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Robert D. Kreisman
  • Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Elder Law...
  • Illinois, Missouri
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Kreisman Law Offices is a Chicago-based personal injury firm that successfully uses a client-based approach to seek justice for victims nationwide. Robert Kreisman is an AV-rated attorney with over 37 years of experience litigating a variety of personal injury cases, including those involving medical malpractice, car accidents, wrongful death, and products liability. He works with some of the leading experts in the nation and employs the newest technology to seek the most favorable results possible for his clients. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless there is a recovery on your case. Please call the Kreisman Law Offices today to pursue the justice you deserve.

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Elder Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Birth Injury
  • Anesthesiology Errors
  • Brain Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Pharmaceutical Litgation / Prescription Drug Side Effects
  • Product Defects
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
7th Circuit
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
DePaul College of Law
LL.M. (1981)
The John Marshall Law School
J.D. (1976)
Honors: with Honors
University of Missouri - Columbia
President's Club
American Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Peer Rating AV (Highest Rating)
Martindale-Hubbard Law Directory
Professional Associations
American College of Legal Medicine
- Current
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
- Current
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
- Current
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
American Association for Justice
- Current
Illinois State Bar
- Current
Missouri State Bar
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Chicago Bar Association
- Current
Bar Association of Metropolitain St. Louis
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Successfully Handling Medical Negligence Cases, AAJ Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA
American Association for Justice
Moderator for Professional Negligence Section seminar
Mediation Skills
Northwestern University
American Association for Justice
Websites & Blogs
Kreisman Law Offices Website
Robert D. Kreisman's Website Profile
Chicago Injury Lawyer Blog
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blawg
Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Blog
Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers Blog
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261 Questions Answered

Q. Can a monetary tort claim be amended even if I've filed my lawsuit already and I discovered new evidence to ask for more
A: In most jurisdictions a complaint may be amended anytime up through judgment as long the amendment conforms to the proofs. In your situation depending on your state's procedural law, I think it would be routine to amend your complaint to raise the ad damnum (or the claim for damages) that are in keeping with what you believe to be your damages for your injuries. In my county where I principally practice, a complaint for damages other than in contract would be alleged to be an amount in excess of $50,000. That is the jurisdictional limit for cases handled in the law division as opposed to the municipal department that handles cases valued at less than that amount.
Q. Is there any way to appeal a decision by an arbitrator?
A: No, as long as the parties have agreed to the arbitration as binding. Some arbitrations are nonbinding, but the agreement would have to be specific on that point. Nonbinding arbitrations are often referred to as mediations.
Q. What does it mean if your arbitration proceeding is binding?
A: If the parties had agreed to a binding arbitration, the end result is just that-the decision is binding without judicial review. If the arbitrator awarded damages or some money remedy, the party assessed is usually given a set time limit in which to comply or pay the award. If not, the other side, the winning party, should and will file a lawsuit to enforce the binding arbitrator's decision. In short binding arbitration results are not reviewable by a court inasmuch the reason for the agreement for binding arbitration was to avoid the court system and substitute arbitration in its place as the one and only litigation process.
Q. POA removed from Financial Institution
A: I think you would need to hire an attorney in the state where grandmother was taken. You may consider with that lawyer and one in your state in having a guardianship set up naming you as guardian of the estate and person of grandmother to have her situated in a facility that will be especially capable of handling dementia patients. The guardianship will also nullify that improper POA that daughter #2 has manipulated grandmother with.
Q. We hired a self-employed person to take care of my mother in her house - is that person subject
A: Yes. The Home Health, Home Services and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act would cover your situation. 210 ILCS 55/1, et seq.
Q. How long do I have after I was hurt to file a personal injury suit?
A: In Arizona you have two years from the date of the negligent incident that caused your injury to file your lawsuit. The statute of limitations, being two years means that you would be barred from bringing a later lawsuit outside of that two year period. I urge you to contact an attorney in your area.
Q. Is it possible for the same person to file for a wrongful death and survival action lawsuit?
A: Yes. This assumes that the plaintiff bringing the lawsuit has some relationship with the decedent; next of kin, heir. Survival actions are for the pain and suffering the decedent endured before death. That piece of the lawsuit belongs to the estate of the decedent, whereas the wrongful death award, judgment belongs to the next of kin, which should there be an award, verdict, settlement, could be distributed differently, than the Survival count under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act.
Q. Is it possible for a plaintiff to win a wrongful death suit for a car accident case
A: Yes. This is an often a contentious issue that the lawyers will grapple with because of that fact, no seat belt, would there be proof supported by an expert witness, that but for the absence of the seat belt, the person who died would have survived? The issue of whether or not a seat belt was in place is not relevant. How that would unfold is dependent on your state and local jurisdiction and its law in this area. But, in most jurisdictions, seat belt use or not, is not admissible evidence.
Q. What are the most common reasons for why plaintiffs lose wrongful death lawsuits?
A: When the jury decides that there was no negligence that was a cause of the death, the verdict would be for the defendant. Plaintiffs have the burden of proof, a preponderance of the evidence, or what is more probably true than not true, that the breach of duty was a cause of the damages, the death of the person. If the jury, who are the fact finders in any jury trial, find that the burden of proof wasn't met, the verdict is for the defendant.
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Kreisman Law Offices Medical Malpractice Lawyers
55 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
Toll-Free: (800) 583-8002
Telephone: (312) 346-0045
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