Ankin Law Office LLC

At Ankin Law Office LLC we understand the difficulties and the complex issues linked to workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death lawsuits, general practice, and motor vehicle accidents. Our personal injury lawyers, based in Chicago, Illinois, recognize the impact these suits can have on all parties involved. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys are dedicated to being your voice in tough times so you can recover damages that you are entitled to receive.

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Carmen was finishing a shopping trip when she stepped into a parking lot and got hit by a car. Then the driver did what 40 percent of Chicago drivers do in pedestrian accidents – he took off.

Because Carmen was a pedestrian, her auto-insurance company denied coverage since she wasn’t injured inside her vehicle.

We took her case to enforce longstanding Illinois public policy dating back to 1977 that says an auto-insurance company should provide coverage. Thanks to ABC-7 for telling this story, and we’ll continue to seek justice for Carmen and the legal rights of all injured people in
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Ankin Law attorney, Scott Goldstein, recently represented a 29-year-old Chicago State University grounds worker in an arbitration hearing. Mr. Goldstein helped the grounds worker, who was injured in a slip and fall accident, receive workers’ compensation benefits even as the State of Illinois had initially offered no money in the case. Earlier, at trial, the State tried to argue the grounds worker was actually injured while working at his own residential rehab business. They were ostensibly accusing the man of committing workers’ compensation fraud. He testified credibly that he owns the business but doesn’t do the physical work, which carried
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If complications develop from too much anesthesia, a bad reaction, or another issue, you may be able to sue medical professionals for malpractice under certain circumstances. Before you decide to sue for anesthesia complications, it’s important to understand the different types of errors and what to expect with the legal process.

The Different Types of Anesthesia

Before getting into the specific types of errors that can result from anesthesia, you should know about the different types of anesthesia. The three main types of anesthesia include:

Local Anesthesia

Doctors, dermatologists, dentists, and other medical professionals may use local anesthesia to render
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The top 3 reasons to sue a dentist for malpractice include issues with extractions, endodontic procedures, and dental implants. In addition, there are other types of dental malpractice that may warrant a lawsuit against a dentist.

Knowing more about the different types of dental malpractice and how they occur can help you determine whether you might have a valid case worth pursuing.

Common Types of Dental Malpractice

There are many types of dental malpractice that could result in various injuries and illnesses. The following are some of the most common instances of dental malpractice that can develop:

  • A late or

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After receiving a settlement after an accident, you may wonder, “can Medicaid take a personal injury settlement to cover medical bills?” If you sustain injuries and other damages in a personal injury case, a portion of your settlement may need to cover Medicaid and other types of healthcare that helped treat your injuries.

What Does a Personal Injury Settlement Cover?

In the event of an accident in which someone else’s negligence or another type of improper conduct causes damages, injury victims may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the liable party.

In a personal injury
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If your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, he or she may suffer long-term damage that impacts his or her health and mobility. There are many ways that a person may suffer a brachial plexus injury, but these injuries are commonly acquired during birth. This birth injury may be caused by medical malpractice. If your child sustained a brachial plexus injury because of medical malpractice during birth, you may be able to file a malpractice lawsuit for brachial plexus injuries.

What Is a Brachial Plexus Injury?

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves around the spinal cord, between the neck and
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If your schizophrenia symptoms have left you unable to work for at least one year, you may qualify for disability benefits in Illinois. To receive either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for schizophrenia, you will need to show that you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that you meet the Social Security Administration’s requirements for schizophrenia. In addition, you must also show that you have not been or will not be able to work for at least twelve months due to your schizophrenia symptoms. The following guide can help you navigate the process of getting a
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You can get a disability if you have never worked. You may, however, find it challenging to get approved without the help of an experienced advocate. There are lawyers who specialize in Social Security Disability who can help you determine if you are eligible, and if so, assist you in applying for benefits.  

