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
118 Questions Answered

Q. My son's arm was in a cast for 2 months but they had to re-do it after because the bone had not set right.
A: I wouldn't put these facts without more information into the category of a medical negligence case; at least not a case that my firm would take on for a couple of reasons. One, importantly it does not seem clear yet how your son's condition will end. Just because the bone had to be re-set may or may not be below the standard of care giving rise to negligence. Second, it doesn't seem that the damages would rise to the level that economically, even in the face of medical negligence that a worthwhile result would occur. I wouldn't discourage you from contacting the medical providers who may have been responsible for this, but I don't believe a claim at this point would be viable. If your son's condition changes drastically for the worse, then my analysis would change too.
Q. I was in a car accident and was not at fault. I am still waiting for my insurance payment.
A: Assuming you are awaiting payment from your insurer, I would write a letter, certified mail, to the insurance carrier, copy your insurance agent and then notify by copy of that letter demanding payment to the Illinois Department of Insurance. That should get the insurer's attention and get you your money. If that doesn't get you the results you want, I would call the Illinois Department of Insurance and ask about filing a formal complaint.
Q. Xarelto - Who will be a voice for the sub-populations?
A: From your description it sounds like the facts may lead an attorney to research whether the prescribing of Xarelto was contraindicated for your parent and thus would fall into a medical malpractice/wrongful death matter. If you haven't already, i would consult an attorney who specializes in medical negligence matters. Be prepared to retrieve all of the relevant medical and hospital records that were associated with the care and treatment of your mother. If an autopsy was done, that would certainly be helpful on determining a more precise cause of death.
Q. My elderly parent is being sued by a contractor in small claims court -
A: If the case filed against your parent is pending and no answer is due or has been filed yet, assuming the complaint is not fundamentally defective as a matter of law, your parent can file an answer and counterclaim together if within the time. If your parent is late with an answer or other pleading, you or your parent would request the court on the first hearing date for leave to file an answer and counterclaim which would routinely be granted. I would suggest that an attorney be consulted to review the pleadings filed by the plaintiff.
Q. As a middle-man, am I liable for the product I advertise if I am the one collecting the customers' money?
A: From the facts you presented, if you were to contract with the students and they were to pay your company or you directly you could have liability exposure should some contract issue arise where the school or you/your company were viewed to be in some sort of breach of that contract. Whenever an entity or individual enters into a contract arrangement dependent on yet another entity (such as the school(s) here) there is a possibility that you or your company could be implicated should something go wrong. That's just the way things go in litigation--a party may be inclined to name as a responsible party any of those in any way, even remotely, associated with the transaction.
Q. My parent is at a care facility and I've witnessed what I think is neglect of another person who lives there.
A: You should report the neglect of another resident to the administrator of the nursing home or care facility. You should also alert the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services who will likely investigate your complaint. As far as you being able to bring an action for this person, you would have to be appointed guardian of the estate of a disabled person, but would only have standing in that case as a guardian on behalf of the person. The conditions precedent are that the person would have be adjudicated a disabled person by the probate court or consent to your appointment and you would have to be able to provide proof by an affidavit of heirship at least that there were no heirs and no next of kin of this person who would have a greater right to either be appointed guardian of the estate and person (assuming there is an underlying illness or disability that makes that appointment necessary) than you as a stranger trying to help this person.
Q. My dad was hit by another resident at his care facility and was injured. I feel like it's the facility's job to make su
A: There are cases that would support a claim against the nursing home for injuries a resident suffers from an incident like the one you described with another resident. The facts surrounding the incident are very important. Who was the attacker? Does that attacking resident have a history of violence that the nursing home knew or should have known about? Was there a provocation that led to the attack? Would the nursing home have any reason to believe that the attacking resident has a propensity toward violence because of the medical condition of this person and a history of attacks like this? With affirmative answers to those questions, a claim certainly could be made. In short, the answer to your question is "maybe" if the facts surrounding the incident support the claim--that is should the nursing home have known such an incident was predictable and it did nothing to prevent this, then the answer changes to "yes", there is a lawsuit to pursue. It also depends on the level of you injury you dad suffered.
Q. What kind of taxes do I have to pay from a personal injury settlement?
A: There are no federal taxes associated with a personal injury settlement or recovery. As long as the terms of the settlement reached are for the personal injuries without any part of it designated as a recovery of wages or benefits, there is no federal taxes due on the settlement.
Q. My husband was in a car accident over the weekend, but he was driving the company car.
A: Assuming your husband was driving the company car that it owns, the company would provide liability and casualty insurance coverage and protection to your husband if he were responsible for damage to another vehicle or injury to another person. So my short answer based on your question is yes, the company should step in with its insurance coverage to take care of this incident. However, your husband probably has additional insurance coverage for driving this vehicle that the company owns and maybe if there is a family vehicle coverage for that as well.
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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