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The law of Negligence requires that a person acts in a manner that conforms to a certain standard of conduct. Where a person's actions do not conform to this standard, the law requires the person to compensate someone who is hurt, or injured as a result. In some instances, the law of negligence also covers a person's failure to act.

There are also several other tort actions that may apply in a situation where another person harmed you, your property, or your interests. Two common torts are False Imprisonment and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Other common torts include: Trespass, Conversion, Invasion of Privacy, and Fraud. If you feel that another person is responsible for your personal injury, an Chicago Personal Injury lawyer can help you to understand what remedies may be available.

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Liability in Truck Accidents With Hazardous Cargo

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues accident reports on a variety of truck accidents, including ones that involve cargo trucks carrying hazardous materials. Fortunately, the NTSB doesn't indicate any recent occurrence of hazardous truck accidents in Illinois.

But if you get into a truck accident involving hazardous cargo, what kind of liability comes into play?

Here are three areas of liability a hazardous cargo truck accident may involve:

Prep School Cooking Class Fire Injures 5

A cooking class fire at a public prep school injured five students, resulting with one in critical condition.

The fire occurred in a science lab at Northside College Prep. Students were reportedly heating hot chocolate during a routine cooking instruction when a single-burner stove ignited with a flame, causing a flash fire, Chicago's WMAQ-TV reports.

Will the school be liable for the students' injuries resulting from a cooking class gone wrong?

3 Killed in I-94 Pileup During Whiteout

Three people were killed on I-94 near Michigan City, Indiana during near-whiteout winter conditions.

A huge collision involving more than 40 semis and cars resulted in a pileup that left 20 people with injures and three dead, the Chicago Tribune reported. The blizzard-like conditions contributed to the slick roads and low visibility.

Even though poor weather contributed to this traffic calamity, injured parties may have legal remedies in court.

Chicago River Tragedy: 1 Dead, 1 Missing

A recent Chicago River tragedy involving three friends and a dropped cell phone is a grim reminder to people in the area to never step onto the icy river. Sadly, for the victims in this tragedy, that realization came too little too late.

Could the city face liability for the death?

'Ghost Train' Crash Injures Dozens, Increases Transit Worries

Investigators are still in the middle of determining the cause of a mysterious "ghost train" crash that left dozens of people injured. An empty Chicago commuter train that was parked in a service yard somehow ended up on a rail line and collided with an oncoming train early Monday, Chicago's WBBM-TV reports.

At least 33 people were hurt. Luckily, there were only minor injuries.

While the cause is still unknown, what are some possible liability issues that could be tied to this train crash?

3 Questions to Ask When Suing for School Injuries

No parent wants to think about the possibility of their child being injured at school, but, unfortunately, the likelihood of that is often high. With back-to-school season in full effect in Illinois, parents should especially be wary not only of the precautions to take in preventing their child from being injured at school, but questions to ask after an incident occurs.

Here are three big questions to ask when your child is injured at school:

Even though Chicago is no stranger to police misconduct, you don't have to be physically roughed up by the police in order to get compensation for police behaving badly.

Here are four tips to consider for Chicagoans who feel they've been subjected to false arrest:

5 Rights All Nursing Home Residents Should Know

Nursing home residents can feel vulnerable. They may be dependent on nursing home staff for everything from medical care to being properly fed.

As a result, there are strict laws that apply to nursing homes which spell out residents' rights. These laws are contained in both state statutes and federal Medicare laws.

Here are five rights that every nursing home patient should know:

Auto Repair Act Protects Consumers in Illinois

Getting your car fixed should not be an unhappy experience. Too many consumers expect to be fleeced when they bring their cars in for repairs. However, the Illinois Auto Repair Act provides some protections to consumers.

Generally, the Illinois Auto Repair Act requires that auto shops make certain disclosures and prohibits certain unlawful practices, according to the Illinois Attorney General.

7 Tips to Preventing Home Repair Fraud

Home repair fraud is one of the most common ways individuals are scammed.

This type of fraud is especially stressful and troublesome as it often impacts not only your finances, but where you live as well. You may find yourself with an uninhabitable home, unfinished repairs, and just the hassle of having your home held hostage by unscrupulous contractors.

Fortunately, with some due diligence, you can take steps to minimize the chances of falling for home repair fraud. Here are several tips to avoid fraud provided by the Illinois Attorney General: