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
79 Questions Answered

Q. Relative at assisted living center with DNR was put on ventilator by paramedics on way to hospital. Was DNR violated?
A: The medical decision to put your relative on a ventilator on the way to the hospital, may not be a violation of the DNR that was in place for a couple of reasons that come to mind. One is that the paramedics made a medical decision spontaneously for what they believed to be in the best interests of the patient they were called to help. Second, it is not entirely possible that the paramedics had access to the hospital chart when they were first called to rescue your relative at the assisted living facility. Although this may be a difficult case to prevail on, I encourage you to contact an attorney to discuss this matter in greater detail.
Q. My father has dementia for yrs there is no power attorney over him my brother had him sell he's house for a dollar in
A: I would suggest that you petition the probate court in your county to have you appointed guardian of the estate and person of your father who apparently will be found a disabled person because of his dementia. That way the court will supervise what is best for the ward (your dad) and therefore, oversee diligently your dad's assets and his health care. You should look to hire an attorney experienced in guardianship law to handle this for you.
Q. A nursing home is refusing to speak to me about a relative's death.
A: First of all you should find a lawyer to retain in your location who has experience dealing with nursing homes. In Illinois there is law that requires medical providers to release medical records, nursing home records and the like by a member of the family, spouse or next of kin. Nursing homes generally are notorious for being uncooperative. That being the case, and since you have been stone-walled, an attorney handling cases in this area of law should be able to cut through the obstacles you have been facing.
Q. I had to receive a second hip replacement on my right hip because my first hip replacement came out of the socket four
A: The question I like to ask potential clients who believe they have been injured by medical malpractice is: "How are you doing now?" In many cases even though the doctor or medical providers did something or failed to do something that was below the standard of care that caused an injury, the end result is crucial. You suffered an enormous amount of pain and discomfort unnecessarily from your description, but if the problems you had have been remedied it would not be a case that my firm would take on because the upside of your damages is limited. That is to say there may well be an abundance of negligence in the way your surgeries were handled, but if you made a satisfactory recovery from follow up and remedial surgeries, the case would not be financially beneficial to you at the end given the very high costs of prosecuting any medical malpractice case and the fact that juries generally have difficulty finding doctors, hospitals and medical providers responsible for injuries to patients except in the most egregious of cases. In any event, I would have to know a lot more about your situation.
Q. Should my doctor have done a pregnancy test before giving anesthesia
A: I would need to know more about what procedure you were about to undergo. But suppose you were to have surgery where you were to be given a general anesthetic, your surgeon would have you run through the whole battery of per-operative, testing and your complete history that would likely include a blood test, urine test, blood pressure exam, infectious disease screening and a pregnancy test. I assume from your question that you didn't know you were pregnant at that time. I am very sorry for your loss.
Q. Can I sue a hotel room for giving a key to an unauthorized user
A: It may be a breach of contract to mistakenly give a key to a stranger who then would have access to your hotel room. But in any breach of contract case, you would need to prove that you suffered some kind of damage. If you took the same facts and claimed the hotel was negligent in giving your key to a stranger, your case would fail again in the absence of proof of ascertainable damages.
Q. If someone get hit by a foul ball during a baseball game. Is the team responsible for negligence liability ? Thank you
A: The short answer is, it depends. There is much controversy here because you may have noticed the increased number of fans being severing injured by foul balls or broken pieces of bats. You may also notice that most professional baseball stadiums today have increased the size and area of the protective screens or netting around the back of the plate. In this case you describe, the baseball organization could be held liable for injuries suffered by fans struck by a foul ball where it knew or should have known of the increased risk of injury in that particular area of the stadium. In addition you raise another interesting point about the use of umbrellas that often times block out the view of a fan seated behind someone with an umbrella opened. I'm not aware of any cases on that point (allowing umbrellas to be opened during a game), but I could see where a team could be held liable for negligence again if it knew or should have known that such a situation where a fan's view of the game and thus the opportunity to avoid being struck by a foul ball is obstructed, that the team could be held responsible.
Q. Had fallen in parking garage on way to Jury Duty, Village of Joliet is refusing to pay for ER bill.
A: In order to prevail in the case that you describe you would have to be able to prove by showing that the place where you fell was caused by some defect that the City of Joliet knew or should have known to be dangerous to those expected to pass over this area. Your injuries are serious, but unless you are able to identify the a defect of such proportion that exceeds the threshold of the defined defect of a municipal controlled area, your case would fail. The City of Joliet also has a form of tort immunity that provides additional protection because of its status as governmental body under Illinois law. This too is another difficult obstacle to overcome. If you are able to photograph the exact area of your fall showing the concrete defect that is objectively considered significant enough to pass muster as a "defect", you may bring that information to a Will County lawyer to consider this.
Q. Social guest who came to visit me at my store fell and broke her leg. Is my store liable for her injury?
A: Falls resulting in injuries are often referred to as "slip and fall" cases. Generally these cases are difficult for plaintiffs to prove because of the causation aspect of negligence. Your store could be liable for the injuries suffered by this social guest in the event that there was a known defect to you the owner or a defect you should have known existed at the time of the injury. The burden of proof is on the injured to prove to a preponderance of the evidence that a defect in the flooring, carpeting, surface, etc. was a cause of the fall that caused the person's injury. Many times these cases fail because the injured person is unable to identify a clear defect that caused the fall and resulting injury.
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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