What Are Interrogatories and How Do I Answer Them?

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group If you are reading this, you may have recently received legal documents called “interrogatories” in the mail and are wondering what interrogatories are. Simply put, interrogatories are written questions that are answered under oath. In other words, you are swearing that your written responses are true. Interrogatories are part of the “discovery” process where the parties obtain information about the case.Continue reading

What to Expect at Your Deposition

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group You have just been notified that an attorney wants to take your “deposition.”  It is natural to be anxious about the process. The first question you may be having is, “What is a deposition?”  A deposition is a question and answers session where your sworn testimony is recorded word for word by a court reporter. Another common question is,Continue reading

Unheralded Heroes of the Road

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group On January 27, 2014, an Illinois Tollway worker was killed and an Illinois State Trooper was seriously injured when they were struck by a truck on I-88 while assisting a disabled motorist. When the word “hero” comes to mind, many of us think of someone who bravely rushes into a burning fire or confronts armed gunmen in a bank robbery. ThisContinue reading

Making Sure You Have Plenty of Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage is Key to Protecting Yourself

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group Many of us do not realize that our own automobile insurance can provide significant compensation to us for injuries we sustain in a collision. In fact, your own car insurance can provide compensation to you even if you are not in your car when the collision occurs. The key to protecting yourself is to make sure that you haveContinue reading

The Statute of Limitations for Children Who Are the Victim of Medical Malpractice Is Incredibly Unfair

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group Illinois law allows minors who are the victim of someone else’s negligence to reach their 18th birthday before the statute of limitations begins to toll, with one notable exception, medical malpractice. If a doctor or hospital commits malpractice and injures a child, the statute of limitations for that child is, at most, eight years! Thus, if an infant is severely injured at birth dueContinue reading

“Me Too:” Other Patients’ Assault Complaints Against a Defendant Doctor

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group Are reports of inappropriate touching made by other victims admissible in a sexual assault case? This question recently came up in a civil case against a physician. The short answer to the question is “yes,” as long as the evidence is offered for some purpose other than as proof of the doctor’s inclination to behave in a certain way. The caseContinue reading

Punitive Damages Should Be Allowable in Texting and Driving Cases

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group I recently posted a blog seeking folks’ opinions regarding whether punitive damages should be allowed in texting and driving cases. As previously discussed, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant and deter others from similar behavior. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate the victim for her injuries. Thus, a party must obtain leave of court to beContinue reading

Do Caps on Damages Promote Litigation and Make Roads Unsafe?

By: Mario Palermo of Palermo Law Group I asked myself this question after resolving a case halfway through a trial in Madison, Wisconsin. I represented the widow of a 66-year-old salesman who was killed when the rear wheels of a semi truck’s trailer ran him over and crushed his skull. The salesman was one week away from retirement. He was at the scene to visit with a customerContinue reading