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DUI in Illinois

By Harvey L. Walner |

Although all motorists know not to drink and drive, many still do. They leave a bar or party after drinking too much and instead of getting a ride home from Uber, Lyft, a friend or family member, they take the chance and drive home. Driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor… Read More »

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Cook County to Approve $3 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

By Harvey L. Walner |

When a person dies due to the negligence of a doctor, their surviving family members have the right to receive compensation for their loss. A woman died after undergoing surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in November 2015. Mistakes were made during the surgery, which was determined that the 74-year-old woman did not… Read More »

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When Emotional Stress Becomes an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim

By Harvey L. Walner |

Injuries or illnesses sustained while on the job are covered by workers’ compensation. To be sure, both physical and emotional trauma are eligible for benefits. It is more common for emotional stressors to be caused by physical injuries. With this in mind, what happens when your standalone injuries are purely mental and emotional? Your… Read More »

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3 Types of Non-Economic Damages of an Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit

By Harvey L. Walner |

St. Clair County jurors recently awarded George Buchanan $7.15 million on May 9, 2019. Mr. Buchanan was significantly injured and disfigured after a head-on collision with a school bus that crossed the double-yellow line in the road. Of the amount he received, his Illinois personal injury lawyers won $6 million dollars for non-financial reasons… Read More »

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Differences Between Wrongful Death and Survival Action Damages

By Harvey L. Walner |

One of the biggest issues in a wrongful death lawsuit is related specifically to the types of compensation to the decedent’s estate or beneficiaries. The “legalese” term for monetary awards in a lawsuit are known as damages. Damages awarded in a wrongful death action are directly related to the death of your loved one…. Read More »

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Proving Your Food Poisoning Lawsuit in Illinois

By Harvey L. Walner |

Spending the night out at a restaurant is a great way to unwind with loved ones and friends. However, the night can quickly change if you have been served contaminated food. Symptoms of food poisoning appear within 24 hours. They can become so severe that it can lead to a point of debilitation. After… Read More »

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Illinois Considers Defamation a Form of Personal Injury

By Harvey L. Walner |

Personal injury cases are closely associated within the framework of actual bodily harm. But did you know that defamation of your character is also considered to be a personal injury case in Illinois? It makes sense since they share common elements. Defamation lawyers in Illinois draw parallels between their similarities in proving a client’s… Read More »

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Medical Conditions that Qualify for Illinois Social Security Disability

By Harvey L. Walner |

Qualifying for Social Security disability insurance is the first step in receiving compensation for your medical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to people who cannot work because of their disability. The federal government has standardized the criteria used to determine your eligibility throughout the United States. An experienced Chicago Social Security… Read More »

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Talcum Powder and Its Link to Ovarian Cancer

By Harvey L. Walner |

In the past few years, Johnson & Johnson has faced many lawsuits from women who allegedly developed ovarian cancer from using the company’s baby powder. While originally marketed to babies, Johnson & Johnson began marketing to families in the 1970s. Many women used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder in the vaginal area to reduce… Read More »

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Family of Toddler Awarded $2.2 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

It can be difficult to watch a family member suffer from injuries caused by medical malpractice. While many cases are caused by surgeries and other complex procedures, it is possible to permanently harm a person by applying a wrap too tightly to the body. This was the case for a toddler from Whiteside County…. Read More »

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What is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance?

By Harvey L. Walner |

All motorists in Illinois are required to have a minimum amount of insurance to pay for damages caused by a car accident. This includes bodily injury and property damage coverage. However, not everyone carries enough insurance because of the cost involved. Some may be underinsured or have no insurance at all. This can negatively… Read More »

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Types of Distracted Driving

By Harvey L. Walner |

One of the main causes of car accidents nowadays is distracted driving. Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes your eyes off the road. While cell phone use is the most common form of distracted driving, other activities, such as eating, reading, changing the radio station, adjusting mirrors and talking to passengers can… Read More »

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Illinois Law Ambiguous for Workers’ Compensation Question

By Harvey L. Walner |

The 7th Circuit U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals certified a question to the Illinois Supreme Court last month to determine whether a workers’ compensation settlement is exempt in a bankruptcy hearing. In the case Re Elena Hernandez, the panel of judges on the federal circuit court certified the question for the state supreme court… Read More »

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Illinois Woman’s Estate Awarded $4.8 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

A jury last month awarded an Illinois woman’s estate $4.8 million in a medical malpractice case against a physician and medical provider. According to the case, Dr. Muthiah Thangavelu and Danville Polyclinic caused avoidable injury to one of their patients, Linda Shelly. The lawsuit alleged that during a procedure to remove an abdominal cyst,… Read More »

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Pedestrian Killed by Metra UP-NW Train

By Harvey L. Walner |

A Metra Union Pacific Northwest train struck and killed a pedestrian recently on the Northwest Side. Kassie Heffernan, 35, was hit by outbound train No. 618 around 7:30 a.m. near the Edison Park station at 6730 N. Olmsted Ave. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and Metra Office. The Chicago Fire Department… Read More »

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Fatal Car Accidents Reported Due to Slick Roads

By Harvey L. Walner |

Freak weather in mid-April dropped over five inches of snow in downtown Chicago last weekend and caused a number of traffic accidents on the roads around the city. Major delays, serious injuries, and even fatalities occurred as a result of the slick roadways in Illinois and Indiana. According to reports, multiple crashes were reported… Read More »

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Semi-Truck Causes Chain Reaction Accident on Interstate

By Harvey L. Walner |

Five people were critically injured over the weekend after a tractor trailer crashed into vehicles stopped on the roadway, causing a chain reaction accident on Interstate 94. The accident occurred around 2:15 p.m. on Easter Sunday in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near Northbrook. Four cars including a black KIA Sportage, gray Honda… Read More »

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Cyclist’s Family Award Millions in Fatal Bikeshare Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

A lawsuit in the death of a 25-year-old cyclist has finally ended with millions in damages being awarded to the victim’s family. Virginia “Ginny” Murray, 25, of Wicker Park was struck and killed by a flatbed truck in July 2016 while riding a Divvy bicycle in the Avondale neighborhood. She was taken to the… Read More »

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Passenger Killed in Uber Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

A passenger was killed in an accident in an Uber vehicle while coming home from her birthday celebration this weekend. The crash occurred around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday on Interstate 55 near the Damen exit. An Uber vehicle was traveling southbound on the interstate with three passengers when a speeding car plowed into the… Read More »

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The Basics of Illinois Workers’ Compensation

By Harvey L. Walner |

Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides medical and wage benefits to employees injured on the job in the scope of their employment in exchange for relinquishing the right to sue their employer for damages. The vast majority of employees in the state of Illinois are covered by workers’ compensation coverage, so it is critical… Read More »

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