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        Determining Value in Personal Injury Cases

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        Clifford W. Horwitz, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        Does using an attorney bring any value to my case?

        From Clifford Horwitz:

        You have to use an attorney. unless it’s a small claims case.

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        What Should I Expect from My Attorney?

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        Jay R. Luchsinger, a partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates answers a listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:

        What should I expect from my attorney?

        Well, you should expect someone who works for you.

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        What Juries Do Not Know – The Truth About Insurance and Trial Lawyers

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        What Juries Do Not Know

        99% of trials in personal injury cases are about insurance.  What juries do not know, is that the true battle is between the injured individual and the insurance carrier who represents an individual or corporation who is being sued.  The jury is led to believe that the Defendant is an individual or a corporation, but the case is really about his insurance policy and the insurance company… and the droves of attorneys for the insurance company who will fight not to compensate fairly and pay what’s due.

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        The Season of Slip and Fall Injuries

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        A winter wonderland can quickly produce conditions that result in slip and fall accidents. Injuries, from falling on wet floors from snow tracked in by customers of retail stores skyrocket. But you’ll be surprised to learn how limited the liability is for store owners when falls on ice and water occur on their property.

        While it is in the best interests of retailers to make their stores accessible to the public during the winter months in a manner that’s both convenient and safe, Illinois law usually does not require a store owner, retailer, corporation or individual to pay any damages or medical bills for injuries due to falls on ice and snow and/or trampled in water.

        When it comes to injuries that occur on private property, whether it’s a neighboring home or a commercial retail store and parking lot, the public is widely misinformed about the owner’s responsibility and liability. Just because you fell on ice in a Wal-Mart store entrance or in their parking lot, for example, does not make Wal-Mart liable for your injuries.

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        How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

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        Question:

        How much is my personal injury case worth?

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        I was Shopping at a Chicago Store when a Very Large, Heavy Book End/Door Stop Fell on My Baby Toe

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        Question:

        On June 3, I was shopping at a Chicago store when a very large, heavy book end/door stop fell on my baby toe. The display shelf was loaded with them items, and the ones at the front of the shelf were protruding over the edge. I was not carrying any bags, just a purse, and was walking with a shopping cart.

        I filed an accident report with the store manager right away and called my husband to take me to urgent care. The x-rays did not indicate a fracture, but the doctor thought the symptoms were congruent with a broken toe, so he sent them off to a radiologist to re-check. The was no fracture. However, it has been two weeks, and I still have trouble walking, the toe is still swollen and red, and it hurts.

        This has disrupted my life because I had just started training for the Chicago Marathon and now I’ve had to stop. I can’t move my toe to the side because of the pain, so I can’t apply medicine for a fungus I have between those toes. The store has only offered to pay my doctor’s visit.

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        My Daughter Was Bitten by a Dog. What Should I Expect in a Settlement?

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        Question:

        My daughter was bitten by a dog. We are waiting for a settlement. So far the medical expenses have been $1300.00. A future plastic surgery will cost $5000.00. This will require two surgeries.

        What should I expect in a settlement? They say it will be in one lump sum. Isn’t the norm to be a trust fund in my daughter’s name?

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        Is it too Late to File Suit for a Dog Bite Injury 16 Years Old?

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        Question:

        My daughter was bitten in the face by a dog when she was 5.

        The owners of the dog were renting their home at the time and didn’t have insurance. Our attorney at the time said we should wait until our daughter was old enough to file her own lawsuit. She will turn 21 in Sept of 2003. Her bite was very extensive requiring 5 surgeries.

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        Pedestrian v. Railroad Police Vehicle. Where do I go from here?

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        Question:

        I was struck by a railroad police vehicle on their property while unloading suitcases from sidewalk to curb on 5/16/02. I filed a police report and do have a incident number. I have back pains but have not contacted a doctor or chiropractor as I just returned from Texas although i have been taking pain medications. What should I do further and is this a valid case?

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        I was Injured at a Casino. Should I Wait to Hear From Them?

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        Question:

        While at a casino, the front of the bar fell off onto my foot. I have nerve damage diagnosed by a podiatrist. I am in constant pain. Should I wait to hear from the Casino, or obtain an attorney?

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