• First and foremost, always call the police and request an accident report and investigation, even if the other driver is making promises to you. Request a police report and ask the other driver not leave the scene of the accident. Always request that the police make a report regardless of whether or not you are driving, if the other driver flees, or if the other driver has insurance.
  • Obtain photographs of the damage to your vehicle, obtain photographs of your injuries, and obtain photographs of broken structures inside the car if there are any.
  • If you are injured, take the ambulance and follow the advice of your physicians.
  • If you are injured on the job, report the accident immediately to your supervisors and seek medical treatment. Workers’ compensation cases are governed by the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. The requirements for obtaining benefits pursuant to the Act differ from a normal injury case.
  • In a Workers’ Compensation action, you do not need to prove that your employer did anything wrong. It is likely that you need only prove that you were employed and working at the time that the accident happened.
  • It is important to remember that you are entitled to a few basic benefits if you are the victim of a work accident: payment of all medical expenses, TTD (temporary total disability), and PPD (permanent partial disability). The Act provides specific formulae to calculate benefits.
  • It is best to speak with a lawyer to obtain a reasonable and fair Workers’ Compensation result. Work accidents can also be attributable to other parties, contractors, or corporations who are not your employer. If you are injured in a work accident, you should speak to an attorney about the possibilities of others also being at fault for your injuries in what is often called a “third party case.”​
  • In the Unites States, long prison sentences and other harsh punishments are common for both serious and benign crimes. Our police often possess powerful weaponry, and may respond with excessive force. It is important that the government and their agents are held responsible for the massive power that they wield.
  • The Eighth Amendment prohibits Cruel and Unusual Treatment in jail or prison.I have taken cases for incarcerated individuals and sued medical providers in jails and prisons for their gross neglect which rose to the level of an Eighth Amendment violation. Our society should be judged on how we care for the least of us. This includes those incarcerated by the State.
  • The Fourth Amendment prohibits Unreasonable Search and Seizure.  This includes excessive force and illegal search. Many of the police in America, at this point in time, are in need of re-education on the Fourth Amendment rights of civilians. To date, one of our most powerful tools is litigation at every time those rights are violated.
  • Premises liability are accidents and injuries that are the result of another person’s negligent management or maintenance of property and are rather tricky cases, particularly if the accidents are caused by slipping and falling due to water and ice.
  • I have represented premises liability cases, and know what is required to prove that negligence on the part of the property owner or manager were the cause of an injury. If you suffered an accident of injury that was the result of another person’s negligent management or maintenance of property, you should know that the details of your accident are incredibly important as to whether or not you will be able to prove negligence against a property owner or manager.
  • Please remember, in Illinois, merely sustaining injury on someone else’s property is not enough to establish a recovery. If you are injured in a fall or other accident on the property of another, you should take photographs or videos of those defects or conditions that caused your fall. As always, if you are injured, seek medical care promptly and obtain a police report when possible.
  • The Federal Employers’ Liability Act is not what it sounds like. It has nothing to do with federal employees and does not guarantee any liability. The FELA is often the sole remedy under which an injured railroad worker is able to obtain a recovery for their lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering.

  • Congress passed FELA in response to the high number of railroad deaths in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Under the FELA, railroad workers who are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws are able to sue companies over their injury claims. FELA allows monetary payouts for pain and suffering, decided by juries based on comparative fault rather than utilizing a pre-determined benefits schedule similar to workers’ compensation. FELA benefits are not awarded automatically.
  • Unlike State Workers’ Compensation laws, the FELA requires the injured railroader to prove that the railroad was negligent in whole or in part in causing the injury. After proving negligence, the injured railroader is entitled to full compensation. I have multiple years of experience with FELA cases, and am diligent about ensuring that workers receive proper compensation for the lost wages, disability, and pain they endure.

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