Generally, the answer is yes. The actual finding of the Illinois Department of Public Health that neglect occurred may or may not be admissible at trial. However, the factual information that is uncovered by the state may be admissible even if a judge rules that the decision is not. As other attorneys have mentioned, the decision of the IDPH does not control the result in any lawsuit. From my perspective, there is no harm in asking IDPH to investigate. You should probably also contact an attorney as soon as you can. In this type of case it can be important to start gathering information earlier rather than later.See question
I have family member who recently passed, she has a lot of medical debt. Should I just pay the debt with her liquid assests or have an health care advocate review to make sure all of the bills are accurate?
You should definitely talk to a probate attorney. Debts of an estate need to be paid from certain types of accounts and in a certain priority. For example, if an estate has $2000, and the person owes $3000 in debts, you cannot just pay them randomly. You would need to pay certain obligations (like taxes) before others (like medical bills). In addition, there are some debts you might not be required to pay. Then there is the possibility of negotiating the debts. I am sorry for your loss. Don't worry - a probate lawyer will be able to help you sort through this pretty easily.See question
My daughter had an accident in the apartment lobby at a building opposite to our residence building managed by the same property company. On the lobby there is a wall mounted sofa followed immediately by an wall mounted table / bench counter. My 5...
I'm sorry that your daughter was injured. Yes, I do think that you can pursue a personal injury claim and you should do so. The apartment complex has an obligation to make sure that furniture of that type is safe and secure for just this reason. Because the injuries are significant, I do think that you are going to need a lawyer in order to get reasonable compensation for your daughter. Most of the AVVO attorneys offer free consultations and charge only if you make a recovery for your daughter. Hope this info is helpful.See question
Father died unexpectedly without will beneficiary or life insurance. I live in state of Georgia but my father was a resident of Illinois. Quite confusing. The county employees Vs bank holding funds are giving conflicting information. His estate is...
As the other attorney responded, a small estate affidavit is usually all it takes. You probably will need the assistance of an attorney. The form is easy enough to find, but there are a few risks in using the form and it is worth a small amount of attorney's fees to avoid those risks. Please accept my condolences.See question
I was driving down a one way street the driver hit me zooming out of his parking crashing my car his insurance company refusing to pay my rental and damages to my car what can i do about this and because of his negligence i was injured and i h...
The answer is yes. If you sustained injuries you can certainly pursue a case against the other driver. Most people need the assistance of a personal injury lawyer to navigate the process. That same attorney can often help you to resolve your property damage dispute with the insurance company or companies involved.See question
Defendant admitted fault by doing illegal uturn on hi way totaling my truck. It has caused me severe back pain. Epidurals every 6 months all kinds of pain meds. Waiting 2 half years and cannot work any more. Potential truck drivers salary. Panic a...
First, let me answer your question: No, you only need to state that your claim exceeds the $50,000 jurisdictional limit of the court. No need to specify the actual amount you want. Second, I hate to restate what the others have said, but I do think this is a situation where you will need a lawyer. In some cases, I agree you can resolve the case without legal help. In this situation, however, there is a large insurance policy at stake and the insurance company is likely to put up a fight as a result (or try to undercompensate you). Hope that helps. And sorry you were involved in a collision.See question
I want to delete one beneficiary and change for another name. Dollar amounts would remain the same. Only a simple name change.
Although it is tempting to change it yourself, it's not a good idea. As the others have mentioned - the simple cross-out will not be valid if it is not witnessed properly and it may also affect the legitimacy of the one you crossed out (if you are writing on the original). The good news is that even with a lawyer a change like this is easy and pretty inexpensive (whether it is a trust amendment or a codicil to a will). Many lawyers will also agree to a free initial consultation. Basically, if it is worth amending the trust or will, it is worth doing it right. I hope that helps.See question
My wife involved in the accident,someone hitted her from his cars back.Police left her report indicating her on unit 2nd section (I don't really understand what this means ) I took her to the hospital last night since she had really bad pain o...
In this situation, your wife is going to need the help of a lawyer. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to help you make a recovery from the other driver's insurance. In addition, they can often help you to figure out the best way for her to get the treatment she needs. By the way - being listed as the second driver on the police report is usually an indication that the police believe the other driver was at fault. The police usually list the "at-fault" driver first.See question
I have been raising my granddaughter for over 10 years. I just got fined $1000 for not having insurance. I will continue to get fined because the child's parents will not provide insurance and will not give me guardianship. With guardianship, my p...
You should contact Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). They assist clients in obtaining guardianship in situations like this. If you can afford legal help, they may tell you to hire a lawyer privately. If you cannot afford a lawyer, they would be your best bet.See question
I was involved in accident on 07/31/14 but the insurance company wants prior records all the way from 1/1/12. Are they allowed to have those? The company that I'm speaking of is the insurance company of the person that rear ended me.
Ultimately, they will have the right to get your prior records if you proceed into a lawsuit (as long as they are not totally unrelated records). At this point, they can only do it after you sign a medical records release authorization. It is up to you to decide whether you think there is enough chance that they are interested in resolving the case to allow them to get these additional records. If you provided information about the insurance company involved, a good personal injury attorney could probably tell you the odds that they are serious. In the end, I suspect you will need to hire someone.See question