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Stephen I. Lane

Chicago Trucking Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Can I sue my sister insurance company?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Louis Joseph Meyer
    5. Henry Repay
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    From what you've described, you may have the basis for making a claim against both drivers. There is no reason you can't bring the claim against your sister, through her insurance company unless there is what's called an "exclusion" on her insurance policy. You should meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can review your options with you, and explain the different course of action that may be available to you. I wouldn't be too concerned about what either insurance company is...

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  2. Hello, I have a question..my dog bit someone who taunted him and provoked him. are we responsible for the persons bills?

    Answered 14 days ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Neal Stewart Gainsberg
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
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    In Illinois, there is a statute known as the Animal Control Act. Under this statute, if a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks or injures someone who is lawfully present on the property, then the owner or "harborer" of the animal is liable for the damages suffered. The plaintiff does not have to prove that the animal owner was negligent. In your case, it sounds like there was provocation so I doubt you have much to worry about there, assuming you can prove what you say. However...

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  3. How do we go about pressing charges and getting someones insurance to pay for hospital bills and possibly sue?????

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Neal Stewart Gainsberg
    4. Judy A. Goldstein
    5. Chen Kasher
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    The answer, unfortunately, will probably change from insurance company to insurance company. Some can be negotiated with on a reasonable and professional basis. Others will be unreasonable, unresponsive and unprofessional. In those cases, there just is no reason to delay filing suit, as the court is the only way they can be forced into reasonable conduct. If she has her own medical insurance, she should submit the bills to her own carrier, and let them deal with the issue. In any event, it...

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  4. Misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Jeffrey Edward Martin
    4. Zaheer A Shah
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    In order to have a medical malpractice case that you can win, there are 2 technical elements you must prove, and a third that is just practical sense. You have to prove a) that the hospital/doctors were negligent and b) that their negligence caused your injury. The third element, though not a technical requirement, is a practical one. These cases are very costly, in both time and money, to pursue. If your injury resulting from the negligence is not so serious as to justify the expense of at...

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  5. Would you consider this malpractice?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Heather A Lottmann
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    In order to win a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff who is bringing the case has the "burden of proof"....they have to prove that the defendant(s) they are suing a) were negligent in either acting or failing to act (omissions) and b) that the negligent acts or omissions caused the injury that's being complained of. Negligence in a medical malpractice case is, in essence, defined as an act or omission which the reasonably prudent medical provider wouldn't have done under the circumstances....

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  6. My son had a traumatic brain injury and is going to be incapacitated for at least a year, if not the remainder of his life.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

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    2. Richard L. Weldon II
    3. Mark Theodore Tischhauser
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    You absolutely need to consult with an attorney , but to answer your question ... A power of attorney (POA) is limited in what it permits the person who has POA to do by the letter of the POS. The POA document itself defines what "powers" the holder has. For example, you may have a POA which allows the holder to sign a single check. We do this frequently when our client lives far enough away from us that it's easier and more practical for them to receive their settlement funds without having to...

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  7. Please answer if someone got into car accedent and hit his head in the windsheild

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    2. Lisa Michelle Harris
    3. Thomas William James
    4. John Ksajikian
    5. Bryan David Fisher
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    If the injury was limited to the skin and underlying tissues, without invading the bone of the skull or the interior of the cranium, we would call the laceration which required the stitches just that...a laceration. The concussion is a different matter, and is actually caused by collision of the brain with the interior of the bony skull. Memory loss can be a result of a concussion, but there can be serious and long-term effects of concussion. You should get to a qualified neurologist if there...

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  8. Can I sue for malpractice after almost 7 years?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Todd Nathan Hendrickson
    4. Brian Murphy
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
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    In Illinois, the time limit within which a lawsuit must be filed, called the statute of limitations, is governed by various statutes. Typically, suit must be filed in a proper court within 2 years of the time when one discovers they have been injured, and that the injury may have been wrongfully caused, but in no event more than 4 years from the date of the negligent act. There are exceptions to this rule, for cases involving injuries to minors and disabled persons, as well as certain types of...

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  9. Can I file a medical Malpractice case?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Brion W Doherty
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    4. Stephen I. Lane
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    You may very well have a basis to bring a claim, but, as others have suggested, you need to have the complete records reviewed by a competent physician and attorney. It's always proved to be helpful to get a color copy of the records, as ordinary photocopies may hide entries that may have been altered or added, and sometimes that can be seen more easily with color copies, as you can see where different inks were used. You should make your request in writing, and be able to establish the date...

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  10. Did the ER doctor commit negligence?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen I. Lane
    2. Raymond Scott Costantino
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    While it appears that the ER staff was less than attentive, even if you can prove that they were negligent, you must also prove that the negligence caused or contributed to cause your injury. You should be aware that these cases are extremely difficult and expensive to pursue and succeed in. In even the simplest and most straight-forward cases, you can expect case-related expenses to be in the tens of thousands, and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. The amount of damages that...