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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Chicago

If you have been injured at work, then it is likely that you can bring a claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. But you may have other claims as well, such as if your injury was caused by another person who is not employed by your company. This is often the case when an injury occurs at a construction site, or if you were in a motor vehicle accident while you were at work....

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Three questions to ask before selecting a personal injury trial lawyer

Having returned from the funeral of a dear friend in Richmond, I am reminded by the time I spent with her in her last months of life of the importance (and scarcity) of courage in today's society. As pointed out by Reverend Brown of the Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, this woman had courage up to the very end of her life. Courage is a characteristic a trial lawyer must have. Attorneys who are afraid to go to court are doing their clients a disservice. If they are afraid to ask tough questions or to tell the hard truth, they...

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Emerging legal and ethical issues with Facebook

What are the emerging legal and ethical issues with Facebook? As we all begin to live a parallel life on the web, traditional privacy rights are slipping away. Colleges and companies routinely search Facebook and MySpace to determine whether to admit or to hire people. According to a 2009 Harris poll, 35 percent of employers reject job applicants because of information found on social networks—if the person is dressed provo­catively in photos, writes about getting drunk, or complains about past employers, co-workers, or clients (all perfectly legal behaviors). Almost every personal injury case now has a social network connection. When a hospital...

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Regulatory Flaws, Repeated Violations Put Oil Refinery Workers At Risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell The Center for Public Integrity One evening last April at the Tesoro Corp.'s refinery in Anacortes, Washington, Matt Gumbel and six co-workers cautiously returned to service a stack of giant, radiator-like tubes filled with volatile hydrocarbons. The tubes, known as heat exchangers, tended to leak, especially during start-up, and workers sometimes armed themselves with long, steam-spewing lances to keep any escaping vapors from igniting. Nearby, another stack of exchangers droned at full temperature and pressure. Away from work, Gumbel, 34, enjoyed off-trail snowboarding and driving his turbocharged sports compact. On the job, he had a...

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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says

E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled. The 3-0 decision Thursday by the Sacramento Third Appellate District means that if you intend to sue your employer, don’t discuss the suit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right to access it and use it against you in a court. “… [T]he e-mails sent via company computer under the circumstances of this case were akin to consulting her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a...

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Tuesday morning: Weapons, larceny, personal injury and med mal trials – Detroit Courts | Examiner.com

Powers vs. Weatherspoon is a personal injury claim. Lincoln Park attorney Bret A. Schnitzer is counsel of record for the plaintiff. Troy attorney Donald C. Brownell of Vandeveer Garzia is counsel of record for the defendant. Dziadosz vs. Jackson is also a personal injury claim. Southfield attorneys Barry J. Goodman and Kevin Z. Komar of Goodman Acker PC are counsel of record for the plaintiff. Ann Arbor attorney Judith A. Moskus of Garan Lucow Miller PC is counsel of record for the defendant. Judge Melinda Morris also conducts two jury trials starting at 8:30 a.m. Ritter vs. Niethammer is a personal injury, auto...

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Lawsuit filed against makers of hip replacement device

January 11, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Five Chicago area patients are suing the maker of an artificial hip implant device. The patients accuse DePuy Orthopedics of ignoring evidence the device was flawed and moving too slowly to recall it. Wear and tear within the artificial joint allegedly released dangerous cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream. Arno Rasho's wife is in the hospital now getting her implant device removed. "She can't walk. She can't do anything. (She's) in deep pain. I have two children. I have to take care of them take care of her,"...

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Surveillance footage in personal injury claims

By Zarina Ahmed Published: Jan 4, 2011 A leading insurance company has reported that in the last two years GPs have seen a rise in the number of patients exaggerating their injuries. Ninety two per cent of the 250 GPs who took part in a survey conducted by the insurer said whiplash was the most commonly exaggerated injury. Who's at risk? Where there's a potential for fraud in a high value personal injury claim, or cause to suspect the nature and extent of injuries during a claims process, the defendant's representatives may seek targeted covert surveillance videos and employ an enquiry agent to...

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Worker crushed under 3 tons of granite slabs

BY BRIAN STANLEY Dec 31, 2010 02:38AM A 23-year-old employee of a Romeoville stone warehouse was crushed to death by a 6,000-pound slab of granite on Thursday morning.Emilio Gallardo, 23, of Chicago was killed in what the Will County Coroner’s office called a work-related mishap. He was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. Fire crews responded to Primus Natural Stone on the 1200 block of Naperville Drive in Romeoville at 9:15 a.m. and found Gallardo already dead, crushed by the slab of rock, Romeoville Fire Dept. spokesman Brandon Street said. via Worker crushed under 3 tons of granite slabs - Herald News....

