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Criminal cases are brought by the government prosecutor against an individual or corporation for violating the law. The punishment in those cases is generally jail time or a monetary fine. Civil cases are generally brought between two individuals or businesses...
Americans for Insurance Reform recently published two studies of the medical malpractice insurance industry. These studies show that malpractice premiums and claims made are at the lowest levels in four decades. The study further shows that legislative enactments such as...
A lot has changed since I started practicing law in 1991, and we started Mitchell Hoffman & Wolf in 1998. Not only has technology drastically altered the way we conduct business and manage caseloads, but also how we interact with...
The opening of or existence of a Bankruptcy claim by a plaintiff in a personal injury action can have major effects on the outcome of pending lawsuits if improperly handled. Section 541 of the Bankruptcy Code states a Chapter 13...
In Illinois there are several possible legal theories for recovery for dog bite victims.  Initially a claim can be made under the Illinois Animal Control Act.  The Act imposes strict liability upon owners of dogs without requiring the victim prove...
In order to prove a medical malpractice case under Illinois law, the injured party must prove through expert testimony that the health care provider (doctor, nurse, therapist) failed to meet the accepted standard care and that the deviation from that...
It is always a difficult decision to place a loved one into a nursing home or other skilled care facility. Here are a some helpful tips to assist in making the proper choice.   1.  Check the quality of care...
Often times we’ll see decisions on the TV news or in the newspapers that judges rendered across the country.  While we may disagree with the result of the ruling, we can almost always be assured that the judge or panel...
Personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant may only be exercised if the defendant has certain “minimum contacts” with the forum state so that requiring the defendant to defend in the forum does not offend “traditional notions of fair play and...
MHW recently filed suit against the driver of a vehicle and his employer, Prairie State College, in a case occurring at 22nd and Midwest Road in Oak Brook Illinois. According to reports the driver ran a red light at the...