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The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children

October 27, 2010. By Brenda Craig Chicago, IL: Attorney Michael Angelides believes that there is no foreseeable end to the number of victims of mesothelioma, a rare but always fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos that fills the lungs with tumors and essentially suffocates its victims. The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children "The diagnosis rate for mesothelioma in the US has remained constant for years, and is projected to be constant for years to come," says Angelides, whose firm Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides & Barnerd has represented hundreds of clients affected by mesothelioma in every state in the US. "This was a 100...

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Victims of childhood sexual abuse have more time to sue

The statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing a lawsuit for childhood sex abuse in Illinois will increase to 20 years. Currently, the deadline is ten years, and in some cases five years. Under the new law, a victim has 20 years from the day they turn 18, or 20 years from the time when they discover that they were abused and it caused them injury, to file a lawsuit. The deadline in these cases is much longer than the typical personal injury deadline. The reason is that many victims of sexual abuse have repressed memories, and even if they...

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Lawyer Lies, Part 2

Michael Helfand on 10.26.10 Every day this week I'm discussing a different lie told by attorneys in the Chicago area. Today's lie is: You can't fire me! While in the best scenario you'd never need to find a new attorney, I'm blown away by the number of lawyers who make their clients believe that they are stuck with them. It happens all of the time in workers' compensation and personal injury claims and often in criminal cases too. There is nothing that prevents you from getting a new attorney. In personal injury cases, if a lawsuit hasn't been filed, it's often as...

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Brett Favre Sexual Harassment

Brett Favre Has Acted The Part Of The Hero Long Enough. It's Time To Yell 'Cut' And then of course, there’s the league itself. It seems likely that Favre is about to learn a humbling lesson about crashing to earth, courtesy of the same NFL that in the past never let his feet touch the ground. Yesterday, the league met with Jenn Sterger, former New York Jets sideline reporter and eye candy. The subject of the meeting was a seedy little peccadillo, involving text messages and pictures that will probably end up as a very sad blemish on the end of...

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Glenview: Man arrested for hitting road worker

By Jeff Danna TribLocal reporter Nov. 9 at 12:47 p.m. Leaving the scene of an accident A 49-year-old Northbrook man was arrested at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Glenview Police Station and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failing to yield to a construction worker in a construction zone after an investigation into an Aug. 13 hit-and-run at Shermer Road and Fir Street. link...

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Chicago Nursing Home Abuse

Chicago nursing homes account for the majority of nursing homes in Cook County. There are currently close to 1,000 nursing home facilities in Cook County. The Chicago nursing homes alone represent over forty percent of all the Cook County nursing homes.  Chicago nursing home abuse can include emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The perpetrator can be a staff member, another resident or a visitor to the home.  Illinois nursing homes and Chicago nursing homes are required to provide the highest care possible to residents; failure to do so can be devastating for the victim and her family. Chicago Nursing Home...

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Illinois Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect in an Illinois nursing home involves the failure to provide proper care to residents to avoid harm, anguish or illness and can take many forms. It can mean that a resident does not receive proper medical care when she is sick or becomes injured, that she is not given her proper medication or that she does not receive proper meals.  It can also mean that the resident receives inadequate grooming and care Link...

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Man convicted of stalking ESPN’s Erin Andrews sued by another woman

Local man convicted of stalking ESPN's Erin Andrews sued by another woman for allegedly similar activities By: Steve Daniels November 19, 2010 (Crain's) — Michael David Barrett, the former employee of Glenview-based Combined Insurance Co. of America who surreptitiously videotaped ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews while she was dressing in her hotel room, is the subject of a new lawsuit by a former Combined employee who alleges he did the same thing to her. Jamie Brubaker, a Knoxville, Tenn., resident who was a saleswoman for Combined until a few months ago, filed suit Nov. 12 in federal court in Knoxville against Mr. Barrett,...

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Madison County jury awards couple whopping $3 million in personal injury suit

11/18/2010 10:55 AM By Amelia Flood Former truck driver Thomas Edwards and his wife, Betty, were awarded more than $3 million in damages by a Madison County jury in their personal injury trial. The Edwardses filed suit two years ago against truck driver Gary Collier and his employer Millstadt Rendering Company over a 2007 tractor trailer crash on Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Thomas Edwards was severely injured when the tractor trailer he was driving crashed into part of Collier's rig that had crossed the median of I-55 into his lane of traffic. The jury awarded Thomas Edwards $2.5 million in damages...

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Illinois attorney crushed to death by own golf cart

Illinois attorney crushed to death by own golf cart at Evanston golf course By Doug Mead, Nov 12 2010 When Skokie, Illinois firefighters received a 911 call about a “down golfer” at the Evanston Country Club, they arrived to find a Kenilworth, Illinois attorney trapped under his own golf cart. Larry Schad, a personal injury attorney, was crushed to death by his electric golf cart at the course in Skokie, Illinois. While it is unclear how the event happened, authorities report that a nearby golfer saw Schad trapped underneath the cart and was pleading for help. In comments made to the Chicago Sun-Times, Skokie Sgt....

