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shutterstock_430014988Do you regularly use cleaning products at home or work? If so, you may face itchy skin, breathing challenges, and other side effects that are caused by hazardous cleaning products. Let's take a closer look at the risks of cleaning products, how you can purchase ones that will keep you safe, and what you can do if you have been hurt by them.

What Symptoms Do Dangerous Cleaning Products Cause?

There are a variety of symptoms you may suffer from if you use cleaning products on a frequent basis. These symptoms include:

    • Skin rashes
    • Headaches
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Chest pain
    • Depression
    • Eye irritation
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Burns
    • Blisters
    • Asthma
    • Sun sensitivity

How to Purchase Safe Cleaning Products

Although cleaning products vary, the majority of them contain hazardous chemicals. To ensure you are purchasing safe cleaning products with minimal to no chemicals, there are some factors you should consider. These factors include the ingredients, storage requirements, ventilation, and vapors.

Whenever possible, try to stay away from corrosive oven and drain cleaners as well as acidic cleaners used for toilets. These are known as some of the most hazardous cleaning products and can lead to serious side effects.

How a Product Liability Attorney Can Help

If you are injured by a cleaning product, you should reach out to an experienced product liability attorney. They can determine whether there a product defect is present. A product defect comes in the following three forms:

      • Design defect: A design defect occurs when a manufacturer does not design a product so that it is safe for its intended use.
      • Manufacturing defect: A manufacturing defect does not have to do with the design and takes place during the manufacturing process. Using wrong materials or failing to implement appropriate quality controls may lead to a manufacturing defect.
      • Marketing defect: A marketing defect is when a product fails to warn customers of dangers or instruct them on proper use.

If a product defect is found, you may be entitled to collect compensation in a product liability lawsuit. The compensation can be used to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages

Contact Our Joliet Product Liability Attorneys

If you have been hurt by a cleaning product or another defective product, you should reach out to our highly skilled Joliet product liability attorneys. We will evaluate the details of your case and make sure your rights are protected. Call us at 815-666-1285 for a 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_526811452Spousal support, or alimony, occurs when one spouse pays another in a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to reduce any unfair economic advantages one spouse has over the other.

Courts will evaluate the financial situation of each spouse before and after the divorce in order to determine alimony eligibility and amount. We have compiled this list of six of the most common misconceptions about alimony so that you can gain a greater understanding of what it is and how it works.

Men are always the ones paying alimony. In the past, it was common for men to pay alimony. However, since more and more women are the primary breadwinners in today's society, it is becoming more common for women to pay alimony to their husbands.

  1. Alimony is permanent. Contrary to popular belief, alimony is based on the length of a marriage and does not last forever. In many cases, it is only awarded for a short period of time. It may stop once a spouse reenters the job market and is able to support themselves without any assistance.
  2. There cannot be any changes made to an alimony agreement. Alimony can be modified for several reasons. For example, if circumstances change and the spouse paying alimony loses their job or the spouse who is obtaining it increases their income, an alimony modification is a possibility.
  3. Alimony is awarded in every divorce case. Most people wrongly believe that alimony is always awarded in a divorce. The truth is that it is more common for both spouses to have an education and career, making alimony inapplicable in some cases.
  4. There are no taxes associated with alimony payments. Alimony should not be viewed as free money with no strings attached. The recipient must pay taxes on it and the payer can deduct taxes. A spouse should use it to help transition themselves rather than depend on it for the rest of their life.
  5. The spouse that filed for divorce will not qualify for alimony. Although the judge will be aware of which spouse filed for divorce, this information will not be taken into consideration when trying to determine whether alimony should be awarded. The judge will also disregard who is at fault for the divorce when figuring out alimony.

Contact Our Plainfield Spousal Support Lawyers

Alimony can be difficult to understand. If you would like more information about alimony laws in Illinois or are seeking legal representation for your divorce case, call our experienced Plainfield spousal support lawyers at 815-666-1285 for a personalized consultation.


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shutterstock_396233590Motorcycle riding is a favorite pastime among many Illinois residents. While it is enjoyable, it can also be dangerous when certain safety precautions are disregarded. The following are six common misconceptions regarding the causes of motorcycle accidents.

