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NIH Study: Hair Striaghteners Linked to Cancer Risk
Products used for hair straighteners have been linked to a cancer risk, including uterine cancer. Over the years, researchers have focused on whether the chemicals used in products for straightening hair can cause cancer. As far back as 2007, researchers at Boston University and Howard University examined the connection between relaxers and cancer. (Credit: Tameka Ellington; Yahoo! News)
Other researchers went on to examine the connection between the hair products and other types of cancer. But the biggest news came in October, 2022 when the National Institutes of Health released
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Jim Coogan joined Lisa to discuss the investigation and evaluation of new medical cases.
Not every case is a ‘case’
The most important step in a successful injury case is also the first step: deciding whether to move forward with the case. Our lawyers discuss this with every potential client. Whether they are calling about a work injury or a complex medical case. For Plaintiff’s lawyers, we decide whether to invest our time, talent and finances into each case. So, the first step is always the most-important. Do we open the new case? Or does
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United States Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Deserve Justice
Marines and their families have suffered the effects of toxic water contamination
Independence Built on Sacrifice
(July 9, 2022) – It is the time of year to celebrate America’s Independence. Americans spent time watching fireworks displays and eating barbecue with friends and family this week. We also took the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. Their commitment, dedication, and contributions secure our independence.

This year, the United States is honoring their contributions in a different way. This is because
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If you are a bicyclist injured in a collision, you are entitled to most of the same damages that you could claim in any other personal injury case. These include medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, pain and suffering, and bicycle repair or replacement. Collecting compensation may be a challenge, but you have several different options.
Insurance Claim
If you were a cyclist injured in a collision with an automobile, you can collect the driver’s insurance information, just as you would if you were involved in the accident as the driver of a vehicle. You could then file a claim
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Trials Begin with Jury Instructions
Jim Coogan and Ben Joravsky Discuss that Kenosha Trial
Well beyond the borders of the Southeastern Wisconsin town, Americans tuned into the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Kenosha County had charged Mr. Rittenhouse with homicide and attempted homicide for the shooting deaths of two people and wounding another during demonstrations there in August, 2020. The case immediately captured national attention. Demonstrators descended on Kenosha in a civil rights protest.

The killings and the charges against Rittenhouse were covered extensively in national news, cable opinion news and were being live streamed. Following the jury’s verdict acquitting Rittenhouse,
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Breathing Machines from Philips Respironics May Cause Cancer
Philips Respironics machines’ foam breaks down and can cause cancer (Credit: Yated Ne’eman – https://yated.com/philips-cpap-recall-leaves-sleep-apnea-patients-in-confusion/)
According to the American Sleep Association, more than 50 Million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. And more than 25 million of those are people with obstructive sleep apnea. Indeed, the CDC reports that more than 35% of American adults sleep less than seven hours per night.
With so many dealing with sleep apnea, millions of Americans have been prescribes different breathing systems to help them sleep better,
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Free Speech Has Limits

