Rehabilitation Services Offered By Nursing Homes

On April 14, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag.”

The article focuses on how some nursing homes are focusing on offering short-term rehabilitation services, even though the quality of care may not be adequate.

An excerpt:

But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness, rather than long-term care at the end of life.

Even as nursing homes are busily investing in luxury living quarters, however, the quality of care is strikingly uneven. And it is clear that many of the homes are not up to the challenge of providing the intensive medical care that rehabilitation requires. Many are often short on nurses and aides and do not have doctors on staff.

A report released in 2014 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found that 22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm as a result of their medical care. An additional 11 percent suffered temporary injury. The report estimated that Medicare spent $2.8 billion on hospital treatment in 2011 because of harm experienced in nursing facilities.

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Competition for these patients has become intense because Medicare, the health insurance program for older adults, pays 84 percent more for short-term patients than nursing homes typically get from Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, for long-term residents.

At the same time, hospitals are trying to cut costs by discharging some patients early — like those who have had hip replacement or heart surgery, for example. Not quite ready to go home, they need continuing care somewhere. And for older adults, Medicare usually pays the bill.

The article gives examples of those who have allegedly not received proper care, including incidents that have led to harm of nursing home residents, including death.  Nursing home lawsuits and verdicts are also mentioned.

Additional details can be found in the New York Times 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.

Investigation Of Illinois Nursing Home Resident’s Death

The March 12, 2015 death of a nursing home resident (Juanita Simmons) at the Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center in Belleville has prompted an investigation.

An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Belleville-News Democrat article titled “Investigation opens into Belleville nursing home death as sisters recall abuse“:

The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office has an “open and active” investigation into the death of Simmons, who was found dead Thursday morning at Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center, 727 N. 17th St. in Belleville. Nursing home administrator Rebecca Garcia could not be reached, and previously declined comment.

The article discusses alleged mistreatment and potential nursing home abuse of Simmons, and also highlights 20 complaints filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health against Midwest in the past year.

A subsequent bnd.com article, that of March 21, 2015, titled “Owner of Belleville nursing home where resident was found dead operates 10 facilities with one-star rating” discusses various aspects of Senior Healthcare Management, which operates Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center.

An excerpt from this article:

The owner of a Belleville nursing home, where an 85-year-old woman was found dead strapped to a wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs, owns 12 other nursing homes in Illinois — 10, like Midwest, have a one-star rating.

This article highlights a number of Illinois nursing home abuse lawsuits.  As well, wrongful death lawsuits filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Midwest Rehabilitation & Respiratory Center in Belleville are listed.

For those unaware of the nursing home rating system, this rating system is discussed in numerous places within this site, including the June 2, 2014 post titled “Conditions Within A Chicago-Area 1-Star Nursing Home.”

Nursing home ratings can be found at the Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare site.

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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.

Deaths Of South Holland Assisted Living Residents Under Investigation

A death of a South Holland assisted living facility (Holland Home) resident has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Toxic levels of two painkilling drugs are reported to have contributed to the death of the 98-year-old resident, Dorothy Byrd.

Byrd was among six residents at Holland Home who were hospitalized on February 3, 2015 after the residents experienced respiratory and blood pressure issues.

Of the six residents, two other residents who were hospitalized have also died earlier this month.  Those residents have been identified by South Holland Police as Robert Rundin, 88, and Leon Krynicki, 98.

An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Daily Southtown (Chicago Tribune) article titled “South Holland assisted living facility resident’s death ruled a homicide; two others also have died“:

Police opened an investigation of the incident after Byrd died. Byrd’s death was caused by morphine and hydrocodone toxicity, combined with hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to Cook County medical examiner’s office spokesman Frank Shuftan.

The deaths remain under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these deaths of Illinois assisted living facility residents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the March 17 McKnight’s article titled “Homicide charges follow sudden illness of six assisted living residents.”

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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 Against Illinois Nursing Home Concerning Bedsore

As frequently mentioned on this site, a variety of adverse health consequences can arise if bedsores (also frequently referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers) are not immediately and properly treated.  It is because of these probable adverse health consequences that the occurrence of bedsores and their improper treatment is often the cause of lawsuits to be filed against nursing homes, both in Illinois as well as nationally.

