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    On February 13, Phillips Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois received a $25 million verdict in Gary, Indiana on behalf of a widow who lost her husband of 40 years because of the selfishness of a drunk driver and the negligence of two restaurants who served that driver excessive amounts of alcohol. Our client married her ... Read More »
  2. How can acts of abuse or neglect by an assisted living center be addressed in legal proceedings?

    There are many legal options for addressing the abuse or neglect of an elderly loved one by an assisted living center. Your Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer will consider all facets of your case before deciding on the best option for you. When nursing homes are willing to negotiate, it may be possible to reach a settlement through private mediation or discussions prior to the filing of a lawsuit. Read More »
  3. How long will it take for my Illinois nursing home abuse case to go to trial?

    One of the most common questions we get from clients is how long it will take for a case to go to trial. While every nursing home abuse case is different depending on its unique facts and circumstances, at Phillips Law Offices we typically tell our clients to plan for a case taking 2-4 years. During that time, we may approach the nursing home or its insurance company and see if they are interested in settling the case, either through private mediation or mutual agreement.Read More »
  4. What do I need to do to file an Illinois nursing home neglect case?

    When you file an Illinois nursing home abuse case, the most important step you can take is to contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. While it can be tempting to file a case on your own to save money, doing so seriously jeopardizes your chance at obtaining compensation in even the most clear-cut cases of abuse and negligence.Read More »
  5. Should I accept a settlement offer in my Illinois nursing home abuse case?

    Many Illinois nursing home abuse cases are settled outside of the courtroom. However, whether you should settle depends on the unique characteristics of your claim. Ultimately, your settlement should take into account the facts and circumstances of the case, the amount of the offer, and the personal decision of whether you want to settle or try the case. Read More »
  6. Can I receive damages for pain and suffering in an Illinois nursing home abuse case?

    When an elderly person is the victim of nursing home abuse in Illinois, they may be entitled to several types of compensatory non-economic damages, including pain and suffering. When a nursing home abuse victim dies, his or her immediate family members may be awarded compensation for loss of society, which represents the loss of love, companionship, and closeness they would have enjoyed had the victim survived.Read More »
  7. Are witnesses important in Illinois nursing home abuse cases?

    Almost all personal injury cases require expert witnesses, including nursing home abuse cases. Because direct evidence is often unavailable in claims of abuse or neglect, nursing home abuse attorneys often rely on testimony from medical experts to build a strong case. Doctors, nurses and other medical specialists help establish that a nursing home’s failure to uphold a reasonable standard of care resulted in harm.Read More »
  8. Are there time limits to sue for injuries in an Illinois nursing home abuse case?

    When someone you love has been injured as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you have a right to hold the nursing home legally accountable for harm suffered. However, it’s important to take legal action in a timely manner. Your attorney can advise you on Illinois statute of limitations, however, injury victims typically have two years from the time of the incident to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit.Read More »
  9. Do assisted living center staff have to report elder abuse if they see it?

    Elder abuse in assisted living facilities is not just a problem perpetuated by abusers, but by staff members and other professionals who fail to report abuse. Illinois requires under penalty of law that individuals report instances of nursing home abuse or neglect to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Assisted living centers have a responsibility to provide residents with compassionate and competent care. Read More »
  10. What are some recognizable signs that nursing home abuse could be occurring?

    Abuse in assisted living centers and nursing homes can be especially difficult to identify as many elderly people suffer from dementia and communication difficulties that limit their ability to report nursing home abuse. Often times, it’s up to a perceptive family member – coupled with the help of a good Illinois nursing home abuse attorney – to put a stop to the abuse and hold the assisted living center accountable.Read More »
  11. How much will it cost to hire an attorney for my Illinois nursing home abuse case?

    There’s a common misconception that hiring a lawyer for your Illinois nursing home abuse case will cost a fortune. In fact, you won’t have to pay a dime until your attorney wins your case. Unlike the lawyers for the nursing home’s insurance company, who get paid anywhere from $250-750 an hour, plaintiff’s lawyers representing nursing home victims work on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid until you get paid.Read More »
  12. Are assisted living centers in Illinois required to keep records of the care provided?

    State law requires Illinois assisted living centers to keep records of patient care and staffing. Maintaining these files allows the state to monitor facilities, ensuring care being rendered to nursing home residents is appropriate and safe. When misconduct is reported, records allow the state and lawyers like the nursing home abuse attorneys at Phillips Law Offices to determine if assisted living centers properly cared for a patient.Read More »
  13. Are Illinois assisted living centers monitored for possible abuse and neglect?

    When assisted living facilities fail to maintain a proper standard of care for residents, it’s up to family members and Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys such as the lawyers at Phillips Law Offices to hold them accountable. If you suspect abuse or neglect in an assisted living center or other long-term care facility, speak with an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorney. Read More »
  14. Do I have to speak to the other side’s insurance company after a car accident in Illinois?

    One of the most frequent questions our Chicago auto accident attorneys get asked is whether it’s necessary to speak with the other party’s insurance company after a car accident in Illinois. Most people are relieved to hear that it is not required. In fact, it can do more harm than good. Remember, it’s the job of the other driver’s insurance adjuster to minimize the exposure of the insurance company for the payment of your claim.Read More »

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