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At Leopold & Associates, LLC, we stay up to date on the changes in the law and recent activity involving Illinois personal injury cases to give my clients the advantages they need to win. By staying up to speed, we can build a solid case for your recovery if you have suffered damages due to another's negligence.

Injuries and Lawsuits During the COVID 19 Restrictions

April 30th, 2020

While everyone is understandably trying to be as careful as possible during the Corona virus pandemic, unfortunately, accidents can and still do happen.  This post addresses some of the legal issues surrounding the COVID 19 Stay at Home restrictions ... Keep Reading

New Laws in the New Year

January 3rd, 2020

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year (and new decade) come a number of new laws that took effect in Illinois at the stroke of midnight.  Perhaps most newsworthy was the legalization of marijuana across the State.  However, with the inaugurati... Keep Reading

Surprise Doctor Bills!

December 2nd, 2019

No one ever wants to spend time in a hospital.  It can be overwhelming, scary and difficult to navigate a complex system that includes doctors, nurses, technicians, laboratory testing and many other complexities.  Once discharged and back home, it of... Keep Reading

Protect Your Rights: No Forced Arbitration

October 9th, 2019

At Leopold & Associates, we represent families fighting for their rights against insurance companies and other corporations who have caused injury or other harm.  The cornerstone of our American system of civil justice is the idea that any person... Keep Reading

Knee Replacement Necessary?

January 30th, 2019

Modern medicine can literally rebuild a patient’s body.  Like a car needing new parts, doctors can replace hips, joints and even limbs in people with critical and serious injuries.  In fact, one of the most common surgeries in hospitals are artificia... Keep Reading

Paying Doctors to Prescribe

January 21st, 2019

Perhaps it seemed of little consequence to the doctor at the time.  A simple lunch to learn about the latest prescription pain killer medication on the market.  Later it was a fee to speak at a conference about the use of that drug at the doctor’s pr... Keep Reading

New Year - New Laws

January 10th, 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!  The start of every year brings all sorts of changes to the State of Illinois.  A new governor, new attorney general and new members of Congress in the Chicago suburbs. Also new to the state are several laws that t... Keep Reading

People Hurt By Corporate Greed

December 28th, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has released their annual “awards” for the worst corporate conduct of 2018. This annual report highlights some of the most egregious acts of corporate greed by misleading and taking... Keep Reading

Rauner’s Loss is Veterans’ Gain

December 17th, 2018

This January, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will depart the governor’s mansion having lost his bid for reelection.  In one of his final legislative acts, Governor Rauner actually vetoed a bill that would help the families of veterans receive reasona... Keep Reading

Nursing Homes: Profit or Safety?

December 5th, 2018

In 2007, the Carlyle Group, one of the wealthiest private equity firms in the world, purchased ManorCare, the second largest nursing home chain in the country.  A recent investigation by the Washington Post details how the purchase made ManorCare a f... Keep Reading

Check That Insurance!

November 26th, 2018

If you have State Farm automobile insurance, check your policy.  A recent investigation by a Louisville, Kentucky television station revealed alarming concerns: multiple policyholders are finding that they coverage they thought they had and thought t... Keep Reading

Fighting for Your Insurance Coverage

November 13th, 2018

At Leopold & Associates, almost all of our cases deal with fighting insurance companies.  Insurance companies are paid premiums to provide coverage, reimbursement and protection to people when things go wrong.  We all know mistakes happen and we ... Keep Reading

Snow Rules

January 15th, 2018

Snow.  Hardly surprising given that it is winter in Chicago.  Once the snow covers the sidewalks, it can make daily routines such as walking to the CTA, Metra or bus more challenging.  This is especially true when residents do not shovel their sidewa... Keep Reading

Changes in Nursing Home Patient Rights in 2018

December 31st, 2017

One area of law that we often get many questions about is the quality of care a loved one receives in a nursing home or rehabilitation center.  The concerns appear to be valid.  As the New York Times recently reported, since 2013 federal records reve... Keep Reading