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Medical Insurance Subrogation Interests in New Mexico Personal Injury Cases

Contributor: Collins & Collins, P.C. Many with personal injury claims are very surprised to learn that their medical insurance carrier has asserted a subrogation interest in their personal injury settlement or judgment. Personal injury victims often are frustrated that they have paid medical insurance premiums for years and now they must reimburse their insurance company for medical benefits related to their injuries. The frustration is understandable but is based on a misunderstanding of the basis for the claimed interest. In essence, the insurer is asserting a claim against the party responsible for the injuries. The medical carrier is entitled to recover from the...

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Tort reform group crowns Cook County fifth worst in nation

A national tort-reform watchdog group calls Cook County fifth worst in the nation for “unfair and unbalanced” awards to plaintiffs in civil cases. But noted Chicago personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetrio spoke only partially tongue in cheek when he called the ranking by The American Tort Reform Association “a badge of honor” for Cook County Circuit Court. The tort reform advocacy group’s ninth annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, to be released today, specifically cites the Cook County Circuit Court judgment striking down the Illinois General Assembly’s attempt to limit damages for pain and suffering in medical liability cases a decision affirmed by the...

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Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law

Outsourcing gaining standing in legal profession Alternative suppliers of sophisticated legal services becoming more attractive as corporate legal departments look to cut costs Two recent mergers in the legal industry speak volumes about the forces reshaping the business of law at its highest levels. What's also notable is that neither deal involved large law firms. Thomson Reuters, a media and information-services company, acquired Pangea3, a legal-process outsourcing firm with most of its lawyers in India, in November. A month earlier, Axiom Global Inc., which provides lawyers-for-hire to big corporations, bought another legal staffing company, Chicago-based LawyerLink LLC. via Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law...

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Law student dies in fall at Union League Club

Associated Press Authorities in Chicago say a 26-year-old law student has died from injuries he suffered when he fell two stories at the Union League Club on Christmas Eve. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Eric Fatla died Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police say his death appears to be an accident. via Law student dies in fall at Union League Club - chicagotribune.com....

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Marin jury awards $11.7M in personal injury case

Posted: 12/25/2010 SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—A Marin County jury has awarded $11.7 million to an elevator mechanic who claimed he suffered serious injuries during construction of a San Rafael hotel three years ago. David Travis accused the general contractor, Spokane,Wash.-based Bison Builders, of failing to maintain a safe work environment at the Extended Stay hotel construction site in 2007. Travis' attorney, William Veen, tells the Marin Independent Journal Travis hit his head multiple times on scaffolding that was too low, suffering herniated discs. Bison Builders disputed that Travis suffered those injuries at the construction site, pointing out that he didn't report them until two months...

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Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall cases, often referred to as premises liability cases, require a careful understanding of the interplay between the facts and Illinois law. If you have fallen on someone else's property, that doesn't mean they are responsible for your damages. You still have to establish why you fell, and show that the property owner was negligent. In cases involving a slip and fall, be sure to identify what you slipped on, whether it may have been liquid, an unreasonably slippery surface, or snow and ice, that accumulated unnaturally. Slip and Fall Lawyer in Chicago...

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What do you get a lawyer for Christmas?

John Browning Legally Speaking The Zope Gazette Mon Dec 20, 2010, 07:00 AM CST ROCKWALL — Around this time of year, it’s fairly common to see lists of holiday gift suggestions – for the sports fan in your life, the techie, the music buff, and so on. But what about your friendly neighborhood lawyer? Whether it’s the nice young lady who incorporated your business, the probate lawyer on the corner who drafted your will, or even the personal injury attorney who got you a good settlement from that car wreck, why not remember your favorite lawyer this Christmas? To make your shopping...

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Personal Injury Accidents

We have all heard of the Miranda warning. It requires police to advise criminal suspects that if they talk, their words can and will be used against them. This rule does not apply in civil cases. If you have been in a car accident, and the insurance company for the other driver calls you, you do not have to talk to them. They won't warn you, but be assured that if you do talk, what you say can and will be used against you. Chicago Personal Injury Attorney...

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Personal Injury Lawyers Suggest Calling a Tow Truck No Matter How Bad an Accident May Look

(US NEWS SOURCE) December 20, 2010 - If you car has damage that appears to make it unsafe to drive, call a tow truck. If it has any rubbing, squeaking, leaking, or doesn’t roll straight, call a tow truck even though it may not look like a total loss. Driving your car away from the scene conveys to an insurance company that your accident was a minor one. You should call the police every time that you are in a car accident and request that they come to the accident scene and make a report....

