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McHenry County workers' compensation lawyerPeople go to work to earn an income to support themselves and their families. No one should ever become injured while on the job, but it happens every day in Illinois. When it does, injured workers have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim that can help them recover their medical expenses and a portion of their lost income.

However, these claims have strict deadlines, and when those are not met, a person’s chances of obtaining compensation may be in jeopardy. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help you through the process and ensure that your claim is filed properly and on time.

Deadlines for Notifying Your Employer

After being hurt on the job, you must notify your employer within 45 days of the accident that caused your injury. If you do not notify your employer within this time, you may forfeit the right to claim any compensation. When reporting the injury to your employer, you can tell them orally, but providing written notice is always best, as it can prove that you did meet this deadline. Sometimes, employers will dispute an employee’s claim, and they may use your lack of notice as a reason to deny you benefits, so it is important to have evidence of the notification.

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Crystal Lake IL juvenile defense attorneyIt is very scary for a parent when their child is charged with a crime, such as underage drinking or retail theft. One of the most frightening aspects is the fact that so many parents are unsure about what to expect, or the penalties their child will face. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, answers to these common questions about Illinois juvenile law may help you better understand what can happen.

When are Minors Tried in Adult Court?

This is perhaps the most common question when a minor is charged with a crime, because a child being tried as an adult is typically the biggest fear for parents. The answer to this question largely depends on the type of criminal offense a minor is accused of committing. Minors age 17 or younger who are charged with a misdemeanor will likely remain in the juvenile system. When a minor is accused of committing a serious felony offense, they may be tried in adult court unless they are 16 years old or younger.

At What Age is a Child Considered a Juvenile?

Prior to January 10, 2010, the maximum age of a juvenile in Illinois was 16 years old. Now, however, that age has increased so that anyone 17 years old or younger is deemed a juvenile in the state. The age of juveniles is still a topic that is regularly debated within the Illinois legislature.

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Crystal Lake IL personal injury attorneyLast year was difficult for everyone. COVID-19 hit early in the year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths around the country, and job losses in Illinois and throughout the nation were rampant. Shelter-in-place orders were issued in the spring and kept many people at home for months, which kept people off of the roads. However, according to a new report, while there were fewer people on the road, there were also more traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published statistics that show just how many people were killed on the roads, and they are pleading with the public to keep safety in mind when they get behind the wheel. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash, it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer who can help with your case.

Traffic Fatalities in Illinois and Around the Country in 2020

The statistics from the NHTSA encompass January through September 2020. In the first nine months of last year, there were 28,190 traffic fatalities across the country, an increase from 26,941 during the same time period in 2019.

The news in Illinois is not much better. Within the state, there were approximately 1,166 fatalities on the roads, which was an increase of 16 percent from 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The 2019 figures also represent the most fatalities on state roads since 2007. The reason for the increase in both the state and the nation seems to be drivers acting recklessly behind the wheel.

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McHenry County family law attorneyWhen a family court judge must decide how parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody) must be allocated, that decision is always based on what arrangement will be in the child’s best interests. Many parents going through this process are unsure of what the court will be looking for in order to determine their children’s best interests. The following is a brief overview. For a more detailed explanation and how the best interest standard may apply in your situation, contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC.

Factors that Contribute to a Child’s Best Interests

The child’s best interests are an important factor when the court decides how parenting time and parenting responsibilities will be shared between the two parents. In many cases, it is in the child’s best interests if the two parents share custody equally, although that is not always possible given the location of each parent or their relationship with each other. There may also be issues where one parent should not have significant parenting time. Here is a closer look at what factors the courts will consider:

  • Child’s needs and adjustment to their current routine - The court will seek to ensure that the parenting arrangement provides for a child’s care needs and minimizes changes to their school and extracurricular activity routines.

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McHenry County personal injury attorneyMore than six million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over three million people are hurt. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. In fact, about two million per year suffer permanent injuries in car crashes, and sadly, not all of these severe injury victims will receive compensation. This is in part because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you experience an accident, it is important to know how to avoid the same troubling fate.

Adrenaline and Injury Symptoms

When a crash happens, those involved often experience a rush of adrenaline. This natural response to trauma can mask the symptoms of an injury, leading the victim to believe they are fine. Even more troubling is that, even when symptoms do start to manifest, victims frequently do not directly attribute them to the accident. If they continue to overlook the connection and never seek treatment, their risk for long-term complications and/or fatality can increase dramatically.

Symptoms That Could Indicate a Serious Injury

One of the biggest reasons that victims may not immediately attribute their delayed symptoms to an accident is that, at first glance, the symptoms might not seem very serious. For example, a simple headache after a crash could be an indication of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a blood clot, or brain hemorrhaging. Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulder area—which might be written off as stress from the accident or simply being “shaken up”—could be an indication of whiplash. Back pain could indicate a herniated disc or damage to nerves or muscles.

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