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Falls on Snow and Ice are Troublesome

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

Worker’s Compensation Insurers Continue to Pocket the Profits

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

Worker’s Compensation 101

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

Civil Lawsuit Filings are Dropping

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

Medicare Safety Rules for Nursing Homes Rolled Back in Trump Administration

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 Latest on Workers’ Compensation and Business in Illinois

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 Changing Law School Frontier

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

A Shift in Arbitration

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