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Crystal Lake IL workers' compensation attorneyRegardless of your profession, you deserve a reasonably safe workplace. While some jobs such as construction work involve inherent risks including working from great heights, many steps can be taken to mitigate the risk of worker injury. If you or a loved one was hurt on the job because your work environment was unsafe, make sure you educate yourself about your legal rights. You may be eligible for financial recovery through workers’ compensation and, if the injury was caused by a third party’s negligence, compensation through a personal injury claim.

Injured Workers Can Only Sue Their Employers in Very Limited Circumstances

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The act protects injured workers’ right to receive compensation for medical bills and lost wages resulting from a work injury. Workers’ compensation is “no-fault,” which means that an injured worker is entitled to compensation regardless of whose fault the injury was. The Workers’ Compensation Act also protects employers from being sued by employees except in rare cases. Employees in Illinois can only sue their employer for an injury if:

  • The employer intentionally caused the injury by assaulting the employee or otherwise inflicting deliberate harm on him or her

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McHenry County DUI defense attorneyIf you are subject to a driver’s license revocation because you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, you must take specific actions to regain your driving privileges. Driving with a revoked or suspended license in Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor offense punishable by a mandatory minimum jail sentence and up to $2,500 in fines. A second offense for driving on a suspended or revoked license may constitute a felony. To avoid these criminal charges and regain your ability to legally drive, you will need to attend a formal or informal Secretary of State reinstatement hearing.

Complete the Education Program and Other Requirements

Many people mistakenly assume that a driver’s license suspension is the same as a revocation. If your license is revoked, it is revoked indefinitely. You will have to take certain actions to prove that you deserve to have your license reinstated. The exact steps that you must take depend on the reason that your license was revoked, the results of your drug and alcohol evaluation, and other factors. You must complete a drug and alcohol remedial education program and, if the results of your evaluation indicate possible drug or alcohol dependency, you may need to undergo treatment. You will need to provide documentation that proves that you completed the necessary steps.

Prepare to Answer Difficult Questions

If you were convicted of a first-time DUI, your reinstatement hearing is likely to be an informal meeting at a Secretary of State Driver Services facility. If you have been convicted of multiple DUIs or DUI resulting in serious injury or death, you will likely need to attend a formal hearing with a lawyer representing the Illinois Secretary of State. Whether your hearing is formal or informal, you must be prepared to answer some difficult questions about:

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McHenry County family lawyerAs anyone who has children can attest, it is not easy to be a parent. Parenting is infinitely more challenging after a divorce or breakup, especially if the other parent has been granted substantially more parental responsibilities and parenting time than you have. Under the law in Illinois, you have the right to reasonable parenting time with your child, but exercising that right can be difficult. Additionally, you might have personal issues of your own that have led the court to restrict your parenting time rights. A situation such as this can be extremely challenging, but it is not necessarily a permanent state of affairs, and there are some steps you can take toward getting your full parenting time rights restored.  

#1. Understand the Reasons

According to Illinois law, your parenting time rights cannot be restricted simply because a judge does not like you or the way you are living your life. The court must issue a finding that you or your lifestyle poses serious physical, mental, moral, or emotional dangers to your child, and the finding must be specific enough for you to address the court’s concerns. Common grounds for parenting time restrictions include alcohol or drug abuse issues, concerns regarding instances of physical or emotional abuse, and association with dangerous individuals. Only after you understand why the court has restricted your parenting time can you start taking steps to improve your situation.

#2. Be Compliant With the Restrictions

As you work to resolve the issues that led to your parenting time restrictions, whether they are substance abuse problems, domestic abuse concerns, or your social circle, it is absolutely critical that you comply with any restrictions the court has handed down. If the court has allowed you just one supervised hour with your child each week, make every minute count. Do everything you can to show your dedication to becoming a better person and parent. If you attempt to get around the restrictions, your actions are likely to damage your case, and you could have your parental rights terminated altogether.

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McHenry County car crash attorneyAccording to the National Safety Council, approximately half of all teenagers will experience an automobile accident before they graduate high school. Many of them will walk away from their accidents with little more than a few bumps and bruises. Others will suffer severe injuries and may even be killed. Thankfully, parents can minimize their child’s risk by staying involved. It is important to take steps to keep your teen safe while on the road.

Continue Riding with Your Teen

Statistics indicate that teens who continue driving with their parents in the car are less likely to experience a crash than those who have little to no driving time with an adult after obtaining their license. There may be several reasons for this, such as a lower likelihood of engaging in risky behavior when a parent is present and more practice time with an experienced adult. Whatever the reason, the reduced risk makes spending time in the car together well worth the effort. As an added bonus, extra time with your teenager can strengthen your relationship as well.

Enforce Rules For Teens Driving on Their Own

Parents should also enforce strict driving rules for teens, and they should have clear consequences if the teen directly violates those rules. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration specifically suggests that parents expressly talk to their teen drivers about the dangers of speeding, alcohol use, cell phones while driving, extra passengers, and strict adherence to seatbelts. If you decide to place limitations, the consequences are completely up to you, of course, but you should be sure that they highly discourage risky behavior behind the wheel.

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Crystal Lake IL criminal defense attorneyEstimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that about one in every four American women and one in every seven American men will suffer severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetime. To address this concern, many states have increased the severity of criminal penalties for violent acts committed against family members or intimate partners. In the state of Illinois, the crime of domestic battery is taken extremely seriously. If you are facing charges for domestic battery or any type of battery, it is important to understand what the charges mean and the potential penalties you could be facing.

Battery and Domestic Battery Defined

It is common to hear the terms “assault” and “battery” together, but under Illinois law, each refers to a separate offense—though they are related. In fact, the Illinois Criminal Code defines assault as any act or conduct that puts another person in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” The law goes on to define battery as conduct that causes “bodily harm to another person” or any type of contact with someone else that is considered “insulting, provocative, or unwanted.” This definition of battery includes many different possible victims.

In order for an offense of battery to be prosecuted as domestic battery, the alleged conduct must have been committed against a family member or member of the same household as the suspect in question. More specifically, the act or conduct may be charged as domestic battery if it was committed against the suspect’s:

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