Medical Malpractice Attorney Bob Kreisman of Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices was the featured speaker at the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) Seminar on November 12, 2010. The MAJ seminar focused on trial strategies for medical malpractice cases.
Chicago attorney Bob Kreisman presented on the topic of “The Reptile, Rules of the Road, and Overcoming Juror Bias.” The focus of his presentation was on how to personalize your trial strategy so that it works best for you, your case facts, and your selected jury. Attorney Kreisman also stressed the importance of building a simple case that highlights the defendant’s “excuses, not defenses.”
The focus of an Illinois medical malpractice case should be humanizing the plaintiff and reiterating that the hospital and doctors treating that patient had a duty not to harm him or her, a duty that they breached when they violated the acceptable standard of care for those specific circumstances. Plaintiff’s attorney should clearly set out the standards, or rules, guiding the medical malpractice’s case facts, and specifically show how the defendants knowingly violated each of those rules. By showing jurors how the rules were knowingly broken, plaintiff’s attorneys can demonstrate that the resulting harm was not simply a freak accident, but was the result of conscious decisions and medical negligence.
Questions following the one hour presentation were taken from the audience. As part of the presentation, Mr. Kreisman played and spoke about the Courtney Hill Story, a 12 minute film showed interviews of the parties and some of the jurors following this landmark which trial held in Shelby County, Tennessee in 2009. Attorney Kreisman used the Courtney Hill case, which involved a failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer, to illustrate the main points of his presentation.
Overall, the MAJ seminar was a success and provided a lot of useful information and insights for plaintiff’s attorneys who are in the process of working up new medical malpractice lawsuits. It is important for practicing attorneys, both new and old, to attend these types of seminars in order to keep abreast of the latest trends and strategies in trial law.
Robert Kreisman of Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Illinois medical malpractice cases for over 30 years, serving those areas in and around Cook County, including Cicero, Palos Heights, Roselle, and Northbrook.
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