News & Articles

Aug 19, 2009
Last month, the Illinois Office of State Guardian filed a lawsuit against two sheriff’s deputies who allegedly tasered unarmed adolescents at the Southern Thirty Adolescent Center near Mount Vernon.  Southern Thirty Adolescent Center is an emergency shelter for children aged 11- 18.  The sheriff deputies were called to the Center...
Aug 17, 2009
Preventable medical injuries kill an estimated 200,000 Americans every year.  These people are dying from mistakes that are well known to the medical community and the government.  In fact, a now decade old federal report called “To Err is Human” highlighted the medical mistakes that most often needlessly kill Americans. ...
Aug 13, 2009
Many families trust nursing homes to care for loved ones who are unable to care for themselves.  While a number of different factors may go into the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, the desire to get the best possible care and attention for the nursing...
Aug 12, 2009
The news stories are abundant. It is dangerous to use your cell phone to make or receive a phone call or to send or receive a text message or e-mail while you are driving.  Phone conversations, text messages and e-mails can cause a driver to become distracted and to cause...
Aug 4, 2009
In June 2009, the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the rights of driving under the influence (DUI) criminal defendants.  The case before the Court, Melendez-Dias v. Massachusetts, asked the justices to consider whether forensic affidavits were testimonial in nature.  Prosecutors around the country had been using...
Aug 3, 2009
Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on the case of Dr. Nicholas Caro.  According to the Tribune, Dr. Caro has been sued for medical malpractice almost 50 times in Cook County since the early 1990s and plaintiffs have been successful in at least some of these cases.  Over the years, Dr....
Jul 31, 2009
Universal Press Syndicate journalist and Chicago native Georgie Anne Geyer has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against two dentists earlier this month. Dentists, like medical doctors, nurses and others in the medical profession can be sued for malpractice when they are negligent in the care that they provide a...
Jul 30, 2009
Arrests typically come as a surprise.  You likely didn’t start your day with the goal of getting arrested.  Instead, circumstances led to your arrest and now you must figure out how to deal with it.  If you are arrested then you should remember to: Stay Quiet. Your first instinct may...
Jul 28, 2009
The doctors and lawyers of the University of Michigan Health System have decided that the way to handle a mistake is to admit the mistake, to apologize and to offer compensation.  It is an interesting approach but it is unlikely to hold doctors truly accountable for their mistakes. This approach...
Jul 15, 2009
Since the children of Creative Steps Daycare where asked not to return to the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, allegations of racial discrimination have been made and debated.  The daycare claims that swim club members made derogatory remarks about the race of the children using the pool and...