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Steps to Take if Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied

 Posted on June 14, 2024 in Workers' Compensation

Will County workers' compensation lawyerDealing with a work-related injury or illness is never easy, but it can become even more challenging when your workers’ compensation claim is declined. You do not have to give up if you are in this situation. You can take several steps to fight for the benefits you seek with an Illinois lawyer.

Find Out the Specific Reasons for Denial

The first step is to review the denial letter from the insurance company carefully. They are required to provide a clear explanation of why your claim was denied. Common reasons include:

  • Missed deadlines for reporting the injury or filing the claim
  • Insufficient medical evidence to support the injury or its work-related nature
  • Disputes over whether the injury occurred at work or was pre-existing

Once you understand the basis for the denial, you can start gathering evidence to counter their arguments.

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What to Expect During a Domestic Violence Case

 Posted on June 10, 2024 in Criminal Defense

Joliet criminal defense lawyerFacing domestic violence charges can be life-altering. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to understand the legal process and what to expect as your case unfolds. An Illinois lawyer can help you understand the stages and considerations in a domestic violence case based on your circumstances.

The Arrest and Charges

In most domestic violence cases, the alleged abuser is arrested at the scene of the incident. The police will take statements from the parties involved and any witnesses present. Based on the evidence gathered, the State’s Attorney’s office will decide whether to file charges. In Illinois, domestic violence charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on how severe the alleged offense is.

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Workers’ Compensation for Police Officers with PTSD

 Posted on May 29, 2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerAll jobs have some sort of risk for a workplace injury. Jobs with a much safer daily routine might present employees with a higher risk for something like carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, if the worker sits at a desk typing on a computer most of the day. Other jobs have more risk for physical injury, for example, movers and athletes who might strain their muscles or have people or things collide with them more. Some jobs can be emotionally difficult or put people in real danger, and they present a higher risk of PTSD. For example, it is not unusual for police officers to witness something gruesome, be in traumatic or stressful situations, or have friends and colleagues get injured or killed in the line of duty. PTSD could impact them and make it hard for them to keep going to work. This article will discuss workers’ compensation for police officers with work-related PTSD. If you are suffering injuries or ailments from your workplace, speak with a dedicated Will County, IL workers’ comp attorney to understand your options.

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The Dangers of Seat Belt Injuries

 Posted on May 22, 2024 in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerSeat belts have been proven so beneficial that they are now required in passenger vehicles. They can keep you safe in a car in various scenarios where being secured to your seat is important. However, when a car withstands heavy impact, a person inside can be jerked around violently, and the seat belt that is there to keep you safe can end up causing even more injury. The area on a person’s body where the seat belt lies is then prone to further trauma, including lower back and chest fractures, perforated bowls, and intestinal damage. If you or a loved one suffered from seat belt injury following a car accident speak with a skilled Will County, IL personal injury attorney to understand the options for compensation.

What Prognosis Is There with Seat Belt Injury?

Otherwise known as “seat belt syndrome,” seat belt injury covers a wide range of scenarios, and the prognosis depends on each individual’s injuries. For example:

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Child Endangerment Accusations in Illinois

 Posted on May 15, 2024 in Criminal Defense

IL defense lawyerThe state of Illinois takes accusations of child endangerment very seriously and charges accordingly. Unfortunately, uninvolved accusers may not always have the full picture. Sometimes, it can seem to an outside eye that a child is in danger, when in fact, the parent is simply acting in the child’s best interests. This can even happen if a child is given a serious punishment that the parent hopes will teach them a lesson so they will make smarter and safer choices in the future. No one is legally permitted to harm anyone else, and of course, the same is true for parents. However, parents are free to discipline their children however they see fit as long as the child is not in danger. People outside the family might have gotten a bad impression about how someone is parenting their child, but the accused parent certainly has rights and should be considered innocent until proven guilty. A skilled Will County, IL criminal defense lawyer can fight to make sure that happens.

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Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?

