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Does having a second job affect my Workers' Comp?

First Job, Second Job, Wage Rates—How Do I Know What I’m Supposed to Receive in Workers’ Comp? You get hurt at work.  You work a second job.  Do the wages you earn at job #2 affect your workers’ compensation case against your main employer? Your second job income should be factored into yo…
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Categories: General

Have you been doored on a bike?

Anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle, especially in an urban area, is familiar with the hairs standing on the back of your neck feeling when you are riding along next to a row of parked cars only to have one in front of you suddenly open their door right into your path. Drivers and passengers have a…
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Categories: General

Can I Be Sued Two Years After a Car Crash?

I just got sued. I was in a car crash that was my fault two years ago.  Why am I getting sued now and what can I do about it?  If you had automobile liability insurance at the time of the crash, you should have reported it immediately as a claim. That way, the insurer has notice of the crash and p…
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My car is totaled. Will the Insurance Buy Me a New One?

My Car is Totaled.  Will the insurance company buy me a new one? Not exactly. When your vehicle is deemed a total loss, it goes through a complex analysis that is governed by the insurance policy itself.  Generally, the document gives the insurer the right to determine whether the loss is a total…
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Workers’ Comp is Paying Me, so Why Get a Lawyer?

Workers’ Comp is paying me, so I shouldn’t need a lawyer, right? Wrong!  That’s what my client Charles thought.  He had fallen while working as a supervisor for a major Chicago-based airlines and injured his shoulder.  His rotator cuff was torn and he required surgery.  He called me but to…
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Categories: General

Can My Auto Insurer Track Me?

Can My Insurer Charge Me More if I’m a Bad Driver? Yes it can, if you allow it. Why would you? Well, many auto insurers are now implementing tracking devices that utilize GPS, telematics and other technology to track how you drive. Based upon that data, this could save you money. Or not. How Does…
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Stephen Hoffman leading discussion at Chicago Bar Association on the Lawyer’s Role in a Changing Society

I am proud to be moderating this CLE seminar for attorneys at the Chicago Bar Association later this month. The seminar will examine how society is changing, along with people’s legal needs, and where lawyers are finding new niches to help people. I invite you to join this dynamic panel of spe…
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Categories: For Attorneys

Settlement from Bad Accident with Very Limited Insurance

Veronica is a young woman who comes from immigrant parents and is working to maximize her own American dream. She is enrolled in nursing school and hopes to earn her masters degree soon. At the age of 25, she has her whole life in front of her. However, two years ago, in January of 2015, that life w…
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Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Can I Sue My Doctor? People often ask me, “Can I sue my doctor?”  The answer, as with most legal matters, is that “it depends.”  Medical malpractice is a particularly nuanced and specific area of personal injury law.  The biggest difference between a “normal” personal injury case and…
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What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Case?

Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Case Medical Expenses Medical Expenses can be recovered.  However, there is more here than meets the eye.  The law says you are entitled the entire amount of the bill.  However, there must be some evidence the charges are fair and reasonable for this geograph…
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