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After 13 deaths since 2000, nursing home for disabled is making changes – Chicago Tribune

Top administrator replaced better cleanliness, more programs for kids in the works December 18, 2010| By Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, Tribune reporters A Chicago care facility where a high number of disabled children have died in recent years said it has taken numerous steps to improve care, including replacing the top administrator, hiring more staff and retraining employees. "We're looking at everything critically," said Bob Molitor, chief operating officer of the Alden nursing home chain, which oversees Alden Village North on North Sheridan Road. "Are we weak in that area? If we are, we want to boost that up." Alden Village North has...

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Peoples Energy accuses Tetzlaff, firm of malpractice in Enron case

By: Joseph B. Cahill and Todd J. Behme December 16, 2010 (Crain's) — Peoples Energy sued high-profile Chicago lawyer Theodore Tetzlaff on Wednesday for malpractice, alleging he authorized the destruction of documents in a class-action suit in violation of a court order. The lawsuit, which also names Mr. Tetzlaff's firm, Ungaretti & Harris LLP, seeks at least $4.66 million. Most of that is the difference between the amount for which Peoples settled the case and the lower amount it believes would have been accepted had the documents not been destroyed, according to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court. via Peoples Energy...

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Average Injury Verdicts in California

Jury Verdict Research found earlier this year that the average money damage award for personal injury trials in California is $1,814,094. The median verdict, perhaps a better statistic, is $114,305. Other interesting facts from the study: The median verdict in a wrongful death case is $2,212,936, compared to the national average of $1,450,000 Approximately 17% of the verdicts in California were back and neck strains. They pull the median and average verdicts down. The median back and neck strain verdict was $10,885 California plaintiffs in personal injury cases received an award 41% of the time. The median California...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have been injured at work, then it is likely that you can bring a claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. But you may have other claims as well, such as if your injury was caused by another person who is not employed by your company. This is often the case when an injury occurs at a construction site, or if you were in a motor vehicle accident while you were at work. Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer ...

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Crestwood reaches deal in tainted drinking water lawsuit

Residents of south suburb will get $500K, plus free trash pickup, vehicle stickers and business licenses for 2 years December 10, 2010| By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter Crestwood will pay residents $500,000 to settle one of the class action lawsuits filed against the south suburb for secretly pumping contaminated water to households for more than two decades. The deal, approved this week by a Cook County judge, also will provide residents with free garbage pickup for two years, as well as freezing fees for vehicle stickers and business licenses. And village officials will hire an independent environmental consultant to certify that Crestwood's drinking...

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More Americans Putting Off Retirement

Millions of older Americans are working later in life due to the recession, according to a new survey by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. The report found that 1.6 million older Americans are putting off retirement, leaving less jobs for younger workers and adding to the high unemployment rate. Last year, 64.9 percent of Americans ages 55 to 64 were working or actively seeking work. That is up two percent from 2006, according to the report. The vast majority of those who have put off retirement, have done so because of the recession. Despite the stock market gaining back much of what it...

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Chicago IL Accident: Fan Falls 35 Feet to His Death During Bears Game

December 3, 2010 (NewYorkInjuryNews.com - Injury News) New Source: JusticeNewsFlash.com 11/30/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan Chicago, IL—A Woodstock man died just one hour after falling 35 feet at Soldier Field Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. The unfortunate incident, which the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled to be accidental, occurred during a Chicago Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to information provided by the Chicago Sun-Times. Reports indicated 23-year-old Stuart Haverty was at a Bears game when he decided to jump over a three-foot barrier on the colonnade level during halftime. Upon doing so, he...

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Toyota injury claims survive dismissal attempts

(Reuters) - A federal judge largely rejected Toyota Motor Corp's attempts to dismiss personal injury claims brought over sudden unintended acceleration, according to a tentative order posted on Wednesday. The personal injury cases are proceeding at the same time as a proposed consumer class action over economic loss suffered by people who purchased Toyota vehicles. Last month U.S. District Judge James Selna similarly kept intact the bulk of the economic loss case. Toyota claimed that the personal injury plaintiffs failed to offer specific allegations of an actual defect in their vehicles' electronic throttle control system. via Toyota injury claims survive dismissal attempts | Reuters....

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Family Sues Baseball Bat Maker Easton Over Boy’s Injury

Updated: Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010, 7:20 AM CST Published : Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010, 7:20 AM CST Sun-Times Media Wire The parents of an northwest suburban boy who suffered a brain injury and hearing loss was after being struck by a baseball hit off a metal bat last spring have sued the maker of the bat, calling it unreasonably dangerous. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday by Robert and Cheryl Schutter of Mokena, state heir son, 11-year-old Jake Schutter, was pitching in a game for the Mokena Blaze on May 5 in Hecht Park in Mokena. It was...

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