Recent Presentations, Publications and Issue Updates

Our injury attorneys often speak and publish articles on personal injury law, medical malpractice law, and nursing home abuse and neglect.  This section also includes useful resources on relevant legal issues for clients and members of the advocacy community.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Senior Action Network April Luncheon. Advocating For Loved Ones in Long-Term Care Settings. April 15, 2010. Chicago, IL.

The Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section Criminal Law/Torts Litigation Committee Meeting. November 20, 2009, Chicago, IL.  Click here to view the handout.

American Association for Justice Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar. "Moving from Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home- Differences to Watch For." October 17, 2009, Chicago, IL.

Recent Publications

Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte recently published an article entitled "Plaintiff's Perspectives" on long term care litigation in the 2008 Long Term Care Litigation IICLE.  See the full article here.

Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte  published their article entitled "Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions in the Elderly Population" in the Spring 2008 edition of the Advocacy and Litigation Special Interest Group Advocate, the newsletter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  See the full article here.

Issue Updates

  • In October 2010, the American Association for Justice released their latest report revealing the hypocrisy of the United States Chamber of Commerce.   The Chamber operates with the goal of blocking justice for everyday patients and consumers, yet remains one of the most aggressive litigators in Washington D.C. Click here view Chicago injury lawyer Steve Levin's letter to the editor about the report.
  • Increasingly, Illinois nursing homes are slipping forced arbitration clauses into the fine print of lengthy admission contracts to avoid liability when residents are injured or killed due to abuse and negligence. Families often unknowingly sign these clauses while under the stress and anxiety of finding long-term care for their loved one.  When they sign an arbitration agreement, they are stripped of their right to take any case against the facility to court.  Our experience representing victims of nursing home abuse and negligence has shown us that they fare much better when given the opportunity to plead their case in front of a jury.

    There is currently a bill in the U.S. Congress to ban pre-dispute forced arbitration clauses in nursing home and other consumer contracts.  We encourage everyone to contact their representatives in support of the bipartisan Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act.  Taking action will help protect the rights of our vulnerable elderly population and their families.
  • Show your support for the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act! Contact your representatives in support of this bill. View NCCNHR's sample letter in support of the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act. To view other information on how you can show your support, click here.

Past Issue Updates

  • New Protections for Nursing Home Residents Against Mandatory Arbitration. Read Here.
  • Congress Attempts to Revitalize Consumer Protections for Medical Device Consumers. Read Here.