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  • Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
    A question we get asked all the time is why people should turn their medical bills over to their own car and health insurance companies when the accident was the other driver’s fault. Illinois law provides that the at fault driver is ultimately responsible for paying all forms of compensation to the driver they injure. This includes economic and non-economic damages.  Economic damages include all expenses and damages incurred because of an accident that is wrongfully caused by someone else. ...
  • Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
    Summer is a favorite time for people to ride their motorcycles, but there are special risks involved that should be considered. The most obvious risk is of being injured, usually because someone turns or pulls out in front of you. For whatever reason, despite bright lights and loud pipes, some people just don’t seem to see motorcycles. When that happens, there is a much greater risk of being injured when you’re involved in an accident on your motorcycle. Unlike being in a car, there is nothing...
  • Thursday, August 10th, 2017
    cat-bitesCat bites can be extremely painful and pose a very serious threat to your health.   As with any animal bite, it can get infected and require surgery.  Once infected it can be very difficult to treat and take a long time to heal. We recently represented a woman who was attacked and bitten by a cat.   She came home with her groceries...
  • Monday, July 31st, 2017
    reinjured-neckWhat if you had a previous neck injury that caused you permanent problems and it was re-injured in a second car accident? The law in Illinois is clear than an aggravation of a pre-existing condition shall be treated like a new injury. We see this situation arise in various ways. In some instances, someone can have had an injury...
  • Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
    watching-chicago-cubs-gameOn Friday, May 19, 2017, we closed the office to play hooky and go to a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. They were playing Division Rivals the Milwaukee Brewers.  The weather the week running up to that Friday was beautiful; temperatures were in the 70’s with no rain in sight. Naturally,...
  • Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
    car-insurance-calculatorObviously, your car insurance policy covers you for claims made against you or any other family member with whom you reside. But how much is enough?  The easy answer is to get as much as you can afford.  It may be cheaper to do so than you think! Medical costs have risen faster than any other costs in...
  • Friday, April 7th, 2017
    deployed-air-bagAn issue that comes up from time to time is whether someone can file a lawsuit against their car manufacturer if they are in a collision and their airbags don’t deploy.   The short answer is maybe. Frontal airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal or near frontal impacts. So if you’re hit from...
  • Friday, February 17th, 2017
    insurance-formsTwenty five year old “Frank” (not his real name) was a client of ours whose case just settled. In October of 2015, Frank was riding his motorcycle when a car pulled from a stop sign on a side street directly in front of him.  Frank had no choice but to hit the car.  The driver of the car said she couldn’t see Frank...
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
    Unfortunately, we cannot help every person who contacts our office. Our firm has made it our goal to help injury victims.  This means we handle cases which we believe we can successfully resolve favorably for our clients.  This also means we must decline representation at times. In order to proceed on a personal injury case you must prove the following: liability, proximate cause and damages. If we do not prove all three of these items we lose at trial.  Attorneys invest time and money into...
  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    scared-insurance-adjusterWe’ve all seen the commercials on Television; the hyper aggressive injury lawyer’s ad that shows the “insurance adjusters” sitting around a table talking to an injury victim. When they find out the victim has been hired by “that lawyer,” the “adjusters” get visibly scared and want to settle...
  • Monday, December 19th, 2016
    multimillion-dollar-advocate-fullPersonal injury attorneys Kim MacCloskey and Phil Kesler have been members of the prestigious Multi -Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 2012.   In order to be named to this forum, Kim and Phil were required to show that they acted as Principle Counsel in one or more cases that resulted...
  • Monday, November 14th, 2016
    what-rocks-winners-logoMacCloskeyKesler and Associates was just voted Best Law Firm in the Rock River Valley in the “What Rocks Rockford” poll conducted by the Rockford Register Star newspaper.   Attorney Kim MacCloskey was voted Best Personal Injury Attorney in the same poll. Every year, the Register Star conducts...
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
    Close-Up Of A Doctor Wearing A Mask during surgery The Bair Hugger is a single use blanket manufactured by 3M designed to keep patients warm during surgery.   It forces warm air through tubing into a blanket that covers the patient before surgery to promote healing and lower rates of infection.  It has been used in...
  • Thursday, October 13th, 2016
    accident-reportThere are those who have a perception in a rear end collision that because the other driver is clearly at fault, her insurance company is going to have to pay out a large settlement. That is not necessarily true. Certainly, if you are rear ended and your car is so severely damaged that they must cut you out of it,...
  • Thursday, September 15th, 2016
    Tattoo on Girls FootTattoos and body piercings are very popular modes of expression these days.    But you should be very careful when choosing someone to give you a tattoo or piercing because there are things that can go seriously wrong. Recently, we had a situation arise in Rockford where upwards of two dozen people were...
  • Friday, August 12th, 2016
    No Soliciting from AttorneysBelieve it or not, lawyers are held to a strict set of ethical rules that they must follow or they could be sanctioned.   Sanctions, if issued,  can be anything from a written warning to a revocation of a lawyer’s license. In Illinois, it is unethical for a lawyer to contact you personally about...
  • Monday, July 18th, 2016
    Fair Compensation Justice StatueMany people have asked what we mean when we say that you are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident or other injury.  In Illinois, an injured plaintiff is entitled to full and fair compensation for the nature and extent of her injuries. This means that the severity...
  • Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
    Illinois Law Book & GavelAll lawyers say they are experienced, but what does that really mean?    In a personal injury setting, it should mean that your lawyer has encountered cases just like yours many times before. The practice of law is just that, practice.   When someone graduates from law school and passes the bar...
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