Health Law Changes Hurts Patients’ Rights

May 5th, 2017

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed major legislation repealing many important reforms created by the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.  This new bill, was passed before many legislators had an opportunity to read the... Keep Reading

Bad Medication Can Make You Sick

March 24th, 2017

Our practice focuses on medical errors and their impact on our client’s lives and the lives of their families. Oftentimes, these cases stem from care received at a hospital or a doctor’s office. However, medical errors can happen in all branches of m... Keep Reading

Patients, Consumers and the 99%

January 13th, 2017

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. Once inaugurated, he will join with the 115th Congress, sworn in earlier this month, to create the first, entirely Republican government in Washington D... Keep Reading

Eliminating Medical Malpractice Caps: A Nationwide Trend?

November 22nd, 2016

Earlier this year, we documented the successful effort to raise the limit capping compensation, reimbursement for medical bills and pain and suffering in Indiana for medical malpractice lawsuits. As a plaintiff’s litigation firm, we make our concern ... Keep Reading

Sharing the Road: Bikes, Cars and Chicago Traffic

September 7th, 2016

Earlier this summer we wrote about Chicago’s expanded use of bicycle lanes and trails as well as bicycle safety and the steps to take if you are involved in a bike accident. It is wonderful to see Chicago investing in bike paths and expanding its rep... Keep Reading

Divvy Death: Bike Accidents in Chicago

July 13th, 2016

Both attorneys at Leopold & Associates are avid bike riders who often take Chicago’s Lakefront Trail to get to and from the office each day. One of the best parts of Chicago is the numerous options for bikers to get around the city on beautiful t... Keep Reading

Deadly Airbags

July 6th, 2016

The nation-wide recall of certain automobiles equipped with Takata airbags just grew by hundreds of thousands. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added more than three hundred thousand vehicles to a recall list that is not ... Keep Reading

Indiana Poised to Increase Medical Malpractice Cap

March 14th, 2016

Over the past several months, we have voiced concern on this blog about the state of Indiana and the limits the state’s politicians placed on medical malpractice judgments. First passed in 1975, Indiana currently limits any legal settlement or verdic... Keep Reading

Your Medical Records, Your Rights

March 4th, 2016

Whenever you go to the hospital, every doctor, nurse, therapist or other medical professional that is involved in your care generates a large number of medical records. These records are a vital part of any medical malpractice lawsuit and often total... Keep Reading

Judge Voids Chicago’s Red Light Traffic Tickets

February 24th, 2016

Are you one of the thousands of Chicago motorists who saw a flashing white light in your review mirror as you drove through an intersection? Did you open your mail a few weeks later to find a traffic and color picture of your car going through that i... Keep Reading

Steps in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

February 9th, 2016

One of the largest drawbacks of our civil justice system is the amount of time it takes to litigate a case from start to finish. Here in Chicago, it is not uncommon for a medical malpractice case to take four years from the time the case is first exa... Keep Reading

Multi-Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Award Capped

January 18th, 2016

This past summer, we wrote about a law in Indiana that prevents medical malpractice victims from receiving fair and adequate compensation when their lives are drastically altered by a doctor’s medical error. In its current form, Indiana’s Medical Mal... Keep Reading

Gun Store Liable for Cop Shootings

October 14th, 2015

One of the most pressing issues facing the city of Chicago is the current gun violence that plagues the community. It seems as though every day the local news is reporting on another shooting or other violent crime involving guns across the city. Whi... Keep Reading

Diagnostic Errors

October 1st, 2015

Last week, NBC Nightly News reported on a shocking study by the National Academy of Medicine regarding medical errors in the United States. According to the report “most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes… often with deva... Keep Reading

FAQs for Personal Injury Claims

July 31st, 2015

Leopold & Associates has been fighting for victims of serious injuries in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. During that time, our clients have come to rely on us for being accessible and down to earth while working our hardest to be tirele... Keep Reading

