrians in harm’s way.
  • Speeding: Another reason why pedestrian accidents may occur is because of speeding drivers. If a driver is speeding, they may not see a pedestrian in time, or they may not calculate enough time to allow them to stop before the pedestrian is hit.
  • Alcohol use: Like distractions, alcohol use can be on the part of either the pedestrian or the driver. While it is not technically illegal for a person to have alcohol in their system in public, it does raise the risk of an accident happening and lessens your ability to react if it does. However, drivers who are intoxicated can face criminal charges, as well as any civil penalties for an accident.

Our Illinois Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

Being injured in a car accident can leave you with devastating injuries and major financial losses. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you should speak with our skilled Orland Park, IL pedestrian accident injury attorney to determine whether or not you should pursue compensation for your injuries. James A. Payonk Jr., Attorney at Law, has helped numerous clients obtain much-needed compensation from many different types of vehicle accidents, including those involving pedestrians. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 708-966-2408.


Il dog bite lawyerWhen you think of a dog, you likely think of a happy, tail-wagging companion that is a common addition to families across the world. However, it is very easy to forget that while dogs can be part of the family, they are still living creatures that can sometimes act unpredictably and lash out if they feel the need. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Insurance Information Institute (III), there are an estimated 85 million dogs in the U.S., however, insurance companies paid out around $854 million in claims relating to dog bites in 2020 alone. If you have been bitten by a dog in Illinois, you are likely eligible for claiming compensation for your injuries.

Illinois’ Animal Control Act and Liability

In the state of Illinois, owners are responsible for the actions of their animals in nearly all situations. If a person is bitten by a dog, the owner of that dog is liable for the injuries that the dog causes. Specifically, the Illinois Animal Control Act states that a person is responsible for civil remedies for injuries caused by their dog biting a person if the person was in a place that they were legally allowed to be and the dog was not provoked.

Dangerous Dogs and the Law

Nobody wants to believe that their canine companion is dangerous, but there are occasions where dogs can be unpredictable. Dogs can be deemed “dangerous” or “vicious” by the state under certain circumstances, in which case, the owners would be notified of their dog’s status in writing. In some situations, a person who is bitten by a dog is bitten by one who has a history of dangerous behavior or biting. In these cases, the owner would have even more of a responsibility to ensure his or her dog is not a danger to others.


IL injury lawyerWhen you have an injury or illness that needs treatment, you want to believe that the people you are seeking help from know what they are doing and have the skills to keep you safe. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is not an uncommon occurrence. According to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which compiles information about adverse actions and malpractice payments across the country, there have been more than 58,000 adverse actions or medical malpractice claims paid out since 2020. It is fair to say that everyone makes mistakes, but when you are handling something as serious as someone’s health, negligence is unacceptable. If you have experienced the effects of a negligent physician, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim to gather compensation.

Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case

In general, medical malpractice is characterized by a physician’s negligent action to harm a patient, causing them to suffer a loss. In order for an injury to be a malpractice case, there must be three separate elements present: a clear violation of the standard of care, an injury that resulted from the violation, and damages that result from the injury. Without all three of these elements, you do not have a medical malpractice case.

  • Violation of the standard of care: A negligent action can come from a physician or other healthcare professional in a variety of ways. In general, however, a negligent action is typically a deviation from the standard course of treatment utilized and accepted by most physicians under similar circumstances.
  • An injury that arose from the violation: You must be able to prove that you suffered an injury from that violation. It is not sufficient to say that the physician simply violated the standard of care - you must also be able to show your injury, or in some cases, death.
  • Damages that were sustained from the injury: Finally, you should be able to show that you sustained damages because of the injury that you sustained from their violation of the standard of care. Damages could include funeral or burial costs if the patient died, or it could include things like disability and lost wages for a patient that suffers an injury.

Our Orland Park, IL Medical Malpractice Attorneys Are Here to Help

It only takes one small mistake to change a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a physician or other medical professional, you should discuss your case with an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer. James A. Payonk Jr., Attorney at Law, has the knowledge and experience to protect your interests when negotiating fair compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 708-966-2408.


IL defense  lawyerIn some cases, a workers’ compensation claim is fairly straightforward -- either the worker suffered from a blatantly clear work injury, like suffering a broken bone from something falling on it while working. In other cases, there may be hesitation or uncertainty when it comes to paying benefits for certain injuries. For example, many repetitive motion injuries can be questionable for many employers to cover under workers’ compensation. Carpal tunnel injuries can be painful and debilitating, which is why you need to retain the assistance of an attorney if your workers’ compensation claim for a carpal tunnel injury was denied.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, a large nerve that runs down your arm to your hand, is compressed or pinched in the passageway from your arm to your hand. That passageway is called the carpal tunnel, which the median nerve must pass through to get to the hand. If the median nerve is pinched, a person may experience numbness or tingling in the hand, and sometimes pain. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Weakness in your hand
  • Difficulty grasping or holding things
  • Tingling or numbness in your hand, thumb, index, middle, or ring fingers
  • Pain, burning, or tingling that moves up into your arm

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace

There are various causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, but it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the syndrome. The actual cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve, but certain things can increase the risk that this will happen. Some risk factors are biological, meaning they are things that cannot be helped, such as sex or having other nerve-damaging conditions, like diabetes. However, there are also environmental factors that play a part in carpal tunnel syndrome development. In many cases, your line of work can be a factor in carpal tunnel syndrome development. Those who are in occupations that require repetitive or prolonged wrist movements such as manufacturing, computer work, musician, or even construction work, are at a higher risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome.


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