Archive, November 2013.

Student athletes are constantly on the run with NCAA football players reportedly spending nearly 45 hours a week on sports-related activities (Diverse Education). They are twisting back and forth in training, and it is often their knees that take the hits. Of the top ten most common sports injuries, seven are related to the leg and three are directly related to the knee according to Ask Men magazine. When these injuries are caused by someone else, perhaps not taking the required precautions in training, contact a personal injury attorney with questions about what you can do.According to …
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For more than 35 years prior to 1987, the awarding of interest on unpaid child support was largely discretionary with the trial courts of Illinois: Sutton v. Leib (7th Cir. 1952), 199 F.2d 163 (applying Illinois law).Since January 1, 2000, Illinois has imposed mandatory interest at 9 percent on a support obligation or any portion of a support obligation which becomes due and remains unpaid for 30 days. [750 ILCS 5/505 (Child Support, Contempt, Penalties) and 735 ILCS 5/12-109.]
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Being injured due to a doctor’s negligent care may allow you to sue for medical malpractice.  To prove that the care was negligent, it is necessary to prove that the doctor acted in a way that violates the standard of care.  That could be a misdiagnosis, improper treatment, or other accidents that resulted from a lack of attention.  The negligent behavior needs to be the cause of the injuries.  But what about the hospital where you received the care?  Can you file a  medical malpractice suit against them?A hospital is considered liable for an injury if one of their employees’ …
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In a very unusual Illinois case, a father who was granted custody of his children was ordered to pay the mother child support although he was legally the custodial parent. [In Re Marriage of Turk , Ill. App 2d (1st Dist 2013).]In the typical case the parent who does not have custody usually pays child support, one of the reasons being that parent spends less time with children and has less responsibility for their daily activities.Historically, the law in Illinois has provided that both parents are responsible for the support of their children. In the Turk case, the mother was originally …
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Kelly Morsch, 23, of Hinckley, was pronounced dead at the scene after a grisly crash in late October that injured two others, according to the Chicago Tribune. Morsch was piloting a 2012 Ford Focus that for unknown reasons drifted over the center line on Route 38 and hit a westbound 2007 BMW SUV head-on. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Patrick Gengler told the Tribune that, “he does not know how fast the Ford Focus was travelling but that the speed limit in that area is 55 m.p.h.” Both the driver of the BMW and his passenger were taken to area hospitals, …
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Last February Benjamin J. Black took some heroin and got behind the wheel. His SUV “plowed into the rear of a car on snow-packed Route 64 in western Kane County, killing an 11-year-old boy in the other vehicle, severely injuring a second person, and causing a chain-reaction crash,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In mid-November Black had his day in court, and plead guilty to two counts of aggressive DUI. One count is a Class 2 felony and the other is a Class 4 felony. Immediately following the crash, Black’s urine tested positive for heroin.The crash occurred, according to the Sun-…
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Facebook has been a cause of divorce in some cases, partly because it allows married people to seek out extramarital affairs.  Some estimates say that one in every five divorces is caused by Facebook and other social media.  That might be too generous of an estimate for the effect of Facebook but Facebook may have something to say about relationships.  There might be a formula in the social network to predict breakups and maybe even divorce.Initially, researchers from Facebook and Cornell University wanted to look at relationships on Facebook to see if they could guess significant others …
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Many experts claim that divorce is more emotionally traumatic for women that it is for men. There are many different reasons for this theory such as women being more idealistic about divorce and the supposed more emotional states of women. According to The Huffington Post, there are a few things that woman can do to help themselves get over the divorce quicker and move on with their lives.Some women, by nature, will dwell on the relationship and wonder what she did wrong. Even if the man was at fault, she will still want answers. She may have a hard time letting go and continue checking his …
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"What can I do if I know that I am going to fall behind in my child support payments?"First, do not fall behind in your child support payments. Easy to say. Hard to do. But follow these tips to deal with the problem.If you do fall behind, DO NOT IGNORE ANY NOTICE OF CHANGE OF CHILD SUPPORT OR ATTEMPT TO COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT.
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"What should I do to prepare for my first meeting with a divorce family lawyer?"1. Think about what you want to accomplish at this meeting: Do you want to find out what your rights are? Are you starting a case or defending a current case? Where do you want to wind up in the end? What are your expectations for the result of a lawsuit?2. Best practice is to write down your questions so that you have a checklist of those things that are the most important for you to have answered.
