Double Homicide In Lyons Assisted Living Facility

Resident safety in nursing homes is a continual concern, given that there have been numerous actual and alleged violence against those in nursing homes and related long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  This violence has included physical assaults of nursing home residents – either by other residents or by nursing home staff – as well as sexual assaults of nursing home residents.

Over the weekend there was two homicides in an Illinois assisted living facility, the Riverwalk Senior Residences, located in Lyons.

According to Lyons Police, the fatal stabbings of two residents was over a dispute regarding property.  The two residents were found dead late Monday (April 25, 2016) morning.

An excerpt from the April 26, 2016 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Neighbor charged in double-murder at Lyons senior living facility“:

John Arnold, 67, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Lyons police say he lived at River Walk Senior Residences, as did both of the victims.

Police identified one of the victims as David Bosseler, 73. The name of the other victim, a 51-year-old female, will not be released until relatives can be contacted.

As to how these acts of violence occurred, the Chicago Tribune article (with video) of April 27, titled “Resident of Lyons senior home stabbed 2 to death in dispute over property:  police“:

Bosseler and the woman knew Arnold, and they were in a dispute over the weekend about missing property, Hanania said in an email Tuesday night. Early Sunday, Arnold waited outside Bosseler’s apartment until someone opened the door, then Arnold burst into the apartment and attacked the others with a large knife, Hanania said.

According to Lyons Police, both Bosseler and the woman died from multiple stab wounds.

Additional details regarding this Illinois senior living facility double homicide can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the ABC7Chicago and Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

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Illinois Bill Would Ban Anonymous Complaints Against Nursing Homes

Anonymous complaints concerning Illinois nursing homes would no longer be accepted, or investigated, under a bill currently in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, H.B. 5601, which was introduced earlier this year, would amend the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to require identifying information about people filing neglect or abuse complaints.

Under the bill, the identifying information would be kept confidential by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  However, nursing home investigators would be able to contact people who filed complaints should they desire further information.

An excerpt from the Pekin Daily Times article of April 15, 2016 titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against Illinois nursing homes“:

But advocates for both nursing home residents and employees of nursing homes oppose the bill, which was approved last week by a House committee and could receive a full House vote anytime before being considered by the Senate.

Those advocates said some people fear retaliation against themselves or their loved ones by nursing homes and would make complaints to the state’s nursing home hotline (800-252-4343) only if they wouldn’t have to leave their name.

Wendy Meltzer, executive director of Chicago-based Illinois Citizens for Better Care, said the nursing home industry isn’t thinking of residents when it supports the bill.

“They want people not to file complaints,” she said, adding that bill supporters aren’t considering the vulnerability, health and varying personalities of nursing home employees, residents and residents’ family members.

According to the April 15 State Journal-Register article titled “Bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes,” approximately 20% of the 5,600 complaints about nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in 2015 were filed anonymously.

The bill is further discussed in the Pekin Daily Times and State Journal-Register articles mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of April 17 titled “State bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Overdoses Of Medications In Nursing Homes

When nursing home residents are admitted to a nursing home, there are legal requirements regarding the level of care they should receive.  As well, there is an issue of trust in that those residing in nursing homes will be receiving care that at least meets professional standards and accompanying expectations.

However, for a number of reasons, the quality of care may be negligent.  In addition to neglect, there is also the possibility of nursing home abuse.

There are numerous of areas in which neglect and abuse often occur.  One of these areas is in the administration of prescriptions and other medications.  This subject has been discussed in numerous posts on this site under the “medications” category.

As seen in these posts, the administration of medications in Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, have many long-standing problematical issues.  One of these issues is when the medications are administered in the improper dosages.  This can be particularly problematical for nursing home residents, as often such drugs given to nursing home residents are “strong” in nature, yet at the same time due to age and health conditions elderly people are easily injured, if not fatally so, by overdoses and other medication errors.

One example of a fatal overdose given to a nursing home resident is seen in the April 6 StarTribune article titled “Morphine error leads to patient’s death; northwest Minnesota nursing home faulted.” Excerpts from the article include:

A nursing home in northwestern Minnesota has been cited for neglect in the case of a resident with a severe cognitive disability who died after nurses gave him 10 times his prescribed dose of morphine.

