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October 23, 2013 By Ankin Law Office, LLC
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.
October 23, 2013 By Ankin Law Office, LLC
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.
September 25, 2013 By Ankin Law Office, LLC
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.
September 25, 2013 By Ankin Law Office, LLC
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.
August 27, 2013 By Ankin Law Office, LLC
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.
August 17, 2013 By Dworkin & Maciariello
Spinal cord injuries that result from the negligence or actions of another party are among the most life-changing an individual can experience. It is important to seek legal representation from an attorney who understands the significant and long-term impact that spinal cord injuries have on their clients and the rest of their lives.
August 17, 2013 By Dworkin & Maciariello
Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time and in any place. Whether you're on the job, at the store or are simply walking down the street, you never know when you may become the victim of this type of accident.
August 5, 2013 By Law Offices of Michael J. Brennan
Any activity involving the cannabis plant is a criminal offense. In all the jurisdictions, it is an offense to possess marijuana, transport marijuana, drive under the influence of marijuana, sell marijuana and grow cannabis. But scientific evidence verifies that marijuana has the following therapeutic effects:
May 31, 2013 By Loop Bankruptcy
Individuals facing the possibility of bankruptcy are invariably under great stress, both emotional and financial.
May 21, 2013 By Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish
Many people feel afraid when they look for medical help. Whether it is their fear of a traumatic diagnosis or simply experiencing nerves over a routine check up, Chicago residents and people in other parts of the country may not rank potential doctor errors high on their lists of medically-related fears. That may change, however, in light of recent surveys completed by professional medical groups.
May 21, 2013 By Law Offices of Elliot Heidelberger
There are too many people that are not ready financially when their spouse decides to file for divorce. If you suspect that a divorce is in your future, it is important to take certain steps to protect yourself and your financial future, including the following:
May 20, 2013 By Dworkin & Maciariello
In the last few years, costly health care has been a hot topic, as families and employers struggle with skyrocketing health insurance premiums and state and federal governments wrestle with ever-increasing Medicaid and Medicare costs.
May 20, 2013 By Neil H. Good, Attorney at Law
How to get Social Security Benefits and the Application Process to do so
May 17, 2013 By Cogan & Power, P.C.
People often make light of accidental falls, including Hollywood artists (e.g., Chevy Chase, Jerry Lewis and Dick van Dyke) who have made a living out of making people laugh about falling down.
May 17, 2013 By The Shapiro Law Group
At the beginning of this past May, President Barack Obama publicly announced that he would look for a compromise in order to get a comprehensive immigration bill signed before the year is over. He also had stated that he will not compromise on his insistence that any immigration legislation must contain a path to citizenship for immigrants without their documents.
May 17, 2013 By Ankin Law Office LLC - Social Security Disablity
Are medical tests, procedures and treatments safe and necessary? Unfortunately, many medical tests and procedures are performed unnecessarily, which can put patients at risks for further medical complications.
May 17, 2013 By Law Offices of Michael J. Brennan
Pursuant to the Illinois Driver License Compact (625 ILCS 5/6-700), the ‘home state’ of a driving license holder is the state which has issued and has the power to suspend or revoke the use of the license or permit to operate a motor vehicle.
Event Data Recorders: Proper Evidence Collection in Criminal, Insurance and Tort Liability Investigations
February 12, 2013 By Crash Data Services, LLC
The use of Event Data Recorders (EDRs), also referred to as vehicle black boxes, in traffic accident reconstruction and vehicular fraud investigations has become increasingly common over the last few years. However, many law enforcement officers, insurance professionals and experts witnesses have failed to adopt a standardized set of practices toward preserving this crucial evidence. This article address the potential pitfalls of following sub-standard evidentiary practices.
January 28, 2013 By Law Offices of Michael J. Brennan
Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 957 into law, a bill that would allow approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses (TVDL's).
Nursing home neglect can lead to bedrail entrapment, serious injury, and death to nursing home residents that are confined to a bed.
There are many things in life that people try to get cheaply. It's often understandable and wise. For example, the company that makes the grocery store brand pasta is probably the same company that makes the more expensive brand name pasta.
Many Americans live in fear that the dreaded IRS man will come knocking with in-home income tax audits. The truth of the matter is that the auditing process usually begins with a letter or a phone call that you must respond to.
Income tax return preparers may be subject to a number of general penalty provisions as well as specific preparer penalties aimed directly at them. Beware getting yourself into a position of having overstated deduction areas repeatedly. You can lose your right to prepare returns if you do.