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One of the top 10 reasons couples go through divorce within the first 3 to 4 years of marriage, from the perspective of an experienced divorce lawyer, is the change of having children. What you don't know about having a baby may cause you to divorce.Having a baby with someone that you love should be a joyous event! But it isn't all the time. Even married couples who are planning a child may find that after the birth of the child they want to divorce many times 3-4 years after the birth of their child.One of the reasons for this may be the fundamental differences between a man and woman. A man…
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There is a Project Clean Slate program offered by the State of Illinois if you are eligible, to erase past-due child support.If you owe past due child support to the State of Illinois, Project Clean Slate may help you. Project Clean Slate is a program from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services that helps non-custodial parents reduce the amount they owe to the State while at the same time encouraging them to make their current support payments to their family.Project Clean Slate may allow you to be forgiven past due child support payments and interest owed to the State of …
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Being in a car accident is a terrifying enough scenario for most individuals, but pregnant women have additional concerns about the injuries sustained from an accident. Becoming a victim of a violent car crash can have negative impacts for mother and child, and a new study finds that pregnant women faced increased risks when they skip wearing a seat belt. Those who have been hurt in a car accident and suspect injuries should seek medical attention and then consult a personal injury attorney about the possibility of a lawsuit.Although there are many published studies and guidelines about steps…
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There are always going to be plenty of questions about how to do divorce the right way. Divorce is a painful and life changing event in the lives of everyone that is involved. However, there has been some debate as to whether the kids should know about the reasons that their parents are divorcing. Experts for the Huffington Post state that the less is more option is always the best.While the effects of divorce do weigh heavily on children, the divorce itself is a very grown up issue. No matter how well adjusted or mature the child seems to be, there is no need for him or her to be told the …
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On October 15th, three people were travelling in the Glenview neighborhood north of Chicago in the afternoon after visiting family.  They were driving east on Harrison Street when the car they were in was hit by a Skokie garbage truck by the Harlem intersection.  The 2006 Kia SUV became lodged underneath the truck and then caught on fire.The three people in the car were badly burnt from the accident.  They were later identified as Won Suk Rim, 57, and his wife Jung Ran Min, 52, both from the 2500 block of West Farragut in Chicago.  The woman in the backseat was Gwi Rye Kim, a 65 year old …
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Distracted driving accidents are actually caused by one of three main components of driver distraction: visual, manual, or cognitive, distractions, according to a recent research publication. Visual distractions involve a driver taking his or her eyes off of the road, manual distractions involve eating or other activities that remove a driver’s hands from the wheel, and cognitive distractions involve anything that takes a driver’s mind off the task of driving. Accidents as a result of distracted driving are expected to make up approximately 10% of all injury-related car accidents.
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Both patients and doctors have serious concerns about medical malpractice, but it’s possible that the existing medical malpractice system causes physicians to order unnecessary tests. In the long run, these unneeded tests are not good for the patient, either, which is why a new study decided to tackle the issue of whether there was a connection between a doctor’s malpractice fear and his or her likelihood to order tests. Medical malpractice involves cases of medical negligence such as failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, improper treatment, surgical errors, unnecessary surgery, …

As reported by the Star Tribune, a new study performed by Rand Corp. revealed that based on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the risk of divorce rises in relation to how long the soldier is deployed. Though any stressful situation of separation is well known to increase the chance of divorce, a surprising finding is that women face a greater divorce during deployment than men.Although the particular reasons were not explored in the study, it shows that more female military members were faced with divorce than their male counterparts. It seems that women are more willing to wait and endure …
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"I am going to court in a few days to get my divorce finalized. I am represented by an attorney. What should I expect when I go into court before the judge?"If you were the one that initially filed for an uncontested divorce, your attorney will ask you a series of questions in order to “prove up” the terms of your divorce agreement. If your husband was the one that filed then the judge will ask some initial questions.For the moment, let’s assume that you have filed for divorce and have hired an attorney but your husband has not. When you go into the courtroom your attorney will …
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"In Illinois, on what date are assets in a divorce valued for the purpose of dividing them?"In the State of Illinois divorce asset division is usually valued at the time of trial or as close to the end of the case as possible. Cash assets are relatively easy to value in this way since you can obtain bank statements, brokerage statements, and the cash value of life insurance and the statements to value those assets at or near the trial date or the end of the case. However when real estate, partnership interests, or small businesses are valued, it is more difficult.The valuation date is …
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