Illinois injury attorneyThe need for quality, affordable healthcare is one of the most hotly-debated issues in the United States today, and state and federal lawmakers are working to improve and reform multiple aspects of the healthcare system. However, one thing that many Americans may not be aware of is how the laws which are currently being voted on will affect their ability to recover damages in cases of medical malpractice.

Changes Being Considered

H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2017, and as of September 2017, it was awaiting a vote in the Senate. This bill would seriously limit people’s ability to receive compensation when they are injured by medical negligence.

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Illinois divorce attorneyWhen a couple ends their marriage in divorce, separating their lives from each other can become very complicated. The process will require the resolution of a number of issues, including determining how to divide property, allocate parental responsibility, and calculate the amount and duration of child support or spousal maintenance. When couples have a large amount of assets, the complexity of these matters can increase exponentially, and mistakes made during a high net worth divorce can have long-lasting consequences. During a high asset divorce, couples should avoid making these mistakes:

  1. Not hiring a financial advisor. A high net worth divorce often involves a number of complex financial issues, including real estate, business valuation, and pensions, investments, and retirement accounts. In order to gain a full understanding of what both spouses own, earn, and owe, a financial expert’s assistance is often required. By consulting with a financial advisor at the beginning of the divorce process, couples can avoid unexpected complications and resolve financial issues as smoothly as possible.

  1. Hiding assets. Spouses in high net worth divorces may try to transfer some of their assets to a child or relative to avoid dividing these assets with their spouse, or they may try to keep from disclosing the full extent of their earnings in order to reduce the amount they will pay in child support or spousal support. Attempting to hide assets is not only illegal, but spouses who try to do so will lose their credibility and be at a disadvantage in any disputes that arise during the divorce process. It is important to provide accurate, complete financial information during divorce, which will allow the process to be completed more quickly and efficiently.

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Illinois accident attorneyAccidents caused by distracted driving have been on the rise in recent years, due to people using cell phones or texting while they drive. Thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year in distracted driving accidents, and even though many states (including Illinois) have made using a cell phone while driving illegal, the rate of distracted driving accidents has not abated. As part of the continuing fight against distracted driving, law enforcement officers are considering some new ways to enforce the laws and improve roadway safety.

Technology that Detects Distracted Driving

Chicago aldermen recently moved to have police consider using “textalyzer” technology that will help detect whether drivers involved in injury-related accidents were using their cell phone before the accident occurred. Police officers would be able to use this type device to access the logs on a driver’s phone, which could show whether the phone was being used to send a text, make a call, write an email, or access an app immediately prior to a crash.

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Illinois divorce attorneyAccording to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over 15 million adults in the United States suffer from an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol abuse can be a major factor in divorce; studies have shown that people with an alcohol use disorder in either the past or present are more likely to get divorced.

Alcoholism can greatly complicate a divorce, so if your spouse has an alcohol use disorder, you should be aware of the following issues:

Fault During Divorce

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Illinois injury lawyerThe Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides protection to employees by ensuring they are compensated for injuries which occurred on the job or diseases which were contracted while working. However, the process of filing a worker’s compensation claim can be complicated and confusing, and employees are often unsure of their rights.

If you have been injured on the job, you should take the following steps to make sure you receive the compensation that will help you recover:

  1. See a doctor - You should receive immediate first aid when you have been injured, and you should then seek medical attention as soon as possible. Let the doctor know that this was a work-related injury, which will allow them to seek payment from your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Follow the doctor’s orders and make an effort to recover from your injuries and return to work, if possible.

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