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Open-and-Obvious Rule Bars Slip-and-Fall Claim in Illinois

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In August, we wrote a post introducing premises liability in Illinois. Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had the chance to apply the principles we described in that post to an actual case, Ochoa v. Menard. Here’s what happened, what the court decided, and what you can take from it.   What Happened in Ochoa v. Menard? Menards is a home improvement store with multiple locations throughout the Chicago area. In September 2009, Rogelio Ochoa visited the Menards on West North Avenue. While there, Ochoa proceeded to the restroom. On his way, he came across a Menards employee...

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Illinois Personal Injury 101: What’s a Cause of Action?

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In May, we wrote a post asking whether an employer can fire an employee for making a workers’ compensation claim. In it, we explained that Illinois courts recognize a “cause of action” for retaliatory discharge. While it may be obvious from context what the phrase “cause of action” means, we thought it would be helpful to take a closer look at the concept. In Illinois personal-injury lawsuits, a cause of action is the legal claim that the plaintiff must prove to be entitled to a legal remedy. A lawsuit may include multiple causes of action, which can either be cumulative (“The...

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Healthcare-Associated Infections: Do They Signal Medical Malpractice?

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According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), healthcare-associated infections are among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. A healthcare-associated infection is an infection that a patient develops while undergoing medical care, whether in a clinic, hospital, nursing home, or other similar setting.   This raises an important question: if you develop a healthcare-associated infection, can you sue for medical malpractice? The answer, as it so often is in law, is that it depends.   Common Causes of Healthcare-Associated Infections   The IDPH points to the following six types of healthcare-associated infections as among the most important:   Bloodstream infections caused by...

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What Are Punitive Damages and When Are You Entitled to Them?

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Damages are an essential element of any personal injury lawsuit. Most personal injury cases focus on compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate the plaintiff for the injuries that the defendant caused. But occasionally, a personal injury plaintiff may be able to pursue both compensatory damages and what are known as punitive damages. Keep reading to learn more.   What are punitive damages? Punitive damages are a distinct type of damages that are available only in a few specified circumstances. Punitive damages serve two important functions: Punitive damages are meant to punish particularly egregious behavior by the defendant. See “When are punitive damages...

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The Phases of an Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit

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When most people think of lawsuits, they picture what happens at trial: two attorneys in a courtroom asking questions of witnesses before a judge and jury. But lawsuits involve much more than just what happens in the courtroom. To help visitors to our blog understand what is involved in a lawsuit, this post provides a basic overview of the phases of an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.   Pre-Filing Before filing a lawsuit, an attorney will investigate a plaintiff’s claim and try to negotiate a settlement with the defendant. Many personal injury claims are settled without even filing a lawsuit.   Filing...

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Product Liability, Medicine, and the Failure to Warn in Illinois

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Back in June, we wrote a post about strict product liability in Illinois. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at a particular type of product liability case—a pharmaceutical company’s failure to warn about the potential side effects of using its prescription medicine. Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor, complaining of some ailment. The doctor prescribes a drug that is supposed to help you get better. Because your doctor is a good one, he or she informs you of a long list of side effects so that you know what risks are involved. Yet, after taking the drug, you...

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Illinois Slip-and-Fall Lawsuits and Premises Liability

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Premises liability lawsuits are among the most common types of personal injury lawsuits in the United States, but they often go by a different, more descriptive name: slip-and-fall lawsuits. As that name suggests, plaintiffs in slip-and-fall cases have been injured by slipping and falling while on the defendant’s property. For example, many slip-and-fall cases involve supermarkets or other public locations where some liquid has been spilled on the floor. The plaintiff unwittingly steps in the liquid, falls, and is injured. In this post, we provide a basic overview of premises liability law, including what the plaintiff must prove and what defenses the...

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Understanding Wrongful Death Actions in Illinois

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When a loved one is injured by the wrongful act of another, you probably already know that he or she can seek compensation for the personal injury from the person who committed the wrong. You might not know that, depending on your relationship to the injured person, you, too, might be entitled to compensation. That’s because personal injury law in Illinois seeks to compensate for more than just physical injuries, but mental and emotional ones, too.   That goal extends beyond mere injuries, however. If a close family member—like a husband or wife, parent, child, or sibling—is killed because of someone else’s...

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3 Ways Medical Malpractice in Illinois Would Change Under the Protecting Access to Care Act

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Two weeks ago, we wrote a blog post giving an overview of medical malpractice in Illinois. As part of that, we mentioned two past efforts by the Illinois General Assembly to impose damages caps in medical malpractice lawsuits. The Illinois courts struck both of those efforts down, meaning that Illinois has no damage caps in medical malpractice lawsuits currently.   That’s an important fact about Illinois law, because it makes us a prime target for a new federal effort at medical malpractice reform, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (PACA), H.R. 1215. PACA passed the U.S. House of Representatives last...

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What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice in Illinois

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One of our practice areas here at Costa Ivone, LLC, is medical malpractice claims. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured because a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider failed to abide by the standard of care that applies in their field of medicine. Medical malpractice claims are among the most complicated personal injury claims in Illinois, so here is what you need to know about medical malpractice in Illinois.   How long do you have to file a medical malpractice claim? As we discussed in our April post about statutes of limitations in Illinois personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations...

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