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Surprising Number of Hazards in Your Own Office

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Office workers are exposed to more hazards than one might think. Workplace hazards come in many forms including slip-and-fall accidents, ergonomic hazards, poor indoor air quality, electrical fires, as well as many other dangers. It was reported in 2016 that on average, about 78 people lose their lives each year from occupational injuries or illnesses. It was also reported that thousands more become so severely injured on the job that they require ongoing medical treatment and lose the ability to work. It is important to become aware of workplace hazards in order to avoid them.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
According to the National Safety Council, respiratory infections, asthmas, and allergic reactions have become prevalent in office workers.
 

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Distracted Driving: When the Workplace Demands It

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Intense work load in the office can lead to distraction in your personal life. Often, when the workplace demands attention outside of work hours, this can take shape in the form of distracted driving. Employees can frequently find themselves using their cell phones to communicate with the office during their commutes to and from work. If these distractions cause a car accident, the employer can be held responsible for any injuries or damage, even if it occurs outside of work hours.

Work-related distracted driving is a very prevalent problem in today’s workforce. According to a survey conducted by Traveler’s Insurance, 78 percent of drivers reported using their personal vehicles for work on a daily basis.

 

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5 Secrets For Giving Great Depositions

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 A deposition is a pre-trial oral testimony. Although it is pre-trial, it is still taken under oath and the testimony can be used in court. If you are currently involved in a legal battle, it is important to understand that the deposition can be vital in reaching a verdict and should be taken very seriously. Deposition can prove very useful to the opposing counsel, so being prepared for your testimony and knowing what to expect is very important. 

Always tell the truth.
• Since this testimony is still being given under oath, it is necessary to make sure you are not lying or omitting the truth at any point. 

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New Illinois Laws to Know in 2018

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As a resident of Illinois or the surrounding areas, it is important to be aware of what legal changes have been made this year.

 

1. Insurers must cover MRI for some women.
• Under this new law, when risk factors for cancer are shown in mammogram results, an MRI of the affected area must be covered as a follow-up by insurance.

2. Changing gender on birth certificates is allowed.
• As long as an individual is in the care of a primary physician, transgender and intersex individuals will be allowed to change the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. 

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5 Tips to Maximize Your Personal Injury Claim Settlement

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If you have been recently involved in a car accident, slip and fall (premises liability), or other type of personal injury, it is important to take these necessary steps to ensure you can get the most out of your settlement. The Memmen Law Firm, LLC can ensure you maximize your settlement amount by following these steps:

1. Have a settlement amount in mind.
• By putting together your demand letter, you have figured out a range of what you believe your settlement is worth. Before doing anything else, decide what is the minimum amount you would agree to settle for. This figure is for your own information and there is no reason to reveal it to your adjuster until discussion warrants it. 

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Future of the Profession

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We were pleased to see our principal attorney written up in the newest issue of the Chicago Lawyer magazine.  The article, out this week, was written by Roy Strom, gives an excellent overview of the CBA’s efforts to enhance the future of the profession.  Our favorite quote? “A law degree is like radioactive material.  It has a half-life when its not being used.”

  

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Uninsured Motorist (UIM) Claims

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Even though there are mandatory automobile insurance requirements in Illinois, many drivers are uninsured or underinsured for the damages and injuries caused in an accident. Most people think that you cannot recover damages if an uninsured motorist hits you. However, when an accident occurs, you may have a claim for underinsured motorist benefits. The thing to remember is this: always call a lawyer to review your options.

Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage protects you when you are hit by an uninsured driver. Generally, the policy will pay damages to the policyholder for bodily injury caused by the owner or driver of an underinsured motor vehicle. 

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What to Do After a Car Accident

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Most motorists drive defensively, take driver education courses, and use caution when on the road, however car accidents still occur.  An auto collision can be an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation, so knowing what to do in advance can help you handle the unexpected.  The best way to avoid problems after an accident is to be prepared.  Keep a pen, piece of paper, camera, and a copy of your insurance card easily accessible at all times.  Drivers are responsible for knowing what to do following an accident, so it is important to follow these steps in order to properly document the event. 

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Self-Driving Cars

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In recent years the buzz of autonomous cars has gotten louder and louder and with technology continually rising this buzz or idea is now a reality for many companies. An autonomous car, or self-driving car is a robotic vehicle that uses sensory detection, computer vision and GPS to navigate from one destination to the next with little to no human manipulation. The National Highway Traffic Administration has created a classification system that categorizes how autonomous a car is depending on how much manipulation is needed by a human.

