Personal Injury

Just because the world has become consumed with Covid-19, and the economy has ground to a halt, does not mean the justice system has stopped working. Sure, the court systems in Illinois are mostly shuttered to varying degrees. While there are some provisions allowing for motions to be heard (electronically) by judges, trials simply are not going to occur for the next several months (at the earliest). For cases that are ripe for resolution, that means we lawyers have to find creative methods to “bring them home.”  This is true at all times, but especially so when the world is…
“Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures” The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a recent report to bring society up to speed regarding its interpretation of bicyclists’ safety in the United States. While increased access to bicycles and reliance on them as a main mode of transportation brings numerous positives to the community, such as awareness of cyclists’ rights on the roadway, unfortunately it also brings serious negatives such as heightened rates of serious personal injuries and deaths of bicyclists. The report cites that “since 2017, 806 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles which was comparable to…
Town of Cicero Sues City View Multicare Center for Lack of Coronavirus-Related Infection Control Measures On May 1, the Town of Cicero filed a scathing complaint against City View Multicare Center, LLC, the State of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Governor JB Pritzker, in his official capacity. The complaint came after Cicero officials and essential workers became aware of a “troubling uptick in illness at City View” along with concerning conditions at City View that started nearly two months prior to the pandemic. According to town reports, the complaint timeline for a series of dangerous coronavirus…
Each year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs. Although some bites might seem minor, many of them end up causing serious complications which can cost our clients thousands of dollars. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we meet with dog bite victims to discuss their legal options, but they need quality medical care first. Below, we review some of the relevant considerations to keep in mind. To obtain compensation, please contact us as soon as possible. Go to the Hospital if the Dog Breaks the Skin Some wounds are merely superficial, more like scratches.…
The topic of gun rights is often the cause of heated debates. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms., but gun laws across the country vary depending on the state. Illinois residents who want to possess firearms or ammunition must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which is issued by the Illinois State Police to qualified applicants. There are certain qualifications that a person must meet to obtain a FOID card, and then he or she must follow the stipulations or face criminal charges for violating the terms of it.  Typical FOID Violations…
No matter whether you have already started the divorce process or are considering filing for divorce at some point this year, there is little doubt that the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact how legal matters are handled. Aside from obvious closures now and in the future, it is important to understand how the coronavirus may … Continue reading “How Coronavirus can Impact Your Illinois Divorce”
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 101 COVID infections and 9 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On May 15, 2020, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 101 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Understanding Why Nursing Homes Were Unprepared For The COVID Crisis As we know, nursing home residents are part of an extremely vulnerable population to infectious disease, coronavirus included. They reside in relatively tight living quarters and share communal spaces for exercising, visiting with family and friends, daily activities, and meals. Most are also elderly or sick and have underlying conditions that put them at higher risk for contracting an illness or respiratory disease such as COVID-19. Also, the majority of long-term care facilities have proven incredibly unprepared to prevent resident exposure to preventable illnesses and diseases due to understaffing and…
A parent’s financial responsibility to their child does not always end when the child turns 18. Many children need help to pay for their continuing education after high school, whether that is attending a community college or a four-year university. Because of this, child support payments can continue after a child turns 18 so that both parents are helping pay for college. However, the child support payments will end if you do not take action. You must file a court motion to extend child support for college expenses and explain how much support your child will need from the paying…
Villa at Windsor Park is located at 2649 E 75th St in Chicago, Illinois, and is a large, for-profit nursing home. They have 240 certified beds and participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. As of May 24, 2020, 143 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among residents and staff at Villa at Windsor Park, and, sadly, 33 residents have died. Medicare.gov gives Villa at Windsor Park two out of five stars (below average) based on health inspections and staffing levels. Regarding staffing, Villa at Windsor Park falls significantly short of the national average. Residents of Villa at Windsor Park receive…
Some Nursing Homes Are Taking Residents’ Stimulus Checks The IRS began making stimulus payments on April 15, 2020. And for nursing home or assisted living facility residents on Medicaid, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had to raise the alarm after several facilities have requested residents to sign checks over to keep their Medicaid benefits going. These facilities have no right to claim residents’ stimulus checks. FTC’s Elder Justice Coordinator Lois Greisman says that facilities cannot request or take the funds, which are considered tax credits per the CARES Act. Those tax credits don’t count as “resources” for federal benefit…
Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, Manorcare of Hinsdale is a large nursing home with 202 certified beds. They are a non-profit nursing home and participate in both Medicare and Medicaid programs. Manorcare of Hinsdale is facing a major COVID-19 outbreak like other nursing homes in Illinois. Between residents and staff there have been 164 COVID-19 infections and 27 deaths as of May 23, 2020. Manorcare of Hinsdale receives an average rating, three out of five stars, based on health inspections and staffing levels from medicare.gov. Staffing levels at Manorcare of Hinsdale are above the state average and only slightly below…
Shareholder James Kramer weighs in on talc litigation during Perrin webinar Talcum powder and other talc-based products sit at the heart of over 9,000 lawsuits currently awaiting trial. But how did it get to this point? Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder James “Jim” Kramer joined several consultants and attorneys on a recent webinar hosted by Perrin Conferences to educate listeners on cosmetic talc litigation as it currently stands in the United States. Jim was invited to speak about the developing trends as a trial attorney who has, in fact, litigated several talc cases, including the landmark 2017 case of Nemeth v.…
Glenview Terrace Continues Jump in COVID-19 Deaths of Residents About a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Illinois have now been linked to long-term care facilities, and to make matters worse, cases are also doubling, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). A rehabilitation facility in Glenview is the latest to report more than two dozen COVID-19 deaths. Glenview Terrace is a 314-bed facility, located at 1511 Greenwood Road in Cook County. It has now reached 75 outbreak cases of the novel coronavirus and 25 deaths. Glenview’s Administrator Allen Hollander told the Chicago Tribune that the people who died…
Interstate 290 was closed for several hours on Sunday, May 15, as Illinois State Police investigated a truck crash that took the life of a driver. The fatal chain-reaction crash, involving three semi-trailers, happened at about 11:03 a. m. in the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway near St. Chares Road in Elmhurst. All three trucks were driving in the center-right lane when the driver of one of the trucks lost control and hit another truck. That vehicle then collided with a third truck on the highway. Two of the trucks became engulfed in flames upon impact. The fiery truck…
Coronavirus Cases Consume Bria of Geneva Nursing Home Marking One of Largest Outbreaks in Illinois Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Bria of Geneva nursing home is swiftly picking up cases of COVID-19. So far, two dozen residents are dead, and the novel coronavirus has infected at least 75 in just a few short weeks. Bria of Geneva only has 91 residents and the first resident tested positive on April 17. Thirty-seven of the Kane County home’s 120 workers have also tested positive for the virus. Like many Illinois nursing homes, up until a few weeks ago, administrators were…