By reading my post at the Rock Island Workers Compensation Attorney Blog. Like an expensive hairdo, it hits the highlights. The big points to us lawyer-folk are the changes to compensation for carpal tunnel and other hand injuries, wage differential awards, and use of the AMA guides. For unionized construction workers, you could be in trouble. For stoners, you could be in trouble. For doctors, you just took a pay cut.
It’s all at the other blog. Read up and become instant experts.
(Howard Zimmerle is a workers compensation attorney practicing in Rock Island, Moline, Henry County, Knox County and surrounding areas. He can be reached at 309-794-1660 or hzimmerle [at] mjwlaw.com)
I guess the headline of this post says it all. Just remember that People v. Clark is a criminal case, and is a Second District case, not Illinois Supreme Court. Still, this is a good weapon to have in your trial lawyer’s arsenal.
(Howard Zimmerle practices plaintiff’s personal injury law in Rock Island Illinois and Davenport Iowa, as well as the surrounding areas. You can contact him at hzimmerle [at] mjwlaw.com, or 309-794-1660).
The Illinois Supreme Court posted the new Illinois Rules of Evidence today. You can find them here.
The goal was not to change rules or make up new ones, and it will be interesting to see how well the committee did that. More to come later.
(Howard Zimmerle is an accident and malpractice attorney in the Quad Cities, representing the seriously injured. You may contact him at 309-794-1660 or hzimmerle [at] mjwlaw.com)
As most practicing Iowa lawyers should know, the Iowa Supreme Court did away with the old doctrine of Proximate Cause last year (with some clarification in the Royal Indemnity case earlier this month) and replacing it with “Scope of Liability.”
The big headache for judges and trial lawyers is what the new jury instructions will look like.
Well, you’re in luck. I’m on the Iowa Jury Instructions Committee, and we approved two new jury instructions to replace the old proximate cause instruction – one on “factual cause” (ie did defendant’s conduct cause plaintiff’s damages) and another one on “scope of liability” (to be used only in rare cases – this is usually a question for the court)
Both instructions, after the jump.