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Next month the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) will present a seminar entitled “Advanced Evidentiary Issues At Trial.” The day-long event will take place on January 25th and be held at the UBS Tower & Conference Center.

One of the founding partners at our firm, Steve Levin, is a presenter at the seminar. Attorney Levin is scheduled to speak about complex evidentiary issues as they relate to various wrongful death cases. That includes a discussion about Illinois’s “Dead Man’s Act.”

The law is somewhat confusing, but it has significant implications on many cases where a party is deceased. Many cases have not made it to trial or were unsuccessful at trial because of adverse complications as a result of the restrictions of the Act. It is critical that all litigators understand understand how the statute may affect future cases.

On November 17, 2010 the Consumes Union’s Safe Patient Project (formerly Stop Hospital Infections) is holding a forum, “To Err is Human, To Delay Is Deadly,” in Washington DC. You may watch a free live webcast on the day of the event. The forum will mark the 10th Anniversary of the IOM study on medical errors. It will raise concerns about the lack of progress over the past decade in preventing medical harm. The Safe Patient Project campaign released a report about the medical errors earlier this year. The campaign will cover: hospital-acquired infections, medical errors and other medical harm including physician accountability and drug safety. To find out more information about the webcast, please click the link.

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) will host its Winter Convention in New Orleans from February 7-11, 2009. This is a great opportunity for medical malpractice attorneys, personal injury attorneys, and nursing home abuse attorneys to network and participate in business group practice meetings.

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The American Association for Justice (AAJ) will host a trial strategy seminar entitled “Weekend with the Stars: Justice Counts Seminar” for medical malpractice attorneys. The seminar will take place from December 13-14, 2008 in New York City. Highlights include insights into trial strategy and approaches to cases that are proven to work.

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A new report found that one of six liability claims against health care entities is associated with infections, injuries and other conditions acquired at the hospital. The 2008 Hospital Professional Liability Analysis found that hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired injuries, objects left in the body after surgery and pressure ulcers represent more than 12% of hospital liability costs. After Oct. 10, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will no longer reimburse providers for 10 categories of hospital-acquired conditions and medical errors because they are considered preventable and should never happen. To read the full story, click here.

Joint ventures between store-based health clinics and pharmacy chains have been touted as providing convenient and affording health care, but the American Medical Association has expressed concerns over possible conflicts of interest. Retailers have been using the joint ventures as a way to increase in-store sales of prescription as well as non-health related items. The AMA has announced that it will begin calling for states to begin looking into these types of arrangements. Their concern was spurned by informal reports stating that these clnic members earn more money or get promotions based on the number of prescriptions that they write. While the AMA believes that most of the store-based health clinics will improve patients’ access to health care overall, the call for state oversight aims to ensure that any potential conflicts of interest get resolved in the patients’ favor.

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Since 2003, the American Medical Association has been pushing for the creation of specialty courts that would hear only medical malpractice cases. These alternative courts proposed by the AMA would consist of judges with special training in medical standards. In addition, the health courts proposed by the AMA would cap non-economic damages according to a predetermined schedule, following the model of the caps on non-economic damages in California. The AMA’s report states that medical liability insurance premiums have remained low in California and touts the state’s recovery caps as a success. However, the report does not indicate whether patients in California are receiving a level of care equivalent to other states that do not have statutory caps.

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Boulevard Healthcare will be hosting its annual Medical Directors meeting on May 22nd. Steven M. Levin of Levin & Perconti will be delivering the keynote address. Mr. Levin will be addressed Litigation in Long Term Care: The Emerging Storm.

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Time is running out to register for The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund’s seminar on March 31, 2007 entitled “Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know.” Steven M. Levin of Levin & Perconti will be presenting on skills and strategies in deposition-taking.

To register, call 217-789-0810.
For more information, call 800-252-8501.

The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund is hosting a seminar on March 31, 2007 at the Hilton Suites Chicago entitled “Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know.” Topics presented include jury consultants, experts, pre-trial litigation, and medical malpractice lawsuits. Steven M. Levin, of Levin & Perconti, will be presenting on skills and strategies in deposition-taking.

For more information, call 800-252-8501.
To register, call 217-789-0810.

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