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Winter Car Accidents & How to Avoid Them

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by Joseph Shea

As car-accident lawyers in Chicago, we’ve seen it all. Getting behind the wheel when the temperatures drop is a completely different experience than driving in warm weather. On top of that, Chicago is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the country, making dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic a daily occurrence. In 2016 alone, Illinois […]

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Don’t Get A Dog Bite

Posted on January 28th, 2018 by Joseph Shea

No matter how cute or fluffy, a dog is still an animal and still has the capacity to hurt you. Dog bites affect nearly 5 million people in America every year. The common fallacy is that dog bites come from stray or strange dogs, but the truth of the matter is that most dog bites […]

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits In Illinois

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by Joseph Shea

Although there are differences, every state, including Illinois, has specific laws that govern wrongful death lawsuits. If a person died because of a careless act on the part of another person or entity, the person that caused the death can be sued for causing a wrongful death. The spouse or next-of-kin of the deceased can […]

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Personal Injury Laws And Rules In Illinois

Posted on January 18th, 2018 by Joseph Shea

The state of Illinois has several laws on the books that relate to personal injury cases. The statutory rules apply when a lawsuit is filed and may have an impact on the settlement that is arrived at with the named defendant in the case and his or her insurance company. The Statute of limitations: Illinois […]

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Personal Injury Dictionary: Sprains, Strains and Tears – What’s the Difference?

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by Joseph Shea

If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe the sprain was really a strain. Or was it a tear? The pain level for all is about the same, so how do you tell the difference? The personal injury lawyers at the Shea Law Group have seen plenty of both over […]

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Personal Injury Dictionary: Contusions

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 by Joseph Shea

What is a contusion? A simple answer is that a contusion is a bruise caused when tiny blood vessels (capillaries) are damaged or broken as a result of blunt force trauma that crushes the underlying muscle fibers and connective tissue without breaking the skin. Because a contusion is technically a bruise, the tendency of many […]

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Personal Injury Dictionary: Abrasions, Lacerations and Puncture Wounds

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by Joseph Shea

At first glance, many people probably think that legal suits over such things as abrasions, lacerations and puncture wounds are nothing but frivolous. But any personal injury lawyer knows that a serious abrasion, laceration or puncture wound is not to be taken lightly. There are countless ways the negligence or malfeasance of others can lead […]

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Injury Dictionary: ACL Tear

Posted on October 28th, 2017 by Joseph Shea

An ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the major ligaments in your knee. ACL injuries most often occur during sports that involve sudden stops, jumping or changes in direction. It’s essential to remember, however, that you don’t have to be engaged in athletic activities to suffer an ACL. […]

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Injury Dictionary: RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 by Joseph Shea

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), sometimes called complex regional pain syndrome, is a rare condition that affects the sympathetic nervous system. RSD is characterized by chronic, severe pain that generally affects the extremities. Motor deficits and altered sensation may also be seen in patients with this condition. To explain a little more, RSD affects the sympathetic […]

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Injury Dictionary: Paralysis

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Joseph Shea

Briefly defined, paralysis is the loss of muscle function in part of your body. It can be localized or generalized, partial or complete, temporary or permanent. Paralysis can affect any part of your body at any time in your life, and if you experience it, you probably won’t feel pain in the affected area(s). Symptoms […]

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