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Illinois Railroad Accident Brings $33 Million

Posted on March 28th, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Victim of Illinois railroad accident receives a $33 million from jury on March 25, 2010. A 19 year old railroad conductor was severely injured on April 8, 2007, when he fell alongside a moving train in the Rock Island train yard while attempting to pull a uncoupling lever on a train. The plaintiff sustained bilateral leg amputations as well […]

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Common Fund Doctrine Applies to Illinois Medical Liens

Posted on March 9th, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois personal injury lawyers should be aware that on March 4, 2010, the Appellate Court in Holloway v. Dunway, 2010 WL 763918, held that medical providers stautory liens for services rendered (770 ILCS 23/1 et seq.) to an injured person are subject to reduction under common fund doctrine for attorneys fees incurred by plaintiff in obtaining recovery. The Court held and […]

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Avandia Linked To Heart Attacks

Posted on March 1st, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois product liability attorneys should be aware that Avandia, a diabetes drug, is now linked to a higher risk of heart attack and heart failure according to a report released by the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 20, 2010. The report authored by the committee chaired by Senators Baucus and Grassley concluded: “The totality of evidence suggests that GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) […]

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Sexual Abuse Victims: Evidence of Prior Sexual Activity

Posted on February 8th, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois sexual abuse victims and their lawyers are now protected against having to defend against evidence of other sexual behavior or sexual predisposition. Effective January 1, 2010, 735 ILCS 5/8-2801 provides that: “Admissibility of evidence; prior sexual activity or reputation. (a) Evidence generally inadmissible. The following evidence is not admissible in any civil proceeding except as […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Without Loss of Consciousness

Posted on February 1st, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois brain injury lawyers should be aware that traumatic brain injury can occur in the absence of loss of consciousness. There is overwhelming ignorance in the medical community that there is even the possibility of permanent brain injury in patients who do not suffer loss of consciousness following a trauma to the head. Serious researchers […]

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