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Deadly Car Crashes on the Rise, Data Says

Web Admin - Friday, November 03, 2017
Illinois auto accident lawyersWhile car crashes can often lead to injuries and property damage, victims typically do survive. However, statistics now suggest that auto accident deaths are on the rise. Worse yet, the rate of accident fatality has reached a nine-year high. If someone you love has been killed in a crash, the following information can help you understand what rights you may have, including the right to pursue full and fair compensation. You shall also learn how an experienced attorney can help.  

Deadly Crashes Hit a Nine-Year High 

Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that auto accident deaths rose by 5.6 percent over the past year. With 37,461 people killed during 2106, that places traffic fatalities at a nine-year high (in 2007, there were 41,259 killed). NHTSA says there are many contributing factors, including distracted driving, which has been a continuous problem over the last several years. However, it appears that pedestrian deaths, which rose by 9 percent, and drunk driving deaths, which rose by 1.7 percent, were also confounding factors. 

Understanding Your Rights 

If someone you loved was killed in an automobile crash, pedestrian accident, drunk driving crash, or some other type of traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Sadly, the claims process to obtain that compensation is riddled with obstacles. When you are trying to recover from the loss of a family member, that is the last thing you need. To make matters even worse, insurance companies often delay or reduce payouts to try and get victims to settle for less. Some will even attempt to shift as much of the blame as possible over to the victim. If successful enough in doing this, they may even be able to outright deny a valid claim, leaving the family of the victim responsible for any final costs and expenses. Do not let this happen to you! Instead, employ the assistance of an experienced attorney. 

Contact Our Rolling Meadows Wrongful Death Lawyers 

At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, we aggressively protect the rights of victims, including their right to pursue full and fair compensation for any losses they may have experienced. Committed to your best interest, our Rolling Meadows wrongful death lawyers will stand by your side, every step of the way, and pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Get started by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 847-934-6000 today. 


Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/10/06/nhtsa-2016-deadly-crashes/739842001/


Worker’s Rights and Protections – Are You Entitled to a Meal Break?

Web Admin - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Illinois employee rights attorneyEmployers may know the laws that pertain to their business and the rights that their employees possess, but they are not always willing to reveal such information. For example, an employer might not explain to you that you may be entitled to time off work under the Family Medical Leave Act if your child, spouse, or parent becomes ill. Some may even know you are dealing with an illness in the family and refuse to tell you because it would hurt their bottom line. 

Rest breaks – particularly lunch breaks – are another area where employers are sometimes less than straightforward. They may imply that you are not entitled to one, or they may avoid your questions if you ask. Some will even go so far as to terminate an employee that asserts their rights, but they will usually try to find another reason to list in their files because they know it could land them in legal trouble. Learn more about your rights to rest breaks, and discover what an experienced attorney can do for you in your wrongful termination or unpaid wages case. 

Employee Meal Breaks in Illinois 

While there are several federal labor laws that protect employees from discrimination and harassment, those pertaining to meal breaks fall under each state’s jurisdiction. As such, an employee’s right to a meal break is governed by Illinois state law, which states that employees are entitled to a meal break after they work 7 ½ hours in a day. The break may be unpaid, but it must last at least 20 minutes. The employee cannot be required to perform work duties while on their break, and they cannot force an employee to stay on premises unless certain criteria apply. 

When Employers Fail to Provide Breaks 

Employers who violate state law by not providing meal breaks to eligible employees may be held liable for their actions by the state or through litigation. The latter typically stem from cases brought against the employer by former employees, who may be seeking lost wages or other damages. Employees may be eligible for additional compensation if they were wrongfully terminated for trying to assert their right to a rest period. 

Unfortunately, the legal process for pursuing damages is both complex and arduous. Employees are also at a distinct disadvantage in employment litigation matters. Much of this is due to the employer’s access to resources, including that of a legal professional to protect their business. Employees are encouraged to seek experienced legal assistance with their wrongful termination or rights violation case. 

Contact Our Schaumburg Employee Rights Attorney 

If you or someone you love has experienced a loss because of a violation of meal or rest periods, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Schaumburg employee rights attorneys can aggressively represent your case. No matter what the situation, we will pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Get started by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 847-934-6000 today. 

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source: https://www.illinois.gov/idol/FAQs/Pages/meals-breaks-faq.aspx

Modern Family Estate Planning – Why Use a Living Trust?

