Man charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed pregnant mom, 3 kids

JOLIET — A northern Illinois man has been charged with felony reckless homicide in a crash that left a pregnant woman and her three young sons dead.The Will County State’s Attorney’s office and the county sheriff’s office announced the charges Tuesday afternoon against 25-year-old Sean Woulfe of Beecher. Officials say Woulfe is in custody.Authorities say Woulfe was driving more than 20 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit and failed to stop at a stop sign. Officials say his pickup

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Family members may sue at fault driver for wrongful death. Most likely in situation like this not much insurance to cover damages. Mother’s insurance may have some coverage for underinsured claim. Sad situation all around.

Naperville woman who became amputee a year ago prepping for Chicago Triathlon – Naperville Sun

Danielle “Dee” Palagi is turning tragedy into triumph.

Source: Naperville woman who became amputee a year ago prepping for Chicago Triathlon – Naperville Sun

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Even if a person has a good recovery from vehicle collision injuries they are able to sue for damages related to pain, suffering, and loss of use of their functions they had before the injury.

Make Sure You Get Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement

There are some workers’ compensation insurance  companies who fail to pay a settlement to injured workers.

In Illinois if you are injured on the job, then you are entitled to a work comp settlement.

Illinois law provides 3 remedies for on the job injuries: medical benefits, off work pay, and permanent partial disability (often called the settlement).

Some insurance companies conveniently forget to offer a settlement to the injured worker at the end of the case.

Many people do not understand their rights, and do not ask for their settlement.

If you do not get the settlement or file an application of claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission within 3 years from the date of injury, then you lose your rights (in certain situations the statute of limitations may be extended beyond the 3 years).

These insurance companies are counting on making money from injured workers who walk away from their settlements.

Make sure that you consult with an experienced Illinois Work Comp lawyer to get your settlement.

Illinois Work Comp lawyers only get paid if they recover for you.

Questions about your injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Mock Interview of Social Security Disability Judge

I have represented Social Security Disability claimants for a number of years and this is what I would imagine an Administrative Law Judge would tell you about the hearing process.

Q: What is your main job?

A: My role is to come up with a fair decision after applying the facts and Social Security rules and law. This involves asking the claimant a number of questions for approximately one hour, and reviewing the medical records usually covering a two to three year period.

Q: What would you tell someone who is going to appear before you for their disability hearing?

A: The hearing is different from television legal shows or other courtrooms in a number of ways. As the Judge I spend a great deal of time asking the person seeking disability a number of questions. The questions include background questions about their living arrangements, daily activities, ability to perform chores, symptoms and limitations as result of their conditions. I will often ask why they cannot work a job. At the end of the hearing I will ask a vocational consultant how certain limitations effect the ability to perform jobs.

Q: What is the most important thing you look for in deciding whether a person is disabled?

A: The medical records tell the real story. People who do not go the doctor on a regular basis do not have much of a chance to win their case. The law requires a person to prove their case. The observations of medical personnel, medical tests such as an xray, mri, breathing test, or heart test are important ways of proving the basis for pain and limitations. There are certainly other ways such as disability parking placard forms and prescriptions for braces, canes, walkers also.

Q: What advice would you give to someone seeking disability?

A: Make sure get professional help from the beginning. The disability process is long and complex. The Social Security law only allows a lawyer to be paid if they win your case. Social Security Disability benefits, in most situations, cover your lifetime. The attorney fee is a small amount in comparison to lifetime benefits.

As I mentioned this is what I think a Social Security Judge would tell you based on my experience. Specific questions about your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers – The Washington Post

Source: Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers – The Washington Post

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People working longer and harder explains some of this. Illinois Work Comp law provides death benefits for family members but nothing close to the loss of a family member.