  • Level 0: The driver completely controls the vehicle at all times.
  • Level 1: Individual vehicle controls are automated, such as electronic stability control or automatic braking.
 

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Bike and Pedestrian Safety in Chicago

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Chicago is a large metropolitan city with high motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.  In fact, walking and biking are the preferred modes of transportation for Chicagoans.  There are many advantages to bicycling such as improving your health, saving time and money, and helping the environment.  Most of all, biking is fun as many destinations are accessible through Chicago’s bikeway network.

However, bicyclists are highly susceptible to accidents since they share the road with motorists.  Over 500,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments and more than 700 Americans die each year due to bicycle accident injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

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Chicago’s Latest Snow Storm Has Claimed the Lives of Over a Dozen People

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This past snow storm, recorded as the fifth largest snowfall in Chicago’s history took the lives of over 12 people in shoveling accidents. A Cook County medical examiner concluded that the deaths of 12 men and 1 woman were related to the strain of shoveling snow. Of the 12 men, 3 collapsed in the snow and had a heart attack.

Shoveling snow is a task people typically don’t enjoy for a number of undesirable reasons. Most of the time we look at the task as something we don’t want to do instead of a task we should not do. If you are above the age of 40, you should not shovel snow for you own safety.

 

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Social Media and Personal Injury Claims

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Social media has changed the way that we interact and communicate with each other, as well as impacted the kind of personal information that is available to the public.  Seventy-two percent of internet users are active on social media, Facebook has more than 1.15 billion users, Twitter has more than 550 million users, and about two billion videos are viewed daily on YouTube.  As our reliance on social media increases, lawyers and investigators continue to use social media networks to inform their personal injury cases.

In personal injury cases, various factors impact liability and damages including the causes of the accident, severity of the injuries, and how the injuries impact the plaintiff’s life. 

 

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Illinois Rules of the Road 2014: Eight New Laws

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Traffic laws must be obeyed to protect everyone using sidewalks, streets, and highways. It is necessary to follow the orders of a police officer, firefighter, highway authority official or uniformed adult school crossing guard performing his or her official duties. The driving public needs to be aware of and avoid hazardous driving behaviors in order to decrease traffic injuries and fatalities. New traffic laws in Illinois became effective on January 1, 2014—it is important to be aware of these changes.

  1. Cellphone Use
    1. Unless using a hands-free device or Blue Tooth technology, using a cellphone while driving is prohibited. However, drivers under he age of 19 are prohibited from any cellphone usage, including hands-free devices.
 

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FOUR ESSENTIAL STEPS IF YOU SUSPECT LEAD POISONING

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Scientists say lead is a “neurotoxin.”  Literally, neurotoxin means “brain poison.”  The effects of lead on a growing child can be severe and permanent.  A child may consume lead in a number of ways, including exposure to lead-laced paint, paint chips, and paint dust.  Other sources may include water, soil, candies, jewelry, toys, cookware, cosmetics and traditional home remedies.  In Chicago alone, 1,000 children were diagnosed with lead poisoning last year and the State of Illinois has a higher percentage of lead poisoning cases than any other state in the Union.  If you suspect that your child may have been exposed to lead, take the following steps immediately:

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6 Key Tips to Avoiding Winter Auto Accidents

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The sharks have been enduring this winter like anyone else in the midwest: lots of warm clothing and an endless amount of hot chocolate.

But remember, a long and snowy winter means lots of snowy, icy roads.  Remember to:

1) Slow down, slow down, slow down.

2)Leave lots of extra room between you and the car in front of you.  Increased sopping distance is one of the main reasons for accidents in icy and snowy conditions.

3) Have your tires and brakes checked: your tires are MUCH more effective in snow if they are unworn.  Have them looked at and make sure your anti-lock brakes are in good shape. 

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Are “Driverless” Cars the Future?

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Last week, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles held a summit with auto makers and tech companies to discuss proposed regulations for driverless cars.  Although no such cars are currently on the market, there is reason to believe they will be here soon.

 

With this sort of new tech, the legal questions will be nearly endless.  Will passengers be allowed to use cell phones?  Will they be allowed to drink?  What about parking?  Who will be responsible for an automobile accident?  This is the sort of paradigm shift that hasn’t come about since the shift from the horse-drawn carriage to the automobile or the advent of the personal computer. 