 Posted on May 06, 2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerIf you get injured at work, your employer likely has a workers’ compensation policy so you can receive compensation for whatever costs and damages you suffered. Unfortunately, it can be quite complicated to get a big insurance company to pay you the maximum amount you are eligible for. An experienced Joliet, IL workers’ comp attorney with a track record of successful compensation claims can help you navigate the process.

Why is a Lawyer Important?

Without qualified legal representation, there are many ways your workers’ comp claim might not go the way you want it to:

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Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

 Posted on April 25, 2024 in Personal Injury

IL injury lawyerWhen families worry that their aging loved ones are unable to sufficiently take care of themselves and moving in with them is not an option, nursing homes can offer an excellent solution. Deciding which facility to place them in can be a difficult process. You want them to feel comfortable, happy, and socially engaged. Since nursing homes offer different features,  your decision might be based on the availability of around-the-clock medical professionals, luxury accommodations, creative activities, or any number of other considerations.

Unfortunately, while a facility might seem like a great place on paper, your parent’s experience living there depends to a great extent on the personal care they receive from the staff. Neglect is a big problem in nursing homes, particularly for residents who are less verbal and unable to speak up for themselves. This article will describe some common signs of nursing home abuse. If you suspect your family member is the victim of nursing home neglect, speak with a compassionate Joliet, IL personal injury attorney to understand your options.

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Do Penalties Get Worse the More DUI Offenses You Have?

 Posted on April 18, 2024 in DUI

IL DUI lawyerDriving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can result in serious consequences in the state of Illinois. A lot of factors are taken into consideration when your punishment is determined: How old are you? What was your blood alcohol content at the time of your DUI arrest? Were you transporting others at the time, and if so were they minors? Did you cause a crash resulting in damages or injury? One factor that will almost always result in a harshening of the penalties is whether you had prior convictions of the same charge. If you are convicted of a felony charge or aggravated DUI, a Will County, IL DUI defense attorney can fight for your legal rights and formulate a good strategy to represent your case.

How Are DUIs Punished?

If your blood alcohol content is at least 0.08 grams per deciliter, you are above the legal BAC limit for driving. Your penalties will differ depending on whether these were your results or you refused to undergo any chemical testing. However, it is important to note that in the state of Illinois, being a licensed driver means you have already given automatic consent to undergo chemical testing of your blood, breath, or urine.

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Firefighters, Burns Injuries, and Illinois Workers’ Comp Eligibility

 Posted on April 12, 2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerWhen people get injured while at work, they can typically make a workers’ compensation claim and receive compensation for whatever damages they have suffered. Some professions pose a particularly high risk of severe injury to employees. For example, firefighters who rush into buildings that are on fire to save people and property face a risk of severe burns as part of their daily work routine. That does not mean they do deserve less protection against potentially devastating financial losses than others. If you are a firefighter who has suffered major burn injuries while doing your job, a skilled Will County, IL workers’ compensation attorney can review your case and advise you on how to proceed.

What Should I Do if I Get Burned at Work?

There are several steps you should take if you get injured at your job and want to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. These include:

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Understanding Permanent Disability in Illinois

 Posted on April 03, 2024 in Workers' Compensation

IL job injury lawyerMost employers in Illinois are required by law to have insurance with workers’ compensation coverage to be used if their employees get hurt at work. Some injuries can be so severe that the employee can never work again. If your loved one got hurt while on the job and will not be able to reenter the workforce, he might be eligible for total disability benefits. However, the insurance companies that employers use often fight such claims and do whatever they can to avoid paying. Speak with a qualified Joliet, IL workers’ compensation lawyer to understand your options.

What Causes Permanent Disability?

Anyone can be injured at any time regardless of what they do for a living. People who work regular 9-5 jobs sitting at a desk can be seriously harmed and eligible for workers’ compensation if, for example, improperly installed office equipment falls on them. However, when discussing permanent disability, there are some higher-risk professions like police officers, truck drivers, and construction workers, for whom there is a higher chance of severe injury.

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