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01.27.2015

You may be able to resolve this issue by exercising your rights under the Illinois Fair Patient Billing Act. Enacted to protect health care consumers from unfair billing practices and abusive collection tactics, the law requires Illinois hospitals to notify patients of the availability of financial assistance, provide detailed billing information and follow a specific protocol prior to submitting patients to collection actions. Hospitals may not refer a bill for collections without first offering an insured patient the opportunity to request a “reasonable payment plan” for the amount personally owed by the patient.

Health
01.23.2015

Landlords are prohibited from forcing out tenants by turning off utilities, changing the door locks or going as far as to remove doors and windows in a rental unit. If this happens, you have recourse in a court of law and may be eligible for monetary damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

01.19.2015

In Illinois, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can lead to serious penalties including large fines, driver’s license suspension, and jail or prison time. The penalties may increase if a drunk driver causes an accident or injures someone. DUI charges are brought against any driver who is under the influence of alcohol and tests at .08 percent BAC (blood-alcohol content) or higher. Stricter penalties apply for drivers with a BAC of .16 percent or more. Drivers under the age of 21 may not have any blood-alcohol content upon being tested.

01.14.2015

In Illinois, minors (defined as people younger than 18) are prohibited from distributing or disseminating indecent visual images across the Internet. While a minor who commits a violation can be subject to juvenile prosecution, the courts usually recognize the actions were performed without criminal intent. Illinois sexting laws give police and prosecutors options besides filing criminal charges. Therefore, a minor who admits guilt in sexting can usually avoid criminal charges by following a court order to obtain counseling, write apology letters or perform community service.

Children
01.12.2015

Among workplace actions which may be grounds for a sexual harassment case are pranks, verbal abuse, touching or grabbing, and repeated requests for socializing after hours when a person has declined. When an employment decision is made affecting that individual, the victim, whether male or female, may have grounds for a lawsuit. State and federal agencies which investigate claims of sexual harassment include the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There are time limits on when you can file a sexual harassment claim. A lawyer can advise you about your legal options.

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