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Joliet drunk driving accident attorneysIn the year 2016, more than 10,000 people were killed during a drunk driving accident, and another 290,000 were injured. Compensation may not make up for what these victims have lost, but it can help them and their families cover any final expenses, medical bills, lost wages, and treatment or rehabilitation costs that resulted from the crash.

Unfortunately, the path to financial recovery can be long and complex. Worse yet, victims are often denied the settlement that they deserve, as insurance companies regularly make low-ball offers and attempt to shift at least some of the blame for the crash over to the victim. Learn how you can protect yourself from such occurrences while recovering damages after an accident with a drunk driving, and discover how assistance from a seasoned drunk driving accident lawyer can improve the outcome of your case.

Protecting Your Right to Pursue Fair Compensation 

In an attempt to gain the business of consumers, insurance companies will often sell the image of a caring, compassionate company that is there for their customers in times of need. The truth paints a very different picture, however. Victims face the risk of denied claims if they fail to adhere to any part of the claims process, and even when they are successful in navigating it, their payouts are often smaller if they do not have legal representation. That is because insurance companies know that victims are unaware of just how much their injuries are worth.

Victims also tend to overlook certain aspects of their claim, such as post traumatic stress or the loss of a loved one. Insurance companies use this lack of knowledge to their advantage, often giving victims a low-ball settlement very soon after the accident. The hope is that victims will simply take the amount offered, rather than seek legal assistance to determine whether they are receiving a fair amount. All too often, they are successful.

An attorney can protect a victim's right to pursue fair compensation by first analyzing the case to determine how much the victim may be owed. They can then use this information to negotiate a suitable settlement for the victim. They can even take the issue to court, if necessary (but most cases settle before a trial). This level of assistance also allows the victim the opportunity to focus on healing from their injuries, rather than the complex claims process.

Contact Our Joliet Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, ensure you have skilled legal protection and assistance with the claims process. Contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. P.C., where your health, happiness, best interests, and future are our top priority. As one of the most trusted firms in Will County, our team of seasoned Joliet drunk driving accident lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively and aggressively pursue the most compensation possible in your case. Call 815-666-1285 to schedule your free consultation.


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shutterstock_704183434White collar crimes are offenses that occur when a person uses some form of deception to produce financial gain. These types of crimes are usually committed by business people who have access to large amounts of money because of their position. It can take months and even years for prosecution to construct a case against someone before charging them with a white collar crime. The five most common types of white collar crimes include:

  1. Tax Evasion. Tax evasion occurs when a person fails to file a tax return, fails to pay their taxes, under reports their income, makes false deductions, or claims fraudulent business expenses or losses. It can be a state or federal crime and lead to a lengthy prison sentence upon conviction. Some defenses to tax evasion are that you were given wrong advice by your tax preparer, you had no criminal intent, or you did not understand the tax forms.
  2. Credit Card Fraud. Credit card fraud is committed when a person knowingly uses a credit or debit card to make a payment without consent from the cardholder or obtains funds using a card that is not authorized. It can be a form of identity theft and you may be charged for both crimes.
  3. Embezzlement. A white collar crime that involves theft from an employer is known as embezzlement. It can occur when a person misuses an expense account, uses company funds to pay for personal expenses, or makes false entries in order to hide improper disbursements. If you are charged with embezzlement, defenses such as you were not the person who diverted the funds or you had permission to spend them may help your case.
  4. Insurance Fraud. Several types of insurance fraud include car insurance fraud, property insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, life insurance fraud, and workers' compensation insurance fraud. Reporting false information to an insurance company, submitting a false insurance application, or obtaining money from filing a false claim are all considered insurance fraud.
  5. Medicare or Medicaid Fraud. When a person makes dishonest medical or health claims to make a profit, they may be charged with Medicare or Medicaid fraud. This type of fraud can involve changing medical forms or records, illegal billing practices, purposely reporting incorrect diagnoses or procedure for profit, or prescribing unnecessary treatments.

Contact Our Experienced Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with a white collar crime, your future is at stake. To increase your chances of a favorable case outcome, contact our Joliet white collar criminal defense lawyers today. Call us at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.


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shutterstock_602635895Slip and fall accidents lead to millions of emergency room visits every year. A slip and fall may cause a minor injury such as a bruise or bump or something more serious like a traumatic brain injury or even a fatality. Our firm has represented many victims of slip and fall accidents and have found that these are six of the most common causes of such accidents:

1. Hazardous Walking Surfaces

There are a variety of ways a walking surface can turn into a hazard. When a floor or ground is cluttered, has potholes or loose tiles or floorboards, has been recently waxed or mopped and is still wet, or features torn carpeting, someone can easily slip and fall.

