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Robert D. Kreisman
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  • 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
  • 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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276 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. when you sign settlement paper how many days must you legally wait before you get the check??
A: It depends on the law in your jurisdiction. For example, Illinois has law directly on point of your question. You should ask this question to the lawyer handling your case or an attorney in your area.
Q. How does one select a mediator? What if we can't agree on using the same person?
A: There are many neutral arbitration/mediation organizations in the Chicago area and around Illinois that provide solid work. It would be very strange if the lawyers involved couldn't agree on a mediator. In some cases, a mediation might be set by the presiding judge, sending the case to another judge to mediate. Assuming the mediation envisioned is nonbinding i can't imagine why a mediator couldn't be agreed upon and in the case of an impasse like the one you describe, I would ask your lawyer to bring this problem to the judge who is overseeing your case. Maybe the judge can break the logjam.
Q. Do people usually use the same lawyers for their appeals or is it better to hire someone else who specializes in it?
A: I would suggest that it is generally better to hire an attorney who specializes in appellate work. There are just too many possible technical requirements in appellate work that if not met could foil your case .
Q. If someone is killed by a drunk driver, does the state file charges or are we able to sue for wrongful death?
A: A civil wrongful death lawsuit would not be prevented in the event the state brings a criminal action against the drunk driver. The two actions are completely separate. Whether there would be a criminal action filed depends on the facts and the investigation handled by the police/state.
Q. How much time do you have to sue after a botched surgery?
A: In Illinois the statute of limitations for negligence matters is two years.
Q. How do I gain control of my Mother’s care when my stepdad is not providing adequate care?
A: In most states the avenue to take is in the probate court where you would petition the court to appoint you as guardian of the estate and person of your mother. You would most likely be required to present a Physician's Report that would identify specifically the medical condition that would lead the court to conclude that in the best interest of your mother, she is in need of a guardian. I urge you to contact an Tennessee attorney who handles guardianships in your area to understand all of the requirements necessary for such an appointment.
Q. What is the consequence if the defendant does not show up for court in a civil damage suit from an auto accident in IN?
A: The problem with an insured defendant not cooperating by refusing to attend the trial is insurance coverage. That would be risky. On the hand, the insurance company lawyer who is defending you, depending on the facts of the case, could also take the stance that admitting liability, but not the nature and extent of the alleged injury and damages may be a solid position to take in defense of the case. If an admission of liability were the course taken, then you as defendant would not be attending the trial anyway.
Q. does a verdict have to be unanimous in product liability case
A: It depends on the state jurisdiction. In Illinois, all jury trials need to be unanimous. If not, that would lead to a mistrial; a "hung jury." You should contact a FL attorney for the answer in your venue assuming you're speaking about a FL case. A federal jury case requires a unanimous verdict.
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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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