With spring not far away, thousands of residents’ thoughts turn to moving to another apartment or home. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, in the late 19th century, as many as one third of all families in Chicago moved annually. If you are considering a move this year, here are a few things to think about. If you are moving to a new apartment there is a recent amendment to the Illinois Landlord and Tenant Act that requires most landlords to re-key or change the locks of apartments and properties when a new tenant moves in. It also makes the landlord responsible for damages if a theft occurs from the apartment as a result of a failure to change the lock. The law does not apply to common areas of the building, or to owner occupied buildings with four or less apartments. If you decide to hire a moving company, they must be licensed by the state of Illinois. Licensed movers must comply with the Illinois Commerce Commission’s standards for providing reasonable rates, reasonable time periods for moving your processions as well as insurance coverage. They should be able to provide you with a license number, references, and any complaint history as well as a free written estimate of the cost of your move. Basic moving rates do not cover for the full value of your possessions. You can purchase additional coverage through the moving company or through your own insurance agent. When the movers take possession of your property they should give you a copy of the contract, known as a bill of lading, to sign. It should include the services they will perform, the charges for the move and the carrier’s liability. Do not sign this until you have read it and agreed to the terms. When your property reaches its destination you will be asked to sign a delivery receipt. Check all boxes as well as furniture. If there is any damage or something appears to be lost, write this on the inventory or bill of lading. You have nine months from the delivery date to file a written claim describing the loss or damage. Include a copy of the inventory or bill of lading with your letter. The moving company must acknowledge receipt of your letter within 30 days and pay, settle or deny the claim within 120 days. While the process can seem time-consuming and[READ MORE…]
It happens! Youâ€™re visiting a friend or a relative and you take a nasty fall and hurt yourself. This is when the question of liability arises and you, as the injured party, wonder if you can recover the costs associated with your injuries from the homeowner or renter. Although you may be hesitant to pursue a claim against a homeowner or renter, especially if that person is a friend or family member, it is important to know that the majority of the time their insurance company
Reebok International has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle charges of false advertising stemming from claims that its â€œtoning shoesâ€ provide extra muscle strength to wearers, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).Â Â The settlement funds will be used to provide consumer refunds, which will be made available either directly from the FTC or through a court-approved class action lawsuit. â€œThe FTC wants national advertisers to understand that they must exercise some responsibility and ensure that their claims for fitness gear are supported by sound science,â€ said David Vladeck, head of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau. The suspect Reebok advertisements claim that the toning shoes strengthen hamstrings and calves by up to 11 percent more than regular sneakers, and tone the buttocks by up to 28 percent more, according to the FTC.Â Reebok discontinued the ads during the middle of the FTCâ€™s investigation. Ads for toning shoes, which are designed to be slightly unstable, claim that the shoes strengthen muscles by requiring wearers to work harder to maintain stability in unstable shoes. Despite agreeing to pay the fine, Adidas, which owns Reebok, has stated that it disagrees with the FTCâ€™s assessment and stands behind the claims made about its toning shoes. Several other companies advertise toning shoes, including New Balance, Skechers, Ryka, and Avia.Â In fact, Skechers acknowledged in an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that ads for its Shape-ups and other toning shoes were under investigation by the FTC. The Reebok advertising claims were made through print, television and Internet advertisements, beginning in early 2009, Reebok made its claims through print, television, and Internet advertisements.Â The claims also appeared on shoe boxes and retail store displays.Â The shoes touted in the advertisements include Reebok’s EasyTone and RunTone running shoes, which sold for $80 to $100, and Reebokâ€™s EasyTone flip-flops, which retailed for about $60 a pair. Consumers are advised to carefully evaluate advertising claims for fitness gear and exercise equipment.Â For more information see, the FTCâ€™s alertÂ How’s that Work-out Working Out?Â Tips on Buying Fitness Gear . Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workersâ€™ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and email@example.com. ANKIN LAW OFFICE LLC Chicago Workers Compensation | Chicago Personal Injury | Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents Chicago Wrongful Death | Chicago Social Security Disability | Chicago Class Act ion Lawsuits
A $5 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the federal government by the widow of a man mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park in June.Â The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in Wyoming on October 25, 2011, alleges that researchers negligently trapped the bear along a trail close to cabins and prematurely removed signs warning the public of their work with bears in the area.Â As a result of their negligence, the plaintiff alleges a 430-pound male grizzly bear mauled Erwin Erwin Evert of Park Ridge, Ill., who had been in the area. Evertâ€™s family claims that the government failed to take appropriate precautions to warn Evert, who was had been staying in his cabin about 6 miles from the entrance of Yellowstone, of the researchersâ€™ work and study of the bears in the area.Â The lawsuit alleges that the researchers were negligent in providing proper warnings by removing warning signs three days too early and failing to warn Evert of their work in the area, despite the fact that they saw Erwin at his cabin at least twice during the course of their research.Â Researchers are required to warn the public about traps and about any potential for grizzly bear confrontation, pursuant to study team guidelines. The bear attack occurred on the same day that two of scientists had trapped and tranquilized the bear.Â The lawsuit alleges that the researchers left the bear before it was fully awake, which is a violation of study team policy. An investigation found that the researchers had removed the warning signs after they completed their research work and returned to the trailhead.Â The investigation report also revealed that Evert, a botanist, was aware of the ongoing scientific research and was planning to â€œcatch up with the guysâ€ to learn more about their research. It is important for visitors to national parks to understand the dangers of their surrounds and to take the appropriate safety precautions.Â The Chicago wrongful death law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is committed to providing exceptional legal services to the victims of catastrophic accidents and their families. Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workersâ€™ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and firstname.lastname@example.org. ANKIN LAW OFFICE LLC Chicago Workers Compensation | Chicago Personal Injury | Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents Chicago Wrongful[READ MORE…]
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign recently released its 2011 summer snapshot of the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents across the country.Â Since Memorial Day, there have been 48 drownings and 75 near-drowning incidents in 35 states.Â Driven by the high number of drownings and near-drownings, the CPSC is calling for additional vigilance at pools and spas this summer and beyond. Common Pool Injuries Some common pool injuries include: Drowning Near-drowning and brain injuries Slip and falls Sunburn Broken bones Ways to Minimize Drowning Risks Drownings, near-drownings and other swimming pool accidents can be prevented by following certain safety measures.Â Â When using a residential or community pool, swimmers should make sure to: Learn basic lifesaving techniques Learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults Never leave a child unattended Teach children water safety basics Keep children away from pool drains and other entrapment hazards Keep a telephone nearby Legal Responsibilities of Pool Owners Swimming pool owners are obligated to provide a safe swimming pool area by taking certain precautions and the failure to do so may subject the swimming pool owner to premises liability for any drownings or injuries that occur on the pool ownerâ€™s property.Â Swimming pool owners should take the following safety measures in order to provide a safe swimming environment: Install a fence that is at least four feet high around the pool with self-closing and self-latching gates. Install pool and gate alarms. Ensure that pool drain covers comply with the latest safety standards. Maintain pool covers that are in good working order. Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm. If you or a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you may be able entitled to compensation from the swimming pool owner or operator through a premises liability or wrongful death lawsuit.Â Contact the Chicago swimming pool accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your premises liability or wrongful death claim. Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workersâ€™ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and email@example.com. ANKIN LAW OFFICE LLC Chicago Workers Compensation | Chicago Personal Injury | Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents Chicago Wrongful Death | Chicago Social Securi ty Disability | Chicago Class Act ion Lawsuits
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