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Nursing Homes and COVID-19

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During this unprecedented time, nursing homes are closing their doors to best protect their high-risk residents from COVID-19. As of May 1st, 2020 deaths in these facilities are accounting for 44% of coronavirus related deaths in the state of Illinois. For many family members of these residents, the line can become a bit blurred when trying to file a lawsuit to get compensation for their loved one that has fallen ill from COVID-19 during this time. What if your loved one contracts COVID-19 in a long-term care facility? It is probably very frustrating if you have a loved one that is infected with COVID-19 in a...

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Getting Legal Help During COVID-19

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Joint Custody During COVID-19 During these trying times, everyone should be focused on staying at home, and the health of themselves and others around them. However, navigating a joint custody agreement during this time could get a little complicated. Due to COVID-19, the majority of state and family courts are only accepting abuse and endangerment cases. This closure can create a lot of anxiety and confusion when trying to determine how separated parents will deal with their child going back and forth from houses. The majority of states have issued a stay at home order, which entails only going out for essential reasons. As for Chicago, Governor Pritzker did...

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Shelter in Place Law/Legal Consequences in Chicago

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Many of you probably have not left your house in days as many states have ordered a “shelter in place” order due to COVID-19. As of April 20th, 2020, 42 states had implemented a statewide order, and 3 (Utah, Wyoming, and Oklahoma) have orders in parts of the state. Leaving North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas with no implemented stay at home order. When stay at home orders were first implemented, many people took it as a complete “lockdown”, however it is far from that. As far as Chicago, the stay at home order was announced on March 20th, and put into effect Match 21st at 5 p.m....

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Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 First Responders in Illinois

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Amidst the battle against coronavirus or COVID-19, the Illinois government has recently stepped up to protect the most vulnerable front-line, essential workers. As of April 13th, 2020, J.B. Pritzker, the governor of Illinois made an emergency amendment to the workers’ compensation rules in Illinois for the next 150 days. This article will break down the emergency amendment, discuss what legal recourse essential workers will have if they contract COVID-19 during this state of emergency, as well as explain who is considered a “front-line worker”. Who is Considered a “Front-Line”, “COVID-19 First Responder” or “Essential” Worker? This new emergency amendment considers Front-Line, COVID-19 First Responder essential workers as any individual employed...

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Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits

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Asbestos is a toxic mineral commonly used in many consumer products due to its strength and insulation properties. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the health concerns of using asbestos in consumer products were brought up. Asbestos can cause great harm to people and often results in mesothelioma, an entirely preventable form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos. Many companies that produce products using asbestos were aware of the potential dangers and didn’t warm employees or end users. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you aren’t sick it’s a good idea to learn about asbestos...

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6 Things You Should Do After A Motorcycle Accident

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According to NHTSA, motorcyclists only make up about 5% of all drivers. Yet, research shows that fatal motorcycle accidents happened 27 times more often than passenger car occupant accidents in 2017. Therefore, it’s important to know what you should do after a motorcycle accident whether you are the rider, the passenger vehicle driver, or just an innocent bystander. While there are things you can do to protect yourself against a motorcycle accident, even the most careful drivers can find themselves in unavoidable accidents. Immediately after an accident, your adrenaline will be pumping, and you may be in a state of shock. Learning what steps to take now will help...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Explained

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If you are an employee in Illinois, you need to know about workers’ compensation. An injury at work can wreak havoc on your health, career, and finances. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, all employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of number of employees. It is put in place to compensate injured employees and help them get back to work as soon as possible. So, what are the types of benefits and what injuries qualify? The worker’s compensation system can get complicated and there are a lot of things you should know as an employee. Keep reading to learn more about your...

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Car Insurance Claims After an Accident in Illinois

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If you’ve been injured in an accident, insurance claims may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is in your best interest to file an insurance accident claim as soon as possible. Illinois requires all drivers to have a minimum of $20,000 coverage for bodily injury liability and $15,000 coverage for property damage. In Illinois, there is a “fault” system used to determine financial responsibility for an accident. Insurance is a necessity so that the person responsible for an accident can compensate anyone who was injured or whose property was damaged. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know about filing an...

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Everything You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Claims in Chicago

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Studies show that over 250,000 people die each year as a result of medical malpractice. In addition, 1.5 million people suffer medical injuries that could have been prevented. There are a variety of situations that can create grounds for a medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice claim is defined as negligence committed by a medical professional. While many accidents occur in hospitals and in the practice of medicine in general, some of them could have been avoided. Medical malpractice can range from improper diagnosis to life threatening surgical errors. What is a Medical Malpractice Claim? In order to have a legitimate claim, there must be: a breach of duty owed to...

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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Across the country, all kinds of accidents happen every single day. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip and fall or a wrongful death, unfortunate incidents happen all too often that require the help of a personal injury lawyer. When you have been the victim of an accident, there are many factors to consider when choosing the lawyer that you want to have by your side through it all. You’ll first need to know when to hire an attorney, and then you’ll want to consider where to find one, experience, cost, what questions to ask, etc. Keep reading to learn...

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