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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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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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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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Smile, You’re on Camera

One thing that has changed drastically in my thirty three years as a practicing lawyer is the prevalence of video and cameras in our society. Where before a Polaroid “instant” camera seemed like magic, and a video camcorder let us videotape everything (as long as we carried the 10-pound thing ar…
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Can They Really Do That?

I get inquiries all the time from people who were involved in motor vehicle crashes for which they were responsible. The common theme goes something like this: I was involved in a crash a number of (months/years) ago and now I got this letter from a (collection agency/insurance company/the Secretary…
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We Will See You in Court…Or Zoom…Or Settle It!

I blogged previously about my client C, who was rear ended at high speed, which resulted in a fractured cervical vertebra. She spent several months immobilized in a hard neck collar (which is extremely uncomfortable). Although her doctor determined she did not require surgery to repair the fracture,…
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Bike Path Etiquette

The pandemic has made owning a bike shop a lucrative business. Bikes were nearly impossible to get early in the COVID lockdown, as shut-in people with time on their hands decided there was only so much Tiger King they could watch without doing something outside. There is a sense of freedom when ridi…
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The Long Road to Yes (Part 2)

If you read my last blog post, you remember the story of my client A, who suffered injury from having his car rear-ended and then problems from a botched surgery. Unfortunately, as his physical injuries were getting under control, his insurer continued to resist paying his claim. UM, Why Does Your O…
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The Long Road to Yes (Part 1)

One question clients and others always ask me is, “How long does it take to settle a case?” My standard lawyer answer is, “it depends.” There are dozens, if not hundreds, of factors that affect both the value and the timeline of a personal injury case. When my client A got rear ended in Augu…
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Unsafe at Any Speed

It has been 55 years since Ralph Nader’s seminal book about auto safety, Unsafe at Any Speed, was published. Yes, it was about the car industry. Writ large, it was more of an indictment of the entire auto industry and the government agencies that were supposed to regulate it. The facts were that c…
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