Tim received his Doctor of Law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law (an IIT affiliate), and among other honors, received an “American Jurisprudence Award” (highest in class) in Civil Procedure.

Personal Injury:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Work Injuries
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Slip & Fall

Criminal Cases:
All felony charges, including, but not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Drugs
  • Guns
  • Credit card/forgery
  • Theft
  • Battery

All misdemeanor charges, including, but not limited to:

  • DUI
  • Driving on revoked or suspended license
  • Domestic violence
  • Drugs
  • Theft
  • Battery
  • Criminal trespass
  • Formal hearings with Secretary of State seeking reinstatement of license
  • Expungement of records
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Medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is a broad term which covers both the public perception of adverse events during medical care, and a legal definition of negligence.

In common with other forms of civil claims for negligence, in order to succeed in a claim (lawsuit) the claimant (plaintiff) must successfully demonsrate two things:
1. That the doctor failed in his/her duty of care towards the patient - basically this means that they may have failed to do something that a reasonable person in similar circumstances would have done or did something that a reasonable person would not have done
2. That some harm flowed from this failure

Experts are used to consider the case - these are generally independant experts from the same field of medicine. A doctor will not be expected to be the best doctor in the country, but he or she must be shown to have acted in accordance with a reasonable body of medical opinion. This is known as the Bolam Test.

In the United Kingdom such cases are heard by a single judge; in other judiciaries, they may be heard by a jury.


In law, malpractice is type of tort in which the misfeasance, mailfeasance or nonfeasance of a professional under a duty to act fails to follow generally accepted professional standards. It is committed by a professional or her/his subordinates on behalf of a client or patient that causes damages to the client or patient. Perhaps the most publicized forms are medical malpractice and legal malpractice by medical practitioners and lawyers respectively, though accountants (Arthur Andersen) and investment advisors (Merrill Lynch) have been in the news lately.

The medical profession and insurance industries argue that lawsuit abuse increases the cost of health care and threatens access to health care for all Americans. On the other hand, lawyers who handle medical malpractice claims note that the quality of health care in the United States of America is among the best in the world, and they contend that it is largely due to the ability of citizens to obtain an effective judicial remedy when they are victimized by medical malpractice. Insurance companies claim that studies show that very few medical liability lawsuits stem from what they call true malpractice, and they argue that very few cases of actual malpractice end up in suits. Lawyers note that that is because of the extremely high cost of pursuing medical malpractice claims, which is in part due to the reluctance of physicians to testify against their colleagues, forcing Plaintiff's lawyers to spend large sums of money for expert witnesses from distant locations. The insurance industry claims that the cost of defensive medicine, in which physicians order tests or treatments for medico-legal rather than clinical reasons, has been documented to be as large as $50 billion per year, but, once again, those involved in the legal system believe that accountability has produced a health care system second to none in the world, and that the extra cost of the best in health care is well worth the additional expense.

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