Injured at work? Illinois workers’ compensation law and benefits

A recent news article highlighted a legal opinion concerning the availability of death benefits under workers compensation laws for the spouse of an employee who dies after suffering a heart attack after engaging in physical labor at work.[i] With several factors contributing to heart conditions, courts must apply the facts to the law and determine […]

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Sports physicians adopt new concussion protocols to avoid medical malpractice liability

Traumatic brain injuries are increasingly known to lead to significant long-term damages to athletes. The NFL concussion lawsuits highlighted the need for research, awareness and new protocols to reduce and prevent the incidence of brain trauma. The medical community, in connection with the legal and media communities, is developing new protocols and medical standards for […]

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On-duty emergency physicians are liable for damages despite the Good Samaritan Act

In Illinois, the Good Samaritan Act protects individuals giving instructions for aid, or rendering aid to others in emergencies, from civil liability for damages resulting in the process. Simply stated, a bystander or passerby who sees someone with an injury or emergency condition does not have a legal duty to stop and give general or […]

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Representing injured plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases involving common carriers, cruise ships

An Illinois man, James Hausman, recently won his catastrophic injury lawsuit against Holland America Line cruses after he suffered a traumatic brain injury on a cruise, when an automatic sliding-glass door closed on him, striking him in the head (Watch US News Video) in 2011. The federal jury in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages […]

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Baseline testing helps doctors assess concussions in youth sports

The parents of 10-year-olds have enough to worry about raising their kids, including the risk of traumatic brain injury if the children are involved in competitive contact sports. Hockey, soccer, football and basketball players have a risk of concussions. In hockey alone, there are chances a player will hit the wall, the ice or another […]

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Examples of personal injury, workers compensation and medical malpractice cases

When someone we know is injured and it was not their fault, we often think of hiring a lawyer to get things put back in place where they were before and be compensated for pain and suffering. There are several elements that make up an individual’s damages when they are injured. Proving injuries and damages […]

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Medical Malpractice Prosecution and Defense with Michael V. Favia, J.D.

The Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants is a group of highly experienced attorneys and investigators who represent and defend licensed professionals. The licensing consultants interviewed in this monthly program, previously worked for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and will represent and/or defend licensed professionals in cases involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, […]

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New law, cameras allowed in Illinois nursing home rooms: To catch abuse or neglect, and at what cost?

Investigative news programs cover nursing homes from time to time, and sometimes the focus is on the quality of care, or lack thereof. Cases involving the abuse or neglect of elder residents lead us to ask how the family of a resident can truthfully and accurately monitor or know if their loved one truly receives […]

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Workers’ compensation and healthcare employees with Anita DeCarlo

The Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants is a group of highly experienced attorneys and investigators who previously worked for the I.D.P.R. will represent and/or defend licensed professionals in cases involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Illinois Department of Public Aid and Illinois Department of Public Health. In this monthly podcast series our attorneys […]

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Opioid Addiction: Issue spotting in workers’ compensation, addressing systemic abuse

Painkillers are a big problem in the workers’ compensation industry. Many Americans are addicted to opioids and there are too many opportunities to fuel the fire of abuse. Workers’ compensation and the healthcare system are significant in causing an increasing amount of opioids in society. From a school librarian with an ankle sprain and a […]

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