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What Makes a Lawyer Super?

You can’t watch television, browse online, or even play a game on your phone without being bombarded with lawyer commercials. I mean, how many of us had even heard of mesothelioma before the ubiquitous lawyer ads for these cases? Lawyers, particularly personal injury lawyers, get picked on often,…
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A Picture is Worth A (Hundred) Thousand Words

I have seen the aftermath of many horrific car crashes in my 33-plus years of practice. In one old blog post, I shared the photo of my client J’s lower leg, where the x-ray indicated one could easily place a fist into the gap between where both of his lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) had been sn…
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Categories: Auto Accidents

Utah Stops and Illinois Vehicles

I apologize for being the “get off my lawn” type, but as a bike rider and dog walker in the city of Chicago I see a lot—and I mean A LOT—of people blowing through stop signs. Just this morning on the dog walk, I observed three separate drivers go through three separate stop sign intersection…
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Categories: Bicycle Accidents

Can Big Brother Watch Your Driving?

Our world is so technologically interconnected, technology is part of every facet of our existence, from household devices, to smart speakers, to our smartphones. It’s everywhere. The other day, my wife took “my” car (oops, I mistyped “our”) to pick up her parents from the airport. I manag…
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Categories: Auto Accidents

Dead Pedestrians and Podcasts

I admit to being unusual in that I like to work out while listening to podcasts, the nerdier the better. While most people like to blast Metallica, Foo Fighters, or pop hits from Taylor Swift, I generally don’t listen to music when I work out (and I never listen to anything when I ride outside, so…
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Educating the Public…And The Jury

If you read my blogs regularly, whether for lack of anything better to do or the need to fall asleep quickly, you have probably noticed that I like to explain complicated legal concepts so that non-lawyers can understand them. I enjoy teaching. It also helps me understand those concepts, by forcing…
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Categories: General

What Belongs in a Bike Lane?

I am about to ask a simple question, but cannot promise you a simple answer. Well, I know what the answer should be. But I know from personal experience that is not always the case. Bike lanes are created for bikes. That much seems to be obvious and agreed upon by nearly everyone. How then, can we e…
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Categories: Bicycle Accidents

What Happens When You Get Hit and Everybody Scatters Away?

That’s exactly what happened to my client, R. This hardworking guy was returning to his home on the south side of Chicago after working the night shift in a north side parking garage. It’s a long commute, but he’s used to it. But the traffic in the wee hours of the early morning is almost non-…
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Categories: Auto Accidents

Burger and a Beer

What’s a Burger and a Beer Have to Do With Law? My wife and I went out for a nice dinner to celebrate my birthday recently. It was at a place that takes your credit card for a non-refundable reservation. It is considered one of the best restaurants in Chicago. We both dressed up a bit like adults…
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Categories: Personal Injury

Flying Squirrels, Oh My!

A recent backyard dinner party led to the question “what happens if a squirrel flies from a tree and hits someone?” Yeah, of course we never covered that in law school (at least not that I was awake for), so I consulted with my insurance broker to find out more about what might be covered by a h…
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Categories: General