A recent Illinois nursing home lawsuit concerning the formation and adverse health consequences of a decubitus ulcer is discussed in the February 3, 2015 Madison Record article titled “Woman blames Alton nursing home for relative’s ulcer.”  The lawsuit was filed by Sara Kleine on January 20, 2015 in Madison County Circuit Court, against the Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Steven Blisko.  The lawsuit regarded the alleged nursing home neglect regarding the care of Sharon Dunahee.

An excerpt from the article:

Because of the ulcer, the suit says Dunahee required surgical intervention, which led to a deteriorating physical condition. Klein claims Dunahee incurred significant medical costs, endured great pain and anguish and suffered a severe and permanent disability.

Kleine blames the nursing home staff for contributing to Dunahee’s injuries, saying they negligently failed to properly notify her next-of-kin regarding a significant deterioration in her physical status, failed to care for her in a manner that enhanced her dignity and quality of life and didn’t employ sufficient staff to provide adequate medical care.

Additional details regarding this Illinois nursing home lawsuit can be found in a variety of media sources including the Madison 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.

Illinois Nursing Home Fire Injures Four People

As discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Burns” page, there are a variety of ways in which nursing home residents can get burned in Chicago area nursing homes.  Of course, one of the main ways nursing home residents get burned and otherwise injured is from fires that occur in nursing homes.

There are many reasons that fires start in nursing homes, but if proper safety procedures and maintenance are instituted in the nursing home, the risk of such fires should be greatly diminished if not eliminated.

A nursing home fire broke out in a nursing home facility in unincorporated Cook County near Park Ridge on Thursday, February 19, 2015.  Four people were injured and hospitalized as a result of this nursing home fire.

An excerpt from the February 19, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Four hospitalized following Maine Township nursing home fire“:

The fire was reported around 8:15 a.m. inside a second-floor room at the three-story Ballard Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center, 9300 Ballard Road, in unincorporated Maine Township.

According to the Chicago Tribune article as well as other media sources, four people were taken to local hospitals, primarily hurt from smoke inhalation.  Two of the four people, said to be nursing home residents, required advanced life support.

The fire was contained to one unit, due largely in part to the building’s sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this nursing home fire and resulting accident injuries can be seen a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above as well as the February 19 CBS Chicago article titled “Four Hospitalized After Fire At Des Plaines Nursing Home.”

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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.

Illinois Bill To Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras

In the September 8, 2014 post (“Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes“) a proposal by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was discussed.  That proposal would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, subject to various provisions, as discussed.

Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.  However, as discussed in the above-mentioned post, the proposed surveillance could be used to help resolve disputes about suspected Illinois nursing home abuse and/or negligence, and presumably would also serve as a deterrent.

Today (February 13, 2015) a bill has been introduced in Springfield by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.  This bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing home residents’ rooms if they want them and are willing to pay for them.  As well, various other conditions would also have to be met.   The bill specifies that the video surveillance recordings could be used as evidence in court proceedings.  The bill was drafted by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The bill, and the conditions under which the cameras would be allowed, is discussed in various media sources, including the February 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Nursing home room monitoring cameras would be allowed under Illinois bill” as well as the February 13 abc7news.com article (with video) titled “I-Team:  Law Would Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

The Illinois Department of Public Health receives about 19,000 calls alleging neglect or abuse each year and investigates about 5,000 of them, according to the attorney general’s office.

“Unfortunately, people who are disabled or people who are elderly and vulnerable can get abused,” Harris said. “We’ve seen it and it’s a really sad state of affairs, and anything we can do to prevent that happening is just so important.”

The abc7news.com article also discussed the bill, and highlights various cases of alleged Illinois nursing home abuse.

Both of the articles mentioned above state that currently camera monitoring in nursing homes is legal in four states.

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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.

Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Medications

Medications administered in health care facilities (including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals) continues to be an important topic.  In particular, the use – and appropriateness – of antipsychotic medications has become a controversial issue, particularly since many of the antipsychotic medicines are powerful and can have side-effects.  (other posts concerning nursing home medication issues are seen in the “medications” category)

A recent wrongful death lawsuit filed in Tennessee against a nursing home highlights claims regarding inappropriate use of antipsychotic and psychotropic medications.