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Firework Safety

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Brats on the grill?  Beer in the cooler?  With the Fourth of July here at last, the Sharks expect that many of our clients and readers will be lighting off fireworks in their backyards. The sharks have seen plenty of fireworks injuries, but we’d rather you and your family stay safe.  Of course, fireworks are never totally safe (not to mention mostly illegal in Chicago and most of Illinois).   On that note, follow these tips for a safer firework experience:

1. Keep water nearby – preferrably a running hose, but a bucket of water is better than nothing.

2. Never stand above a firework while lighting or after its been lit.  

 

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Do I Have A Case?

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Every lawsuit is a story.  When a client comes into my office for the first time, I want to hear their story.  Before I take on a new client, I need to hear what happened.  Inevitably, at the end of the story, the potential client always asks me a simple question: “do I have a case?”

The answer to that simple question is almost never simple and always unique.  Every case I take has three main components:  an injury, liability, and a defendant.  These are the three pillars of every personal injury case.   With these three pillars you may have a case.  

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Horrifying Train Crash

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This morning, a CTA blue line train derailed at the O’Hare Airport Terminus.  At least 30 people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and climbed most of the way up the escalator leading to the airport. The cause of the accident is still unknown.  If you have been injured in a train accident, you need to know your rights and you should talk to an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.

  

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I Was Killed by a Robot Car!

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Like we’ve said before on this blog, humans are terrible drivers. We make bad decisions, get sleepy, drive while intoxicated, talk on our phones, play with the radio, get distracted and are just generally klutzes. The obvious solution is to take drivers out of cars.  Google has been working on this for some time now and appears to have made a lot of progress. Meanwhile, if you have the means, you can get a Mercedes S 550 that will drive itself for almost a minute.

What does this mean for road and highway safety?  Probably mostly good things.  As the National Journal points out, auto liability lawsuits may be on the way out (think of the poor lawyers!).

 

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The Death of BigLaw

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Dahlia Saper over at Saper Law just sent me this fascinating article from The New Republic.  You can get it here.

The author, Mr. Naom Scheiber, does a nice job describing some of the market inefficiencies that have resulted in a very difficult legal market for young lawyers.  As a small “boutique” law firm, the Sharks are very much aware of the competitive legal market.

More interesting, however, is the way this new economy is impacting so-called “biglaw” – firms with over 500 attorneys. Traditionally, these firms have charged extremely high hourly fees with little or no reason to compete on price. 

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How to File a Small-Claims Lawsuit in Cook County

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The Sharks get lots of calls from clients asking about small cases.  These are usually cases involving minor property damage or other small disputes between individuals and small businesses.  In Cook County, small claims cases
are for cases involving less than $10,000.00.  Slightly different rules apply to small claims cases, so would be wise to check out the rules for small claims cases here.  The rules in small claims cases make the process (usually) faster than a regular case.

Like most firms, we simply don’t take small-claims cases.  We get it, ten thousand dollars sounds like a lot of money – because it is! 

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Alexander Memmen Elected to Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board

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The Memmen Law Firm is proud to announce that it’s principal attorney, Alexander Memmen, has been elected to serve on the Young Professionals Board of the Chicago Bar Foundation.  Mr. Memmen said of his election: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with some of the top young legal and professional talent in the Chicago area to forward the goals of legal access and fairness.  I look forward to working with the CBF and its passionate all-star team.”  Mr. Memmen has previously served on the board of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section as well as the Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professionals Board. 

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Lawyertech: DIVVY Bikes Chicago – 4.5 fins out of 5

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If you live in Chicago, you’ve noticed the seemingly ubiquitous blue bikes that have been popping up all over the city. I live and work downtown but at first I was skeptical about the system’s usefulness.  I’m a somewhat serious biker but I wasn’t sure the system would really be practical.  I didn’t sign up until I noticed there is a station within a block of: 1) my apartment; 2) my office; and 3) the courthouse.  So, last week, I paid the $75.00 to sign up and, on Monday, my key pass showed up in the mail.  Overall, I think the system works great if you live and work in the right places. 

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Safe Driving Tips for the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a time for celebration.  However, they can be a dangerous time of the year, as statistics report an increased risk of injurious and fatal motor vehicle accidents.  The Illinois Department of Transportation’s report on holiday accidents shows that in 2011, 13 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents over the Fourth of July weekend.  875 people were injured as well.  In 2010, 10 people were killed and 539 were injured.  In 2009, 11 people were killed and 539 people were injured over Independence Day weekend.  An increased risk in motor vehicle accidents is true in other states as well, as 12 people were killed in Georgia over the July Fourth weekend.  

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