Sheriff’s office: Athens woman uses social media while brandishing gun

With two young children in her car, an Athens woman recorded herself on social media brandishing a gun and making threats as she followed another woman Sunday, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.Brooke M. Tapscott, 24, was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on possible charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.The latter charge was because deputies discovered a pill bottle that Tapscott did not have a

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Perfect example of what not to do.

Whether you have a criminal case, work injury, motor vehicle injury case, or social security disability claim make sure that you do not do stupid things on social media. This can and will be used against you to attack your claim. The result will be dismissal of your case or seriously diminished damages as a result.

Watch Out- Danger in Completing Workers Compensation Forms

This is a cautionary tale to protect the value of your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case.

The forms you complete at the beginning of your work injury are very important and may make the difference between winning and losing.

Just imagine that you have sustained a work injury and work wants you to complete forms for off work pay and an incident report.

Suppose that you complete the form and you mark it is not a work related injury, or fail to mark that it is work related.

Or suppose that you complete the doctor office form and mark that it is not work related, or fail to mark that it is work related.

The Arbitrators and Workers’ Compensation Insurance companies pay close attention to these forms.

Some people initially will fail to tell others that it is a work related injury. There may be a variety of reasons: I misunderstood. I didn’t know that a gradual onset injury over time was a really a work injury. I was afraid they would fire me. I did not know who pay the bills.

Changing your story later will lead to all kinds of trouble.

The Arbitrator and Workers’ Compensation Insurance company will often take the position that there was no work injury because you told them so at the beginning of the case.

Do yourself a favor and report all work injuries in writing, immediately.

Confused? Uncertain? Make sure to discuss it with an experienced lawyer right away. Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.



Top Thing to Do When You are Injured

The first thing you should do when you are injured, whether it be at work or in a vehicle collision, is to report it to your work or the police.

Documentation is very important in work injury or motor vehicle accident cases.

You must be able to prove all aspects of your case from accident to medical treatment and lost wages.

Going to the emergency room or the doctor immediately will also prevent any defense that you were injured elsewhere or that the injuries were not severe.

Make sure that you tell emergency personnel and medical personnel how the accident happened and about all your injuries.

Make sure that you keep all your doctor appointments, follow all doctor treatment recommendations, and keep going to the doctor until all your injuries are healed.

Ask the doctor to document any final and permanent restrictions.

Ask your human resources department to keep track of all lost time from work.

The purpose is to document the accident, the injuries related to the accident, and what treatment was reasonable and necessary to address your injuries.

This will help you obtain full value for your injuries.

Questions about your work injury or motor vehicle collision claim? Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What to Do About Nursing Home Resident Neglect

If you suspect someone has been subject to Nursing Home neglect or abuse make sure to call the Illinois Department on Aging hotline at 866-800-1409.

You may also contact the nursing home ombudsman in the county in question.

What does Nursing home abuse and neglect look like?

It may involve inadequate nutrition or fluid intake;

Dirty or unsafe facilities;

Resident falls;

Medication problems;

Residents leaving the premises without supervision;

Use of physical restraints without medical necessity;

Failure to meet government rules; or

Failure to provide reasonable care to protect the residents.

If you think something may be wrong in the nursing facility make sure to contact the Illinois Department on Aging, and contact the lawyers at Williams and Swee to discuss your options.

All cases are taken on a contingent fee basis. We only get paid if you recover. Call 309-827-4371.


Do One Thing Today to Help Your Car Injury Case

If there is one thing you can do to help protect the value of your automobile injury case, then do not delay.

Do not put off going to the emergency room or prompt care at the time of your collision.

Make sure that you schedule your doctor appointment as soon as possible.

Tell your doctor about all your problems and how they are related to the motor vehicle collision.

Do not neglect to schedule follow up appointments.

Make sure that you follow doctor orders.

Remember to explain how you are feeling. Do not exaggerate, but do not under report your pain either.  It does no good to tell the doctor you are fine, if you are hurting.

Describe how you are limited as a result of your injuries.

The insurance company is closely reviewing your records to use them against you,  and will take things out of context that sound innocent or might not seem a big deal to you.

Questions about what to do today? Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.