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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

The Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. concentrates in the practice of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Chicago. Jeffrey Friedman is committed to providing zealous legal representation to those people who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of other people or businesses. Chicago Personal Injury Attorney - Law Office of Jeffrey Friedman, P.C....

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Freak Accidents: They Can Happen To You

Posted by Mark Bello November 09, 2010 6:36 PM Lost in the discussion about big business interests and creating an economic climate that will encourage big business to create jobs, lost in the US Chamber of Commerce’s phony campaign against trial lawyers and accident victims, lost in political rhetoric about fixing a false “problem” that some politicians (and the Chamber) call “lawsuit abuse”, is the fact that accidents are sudden, unexpected, events that can happen to anyone, anytime. Accidents change lives. Accidents cause devastation and physical and financial ruin. Accidents are usually preventable and are often caused by serious violations of...

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Attack ads target Illinois Supreme Court justice

It's the latest battleground in a decade-long national struggle over the issue of massive jury awards for victims of negligence. But the campaign against Kilbride has stirred a robust backlash from fellow judges, prosecutors and legal scholars who argue that the ads are misleading at best. "It is just terrible, appalling," said Timothy Slavin, a former Republican state's attorney and circuit judge in Whiteside County who is past president of the Illinois Judges Association. "I wasn't always a supporter of Tom Kilbride, but this portrayal of him as hostile to law enforcement just is not true." The ads are airing on numerous radio...

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GALLOWAY v. STATE

GALLOWAY v. STATE TANEIA GALLOWAY, Appellant, v. STATE OF IOWA, Appellee. No. 08-0776. Supreme Court of Iowa. Filed November 5, 2010. Ryan T. Beattie of Beattie Law Firm, P.C., Des Moines, for appellant. Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Joanne Moeller, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee. HECHT, Justice. A parent signed release forms waiving her minor child's personal injury claims as a condition of the child's participation in an educational field trip. This action was filed against the State after the child was injured during the trip. The district court granted the State's motion for summary judgment, concluding the releases signed by the parent resulted...

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Chicago IL Pedestrian Accident: Van Hits, Kills Cicero Woman; Man Injured

October 27, 2010 (NewYorkInjuryNews.com - Injury News) New Source: JusticeNewsFlash.com 10/25/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan Chicago, IL—A van struck two pedestrians early Monday, October 25, 2010, killing one of them and leaving the other with undisclosed injuries. While the driver initially fled the scene of the North Aurora crash, he turned himself in to police a few hours later, according to information provided by the Beacon-News. Reports indicated 22-year-old Doreen L. Cardenas, of Cicero, was standing outside her parked car with 22-year-old Pedro A. Navarro, of North Aurora, when a southbound van clipped Cardenas’...

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Man suffers broken bones in Rockford accident

JUST IN: Man suffers broken bones in accident Tuesday A 27-year-old Comstock Park man was seriously injured in a personal injury accident at the corner of Post Drive and Pine Island Drive west of Rockford. The accident occurred around 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. According to reports, a 1998 International Stake Truck being driven southbound on Pine Island by Allendale resident Todd Devos, 47, struck a 1994 Ford Ranger driven by Matthew Guiles. Guiles was making a left turn onto Post Drive when he was hit. Guiles was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and treated. He suffered fractures to his chest, arm...

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New York Workplace Injury Attorney Fights for Rights of Injured Hotel Workers

2010-11-12 01:08:07 (GMT) (WiredPRNews.com - Law, Personal Injury Law News, Press Releases, new york) A recent OSHA complain from Hyatt Hotel Housekeepers promotes workplace safety standards reports New York Workplace Injury Attorney New York City, NY – (WiredPRNews.com) The Law Firm of Jonathan C Reiter, a proven New York Workplace Injury Attorney, represents injured workers from all industries and walks of life. According to New York Workplace Injury Attorneys, all employees in the state of New York have the right to safe working conditions, proper training, and functional equipment. Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their...

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Miles J. Zaremski: Lake County Judge’s Race Heats Up

Come election day, this race — found on the back of the ballot at the bottom — comes down to what appears to be overwhelming experience versus wanting a change of scenery for the sake of change. But, should this really be the choice at all when voters know that they are asked to decide on someone who may preside over life or death criminal cases, or a personal injury matter with millions of dollars potentially hanging in the balance? Or, should it be, as it must, like choosing a fine wine — one that takes years to become robust,...

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How to fire a lawyer in Chicago – Chicago’s Real Law Blog

A common myth that we hear from clients is that switching attorneys is hard or not allowed. We always encourage people to stay the course if they can or try to work things out if possible, but much like the 2010 Cubs, sometimes it's just not working.The farther you are in to a case, the harder it is to find a lawyer to take over. The same is true if you are looking for a last minute replacement. Assuming you can find a new lawyer and you should try to have one in place before bouncing the old one,...

