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Hylla approves settlement of tow-truck wrongful death suit

2/24/2011 12:00 PM By Amelia Flood A woman's wrongful death suit filed over the deaths of her husband and infant son in a tow-truck accident is over. Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla entered the final approval of the confidential settlement between Jessica Legens, Regions Bank and all of the defendants in her 2008 suit on Feb. 15. Jessica Legens sued tow truck driver Mark Ikerman, his employer Mannheim Services Corporation, the owners of Sparky's Pub 397 and Mac & Mick's Sports Bar and Grill for damages in excess of $50,000. There was also a move to add punitive damages to the suit...

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$5 million awarded in wrongful death lawsuit

Steve Stout OSF St. Francis Healthcare Systems based in Peoria has agreed to a settlement of $5 million with the estate of Richard J. Berry of Streator relating to a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Berry's death in December, 2009. Circuit Judge Joseph Hettel approved the settlement and dismissed the case this week. On Dec. 16, 2009, Berry was driving his car north on Route 23 near the intersection of Route 17 about three miles south of Streator. The driver of a semi-trailer owned by the hospital, David DeFrance of Canton, was eastbound on Route 17 when he failed to stop at the...

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Judge Seeks Narrowing of Sept. 11 Wrongful Death Suit

A judge is urging lawyers in the June trial of the only wrongful death case remaining from the Sept. 11 attacks to see if they can trim the number of defendants, but one lawyer cited lingering questions over how weapons made it onto the plane as a reason why a Boston airport might need to remain in the case. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein during a pretrial hearing last Friday invited an airport security company and the Massachusetts Port Authority to submit written arguments if they want to be eliminated as defendants in a case brought by the family of Mark...

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Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home Neglect

February 4, 2011. By Brenda Craig Email to a friendEmail New York, NY: Families of nursing home residents need to be on guard says personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Paul Dansker. "There are a few basic problems that occur over and over again," says Dansker. "And those problems can be very, very dangerous." Families Should Be on Guard for Nursing Home NeglectAs Dansker points out, many times, nursing home residents are frequently unable or even afraid to speak out about problems in their facility, so family scrutiny is required at all times. Bedsores are never acceptable and it can indicate that proper...

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Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuits Have No Effect on Medical “Crisis”

The spreading of misinformation about tort reform continues unabated in public forums across the country. Things are no different in this part of the nation as some special interests continue to argue that certain types of legal cases, including Illinois nursing home lawsuits are causing a healthcare “crisis.” The only solution, say these proponents, is legislation that takes away the rights of negligence victims. The truth, however, shows that not only do medical malpractice cases have nothing to do with the issue, but there is no actual “crisis” at all. A guest editorial in the Belleville News Democrat recently explained the...

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The EEOC Is Dead Serious About Stamping Out Sexual Harassment

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making great inroads in stamping out sexual harassment in workplaces. “Sexual harassment is never acceptable in any form in the workplace. Anyone that feels they have been the victim of such inappropriate behavior needs to contact a highly trained Chicago employee litigation attorney to get to the bottom of the situation,” said Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer with, and owner of, The Coffey Law Office, P.C. While individual cases dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace seem to be more prevalent, they...

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Settlement reached in sexual harassment suit involving nightclub operator

By Steve Green (contact) Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 | 9:40 a.m. A settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the N9NE Group at the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, restaurateur Michael Morton and other officials who used to run the N9NE Group. Leslie Culler filed the suit in December in U.S. District Court for Nevada, charging she was wrongly fired as art director of the N9NE Group after complaining about the advances of male executives. Attorneys for Morton denied the allegations and a settlement was reached last week during a private "early neutral evaluation session" in the chambers of U.S. Magistrate...

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Chicago Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer

Nursing Homes in Illinois are governed by statute to require reasonable care for their residents. However, more and more, we see that residents suffer bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, or have fallen or been dropped while in a nursing home. If this has happened to you or a loved one, this may a violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. It may also be the result of insufficient staffing at the nursing home. Feel free to call my office for a free consultation. Chicago Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer ...

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Teenager Suffers Serious Personal Injury in Work Accident

A sixteen year old trainee suffered serious personal injury, when his arm became trapped inside a mincing machine during a horrific work accident. The trainee, who asked not to be named, was working for Malpass Direct Ltd, a meat processing firm based in Brighton, when his arm became trapped in the machine as he attempted to remove a blockage, during the preparation of sausage mix. The young man suffered serious bone damage and lost a significant amount of muscle from his left forearm, due to his injuries he has been left without movement in two of his fingers. via Teenager Suffers Serious Personal...

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Auto insurance: Address insurance fraud without harming PIP – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

By Rene Garcia As my fellow elected officials and I gear up for the legislative session, one issue that deserves some clarification is no-fault auto insurance coverage, also known as personal injury protection or PIP. We have 15 million-plus licensed drivers in Florida and almost as many registered motor vehicles. Each of those vehicles is required to have PIP coverage. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 235,000 traffic crashes in 2009. It's the big picture and certainly does not account for the percentage of these accidents that involve a PIP claim, nor does...

