Chicago, Illinois Workers Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability Lawyers

Ankin Law Office, LLC

Ankin Law Office, LLC
162 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Phone(312) 346-8780 or(800) 442-6546
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Website www.ankinlaw.com
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Law Firm Overview

Ankin Law Office, LLC has proudly served Illinois residents for over 12 years with the expertise of a deep family history in Illinois law and the serious and aggressive dedication of attorneys with a true passion for helping the injured and disabled receive their just and deserved compensation.
Attorneys Howard and Paul Ankin and their team of 8 tested and proven attorneys have earned a deserved reputation in Chicago-area courts for consistently delivering the detailed and aggressive litigation that inspires respect and fear among insurance companies, the product of a commitment and drive that continues to serve the injured and disabled all throughout Illinois.

Attorney Howard Ankin and his father have devoted the whole of their firm to protecting the rights and livelihoods of accident victims, and early on established a habit of large settlements and verdicts for clients, including the firm's first million-dollar verdict in its third year of existence. The firm's attorneys regularly argue cases in various counties across the state, long ago developing the intimate knowledge of Illinois courts, hospitals, and specialists that has affected the outcome of many a case and ably served so many in need throughout the state. Ankin Law's commitment to clients is such that its attorneys often refer cases to other firms when they feel a successful outcome demands it, and their Chicago office regularly hosts disabled former clients in vocational training, a testament to the firm's genuine care for client welfare both during and after the case.

Illinois injured or disabled face both a long and painful road to recovery and a lifestyle that may be altered for ever, and ought not to leave any money on the table when litigating against those at fault. Ankin Law has given its 12 years of expertise and enviable success to the honorable work of recovering that compensation, in the process earning thousands of grateful clients and a reputation both feared among insurance companies and honored in the community at large.


Languages: English, Spanish, Polish

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Factory Accidents; Heavy Equipment Accidents; Airplane Crashes; Trip and Fall; Biking Accident; Car Wrecks; Truck, 18-wheeler Accidents; Rear End Collisions; Alcohol Related Crashes; Passenger Injuries; Uninsured Motorist Cases; Intentional Torts; High Velocity Accidents; Reckless Driving Accidents; Distracted Driving Accidents; Road Hazard Accidents; Emergency Room Malpractice; Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice; Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice; Hospital Malpractice; Diagnostic Errors; Anesthesia Errors; Drug Interactions; Adverse Reactions; Unauthorized Treatment; Sub-Standard Care; Breaches of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality; Supplemental Security Income; Environmental and Toxic Exposures; Securities and Investment Fraud; Wage and Overtime.


Areas of Law Description

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, we provide legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:

- Personal Injury

If you or a loved one has sustained any kind of injury due to the negligence or intentional acts of another, you have the right to pursue compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. At Ankin Law Office LLC, our highly skilled Illinois personal injury attorneys will examine and investigate your personal injury case. We work hard to ensure that our clients receive the legal representation they need. Our goal is to get our clients maximum recovery for the injuries they have sustained.

- Workers' Compensation

Getting hurt in a work related injury is a traumatic experience. Thoughts of employer retaliation swoop through injured workers' minds. The fear of financial insecurity creeps upon your overburdened shoulders. It is in an injured worker’s best interest to hire a worker’s compensation attorney. Timely compensation is what you deserve. The Illinois workers compensation lawyers at Ankin Law Office LLC take pride in protecting the rights of injured workers. We are highly experienced in negotiating and litigating workers’ compensation claims.

- Motor Vehicle Accidents

If someone has caused an injury or damage to property through a motor vehicle accident, the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices LLC, can help you recover physically and financially. Recovering lost wages, medical expenses, and money owed to you for pain and suffering is best left to a lawyer who knows the specific legal landscape of auto accidents. Let Ankin Law Offices LLC walk you through your legal rights in a free confidential consultation. Our attorneys give straightforward legal advice and a clear understanding of the legal steps we will follow.

- Wrongful Death

In an instant, your life can be drastically changed by the death of a loved one. It is one thing to agree with this statement, but it's another thing to be prepared for the impact death has on you and your loved ones. A fatal accident can make you vulnerable, but do not let grief take away your legal rights. The people who were responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one are aware of their legal responsibilities. The wrongful death lawyers at Ankin Law Offices LLC are competent and compassionate attorneys. We cannot reverse the wrongs committed, but we can help you recover damages in wrongful or accidental death lawsuits.

- Social Security Disability

Social Security disability benefits are available if you are unable to “work for pay” for at least 12 consecutive months due to illness or injury. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that is funded by payroll taxes. It was designed as a safety net for disabled workers to provide regular income to live on. Obtaining Social Security benefits can be challenging. The assistance of a skilled social security disability lawyer like those at Ankin Law Offices, LLC is crucial to the swift and favorable processing of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

- Class Action Lawsuits

Class action lawsuits come in many different types. Dangerous pharmaceutical cases, which fall under product liability, are among the most commonly known type of class action lawsuit. Drug companies often face suits for misinforming the public about a drug or for injuries or deaths attributable to a drug. If you have a potential class action lawsuit, the Chicago-based attorneys at Ankin Law Office can help you begin the process. Our attorneys are skilled at evaluating and handling a wide variety of class action suits.



Partners

Howard Ankin Mr. Howard Ankin
Attorney
Aviation Accidents, Bad Faith Insurance, Boating Accident, DUI, Employment

Paul Ankin Mr. Paul Ankin
Attorney
Commercial Ship Accident, Discrimination, Jones Act, Military Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Scott Goldstein Mr. Scott Goldstein
Attorney
Aviation Accidents, Bad Faith Insurance, Boating Accident, Criminal Law, Failure to Diagnose

Telly Liapis Mr. Telly J. Liapis
Attorney
Aviation Accidents, Boating Accident, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Motor Vehicles


Affiliations

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Work Injury Lawyers Association

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 Most Dangerous Industries for Workplace Injuries and Deaths

Each year thousands of U.S. workers die and millions more are injured in workplace accidents. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 fatal work accidents and 3.7 million nonfatal work injuries in 2012.

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 Do Parents Drive More Dangerously Than Teens?

Parents warn their teenagers about the dangers of risk driving habits, but data shows that many parents engage in the same dangerous driving behavior that they warn their children against.

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 Risks Associated with Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is one of the most common driving hazards, but new data highlights the dangers associated with drowsy driving. In fact, research shows that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk.

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 Texting Increases Injury Risk Even When Not Driving

The dangers of texting and driving are well-known and undisputed. But did you know that texting while walking also presents a number of injury risks?

