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How to avoid injury and accidents at construction sites14-Jan-2014

How to avoid injury and accidents at construction sites Avoiding accidents if you work at a construction site can seem like a futile effort—construction is a dangerous line of work. However, there are some ways to prevent and avoid accidents at construction sites. Have safety meetings with your crew on a regular basis. Remind workers […]

How to avoid dog bites with delivery drivers14-Jan-2014

How to avoid dog bites with delivery drivers Many personal injury cases deal with dog bites. Dog bites can be very damaging both physically and emotionally, and most of the time, are preventable. If you are having something delivered, it’s important to protect the safety of the delivery driver, and that means controlling your dog […]

How to avoid accidents while driving commercial vehicles.14-Jan-2014

How to avoid accidents while driving commercial vehicles If you drive a vehicle for work, you may be concerned about the potential of being involved n an accident while on the job. While some accidents are unavoidable, there are a few things you can do while driving a commercial vehicle that will lower your chances […]

How much time do I have?14-Jan-2014

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim? Can an Illinois personal injury lawyer help you get money for an accident that happened months or even years ago? What if you got hurt at work? Is it too late to file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois? Although Illinois law does stipulate that […]

How much is the legal alcohol limit in Illinois?14-Jan-2014

How much is the legal alcohol limit in Illinois? There are three different legal limits for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Illinois. If the driver is under 21 years old, the legal limit is .00%, as Illinois is a zero tolerance state. For adults 21 and over, the legal limit is .08%. For commercial drivers, […]

How much is my case worth?14-Jan-2014

How Much Is My Case Worth?   One of the most common questions our Illinois workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys get is: “how much is my case worth?” Obviously, there’s no way to determine the answer in the abstract. Each case is different and complex in its own fashion. In fact, if any Chicago […]

How many personal injury lawsuits are filed each year in the United States?14-Jan-2014

How many personal injury lawsuits are filed each year in the United States? While it would be nearly impossible to collect a truly accurate number for how many personal injury cases are filed each year in the U.S., a rough estimate has been projected at about 700,000. That’s a lot of injuries—some of which surely […]

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?14-Jan-2014

FAQ: How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take? As practicing Chicago personal injury attorneys for almost 20 years, we at Steven J. Malman & Associates are often asked “how long will my case take?” Unfortunately, outside of the context of your case, we can’t make accurate predictions. Some matters resolve in a few short […]

How long do you have to file a workman’s comp claim in Illinois?14-Jan-2014

How long do you have to file a workman’s comp claim in Illinois? In Illinois, the statute of limitations for a workers’ compensation case is three years from the day the injury occurred, or two years from the date the employee received their last workers’ compensation benefits, whichever is later.  For a repetitive trauma, the […]

How long do temporary total disability (TTD) benefits last?14-Jan-2014

How long do temporary total disability (TTD) benefits last? Temporary total disability benefits are equivalent to two-thirds of your average weekly wage, tax-free, for the time that you are authorized to be out of work for a work injury, or for the duration of time that you have restrictions on what you are able to […]

How long can you get workers’ comp in Illinois?14-Jan-2014

How long can you get workers’ comp in Illinois? Workers’ compensation benefits will vary from person to person, injury to injury. For example, some people may receive medical bill compensation, while others may need more complicated forms of compensation, such as disability benefits, which are calculated by taking an average of the person’s wages and […]

How does drinking and driving lead to wrongful death?14-Jan-2014

How does drinking and driving lead to wrongful death? Wrongful death lawsuits are brought upon parties who have directly caused the death of someone else. DUI can, and unfortunately often does, result in someone losing their life.  When someone is drinking and driving and kills another person, they can be sued for wrongful death and, […]

How do you sue for wrongful death in Illinois?14-Jan-2014

How do you sue for wrongful death in Illinois? Wrongful death is described as when someone dies due to the fault of someone else—either another person or another entity (for example, an auto manufacturer). A lawsuit for wrongful death seeks compensation for the survivors’ loss, such as lost wages from the deceased party, lost companionship, […]

How do you file for wrongful death of a parent in a nursing home?14-Jan-2014

How do you file for wrongful death of a parent in a nursing home? If a family member dies while under the care of a nursing home, you may be able to file a wrongful death case against the facility and its employees.  As with any wrongful death case, you’ll need to provide proof of […]

