Personal Injury Law Blog

 

Clifford Law Associate Kimberly M. Halvorsen Presents at Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Awards

 

  Kimberly M. Halvorsen, wrongful death lawyer at Clifford Law Offices, presented at the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Auxiliary Board’s “My Hero Awards” on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Halvorsen, the new president of the Auxiliary Board introduced Dan A. Cotter, the current President of the Chicago Bar Association, who announced the final results of his lifting campaign in a presentation titled “Lifting to Lend-A-Hand XI.” Judge Tim Evans was honored during the reception with the Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Mentoring Award.  Clifford Law Offices’ communications partner, Pam Menaker was also in … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 23, 2014 |
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Robert Clifford Appointed by Federal Court to Lead Pella Window Class Action Lawsuit

 

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been named the lead counsel in the class action fight against Pella window company for allegedly defective, leaking windows. Law 360 reported on the decision by U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel.  To read more about this story, see the following story below. Clifford Law Offices Tapped To Lead Pella Window Fight By Lance Duroni Law360, Chicago (September 15, 2014, 5:32 PM ET) — An Illinois federal judge … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 22, 2014 |
Filed under: Clifford Law Offices,Uncategorized
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Legal Options for Collecting Unpaid Child Support

 

Question: What legal options do I have to collect unpaid child support?   Answer: Most Illinois child support is collected through income withholding. But other methods include “freezing and seizing” bank accounts. The law allows for professional and occupational licensing agencies to suspend or revoke licenses of a parent until child support is paid. Non-payment of support ordered by the court can be Contempt of Court and the non-payer can be jailed until he/she purges the contempt by payment.   … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 18, 2014 |
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FDA Releases Data Pertaining to Adverse Drug Event and Medication Errors

 

Mass quantities of data relating to side effects caused by drugs and other medication errors were publicly released by the FDA with the hope that the information will lead to enhanced research in the area of medication, according to a recent article published by The Hill (“Open FDA Project Releases Millions of Reports,” June 2, 2014). The agency has reportedly released over 3 million reports, which were previously only available through tedious Freedom of Information Act requests, on such errors … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 16, 2014 |
Filed under: FDA,Prescription And Medical Errors
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After Change of Mind, Federal Regulators Will Release Hospital Mistake Records

 

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) apparently have backtracked on its earlier decision to stop publicly reporting incidents of life-threatening mistakes made by hospitals in their course of treating patients, according to a story that appeared in USA Today (“Feds reverse course, will release hospital mistake data,” Sept. 7, 2014).   Federal regulators will resume releasing such data, including mishaps such as leaving foreign objects in patients’ bodies following surgical procedures and misreading of a patients’ blood types, the … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 16, 2014 |
Filed under: Medical Malpractice,Uncategorized
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Pam Menaker Pens Article on Unconstitutional Caps in Med Mal Cases in Florida

 

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices and Associate Editor of the American Bar Association Litigation News, authored an article on a recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court that held caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional. In Estate of Michelle Evette McCall v. United States, the decision by the highest court in Florida makes it the eighth state in the country to strike down statutorily enacted medical malpractice damage caps involving wrongful death … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 15, 2014 |
Filed under: Medical Malpractice
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Smoking Bans on State-Supported Colleges

 

Question: Is there a law that prohibits smoking on campuses of state-supported colleges and universities?   Answer: Not yet. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Smoke Free Campus Act will go into effect, banning smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. Exceptions are made for smoking inside privately-owned vehicles traveling through campus and certain activities allowed under the Federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Each institution of higher learning must establish a community task force by December 31, 2014, … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 15, 2014 |
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Colin Dunn Pens Article on Governmental Immunity

 

Colin H. Dunn, partner at Clifford Law Offices and columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, penned an article published in the August 27, 2014 edition entitled, “Governmental immunity and the quest for a ‘willful and wanton’ escape hatch.” In the article, Dunn, who is a respected premises liability lawyer & aviation accident attorney, discusses the various tort immunity provisions a plaintiff might have to deal with if a governmental entity is sued. The three basic immunities explained were immunity … Read more…

Created by rbaker on September 12, 2014 |
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Former Cook County Circuit Court Judge Named Managing Partner at Clifford Law Offices

 

      Clifford Law Offices welcomes the Hon. Henry R. Simmons (Ret.), former judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. He served for nearly two decades on the bench, including the Law Division. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney for 13 years. Just prior to his joining the firm, he worked as a Certified Mediator with ADR Systems of America, one of the most highly respected mediation firms in the country. To read … Read more…

Created by Clifford Law Offices on September 10, 2014 |
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FDA Concludes that Most American Children Are Exposed to Food Dyes

 

A recent assessment performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that 96 percent of all children aged 2-5 years are exposed to food dyes, including Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1, according to Food Safety News. Although there has been no formal, causal link established between the intake of synthetic food dyes and adverse health effects, researchers have suspected for more than 40 years that the over-consumption of synthetic food dyes is linked to hyperactivity, Food Safety … Read more…

Created by chaskins on September 9, 2014 |
Filed under: FDA,Food Safety
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