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Domestic Violence in Illinois

Domestic violence occurs through abusive behavior or violent confrontation against an intimate partner or any other household member (past or present). Being a victim of domestic violence can have far-reaching, lifetime impacts. Domestic violence affects individuals regardless of gender, religion, race or nationality, and is typically goes unreported. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic […]

New Laws in Illinois Effective in 2017

Patient Rights Senate Bill 1564 Health care personnel, physicians or health care facilities are required to provide patients with more comprehensive information that will allow him or her to make informed medical decisions for his or her personal best interest and health. The information required includes condition, prognosis, treatment options and the risks, and benefits […]

Wrongful Death Claims

When a person dies as a result of an accident due to another’s negligence, misconduct or an intentional act, it is considered a wrongful death. Wrongful death claims allow the estate of a deceased person to file a lawsuit against whoever is responsible for such a death. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act allows surviving spouses, […]

How to Choose the Right Type of Entity for Your Business

You have your business idea and goals in mind. You know what service or product you want to sell. What is next in understanding which entity is the right choice for you and your business needs? Understanding Liabilities Before registering the entity, a business owner must understand the liabilities that he or she may face. […]

Worker’s Compensation Basics You Need to Know

About 200,000 employees within the state of Illinois were injured on the job in 2015. Less than 25% of those injuries were claimed as compensable worker’s compensation claims. Lost time at a job means a loss of income for many people. Without sufficient income, it can be hard to pay regular bills, let alone new […]

Preserving Your Legal Rights When You or a Loved One is Injured

Recovery from Personal Injury You have a right to compensation for the pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other harms that can result when you are harmed by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of others or by a defectively manufactured product. If you have been the victim of a crime, involved in […]

Things to Consider Regarding Parental Decision-Making and Parenting Time

In January 2016 amendments were made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of the Marriage Act. (“IMDMA”). These changes instituted new terminology, words like “custody” and “visitation” have been replaced with terms like “parental responsibility” and “parenting time” to emphasize the relevance of both parents and avoid lessening the significance of the role of either […]

You are Involved in a Auto Accident-Is Your Employer Responsible to the Other Driver?

Does an employee’s travel to a work meeting with his boss “after hours” entail conduct that results in the employer being liable for injury to another during the travel process? In Hoy v. Great Lakes Retail Services, Inc., 2016 IL App (1st) 150877 (March 17, 2016) Cook Co., 4th Div., Kurt Woltmann was a carpenter […]

When is a Settlement a Settlement?

Martina Beverly sued Abbott Laboratories (Abbott), her former employer based on a claim of employment discrimination related to her German nationality and retaliation.  After an early furtive attempt by Abbott to dismiss the case, the parties agreed to mediate the dispute in a single day over the span of 14 hours at which time both […]

Access to Social Media Rights-Business Owner vs. Former Employee

So you’re a Business Owner and active on social media. A rogue employee wishes to leave employment and take the ownership rights of the social media account with them. How can you prevent loss of the social media account, including the names, addresses, etc. that go along with it? CDM Media USA Inc. v. Simms […]

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