Toxic Torts

 A toxic tort is a type of personal injury where an injured party is exposed to chemicals. The types of chemicals can vary widely, from more familiar asbestos and lead poisoning, to more obscure chemicals like magnetic fields, pesticides, and chemical exposure from work or home. Depending on where the exposure takes place will determine…

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Nursing Home Agreements

 As nursing home facilities are facing increasing litigation, it is natural for such facilities to try to limit their liability as much as possible. While this can be great for the bottom line of a facility, nursing home patients may unintentionally waive their right to collect damages or fully litigate any negligence or personal injuries…

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Malicious Prosecution

 Malicious prosecution is an intentional tort that is typically disfavored in Illinois courts and thus has very strict elements that must be met to move forward with a claim. Courts believe that the tort inhibits open access to the court process and are wary to find merit in these claims. However in many personal injury…

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Gross Negligence

 Most personal injury cases, even serious ones, involve claims relating to ordinary negligence. However, there are some types of negligence that go beyond what the law establishes as ordinary. Such negligence is known as gross negligence. The definition of gross negligence varies by state so it is important to seek the interpretation of the law…

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Federal Tort Claims Act

 Personal injury claims against the federal government may be brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The FTCA provides for a departure from the typical rule in place of sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity typically shields the federal government from lawsuits. It was a doctrine that was adopted from the common law of England where…

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