One of those limits is that the law protects people from false and defamatory statements.
In today’s media environment, spectacle sells. Many public actors take advantage of the shock value of bold statements, conspiratorial claims and wild accusations to get attention. That tactic definitely attracts eyeballs and ears. However, there are limits and some claims can cross the line.
In this episode, Ben & Jim discuss a recent development in an infamous defamation lawsuit brought against Alex Jones, the host of The Alex Jones Show and principal of the InfoWars media brands. The judge presiding over
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Nothing Gets Built Without Hard Work
We celebrate workers this Labor Day – You are the Fabric of America
At Dwyer & Coogan, our lawyers and staff believe in hard work. None of us would be where we are, in the fortunate position to work for clients we care about doing work that we believe in, without it. Each of us had opportunities to get here thanks to the sacrifices and hard work of our parents and their parents before them. The United States is a young country. In just a few decades, we built great structures and a vast
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Dangerous Products Can Injure
Key: Determining the Responsible Party
When an injury occurs as the result of negligence, one of the first questions is: who is responsible? When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the answer may be clear. But what if the driver was driving as part of their job? A good lawyer will dig into these questions and identify the proper parties.
But when a product fails–cutting, burning, exploding–finding the responsible party may be more difficult. In 2021, millions of Americans buy hundreds of millions of products through Amazon. It is the world’s largest online retailer.
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What Is A Diagnostic Error?
Medical Care Requires an Accurate Diagnosis for Treatment
Medical treatment begins with diagnosing the cause of the problem.
“Where does it Hurt?”
Studies have shown that there are over 440,000 fatal medical errors that occur each year in the United States. Often, the problem begins right from the beginning. This is because the course of proper medical care always begins with a diagnosis. Doctors and nurses must ask the right questions and make correct observations from the start before they can begin the proper treatment–indeed, good medical care requires a good diagnosis.
An example:
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Injuries Lead to Prescription Pain Medication
Pain Meds are a routine part of injury treatment–but they must be taken carefully. (Credit: Photo by Julie Viken from Pexels)
We Know You are Hurting
One common feature among our clients is that they have been injured. Maybe it was a fall, a crash, poor nursing care, or some other mode of injury, they are dealing with pain. That is something the lawyers at Dwyer & Coogan are accustomed to seeing. We read medical records every day as part of our work. And those records nearly always refer to prescription pain medications.
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Cook County Sets May 3 for Civil Jury Trial Return
Daley Center – Chicago. Civil Jury Trials to resume here May 3, 2021 – Credit: Flickr photo/Jaysin Trevino via CC-BY-2.0
Return of Civil Jury Trials Critical for Injured Parties
No one wants a trial. Well, that is to say: no one prefers to end up in front of a group of strangers sitting in a jury box. High stakes. All-or-nothing. Nerve wracking. And let us not consider the butterflies involved in sitting in that witness chair, under the lights, being cross-examined.
But Civil Jury trials are critical for the function
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Podcast: Jim Coogan about Law & Impeachment
How Do Senators Compare to Jurors?
Listen in as Jim Coogan joins The Ben Joravsky Show to discuss how the “jurors” in an Impeachment trial differ from those in a Court trial. There have only been four trials for impeachment of the President of the United States in nearly 240 years. These trials combine law and politics in a unique way that focuses attention on some of the basic law under the Constitution. The 2021 version presented us with questions about the First Amendment.
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New Illinois Law Leads to More Just Results
Bill Passed by General Assembly Would Encourage Settlements

“Justice delayed, is justice denied” is real for every injured person who just wants to move on with life.

For Injured People, Time Not on Their Side
Injured plaintiffs will all tell you the same thing: “I just want my case to be over.” Most will also tell you that they never sued anyone before and did not desire to call a lawyer in the first place. For most, it is uncertainty about paying the bills. Or when medical expenses start to pile up.
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Business in a Pandemic
We’re all facing challenges as a result of the pandemic, but small business owners have been hit especially hard. In many states, several types of small businesses have yet to reopen amid COVID-19 restrictions. Bars, restaurants, fitness centers, and businesses selling non-essential items are really struggling to make ends meet right now, so we’ve gathered a list of resources to help these business owners stay afloat as we weather this pandemic.
Improve Your Business Processes
Take advantage of this downtime to tackle administrative tasks, reduce your operating expenses, and find ways to
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The Legacy of AG William Barr
Jim Coogan Joins The Ben Joravsky Show to Discuss the Attorney General
Over the course of the Trump Presidency, there have been two AG’s confirmed by the Senate. The first was (former Senator) Jefferson B. Sessions. The last was William P. Barr. After the November Election, AG Barr announced that he had tendered his resignation to the White House. Our Jim Coogan joined The Ben Joravsky Show for a lively discussion of some of the acts that AG Barr undertook in service of politics and the Presidency. Tune in here.
A Turbulent Period
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