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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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What Type of Compensation Can I Receive After a Car Accident?

 Posted on March 29, 2024 in Car Accidents

Joliet, IL car accident injury lawyerCar accidents can be serious, and when you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, you may struggle with extensive medical bills, loss of employment, and other financial troubles that mean you need to seek compensation. Pursuing a compensation claim can be complex, which is why you need an experienced Illinois car accident attorney on your side to help you with this process and advocate for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

What Your Compensation Claim May Cover

A claim for compensation after a car accident typically falls into the category of a personal injury claim. Illinois law separates the potential damages you can receive in this type of claim into two categories – economic and non-economic.

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What Are the Penalties for an Illinois Domestic Violence Charge?

 Posted on March 26, 2024 in Criminal Defense

Joliet, IL domestic violence defense lawyerDomestic violence, commonly referred to as domestic battery in Illinois, is a serious issue among couples and families, and the state has a strict set of laws for penalizing domestic violence. If you have been charged with domestic battery or a related domestic violence charge, it is important to understand your rights and the charges against you. A skilled Illinois defense attorney can help you navigate your legal options and advocate for your rights in court.

Illinois Domestic Battery Laws

Illinois domestic battery occurs when a person causes harm to another person’s body, makes physical contact, or acts insultingly or confrontationally to a family or household member. It is important to note that a home or family member includes many people, including spouses and former spouses, stepchildren, children, parents, those related by blood, those living in the same home, or people who are engaged or dating.

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How Do I Spot Abuse In an Illinois Nursing Home?

 Posted on March 13, 2024 in Personal Injury

Will County, IL nursing home abuse lawyerMany of us leave our elderly loved ones in nursing homes and other care facilities, and the proper care of our family members is typically one of the most important things we can imagine. However, nursing home assault and abuse do occur, and it is important to know how to spot abuse, in addition to what to do if you suspect this has occurred to your loved one. 

An experienced Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer specializing in personal injury cases can help you pursue a claim against a nursing home facility or the person responsible for the assault.

Identifying Nursing Home Assault and Abuse

Keeping an eye out for the common signs of nursing home assault and abuse is essential when visiting your loved one, as your family members may not be able to speak for themselves or properly verbalize the treatment they experience when you are not around.

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Do I Have an Illinois Wrongful Death Case?

 Posted on March 05, 2024 in Personal Injury

Joliet, IL wrongful death lawyerWrongful death occurs when someone dies due to the negligence or recklessness of another individual. There are many different ways that wrongful deaths occur, and the loved ones of a victim of wrongful death are often stuck with traumatic emotions and extensive medical and funeral expenses. In many wrongful death cases, survivors of the victim may be eligible for compensation to cover these expenses. If you are wondering if you have a wrongful death case on your hands, an Illinois wrongful death attorney can provide you with further guidance.

When Can a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Be Filed?

The most important factor in a wrongful death lawsuit is the fact that the death occurred due to a negligent or wrongful act of another. This may be another individual, a public entity, or a corporation. Even if the negligent act was an accident, the responsible party may still be brought to justice.

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