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 What Are Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

Each year millions of workers are injured in on-the-job accidents. While many of those injured workers will be able to return to their existing job after a period of recovery, some injured workers are injured to an extent that they are unable to return to their pre-injury job. In these situations, the injured worker may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits under the applicable state workers’ compensation program in order to help him or her obtain a new job.

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 Top Work Injuries and Illnesses in Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employing over 18 million workers – the majority of which (80%) are women. Healthcare workers – including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, and a number of other professionals – are exposed to a wide range of occupational hazards.

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 Common Risks for Workplace Injuries in Construction Industry

Construction workers are especially vulnerable to work-related injuries. According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, and the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

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 Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you are probably swimming in a sea of questions. What do I do next? Should I file a legal claim? Can I recover compensation? The first step in getting those questions answered – and possibly recovering money damages – is to meet with a personal injury lawyer.

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 CDC Reports that Many Unintentional Injury Deaths Are Preventable

According to a new study, the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. On each of those causes of death, the study found that 20 percent to 40 percent could have been prevented.

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 The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Although the dangers of drinking and driving are well known, few people consider the dangers of drowsy driving even though the effects of fatigue are similar to the effects of alcohol.

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 Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Seeks to Be Excluded from Testosterone Lawsuit MDL

Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, but one testosterone manufacturer is asking to be excluded from the fray.

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 Top 6 Car Accident Mistakes

Car accidents – even seemingly minor ones – can be confusing and upsetting. Unfortunately, car accident victims often make avoidable mistakes that can hurt or even eliminate any legal claims that they might have.

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 Are Your Child’s Toys and Baby Gear Safe?

According to a new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011, 74,100 children younger than 5 suffered from a baby product injury that required a trip to the emergency department.

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 Workers Memorial Day Sheds Light on Workplace Safety Issues

Each year, more than 4,000 workers die from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

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 The Primary Culprit of Workplace Fall Injuries

Construction workers are particularly susceptible to ladder injuries, making up an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in emergency departments throughout the country.

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 Everything You Need to Know about Negligence, Torts, and Personal Injury

Words like negligence, torts, and personal injury are often tossed around after an accident or injury, but many people are confused about what these words actually mean and, more importantly, how these words impact liability or the ability to collect money damages.

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 What to Do If Injured as a Passenger in Auto Accident

Thousands of passengers are injured in auto accidents every year. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 22,812 passengers were injured in auto accidents in 2011 alone. Like other victims of negligence, an injured passenger may be entitled to money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent motorist, whether the passenger’s driver or another negligent motorist.

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 Most Workplace Deaths Are Preventable

Most workplace deaths in this country may be preventable, according to a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH). More than 4,000 workers die every year from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die annually from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

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 April 2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

There is never a shortage of issues to discuss in the world of personal injury, and April 2014 has been no exception. Current topics include mammography and its coverage by the media, dysfunction in healthcare, schools near dangerous chemical facilities, and a potentially record-breaking rate of car recalls this year.

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 Proving Liability and Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuit

Millions of people are injured or killed in personal injury accidents every year. When an injury or death is caused by negligence, the victim (or the victim’s family) may be able to recover compensation from the negligent party. But in order to obtain financial recovery, the plaintiff must prove two things in a personal injury lawsuit: (1) liability and (2) damages.

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 What You Need to Know about Driving in Construction Zones

Not only do spring and summer mean warmer temperatures, but they also mean road construction. In fact, there are already a number of major road construction projects under way on Chicago area highways and roadways, including portions of I-90 on the Jane Adams Expressway and the Kennedy Expressway.

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 Testosterone Lawsuits Continue to Rise

Testosterone lawsuits continue to rise, with new lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Testim and AndroGel earlier this month. Just a few years ago testosterone was hyped as some kind of miracle drug for men, but new evidence has come to light indicating at testosterone is linked to increased stroke and heart attack risk and a number of other serious side effects.

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 Most Common Personal Injury Accidents

Millions of people are injured or killed in personal injury accidents every year. Personal injury claims fall under the umbrella legal discipline of tort law, which establishes liability for negligent or intentional misconduct that result in injuries, deaths, or damages.

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 NTSB Recommends Two New Trucking Safety Standards

Truck underride accidents, those accidents that happen when a vehicle collides with a truck and slides underneath it, kill hundreds of people each year. While there are certain safety mechanisms in place to prevent underride accidents, data shows that they are often ineffective.

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 New Study Shows that Testosterone May Have Negative Impact on Brain

Testosterone has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including stroke and heart attack, and now a new study has found that the use of testosterone in certain men may have a negative impact on the brain.

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 Number of Work-Related Injuries in Certain Industries Is Under-Reported

Unfortunately, some industries do not necessarily have accurate reporting mechanisms on work-related injuries and illness, which make it more difficult for regulators and lawmakers to identify and address occupational health problems.

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 Is Work-Related Hearing Loss Putting You at Risk of other Injuries?

Workers who are exposed to high levels of noise while on the job may be at risk of developing hearing loss and other occupational hazard injuries. Not only are these workers at a higher risk of hearing loss injuries, but a new Canadian study from the Institut National de Santé Publique shows that workers with noise-induced hearing loss may also be at a higher risk of other injuries in the workplace.

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 Should Auto Makers Be Subject to Stricter Auto Defect Laws?

General Motors has recently come under fire for its spate of auto recalls. Just last week it announced that it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect with the cars’ electronic power-steering assist, which can suddenly stop working and make the car harder to steer. This most recent recall brings the total vehicles GM has recalled since February up to a staggering 6.3 million vehicles.

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 Do Rear Visibility Systems Prevent Auto Accidents?

In an effort to reduce the amount of backover fatalities and injuries, all new cars will be required to have rear visibility technology by May 2018. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the required rear visibility systems must expand the field of vision to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle, as well as meet other requirements regarding image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.

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 Testosterone Lawsuits Go Before Judicial Executive Committee

Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, and a Judicial Executive Committee was recently created to centralize at least 30 of those lawsuits which allege that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries. The consolidated cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.

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 Prevalence of Work-Related Back Injuries

Back injuries, such as a herniated disc, sprain, or fractured vertebrae, continue to be one of the most common work-related injuries. In the workplace, back injuries can occur when lifting or carrying heavy objects, or due to repetitive motions.

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 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe. Motorcyclists are not covered by the same protective barriers as cars and other passenger vehicles, making motorcycle accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death than car accidents.

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 5 Little Known Facts about Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are one of the quintessential personal injury claims. While many people think of the so-called 'banana peel' case when they think of a slip and fall accident, slip and fall liability – or premises liability – actually applies to a number of different situations.

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 What Temp Workers Need to Know about Workplace Injuries

If you are one of the millions of temp workers in this country, you may be unsure of your employment rights, including protections against discrimination, eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, and wage and hour rights. Temporary workers can rest assured: while you may not have the same job security that full-time employees have, you do have a number of employment rights and protections.

