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The Battle for Personal Injury Damages

Last Tuesday, the Illinois House of Representatives spent the day listening to grieving widows, victims of malpractice, and other citizens who have received personal injury damages tell their stories. The meeting was held in an effort to shine the spotlight on Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda to put a cap on damages in personal injury cases. In an attempt he believes will save employers money, the Illinois governor has been pushing to put a ceiling on the amount of money a plaintiff can recover in a personal injury case. Similar caps exist in Missouri and Indiana. One Indiana plaintiff whose daughter suffers from cerebral palsy said that she received only 10% of the $15 million medical malpractice jury award. As a result of the cap, she cannot fund her daughter's ongoing medical care.

Simple Steps to Avoid a Traffic Accident This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and while we are all enjoying a day off and kicking off the unofficial beginning of summer, it is important to recognize the increased risk of traffic accidents when driving from one barbeque to the next. The National Safety Council projects that close to 400 people in the U.S. will die in traffic accidents during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.1 Unfortunately, this projection is not hard to believe given that the national forecast for travel volume for this Memorial Day Weekend is the highest it's been in 10 years. 1 In fact, fatalities from traffic accidents during Memorial Day Weekend are an average of 12.45% of the total fatalities in May.2 That number may seem small until you realize that an average of 393 people die from traffic accidents each Memorial Day Weekend. 2

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