Personal Injury

Ankin Law attorney, Scott Goldstein, helped secure temporary total disability, payment of medical bills, and prospective medical care for an injured forklift driver. The 32-year-old female will receive: temporary total disability benefits of $573.33/week for 47 1/7 weeks, commencing 1/25/22 through 12/20/22; $44,186.20 for reasonable and necessary medical services up to this point; and she is entitled to prospective medical treatment including continued neurological care, continued pain management services, and physical therapy.

On the day of the accident, the injured worker was operating a forklift to unload freight from a semi-truck when the semi-truck unexpectedly pulled away from the dock,
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When someone gets hurt in a bus accident and they file a claim, they might get money to cover their damages. This money is called a settlement. Now, you might be thinking, “How much money are we talking about here?” The average settlement for a bus accident can vary a lot depending on different factors like how severe the injuries are, who was at fault, and other stuff like that. But it often ranges from $25,000 to $300,000. However, settlements exceeding $1 million are not uncommon, particularly in cases involving catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.. But remember, every case is
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Our vehicles have become flooded with technology over the years. At first, technology was helpful – it helped us get where we were going faster, made our cars more efficient, and kept us connected with the world around us. However, as our reliance on technology grows, so does the rate of distracted driving accidents.  By […]
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 I recently settled a case that was in lawsuit and ready for trial.  Like all good settlements, neither I nor my client were overjoyed by the settlement.  It wasn’t exactly what we hoped the case was worth, but it was certainly far more than any previous offers.  In short, we were able to push the defense to offer more by showing we were ready for trial.
 How did comparative negligence factor into this settlement?  Read more and find out! 
Comparative Negligence vs. Contributory Negligence
Some states bar plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit from all recovery if they are found
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If you’re wondering why it’s taking so long to settle your car accident case, let’s break it down. A car accident settlement is an agreement between you and the insurance company or the other party involved, where you receive compensation for damages or injuries caused by the accident. The settlement process involves several steps, like gathering evidence, negotiating with the insurance company, and possibly going through legal proceedings if an agreement isn’t reached. Each step can take time, especially if there are disagreements or complexities involved. So, while it may feel slow, patience and perseverance are key to reaching a
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Ridesharing services have become a common method of transportation that is used by people in large cities, such as Chicago, suburban areas such as Will County, and many other locations. While these services offer convenience and accessibility, the ever-increasing number of rideshare vehicles on the road has led to an increase in car accidents involving rideshare drivers. 
People who are injured in these accidents, including rideshare passengers, drivers or passengers of other vehicles involved in collisions, or pedestrians who are struck by negligent rideshare drivers, may be uncertain about the causes of these accidents. They may be unsure about whether
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As a motorcyclist navigating the roads of Illinois, it is a common misconception that cars are always to blame in motorcycle crashes. While it is true that car and motorcycle collisions can result in severe injuries and fatalities for motorcyclists, the assumption that cars are solely at fault overlooks the complexities of these accidents. Regardless of whether you were in a motorcycle or car accident, it is certainly worth contacting an experienced attorney trained in Illinois personal injury law to ensure you have the legal guidance you need to seek a positive outcome in your legal situation. 
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Dogs are popular companions for many people, and for the most part, interactions with dogs are no big deal. However, some dogs have behavioral issues that may cause them to bite, while others may bite as a result of owner negligence. When dog bites happen, it is natural to feel confusion about what to do, especially if you know the dog’s owner. In addition to contacting an experienced Illinois dog bite injury lawyer to handle a dog bite case, it is important to know what to do immediately after a dog bite occurs.
First Steps After a Dog Bite
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A nurse in Illinois faces prison time for diluting morphine when providing the medication to a patient in 2021. This incident shows how medical staff can violate patients’ trust and engage in malpractice, putting patients’ lives at risk in the process.

If a nurse or another healthcare professional tampers with medication, not only could he or she face federal charges, but victims or their loved ones may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the offending employee.

Diluting Patients’ Morphine: A Federal Offense

An Illinois nurse has recently faced federal charges for tampering with a patient’s liquid morphine at
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Is suing after a car accident worth it? If you were injured by another driver, you may have to file a car accident lawsuit. Car accidents can leave victims facing life-changing injuries. By filing a lawsuit, victims can bolster their finances against the consequences of an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Car Accident Statistics in Illinois

Around 810 traffic accidents occur every day in Illinois, based on 2021 data from the Illinois Department of Transportation. More than nine people are injured every hour from car accidents and three people killed per day, highlighting the deadliness of car accidents in
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The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled on December 14, 2023, that Chicago carries no liability for bicycle accidents caused by potholes on a non-bicycle route or lane. The ruling also reaffirmed that cyclists are primarily “permitted” users of roadways lacking designated bike lanes or signage. They only become “intended” users when a roadway has a bike lane or signage.

Bike Accident Statistics in Illinois

A 2018 crash report shows that about 3115 bicyclists got injured in accidents in Illinois. It also shows that the state recorded 19 bicyclist fatalities. Most of the bicyclist injuries and fatalities reported in Illinois happened
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Getting injured at work can be tough, but workers’ compensation is there to help. It’s meant to cover things like medical bills and lost wages while you recover. But what if you’re wondering when your workers’ comp check will arrive? Tracking it down can feel like a hassle, but there are ways to stay on top of it. In this guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of workers’ comp checks, including how to track them and what to do if there are delays. Let’s get started on understanding this essential aspect of workplace injury compensation.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
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Methamphetamine, which is often referred to as meth, is a stimulant that can be very addictive. Due to its potential for abuse, the state of Illinois has implemented strict laws and penalties to address the possession, distribution, and manufacturing of methamphetamines. If you or a loved one are facing drug charges related to methamphetamines in Joliet or Will County, it is crucial to understand the legal implications, the potential penalties, and the strategies that may be used to defend against a conviction. An experienced attorney can help you navigate these complex legal waters, working to protect your rights and resolve
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In this guide, we’ll cover the average car accident settlements for back and neck injuries. Car accidents can lead to various injuries, and back and neck injuries are among the most common. These types of injuries can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, making it difficult to carry out daily activities. When someone gets hurt in a car accident, they might be able to get compensation to help cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The amount of money they receive as a settlement can vary depending on factors like the severity of the injury, medical expenses, and
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You have legal rights if you purchase a defective washing machine that damages your home or causes injury. Under Illinois product liability law, both manufacturing defect claims and failure to warn claims can provide grounds for holding appliance makers financially accountable through litigation. An Illinois attorney can assist you in gathering the evidence you have and building a strong case.
Proving a Manufacturing Defect
A manufacturing defect indicates that a washing machine error arose during production rather than from the intended design. For example, incorrectly installed wiring could cause a fire risk. A faulty assembly could cause the machine drums
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Prolonged labor, also known as prolonged or arrested labor, can pose significant risks to both the mother and the baby during childbirth. This condition occurs when labor lasts longer than usual, leading to various complications that can result in serious birth injuries. It is crucial for expectant mothers and healthcare providers to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions to ensure safe delivery. If you or your baby was injured due to prolonged delivery, experienced attorneys can ensure you receive the legal guidance you need to pursue a positive conclusion to your case.
Here are the
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