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 The Dangers of Talc Powder for Women and Children

Talc-based powders are used by many women as part of their personal hygiene routine and many parents use baby powder on their infants to prevent diaper rash. Despite the popularity of talc-based products, however, they present many dangers to women and children.

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 Medication May Increase Risk of Falls for Elderly Patients

While blood pressure medications may help prevent certain medical conditions, they can also put elderly persons at risk of other injuries. For instance, a new study revealed that older people who take blood pressure medications may be more susceptible to fall injuries than elderly persons who are not taking blood pressure medication.

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 What to Do If You Have Doubts about Your Medical Care

Doctors and health care providers hold our lives in their hands. Having doubts about the medical care that you are receiving can not only be emotionally unsettling, but physically damaging as well, since the lack of appropriate medical care can result in medical complications, exacerbated health conditions, and even death.

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 Basics of an Auto Accident Claim

Auto accidents – whether relatively minor or serious – can be scary, confusing, and debilitating. It can be difficult to know what to do if you were injured in an auto accident, and you may be confused about how to get financial recovery for your injuries and damages.

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 Common Workplace Injuries

Workplace accidents and injuries can happen in any job and in any industry. But just like there are some jobs and industries are more prone to workplace accidents, certain work-related injuries occur more often than others.

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 The Surprising Strategy that Might Curb Texting and Driving

Texting and driving takes the lives of thousands of people each year. In fact, in 2011, there were 3,360 distracted driving fatalities, and in 2012, there were 3,328 distracted driving fatalities. Another 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver, which represented a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011 as a result of distracted driving.

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 Could Crash Avoidance Technology Soon Be Required on New Vehicles?

New cars and trucks could soon be required to include crash avoidance technology that would allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid crashes. In an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that the administration plans to develop a proposal before 2017 that would require auto makers to include crash avoidance technology on all new vehicles.

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 Should Testosterone Products Contain a Heart Attack Warning on Labels?

In light of recent data indicating that testosterone is dangerous for many men, Public Citizen – a public advocacy group – is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products.

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 What Women Need to Know About Talc Body Powders

Many women use talc-based body power as part of their personal hygiene routine, and they may be putting their health at risk as a result. In a recent study, researchers examined data collected from eight separate studies and found that women who regularly use talcum powder in the genital region increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent.

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 What Is the Difference between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Accident and injury victims often wonder about their legal rights after an accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the defendant(s) may be liable for money damages in either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Clients often have a number of questions about the differences between a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit, and this article explains some of the major similarities and differences.

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 Workplace Accidents: The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to Forbes, some of the jobs that are commonly thought of as dangerous actually result in the fewest fatalities. For instance, firefighting and tractor operation are safer jobs than being a car mechanic.

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 Fatal Car Accidents Involving Marijuana Have Tripled in U.S.

Marijuana alters a person’s ability to perform certain functions, including operating a motor vehicle. According to a new study, fatal car crashes involving marijuana have tripled during the past decade, which may be responsible for the increase in impaired driving accidents in recent years.

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 Does Daylight Savings Time Cause More Auto Accidents?

Last weekend much of the United States, “sprang forward” as we moved our clocks ahead one hour. While daylight savings time has long been considered a modern rite of passage for the changing seasons, some experts point out that the time change puts our health at risk and increases the risk of accidents and injuries – particularly auto accidents and heart attacks.

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 Drivers Continue to Use Electronic Devices Despite Dangers

Despite stricter laws and increased public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis indicates that drivers may not be heeding the warnings and that the use of electronic devices while driving remained relatively unchanged in 2012 from 2011.

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 “Unacceptable” High Rate of Accidents and Injuries on Communication Towers

The high rate of accidents and injuries on communication towers is “unacceptable,” according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrator David Michaels. Michaels issued his remarks at the National Association of Tower Erectors’ conference, which took place February 24-27, and he stressed the need for proper safety precautions related to communication towers.

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 OSHA Issues 2014 Site-Specific Targeting Program for High Injury Employers

Pursuant to its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting program, OSHA plans to direct enforcement resources to those workplaces that have the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

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 Nevada State Athletic Commission Bans Testosterone Replacement Therapy from Combat Sports

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has banned testosterone-replacement therapy from combat sports, including boxing and mixed martial arts. The decision was made based on evidence that testosterone unnaturally increases the athlete’s competitive abilities and that it is not a necessary medical treatment for many of its users.

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 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up – February 2014

Personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers have been discussing several important topics in the last few weeks, including the safety of surgical robots, the inadequacy of temp worker laws, employer abuse of the workers' compensation system, and the idea that doctors seek locations with lax regulations on professional liablility. This article is a brief summary of four separate articles detailing those topics.

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 Talc and Other Dangerous Personal Care Products

The cosmetic and personal hygiene industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The United States cosmetic industry alone is the largest in the world, with total revenue in excess of $54 billion. Unfortunately, not all cosmetic and personal care products are safe for use and some are even linked to serious medical conditions – yet they remain on store shelves. Some of the most dangerous personal care products on the market today are talc-based products.

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 Johnson & Johnson Found Liable in Baby Powder Lawsuit

Talc is used in a number of cosmetic and personal hygiene products, such as baby powder and feminine body powders. But new evidence and a recent lawsuit suggested that, despite its widespread use, talcum powder could be incredibly dangerous.

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 The Hidden Risks of Talcum Powder

Talcum powder – which is commonly referred to as baby powder or body powder – is a widespread cosmetic and personal hygiene product that has a number of uses. Talcum powder is made from a soft mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate, which is crushed, dried, and then milled. Talcum powder works by absorbing moisture and reducing friction, thereby protecting the skin.

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 Testosterone Shown to Cause Stroke and Heart Attacks

Testosterone therapy is used by a number of men believed to have low testosterone levels. Although low testosterone can cause fatigue, decreased libido, and muscle and bone loss, testosterone is sometimes prescribed unnecessarily – which can lead to serious side effects and medical conditions.

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 Were You Injured After Taking Testosterone Supplements?

Testosterone therapy has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. For men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack nearly triples when taking testosterone supplements and doubles for men over the age of 65 even if they have no history of heart disease.

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 Liability for Testosterone and Other Unsafe Pharmaceuticals

The use of testosterone replacement therapy has increased exponentially in recent years. In fact, the Washington Post reports that the number of men starting testosterone therapy has almost quadrupled in the United States since 2000. But new data has also come to light indicating that the use of testosterone therapy can be dangerous, particularly to men over the age of 65 and men with a history of heart disease.

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 Should I Sue for my Auto Accident Injuries?

