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Okay, Fine—Prove It!

The general public often gathers a skewed view of how injury cases are resolved. The cases that make the news always involve the extreme verdict or settlement; the famous (and wrongly reported as “excessive”) McDonald’s hot coffee case, and a multitude of criminal cases where seemingly overwhe…
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Categories: Personal Injury

I'm Hiring a Lawyer!

Okay, that’s great. Maybe those words put some fear in your adversary. But how do you know that the lawyer you hire will be the right lawyer for your case or the best fit for your personality? How can you determine if that lawyer is even competent, let alone excellent at her job? With so much info…
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Categories: General

Life Gets in the Way

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted mental health and well-being. Despite shorter (or no) commutes, many people report feeling more anxious and stressed in the past two plus years. People have been living in close quarters, and many parents had to deal with their children being home and having to…
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Categories: General

Workers’ Compensation Refresher

Many people assume that workers’ compensation will never apply to them because they “work a white-collar job,” “work from home,” or “don’t do anything dangerous.” You might be surprised how many scenarios are actually covered by workers’ compensation. First, the Basics In Illinois,…
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Categories: Work Injuries

Pipe Dreams

A guy walks into a garage and conks himself out cold on a lead pipe hanging from the ceiling. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? But it isn’t a joke. It actually happened to my client and he was injured seriously as a result. In fact, when J had this happen in March of 2017, I knew from t…
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Categories: Personal Injury

An Umbrella To Protect You From the Rain…and Everything Else

Few people understand what their insurance policies cover. Even fewer people read their insurance policy. Umbrella policies are misunderstood and often overlooked. They shouldn’t be. What is an Umbrella Policy? Much like an umbrella protects us from rain, snow, sleet, and just about anything else…
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Categories: Insurance

Happy Anniversary to Me

While I don’t plan to be celebrating my 32nd anniversary as a lawyer this week like the protagonist of the Cracker Song “Happy Birthday To Me” drinking “draft beer in a plastic cup” in the “parking lot of the Showboat Casino hotel,” I do feel the need to acknowledge it as a milestone.…
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Categories: Firm News

(Mal) Practicing Medicine

Many people have a bad result from a medical procedure and immediately assume they have a medical malpractice case. However, not every unfortunate result is malpractice. There are even many instances when there is malpractice but there is not a realistically viable case to be pursued. For instance,…
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Categories: Medical Malpractice

Challenge Accepted

One of the great things about having my own firm is being selective about the clients I accept. Unlike working for a firm, there is no one to answer to and I get the final (only) say in all decisions on client selection, case strategy, and legal maneuvers. However, there are times when I accept a di…
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Categories: General

Can I Speak to a Lawyer?

Prospective clients call me all the time and the first thing out of their collective mouths is often “Can I speak to a lawyer?” or “Are you a lawyer?” In my case, despite the fact that during the pandemic I don’t exactly “look like a lawyer” most of the time, I can answer those questio…
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Categories: Legal Process