How do you file a lawsuit for a motor vehicle accident in Chicago?14-Jan-2014

How do you file a lawsuit for a motor vehicle accident in Chicago? When you’re involved in an auto accident in Chicago, you may not know what to do or what your rights are.  When you’re in an accident, the first thing to do is to contact the police and your insurance company. Then, hire […]

How do you collect from an uninsured truck driver?14-Jan-2014

How do you collect from an uninsured truck driver? Auto insurance is required for all drivers. Accidents involving trucks can be especially damaging, both in terms of physical injury and property damage.  A collision involving a semi-truck can be devastating, causing lots of medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other costs. If you’re involved […]

How can a car accident lawyer help you?14-Jan-2014

How can a car accident lawyer help you? If you’ve been in a car accident, a lawyer can help you in a variety of ways. First and foremost, they can help negotiate with insurance companies to secure appropriate payouts for damages or medical bills. They will also be able to help you learn about car […]

Do You Know Your Legal Rights?14-Jan-2014

Do You Know Your Legal Rights? Rights to proper medical care and treatment. Entitlement to compensation for pain and suffering. Compensation rights for disability. Reimbursement for lost income. Disfigurement compensation rights. Monetary compensation rights to help you get back to regular life. Property repair compensation rights. Reimbursement rights for all out-of-pocket expenses. If you have […]

Do you have to pay income tax on workmans comp Illinois?14-Jan-2014

Do you have to pay income tax on workman’s comp Illinois? Generally speaking, income tax does not apply to workmans’ compensation benefits in Illinois.  There are some exceptions, however, depending on the type of payments and how much you paid out of pocket for your injuries. In general, it is best to discuss the matter […]

Do I have rights when I’ve been bitten by a dog?14-Jan-2014

Do I have rights when I’ve been bitten by a dog? Getting bitten by a dog can be frightening and painful, not to mention costly if you have to go to a doctor or hospital. However, you’re not necessarily on the hook for any medical bills you might incur. You have rights if you’ve been […]

Workers compensation FAQ14-Jan-2014

Workers Compensation FAQ What is workers’ compensation? What benefits are paid under workers’ compensation? How long do employees have to file workers’ compensation benefits? Can an employee be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim? Can the employee choose his/her own treating doctor or hospital? Can the employer ask for an evaluation by its own […]

Why cell phones and cars are dangerous?14-Jan-2014

Why cell phones and cars are dangerous? Plenty of states currently have cell phone laws in place.  Still, some drivers think that texting or talking on the phone is perfectly harmless. The facts state otherwise, however. Drivers who text while behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to experience an incident related to being […]

Why are guardrails illegal in nursing homes?14-Jan-2014

Why are guardrails illegal in nursing homes? This is a common misconception. Guardrails are not always illegal in nursing homes. However, improper and unnecessary restraint involving the guardrails is, as is using guardrails for a resident who does not need them. Guardrails can cause injuries to residents if they break, as they can lead to […]

Who do you contact about police brutality in IL?14-Jan-2014

Who do you contact about police brutality in IL? When you’re the victim of excessive force from a police officer, it’s important to contact an attorney. Police officers are supposed to uphold the law, not break it, so when you’ve been involved in an instance of police misconduct, you’ll need to hire a skilled lawyer […]

Who can you sue for wrongful death in a DUI?14-Jan-2014

Who can you sue for wrongful death in a DUI? When someone is killed in DUI accident, there are several different parties that may be held responsible. Of course, the at-fault driver in the automobile accent can be sued for DUI, reckless driving, manslaughter, etc., but there are other people able to be sued as […]

When You Should Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?14-Jan-2014

When You Should Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer If you or a family member suffered an injury. If a family member or someone you love has been killed. If you were injured at work, regardless of how it happened. If an insurance company offers you money. If you were denied Workers’ Compensation benefits. If you were involved […]

When should I contact a lawyer after an accident?14-Jan-2014

When should I contact a lawyer after an accident? If you’ve been in any sort of accident that’s left you with either damaged property or injuries, it’s in your best interest to contact a lawyer to help you fight the case. Even if you don’t end up filing a claim, it’s always better to have […]

When an injured worker gets misdiagnosed14-Jan-2014

When an injured worker gets misdiagnosed Cases of medical malpractice can include workers comp cases wherein the injured person is misdiagnosed. This can be problematic as the true injury/sickness can progress while being untreated, and if something is misdiagnosed and not treated for any length of time, it can amount to more serious problems developing, […]

