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  • I have an work comp case with an lawyer, that I am not happy with. Can I switch lawyers, I am a CHA employee.

    I have an work comp case with an lawyer, that I am not happy with. Can I switch lawyers, I am a CHA employee.

    Stephen’s Answer

    You can always switch lawyers, but the question is should you?

    Better is to sit down with your lawyer and discuss why you are not happy and what you are not happy with, to see if this can be corrected. Usually switching lawyers only slows things down and does not benefit you in the end.

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  • What consequence for rule 137 is there if both litigants are "pro se" since paying the other's legal fees is the punishment?

    Can a pro se charge a fee for pleading for himself if the other side is guilty of verifying a complaint that is false and easily proved to be false?

    Stephen’s Answer

    No legal fees if you're pro se, but there are other sanctions that may be applied at the judge's discretion.

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  • Why isn't there a 3rd party case? I fell through a skylight that was not osha approved.

    I fell 17 ft through a skylight. I broke my jaw and hand. At the time of the fall I was left alone on the roof whole my supervisor went down to get tools. I have talked to a lawyer and he told me that he does not see a 3rd party case.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Your only remedy for a work injury is workers' compensation except in rare and limited circumstances. In your case, you'd have to find someone who was NOT your employer who was possibly negligent.

    Was the building owned by your employer? If so, that likely precludes a third party negligence case.

    Have your lawyer explain this to you, as he has all the facts.

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  • Can I legally bring a personal injury claim directly against my former employer?

    I presently have a Workmen Compensation injury claim pending in the state of Illinois.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Your sole remedy is workers' compensation. You cannot sue your boss for work injury except in a few limited situations.

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  • What do you think i can do

    my name is Nancy...i work for the home depot corporation and on the 20th of January i was relieving an associate for lunch in the paint dept.....i opened a can of counter top paint after it had got shaken in the paint shaker and as soon as i put ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You have a workers' compensation case. See a lawyer immediately.

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  • What is my income option (s) or next course of action?

    I have a pending, not approved yet, ST disability/FMLA claim open with my new employer (worked 2 wks before "injury"). I am not sure the claim will be approved or paid. I am out until further notice but next dr appt is not scheduled until next...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You need to consult with a workers' compensation lawyer--you may have a case if this was work-related.

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  • I need to know if I have a case my problem is still not fixed but I'm scared to go back?

    I recently posted about Mal practice so I will give a little of the situation cause it could fall in different area....I was hospitalized and the Dr called me a drug seeker when the visiting nurse made me go to hospital she told me to pick pain or...

    Stephen’s Answer

    What exactly do you want and what are you claiming was done wrong.

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  • What would be by next step to get this taken care of

    I believe I have a Mal practice suit with not one but 2 hospitals and drs all events happening within a week from each other .I also believe I got different treatment because of the insurance I had as well.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Next step is talk to a lawyer. Only s lawyer can tell you if you e even have a viable case.

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  • Is it too late to file a personal injury claim and/or should I?

    Two weeks ago on Sunday February 17, I slipped over the foul line at a bowling alley, fell and fractured the radial head in my left arm. I completed an incident report at the bowling alley on the 18th. I have not heard anything from them or their ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    No, it is definitely not too late. In theory, you can file a claim any time, as long as a lawsuit is filed within the applicable statute of limitations. The bigger question is, should you?

    Your injury is bad. I feel bad that you ave to go through the pain and rehabilitation. But the big issue is, did the bowling alley do anything negligent to cause your injury? We assume the risk when we bowl that the lane area past the foul line is oily and slippery. The signage warns us of this danger. So, knowing this, what can you claim the bowling alley did that was negligent?

    I think at the very least it is worth consulting with an attorney. However, I would be hard-pressed to think this case would be a successful one. Perhaps the best you can do is arrive at some sort of compromise settlement and/or get at some medical payments coverage (which is exclusive of liability).

    Good luck.

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