Peoria Injury Law Blog

Fadi Rustom's Peoria injury law blog

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Peoria Injury Law blog authored by Managing Partner, Fadi B. Rustom, keeps you up-to-date on legal issues, new laws, and court cases involving car accidents and bodily harm.

Find out how lawyers win cases and people get bigger cash settlements by reading our opinions and reports. Learn about local personal injury arrests, vehicle accidents, traffic court trials, and award decisions, plus national law stories that everybody’s talking about.


Recent Posts

on personal injury

and car accidents

in the Peoria area:


Mistake # 9 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash – Failing to Take Photographs of Your Visible Injuries — June 2, 2014

Car accident victims in Illinois make a mistake that is simple to avoid. A picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to getting you the most compensation and benefits, it’s no different. Do NOT make the mistake of  failing to record, in photographic form, injuries that are noticeable.  READ MORE


Mistake #8 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Depositing an Insurance Check or Signing a Release Before Having a Lawyer Review It — May 26, 2014

Accident victims often deposit insurance checks or sign an insurance release — thinking they ‘re just giving their approval to have their vehicle repaired or replaced.  

Unfortunately, cashing or depositing an insurance check, or signing a release of liability for property damage, can prevent or limit how much money you receive for your injury claim.  READ MORE


Mistake#7 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Take Your Car to a Pre-approved Body Shop for Repairs — May 19, 2014

When your car has been damaged in an accident, the insurance company of the person who hit you may suggest you take your car to a pre-approved garage.  Don’t do it!  Taking your car to their pre-approved garage is a mistake.

Here’s what could happen… READ MORE


Mistake #6  If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Not Taking Photos of Your Damaged Vehicle — May 12, 2014

Take photographs of your car following a car crash. Very important! Photographs show the severity of accident’s impact and will prevent the insurance company from claiming that you were not hurt.

The worse the damage looks, the better your chances of convincing the insurance company that you sustained injuries. READ MORE


Mistake #5: If You are a Victim of a Car Crash — Failing to Get Medical Treatment Due to a Lack of Health Insurance — May 5, 2014

Go to a doctor or hospital IMMEDIATELY upon suffering a personal injury.

Sometimes car crash victims do not get medical treatment. They’re afraid that, if they don’t have health insurance or a medical plan, they can’t receive health care attention.

But that’s wrong! READ MORE 


Two car crash results in death, serious injury — April 30, 2014

Here, an accident reconstruction expert will likely conclude that Palm committed improper lane usage when turning left into oncoming traffic.

Despite Palm’s death, Armitage most likely has a case against Palm’s estate for payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of normal life and other damages. READ MORE


Mistake #4 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Failing to Get Timely Medical Treatment and Documenting Your Injuries – April 28, 2014

The longer you wait to get medical treatment, and document your injuries, the more harm it can cause the value of your case.  Insurance companies routinely argue that a delay in medical treatment indicates accident victims may not have been as hurt as they may claim. READ MORE


Mistake #3 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Trusting an Insurance Company to Look Out for Your Rights — April 21, 2014

The insurance company’s goal is to pay you as little as possible for your claim or nothing at all.  That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. READ MORE


4 car accident near Wenona ends in fatality, serious injuries — April 15, 2014

Absent any intervening cause, such as an epileptic seizure, it is clear that Hylla was at fault for driving her vehicle across the median and into oncoming traffic.

It’s very unfortunate for Hylla’s death.  However, this sort of reckless driving is compensable to the victims for their injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, and other types of damages. READ MORE


Mistake #2 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash – Don’t Handle Your Case Without an Experienced Injury Attorney — April 14, 2014

A recent study by the Insurance Resource Council discovered that victims of car accidents or other personal injuries that hire lawyers receive gross settlements three times larger than those who do not hire attorneys. READ MORE


Mistake #1 If You Are a Victim of a Car Crash: Don’t Give Statements to Insurance Companies — April 8, 2014

An insurance company may call and say they need to take your recorded statement about how the accident happened and the severity of your injuries, before they can make any payments.

Don’t give them a statement.  An insurance company does not need a recorded statement from you before they pay your claim.

In many instances, the insurance company takes a statement in order to use your recorded words against you to deny or reduce your claim.  READ MORE


Metamora woman killed in car crash with Peru ambulance — March 7, 2014

Illinois traffic laws require that drivers must adjust their driving to the weather conditions.  For example, drivers are to slow driving speeds where the conditions require.  Driving too fast for conditions is defined as traveling at a speed that is greater than a reasonable standard for safe driving.  READ MORE