Understanding Black Ice & The Dangers It Presents

Closeup of black ice on road, personal injury

Black ice is a leading cause of accidents and injuries in the winter months. Created by light rainfall onto frozen surfaces or by freeze-thaw cycles, it is difficult to see and dangerous to travel across. It is especially dangerous in Chicago, where winter weather conditions and the proximity to Lake Michigan create ideal conditions for the formation of black ice. Time of Day & Weather Changes Can Increase Black Ice Risk Black ice typically forms in the early evening as the temperature cools and refreezes any ice that has thawed during the day. It also occurs in the morning or early afternoon after it rains and the temperature drops … [read more]

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation If I Was Injured During Lunch?

A scene of lunch time at a restaurant, worker compensation

When a worker is injured during a break, at lunch or while traveling for business, it can sometimes be unclear whether the injury is covered by workers' compensation laws. A workers' compensation attorney can help analyze the specifics of a case to determine whether benefits may be available for such "off-the-clock" injuries. Accidents on the Job Many break time and lunch injuries are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, even if the employee is engaging in an activity for his or her own personal use, such as using the restroom. For example, if a worker is injured while in the worksite cafeteria, he or she may still be … [read more]

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability

A social security disability form, SSDI

There has been a steep increase in SSDI claims over the past decade. The Social Security Administration established guidelines to help determine whether applicants are eligible. Does the applicant meet the minimum work credits? How severe is the disability? Can the applicant be trained for a different job? Consulting with an a legal representative will help you determine your eligibility. Review 5 Important Questions An SSDI application has special requirements. The first is a documented work credit. Applicants are required to have worked in an SSDI-covered job for at least 5 of the previous 10 years. The Social Security Administration then … [read more]

The Importance of Attorney-Client Communication

When you wake up in the morning, the first thing on your mind is probably not, "Hey I should call my attorney."  In fact, it shouldn't be.  An effective attorney is constantly considering the client's needs, and engages in reliable communication to meet those needs.  The attentive attorney has already mapped out a series of steps that will guide the client successfully through the litigation process, up to, and if necessary, a trial.  Early on in my experience, I picked up a phrase from a great mentor, who would tell his clients, "The worrying is my job, not yours."  If a client meets me before a hearing or a trial and expresses any sort of … [read more]

Lower Back Pain in Truck Drivers: Spinal Decompression Exercises

A recent NIH study on occupational low back pain in truck drivers found that over 50% of long distance truck drivers surveyed experience debilitating lower back pain.  For those familiar with the physical demands of truck driving, the study findings make sense, if not provide a conservative estimate of what some claim is an epidemic of back problems that affect long distance truck drivers at a rate of four times the national average.  The human spinal column was not made for sitting long hours on the lower end of the spine.  Spinal discs that are supported by water begin to deteriorate when the compression of the spine restricts fluid … [read more]