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be facing mounting medical bills and be unable to work. In addition to the physical pain that you are in, you may also be angry and confused about what to do next. Many car accident victims wonder if they should accept an insurance settlement or pursue legal action by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

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 Slip and Falls Are the Most Common Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are on the rise, and slip and falls among seniors now top the list as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. According to a new study, which was published in the January 23 issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, falls among seniors have surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.

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 Winter Weather Responsible for a Number of Chicago Area Auto Accidents

Winter 2014 will likely go down in the record books for one of the harshest winters ever. In fact, as of February 9, Chicago has seen 19 days with subzero temperatures and has already received more than 62 inches of snow. Winter in Chicago can make for treacherous travel conditions, but this winter has been particularly bad.

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 Study Shows Construction Workers Exposed to Silica Are at Risk of Disease

Construction workers are exposed to a number of occupational hazards, such as scaffolding injuries, noise hazards, and equipment injuries. But a new report shows that construction workers who are exposed to crystalline silica dust are also at risk of developing occupational diseases over the long term.

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 Injured While Commuting? What You Need to Know

Millions of people in and around Chicago commute to work each day. Most commuters use public transportation or drive in their own car to get to their jobs, but some Chicago area workers also bike to work or carpool. When commuters are injured on their way to work, complex issues can arise regarding liability.

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 Do I Need a Lawyer After a Minor Auto Accident?

If you are like most Americans, at some point in your life, you will be in an auto accident. In fact, according to Forbes, most people file an insurance claim for a traffic collision once every 17.9 years. Fortunately, the vast majority of car accidents are not fatal. Of the approximately 10 million vehicle accidents each year, about 3 in every 1,000 involves fatalities.

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 Proposed Legislation Seeks to Cut Benefits for Traveling Employees

Commuting and traveling is often a necessary part of a person’s job. While work-related travel and lengthy commutes are commonplace in today’s labor force, when a worker is injured while commuting or traveling for work, several issues can arise regarding workers’ compensation.

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 Do Electronic Medical Records Impact Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

According to some experts, research shows that electronic health records “improve quality and safety and, as a result, prevent adverse events and reduce the risk of malpractice claims.”

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 The Dangers of Working the Night Shift: How to Recover the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve

Night shift work – though a necessity for many American workers – comes with a unique set of health risks and hazards. For instance, according to an article on WebMD, night shift work is related to a number of serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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 Were You a Victim of America’s Most Dangerous Transportation Hazards?

Not only does the NTSB conduct independent investigations of all civil aviation accidents and major accidents of other modes of transportation such as train crashes, commercial trucking accidents, and auto accidents, but it also identifies areas for improvement in order to improve transportation safety.

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 Insurance Liability Issues When Teen Is in Auto Accident

If you have been in an accident with a teen driver, you may wonder what sort of recourse you have in order to protect your rights. Teen drivers are often difficult or costly to insure, and they are often insured under their parents’ insurance policy.

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 Do Compact Cars Cause More Injuries When Involved in an Auto Accident?

Ultra compact cars – often called minis – have increased in popularity in recent years, in large part due to their relatively inexpensive price tag and high fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, many of the smallest cars sold in America are also some of the most dangerous and the most likely to result in serious injuries and deaths in an auto accident.

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 What Happens at a Deposition in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

From a client’s perspective, one of the most confusing and challenging parts of a personal injury lawsuit is the deposition. Unless a case settles very quickly after the complaint is filed, a deposition will inevitably be part of the legal process.

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 Why You Need to Take Swift Action after a Personal Injury Accident

If you have been involved in a personal injury accident, you are likely hurt and confused. It is important that you not delay in getting the medical and legal help that you need so that you can protect your ability to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages.

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 When Is a Restaurant Liable for Injuries or Illnesses?

Every day restaurant customers and employees are injured in restaurant accidents. Injuries happen in restaurants for a number of reasons, including hazards such as food or drink spills, poor lighting, lack of or broken railings on stairways, failure to maintain the premises, burns by hot food or drink, food poisoning, sharp kitchen tools and utensils.

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 The Myths and Lies of Tort Reform

Tort reform initiatives seek to limit plaintiff’s access to the court system, restrict the types of claims that can be asserted, and cap the damages to which you may recover in a lawsuit.

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 6 Secrets of Personal Injury Lawyers

No one plans on getting into a car accident or other personal injury accident, but accidents can and do happen. It is important that, if you are injured in a personal injury accident, you understand your rights and legal options. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with the crucial information that you need in order to get the compensation that you deserve.

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 How Do I Collect Social Security Disability If I Am Injured in Auto Accident?

Unlike personal injury damages, Social Security disability benefits do not require that you prove liability or negligence and you might be able to obtain disability benefits even if you were responsible for the auto accident.

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 Protect Your Children: Beware of these Commonly Misused Baby Products

Toys and other children’s products, such as cribs, car seats and highchairs, can result in serious injury and even death when they are dangerous or defective. Sometimes a product is inherently dangerous, making children susceptible to risk of injury even when the product is used correctly. Other times products may be dangerous when used incorrectly or manufacturers may not include the necessary warnings on the product.

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 Drunk vs. Distracted Driving: Which Is Worse?

Most people will list drunk driving as their first guess for the most lethal cause of collisions caused by negligence, but digital gadgetry has ushered in a new era of “distracted driving” collisions – especially texting while driving accidents.

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 What You Need to Know About New Illinois Driving Laws

A number of new laws took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2014, including the following driving laws:

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 Is Sleep Deprivation Putting You at Risk for Driving or Workplace Injuries?

We all know just how good sleep makes us feel, and we are probably even aware that getting adequate sleep can improve our health since a lack of sleep has been linked with depression, skin aging, and weight gain, among a number of other health problems. But did you know that sleep deprivation might actually be putting you and others at risk of injury or even death?

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 Determining Liability in Multi-Vehicle Crashes?

Not only are multi-vehicle accidents devastating accidents that often involve serious injuries and even deaths, but multi-vehicle accidents also involve complex legal issues as well. Complicated issues regarding liability and comparative negligence can make it all the more difficult to get the financial recovery that you deserve.

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 Tips for Staying Safe in the Workplace

Employers are legally obligated to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

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 Cold Weather Safety Tips

In Chicago – and the rest of the Midwest – winter has arrived, bringing with it snow, ice, and cold temperatures. At Ankin Law Offices, LLC, our Chicago accident and injury lawyers are dedicated to promoting safety – especially during winter months when conditions are more hazardous.

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 How to Stay Safe This Halloween

As you and your family prepare for Halloween, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure that you and your family have a safe and fun holiday. Although Halloween is a festive time of year, it can also be a risky time of year with a heightened risk for accidents and injuries.

