The Illinois Supreme Court changes the rules.

The Illinois Supreme Court recently changed the rules regarding how unpaid medical bills are handled in a lawsuit.  The Law in Illinois is that a medical provider (doctor, hospital, clinic etc…) has a lien, a legal claim, on the proceeds of a lawsuit for any unpaid medical bills.

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What is a “flat-fee” or “captive” lawfirm

I just realized that in my post yesterday I dropped a reference to State Farm and Allstate’s use of flat-fee firms.  For the uninitiated, most of the insurance companies use what are often called “captive” law firms.  These law firms get 100% of their business from one insurance company.  Sometimes, the attorneys even get their [...]

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I’m not sure I want THIS case

Car accidents happen to all types.  We’ve just learned from Eric Turkewitz of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was ticketed for a four-car accident in Washington DC.  The According to eyewitness, he was driving his “shiny black BMW” just before 9am when he “slammed into the car [...]

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What insurance companies really think

Patrick Trudell is an attorney in Seattle who has taken the time to write a great description of how insurance companies make their money.  Here is his original post.  Insurance companies are, first and foremost, companies.  This means that their primary goal is to make money, not to take care of you or make sure [...]

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Litigation Process – The Complaint

The “Complaint” is the formal beginning of a lawsuit.  It lists the ways we suspect the Defendant (the person who caused the accident) acted or didn’t act to cause the accident.  Lawyers often like to include impressive phrases like “Hereinafter” and “at the time and place aforesaid…”  However, the complaint should be in plain English [...]

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Standards of Proof, and why they matter

What does it mean to “Prove” something.  There are often differences between the way lawyers use words and others use the same words.  This is a common source of problems when your doctors and other medical providers talk with lawyers and juries about your case.  For someone who is familiar with the sciences (like medical [...]

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Being a Digital Law Office

Our office is what I like to call “All-Digital.”  All incoming mail is scanned and stored on our server’s hard drive for access by everyone in the office.  This allows us to be more efficient with our time, which ultimately ends up benefiting our clients.  The attorneys have access to all the files in the [...]

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Factors in deciding if a lawsuit should be filed

There are a huge number of things to consider when deciding to file a lawsuit. One of the primary concerns is whether it makes sense economically.  Currently, in order to file a lawsuit in Cook County, the filing fee is $334.00.  In addition, you must pay the Cook County Sheriff to attempt to “serve” each [...]

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Paying the medical bills

You can fall into one of two categories, either you have health insurance or you are one of the estimated 46.3 million Americans who  don’t have health insurance.  This is important legally for a few reasons.
There are several rules controlling the evidence that can be admitted at trial that are implicated with respect to how [...]

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The First Few Days

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The first few days
In almost any accident, you will be both stiff and sore in the days following the accident.  This is normal.  However, only you can determine how your body is responding to the trauma of the accident.  Prompt medical attention is vital for many reasons.
The first reason is so that the medical professionals [...]

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