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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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Electric Scooters Coming to Chicago – What You Need to Know About Accident Liability

By Harvey L. Walner |

With three weeks left in his term, the mayor of Chicago has announced a pilot program for dockless, motorized scooters on the west side of the city. The purpose of the program is to test the viability of the motorized scooter as a means of transportation around Chicago, with companies like Uber, Lyft, Lime,… Read More »

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Court Rules Doctor’s Credentialing File Protected in Medical Malpractice Case

By Harvey L. Walner |

The Illinois appellate court ruled in a recent case that a Chicago hospital is not required to produce a doctor’s credentialing file as part of an ongoing medical malpractice case, finding that the documents are considered privileged under state law. This ruling overturned the trial court’s order for the hospital to turn over the… Read More »

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Illinois State Trooper Killed in Wrong Way Crash

By Harvey L. Walner |

Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis was killed early Saturday morning on March 30 by a wrong way driver on the interstate. The crash occurred on the westbound lanes of I-94, just east of the IL-176 exit in Green Oaks. The driver of the vehicle traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes was identified as Dan… Read More »

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Learned Intermediary Doctrine Protects Pharmacy from Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

The First Appellate District Court held last month in a medical malpractice case that the learned intermediary doctrine protects a pharmacy from liability and that the pharmacy has no duty to warn customers of prescription drug side effects that may occur in anyone who takes the drug. According to the facts of the case,… Read More »

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No Additional Benefits Allowed for Illinois Worker

By Harvey L. Walner |

Last month, an appellate court denied additional workers’ compensation benefits to an injured beverage distributor because he did not seek job rehabilitation services in light of his diminished abilities stemming from a back injury caused by a degenerative condition. In Euclid Beverage v. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission et al., John Bohentin had been… Read More »

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Two-Year-Old Killed in Car Accident on Far South Side

By Harvey L. Walner |

A two-year-old girl was killed in a car accident in the Far South Side neighborhood of Roseland when she was ejected from a vehicle that was trying to escape Chicago police. A 21-year-old man was taken into custody who was driving the car, a 1999 black Chrysler. The accident took place around 8:45 p.m…. Read More »

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Man Charged with DUI in Fatal Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

A Chicago man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless homicide after causing a car accident that killed a woman earlier this month in Oak Park. Kendall Harrison, 25, from Humboldt Park, was driving an SUV on March 10 around 10:30 p.m. when he ran the red light at the intersection… Read More »

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Slip and Fall Injuries Prevalent at Emergency Rooms Around Chicago

By Harvey L. Walner |

Many Chicagoans are learning the dangers of hidden ice and suffering injuries as a result. Hospitals and emergency rooms around the city are reporting a prevalence of slip and fall injuries even as the weather begins to turn warmer. Dr. Harris, a Northshore University doctor, stated that he had never seen so many wrist… Read More »

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Resident Sues Oak Brook Healthcare Center for Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

A woman is suing a long-term healthcare facility in Oak Brook for medical malpractice after suffering injuries while in the facility’s care. Donna Keller has filed a lawsuit against Oak Brook Care, alleging that the facility’s neglect led to her injuries. According to the lawsuit, Keller was a resident of the healthcare center in… Read More »

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Several People Injured in Multi-vehicle Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

Several people were injured and a man was arrested after a multi-vehicle car accident in the West Englewood neighborhood late last month. On January 20th, a 28 year old man crashed his vehicle into several cars at the intersection of 63rd and Ashland around 7:00 p.m. The police reported that at least two people… Read More »

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Premises Liability in Slip and Fall Cases

By Harvey L. Walner |

Slip and fall cases happen often in Chicago during the winter months, and the injuries caused by these accidents can be serious and require extensive rehabilitation for the victims. Slip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability, which is codified in Illinois as the Illinois Premises Liability Act. As the victim… Read More »

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Four People Injured in Rollover Accident

By Harvey L. Walner |

Four people were injured in a car accident early Saturday morning when a vehicle crashed into and rolled during the accident. The accident occurred in the South Side Englewood neighborhood around 2:10 a.m. at the intersection of 69th Street and the 6900 block of South Halsted. A car was being chased down South Halsted… Read More »

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Six People Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash in South Loop

By Harvey L. Walner |

Six people were injured in a five vehicle car accident in the South Loop on Sunday evening. According to the police, around 4:40 p.m. the driver of a car traveling north on the 500 block of South State Street was unable to brake his car due to mechanical problems. That car struck another car… Read More »

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Illinois Bill Introduced to Amend Workers’ Compensation for Firefighters

By Harvey L. Walner |

A new bill introduced to the Illinois Senate earlier this month would amend the current Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act to begin compensation almost immediately for firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics seriously injured while on the job. S.B. 1219 was introduced by Sen. Neil Anderson of Moline. Under the proposed bill, the current Workers’… Read More »

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Doctors and Experts Warn of the Dangers of Trampoline Parks

By Harvey L. Walner |

Trampoline parks are becoming one of the most popular destinations for children, but these places come at a serious risk of injury for kids. Journalists are reporting serious injuries occurring inside local trampoline parks after reviewing hundreds of 911 calls around the Chicago area. The data collected shows an increase in the number of… Read More »

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Bad Weather Leads to Spinouts and Crashes Across Chicago

By Harvey L. Walner |

Blowing and drifting snow caused a number of vehicle spinouts and car accidents across the city during the Valentine’s Day holiday weekend. In the southern suburbs, blizzard conditions caused a three vehicle crash in Steger, and state police were forced to close northbound I-57 in Manteno due to blowing snow. North of the city,… Read More »

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Family Sues Chicago Hospital for Medical Malpractice

By Harvey L. Walner |

A widowed husband and father is filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice against Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, claiming that their negligence in care led to the death of his pregnant wife. On March 29, 2016 the victim, 32 years old and 21 weeks pregnant, was admitted to Lutheran General with a fever, chills, coughing… Read More »

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Semi-Truck Crashes into Charter Bus on I-294

By Harvey L. Walner |

A semi-truck crashed into an unoccupied charter bus during rush hour on Monday night, engulfing the bus in flames on I-294. The accident took place around 6:50 p.m. on the interstate near Berkeley, when the truck struck the rear of the bus and it burst into flames that could be seen streets away from… Read More »

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Pedestrian Hit By Car When Crossing Street in Medical District

By Harvey L. Walner |

A woman was hit by a car while crossing the street in the Medical District near Rush Hospital earlier today. Around 9:40 a.m. a pedestrian was hit by a car while crossing the street at Harrison Street and Ashland Avenue near Rush University Medical Center in the Illinois Medical District. The victim, 20 years… Read More »

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