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After a car crash, numbness and tingling in the arms or hands can be a sign of much more serious injury. However, many people are unaware of how serious numbness can be. As a result, many ignore it, fail to report it to medical personnel, or both. Recently, I settled a case for a gentleman who knew better than to ignore his numbness. Joseph reported his symptoms to the paramedics, the emergency room physicians, and the other doctors he saw, and he received a much higher settlement than it would have been without that symptomatology. The Chain Reaction Crash Joseph…
Getting involved in a motor vehicle crash might leave you with injuries and medical bills. If you have read any of my prior posts, you know what to do in the event of a crash, and that you should submit your medical bills to your health insurance. Your health plan is there to cover medical bills, right? Then the dreaded happens. What do you do if your health insurance says “no?” Can they do that? The short answer: yes, most likely. But all hope is not lost so long as you’ve taken the steps to ensure you are fully…
One cliche about the law that many are familiar with is the wheels of justice and how they move slowly. The cliché is certainly not as poetic as Dr. Martin Luther King’s observation that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. However, the slow wheels of justice is an apt description of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation system. Four years and eleven months ago (in keeping with our historical theme, not nearly as good as Lincoln’s “Four Score and Seven Years Ago”), my client was injured at work. The case is only just now resolved.…
Whether it’s a right turn or a left turn, until autonomous vehicles are perfected and ubiquitous, we have to rely upon human drivers to drive safely.  Human drivers regularly make very human and very preventable errors that often result in serious injury or death. In a recent blog, I discussed how drivers frequently make improper left turns, proceeding before ensuring the right of way is clear. Unfortunately, right turns are often seen as “easier” or “safer” by most drivers.  But performed improperly or without proper precautions, they can be every bit as dangerous. I See it Daily Just the…
You hear the grinding metal and brakes squealing. You already know this is not good. Getting in an auto accident never is. You just got hit from behind and your mind floods with a thousand thoughts—who will pick up the kids from school? How will I get to work tomorrow? Should I fill out a police report? This blog will take you through the process step-by-step, so you are prepared if the worst-case scenario plays out and involves you. Make a Police Report The most important thing you must do in any motor vehicle crash is to make a police…
Acronyms are part of daily life for most of us. GPS, PDF, JPEG, and GIF are just a few of the common ones we see regularly. If you, like most people, get anxious over the increasing number of acronyms used, then workers’ compensation is no place to be. As I’ve written in past blogs, workers’ comp utilizes AWW (average weekly wage), PPD (permanent partial disability), and TTD (temporary total disability) — to say nothing of IME (independent medical examination), UR (utilization review), MMI (maximum medical improvement), and FCE (functional capacity exam). And I’m just getting started. MSA — Medicare Set…
Most people make left turns wrong. How so, you ask? Most drivers fail to allow all oncoming traffic to clear the intersection or yield the right of way before they begin their left turn. I See It Every Day I ride my bike almost daily. At least once per ride, I see a vehicle turning left in front of oncoming traffic before it is safe to do so. Many times, that oncoming vehicle is me on my bicycle, but just as often it is a two-ton vehicle with living human beings inside. Either way, the possibility for massive property damage…
When I recently wrote Zooming to a Conclusion, I focused primarily on the role technology played in resolving that case. There was another angle that was equally important in allowing me to maximize the amount of funds my seriously injured client received. Underinsured Motorist Coverage As you may remember, that case involved my client and her sister as passengers in their friend’s car, which was struck by another vehicle. Long story short, the other car (which was at fault) had very limited insurance, and my client had serious injuries requiring several surgeries. (My other client, her sister, had relatively…
Recently, I concluded a case against a Chicago-area day care facility whose name alone suggests elite care and that it is the best of the best. Unfortunately for my client J, who was two years old at the time, the name and reputation did not reflect reality. A day care instructor sharply grabbed J by the arm, temporarily dislocating his arm at the shoulder. While J was in a lot of pain, he was fortunate to be very young and endowed with a short memory and ultra-flexible joint. After a brief trip to the children’s hospital and his pediatrician, he…
Not all that long ago, many of us enjoyed attending social events. We would flock to beer gardens, art shows, concerts, and sports events. While those things may seem a distant memory, one of my clients attended one of those a few years ago and suffered injuries when a tent post and counterweight struck him in the head and neck. Festivals Should Be Safe and Enjoyable What could be more appealing than attending an outdoor music performance in the midst of a strawberry festival in bucolic and quaint Long Grove? There are cute shops, a covered bridge (well, there used…
Sometimes, getting a settlement in a workers’ compensation or personal injury case involves resolving some unanticipated problems. That’s exactly what happened with one of my recent workers’ compensation cases. While my client Dennis was at work, he fell from the platform of a machine to the floor several feet below. No one witnessed the incident. All he remembered was that one moment he was standing on the platform, and then he was on the ground several feet below. In the fall, he injured both shoulders and his neck, head, and lower back. Since workers’ compensation covers all injuries that “arise…
Covid-19 has many of us working from home and going out only when we need to, rather than for our daily commute to and from work. The pandemic has also blown the doors off bicycle sales, with unprecedented numbers of people purchasing, or fixing up, bikes to ride for pleasure and exercise. With many working from home, and gyms still closed for the most part, people have opted for mobility via two wheels. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? If you have read my past blogs, you are ware that I am one of those MAMILS—Middle Aged Men In Lycra—who…
If you have read my blog posts over the years, you surely have come across at least a few posts having to do with a rotator cuff injury (and if you read the last few, you were introduced to a similar injury to the labrum, known as a SLAP tear). Why are they so common and what causes them? What are the challenges in returning to work for someone who injures his or her rotator cuff while working? A Fall on Ice, Some Broken Ribs, No Major Injury Apparent. But wait… My client Craig was a healthy and fit…
Question:  What takes three lawyers, four clients, and five laptops? Answer:  Online depositions in a case I recently resolved. This brave new Covid-19 world has forced all of us to rethink how we do our jobs. In my case, the biggest problem is how to keep my cases moving forward when the courts are on hiatus until it is determined how and when they will be able to “reopen.” Currently, the courts in Cook County are closed, except for emergency matters and a few other things, as well as online filing. Many judges are hearing matters virtually, using Zoom. Pretrial…
Most major auto insurers are offering refunds on auto insurance due to the novel coronavirus and the ensuing shutdown of the economy. Some offer as much as a 25% refund on premiums, while most others provide 15% refunds for premiums during April and May. Due to mandated or encouraged Covid-19 shutdowns, people are staying at home and working from home (so not commuting to work). Children are staying home from school (so parents aren’t ferrying their kids to and from school). It stands to reason that with fewer people on the road and less vehicle usage, there is less of…
On April 13th, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission issued an emergency rule to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Adoption of a New Workers’ Comp Rule for Covid-19 The new rule stated that if a first responder or front-line worker became infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19), the worker would be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits on the basis of a rebuttable presumption that the worker acquired the virus on the job. The employer would be able to refute the presumption with evidence that the worker was infected elsewhere. The rule provided which workers would be included, such as police, fire personnel,…