Capping Justice for Victims of Medical Mistakes

June 25th, 2015

In less than a week, the state of Illinois will be without a budget unless Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically controlled state legislature can come to an agreement. For the past several months, Governor Rauner has refused to sign... Keep Reading

Accident Injuries: Not Always Driver’s Fault

June 12th, 2015

Quite often, the individuals involved in a serious car accident focus on the initial cause of the accident.  Did a vehicle cut another driver off when changing lanes?  Did a driver lose control of his or her car when racing down the highway at a dang... Keep Reading

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A Heightened Standard of Care

June 5th, 2015

Earlier this week, a Chicago CTA Bus drove off the road on Michigan Avenue killing one person and seriously injuring several others.  Last month, there was a horrific derailment of an Amtrak train outside of Philadelphia that left eight passengers de... Keep Reading

Deflated Footballs, Illinois Law and “More Probable Than Not”

May 12th, 2015

On first blush, it may seem preposterous that deflated footballs in New England would have any relevance to the every day work of a Chicago personal injury law firm. Perhaps, the most common thread is that one of the attorneys at Leopold & Associ... Keep Reading

What is a Medical Lien?

May 5th, 2015

One of the most common questions clients ask is why an insurance company, doctor or hospital has placed a lien on the proceeds from their claim settlement or lawsuit verdict? A lien is a type of claim seeking to recover money spent by a healthcare pr... Keep Reading

Equitable Tolling Can Extend the Time Limits for Suing the Government

April 24th, 2015

Dealing with the government can sometimes be a daunting task. Whether trying to get a question answered by the IRS or simply attempting to find the right postage on a package at the post office, the bureaucracy and red tape can frustrate the calmest ... Keep Reading

Military Personnel Deserve Equal Rights to Sue for Medical Malpractice

April 22nd, 2015

Every year, tens of thousand of serious medical errors are made in American hospitals. However, only a fraction of those unnecessary mistakes lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. There are many reasons as to why it is so difficult to hold a doctor o... Keep Reading

$17.8 Million Medical Malpractice Damages

April 14th, 2015

After seven long years of legal battles, a jury in Denver, Colorado recently reached a 17.8 million dollar verdict against Children’s Hospital of Colorado. According to Denver’s KCNC TV, the jury found the hospital liable for causing permanent brain ... Keep Reading

What Types of Auto Insurance Are Required in Illinois?

April 10th, 2015

In Chicago, there is no shortage of auto insurance companies vying for your business. And the range of coverage options available for purchase can be just as voluminous. For people who have been in a serious car accident, it can often be confusing na... Keep Reading

When Health Insurance Fights Basic Care

April 6th, 2015

Everyone has a story about a time they fought with their health insurance company. Sometimes it is an issue over why a treatment was not covered or a fight about a copay or deductible. Many times, these battles, while incredibly frustrating, cost us ... Keep Reading

Too Late for Justice? Maybe Not

March 23rd, 2015

All civil lawsuits in Illinois have certain time periods in which they have to be filed called statutes of limitations and statutes of repose. For example, in Illinois, an action for personal injury or medical malpractice generally must be filed with... Keep Reading

Medical Malpractice: A Long Fight for Fairness and Justice

March 23rd, 2015

While it can often be frustrating waiting for a medical malpractice lawsuit to take years to work its way through Chicago’s local courts, halfway around world, one country is only just beginning to recognize the need to provide legal protections and ... Keep Reading

Chicago’s Derrick Rose Not the Only One at Risk for Knee Injuries

March 3rd, 2015

Watching Chicago Bull Derrick Rose running, pivoting and jumping on the basketball court it is easy to understand why his knees are constantly at risk for both the meniscus tears he suffered in 2013 and 2015 and the ACL tear he endured in 2012.  Trut... Keep Reading

Why Chicago Doctors Do Not Admit Their Mistakes

March 3rd, 2015

It is a time-honored tradition uttered on nearly every television courtroom drama; “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” And it is true. In our justice system, words spoken by a defendant can often come back to haunt ... Keep Reading