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Personal Injury--Big Brother is Watching You

As a recent story in the Chicago Tribune highlighted, insurance companies and their investigators have long been utilizing social networking sites to root out potentially fraudulent claims and claimants. There was the example used in the article of the person claiming depression as a reason to take…
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Opening a Law Firm Part 1 & 2

Chicago Attorneys should join us for the first two sessions of Opening a Law Firm, which is co-sponsored by the Committee of which I am co-Chair, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners (along with the Law Practice Management & Technology Committee). These first two sessions (Session 1 was postponed from…
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Your Coverage Protects You even when You are not at Fault

The importance of maintaining high insurance liability limits is highlighted in a case I handled for a woman who was injured in an automobile collision. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another car at an intersection. The other driver only had coverage of $50,000.00, clearly not e…
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Client Receives $200,000+ Settlement

No one wants to get hurt on the job; however, this is precisely what happened to one client. He was on a sales call, showing products to a customer, when he fell approximately 10 feet to the ground, fracturing his wrist. Initially, the only complaints the client had were severe pain to the right (do…
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Client Receives $650,000 Settlement

Our client was a front seat passenger in a Dodge Neon driven by her fiancé (now husband) that was T-boned at an intersection at 45-50 miles per hour by a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Her car was propelled across the intersection and spun around completely. Damage to the car was so severe it was deemed a tota…
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Uninsured/Underinsured Automobile Insurance - What You Need To Know About Your Auto Insurance Policy

Face it, most people don’t read each sentence in their auto insurance policy. Even if they did, they would not necessarily understand all of the terms and language contained in the policy. When you buy car insurance, you probably believe that you are purchasing protection only in the event that yo…
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Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle that Causes Bodily Harm to Another Person is Now a Class A Felony

Effective January 1, 2010, Public Act 96-143 went into effect. This law creates a new offense, which is a class A misdemeanor, for an individual who operates a motor vehicle without insurance when that vehicle causes personal injury to another person. While Illinois law already requires that all veh…
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Workers' Compensation - Risks Greater Than the General Public

A recent decision by the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court upheld the compensability of injuries suffered by a bartender at Coast Restaurant in Bucktown due to the increased danger to the worker in that particular area of the city. Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, a worker can rec…
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Do I Have a Personal Injury or Workers' Compensation Case in Illinois?

PERSONAL INJURY Who are the parties? What is the statute of limitations? 1. Two years exception for minors and other situations. Basically, you need to know when did it happen, to whom, and by whom. 2. Be careful for shorter limits for specific cases–this is why you need to call a lawyer immed…
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Work Injuries in Illinois

What you need to know if you are injured in the course of your employment: 1) Report The Injury Report to your immediate supervisor either orally or in writing as soon as possible. You have a limited number of days under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act to report an accident, and you do…
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