Web Admin - Friday, October 20, 2017

Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneyToday’s family looks much different than those from just 50 years ago. People no longer feel obligated to stay in a marriage that is not working, divorcees sometimes remarry, partners opt for cohabitation over remarriage, and there may be children from one marriage or both. While, in many ways, blended families are a positive thing – especially for kids – it does make estate planning much more complicated than it once was. A living trust can mitigate against many of these issues. Learn how with help from the following.


Potential Blended Family Pitfalls

People can cause some serious problems by either not having an estate plan or creating an ineffective one. The chief issue is that heirs could experience unnecessary financial difficulty while trying to muddle through the expensive and arduous probate process. Several other pitfalls must be addressed as well, however, especially in blended family estate planning. Consider some of the following possible examples:

- A father intended to leave everything to his children, but he failed to check his beneficiaries and update his estate plan. His home and other assets ended up going to his former wife. 

- A step-child expected to receive an inheritance, but the estate plan was unclear and state law does not provide for step-children. They receive nothing;

- A child inherits their father’s antique rifle, but it was promised to another child from a previous marriage;

- A husband dies and leaves his assets to his wife. When she passes away, she leaves everything to her children from a previous marriage. His children inherit nothing.

A Living Trust Can Mitigate the Risks

While it may be impossible to remove all risk of heirs fighting over an inheritance, there are several strategies that guarantors can use to mitigate against the possible damage of probate, tax consequences, family squabbles, debtors, and other common issues. The most effective tool is the living trust (revocable, irrevocable, marital, etc.). Each type works a little differently, but the primary goal is to ensure that the right person receives the right assets. Set up properly, a trust can also mitigate against spendthrift issues, ensure that even extended branches of family receive assets, and can even be specifically designated for certain expenses or needs (such as with college students, special needs children, or an ex-spouse who happens to be the other parent of your minor child). 

Why Plan Now?

No one wants to think about their death or the death of their spouse, and many dream of the death of their ex-spouse - which is why it can be easy to put off planning for it until you start to age. Sadly, not planning now can have severe consequences if an accident or incapacitation occurs to you, your spouse, or your ex-spouse. Avoid the consequences of ineffective and non-existent estate plans by contacting an experienced wills and trusts lawyer today.

At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, we work in your family’s best interests. Dedicated and experienced, our Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys wills and trusts attorneys can handle even the most complex of situations with skill. Call 847-934-6000 and schedule your personalized consultation today.


About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.



Sources:
https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/retirement/blended-familieshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/your-money/estate-planning-early.html

Why Your College-Aged Child Needs a Durable Power of Attorney

Web Admin - Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Illinois wills and trusts attorneysParents spend nearly two decades raising their children into adults, but so few are ready to face the truth when adulthood arrives: a child, once cared for and protected by the parent, is now a legal adult. They have all the rights that the parent does, and that includes a right to privacy. Thus, like all other adults, college-aged children need a durable power of attorney. Learn more about the reasons why, and discover how an experienced estate planning lawyer can help you and your adult child get started. 

Privacy Laws and Your Adult Child 

The right to privacy as an American adult is Constitutionally protected, but there are also several federal laws that address what information should be considered private, and under what circumstances they can be released. For example, one’s financial information and health information are both protected by law. However, a family member may gain access if they are listed as the person’s durable power of attorney. In emergency situations, having this document in place could mean the difference between treatment and non-treatment – and possibly even life or death. As such, every adult should have health proxy and durable power of attorney. 

Durable Powers of Attorney for College Students 

While married people often have a sort of built-in sort of proxy (their spouse), and the decision-making power of a minor automatically goes to a parent or legal guardian, single persons and those in non-marital relationships may be at serious risk if they should ever become incapacitated. Parents are often the most logical choice, but college adults can choose anyone they like. However, parents may want to ensure their student understands the amount of weight a power of attorney may be asked to carry (life and death decisions, critical financial information, etc.). Furthermore, college students are encouraged to name a second power of attorney, just in case the first is either unable or unwilling to serve. 

Contact Our Rolling Meadows Wills and Trusts Lawyers 

The holidays are fast-approaching and many parents heading out for family days with their college-aged children, and that makes now the perfect time to initiate a durable power of attorney for your student. Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apiecalla, LLC to get started. We can have forms, information, and details prepared so that you can have them sign during the visit. Schedule a personalized consultation with our Rolling Meadows wills and trusts lawyer to get started. Call 847-934-6000 today. 

About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.


Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2014/08/15/two-documents-every-18-year-old-should-sign/#773c9b306e33



Study Reveals New Possible Treatment for TBI Victims with Aggression Issues

Web Admin - Saturday, October 07, 2017

Illinois traumatic brain injury lawyerTraumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in all sorts of long-term complications, including mood swings and personality changes. Sometimes, those changes in demeanor are heartbreaking or sad. Other times, they can be frightening, either to the victim or to the people around them, because of the underlying aggression or rage. 

Much of this can be attributed to the changes that occur within the brain after injury, and it can last for the rest of the victim’s life. Sadly, such issues can cause even further damage to a victim’s life. They may be unable to maintain employment. Relationships may break down. They may even start to suffer from self-esteem and self-hatred issues, which only further perpetuates the cycle of aggression. Thankfully, science believes they may now have a pharmaceutical solution. 

More on the Possibility of Prescriptions 

The drug, which was originally developed in the 1960s, is an antiviral. Researchers developed the theory that it might help TBI victims after considering how it appears to decrease the cognitive issues experienced by Parkinson’s patients. They often take it to prevent certain illnesses and infections to which they are prone. However, it was not until recently that one doctor started treating patients with the medication – and one of them was a colleague. 

The effects of the drug appeared to be immediate, the study author and doctor using the treatment said in her preface to the publication. Even her colleague reported massive improvement. Further research would need to be done to determine if this effect is real or just a placebo, but the possibility of a treatment may give current victims hope. 

Dealing with the Effects of a TBI 

While patients can ask their doctors about the use of the antiviral medication, Amantadine, they may experience resistance. After all, one study is hardly enough to alter the way that traumatic brain injury is treated. Still, it is important for patients to talk to their doctors about issues they are experiencing after a brain injury – especially if they have an active personal injury claim, such as an auto accident claim. Failure to do so could lead to incomplete medical records, which could ultimately reduce a victim’s settlement. 

Contact Our Rolling Meadows Brain Injury Lawyers 

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury and negligence was the cause, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC for help. Dedicated and experienced, our Rolling Meadows brain injury lawyers can provide you with an analysis of your case, protect your rights, and aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. To schedule your personalized consultation and ask how we can assist you, call 847-934-6000 today.


Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.



Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170911122630.htm 

Transferring a Home to an Adult Child – Why Putting Them on the Deed is Not an Option

Web Admin - Friday, October 06, 2017
Illinois wills and trusts attorneysAs parents age and their children grow up, they begin to face their own mortality. They realize they will not always be around, and that everything they own must be given to a loved one, a charity, or an adult child. Homes are one of the most commonly transferred items after death, but how you do it matters. Learn more about transferring your home to a child, including why simply “putting them on the deed” should never be an option. 

Dangers of Deed Transfers 

There are three basic ways to transfer the deed of your home: an ownership transfer deed, a will or living trust, or a transfer on death instrument. Of all the options, the first is your least desirable. Mostly, this is due to the tax implications that an heir may face, should you simply transfer the title over to their name. However, this is not the only concern when transferring a deed over to an adult child – nor is it the most concerning. 

Parents typically trust their children, but there have been instances in which children have sold the home, right out from underneath their parent, to gain a profit. Alternatively, if the child ends up in a lawsuit or falls behind on their income taxes, the house could have a lien placed on it. Because the deed is now in the child’s name, the parent (who may still be living in the home) is powerless. They cannot stop the seizure, remove the lien, or save their home. 

A Better Way to Transfer the Ownership of a Home 

Besides deed transfers, parents can use either a living trust or a transfer upon death instrument. How do you decide which is most appropriate for your needs or situation? The first step is to consider your situation. Is your adult child responsible? Can they maintain the deed on their own? Might they have a way to move the mortgage over to their name, or is their credit rating simply too low? All these questions – and more – can be answered by an experienced estate planning lawyer.   

Contact Our Arlington Heights Wills and Trusts Lawyers 

No one likes to think about passing away, which is why Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC work so hard to provide compassionate and experienced assistance. Committed to ensuring we exceed your expectations, our Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers can examine your situation, advise you of your options, and then assist you in developing creative estate planning solutions to fit your needs. Schedule a personalized consultation to learn more.

About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.


