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Robert D. Kreisman

Robert D. Kreisman

Kreisman Law Offices
  • 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
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
Legal Answers
171 Questions Answered

Q. Is cook county small claims court rules more relaxed or difficult
A: The burden of proof in most, but not all civil lawsuits is a preponderance of evidence (more probably true than not true). Beyond a reasonable doubt is the burden of proof the state/government would have to reach in any criminal case. Small claims courts do not prevent a litigant from serving a subpoena on a witness to attend the trial. As long as you are able to lay the proper foundation, oral or written facts may be entered into evidence by the judge. Whether one would find the rules of evidence strictly enforced or relaxed in a small claims court in Illinois is dependent on who the judge is on how that judge runs trials. If I were you, I would be prepared for strict compliance with the rules of evidence. You should consult with an attorney in your area to discuss your case and the specifics of what evidence you want the court to consider.
Q. Can you be sued for sharing your experience with a business?
A: The only way to know or to render a legal opinion would be if you had an experienced contract lawyer review whatever employment contract or other agreement you are referring to that you believe legally prevents you and its binding on you from commenting about this business.
Q. If I cancel after minimum notice period in contract, am I liable to pay vendor for services not performed?
A: Whether you would be required to pay for services not received is dependent on the terms of the contract. There is a principle of law called unjust enrichment where a party receives a windfall or is unjustly enriched. However, if the contract is specific and enforceable, you could be held liable. You would be well-served to have an experience attorney carefully review the contract you refer to and get an opinion on what your exposure to liability might be.
Q. Have lifetime medical benefits award for head injury due to fall from chair at work. Can I bring claim vs. chair maker?
A: Assuming there was a defect to the chair that caused your fall and injury, the answer is yes. You are not prohibited from bringing a third party action against the manufacturer, distributor of the chair as long as the statute of limitations has not run. You cannot bring a direct action against your employer. The other most important piece of any product liability lawsuit is the defective product itself. It must be preserved in the same condition it was in at the time of your injury. Without that chair you would have difficulty proving that this chair (the one you were injured on) and all chairs of this particular model and design were defective. You will also need an expert who would opine that the chair was inherently defective in its making, design and was the cause of your injury. Furthermore, since you had a workers' compensation claim, the amount of the payments made to you for temporary total disability, lump sum payment and medical expenses in total would serve as a lien against any future recovery on product defect case that you may be contemplating.
Q. My mother acquired a staph infection during a hospital stay - what is the hospital's obligation here?
A: Hospital-borne infections has become a kind of national epidemic in some locales. The obligation of the hospital is to identify, diagnose and treat the infection. If you're asking is the contracting of a staph infection in a hospital by itself an actionable medical malpractice case, the answer is most times "no."
Q. Do they do a credit check before you are accepted to a nursing home?
A: Yes. Nursing homes want to know who will pay for the resident and the services received. If not out of pocket, then will Medicaid be paying?
Q. My neighbor's drone hit me but he says it was malfunctioning. Who is responsible for my injuries?
A: My first reaction is that your neighbor is responsible. The maker and distributor of the drone may also have a duty that the drone operates safely and without defects.
Q. Who is responsible if you get into a fender bender in a small privately owned parking lot?
A: The responsible party is the one at fault. It doesn't matter in this fact description where the incident occurred. Even though the fender bender happened on private property the police should have been notified and a police report made.
Q. I got lowballed on a settlement. Where do I go from here?
A: Assuming you have an attorney representing you, the next step in cases where insurance companies make "low ball" offers (which by the way happens very often now) is to file your lawsuit and let a jury make the determination as to what is fair and reasonable for your damages. That is the leverage you have.
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Kreisman Law Offices
55 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
Toll-Free: (800) 583-8002
Telephone: (312) 346-0045
Fax: (866) 618-4198