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Audience Members File Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Broadway’s Billy Elliot

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM Two audience members of the Broadway show "Billy Elliot" have filed a personal injury lawsuit after they were allegedly struck by a prop while sitting in the front row during a 2009 performance. According to The Associated Press, the two women from Kansas City Missouri, had to be hospitalized following the incident. WNYW reports that the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, claims the women were struck in the face by a plastic crate which may have slipped out of one of the performer's hands while on stage or was accidentally kicked into the seating area...

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Automaker Product Liability Lawsuit Over Seat Belts Can Proceed: Court

Published: February 28th, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs can pursue product liability lawsuits against automakers that used lap-only seatbelts, despite federal regulations designating the design as meeting minimum safety standards. The decision, handed down on February 23, will allow a wrongful death lawsuit against Mazda Motor Corp. to move forward, and could also open the door for personal injury lawsuits against other car manufacturers. The ruling may also impact other cases where manufacturers claim that they should be immune from liability because the design of their products met minimum federal safety standards in place at the time. via Automaker Product...

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3 of the Best Personal Injury Solicitors

If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor, you can find them online. To make it easier for you to choose I will give 3 of the best personal injury solicitor. You just have to pick which you think is the best. Fentons Solicitors LLP- is surely one of the country’s leading claimant personal injury solicitors. They recover tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation for accident victims every year. They have a good reputation by ensuring that personal injury claimants can certainly have justice with peace of mind and will not be out of money whether they win...

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Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks, Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Advises Owners

Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks, Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Advises Owners HOLLYWOOD, FL (AttorneyNewswire.com) — February 23, 2011 — Ford Motor Company has recalled a series of F-150 trucks due to the trucks’ airbag risk. Ford has recalled approximately 144,000 of the trucks. The trucks are being recalled from both Canada and the United States. Ford is recalling F-150′s from both the 2005 and 2006 model years. Apparently airbag wires in the steering wheels of the trucks have been short circuiting. The short circuiting has been causing the airbags in the trucks to deploy unexpectedly. In most cases, the airbags have been...

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Types of Personal Injury Claims

February 25, 2011 Personal injury is a large practice area encompassing a wide variety of claims, many of which overlap with other types of claims - such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, and workers' compensation. ORLANDO, FL, February 25, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Personal injury is a large practice area encompassing a wide variety of claims, many of which overlap with other types of claims - such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, and workers' compensation. When the parties responsible include large companies or government entities, obtaining the compensation you deserve can be a daunting process. Understanding the different types of personal injury claims can...

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Woman Dies in Dry Cleaning Accident in New York, Injury Lawyer Investigates

Summary: New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on a work accident at a dry cleaner that left a woman brain dead. Limin Min Huang was loading towels into an industrial steamer at the dry cleaner when her scarf got caught in the machine. She was crushed after the machine pulled her in. As reported by the New York Post, Huang, an employee of the dry cleaner for three years, was looking into the machine when the personal injury accident occurred. Apparently, the woman forgot she was wearing the loose fitting scarf. New York personal injury lawyer Perecman reminds people...

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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Chicago

If you have been injured at work, then it is likely that you can bring a claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. But you may have other claims as well, such as if your injury was caused by another person who is not employed by your company. This is often the case when an injury occurs at a construction site, or if you were in a motor vehicle accident while you were at work....

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Three questions to ask before selecting a personal injury trial lawyer

Having returned from the funeral of a dear friend in Richmond, I am reminded by the time I spent with her in her last months of life of the importance (and scarcity) of courage in today's society. As pointed out by Reverend Brown of the Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, this woman had courage up to the very end of her life. Courage is a characteristic a trial lawyer must have. Attorneys who are afraid to go to court are doing their clients a disservice. If they are afraid to ask tough questions or to tell the hard truth, they...

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Emerging legal and ethical issues with Facebook

What are the emerging legal and ethical issues with Facebook? As we all begin to live a parallel life on the web, traditional privacy rights are slipping away. Colleges and companies routinely search Facebook and MySpace to determine whether to admit or to hire people. According to a 2009 Harris poll, 35 percent of employers reject job applicants because of information found on social networks—if the person is dressed provo­catively in photos, writes about getting drunk, or complains about past employers, co-workers, or clients (all perfectly legal behaviors). Almost every personal injury case now has a social network connection. When a hospital...

