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Tips for resolving engineering disputes

The engineering field is an important one to the development of O'Fallon and the rest of Illinois. Like all other industries, disputes can arise in the engineering field that can lead to projects stalling or even being nixed. Should you find your firm in a difficult engineering dispute, you should consider some of the resolution options outlined in this post.

The first thing you should try to do in resolving an engineering dispute is negotiate with the other party involved. Sit down with each other, discuss your differences and try to offer some form of resolution.

Witness Wanted For Crash East Bound I-270 on Aug. 8, 2015

Witness wanted: Anyone who witnessed a collision between a Dodge Dakota Pickup Truck and a pedestrian on East Bound I-270 near Granite City in Madison County, Illinois (near the cross over for Illinois State Route 3/Mile Post 2) on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at about 11:46 a.m., please contact David Duree, the attorney for the pedestrian.

Steps to take if injured on the job in Illinois

Getting injured on the job in Illinois is never easy. Even though you will have time to recover from the injury, you really don't want to miss a lot of time at work. Doing so will cause you to incur a lot of debt due to unpaid medical bills and other financial issues. Workers' compensation payments can help to pay some of these bills but won't be able to cover everything. Here are the steps to take if you are injured on the job.

You need to report the incident and injury immediately to a supervisor or to the safety officer named in your company's safety policies. Don't let an injury go unreported, even if it is a minor one that doesn't require hospitalization. You also need to seek medical care as soon as possible.

How can my company protect against intellectual property theft?

Running a company takes quite a bit of effort. If you are part of the management team, you likely have a lot of stress and make a lot of decisions. You are an important asset to the company that is responsible for not only personnel but also issues that arise on the job. One of those issues could be the theft of intellectual property of your company in O'Fallon. So, how do you protect your company from intellectual property theft?

First and foremost, you need to identify all of the data assets that are most important to your company. You need to find out where this data is stored, who has access to it and how it is protected. If there is little protection, you need to figure out how to make the storage of the data secured.

How the courts calculate a personal injury settlement

How is something as subjective as pain and suffering ascribed a monetary value in the courts? It depends on a wide variety of factors, and perhaps most importantly, your defense. Here is an overview of the factors that go into a settlement calculation.

First, there are two categories of damages:

  • Economic damages. These types of damages, often also referred to as “special” damages,are financial losses caused by your accident such as: medical bills, time away from work or any out of pocket expenses.
  • Non-economic damages. Often referred to as “general” damages. This is where the subjective calculations of pain and suffering factor in.

Important tips for preventing a forklift accident on the job

Suffering an injury on the job is never easy. You will need to be medically evaluated, complete a bunch of paperwork, file a report and then file for workers' compensation. You could miss quite a bit of time at work or you could wind up never returning to work. It all depends on the severity of your injury. Here are some important tips for preventing a forklift accident on the job in Illinois.

Any employee who wishes to operate a forklift needs to go through proper training to become certified first. No employee should operate a forklift even for a brief moment if he or she is not properly trained and certified. This could lead to a very tragic accident.

What to expect when involved in commercial litigation

When it comes to running a business, there is so much to do. You will have daily responsibilities that take up most of your time. Even with a large number of employees, you could still run into issues that you will need to handle yourself. One such issue is that of commercial litigation. Here's what to expect when your company is involved in business and commercial litigation in O'Fallon, Illinois.

Once the complaint is filed in court, both sides will begin the discovery process of litigation. This is when both sides will ask each other questions about the issue at hand. The answers must be given under oath, either during a deposition or in front of a judge in a courtroom. Both sides are also allowed to request various documents from the other. This stage of litigation can last quite some time.

One killed in horrific three-car crash in Illinois

One person was killed and a child was ejected from a vehicle in a three-vehicle crash on I-57 in Illinois earlier this week. The accident occurred in Monee, Illinois, on Interstate 57 near Manhattan-Monee Road. The accident claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from Glenwood and a child was ejected from another vehicle that was involved in the wreck, according to reports.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:40 in the afternoon in Will County. The man was driving a Ford sedan when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. His vehicle was pushed by the Escalade into the back of a Volvo tanker truck. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of I-57 as traffic was moving at a slow pace.

How can construction disputes be resolved?

The construction industry has millions of workers across the country that rely on various jobs to keep them busy throughout the year. Some of those jobs could turn into problems when construction disputes arise in O'Fallon, Illinois. It can be easy for you to just turn your head and accept that there was a problem or you could try to resolve the dispute so your project is finished correctly.

Every project you want completed at your home or office by a contractor should be done so by a licensed professional who has no problem acquiring permits from the local governing entity. Many construction disputes happen due to failure to acquire permits. Resolve this issue by working with a contractor who will apply for these important documents.

Apps to fight distracted driving

Distracted driving is a problem here in Illinois and across the country. With phones, smartwatches and even smart cars on the road, our attention is more divided than ever.

This habit is destructive and a danger to all motorists. Luckily, some applications are giving you tools to fight back.

David M. Duree and Associates, P.C.
312 South Lincoln Avenue
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Phone: 618-589-0956
Fax: 618-628-0259
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