Source:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-transfer-deed-house-kids-before-die-50431.html



Tips for Dealing with the Four Most Common Problem Employee Types

Web Admin - Friday, September 29, 2017

Rolling Meadows employment law attorneysWhile most employees show up to work on time, do their job, and need little guidance or direction, there are some that seem to be more trouble than they are worth. Thankfully, it is possible to manage these problem individuals, and in some cases, the payoff is well worth the effort. The following information can help you learn more about dealing with problem employees, including those that may be a risk to your company, and it can help you discover how an experienced employment law attorney can protect your business. 


The Negative Employee 

Some people are negative in every setting and every situation, and you can almost guarantee that they will shoot down any great ideas that your team members come up with. These same individuals may also be resistant to change, and they may try to recruit others against any new policies or changes within the company. That can make the dangerous in any company, but they may be especially problematic in companies and industries that change rapidly or frequently. If you have one of these individuals on your payroll, put their inner critic to good use. Allow them to assist in situations where positive results matter the most - just make sure you keep them out of leadership roles. 

The Perpetual Victim 

Perpetual victims are the type of people that always have something going on – and it is never their fault. They struggle with accountability, and there is always an excuse if a project is late or not up to par. While not overly detrimental to the future of your business, these individuals can hurt productivity, and if given an important or time-sensitive project, you can almost guarantee that something will go wrong. 

The best way to deal with these individuals is to have an honest and open talk about your expectations for them regarding attendance, performance, and other areas where they may be struggling. Make sure to also discuss the importance of accountability and reliability, and set up clear consequences and parameters for subpar performance. 

The Narcissist 

Narcissists tend to care only about themselves. They are unconcerned with the ways that their actions and inactions impact their team, and they only perform when there is something in it for them. If you are dealing with a narcissistic employee, consider carefully whether they are worth the effort. Some may be particularly brilliant, but not all are. The latter group may be more trouble than they are worth, but those with exceptional talent may be worth the effort – especially if you can find a way to get them to work in ways that benefit both themselves, and their team. Just know that you may not be successful at converting these individuals into valuable employees 100 percent of the time. 

How Our Rolling Meadows Employment Law Attorneys Can Help Your Business 

Problem employees can do damage that goes beyond bruised team morale and late projects; they may file a lawsuit against your company, or they may make crucial mistakes that harm your company’s image. Keep a handle on these issues, and many others, by ensuring your company has a clear and concise employee handbook with expectations and consequences clearly outlined. Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC and ask how our Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys can assist with your company’s needs.


Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245065#

Study Finds Decline in Successful Medical Malpractice Cases, but Payout Amounts Are Up

Web Admin - Friday, September 08, 2017
Illinois medical malpractice lawyersPursuing a medical malpractice claim is rarely easy. In fact, most are highly complex cases that take months, sometimes years to complete. Even then, there is no guarantee that a payout will occur. In fact, one study recently found that successful medical malpractice cases – or those that result in an award to the victim or their surviving family – are on the decline. However, payout amounts seem to be increasing. Learn more about this trend, including what it could mean for your medical malpractice case.

Rate of Successful Claims Down by Half 

Politicians have been screaming for tort reform – changes to the way that lawsuits are handled – for years. The drop in successful payouts on medical malpractice claims over the last two decades suggests that they have been at least partially successful in their endeavors. In fact, researchers from Harvard Medical School indicate that there are 56 percent fewer malpractice claims today than there were back in the 1992-1998 time-period. 

What does that mean for victims today, and in the future? First, it means that winning a case is becoming more difficult, even for victims that have experienced great harm. Secondly, it means that tort reform advocates are not happy with the already decreased wins for victims. In a time where medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death, it becomes clear that such advocates are not working in the best interest of victims; instead, it appears they would much rather ensure that victims and their families remain hopeless and helpless. 

Payout Amounts Are Increasing 

Although the decrease in successful cases is a discouragement for victims, payout amounts are increasing. With caps being placed on malpractice cases across the country, and more tort reform advocates pushing for additional caps, the increase comes as a welcome surprise for many. It may even encourage severely injured victims to keep moving forward, even if winning seems impossible. Hopefully, those same victims will also take the extra added step of ensuring that they are fully protected during the legal process. 

Contact Our Barrington Medical Malpractice Lawyers 

At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicalla, LLC, we aggressively protect the rights of medical malpractice victims. Understanding to the current plight of your family and dedicated to ensuring you get the most compensation possible, our Barrington medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you. Get the representation and support that you deserve. Call 847-934-6000 and schedule a personalized consultation with us today. 

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/medical-malpractice-lawsuits-fewer-claims-succeed-payouts-rise/

Understanding Your Rights During an Insurance Claim Dispute

Web Admin - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Illinois insurance dispute lawyersFew things are as frustrating and confusing as a denied or reduced insurance claim payout – but did you know that you can dispute the decision? Additionally, consumers have certain rights, afforded to them by law, when dealing with their insurance companies. Learn more about those rights, and how an experienced insurance dispute attorney can assist with the appeals process, with help from the following information.

Your Right to Appeal a Decision

Regulated by the state of Illinois, insurance companies cannot force you to take a low settlement, nor can they prevent you from appealing their decision to deny a claim. Instead, you have the right to dispute your offer or denial. Typically, this is first done over the phone or in writing. Unfortunately, insurance agents and brokers can make things sound more complicated than they really are, and they may even dismiss your attempts at a resolution. As such, it is highly recommended that consumers turn to someone with an understanding of the complex and nuanced insurance laws - someone like an experienced insurance dispute lawyer. 

Your Right to an Expedient Resolution

Although insurance companies can (and often do) attempt to delay payouts, they are required to expediently resolve your claim. If they cannot do this, they must provide you with a reason for the delay. Of course, insurance companies can give almost any reason for a delay – even a seemingly frivolous one – and expedient under the law may not mean the same thing as a quick settlement after an accident (especially when you are out of work or disabled). As such, consumers are encouraged to seek assistance from an experienced insurance dispute lawyer.

Your Right to Fair Processing of a Claim

While in the process of filing a claim, or when trying to file a dispute, it might appear that the insurance companies are trying to complicate things as much as possible. However, laws forbid them from forcing you into unnecessary steps or paperwork. They also cannot force you to accept a settlement to receive the payout on another one (i.e. if your home and auto insurance are covered by the same company), and they cannot discriminate you based on ethnicity, gender, age, or other protected statuses. If you believe your insurance company is treating you unfairly, you not only have the right to appeal their decision, but you may also file a complaint.

Contact Our Des Plaines Insurance Dispute Lawyers

If you or someone you love is facing a denied, delayed, or reduced insurance claim, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC for assistance. Highly experienced and dedicated to your best interest, our Des Plaines insurance dispute lawyers will fight for the most favorable outcome possible. Learn more by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call our offices at 847-934-6000 today.


Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Sources:

http://www.naic.org/documents/consumer_state_reg_brief.pdf

https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf

Scientists Say a Cure for Spinal Cord Injury Could Be on the Way

Web Admin - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Schaumburg spinal injury lawyersOf all the injuries that a victim can sustain, those involving the spine are often the most devastating. They can rob a person of their ability to walk, drive, swim, and play sports. Spinal cord injuries can also decrease a victim’s life expectancy by increasing the risk of certain health conditions. Unfortunately, science has had few answers on how to correct the injury once it occurs – until now.

Scientists have recently attempted everything from implants to stem cell treatments and have even found that the body has its own workaround. Could a cure be on the way? Perhaps, but until then, victims should know their rights, including their right to pursue compensation. The following information explains this right, and it provides some up-to-date information on the scientific progress in spinal cord injuries.

Science and Spinal Cord Injuries

Three major studies have been underway for a while now. In one, researchers are using a tiny fiber implant to communicate messages from the brain to the rest of the body. In another, researchers are injecting victims with stem cells, hoping it encourages new cell growth and repair of the spinal cord nerves. In the last, researchers are reconnecting sensory neurons and examining how the body forms new connections.

While all three studies show promise, none have produced the kind of results that scientists are hoping to achieve. Further, even if one does prove successful, it could be some time before a treatment would be available to the public. Still, each step is progress toward a cure or – at the very least – a way to improve the overall quality of life for victims.

Pursuing Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury victims who are harmed by the negligence of another person or entity may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, the pursuit of a settlement can be long, arduous, and complex. Furthermore, victims are always at risk of a denied or reduced payout on their claim. As such, it is highly advised that victims seek legal assistance from an experienced attorney.

At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, we understand the significant impact that a spinal injury can have on the lives of victims and their families. Dedicated and experienced, we aggressively pursue the most compensation possible in every case. Learn more about how our Schaumburg personal injury lawyers can assist with your case by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call our offices at 847-934-6000.



Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.



Sources: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-now-have-a-better-idea-of-how-we-can-fix-spinal-cord-injuries

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/862775

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-best-reads/2017/05/11/how-tiny-fiber-implant-research-spinal-cord-injuries-neuro-spinal-scaffold/309193001/


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