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 Uncertainties Continue about Illinois' New Speed Limit Laws

Illinois’ speed law is set to increase to 70 mph in just a couple of months, but uncertainties linger about the new speed limits. The new speed law was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in August – against the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and road safety organizations – but confusion exists about the scope of the law.

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 Problems with California's Bill Limiting Workers' Compensation for Out-of-State Athletes

California has moved one step closer to making its controversial workers’ compensation bill a reality. Earlier this month, the California Senate voted to pass the bill, which restricts most professional athletes playing for out-of-state teams from filing workers’ compensation claims in California. The bill is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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 Can Those Who Text to Drivers Be Held Liable for Resulting Auto Accidents?

We all know that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. In fact, according to Public Health Law Research (PHLR), up to 28% of traffic collision risk is caused by cell phone-related distracted driving. Texting while driving is not only against the law, but it can also result in civil tort liability for any auto accidents caused by distracted driving.

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 Northwestern Memorial Hospital Faces Allegations that It Destroyed Patients’ Sperm Samples

Northwestern Hospital is facing numerous lawsuits, alleging that the hospital negligently destroyed patients’ sperm samples.

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 Just How Dangerous Are Energy Drinks?

Energy drinks – such as Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy – have taken the beverage industry by storm. In fact, they are currently one of the hottest-selling products of the industry. But as their popularity is reaching epic proportions, with sales in 2012 topping $10 billion, concerns about their safety continue to mount.

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 Do Damage Cap Laws Pass Constitutional Muster?

Nearly 30 states currently limit the amount of damages that can be received in a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to the American Medical Association. States with damage caps vary wildly in their limitations and the types of damages that are limited. For instance, California limits non-compensatory damages at $250,000, while Nebraska limits total damages at $1.75 million.

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 Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Takes the Lives of 29

A nationwide listeria outbreak in contaminated cantaloupe has gripped the country. Claiming 29 lives, the cantaloupe listeria outbreak is among the deadliest food poisoning outbreaks since 1924. Thousands of pounds of Jensen Farms and Carol’s Cuts cantaloupes have been recalled due to concerns about listeria contamination.

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 Protections for Veterans Returning to the Workforce

Veterans and military personnel face a number of issues when returning to civilian life.

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 Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act

Congress is currently considering draft legislation that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance. The legislation would effectively prevent the NLRB from restricting where an employer can create jobs in the United States. The bill passed the House of Representatives on September 15, 2011 by a vote of 138-186. The legislation is currently pending before the Senate.

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 Lawsuit Filed in Connection with Yellowstone Bear Mauling

A $5 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the federal government by the widow of a man mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park in June.

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 Reebok Fined for Its Toning Shoes Ad Campaign

Reebok International has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle charges of false advertising stemming from claims that its toning shoes provide extra muscle strength to wearers, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement funds will be used to provide consumer refunds, which will be made available either directly from the FTC or through a court-approved class action lawsuit.

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 Pfizer Agrees to Pay $14.5 to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit for Improperly Marketing Detrol

Pfizer has agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly marketing its prescription drugs Detrol and Detrol LA.

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 Spin Master Fined $1.3 Million for Harmful Aqua Dots Toy

Spin Master, a Canadian toy manufacturer, has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle claims with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the import and sale of Aqua Dots, which is a banned hazardous substance. Aqua Dots are popular colored arts and crafts beads that stick together when sprayed with water to form various designs and shapes.

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 Another Lawsuit Filed Against the NCAA for Head Injuries Suffered By Former Football Players

Did the NCAA fail to protect student-athletes from concussions and their repercussions?

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 The Importance of Strong Expert Testimony in a Products Liability Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently considered whether a plaintiff in a products liability case had met his burden on a summary judgment motion in Bielskis v. Louisville Ladder Inc., 2011 WL 5829771.

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 Laws That Went Into Effect In 2011

A few laws that went into effect this past year. The Illinois legislature changed the crosswalk law so that drivers must stop and stay stoppedť when pedestrians are crossing the street. You can't just yield to them, you must STOP! In late June, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into effect a law that requires back seat passengers to wear seat belts. The police can now stop vehicles if they notice a passenger isn’t strapped in.

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 I Just Want to Go to Trial

Most people feel that if they are in an auto accident, simply hire an attorney and go to trial. What they don't understand is the logistics that it takes to go to trial. First, the court assigns the trial date; that date is dependent upon courts schedule, as well as the caseload of the prosecuting attorney. Second, the evidence needs to be entered into trial. Third, the discovery phase of litigation can be time consuming.

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 NTSB Seeks to Ban Use of Hand Held and Hand-Free Devices in Cars

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a press release detailing its plans to move forward with the implementation of a nationwide ban on the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (PED) while driving a car.

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 More Proof That Safety Innovations in Cars Make a Difference

The roads can be dangerous, especially during the holiday season where there are more travelers than normal. Anything that can be done to decrease the number of serious injuries from car accidents on our nation’s highways is a good thing. That’s why we occasionally highlight new safety features in cars–because they really can make a difference.

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 Hybrid Cars: Saving the Environment... And Your Life?

Most would agree that hybrid cars are better for the environment than traditional gas guzzling vehicles. And, hybrid cars are better for your wallet, too, since these vehicles use less gas. But, did you know that hybrid cars might offer safety benefits as well?

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 Myths About Child Abuse

Turn on the TV and it is not hard to hear about the child molestation accusations that were made against Jerry Sandusky in the last two months. If you are like me it is difficult to wrap your mind around the possibility of a coach molesting children, especially someone in a mentoring role.

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 What Does it Mean to Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

While industrial jobs are hard to find in this economy, service-based roles have increased, causing more employees to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a painful disorder that is discomforting and sometimes there can be numbness of the hands.

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 Palsgraf Causation Issues Revisited In Illinois, But With More Distressing Facts

The Chicago Tribune recently reported on a lawsuit arising from a bizarre set of circumstances, but which raised an interesting legal issue. The facts in the case, Zokhrabov v. Jeung-Hee Park. (2011 WL 6823803), are decidedly gory and tragic.

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 Are Women More Likely to Be Injured in Car Accidents Than Men?

Whether women are more likely to be injured in the event of a motor vehicle accident is up for debate, although the results of a recent study tend to support that conclusion. As reported at the Huffington Post, according to a study published just a few months ago in the American Journal of Public Health, women are more likely to be seriously injured in car accidents.

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 What is the Automobile Recall Process?

We’re all familiar with motor vehicle recalls. They happen all the time. Whether you hear about it in the news or receive a letter from the manufacturer, we’ve owned cars that have been recalled at one point or another.

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 Renter’s Have Rights

Have you ever rented an apartment for yourself or one of your kids and wondered if all your rights are being protected and respected when moving into a new apartment? The relationship between a landlord and renter is based on trust and respect. Yet many people feel that their landlord took too long to fix something in their unit or that they have been scammed out of their security deposit at the end of the lease.

