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Get ready for new Illinois laws to take effect at midnight January 1, 2014

Call the Fox Valley Law Center at 630-236-2222 if you have any questions about the new laws.

Call the Fox Valley Law Center at 630-236-2222 if you have any questions about the new laws.

More than 200 plus new laws take effect at midnight on January 1 in Illinois. Some of the new laws as reported in this video by WGN news include a ban on incandescent light bulbs, the legalization medical marijuana, the concealed carry law for firearms. Several of the news laws are somewhat complex, and for example, the new handgun law identifies several places where people in Illinois may not carry a concealed handgun at playgrounds, forest preserves and restaurants. It is important to do your research if you are one of the Illinois residents who will apply for the new handgun permit so you do not inadvertently carry a gun in a prohibited location. Those who violate the new law may be subject to criminal penalties. Here is a link to a table listing all the new laws courtesy of WGN TV.

The medical marijuana law is rather complex for both patients and medical providers.

While the new medical marijuana law goes into effect on January 1, it will take some time for patience to gain access to their medicine. By April 2014 the state agencies regulating the licensing of dispensaries and cultivators. The new law allows a patient with a prescription to legally purchase no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana over any two-week period. Unlike medical marijuana laws in other states, the new Illinois law requires that the prescribing doctor have a prior medical relationship with the patient who must have a serious or chronic condition for which the marijuana is prescribed. This new law is a pilot program and Illinois lawmakers are already proposing revisions to the law. The marijuana cultivators and dispensaries are highly regulated under the new law by the Illinois Department of Financial and Regulation. Here is a link to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Act Reference Sheet provided by the Marijuana Policy Project organization. If you have any questions please, give the Fox Valley Law Center a call and one of the lawyers can explain this and the many other laws that take effect January 1.

New laws allow Illinois drivers to speed up to 70 and some of the youngest drivers can register to vote at age 17.

Driving in Illinois will change somewhat in 2014 as several speed limits in non-urban areas increase to 70 miles per hour. While driving you will need to use hands free electronic devices if you want to communicate with the world outside your vehicle, so you may need to take the plunge and learn how to connect your device to the vehicle’s blue tooth system if you are so equipped.

As you drop your kids off at school, you may be pleased to know a new federal law regarding food allergies provides that Epi pens should be on hand for the aid of children with food allergies. If your children are seniors in high school, they may become politically active and start voting at age 17! If you are divorced you will be surprised to learn that a new family law requires parents with joint-custody to offer the other parent the option of temporary care before taking a child to a third party care giver like daycare.

If you are an employer, you may also want to spend some time on New Year’s Day reviewing new laws.

Business owners will enjoy reviewing several of the new laws. Professionals licensed to practice their craft by the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation will be glad to know their home addresses may no longer be printed on the licenses that are required to be displayed to customers. An employer may also access an employee’s social networking website such as Facebook for professionally used accounts for which the employer has liability for the employee under certain laws. This is another example of why in 2014 if you are unsure of how a new law works you should make a call to a lawyer who can explain how new laws may affect you.

To talk to an attorney about the new laws in Illinois, please call and make an appointment at the Fox Valley Law Center by dialing 630-236-2222 or simply stop in and see us at our office conveniently located at the second floor of the Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora. We are here during mall hours. You can also learn more about our firm when you “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter!

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Injured at work? Fox Valley Law Center files workers’ compensation cases

Earlier this week the Fox Valley Law Center workers’ compensation attorney appeared on the monthly Fox Valley Law Center Update podcast to talk about common questions and answers when someone is injured on the job. Attorney Marker talked about several common misconceptions about workers’ compensation cases and how attorneys help clients who are injured and cannot work.

Injured on the job? Get compensated for current and future (if applicable) wages fairly and accurately and get your medical bills paid. We have teamed up with Jason Marker of Marker & Associates Attorneys at Law to handle our workers' compensation cases.

Injured on the job? Get compensated for current and future (if applicable) wages fairly and accurately and get your medical bills paid. We have teamed up with Jason Marker of Marker & Associates Attorneys at Law to handle our workers’ compensation cases.

This article is a summary of some of the points Mr. Marker raised in the podcast interview. After you read this article, you can click here to listen to Workers’ Compensation Law with Jason Marker.

Fault is not factor if you are injured at work. People frequently assume that workers’ compensation law only applies if your employer was negligent. This is not true; workers compensation insurance policies cover any injuries employees experience on the job, regardless of fault. The injury must arise out of the scope of employment, meaning you need to be at work and doing your job where and when you are injured. Every case is worth something when you are injured on the job in Illinois.

You can receive payment for your medical expenses related to the injury, payment for time off work and payment at the end of your case, for the permanency of the injury. There are different settlement options you can accept including a standard settlement or wage differential, if you don’t get back to work. Listen to the podcast to learn more!

No attorney fees are necessary to start a case. State statutes control the fees attorneys are paid to represent clients in workers’ compensation cases. The current law sets fees for attorneys at 20 percent of the victim’s recovery for their injuries. Additionally, the law firm will pay for specific costs of obtaining medical records and similar costs. It is important to obtain all the proper insurance information from your employer right away when you are injured.

Know when you should see a physician. When you first visit your physician, you will need to give them your employer’s insurance information to pre-approve your treatment.

Your employer cannot fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. The law protects employees who file workers’ compensation claims. If your employer fires you for filing a claim, you can sue the employer for what is called retaliatory discharge. Jason Marker notes that you only have 45 days to file a claim for workers’ compensation.

To talk to an attorney about a workplace injury please call and make an appointment at the Fox Valley Law Center by dialing 630-236-2222 or simply stop in and see us at our office conveniently located at the second floor of the Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora. We’re here during mall hours. You can also learn more about our firm when you “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter!