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Reporting a Work Injury to Employer – Workers’ Compensation

Notice of the accident must be given to the employer promptly. The law generally requires the employee to notify the employer of the date and place of the accident within 45 days of the accident. Any delay in the notice to the employer can delay the payment of benefits. Any […]

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What if your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance?

Knowing your rights is important. If you find out that your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you still may have a case. An employer that negligently fails to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for each day without coverage, punishable by up […]

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Minors Be Warned: Although a child is not responsible to pay medical bills, health care providers can still come knocking

The Illinois Supreme Court recently decided the case of Akeem Manago, a Deceased Minor, et al. v. The County of Cook, 2017 IL 121078. The Supreme Court overturned the appellate court’s decision to find that nothing in the statutory language of the Family Expense Act (750 ILCS 65/15 (West 2012)) or […]

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City of Chicago and the Duty to Inspect its Property: 2.0

A few weeks ago the entire Midwest region was hit by a crushing snowstorm that closed the doors to most businesses in the greater Chicago-land area.  If you are a homeowner and/or business owner of property located in the City of Chicago, you might have noticed ads on garbage cans and […]

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Appellate Court Affirms That Plaintiffs Cannot Rely On The Consumer Fraud Act When The Scope Of A Medical Procedure Is At Issue.

Originally an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 23 opinion, pursuant to motion, the First District Appellate Court published its decision in Ripes v. Schlechter, 2017 IL App (1st) 161026. In Ripes, the Plaintiff sought relief by pleading, inter alia, violations of the Consumer Fraud Act when a physician placed breast implants […]

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Tax Consequences in Personal Injury Cases

Tax season is around the corner.  If you have a current claim or case pending for which you are seeking money damages as the result of injuries sustained due to the negligence of a third party, you should consider how a potential settlement or judgment may impact your income tax […]

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What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a system of benefits provided by law to most workers who have job-related injuries or diseases. These benefits are paid regardless of fault. Each state has its own workers’ compensation law. Illinois’ law first took effect in 1912, creating an administrative court system now called the Illinois […]

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The Relation Back Doctrine, Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose, and the Wrongful Death Act – – It’s All Relative

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Supreme Court had to reason with the interplay between the ‘relation back’ statute, the medical malpractice statute of repose and the wrongful death act; each statute carrying a different time period of limitation to file certain claims. In Illinois, the ‘relation back’ […]

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Was There An Error in Your Police Report After a Car Accident?

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. But even the most innocent mistake on an accident report can have serious consequences for your legal remedies. If you notice that your police report listed the wrong color for your vehicle, or that they did not record your contact information down correctly, […]

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Second District Reaffirms Proper Scope of the Medical Studies Act in Medical Malpractice Cases

On October 26, 2017 the Appellate Court for the Second District released for publication its decision in Grossheusch v. Edward Hospital, 2017 IL App (2d) 160972. In Grossheusch, the Second District tackled the longstanding and judicially vexing question whether certain hospital documents are privileged pursuant to the Medical Studies Act […]