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Personal injury claim- Get compensated at the earliest

Jonathan Richards Personal injury refers to injury to the body, mind or emotions. It is caused by the negligence of another person. Some of the most common types of injury claims are those involving road accidents, accidents at work, product defect accidents, etc. If you can prove the negligence of the concerned party, you are entitled to monetary compensation from that party. For this purpose, it makes sense to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. He will help you pursue your personal injury claim for compensation. Legal advice is a must in such a scenario. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified...

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The Associated Press: Judge recommends $12M settlement on bad peanuts

Judge recommends $12M settlement on bad peanutsBy MICHAEL FELBERBAUM (AP) – 9 hours agoRICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge is recommending approval of a $12 million settlement for those sickened or killed in last year's salmonella outbreak tied to a Virginia-based peanut processor. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski in Lynchburg issued his recommendation late Wednesday to pay more than 120 personal injury claims related to the outbreak, including the families of nine people who died and 45 children who were sickened. The settlement must now be approved by a bankruptcy judge. The outbreak began after an open container of peanut butter at...

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Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys Young and Young University Scholarship Endowments Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys 26.08.2010 20:57:46 Young and Young one of the leading consumer personal injury law firms in Indianapolis, has announced scholarship endowments for 2 Hoosier Universities. (live-PR.com) - Indianapolis, IN August 25, 2010 --- Young and Young one of the leading consumer personal injury law firms in Indianapolis, has announced scholarship endowments for 2 Hoosier Universities. Two scholarships are either fully endowed or in the process of being fully endowed at Marian University, Indianapolis, in the name of our Father Howard S. Young, Jr., and via Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys Young and Young...

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PERSONNEL FILE: Jackson Kelly attorneys, practices honored by Best Lawyers

PERSONNEL FILE: Jackson Kelly attorneys, practices honored by Best Lawyers 8/26/2010 7:56 AM CHARLESTON -- Jackson Kelly is pleased to announce that 61 of the firm's lawyers were recently named in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers from across the firm's offices were honored in the publication. Nationwide, Jackson Kelly was top-listed in workers' compensation law. In addition, Jackson Kelly was the only firm in West Virginia top-listed in administrative law, criminal defense: white-collar, environmental law, information technology law, mining law, natural resources law, personal injury litigation and workers' compensation law. The firm also is top-listed in Charleston, W.Va. Jackson Kelly...

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What Stephen Colbert Can Teach Lawyers About Cross Examination

Contributor: Erik Magraken, ICBC Injury Claims Lawyer MacIsaac & Company SUMMARY: Article by BC Injury Claims Lawyer (ICBC Injury Claims Lawyer) Erik Magraken discussing cross examination and the effective use of leading questions. DISCLAIMER This article is authored by British Columbia personal injury lawyer Erik Magraken and pertains to legal matters in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. This article is posted for information only and is not claim-specific legal advice. Link...

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Age-bias case vs. Google can move forward, state Supreme Court rules – San Jose Mercury News

By Mike Swift mswift@mercurynews.com In a ruling that could have broad ramifications for workers who sue employers for age bias, the California Supreme Court has cleared the way for a former Google executive who was fired to move forward with a lawsuit accusing the company of age discrimination. The justices on Thursday unanimously upheld a San Jose appeals court's earlier conclusion that Brian Reid, who was fired from his job as Google's engineering director in 2004, could take his case to trial because he'd presented enough evidence, including "stray comments" from co-workers and a supervisor mocking him for his age, to make a...

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Trumbull Connecticut personal injury: Wall collapse at mall injures 2 people

July 21, 2010 (TopWireNews.com: - Law, press release) Tara Monks Trumbull, CT – A wall in the food court of the Westfield Trumbull shopping mall collapsed Saturday, July 18, 2010 and injured 2 people, as reported by the Connecticut Post. Town officials and mall executives are looking into the cause of the accident. The food court was closed after the incident, and will remain closed until the investigation is complete. While the food court will remain closed for an expected several days, the remainder of the area will be open for business. Link ...

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Accident Attorney Explains The First Critical Steps To Take If You’re Ever In An Accident

Fresno Accident Attorney Explains The First Critical Steps To Take If You're Ever In An Accident In Fresno Too many people panic when they are in a accident. They do the wrong thing and say the wrong thing. This costs them money and opportunity to get their lives' back. Learn what to do Published on July 05, 2010 by Tom McLelland (OfficialWire) FRESNO, CA If you or someone you care about has been in a Fresno accident, it can be petrifying. There are so many questions: What do you do next? Who do you call? How do I get my life back? Whether it’s...

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Personal Injury Lawyers Warn Consumers About Insurers Compensation Practices

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers APIL is warning consumers about what has become known as ‘third party capture’, a practice which involves an insurance company settling a claim directly with a personal injury victim of a policyholder, without the victim receiving independent legal advice. The war of words from the APIL comes in reaction to what it sees as the latest attempt by the insurance industry to encourage the practice, the Association of British Insurers ABI having just launched a voluntary code of practice for insurers which it describes as ‘third-party assistance’. via Personal Injury Lawyers Warn Consumers About Insurers Compensation...

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