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 New California Car Seat Law Targets Older Children

With the new year came new laws, including a new California car seat law that requires children to use a booster seat until they are age 8 or 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

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 BPA Litigation Hits Roadblock

Litigation pending over BPA in plastic bottles has hit a major roadblock.

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 Tracking Medical Device Implants

In an attempt to protect consumers from the dangers of defective medical devices, the U.S. Senate recently proposed draft legislation that would require manufacturers to conduct ongoing safety studies of medical devices even after the device has obtained the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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 NFL Claims Workers’ Compensation Should Cover Players’ Head Injuries

Last August we discussed lawsuits brought by over 75 ex-football players against the National Football League. The players sought unspecified amounts of damages for head injuries sustained over the course of their careers. The players alleged that the NFL knew of the harmful effects of multiple concussions as early as the 1920s, but kept that information from players until 2010. Riddell, the helmet maker, was also named in the lawsuit as a defendant.

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 Replacing Children’s Car Seats After an Automobile Accident

Car accidents are a fact of life. If we escape with just a few scrapes and dents to a fender and no injuries, most of us consider ourselves lucky. But, even if you and your loved ones emerge from the accident unscathed, what about your child’s car seat? Is it still safe to use after an automobile accident?

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 Should Motorcyclists Be Subjected to Safety Checkpoints?

Congress is currently considering legislation that would provide monetary grants to states mandating random safety checkpoints for motorcycles. Georgia and New York already have similar programs in place and the grants under consideration would encourage other states to implement similar laws.

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 Illinois Court on Proving Liability for Medical Malpractice

Oftentimes, physicians are employed by more than one medical institution. This can make it difficult establish liability for negligent treatment in medical malpractice cases, since it is sometimes difficult to prove which hospitals employed a physician for the purposes of the negligent conduct at issue.

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 Sudden Increase in Teen Deaths From Car Crashes

You may find it surprising to learn that car accidents are the leading cause of death for United States teenagers. And, sadly, according to the results of a new study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of teen deaths caused by automobile accidents increased in the first half of 2011. This increase was particularly surprising since teen deaths from car accidents had been declining in the years prior to 2011.

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 Illinois Court Holds Shoulder Injury Does Not Constitute Scheduled Loss to Injured Arm

An important Illinois workers’ compensation decision was handed down by the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, at the end of 2011. At issue in Will County Forest Preserve District v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, No. 3–11–0077WC, was whether a claimant’s shoulder injury qualified as a scheduled loss to the arm or a person-as-a-whole award.

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 Illinois Court on Liability of Police Officer for Car Accident

Sometimes, car accidents occur when a police officer is responding to a call and in many cases, depending on the facts of the case, laws exist which provide immunity–for police officers and their employers–from liability in personal injury lawsuits.

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 Fingerprinting Your Child

While recent political discussions over fingerprinting as identification for public assistance programs have been in the headlines, there is one fingerprinting program that is universally welcome, that of fingerprinting children.

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 Occupational Safety and Health

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work by requiring employers to sustain proper and safe workplaces free of danger for their employees. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (known as OSHA) to set and enforce protective workplace safety and health standards.

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 Moving

With spring not far away, thousands of residents’ thoughts turn to moving to another apartment or home. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, in the late 19th century, as many as one third of all families in Chicago moved annually. If you are considering a move this year, here are a few things to think about.

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 Illinois Court Holds Lawsuit Against City of Chicago Can Move Forward

Is the City of Chicago liable for every accident that occurs when a pedestrian trips and falls on a public sidewalk? Of course not. But under certain circumstances, the City can be held liable.

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 Investigation Shows New Chicago Transportation Authority Cars Defective

Last year the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) introduced a shiny, brand new fleet of trains for the “L” track. This was the first time, in a number of decades, that the CTA had upgraded Chicago’s public transportation system and for many Chicagoans, the new cars were a welcome relief from the creaky, old trains they were used to.

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 Illinois Court on Admissibility of Photos at Slip and Fall Trial

One issue that frequently crops up during personal injury trials is the admissibility of photographs of the scene where the accident occurred.

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 Safety Advocacy Group Seeks Enactment of Rear View Mirror Safety Regs

Safety advocacy groups play an important role in forcing the enactment of safety regulations and thus protecting consumers from dangerous products. A particularly vulnerable sector of our society is children. If anyone requires advocacy on their behalf, it’s children–especially when it comes to automobile safety.

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 Tips For If You Are Injured on the Job

Make sure to notify your employer as soon as possible after your accident- Although the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act allows you forty-five days to notify your employer of your accident, the sooner the better.

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 Are School Buses Unsafe?

Although automobile safety has changed by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, safety standards on school buses haven’t changed much since the 1960s. Unlike cars, seat belts aren’t mandatory and many school buses aren’t even equipped with them.

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 Ex-Football Player Receives $4.4 Million Verdict for Head Injuries

Head injuries sustained by football players are sometimes played down as simple concussions. However, repeated concussions over time can lead to serious head injuries.

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 Illinois Court Considers Liability in Mall Slip and Fall

When someone slips and falls in a public place in Illinois such as a mall, in order to prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, the person who fell must establish that the owner of the property was somehow responsible for the fall. Sometimes this can be a difficult proposition, as the plaintiff in Ishoo v. General Growth Properties, Inc., 2012 WL 933383, recently learned.

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 How Much Should Automakers Be Fined For Not Complying With Recall Rules?

In late March, the United States Senate approved legislation that would increase the fines levied against U.S. automakers who failed to comply with automobile recall regulations. Currently, automakers are fined a maximum of $17 million but the proposed legislation would greatly increase the maximum fines to $250 million.

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 Illinois Court on Ambulance Driver’s Liability for Car Accident

If you’re injured as a result of an automobile accident with an emergency services vehicle that is responding to a call, are you be able to receive compensation for your injuries? Well, the answer is–it depends. In Illinois, in many cases, responding emergency vehicles maybe held to be immune from liability, but ultimately, the facts of the case will control whether you will prevail if you file a personal injury lawsuit based on your injuries.

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 Female Crash Test Dummies Now Regularly Being Used

It may surprise you to learn that it wasn’t until 2003 that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began to sometimes use female crash test dummies when simulating crashes to determine the safety of vehicles.

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 Illinois Legislators Seek to Revise Law for Chronic Speeders

Currently in Illinois, repeat speed offenders are oftentimes sentenced to court supervision and fines instead of license suspensions. According to this Chicago-Tribune article, sometimes the supervisory sentence is handed down improperly and the motivation for these types of alternate sentences is to allow the chronic speeder to avoid a license suspension.