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“The facility failed to have adequate policies in place to ensure medications were transcribed accurately and then administered correctly,” according to the report from the Minnesota Department of Health, which regulates nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other elder-care facilities.

Additional details regarding this fatal medication error can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the StarTribune article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Against Hinsdale Nursing Home Facility

There has been a  lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against a Hinsdale care facility, ManorCare in Hinsdale.  The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death of a nursing home resident.  The decedent was Walter Irmen.

An excerpt from the March 23, 2016 Hinsdale The Doings article titled “Lawsuit charges negligence at Hinsdale nursing home“:

On March 15, 2014, Walter Irmen allegedly pressed the call button for help using the bathroom, Powell said. The complaint alleges Irmen fell before anyone came to assist him and suffered a neck fracture.

Walter Irmen was taken to Hinsdale Hospital.  He died March 20, 2014.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and negligence.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and its claims can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Doings article mentioned above, as well as the Cook County Record article of March 19 titled “Manorcare of Hinsdale accused of negligence, wrongful death.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Medical Treatment In A Timely Manner

One source of lawsuits regarding the standard of care provided in Illinois nursing homes is whether appropriate levels of urgency are displayed with regard to a resident’s changing health status.  In other words, if a nursing home resident is injured or otherwise has a deterioration of their medical condition, is notification of appropriate parties performed on a timely basis?  An example of this is if a resident falls and is visibly injured.  Does the nursing home staff contact appropriate parties, such as a physician or paramedics, immediately or does the staff do so on a delayed basis?

Such delays can be deadly, depending upon the situation.  If such a delay leads to a death, and negligence on the part of the nursing home can be proven, there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  As with any situation leading to the harm or death of a person in a long-term care facility (nursing home, retirement home, assisted living facility, etc) in which there may have been negligence or abuse, one should speak with an Illinois nursing home lawyer.

The Cook County Record article of March 17, 2016, titled “Nursing home faces wrongful death allegation” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in which an adverse health condition was alleged to have not been addressed in a timely fashion.

An excerpt from the article:

The plaintiff filed a complaint on March 8 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging they violated the Illinois Wrongful Death Act by failing to properly assess and monitor Isla Delsol’s condition.

The plaintiff alleges that, on March 27, 2014, Isla Delsol exhibited abnormal breathing, but the condition was not addressed in a timely enough fashion and the nursing home resident died.

Additional details regarding this Cook County Circuit Court wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Cook County Lawsuit Filed Regarding Medication Administration

Medications and prescriptions that are used within Illinois nursing homes remain a controversial subject.   In a significant number of cases, medications are either incorrectly prescribed or administered.  These types of medication errors can lead to a variety of (serious) health impairments, including pain or other harm.

In the March 18, 2015 post titled “Deaths Of South Holland Assisted Living Residents Under Investigation,” details regarding the treatment of various residents is discussed.  Dorothy Byrd was one of the residents whose deaths were under investigation at that time.

A recent lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the death of Dorothy Byrd.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 26, 2016 WGNTV.com article (with video) titled “Family sues South Holland nursing home over fatal morphine overdose.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A South Holland nursing home is being sued by the family of an elderly woman whose death was ruled a homicide caused by improper medication.

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The medical examiner ruled Byrd died from toxic levels of the painkillers morphine and hydrocodone.  Morphine had not been prescribed for Byrd.

The nurse, whose license had expired, had the key to the drug cabinet.

Additional details regarding this Illinois assisted living lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Filed Over Care Received In Joliet Nursing Home

The development of bedsores (also frequently referred to as pressures sores) is frequently cited in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  While the reasons for this are various, as discussed on this site the development of bedsores often leads to various health impairments.  This is especially so if the bedsores are ignored or not otherwise treated in a timely and complete manner.  If left untreated, bedsores can lead to serious adverse health consequences, and may – directly or indirectly – lead to death.

A recent lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, cites alleged bedsores in a nursing home resident (Edward Matthews Sr.) in a Joliet nursing home.  The lawsuit is discussed in the February 9, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Son Sues Joliet Nursing Home Over Dad’s Death” as well as the February 9 Cook County Record article titled “Man sues nursing home after father’s death.”

