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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I'm trying to do my own court case, pro se, can I use actual quoted information from this website, if so, how do I ?
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 9, 2019

A judge would nit care what an attorney wrote here.

Legal arguments require a lot more than an "I can do it" belief

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: If my 22 yr old cousin were to hit me, and my sister called the cops, would she go to jail? I'm 15 turning 16 in a week.

She hasn't done it yet, but she talks about it all the time. Like, when she got into a fight with my younger sister (not physical) and she said she has to leave pur house before she "lays hands" on one of us (me, and my younger siblings). I am just asking to make sure what to do when... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 13, 2019

She is not likely to go to jail for a first offense, though if she causes serious injury it's possible.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Civil Case Against UBER Techs, Rasier LLC and the Drivers Negligence caused my accident in Illinois. To my Son and I.

December 24th, 2017 @ 7:03 the driver sped thru the intersection failing to stop at all and with speed. I drove through my intersection w/ no stop sign and I t-boned the driver with passenger through the UBER app. Driver was driving with 2 moving violations of speeding over 15 mph within that year... Read more »

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Sep 11, 2019

Your case should be postured to file suit soon based on your fact description. I would urge you to hire an experienced attorney if you haven't done so already. The "Driver's" traffic violation records may not come in as evidence necessarily and will likely be challenged as to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Do I have a claim against a dr for removing a rib without putting in my record in Illinois, and go to Mayo in Minneapoli

and find out that is why I am having all the pain under my right breast/rib, that has large protusion with pain

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 7, 2019

I'm sorry for your pain and ordeal. Unfortunately, it would be difficult for a med mal attorney to make an evaluation based on these limited facts. As a starting point, you could contact an Illinois med mal attorney. Many offer free initial consults. If they felt that your matter warranted... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was injured on July 19th 2019 at Prairie Ridge Senior Apts. Can someone advice me what to do? Please?

I have all the details-and a video of my fall. This was all due to LSSI Prairie Ridge Senior Apartment ownership and management. There is mental and physical strain on everyone here..I have had a rash and (4 others) since January 2019 when pipes broke in the building. Making it so difficult to... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jul 1, 2019

Certainly. It is in your best interest to first and foremost seek all of the medical attention necessary to address your injuries and concerns. Next, you should organize everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, including the video you describe, and consult with an attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my son-in-law caused accident ystdy & a girl who driver was injured. he doesn't know what to do. his ins had expired/

My daughter's bf was getting onto exit and veered back onto the expressway and cut off an suv and the suv lost control and rolled over several times. the driver was injured. his insurance had expired. they let him go with 2 citations and a court date. he is only working part time. he and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Was it his vehicle? if not and the vehicle had insurance that would cover him. He can contact legal aid but chances are they won't handle a case like that as it's not a criminal case. Ultimately, if he's sued, bankruptcy may be his best option.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: My son is a youth a lawrence Hall. I need to file two lawsuits of cases of negligence. please refer me to an attorney
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2019

You could check with the Illinois State Bar Association, you could look up Illinois attorneys on this site, or you could perform independent searches on the Internet. This isn't really an attorney referral service; it's just a question-answer board.

Tim Akpinar

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: If my toddler was injured in a hotel by a table that fell on him could I have a case?

The table was inside of the room, it had wheels on it, no locking mechanism visible, my son was listed on my itinerary. He did have injuries, he received five stitches above his right eye due to this incident.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Mar 19, 2019

It is certainly possible that you have a case based on the facts provided. However, an attorney will need additional facts in order to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the viability of recovering on such an action, such as the reason the table fell etc...

That being the case,...
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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: When does the 33 percent fee change to 40 percent in a contingency agreement?

I am looking to get clarification regarding the following paragraph:

---"Contingency Agreement. This is a contingency agreement. The attorney's fee shall be: a. 33 and 1/3 percent before Trial; b. 40 percent if the case proceed to a Trial."---

Based on this, when... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 26, 2019

Your attorney would be in the best position to clarify this issue based upon the exact terms of your retainer agreement. The specific time or trigger you ask about is a valid concern and you should pose it to your attorney, so that both of you are clear as to the threshold at which the attorney fee... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Are stores like Target responsible for the maintenance of their parking lots? I got injured in one due to a shopping

cart that wasn't properly lined up, hit me, and sprained my ankle.