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Regulatory Flaws, Repeated Violations Put Oil Refinery Workers At Risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell The Center for Public Integrity One evening last April at the Tesoro Corp.'s refinery in Anacortes, Washington, Matt Gumbel and six co-workers cautiously returned to service a stack of giant, radiator-like tubes filled with volatile hydrocarbons. The tubes, known as heat exchangers, tended to leak, especially during start-up, and workers sometimes armed themselves with long, steam-spewing lances to keep any escaping vapors from igniting. Nearby, another stack of exchangers droned at full temperature and pressure. Away from work, Gumbel, 34, enjoyed off-trail snowboarding and driving his turbocharged sports compact. On the job, he had a...

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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says

E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled. The 3-0 decision Thursday by the Sacramento Third Appellate District means that if you intend to sue your employer, don’t discuss the suit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right to access it and use it against you in a court. “… [T]he e-mails sent via company computer under the circumstances of this case were akin to consulting her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a...

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Tuesday morning: Weapons, larceny, personal injury and med mal trials – Detroit Courts | Examiner.com

Powers vs. Weatherspoon is a personal injury claim. Lincoln Park attorney Bret A. Schnitzer is counsel of record for the plaintiff. Troy attorney Donald C. Brownell of Vandeveer Garzia is counsel of record for the defendant. Dziadosz vs. Jackson is also a personal injury claim. Southfield attorneys Barry J. Goodman and Kevin Z. Komar of Goodman Acker PC are counsel of record for the plaintiff. Ann Arbor attorney Judith A. Moskus of Garan Lucow Miller PC is counsel of record for the defendant. Judge Melinda Morris also conducts two jury trials starting at 8:30 a.m. Ritter vs. Niethammer is a personal injury, auto...

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Lawsuit filed against makers of hip replacement device

January 11, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Five Chicago area patients are suing the maker of an artificial hip implant device. The patients accuse DePuy Orthopedics of ignoring evidence the device was flawed and moving too slowly to recall it. Wear and tear within the artificial joint allegedly released dangerous cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream. Arno Rasho's wife is in the hospital now getting her implant device removed. "She can't walk. She can't do anything. (She's) in deep pain. I have two children. I have to take care of them take care of her,"...

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Surveillance footage in personal injury claims

By Zarina Ahmed Published: Jan 4, 2011 A leading insurance company has reported that in the last two years GPs have seen a rise in the number of patients exaggerating their injuries. Ninety two per cent of the 250 GPs who took part in a survey conducted by the insurer said whiplash was the most commonly exaggerated injury. Who's at risk? Where there's a potential for fraud in a high value personal injury claim, or cause to suspect the nature and extent of injuries during a claims process, the defendant's representatives may seek targeted covert surveillance videos and employ an enquiry agent to...

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Worker crushed under 3 tons of granite slabs

BY BRIAN STANLEY Dec 31, 2010 02:38AM A 23-year-old employee of a Romeoville stone warehouse was crushed to death by a 6,000-pound slab of granite on Thursday morning.Emilio Gallardo, 23, of Chicago was killed in what the Will County Coroner’s office called a work-related mishap. He was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. Fire crews responded to Primus Natural Stone on the 1200 block of Naperville Drive in Romeoville at 9:15 a.m. and found Gallardo already dead, crushed by the slab of rock, Romeoville Fire Dept. spokesman Brandon Street said. via Worker crushed under 3 tons of granite slabs - Herald News....

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Medical Insurance Subrogation Interests in New Mexico Personal Injury Cases

Contributor: Collins & Collins, P.C. Many with personal injury claims are very surprised to learn that their medical insurance carrier has asserted a subrogation interest in their personal injury settlement or judgment. Personal injury victims often are frustrated that they have paid medical insurance premiums for years and now they must reimburse their insurance company for medical benefits related to their injuries. The frustration is understandable but is based on a misunderstanding of the basis for the claimed interest. In essence, the insurer is asserting a claim against the party responsible for the injuries. The medical carrier is entitled to recover from the...

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Tort reform group crowns Cook County fifth worst in nation

A national tort-reform watchdog group calls Cook County fifth worst in the nation for “unfair and unbalanced” awards to plaintiffs in civil cases. But noted Chicago personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetrio spoke only partially tongue in cheek when he called the ranking by The American Tort Reform Association “a badge of honor” for Cook County Circuit Court. The tort reform advocacy group’s ninth annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, to be released today, specifically cites the Cook County Circuit Court judgment striking down the Illinois General Assembly’s attempt to limit damages for pain and suffering in medical liability cases a decision affirmed by the...

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Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law

Outsourcing gaining standing in legal profession Alternative suppliers of sophisticated legal services becoming more attractive as corporate legal departments look to cut costs Two recent mergers in the legal industry speak volumes about the forces reshaping the business of law at its highest levels. What's also notable is that neither deal involved large law firms. Thomson Reuters, a media and information-services company, acquired Pangea3, a legal-process outsourcing firm with most of its lawyers in India, in November. A month earlier, Axiom Global Inc., which provides lawyers-for-hire to big corporations, bought another legal staffing company, Chicago-based LawyerLink LLC. via Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law...

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