Recent Posts in General Law Category

  • Why Malpractice Insurer Hasn't Faced Doomsday

    Illinois’ biggest medical liability insurer, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, was expected to falter after the Illinois Supreme Court denied a proposed law to cap damages that can be recovered in jury verdicts. This didn’t happen. Rather, ISMIE saw ...
  • Protecting Against Financial Ruin with Senate Bill 1912

    For a number of families with a child who is permanently disabled, Senate Bill 1912 is a welcomed aid. This bill calls for a timely payment for settlements that are reached outside of the courtroom. It allows the parents of children who were harmed ...
  • Studies Show Hospitals Profit from Surgical Errors

    There have been articles released citing various stories that show some hospitals actually make more profit when they make surgical errors . While it is not suggested that hospitals purposely make mistakes, there are some systems of payment that ...
  • Gregory L. Shevlin, the current President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association wrote a compelling response to the American Reform Association’s Junk Research Report. In it, he addresses how American citizens have been continually denied access ...
  • Minnesota Lawsuit May Be First From Meningitis Outbreak

    As discussed in a blog post from last week, the AP has reported that the first lawsuit has been filed relating to the Meningitis Outbreak. On Friday, October 12, the AP reported that a Minnesota woman who is believed to have possibly received tainted ...
  • Patients Exposed to Meningitis-Linked Steroid Injection

    An update has been released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the number of confirmed meningitis cases and deaths related to the outbreak garnered widespread media coverage. According to an Oct. 8 New York Times article, 97 ...
  • Earlier this week the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a $350,000 limit on jury awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases. The case before the court stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Deborah Watts of Springfield, Missouri, whose son, ...
  • Some Illinois Teaching Hospitals Fail to Make the Grade

    The Leapfrog Group is a non-profit that represents those that buy health benefits for employees. They perform an annual survey that assess hospitals. In their most recent survey, they found that Illinois teaching hospitals are barely even receiving a ...
  • On July 1, 2012, Supreme Court Rule 243 will go into effect. This addition to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules will permit jurors in civil cases to ask questions of witnesses. While the practice was never specifically prohibited, and some judges took ...
  • Don't Get Sick In Chicago!

    A recent report by Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, reports that the city of Chicago ranks in the bottom third of 306 health care markets nationwide. According to the report, the city of Chicago is a health care ...
  • The Risks of Hospital Stays

    We at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. think that there are issues that patients need to be aware of before, during, and after hospital stays. A recent article published by the AARP outlines the risks of seeking hospital care, noting that in some cases, ...
  • Election season is very busy with vacancies on the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County in the upcoming Primary Election to be held on March 20, 2012. One issue that is often not at the forefront ...
  • Most of us have heard of the “black box” that exists in airplanes, but few of us realize that most vehicles on the road today are equipped with these same devices. Indeed, since the early 1990s, automobile manufacturers, including General Motors and ...
  • The Law of Spoliation in Illinois

    What exactly is spoliation? When most people hear the word spoliation, they think of food going rotten. On the contrary, spoliation of evidence is a lesser-known cause of action that provides an injured party with a remedy when the evidence upon ...
  • Institutional Liability: What It Is and How to Be Aware

    Sean M. Houlihan of Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. recently published an article entitled Institutional Liability in the Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association . Mr. Houlihan described the origin of institutional ...

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