Medical Malpractice

Jul
18

The First District’s Roadmap to the Ever-Expanding Relation Back Doctrine

Earlier this year, the First District Appellate Court provided a detailed analysis regarding the application of the relation back doctrine, which continues to expand its reaches and erode the statutory walls that have historically protected the rights of defendants. As with prior...

May
03

Hospital Agency Issues In New Locum Tenens Settings

A steadily increasing number of physicians practice medicine on a locum tenens basis. This Latin phrase, which means “holding a place,” applies to situations where a physician provides medical services at a facility temporarily to fill the facility’s staffing...

Mar
14

The Collateral Source Rule and Section 2-1205

The Collateral Source Rule and Section 2-1205: A Look At Their Entangled Histories And How They Affect Damages In Illinois  In 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court defined the...

Nov
29

Discovery Rule for Application of the Statute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice Claims

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois recently issued a decision in the case of Nelson v. Padgitt, 2016 IL App (1st) 160571, which considered the discovery rule for application of the statute of limitations in legal malpractice claims.  The recent...

Oct
20

First District Appellate Court Carves Out Narrow Exception to Petrillo Doctrine

In McChristian v. Brink, 2016 IL App (1st) 152674, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District carved out a narrow exception to the Petrillo doctrine, which traditionally prohibits defense counsel from having ex parte communications with a plaintiff’s treating...

Feb
19

Maximizing the Legal Protections Provided by PSO Participation:

The Affordable Care Act requires that by January 1, 2017, hospitals with more than 50 beds that contract with Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) participate in a Patient Evaluation System (PSES) through a federally certified Patient Safety Organization (PSO).   The...

Aug
10

The Future Of Data Breach Complaints – Actual Harm Required

Courts are now requiring more than a mere increased risk of a data breach in order to have standing to file suit for data breaches. In Maglio v. Advocate Health and Hosps. Corp., 2015 IL App (2d) 140782 (Ill. App. Ct. August 6, 2015), the Illinois Appellate Court held that plaintiffs did...

Apr
20

The Reptile Lays New Eggs

A recent flurry of amended complaints in medical malpractice cases suggests that the plaintiffs’ bar seeks to extend the reptile strategy¹ to hospitals and private practice groups of physicians. These pleadings attempt to impose a duty upon hospitals and practices to promulgate by-laws, rules...

Feb
25

Challenge to Wisconsin’s Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Negligence Cases

On October 3, 2014, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Conen held the $750,000 statutory cap on noneconomic damages for medical malpractice claims was unconstitutional as applied to Ascaris and Antonio Mayo in Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (2012 CV...

Jun
30

Settling Wrongful Death Actions: The Illinois Supreme Court Expands the Rights of Intended Beneficiaries

In re Powell v. Wunsch, the Illinois Supreme Court held that an attorney who brings a wrongful death action owes a legal duty to the decedent’s beneficiaries at the distribution of funds phase of that action. Nos. 115997, 116009, 2014 IL 115997, at *¶20 (Ill. Sup. Ct. June 19, 2014). A...

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