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Dog Bite Incidents on the Rise in Illinois

By Harvey L. Walner |

Many people consider their dog to be man’s best friend, but not everyone feels that way. While many dogs are friendly and loving, some are aggressive and anxious around strangers. As a result, they can attack children and adults without warning, causing serious dog bite injuries. Unfortunately, dog bite incidents are on the rise… Read More »

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Brain Injury: Symptoms and Treatment

By Harvey L. Walner |

A brain injury is something that can happen at any time and affect a person’s life in a dramatic way. Most brain injuries occur during falls, car accidents and sports injuries. Sometimes getting hit by an object or getting shot in the head can also cause brain injuries. While brain injuries are classified as… Read More »

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How Pregnancy Affects the Financial Liability of a Car Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

It’s every mother’s dream to have a normal pregnancy that results in the birth of a happy, healthy baby. However, complications may arise beyond the control of expectant parents, including injuries to the mother which, in turn, impact the fetus. Personal injury lawyers in Illinois see this happen more often than you could ever… Read More »

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How is Cancer Diagnosed?

By Harvey L. Walner |

Cancer is a serious and common medical condition. In 2018, more than 1.7 million Americans were diagnosed with some form of cancer. More than 600,000 died. Even though cancer is common, misdiagnosis still happens quite frequently. Because cancer symptoms are often vague, they are misdiagnosed as a different disease. This causes a person to… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice in Emergency Rooms: What You Need to Know

By Harvey L. Walner |

In an emergency, every second is critical. You may rush your loved one to the emergency room and hope for the best. Emergency situations are different from other medical situations. In an emergency, you don’t have time to go to a different doctor and get a second opinion. You are at the mercy of… Read More »

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University of Chicago Loses Medical Malpractice Case, Forced to Pay $2.6 Million

By Harvey L. Walner |

When a person goes to the doctor because they are experiencing symptoms, they hope to figure out what is wrong with them. They rely on the doctor to order the appropriate tests and diagnose their symptoms so they can receive the appropriate treatment and feel better. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Medical malpractice… Read More »

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How to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

By Harvey L. Walner |

Walking from place to place is a great way to save money on gas and get some much-needed exercise. However, being a pedestrian is not always safe. Motorists are not always looking out for pedestrians. This has led to many serious crashes. In fact, in 2017, 5,977 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in… Read More »

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When Defective Vehicles Cause Accidents

By Harvey L. Walner |

Unfortunately, the products we use on a daily basis can sometimes stop working as intended. Defects can even happen to the cars we drive. A defective part can cause a vehicle to engage in unexpected actions, such as not steer properly, fail to brake properly or suddenly accelerate. These issues can cause a car… Read More »

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

By Harvey L. Walner |

We rely on semi trucks to deliver food and goods to stores and other locations. However, these trucks are huge and can cause serious accidents. These trucks can weigh 10-20 times more than passenger vehicles, so a collision can be catastrophic and even deadly. Like car crashes, truck accidents can be caused by a… Read More »

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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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