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 The State of Illinois Banned Texting

Four years ago a taskforce led by Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, unsuccessfully tried to persuade lawmakers to create broad restrictions on distracted driving.

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 Paying Insurance On A Vehicle Though You No Longer Have A Valid Driver’s License

Imagine that your elderly parent is still keeping her prized mint condition 1973 Buick Riviera in the garage.

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 No-fault Divorces

Divorce is never easy but Illinois is one of more than 20 states that allow no-fault divorces as well as fault dissolution’s on the grounds of impotency, adultery, bigamy, desertion, cruelty or a felony conviction.

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 Misbranding Depakote

A recent headline announced that Abbott Laboratories must pay over $1.6 million for misbranding the prescription drug Depakote. The total included a criminal fine and civil settlements with the states and federal government. In addition, Abbott has agreed to pay 45 states in order to resolve liability under state consumer-protection laws. Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West stated that Abbott put “profits ahead of patients.”

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 Swimming Pool Safety

Poet Robert Frost wrote that “fences make good neighbors” in the early 1900’s but his simple instruction still has applications to living in urban areas today.

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 Life Preservers Are a Boaters Best Friend

I was on a friend’s boat fishing on Lake Michigan when we were hit by another boat. Only two of the four of us in the boat were wearing life preservers so my friend didn’t want to fill out an accident report even though the other boater was at fault. He and the owner of the other boat exchanged information and agreed to settle the damage privately. All 4 of us got to shore but I have continued to have back pain for the last two weeks. What should I do?

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 Your Teen and Their First Job

Summer is here and many teens are receiving their first paychecks. As a parent there are a few things that you should be aware of regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which regulates hours and standards for minors.

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 Wage Theft-Could That Be Happening To Me?

In the continuing economic malaise, more and lower wage employees are experiencing problems with being properly paid by their employers.

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 Gadgets in Cars-Trendy, but Dangerous

As mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets become increasingly ubiquitous, our culture is becoming more reliant on these tools. While they offer easy and fast access to information on the fly, the use of these technologies while driving cars can create dangerous situations for everyone on the road. Distracted driving is a big problem and if the trend of connecting cars to the Internet increases, it seems things are only going to get worse.

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 Illinois Appellate Court on Snow Removal and Parking Lot Slip and Fall

One type of personal injury lawsuit that is litigated quite frequently is a slip and fall case. In areas like Chicago, where there are long winters, snow and ice often accumulate on walkways and injuries can occur when someone slips and falls on a sidewalk outside of a business.

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 Exploring Alternatives to Chicago’s “Parking Tax”

Chicago’s 2012 budget was recently released and includes a newly proposed “parking tax” which is proving to be unpopular with many Chicagoans. In a Chicago Tribune article, the tax is described as follows:

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 Insurance Industry Study Concludes 50% of Child Booster Seats Unsafe

Car accidents are dangerous no matter who’s involved. But for children, the risks are even greater due to their smaller size. That’s why infant and children’s car seats are so important. They’re supposed to protect children from injuries and keep them safe from harm.

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 Illinois Court On Summary Judgment in Pedestrian Accident Case

In Merca v. Rhodes, No. 1-10-2234, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, considered the issue of whether the trial court properly granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant. This case arose from a serious accident which caused the death of 14 year old Cassandra Merca, a pedestrian who had been hit by a car driven by the defendant.

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 Illinois Doctor Database Passed Under Overturned Medical MalPractice Law is Reinstituted

Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a comprehensive medical care reform bill that imposed a cap in medical malpractice cases.

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 November is National Child Safety and Protection Month

I don’t know a parent out there that has not experienced the panic of not knowing where their child is, even if only for a moment. It isn’t hard for a child to wander off in a supermarket, department store, playground, park, or even from their own backyard.

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 Shoplifting

Have you ever been in a store and had someone follow you around watching your every move? That usually is because shoplifting is big business and, during a recession, it typically grows.

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 Beware of Pickpockets

The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier every year, and with that so do the pickpockets.

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 Findings Support Worker’s Claim That His COPD Was Work-Related

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, recently considered the denial of a workers’ claim for workers’ compensation benefits where the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission concluded that his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease was caused solely by his cigarette smoking. In Gross v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, No. 4-10-0615WC, at issue was whether the claimant’s COPD was caused, in part, by his inhalation of coal dust while working as a coal miner.

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 Can Personal Injury Law Trump Workers’ Compensation Law for Some Workplace Injuries?

There’s an interesting lawsuit pending in Florida that addresses just this issue. The lawsuit, Janowski v. Publix, may not be permitted to go forward based upon a Florida statute enacted in 2003, which effectively prevents any lawsuit by injured workers against their employers. However, the plaintiff’s attorney contends that the 2003 statute is unconstitutional to the extent that it prevents access to the courts.

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 Carrying on Family Traditions

At the Ankin Law Offices, practicing law is a family affair. For over a decade now, Howard Ankin has been defending the rights of personal injury and workers’ compensation clients with his father and law partner, Paul Ankin.

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 Does an Employer Have a Duty to Protect Spouse of Employee from Exposure to Asbestos?

Simpkins v. CSX Corp., No 5-07-0346, raises the novel issue of whether an employer owes a duty to the spouse of an employee who contracted mesothelioma as a result of her exposure to her husband’s work clothes. This was an issue of first impression for the Fifth District of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

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 2 Million Baby Cribs Recalled

In late June, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of over 2 million baby cribs. The suspect cribs were manufactured between 2000 and 2009 and most of the recalled cribs have “drop-sides,” which were intended to make it easier for the parent to reach the baby.

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 Does Liability Attach where a Plaintiff was Injured while Helping an Ill Neighbor?

Tannehill v. Costello, No. 1-09-0868, addressed this unusual issue. In it, the Appellate Court, First District of Illinois considered whether the defendant owed her neighbor a duty of care under the rescue doctrine.

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 Illinois Court Holds Release Signed by Plaintiff Enforceable

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently addressed the issue of whether a release signed by a plaintiff before she embarked on a paid tour of Chicago precluded her from bringing a personal injury lawsuit based on injuries that she sustained during the tour.

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 Illinois Appeals Court Holds Injured Plaintiff Was Entitled To More Damages

In Anderson v. Zamir, No. 5-08-0542, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, took the unusual step of reversing a jury verdict and remanding the case to the trial court for a new trial on the issue of damages.

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 Ex-Chicago Bears Players Receive Large Workers’ Comp Awards

Two former Chicago Bears players have received sizable workers’ compensation awards from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Board.

