Medical Malpractice Case Update – Spring 2011
In Serrano v. Rotman, the appellate court decided a physician may explain his response to a request to admit. In Iaccino v Anderson, the court found that subjecting a physician to cross-examination with his 2-622 report is allowed.
Workers’ Comp Caselaw Update – Spring 2011
In three separate cases, Illinois courts held: 1) personal deviation does not preclude benefits for a traveling employee "on his way home," 2) a former employer injured during an IME is not in the course of their employment with Respondent, and 3) the law of case doctrine applies in workers' compensation cases.
Is Private Practice Finished?
The current trend in the hospital community is to buy physician practices, rendering those physicians employees of the hospital. Additionally, many new physicians are staring their careers as hospital employees. There are benefits to both physicians and hospitals through these arrangements; however, there are also drawbacks.
Admissibility and Use of Vehicle Photos in Minor Impact Car Accident Cases
The admission of vehicle photographs that show minor damage to the plaintiff’s car is powerful evidence that most jurors find persuasive on the issue of whether the plaintiff was injured in the accident. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have therefore attempted to avoid the admissions of these photographs wherever possible.
Defense Attorneys Lose a Powerful Weapon
Rule 216 allows a party to serve on another party a written request for an admission of truth of any specified relevant fact set out in the request, and/or of the genuineness of documents. Effective January 1, 2011, parties must follow special requirements in serving another party with a request to admit.