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Dec 18, 2018

Yes target can be held liable for dangerous conditions that it creates or allows it to exist in its parking lots. The problem with your case, however, is that it could just have easily been a customer who left the cart in the dangerous position. You would have to show that the cart had been left... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: My sister was the victim of battery on Friday 11-30

The girl who attacked her was arrested on a battery charge, and is maybe 14-15 years old.

Can she be charged with aggravated battery as a Class 4 felony if my sister has lasting marks and bodily harm (she does) and evidence shows that the girl initiated and continued to beat my sister bloody?

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Dec 3, 2018

Unfortunately, it is not up to your sister what the defendant is charged with. It is up to the State, who is the prosecutor. I suggest reaching out to the State and giving them an update on her status on what issues she is facing.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: If I develop depression as a result of being bed-ridden after two surgeries from a car accident, is that something I can

sue for as emotional distress?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 26, 2018

When was your car accident and did you employ an attorney? Who was negligent in the accident? With those answers you can be provided better response. Thanks and sorry for the pain that you have to endure.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Who's at fault? Insurance denying claim

I was involved in an accident in the slick weather the other night. I was rear-ended by someone who is saying he was rear-ended. His insurance is denying my claim because the mystery car is liable. Problem is, neither he or I ever saw this other car. It's purely his word that he was hit. He... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Nov 21, 2018

It is absolutely reasonable for his insurance to take this position. If the only reason he hit you is because someone hit him, he is not liable. In turn, his insurance company is not liable. That said, common sense should reign. It would be nearly impossible for his card to be hit hard enough... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Illinois on
Q: How do I file a case for a exploding glass milk bottle that caused boldly harm

The glass milk bottle was sitting in the sink. Was being washed out and exploded

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Nov 21, 2018

The situation you explain is simply not possible. A glass bottle cannot explode any more than a water glass can explode. On the other hand, if a sealed milk bottle was in the sink, before it had been washed, it is certainly possible for back area growth to result in sufficient pressure to cause... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: The woman who hit my car won't contact her insurance company so they won't pay for my medical or repair.

I have liability w/ medical but lawyer says wait for settlement & fix yr own car? If my insurance pays medical will I have no settlement or more $ to fix my car? Or can they still sue to get her insurance to fix?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 18, 2018

I do not practice in Illinois, and more information would be helpful here. However, as a general matter, if you have retained an attorney and they have contacted the other side’s carrier, that should enable moving forward with a property damage claim regardless of driver contacting her insurance.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Would I be able to involve my son's

friend in a suit if I feel he is the one that encouraged him to speed and then he got in an accident? Could it get my son off the hook?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Nov 12, 2018

If your son was driving, he is responsible for the accident unless a passenger grabbed the wheel or depressed the accelerator.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: So my Mom said in front of other people that

she wanted me to have her house, but she died with no will -- what should be do to transfer ownership?

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 2, 2018

When someone who owns the entire interest in a parcel of land or real property and passes away without a will, the state’s laws of intestate succession generally determine ownership. Therefore, just because she said the property becomes your property means very little at this time.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Is it true that your dog can be put down after biting someone when it had no prior history of violent behavior?
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 2, 2018

Dog bites are treated as strict liability in Illinois, with the exception if someone provoked the dog, or is some was trespassing. Under Illinois statutes, if a dog, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: What type of evidence should I try to preserve after a multi-car accident that caused me injuries?
Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Oct 29, 2018

If you were involved in a multi-car accident and sustained injuries, you should first and foremost obtain all medical treatment necessary. Next, you should hire a personal injury attorney. Do not make any statements until you are represented by an attorney.

Many of us offer free...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Are salons liable if I get a foot infection -- will they pay my medical bills?
Howard Abrams
Howard Abrams answered on Sep 26, 2018

Yes, they can be. Salons are held to a negligence standard like most other personal injury cases. A lot of salons fail to properly sterilize or use new equipment, which tends to be the main reasons infections happen at these types of businesses. Either way you need to consult with a personal... Read more »

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