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Now that bars and restaurants are opening back up, many Illinois residents are eager to enjoy a night out. Unfortunately, sometimes a fun night out on the town ends with police sirens and handcuffs. If you or a loved one were arrested after being involved in a bar fight, you may be unsure of what will happen next. Can you face jail time for getting into a physical altercation at a bar? What if you were only defending yourself? Individuals who have allegedly gotten into a bar fight are often charged with serious offenses like assault and battery which are…
When parents get divorced in Illinois, they must decide how to share parenting duties after the split. Divorcing spouses without children can walk away from a divorce and never speak to each other again if they choose to. However, divorced parents are typically still involved in each other’s lives – even if they would rather not be. A strong co-parenting relationship can dramatically reduce the stress of divorce on children, however, productive co-parenting is difficult when parents do not see eye to eye on parenting issues. Fortunately, there are many different co-parenting strategies to choose from.   Parallel Parenting May Be…
Concussions are unique in that they can range dramatically in terms of severity. Some people suffer a concussion and do not even realize it. Other concussion sufferers are left with debilitating symptoms that influence nearly every aspect of their lives. If you or a loved one suffered a concussion in a work accident, car crash, slip and fall, or another incident, it is important to explore your legal options with a skilled injury attorney. You could be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and more. Concussion Symptoms are Often Insidious Concussions are a…
Everyone knows that you stop and exchange contact information after a car accident. Not only is it the law, but it is also the ethical thing to do. Unfortunately, some people attempt to evade responsibility for an accident by speeding off from the scene – even if the crash caused injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a hit-and-run in Illinois, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your damages. You may be entitled to compensation even if the other driver is never located and brought to justice. Legal Options for Hit and…
Whether you are a parent, stepparent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or childcare worker, being accused of intentionally hurting a child is shocking. If you were recently contacted by The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) due to accusations of child abuse, you may be caught completely off guard. You may have questions like, “Will I face criminal charges?” and “What can I do to clear my name?” The first step after learning that you are the subject of a DCFS investigation is to contact a skilled attorney. Your lawyer can help you understand the accusations laid against you…
Words like “Bitcoin,” “Ether,” and “Dogecoin” were completely foreign to the general public until approximately ten years ago. Since its inception, cryptocurrency has surged in popularity. Some estimates put the total value of the top ten cryptocurrencies at $1.2 trillion. If your spouse has invested in cryptocurrency and you plan to divorce, you may be entitled to a share of the currency’s value. Unfortunately, the mutable nature of cryptocurrency makes it hard to value in a divorce. Even more importantly, cryptocurrency is not stored in a bank like traditional forms of currency which makes it a popular vehicle for…
Mental health can be a touchy subject, especially when it is in the context of a legal proceeding such as a child custody dispute. If you are getting divorced or you are in the midst of a child custody case, you may have questions about how mental health evaluations or psychological testing could impact your case. Can you require the other party to undergo psychological testing? What happens if your soon-to-be ex-spouse asks you to undergo mental health evaluations? How do the results of these tests impact the outcome of the case? Who pays for psychological testing? Understanding Mental Health…
When we think about car crash insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits, we often assume that the driver is the person who was injured. However, passengers often suffer injuries just as severe or worse than drivers during an accident. If you were riding as a passenger in a vehicle and that vehicle got into a car accident, it is important to explore your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Seeking Compensation After a Passenger Injury   Brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, and disfiguring lacerations are just some of the…
Losing a spouse is one of the most heart-wrenching things anyone could ever go through. It is especially tragic when a person loses his or her spouse in a sudden accident. If your spouse died in a fatal car accident, motorcycle crash, or truck accident, it is important to explore your legal options. A wrongful death case may help your family in two major ways: First, a wrongful death claim is a means of holding the at-fault party accountable for your tragic loss. Secondly, a wrongful death claim may allow for the recovery of monetary damages. How…
Being a parent is already challenging. Co-parenting with someone to whom you used to be married can be even more difficult. If you are recently separated or divorced and you intend to share parental responsibilities and parenting time, you may be looking for ways to make the co-parenting process easier for you and your children. Fortunately, co-parenting is not what it used to be. In the age of smartphones, social media, and video chatting, there are more ways than ever to hone your co-parenting approach and improve your relationship with your children. Use an Online Calendar to Keep Track…
Work injuries can happen to anyone. Whether due to an equipment accident or fall, long-term exposure to hazardous chemicals, or another reason, work-related injuries can lead to suffering and financial hardship. If you or a loved one were injured while working, you may be dealing with mounting medical bills and other expenses. Additionally, you may be left with painful symptoms that prevent you from working. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and possibly more through a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim. Workers’ Compensation in Illinois Workers’ compensation insurance…
For many people, summertime is synonymous with summer vacations. Getting away from the busyness of everyday life and relaxing at a hotel or resort can seem like the perfect getaway. Unfortunately, some hotels fail to keep guests safe and what was meant to be a fun vacation turns into a nightmare. If you or a loved one were injured or fell ill because of unsafe conditions at a hotel or resort, you should know that you may be able to take legal action against the hotel. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages.   …
As any parent can confirm, children are expensive. In fact, it is estimated that the average cost of raising a child to adulthood is over a quarter of a million dollars. For parents who are not married, managing child-related costs can be a considerable challenge. If you are getting divorced or you are an unmarried parent, you may have questions about child support. You may wonder how child support payments are determined in Illinois or what you can do if you disagree with the amount of child support you have been asked to contribute. Child Support Calculation Method Illinois…
The Illinois Domestic Violence law prohibits any person from hitting, choking, threatening, or interfering with the personal liberty of an individual within their family or household. Domestic violence is a very serious crime and it is often very difficult for victims to take action. With the help of a family law attorney, victims can petition for an order of protection that can cease any access that their abuser has to themselves or their loved ones. Why Would Someone Want an Order of Protection? An order of protection is a very effective way to halt abuse committed by a relative, someone…
Dogs are thought of as man’s best friend. Unfortunately, not all dogs live up to this adage. Dog bites can lead to severe and lasting injuries. Broken bones, nerve damage, and deep lacerations that can lead to infection, and permanent scarring and are just some of the serious injuries that may result from a dog bite. Dog attacks can also take a significant psychological toll on the victims. Some dog bite victims suffer from debilitating anxiety or post-traumatic stress for months or years. If a dog bit you or a loved one, you may be interested in holding the dog’s…
Injured workers in Illinois are often entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses and lost income through workers’ compensation. If you have been seriously injured at your job and your injuries have permanently prevented you from performing the work duties you performed before the injury, you may be eligible to receive permanent disability benefits. There are two different kinds of permanent disability benefits: permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD). Permanent Partial Disability A worker who suffered a permanent injury but is only partially impaired may still be able to earn money from their job. However, they…