You Can Get Disability If You Have Never Worked

People who have never worked may worry that they can’t get disability payments through social security. They are correct in that they will not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI. SSDI is available and intended for people who
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The value of a workers’ compensation claim for disfigurement depends on the location and extent of the injury. The impact of the disfigurement on your ability to perform everyday activities is also a crucial consideration. Any scar or deformity that hurts your appearance or reduces bodily functions qualifies as a disfigurement. A workers’ compensation lawyer can investigate your claim to determine if you have a qualifying disfigurement and how much it is worth. 

What Qualifies as Disfigurement in a Workplace Accident?

What qualifies as a work-related disfigurement varies from state to state. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act covers disfigurement on specific
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There are many elements to anticipate in an 18 wheeler truck accident lawsuit, including the processes of building evidence, filing a claim, and identifying all liable parties involved. A lawsuit can take a long time and involve various complexities, making it important to know what to expect.

What Makes 18 Wheeler Accidents So Dangerous?

Although any type of vehicle accident can be dangerous, there are factors involved in 18 wheeler accidents that can make them more catastrophic. These accidents often involve life-threatening injuries and fatalities. The following are some reasons why these accidents are particularly dangerous and what causes them.
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Multiple studies have linked chlorpyrifos to brain damage in developing fetuses. You might be eligible for compensation if you suffered prolonged chlorpyrifos exposure and eventually gave birth to a child with birth defects. A chlorpyrifos birth injury lawyer can investigate your claim and obtain enough evidence to prove it. You are more likely to recover reasonable compensation if you work with a lawyer than on your own.

Chlorpyrifos is a toxic organophosphate insecticide that has been widely used to kill bugs that invade various crops, including oranges, alfalfa, and walnuts. This chemical substance breaks down into oxen inside the human
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Passengers can sue a cruise ship for a slip and fall accident when the company or its staff are negligent. The safety of passengers of all ages is supposed to be a top priority for cruise ships, but passenger injuries frequently keep the medical staff busy.

Passengers on cruise ships face several dangers because the ships are continually adding brand-new, intense attractions and entertainment. Additionally, cruise lines frequently permit their guests to drink excessively. Accidents and injuries do occasionally occur in the open ocean. In the worst situations, the cruise ship’s remote position may prevent an injured passenger from receiving
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Hiring the right wrongful death lawyer is one of the most important steps in a wrongful death lawsuit. Your lawyer guides you through other steps of filing a successful wrongful death lawsuit. These steps include investigating the death, determining the potentially liable party (or parties), and gathering the required evidence and documentation. Your lawyer initiates settlement negotiations with the liable party’s insurance company, files a suit if necessary, and represents you at trial. Your lawyer also helps you determine whether you qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit and how long you have to do so. 

Steps in a Wrongful
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The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that UIM coverage must extend to pedestrians and bicyclists, even if the insurance policy explicitly states otherwise. As such, insurers in Illinois are required to pay benefits to insured victims regardless of whether they were occupants of a motor vehicle, or they were walking or riding a bicycle when the injury accident occurred.

In an opinion that was released on September 30, 2022, the panel stated that “The terms of an insurance policy that conflict with a statute are void and unenforceable.” According to the majority opinion, “Similarly, insurance policy terms cannot circumvent the
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Finding the right lawyer for a class action lawsuit is essential to winning your case. If you’ve received notice that you are qualified to join a class action lawsuit, another class member has likely picked his or her lawyer, started the action, and done the necessary research.

What should you do if there isn’t a class action lawsuit in place, and you and a few other individuals in your situation think you have a strong case against the maker of a harmful drug? How is a class action lawsuit initiated?

Finding a lawyer for a class action lawsuit is
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If you are a veteran who suffers psychologically because of a traumatic event and meets certain criteria, you may qualify for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) disability benefits. Knowing what qualifies a veteran for PTSD disability benefits can help you determine if applying for benefits is right for you.

What Qualifies a Veteran for PTSD Disability Benefits from the VA?

You may be able to recover PTSD disability benefits if you meet certain requirements. The first is to have experienced a traumatic event, i.e., a stressor, that contributes to an experience that’s symptomatic of PTSD.

Additionally, the traumatic event must have
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