Legal Updates

Chris Scolire Obtains Summary Judgment For Hospital!

Recently, ARP attorney Christopher T. Scolire obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hospital in a case involving allegations that one of the hospital’s beds malfunctioned and caused the plaintiff multiple head and upper body injuries. Throughout both written and oral discovery, the evidence revealed that the hospital had no notice of any defect in…

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Illinois Appellate Court affirms Circuit Court’s ruling to compel arbitration of negligence claims against defendant rehabilitation facility

On July 23, 2018, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the Circuit Court of Cook County’s ruling granting a rehabilitation facility defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration of negligence claims brought against it. This case arises out of an alleged injury suffered by the plaintiff while a patient of the defendant rehabilitation facility, Symphony…

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Illinois Appellate Court upholds hospital’s claim of privilege asserted under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

Illinois Appellate Court upholds hospital’s claim of privilege asserted under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act An Illinois appellate court has recently upheld a hospital’s claim of privilege over certain documents sent to its Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for the purpose of improving patient safety and quality of health care. The decision represents an…

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Another Cautionary Tale of the Perils of Alleged Fraudulent Healthcare Billing

Another Cautionary Tale of the Perils of Alleged Fraudulent Healthcare Billing A Chicagoland area doctor has been indicted on federal fraud charges alleging that he illegally pocketed almost $1 million in payments from Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (“BCBS”).  The physician was federally indicted on April 26, 2018, on seven counts…

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Illinois Appellate Court Requires Lower Court to Enter a Stay of Wrongful Death Proceedings During Arbitration of Survival and Family Expense Claims

On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the ruling of the Circuit Court in Hayes v. Victory Centre of River Woods, LLC, 2017 IL App (1st) 162207 and held that the lower court erred in denying Defendant’s motion to stay the Wrongful Death claim pending arbitration of the Survival and Family Expense claims raised…

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