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  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. 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 »
  5. 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 »
  6. 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 »
  7. 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 »
  8. 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 »
  9. Are there particular standards for child car seats in Illinois?

    As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to protect your child. Following standards for child car seats in Illinois is not only the law, but it’s the most important step you can take to keep your family safe in the case of a car accident. Our Chicago car accident attorneys strongly encourage parents to follow the laws of their state with regard to the use of a child seat.Read More »
  10. Can a passenger recover damages for injuries caused by the other driver in an Illinois auto accident?

    You don’t have to be a driver to receive compensation for injuries caused in an Illinois car accident. Our Chicago auto accident attorneys have handled many cases in which non-drivers have recovered damages from a car crash. Often times, people injured in crashes caused by the driver they are riding with are confused as to whether they are eligible for compensation for harm they have suffered.Read More »
  11. Part 2: Are there parties other than the at-fault driver against whom I can take legal action?

    If you’re taking legal action as a result of a Chicago car accident, your Illinois car accident attorney will usually make a case against the at-fault driver. However, there are instances in which you may have a case against a non-driver as well. Your attorney can help you determine if there are parties other than the at-fault driver whom you may be able to take legal action against.Read More »
  12. Part 1: Are there parties other than the at-fault driver against whom I can take legal action?

    If your car accident occurred in or near a construction site that was improperly managed, you and your attorney may be able to file a viable claim against the party responsible for that site. Our Illinois auto accident lawyers have handled a number of cases related to construction zones over the years and you would be surprised at how easily these sites can contribute to collisions.Read More »
  13. Can I be found to have been partially at fault for my injuries caused by a car accident in Illinois?

    Illinois uses a law called comparative fault, in which a jury is instructed to determine, percentage-wise, how much the plaintiff’s conduct played a role in an accident. While being found partially at fault for your injuries in a collision can be frustrating, the good news is that you are still entitled to receive at least some compensation as long as you don’t shoulder more than 50 percent of the blame. Read More »
  14. Can I handle my Illinois auto accident case without an attorney?

    One of the biggest advantages of working with an attorney is that experienced Illinois auto accident lawyers are intimately familiar with tactics used by insurance companies to reduce exposure to liability. Insurance companies aim to pay out as little as possible. A good car accident attorney can expertly advocate for you when negotiating with insurance companies, ensuring you receive the largest compensation possible.Read More »
  15. Are there alternatives to going to court in an Illinois auto accident case?

    Just because you’ve been in an Illinois car accident doesn’t mean you have to go straight to court. In some cases, your Chicago auto accident lawyer may suggest mediation as an alternative to going to trial. While it may be necessary to go to court when drivers and their insurance companies can’t agree to settle, mediation can sometimes provide a more affordable and less stressful solution.Read More »

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