The lawsuit is described in the January 16, 2015 Greeneville Sun article titled “Life Care Of Greeneville Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit.” (the lawsuit is seen at aarp.org (pdf))

Two excerpts from the article:

The suit alleges that, for a few days in August 2013 at Takoma Regional Hospital and then continuing until mid-October 2013 at Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tweed was administered powerful drugs that were inappropriate for his medical condition: dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (but not mental illness).

The drugs mentioned in the lawsuit — Seroquel, Geodon and Depakote — are described in the suit as “extremely powerful psychotropic medications” classified as “atypical anti-psychotic drugs.”

Seroquel and Geodon, the suit alleges, “and other atypical anti-psychotic drugs” have been shown to increase death in elderly patients who are suffering from dementia.

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The lawsuit summarizes at one point: ” … the defendant failed to obtain informed consent for the treatment of [Keller’s] father and deviated from the standard of care in providing medical treatment while he was under their care.

“As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ acts and omissions, Mr. Tweed suffered serious and debiliating harm and injuries, ultimately resulting in death.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Greeneville Sun article 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.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

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

Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit Includes Claims Of Malnutrition And Overmedication

As discussed throughout this site, there are many types of nursing home neglect.  It is common to see nursing home neglect that results in dehydration.  Additionally, another type of neglect can occur when a nursing home fails to inform physicians and/or other relevant parties as to the development of significant medical conditions.  While there may be many reasons for such lapses in care, poor training of nursing home staff, as well as nursing home understaffing, are often reasons cited in lawsuits regarding nursing home neglect.

A recent West Virginia lawsuit against a nursing home serves as an example of alleged nursing home neglect that involves malnutrition as well as overmedication.  That lawsuit is described in the January 20, 2015 West Virginia Record article titled “Woman blames nursing home for man’s death.”  As seen in that article, the lawsuit claims that negligence led to significant medical problems that resulted in the nursing home resident’s death.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and the alleged nursing home neglect can be seen in the West Virginia Record article seen 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 for a free legal consultation to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

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

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Neglect In Care Of Illinois Nursing Home Resident

Nursing home neglect can take many forms, and can lead to a range of adverse outcomes, including death.  A recently filed Illinois wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home, and this lawsuit claims that nursing home neglect contributed to a resident’s health decline and death.

The lawsuit was filed December 11, 2014 by Mary M. Crane, daughter of Jack W. Torum, the nursing home resident who died.  The lawsuit was filed in Madison County Circuit Court against the Alhambra Care Center.

The lawsuit is discussed in the December 22, 2014 Madison Record article titled “Daughter of deceased man files complaint against nursing home.”

An excerpt from the article:

She blames the nursing home for causing her father’s injuries, saying its employees negligently failed to observe Torum for any significant changes to his medical condition, failed to timely notify Torum’s physician or daughter of any changes to his physical or mental condition, failed to provide him with adequate hydration and nutrition, neglected Torum and failed to provide him with adequate medical care.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit and the alleged lack of proper nursing home care can be seen in the Madison Record article 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.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

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

Illinois Lawsuit Filed Over Care Received At Illinois Hospital

Medications administered in health care facilities (including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices) has become an important topic, for a number of reasons.  The appropriateness of such medications, as well as how – and if – they are appropriately administered – are two topics that are of primary concern with regard to health care.

There has been an Illinois personal injury lawsuit filed regarding the hospital treatment received by a patient, James Charnas, at Alton Memorial Hospital.

The lawsuit and alleged underlying harm is discussed in at least two articles, including the January 5, 2015 thetelegraph.com article titled “Lawsuit filed against Alton Memorial” as well as the December 23, 2014 Madison Record article titled “Woman alleges husband suffered disability after receiving intravenous medication.”

Two excerpts from thetelegraph.com article mentioned above:

The estate of a former patient of Alton Memorial Hospital has filed suit in circuit court, claiming the hospital’s handling of a powerful narcotic pain medication has resulted in the need for around-the-clock nursing home care.

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The suit claims the hospital was negligent for failing to properly monitor the patient, failing to order the proper monitoring while receiving Dilaudid, failing to take his vital signs between 10 p.m. Jan. 17 and 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2013, failing to discuss admission to the ICU with the patient’s attending physician and failing to properly program the pump that administers the medication.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including two 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.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

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

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

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