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October 2013 Archives

What to Do If You Are Injured as a Passenger in an Auto Accident

Passenger injuries account for a large percentage of motor vehicle accident injuries. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among U.S. children and, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 22,812 passengers were injured in auto accidents in 2011 alone.

10 Common Mistakes after a Personal Injury Accident and How to Avoid Them

Any accident - whether a car accident, a defective product accident, or medical malpractice - can leave a person hurt, scared, angry, and confused. At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our dedicated personal injury lawyers strive to help clients protect their rights and obtain maximum recovery following a personal injury accident. Below are 10 common mistakes that people make after a personal injury accident and the ways that you can avoid them.

When Can a Bar or Restaurant Be Liable for an Alcohol-Related Accident in Illinois?

Drunk driving takes the lives of nearly 10,000 people each year and leaves another 170,000 people injured, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an alcohol-related accident, you deserve full and fair financial recovery from all responsible parties - including the drunk driver and anyone else who is responsible for the intoxication.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children and adults alike. But it can also be a dangerous holiday if certain precautions aren't taken. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to promoting safety and protecting the rights of those individuals who are injured in various accidents. Below are some helpful tips for making this Halloween season fun AND safe:


  1. NEVER drink and drive. Halloween parties are not just for children, and many adults celebrate the holiday with parties and libations. It is important to remember to NEVER get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking. Nearly one-third of all auto accidents are caused by drunk driving and even one or two drinks can impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The safest option is to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking and to, instead, use a designated driver.

  2. Obey traffic signs, cross the street only at designated intersections, and be aware of motor vehicle traffic. Traffic accidents and pedestrian injuries are one of the biggest dangers at Halloween due to the large number of people - many of them children - who are out at night. Parents should equip children with reflectors or flashlights, and young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older responsible child.

  3. Use battery powered light sources or flame-free candles inside jack-o-lanterns. Not only can candles inside pumpkins lead to burn injuries, but they can also start fires if extra caution is not used.

  4. Choose a safe costume. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission recommends choosing flame-resistant costumes. You should also avoid choosing a costume with very long sleeves or fringes, as the sleeves and fringes can get caught in flames and lead to fires or burn injuries.

  5. Do not eat or let your children eat anything that is unsealed and not in its original packaging.

  6. Avoid electrical fire risks. Do not overload outlets or power strips with plugs, and check all light sets for loose connections, frayed wires or other defects.

  7. Avoid putting decorations in the path of trick-or-treaters. If a person trips and falls on your property as a result of any hazards in his or her path, you could be liable for any resulting injuries.

  8. When trick-or-treating, children should only visit homes where the residents are known.


At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are dedicated to keeping the public safe and protecting the rights of accident and injury victims. We encourage people to have a fun and safe Halloween.