An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article:

“During his stay, Matthews suffered from needless and preventable multiple pressure sores to his lower extremities, a Stage III pressure sore to his lower back, sepsis, pneumonia, respiratory distress and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” according to the lawsuit, as reported by the Cook County Record.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this nursing home neglect lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and Cook County Record articles mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Nursing Home Negligence

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the death of a nursing home resident in Godfrey, Illinois.

The lawsuit is discussed in thetelegraph.com article of January 30, 2016, titled “Estate sues Godfrey nursing home, claims wrongful death.”

As seen in the article, the lawsuit claims neglect in the care provided to a nursing home resident.  The formation of pressure sores is cited, as is various other factors that either cause or accompany pressure sores.

As discussed in many areas on this site, the development of pressure sores is, for many reasons, problematical.  Should pressure sores (also commonly referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers) develop, it is imperative that they be immediately and properly treated.  If they are not promptly and immediately treated, they can worsen, causing further adverse health conditions – and may lead to a fatal decline in health.

With regard to the wrongful death lawsuit cited above, two notable excerpts from The Telegraph article include:

The estate of a Godfrey woman has filed a wrongful death suit against Integrity Healthcare of Godfrey and its owners, claiming the deceased died after suffering from pressure ulcers, malnutrition, sepsis and other health problems as a result of alleged negligence.

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The plaintiff claims the facility operators failed to re-position Wheeler, failed to prevent pressure sores, failed to prevent infection of open wounds, failed to address her weight loss and failed to monitor her fluid intake, among other alleged violations.

Additional details concerning this lawsuit and its claims can be seen in various media sources, including The Telegraph article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illegal And Inappropriate Incidents In Nursing Homes

On this site, many different types of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and accidents are discussed.  While many of these types of abuse, neglect, and nursing home accidents have been featured, it should be mentioned that there are many other incidents that can occur in Illinois nursing homes and other health care facilities that are either inappropriate and/or illegal.

An alleged example of such an illegal and inappropriate action taken by an assisted living facility employee has recently been publicized.  The Huffington Post article (with video) of January 19, 2016, titled “Nursing Assistant Charged After Posting Nude Video Of 93-Year-Old On Snapchat” discusses an incident in which a nursing assistant at a Wisconsin assisted living facility allegedly took a video of a mostly naked facility resident and posted it on Snapchat without consent.

An excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

The employee of Parkside Manor in Kenosha posted a video of a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sitting on a bed “in a bra and no underwear and no pant[s],” according to a criminal complaint filed last week in Kenosha County. She admitted her action to the facility’s executive director and said “it was immoral and very terribly wrong,” the complaint said.

The employee, Grace Riedlinger, 21, was fired and faces a charge of taking a nude photo without consent, for which she could be sentenced to 1½ years in prison and two years of extended supervision. She could not be reached for comment; her mother said an attorney had advised the family not to discuss the matter.

The article also discusses additional instances of similar such actions involving unauthorized postings of pictures and videos onto social media.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of January 14, 2016 titled “Nude Snapchat of resident leads to felony charge for SNF employee.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Falls In Which Residents Are Hurt

Due to a number of factors, accidents in which residents fall and hurt themselves are one of the most common types of nursing home injuries.  One of the reasons that nursing home residents fall is due to a lack of balance, which may be caused by a number of factors, including aging as well as a potential side-effect of various medications.   Other reasons why nursing home residents fall are further discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page.

Due to the incidence of these falls – as well as the serious types of injuries that often result due to these falls – lawsuits against Illinois nursing homes alleging neglect in cases of nursing home fall injuries are common.

An example of a recent lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County is discussed in the Cook County Record article of December 24, 2015, titled “Daughter blames Lexington of Schaumburg for mother’s nursing home death.”  As seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence in the fall of a resident, and also claims violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

The alleged fall and injuries happened when as the resident was using the washroom.  Walking to and using the bathroom is a common setting for nursing home falls.

Additional commentary regarding nursing home falls includes:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.