While traffic accidents are not what people dream of getting into, unfortunately they still occur. Because accidents happen to drivers of all ages and experience levels, it is important for all motor vehicle operators to know what to do in case they are involved in an accident. Below are some steps a driver should take if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
There is an old Internet meme that shows a picture of a man looking at a computer while a woman stands in a doorway behind him The picture is captioned with some way of stating that the man cannot go to bed because he has to stay on the Internet because someone on the Internet is wrong.
Forgive me, ladies, but this is a post for the men in the audience. You can read it, but it is not for you. This post is for men who spend any time with other men. It does not take long if you get a group of men together that the conversation turns to what it means to be a real man. It really doesn't.
Most people do just about everything they can legally do to get as much money as they possibly can. This makes it amazing when someone appears to go out of their way to not get virtually free money. For example people have been known to not show up to claim inheritances for no reason. It happened recently.
Have you ever purchased a one size fits all T-shirt? I'm not sure why companies make these things. They don't actually fit anyone. They are always too large or too small for any particular person. If you have made the mistake of buying one of these things, it’s a mistake you are not likely to make again.
Older Americans often use reverse mortgages to buy long-term care insurance, pay for medical treatments, finance home improvements or supplement income. There are different types of reverse mortgage available and only people who are 62 or older will qualify. Just because you may qualify, however, does not mean that you should be considering a reverse mortgage.
There are lots and lots of offer in compromise companies advertising to get your money and in return have you pay “pennies on the dollar” to resolve your tax liability. This post reviews the real facts underlying how the offer in compromise process really works. First we’ll take a look at getting your offer in compromise based on economic hardship. We’ll examine just what this means in the offer in compromise arena.
Illinois DUI Laws and Penalties - 2013 - First Offense • Class A Misdemeanor • Court Supervision up to 2 years • DUI Tech Fee $750.00 (P.A. Act 96-1342 eff. 1-1-11) • $50.00 Roadside Memorial Fund Fee (730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.17) • Fines of $0-$2,500.00 and • BAC > .16 or greater.
Illinois DUI Penalties - 2012 - First Offense • Class A Misdemeanor • Court Supervision up to 2 years • DUI Tech Fee $750.00 (P.A. Act 96-1342 eff. 1-1-11) • $50.00 Roadside Memorial Fund Fee (730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.17) • Fines of $0-$2,500.00 and • BAC > .16 or greater.
P.A. 97-466, eff. 1-1-12 Short Description: School Bus Driver and Alcohol Testing · Amends 625 ILCS 5/6-106.1; adds 625 ILCS 5/6-106.1c new - · Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that an employer of a school bus driver permit holder who holds a commercial driver's license and who works for the employer as a school bus driver and is therefore subject to 49 CFR 382.307 shall, within 48 hours...
A non-wage levy seizes the taxpayer’s right, title and interest to all property that is in the possession of the levied party (the person or company holding your property for you) at the time the levy is served. It seizes no more and no less. The exemptions from levy are few and meager, but they exist and consist of the first (sometimes the last) line of defense against the levy.
The wise taxpayer will always ask his or her tax lawyer or tax audit representative in cases like tax audit cases first about the statute of limitations in the case. At its simplest, a statute of limitations is just what it says–a limit on the amount of time the IRS has to perform a particular task, like audit taxes or collect taxes. And, it is set by statute, hence “statute of limitations.”
Wage levies are vicious collection devices used by the IRS to get your attention. A wage garnishment can take up to 85% of your gross pay, leaving you with nowhere to sleep but the street. In most cases our immediate goal is to remove the levy. In the case of a wage levy, Revenue Officers or ACS often (but not always) release wage levies upon request of an authorized representative.
Often, people have not filed a formal nursing home complaint simply because they are unsure how or unaware that they can. A nursing home complaint can be filed when the negligence, misconduct, or abuse of a nursing home facility or caregiver causes you or your loved one to suffer. Filing a complaint should lead to an investigation into the facility.
Probable cause is necessary in an arrest and conviction, keeping law enforcement accountable and unable to arrest just anyone. Regardless of this restriction, many people are wrongfully taken into custody and some of them even found guilty.
As the summer winds down, it is important to stay safe on the water. Remember to follow the law and do not drink alcohol and operate a vessel, because just like driving under the influence, boating under the influence is illegal. Individuals are not allowed to operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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.
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.Â Thousands of pounds of Jensen Farms and Carol’s Cuts cantaloupes have been recalled due to concerns about listeria contamination.
Veterans and military personnel face a number of issues when returning to civilian life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did the NCAA fail to protect student-athletes from concussions and their repercussions?
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.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Discusses How Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act Changes Affects Employees
Interview with Howard Ankin – Ankin Law Office