What you should do first14-Jan-2014

What to Do First When You’re Injured Obtain medical care. Take photos of the scene as well as your injuries. Get names of those involved as well as addresses and telephone numbers of involved parties and witnesses. Notify your employer if you are injured. Don’t give any statements or sign any papers. Contact a lawyer […]

What to do if you are in an accident14-Jan-2014

What to Do If You Are in an Accident? You’ve just been injured in an accident in Chicago or the surrounding Northern Illinois area. What should you do now? It’s easy to make mistakes that can exacerbate your legal and medical woes and make it more difficult later to collect damages, such as money for lost wages and […]

What to do after an injury accident14-Jan-2014

What to do after an injury accident If you’ve been injured in an accident, be it a car accident, work accident, or otherwise, you may be unsure of what to do to get your life back to normal.  No matter what type of accident caused your injury, it’s imperative that you seek medical care. This […]

What the insurance companies don’t want you to know14-Jan-2014

What the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know Far too many legitimate Chicago personal injury cases are tragically destroyed or damaged by inappropriate statements claimants make to insurance companies. Remember, even if you’re a policyholder in good standing, your insurance company has no motivation to pay your full settlement amount. In fact, the company’s […]

What is the texting while driving law in Illinois?14-Jan-2014

What is the texting while driving law in Illinois? If you’re an Illinois driver, or even just someone passing through, it’s important to be aware of the cell phone-related laws in effect within the state. As for texting while driving, all drivers in Illinois are prohibited from texting while driving. The law, more specifically, states, […]

What is the Illinois statute of limitations on dog bites?14-Jan-2014

What is the Illinois statute of limitations on dog bites? In Illinois, the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is generally two years from the date of the dog bite attack. However, this is different for victims who are under 18 years old. If the person who was bitten is under the age […]

What if I am injured in Chicago and live elsewhere14-Jan-2014

What If I am Injured in Chicago and I Live Elsewhere? Chicago witnesses a fantastic amount of traffic. From tourists visiting the Sears Tower to temporary residents touring scenic Lakeshore Drive to international business travelers flying through O’Hare Airport, hundreds of thousands visitors pass through the Windy City every year. While most tourists, convention guests, […]

What Does our Zero fee guarantee mean14-Jan-2014

What Does Our Zero Fee Guarantee Mean? Our workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys offer Chicago what we refer to as a “Zero Fee Guarantee””. What does that mean for you? It means that if you retain us, we will hold all costs related to your case, including investigating and gathering information, as well as […]

What do we mean, 24/714-Jan-2014

Not that there’s ever a time when getting hurt is convenient, but it seems that injuries often happen at the worst possible time. Whether you get into a car accident while driving home late at night, you become injured using a defective product over the holidays or on a weekend, or you are hurt by […]

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?14-Jan-2014

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney? One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “Why do I need to hire an Illinois personal injury lawyer?” We understand why our clients ask this. After all, if you’re dealing with the stress of an injury or dealing with a family member’s injury, […]

What are PPD benefits?14-Jan-2014

What are PPD benefits? Permanent partial disability, or PPD, benefits are compensation paid out for the loss of use of the body based upon a disability schedule—that is, how much it will affect you in your everyday life. These benefits are assigned in regards to a percentage of disability to the body as a whole, […]

What are common medication errors in nursing?14-Jan-2014

What are common medication errors in nursing? In the realm of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence, medication errors make up a great number of cases filed. Because these cases are so common, it’s important to know what some of the more common errors are and how they are caused. Many common medication errors involve […]

Is sepsis a sign of nursing home neglect?14-Jan-2014

Is sepsis a sign of nursing home neglect? Sepsis is a blood infection caused by bacteria that enters through open wounds on the body or through IV lines or catheters. It is a very serious infection and if not treated immediately, it can become devastating. Sepsis occurs when infections that would otherwise be treated quickly […]

How to handle a slip and fall case14-Jan-2014

How to handle a slip and fall case If you slipped, fell, and got hurt, you may have a lot of questions about what to do next. Slip and fall accidents are, as you can imagine, where a person is injured by slipping, tripping, or falling due to a dangerous condition—be it uneven flooring, a […]

How to file a wrongful death claim in Chicago14-Jan-2014

How to file a wrongful death claim in Chicago If you need to file a wrongful death claim in Chicago, you will need to gather proof of death (such as a death certificate) as well as statements from witnesses and family members who are dealing with the death of their loved ones. Next, contact a […]

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