  1. Motorcyclists wear leather to appear cool. The truth is most motorcyclists do not wear leather to make a fashion statement. Since leather is a strong and durable material, it can protect them from wind and road rash. It can withstand more abrasion than human skin before it tears, stretches, and conforms to the shape of the body.
  2. There is no reason for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Contrary to popular belief, helmets do protect motorcyclists and can be the difference between surviving and losing a life motorcycle accident. Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries, make it easier for motorcyclists to see, and protect motorcyclists from road debris and weather elements.
  3. Motorists always notice motorcyclists. Motorcyclists should never assume that other motorists can see them. They should make it a priority to stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles, wear bright clothing, practice defensive driving, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
  4. Motorcyclists are always at fault for accidents. Due to their perception as reckless or dangerous, many people believe motorcyclists are always at fault for accidents. This is not always the case as sometimes a crash is the result of a motorist not seeing the motorcyclist. Slick roads, potholes, and road debris can also contribute to motorcycle accidents.
  5. Streets are safer than freeways for motorcyclists. Some people believe that it is more dangerous for motorcyclists to ride on a freeway because they will be riding at a higher speed. Although an accident at a higher speed does raise injury risk, motorcyclists are actually more likely to get into an accident while on city streets. City streets feature intersections where motorists often fail to see motorcyclists. Additionally, streets with slower speeds are far more challenging to maneuver for motorcyclists and other drivers.
  6. It is legal for motorcyclists to split lanes in Illinois. California is the only state that permits lane splitting. It is illegal for Illinois motorcyclists to engage in lane splitting.

Contact Our Experienced Will County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we understand how devastating motorcycle accidents can be and provide our clients with highly skilled legal representation. If you are a motorcyclist or another driver who has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should consult our Will County personal injury lawyers at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation.


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shutterstock_190621838When you are going through a divorce in Illinois, your goal should be to achieve the best possible outcome for yourself, ensuring that you will have the resources you need as you embark on the next phase of your life. One of the ways to make this happen is to be well-prepared for your divorce trial. Here is a list of six tips to help you prepare for trial and increase your chances of securing a favorable outcome: 1. Dress Appropriately. When you show up for your trial, you should be dressed professionally. Rather than dressing casually or wearing a provocative outfit, you should wear a suit or clothing that gives you a clean and neat appearance. If you have any tattoos or piercings, be sure to cover them up. 2. Stay on Point While Testifying. You may be tempted to tell the judge everything when it is time for you testify. However, doing so may aggravate the judge and make your case less compelling. Try to keep your answers short and avoid volunteering unnecessary information. 3. Control Yourself When Your Spouse or Their Lawyer Speaks. Although it is easier said than done, you should control your emotions when your spouse or his or her lawyer speaks in court. Avoid rolling your eyes, interrupting, sighing, or doing anything else that will make you appear rude or disrespectful, since these actions could be used against you. If you believe your spouse is saying something false, quietly inform your lawyer. 4. Listen Carefully to Questions. Prior to answering, you should be sure you fully understand the question being asked. By doing so, you can ensure that you answer it correctly and avoid stating something that does not make sense to the judge or volunteering inappropriate information. If you get asked a complicated question that you do not understand, ask the judge or attorney to repeat it. Never answer a question you are unclear about. 5. Be Yourself. During a trial, act as you normally would. Do not try to be someone that you are simply not. A lack of sincerity will likely hurt rather than help you. 6. Consult With Your Lawyer. Your lawyer has been to many trials, meaning they can help you prepare for what to expect and answer any questions you may have. Talk to them and use their knowledge and experience to your advantage. Contact Our Joliet Divorce Lawyers Although you cannot change the facts of your case or the laws governing divorce in Illinois, following these tips can raise your chances of getting the outcome you want. If you are planning on filing for divorce and need experienced legal representation to guide you through the process and trial, do not hesitate to reach out to our Joliet divorce lawyers. Call us today at 815-666-1285 for a personalized consultation.


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