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New Illinois law serves to protect children in cars

When someone is hurt, there is always the desire to blame someone. Some accidents cannot be attributed to a person's legal responsibility, or in some cases, the blame would rest with the victim of the injury. But some laws exist simply to show guidelines for behavior that would not make a person liable.

Man attacks hospital staff, troopers after crash

After a crash, the person who is responsible for hurting or killing others is held liable through their insurance. Not all of these types of incidents will have criminal charges filed. Even if there is not a criminal case, it's still possible to file a civil lawsuit against the other party.

Illinois introduces laws restricting access to firearms

From the streets of Chicago to the agricultural heartland in the Mississippi River Valley, there are plenty of ways for a resident of Illinois to get inadvertently hurt. Most injuries in the state are accidents with the main concern of recovery, but occasionally someone may be hurt by someone else's actions or negligence.

What is the Firearms Restraining Order Act?

Illinois has seen its share of gun violence, and it regrettably has not changed much for people at risk. The lawmakers in Springfield worked this year to institute the Firearms Restraining Order Act, which will hopefully make it easier for people to prevent possible injury or death.

How do people get hospital-acquired infections?

Many people owe their lives to hospitals and their dedicated employees. Although it is rare that a person becomes sicker in a professional care setting, it can occasionally happen due to hospital-acquired infections. Clinics and clinicians may be legally responsible for an illness if it could have been prevented by their work.

How medical negligence causes infection to spread in hospitals

All types of personal injury can be tragic to victims and their families, but medical negligence can be especially devastating. Unlike being hurt accidentally, injuries caused by medical negligence are 100 percent preventable. The health and medical industry have standards of practice in place developed to help eliminate instances of preventable personal injury to any American patient.

Study shows medical dangers to recent Illinois mothers

Thousands of families choose Illinois as a place to raise children and enjoy their lives. Many of the state's urban and suburban neighborhoods are safe places for children of all ages. However, the government in Springfield just started looking at a disturbing trend that may threaten the safety of mothers and children.

Illinois woman wins medical malpractice case in husband's death

The family of a Marion man who committed suicide has won a medical malpractice verdict of more than $5 million. A U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of Illinois issued his ruling recently on behalf of the man's widow.

Joliet man files suit over slip and fall in local store

We've all taken a tumble, and we can usually shake it off like a kid tripping on the playground. But some trip-ups can be more serious both in the moment of an accident and for years to come. Injuries can be caused by others' carelessness so easily that Illinois law accounts for owners' and managers' responsibilities to guests.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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