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February 9, 2022

UCLA Settles Gynecologist Sex Abuse Suit For $243.6 Million

The University of California has agreed to pay $246.3 million to settle allegations that hundreds of women were sexually abused by a former UCLA gynecologist, The Associated Press reports. The university ignored decades of complaints and deliberately concealed abuse by...

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December 29, 2021

The National Trial Lawyers Announces Michael Mertz as One of Its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Illinois

The National Trial Lawyers and Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. are pleased to announce that Michael Mertz has been selected for inclusion into the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Illinois.  Only a select group of...

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August 5, 2016

Crossing Out the Clause: Forced Arbitration in Nursing Home Contracts

Nursing home residents and their families face more than the risk of abuse and neglect, a recent New York Times article reported. The multi-billion dollar industry has created a way to suppress the constitutional right of residents and their families...

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September 5, 2015

Protecting Your Loved Ones: How Prevalent is Nursing Home Negligence in Illinois?

Punitive damages, which are awarded to plaintiffs when a defendant has acted willfully, maliciously, or fraudulently negligent, are intended to deter similar future acts. Tort reformers and the media often attack this form of compensation, however, claiming it is frivolously...

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August 21, 2015

When and How to Act on Suspicions of Elder Abuse

Some people need more protecting than others, particularly young children and the elderly. That responsibility rests on the shoulders of the community—caregivers, healthcare professionals, financial institutions, neighbors, friends, and family—so make a difference in the lives of those around you....

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July 19, 2015

Negligent Use of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Largely Unresolved and Underreported

Today the Diocese of Joliet released more of its internal documents relating to sexual abuse by its priests. This is part of the ongoing disclosure required as part of a legal settlement last year. This most recent batch of documents...

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February 5, 2015

Nursing Homes are Petitioning for Guardianship to Collect Debts

The Las Vegas Sun (5/29) editorialized, “It is only common sense that many federal laws, those on civil rights among them, should be consistently and strictly enforced throughout the country.” However, “many federal laws not covering constitutionally protected freedoms should...

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January 19, 2015

New Illinois Law Addresses Problem of Medical Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes

As a Chicago car accident attorney, I want to express my support for the new Illinois law requiring that adults wear seat belts while riding in the back seat of a vehicle, which took effect on the first of this...

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