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 Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Homeowners Responsible for Snow Accumulation

In July, as explained in this Business Week article, Massachusetts highest court overturned a long standing rule that absolved property owner’s from liability for failing to remove snow accumulation on their property. As explained in Papadopoulos v. Target, SJC-10529, the overruled holding was referred to as the “Massachusetts rule”, and stood for the proposition that property owners were not responsible for removing the natural accumulation of snow and ice.

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 Illinois Supreme Court Considers CTA’s Obligation to Remove Accumulated Snow and Ice

In Krywin v. Chicago Transit Authority, No. 108888, the Supreme Court of Illinois considered the issue of whether the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) was liable for a passenger’s injuries that occurred when she exited the train and slipped on snow and water that had accumulated on the train platform.

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 Illinois Court on Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Authority to Subpoena Copies of Medical Records

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently addressed the issue of the proper scope of a subpeona duces tecum issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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 Illinois Court Considers Parental Liability for Accident Stemming from Underage Drinking

Bell v. Hutsell is a recent decision out of the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, that involved allegations that homeowners were responsible for the death of an 18-year old who died in an automobile accident after drinking alcohol at the home of the defendants.

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 Illinois Strip Club’s Liability for Automobile Accident at Issue

In a recent article we discussed an Illinois court’s decision that addressed a homeowner’s potential liability for an automobile accident that occurred after an underage teenager drank alcohol at his friend’s home and was involved in a fatal car accident later that evening.

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 Illinois Injured Worker Awarded over $30 Million

A former employee of a popcorn plant was recently awarded the largest verdict of this type by a Chicago jury. The plaintiff, Gerardo Solis, had been a worker in a Chicago popcorn plant owned by Flavorchem Corp for 8 years from 1998-2006.

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 Northern District of Illinois Rules on Lawsuit Alleging Adverse Reaction to Motrin

At issue in a recent Illinois products liability lawsuit was whether the manufacturer of Motrin was liable for an adverse reaction to its product.

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 New California Law Permits Lawsuits against Those Who Serve Alcohol to Minors

Over the last month we discussed two different Illinois personal injury cases addressing the liability of parties who provided alcohol to someone who then left the premises and caused a deadly automobile accident. This is an issue that is becoming more frequently litigated, in part because of the tragic consequences–which are especially apparent when the person who was served alcohol is underage.

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 Illinois Court Holds Private Landowner Is Not Liable for Plaintiff’s Injuries

In Gilmore v. Powers, No. 1-09-1478, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois, Sixth Division, addressed the issue of whether a private landowner owner or the City of Evanston was liable for maintenance of a walkway that straddled the city-owned parkway in front of the defendants’ house.

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 Consumer Safety Groups Want Car Rental Companies to Fix Recalled Cars

When you rent a car, you assume the vehicle has been properly maintained, don’t you? And wouldn’t you expect that a car rental company would only rent vehicles that had been fixed following safety recalls?

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 Illinois Court Holds Dram Shop Act Inapplicable in Automobile Accident Lawsuit

Generally speaking, in Illinois, lawsuits may not arise from the sale or gifting of alcoholic beverages, since the Dram Shop Act (S.H.A. 235 ILCS 5/6-21) preempts all alcohol-related liability claims. However, where the claim is based on legal theories independent from the defendant’s provision of alcohol, the Dram Shop Act does not preempt the lawsuit.

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 Study Shows Concussions in Young Athletes Increasing Dramatically

The problem of concussions in athletes is an issue that has been receiving lots of press lately, in large part due to the new found understanding of the seriousness of these types of head injuries. In the past, concussions were believed to be mild injuries, requiring little if any follow up attention. The exact opposite is true: concussions are serious brain injuries that can have lasting, long term effects.

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 Court Holds Private Social Media Postings Discoverable in Personal Injury Lawsuit

It’s undeniable–social media use is increasing exponentially. And, with this rapid increase in the use of social media, more attorneys are quickly realizing the utility of social media postings in litigation. When witnesses or parties to a lawsuit publicly post about their activities and whereabouts, the information can be used to dispute claims of injury during the settlement phase of a case or as impeachment material at trial.

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 Maryland’s Highest Court Upholds Cap on Non-Economic Damages

In April, we reported that the Court of Appeals of Maryland heard oral arguments in a case regarding personal injury damage caps. In the case being appealed, the parents of a young child who had drowned received a jury award of $4 million for their pain and suffering, but the damages were reduced to $1 million by operation of the damage cap laws. The specific issue considered by the court was whether jury awards for pain and suffering damage caps were constitutional.

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 Illinois Appellate Court Addresses Racetrack’s Liability

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois recently addressed the liability of a property owner for negligently maintaining its premises in Morrissey v. Arlington Park Racecourse LLC, No. 1-09-3460 (2010).

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 Despite Pressure to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit, It’s Important to Wait

Anyone who’s been injured in an accident is understandably eager to settle their personal injury lawsuit. The pressure to settle can be enormous, especially if you are out of a job or working reduced hours because of the injuries, while at the same time facing mounting medical bills and other expenses. But it’s very important to resist the temptation to accept a low-ball settlement offer early in a case. Here’s why.

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 Products Purchased for Children May Be More Harmful than They Appear

Consider the millions of products on the market that are targeted for use by children—toys, jewelry, and electronics to name a few.

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 Lawsuit Financing

Lawsuit financing has seen phenomenal growth over the last 10 years, yet it is often misunderstood.

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 If You’ve Been Injured, This is What You Need to Know to Protect Your Legal Rights

If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to legal damages for your pain and suffering. You can protect your legal rights by following the suggestions below.

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 Family of Worker Killed on the Job Can Sue Third Party – ‘Logo Liability’ Imposed on Owner of Truck

Illinois attorneys might be surprised by the recent holding of the state Appellate Court that allowed tort damages in a case involving injuries on the job. The ruling shows that workers’ comp attorneys should routinely assess all potential third party claims before concluding the sole source of recovery is under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

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 Distracted Driving: Curtailing the Use of Hand Held Cellular Devices while Driving

The number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers is steadily rising, and the consequences are devastating, resulting in serious physical injuries and even death.

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 Calculating Damages in Personal Injury Cases

The law provides for monetary compensation if someone causes you personal injuries away from the job. Workers’ compensation, on the other hand, provides monetary relief for injuries suffered on the job, irrespective of fault.

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 What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A legal claim involving an accidental death in Illinois is known as a wrongful death lawsuit. Most wrongful death cases involve negligence claims, and proving liability is no different than proving someone is at fault in a lawsuit involving personal injuries.

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 Family of Worker Killed on the Job can Sue Third Party – ‘Logo Liability’ Imposed on Owner of Truck

The Illinois Appellate Court allowed tort damages in a case involving injuries on the job. The ruling shows that workers’ comp attorneys should routinely assess all potential third party claims before concluding the sole source of recovery is under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

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