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Negligent Entrustment of Motorcycle

Posted on June 14th, 2007 by Edmund J. Scanlan

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit that I filed on behalf of the family of a 17 year old boy who died in a crash while riding his motorcycle recently came to a successful conclusion. On July 26, 2004, the decedent’s best friend drove his 1995 Honda CBR 600 F3, which he had just purchased, to decedent’s home […]

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Illinois Wrongful Death Act Amended

Posted on June 4th, 2007 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois Wrongful Death Act now allows jurors to award damages for “grief, sorrow, and mental suffering.” The law in Illinois since 1867 has been that in wrongful death actions, there is “no recovery for bereavement” and “nothing can be given as solatium.” Chicago & A.R. Co. v. Shannon, 43 Ill. 338, 1867 WL 5039 (1867). Jury […]

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Illinois Sexual Abuse Victims Abused Again

Posted on March 20th, 2007 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois sexual abuse victims often confront confusing statute of limitations issues when bringing claims for chilhood sexual abuse. The Illinois Supreme Court held that under the common law discovery rule governing when a statute of limitations commences, there is no requirement that plaintiff must know the full extent of her injuries before the applicable statute of limitations begins […]

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Internet Prescriptions As Public Health Threat

Posted on February 13th, 2007 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Internet prescription drug overdoses are a threat to public health in the United States. Medical malpractice and product liability suits against the internet pharmacies, physicians who prescribe without a valid physician-patient relationship, and the pharmaceutical companies themselves currently are the only effective means to halt this public health threat. The Centers for Disease Control last week released data that indicates that “poisoning was second […]

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Illinois Hospital Immunity-Confidential Patient Records.

Posted on January 24th, 2007 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois hospitals were granted immunity from disclosing confidential patient records by the Illinois Supreme Court. Bagent.v. Blessing Care, d/b/a Illini Hospital, 224 Ill. 2d 154, 862 N.E. 2d 985 (Jan. 19, 2007). An Illinois woman’s common law right of privacy claim against a hospital that her confidential medical records were divulged by an employee of the […]

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