Getting in a car accident is traumatic–even if there aren’t any injuries. However, when there are injuries, it also becomes confusing, intimidating, and, perhaps, frightening. Immediately after an accident occurs, you should call the police. A police report is important to documenting what happened and necessary for any claim with an insurance company. If there are injuries, let the officer know what you are feeling so that he can note it in the report. It is a good idea request an ambulance or go directly to the hospital on your own after the accident is processed.
After you give notice of an injury to your employer, the second step an injured employee should take is to seek medical treatment. Since the most recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act, this section gets a little tricky. Even before the amendment, there was a limitation on how many treatment providers an injured worker could pick: two. An injured employee could only choose two unconnected treatment providers. If the injured employee chose more than two providers, the employer would not have to cover those costs. This did not include referrals. As long as there was a traceable chain of referrals, that would only count as one choice.
If you are injured at work, you need to report the injury to your employer immediately, or as soon as practicable. Notice should include the date and place of the injury, if known. You can report to the owner, boss, supervisor, manager, etc. In Illinois under the law, if you do not give notice of the accident within 45 days, you might lose the ability to bring a workers’ compensation claim.
It’s hard to keep up with traffic laws. Once we have one set figured out, our elected politicians add to them or change them. This post will focus on the current status of driving in a construction zone.
In May 2009 the Illinois Senate passed S.B. 1381, better known as “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.” That vote sent it to the Illinois House of Representative where it has stalled ever since. It has been offered for a vote by its sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, more than once. However, when it appeared that it would not pass it was withdrawn. It has been raised by Mr. Lang a couple of times since- each time coming up short by a matter of only a few votes. Each time the bill was tightened to become the strictest medical marijuana law in the nation. After some continued lobbying by Mr. Lang, as well as external interests, it was finally offered to the full House today.
Having a clean arrest or driving record is generally important, but perhaps more so in this day and age. If you are looking for a job or looking to transition to a new job, your record may be the thing that holds you back. If you feel that a prior charge, arrest, conviction or supervision is preventing your ability to get a job, you should go speak with someone regarding expunging or sealing your record. While you could, for example, go to a site like the Office of the Appellate Defender of Illinois to get information on expungements, the information can be confusing, or not up to date.
Sometimes as criminal defense attorneys we get asked how we can live with what we do. There is, in that statement and thought, an unfounded assumption that every person accused is either guilty or bad or both. The problem with that line of thinking is that it is contradictory to the basic tenets of the American criminal justice system. In our system of justice, every person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. And every person is entitled to his or her day in court, represented by counsel (if they are charged with a misdemeanor or felony).
As spring comes around the corner and heads into summer, many events pop up that are cause for celebrations amongst our youth: Prom, Graduation, Summer vacation…being 18 years old. Despite the legal drinking age not having budged from 21 for decades, kids still anticipate this privilege. But what has changed over the last few years is the trouble parents and people over 21 can get into if kids under 21 are drinking on their property. Did you know you can get arrested and charged with a class A misdemeanor or possibly a Class 4 Felony?
” I got the determination letter today…. I just wanted to say thank you so much!!!!! I have waited so long for this day. I can’t even put into words just how happy I am.”
TVDL is the acronym for the Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License. While certain foreign visitors have long since been allowed to obtain a the TVDL…others have not. Prior to the recent amendment of 625 ILCS 5/6 105.1, Foreign Nationals were required to show legal authorization to be in the United States in order to obtain the TVDL. The law has now been amended to allow foreign nationals to obtain the TVDL upon showing of an unexpired passport or consular identification card (matricula), as well as other standard requirements. The applicant will have to show that s/he is not eligible for a Social Security Number. Accordingly, the applicant will not receive the license on the same day, but, rather, has to wait for verification and the TVDL will be sent by mail.