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Party Parents Beware

Many parents allow underaged kids to drink in their own home - often supplying the alcohol themselves  - in an effort to "control" what they think is inevitable anyway. This is very risky behavior.  The Illinois Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act (740 ILCS 58/1), also known as the "Social Host Liability Law," is a powerful remedy for those injured by underaged drinkers supplied alcohol by adults, regardless of where they drink it.  It states that "any person at least 18 years of age who willfully supplies alcoholic liquor or illegal drugs to a person under 18 years of age...

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#MeToo – Sexual Harassment has no place in the workplace

#MeToo, the social media clarion call bringing awareness to sexual harassment, hostile work environments and worse, sexual violence against women in the workplace, is not a new phenomena to lawyers that fight for women.  HDSL Law Firm has fought for women, prosecuting claims through the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the State and Federal Courts.   What makes these fights difficult, however, is that the law requires all such claims to begin with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the law provides only a short time to file a...

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What Really Happens – Day 10

  Day Ten For Her She had been on hold for twenty minutes.  She had already left several messages with the phone number for the other driver’s insurance company.  Finally they called back.  The insurance adjuster said she was just assigned the claim and was calling to confirm that there were no injuries in the wreck. “No, I was hurt.  It started before I got home.  I’ve got bills already coming in from the hospital, and I’ve had to pay co-pays for my doctor and my medicine.” “Oh, so now you are going to claim you were injured?  We have had no report of...

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Day One

Day One For Her She worked two jobs while in nursing school and graduated on time.  Three children relied upon her -- one in day care, one in grade school, and one almost in junior high.  Her father had passed and her mother is ill, so she cares for her Mom who lives in a neighboring town.  Her husband works over the road, gone days at a time, which leaves much of the household and housework to her.  She was so very proud to have landed her first real job in nursing and was nearly done with the probation period when...

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Highways Don’t Have To Be Dangerous

Doesn't it seem like every day another bad wreck happens on our Southern Illinois roadways? These are the headlines we see: “Crashes Increased 30 percent Compared to 2016 - Illinois State Police” “Multiple wrecks on I-57 and I-24 delay traffic - WSIL-TV 3” “2 killed in crash on I-57 in Union County, IL - KFVS12 News” “One person killed in I-57 southbound crash - WPSD Local 6” “Four Semis Crash on I-57” - WSIU” “3 fatal crashes in less than 2 hours claim 4 lives on Southern Illinois - The Southern Illinoisan” Are you apprehensive about your spouse driving to work?  Do you worry about your son or daughter driving to...

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What Would Ralph Think?

In 1932, the country was in economic shambles. It wasn’t a good time to start any business, let alone a law business. But Ralph W. Harris grew up poor, so he was used to it. He started out on the Marion Square, his wife Edna acting as his only staff, trying to avoid his lights being shut off by the power company.   Once, times were bad enough that he was denied credit at a downtown suit shop. From that point forward, Ralph worked himself into success – building his credit not only at the suit shop, but in the community...

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