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Category Archives: Illinois News

What Is Citigation?

By Harvey L. Walner |

If you’re a lawyer or follow litigation news, you may have noticed a trend cropping up lately of municipalities teaming up with lawyers to file suits. The Wall Street Journal labels the practice “citigation”. The reasoning for all this is that small cities might not have access to great resources, so they often have… Read More »

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Helping Someone In Distress Under The Illinois Good Samaritan Law

By Harvey L. Walner |

Sometimes, individuals are in need of urgent medical attention. And there necessarily aren’t trained professionals around to always help. Ordinary citizens who see someone in distress could be afraid to help, for fear that they may be held liable for doing something wrong. As a result, many states have enacted “Good Samaritan” laws that… Read More »

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Good Samaritan Laws: What You Need to Know

By Harvey L. Walner |

If you’re in an accident and a medical professional happens to be at the scene and gives medical assistance, can he or she be sued for medical malpractice? It’s a good question that is worth an explanation, because the short answer is…it depends. Each state has their own Good Samaritan law, but let’s focus… Read More »

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Van Roller Accident Kill Five on Illinois Interstate

By Harvey L. Walner |

On May 20, 2013, five Baltimore residents were killed in in a single-vehicle rollover accident. There were 11 occupants, nine of whom were thrown from the van. All six survivors were injured. The van was a 2002 Dodge 15-passenger van. 15-passenger vans are notorious for their high rollover rate. The group was travelling through… Read More »

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How are Rear-End Collision Settlement Amounts Determined in Illinois

By Harvey L. Walner |

The rear-end collision is the most common type of car accident, and in Illinois, there is a legal presumption that the driver of the vehicle that rear-ends the other vehicle is at fault. However, you may still be able to recover compensation if you rear-ended someone, and you cannot assume that your case is… Read More »

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The Most Dangerous Jobs in Illinois

By Harvey L. Walner |

A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found that logging is the most dangerous job in America. While logging is not one of the main industries in Illinois, many industries that employ hundreds of thousands of people throughout our state share space on the list of America’s most dangerous… Read More »

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What are the risks that the FDA has identified for bed rails

By Harvey L. Walner |

Bedrail entrapment is one of the lesser known, but most serious forms of nursing home abuse and neglect. One of the many ways that nursing homes present themselves as a safe place for their patients is a bed rail. They are designed to be assistive devices secured on beds to prevent patients from falling… Read More »

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What types of driver behavior constitutes negligence in Illinois?

By Harvey L. Walner |

In Illinois, driver negligence covers a wide range of errors and inattention which can lead to an accident. In order to win compensation for your car accident injuries, you don’t have to prove intent, just negligence. You do not need to prove criminal negligence, either, just ordinary negligence. The distinction is important because it… Read More »

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FDA Reports 2009 Findings on Drug Recalls

By Harvey L. Walner |

This week on CNN.com, it was reported by the Food and Drug Administration that over 1,742 recalls occurred in 2009 vs 426 in 2008, based on Gold Sheet, a trade publication on drug quality that monitors FDA findings. Gold Sheet reported that Advantage Dose, accounted for more than half the recalls. Even excluding Advantage Dose, which… Read More »

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Burr Oak

By Harvey L. Walner |

At the settlement hearing of 7/13/10, the Judge approved a total settlement amount of $7.65 million. This is Step 1 of a 2 step process, as now a plan of reorganization has to be confirmed. Therefore, the case is still pending. To date, there are over 6500 claimants that have filed proof of claim… Read More »

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