It is vitally important that you choose an attorney who knows what he or she is doing in personally injury and wrongful death litigation. Particularly with respect to what is known as the "statute of limitations" for the particular type of claim you may be involved in. The limitations period ... read more
At this time of year we are frequently contacted by folks who have had the misfortune to have fallen on ice or snow and suffered injury. These falls can occur on steps, sidewalks, in parking lots or driveways, or in other public areas. Sometimes the property owner, in a residential ... read more
Since the 2011 amendments to the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act, and the accompanying decline in claims expenses following the amendments, the insurance industry has recorded record profits, but rather than passing on the savings to the employers in terms of reduced premiums, the insurance companies have pocketed the profits for ... read more
Our associate, Margie Putzler, recently put together an article for a local monthly magazine in which she very succinctly spells out some basics with respect to worker's compensation in Illinois. We are pleased to share it below. But please keep in mind that this is not meant to be taken ... read more
Insurance companies and front groups funded by big corporations have been manufacturing mythical "lawsuit crises" to justify their pressure on state and federal government to restrict the right of injured parties in our country to obtain justice. In fact, the numbers show that there is simply no truth to the ... read more
Quietly, and with little notice, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has, under the new Trump administration, put the brakes on enforcement regulations enacted in the Obama administration which were put into place to insure resident safety in the country's nursing home industry.
Nursing homes now will no longer ... read more
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) gathers data on civil court filings in state court systems throughout the country. Cases in which parties sue for injuries, known as "tort" cases, represent only 3.98% of civil state court filings; and medical malpractice cases represent only 0.17% of all state civil ... read more
Recent reports reveal that workers' compensation costs are sharply falling and the business climate continues to improve. From the evidence below, it is clear the 2011 changes to the workers’ compensation laws in Illinois are dramatically lowering worker compensation payouts to injured workers.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI ... read more
The opening line from a 2011 Economist article stands a strong reminder of the gloom for perspective lawyers and the legal profession:
“The legal business has undergone not only recession but also structural change. Ever-growing profits are no longer guaranteed. Nor, for some firms, is survival.”
From that rather cataclysmic prediction, the ... read more
Last year we wrote about the cost of hidden arbitration laws , clauses often written into contracts that prevent parties from collectively filing suit or taking legal action in court.
In a recent decision seemingly meant to curb the effects of arbitration abuse, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the ... read more