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Can Your Body Affect Your Settlement Value?

I recently settled the second step of a case for my client. First, in May, we obtained the full policy limits for the at-fault party. Then, in January of 2024, we settled the Underinsured Motorist (UIM) claim. My client, S, drove through an intersection (she had no lights or traffic control devices…
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Categories: Personal Injury

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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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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Value Drivers

Many people are familiar with the term “value drivers.” We see it applied to all sorts of business dealings, employment situations, and also personal injury cases. In a nutshell, a “value driver” is something that increases the worth of a product, service, or asset. And believe it or not, th…
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Tiny Cases

Many people hear about large verdicts or settlements in the news and assume that all legal cases are huge, dealing with large amounts of money, huge injuries or damages, and massive numbers of lawyers and legal teams. In reality, few cases are worthy of news attention and even fewer have any of the…
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Categories: Personal Injury

Your Own Private Idaho

The B-52s song “Private Idaho” always conjures up (to me) someone in his or her own headspace, oblivious to the rest of the world. Perhaps like someone cruising along in their car, singing with the radio, eating lunch, answering a text, or just spacing out, seemingly unaware of anything around t…
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Categories: Personal Injury

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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Are Crashes More SEVere with EVs?

Electric vehicles, or EVs, are one of the fastest growing segments of our economy. While they currently make up only a small percentage of total vehicle sales, many people say they would consider purchasing one, according to a recent Consumer Reports poll. Obviously, there are many factors to consid…
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Hammering Home The Message

You have seen the television ads, billboards, and infomercials promising you a check for your injuries and a tougher-than-steel advocate. I mean, there has to be a lawyer calling himself “The Hammer” in every state! A cursory check found one in Illinois and nearly every state it borders. The per…
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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Settlement

The title of this blog says it all. Sometimes, you have those days that are awful in so many ways that seem to compound upon themselves, and there is simply no way to get out of your own way. That was the sentiment expressed in the humorous children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,…
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Categories: Personal Injury