Illinois “Heart Balm” Lawsuits Abolished, Effective January 1, 2016

The term of legal causes of action (lawsuits) where a person sues another over a “matter of the heart” have long been referred to as “heart balm” lawsuits.  Illinois is in the minority of states that allow such causes of action, although that comes to an end on January 1, 2016.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Both Iowa and Illinois recognize an individual’s right to file a medical malpractice claim against entities and individuals who provide inadequate care. A lawsuit may be filed against a health care provider for medical malpractice when the treatment falls below a standard of care generally practiced by the medical community. That means that if a health care provider makes a mistake

Intentional Tort Lawsuits

Both Iowa and Illinois allow for an individual to bring a lawsuit against an intentional tortfeasor for any damages caused by the wrongdoer’s intentional actions. Intentional torts tend to involve behavior that is more egregious than simple negligence, as the tortfeasor in intentional tort claims intentionally does an act that causes harm to the Plaintiff.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Any civil lawsuit can also include a wrongful death claim when the defendant’s actions or inactions resulted in the death of a loved one. When an individual dies as a result of the negligence or wrongful act of another, the victim’s close family may bring a wrongful death claim against that individual.

Dog Bite Lawsuits

An individual injured by a dog bite may have a cause of action against the dog’s owner.

Slip and Fall Personal Injury is No Laughing Matter

Although “slip and fall” personal injury accidents are the butt of many jokes on TV and the internet, such accidents are no laughing matter in real life.  A person who experiences a slip and fall accident may suffer significant harm.  That harm often includes medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Such matters should be properly addressed through the legal system in Iowa and Illinois.

Car Accident Lawsuits

When a person is hit by a car, it can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating.  That is true whether the injured person is a pedestrian or is in a car themselves.

Defamation (Libel & Slander) in Illinois

Defamation is the general term for a legal claim involving injury to one’s reputation caused by a false statement of fact. The two sub-categories of defamation are Libel and Slander. Speaking in general terms, Libel is written defamation, while Slander is spoken defamation. A key part of any defamation action is falsity of the allegedly defamatory statement. Truthful statements that harm a person’s reputation will