2. Weather Conditions

While property owners cannot always predict the weather, they have an obligation to shovel their sidewalks, salt their steps and walkways, and plow their streets. If they fail to do so and someone slips and falls as a result, they may be held legally liable.

3. Nursing Home Neglect

Unfortunately, it is common for nursing home residents to slip and fall. Sometimes, they fall because of weak bones and the natural process of aging. However, other times, they do so because of nursing home negligence and a nursing home's failure to take safety precautions to prevent slip and fall accidents.

4. Improper On-the-Job Training

Employers in industries like manufacturing or construction must provide their employees with adequate on the job training in order to help them prevent slip and fall accidents. If they fail to do so, they can be responsible if one of their employees slips and falls.

5. Poor Lighting

Poor lighting can lead to slip and fall accidents, especially in the winter months when it becomes dark earlier. When indoor and outdoor property lacks proper lighting, visitors can find it difficult to navigate and see potential dangers that may cause a slip and fall accident.

6. Improperly Maintained Stairs

Stairs can pose a serious danger when they are not properly maintained. When they contain debris, uneven surfaces, or broken handrails, a slip and fall accident may occur. Stairs with highly polished wood floors that are more slippery than those of carpet and stone and can cause slips and falls as well.

Contact Our Joliet Premises Liability Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been injured as result of a slip and fall accident, you should reach out to our highly skilled Joliet premises liability attorneys. We can examine your case and determine whether you have a valid premises liability lawsuit. Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., today at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.


Joliet divorce lawyersWhile family structures have changed drastically over the last few decades, women continue to be at a disadvantage during divorce. This can be more true for certain women, particularly those that have remained home to care for children, are financially disadvantaged, or victims of abuse. What can women do to mitigate the financial risks of divorce, and are there any other factors at play?

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap

Despite improvements within the workforce, many women continue to make less, per dollar, than their male counterparts, even when they are doing the same job. This can exasperate any financial issues that women may experience during and after divorce.

Unfortunately, there is little one can do to change policy within the country. They cannot force employers to pay them more. What they can do, though, is plan ahead for the loss of income they might experience after divorce. Pay off debt before the divorce. Seek out opportunities that could increase income without a lot of time commitment (i.e. selling crafts, dog-walking, house cleaning, etc.). Lastly, ensure you get the representation you need during divorce to ensure every financial aspect of your case is carefully considered.

When Women Are Left Out of the Loop

Another common disadvantage for women is that they are often the ones left out of the financial loop. Their husbands may be the ones that manage the income, debts, and assets. Husbands may also be the one to be in possession of retirement accounts and other, easy-to-hide or forget assets. This lack of knowledge that can hurt women in the divorce process.

Thankfully, it can be mitigated with the help of an experienced divorce lawyer. More specifically, a lawyer can help discover any hidden assets and assist in finding the information needed to obtain a clear picture of your financial situation. This can be especially critical in divorces where the risk of asset hiding may be especially high. Examples of such relationships might include those with an element of financial abuse, emotional abuse, or domestic violence.

Our Joliet Divorce Lawyers Can Assist You

Regardless of the situation you are facing, the Joliet divorce lawyers at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can help. We aggressively protect the best interests of our clients and always pursue the most favorable outcome. Learn more about how we can assist with your case. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule a personalized consultation with us today.


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Illinois drunk driving lawyer, Illinois defense attorney, Illionis DUI attorney,If you have been arrested for DUI in Illinois, the arresting officer may ask that you submit to chemical testing to confirm the presence of drugs or alcohol in your system. If you refuse to submit to the testing, you can receive a driving suspension for 12-36 months. Likewise, if you submit to the testing and the test confirms blood alcohol concentration levels of .08 or above, you could receive a 6-12 month suspension of driving privileges.

If you have been affected by a statutory summary suspension, these requirements will terminate once the minimum period passes and once you have paid the $250 reinstatement fee. After your first arrest, you will have to pay a $500 reinstatement fee.

A revocation of a driver's license can be administered by the Secretary of State in conjunction with information from state attorneys located at the county level. You could have your driving privileges revoked without a hearing if the Secretary of State's office deems that it has gotten sufficient evidence from one of these attorneys. A driver might have recourse to contest the results through an administrative hearing.

You can request that a judicial hearing be held to challenge your statutory summary suspension or revocation within 90 days after the date of notice. Five issues can be explored with regard to hearing: whether you were arrested properly, whether the driver refused to submit to chemical testing, whether there were reasonable grounds to suggest that the driver was under the influence, whether the driver's chemical tests showed evidence of drugs or alcohol, and whether the driver was involved in a crash that led to personal injury or death. Having your driving privileges revoked is a serious consequence. If you plan to request a judicial hearing, you need to speak with an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney so that you are prepared for the hearing.

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