Community Protests Autistic Teen’s Death

Stephon Watts was shot twice by officers in his Calumet City home on Wednesday An outraged community gathered Thursday evening to protest the death of 15-year-old Stephon Watts, shot dead in his own home by Calumet City police officers a day earlier. About 75 to 100 people, family members and civic and religious leaders, gathered […]

Taking aim at college sex crimes

New coalition works to get abuses reported By Tabitha Hurley and Ashley Huntington One out of 4 undergraduate women will be sexually assaulted before they graduate, according to a 2010 Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) study. The study also found that 1 in every 6 American women will be sexually assaulted at some […]

Shipwreck Suit Filed In U.S.; Judge May Send It To Italy

In an apparent race to the courthouse, the first U.S. lawsuit has been filed based on the Jan. 13 disaster off the coast of Tuscany. Surprisingly, the named plaintiff is a crewmember, rather than a passenger, who is a resident of Lima, Peru, rather than of the United States. The case also seems oblivious to […]

What Claim Do I Have After a Collision? : Wrong Way Driver

Mike BryantAttorney (866) 735-1102 Ext 555Posted by Mike BryantJanuary 26, 2012 This month, we will be looking at the issue of what claims are available in a Minnesota collision. We have used real examples from stories in the recent news as a basis for the discussion. What claims are available is not always obvious and […]

Dante Autullo Shoots 3.5 Inch Nail Into His Head: Illinois Man Didn’t Notice Injury

A suburban Chicago man is recovering at a local hospital after accidentally shooting himself with a nail gun – and not noticing the 3 ½ inch nail lodged in his brain for more than 24 hours. Dante Autullo, 32, was working in his garage Tuesday when he fired a nail gun and one of the […]

3 injured in snowmobile crashes

CASSOPOLIS — Weekend snowmobile crashes in Pokagon and Howard townships injured three people. • Cass County Sheriff Joseph M. Underwood Jr. reports that, on Sunday, his office investiaged a personal-injury snowmobile crash that occurred on the snowmobile trails near the intersection of Frost Street and Sink Road in Pokagon Township. Huntertown residents Justin Reed, 41, […]

Family of slain Beverly teen sues accused, family

The parents of a Chicago teenager who police said was killed after another Chicago teen punched him at an Indiana beach July 4 filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the teen accused of throwing the punch, his sister and his mother. James Malecek, of Chicago, is charged in LaPorte County, Ind., with aggravated battery, […]

Corboy & Demetrio Secures $2 Million for Chicago Pedestrian Struck by Garbage Truck

CHICAGO, Jan 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Corboy & Demetrio has secured a $2 million settlement on behalf of a Chicago woman who was hit by a garbage truck in the city’s River North neighborhood. The truck was driven by Augustus Dortch, who along with his employer Lakeshore Waste Services, were defendants in the lawsuit. […]

IDOT unveils life-saving Yellow Dot program

CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Transportation today unveiled the Illinois Yellow Dot program, a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. IDOT along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) and county health departments […]

Two Pit Bulls Attack, Seriously Injure Chicago Lakeside Jogger

January 6, 2012 Nicole Howley Chicago, IL — The owner of two pit bulls is facing fines after his dogs attacked a lakefront jogger at Rainbow Beach Park, before the dogs were shot by a Chicago police officer on Monday, January 2, 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported. The owner of the dogs, Jimmy Johnson, 57, […]

Mouse in Mountain Dew case goes viral

1/4/2012 1:53 PM By Ann Maher A Madison County personal injury lawsuit involving a dead mouse and a can of Mountain Dew has drawn international headlines. Since yesterday, nearly 100 news outlets have picked up on plaintiff Ronald Ball’s lawsuit against PepsiCo, as first reported in the Madison County Record. Ball alleges that he bought […]

Don’t Let Your Personal Injury Claim Slip and Fall This Winter

Winter slip and fall claims in Illinois could depend on whether the dangerous condition was naturally or unnaturally accumulated. December 30, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — For the people of the Midwest, the change of seasons, from fall to winter, means the return of snow and outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, sledding and skiing. And, while snow […]

Asda pays compensation to worker injured in slip

03 Jan 2012 Asda has agreed to pay personal injury compensation to a former employee who was badly hurt in an accident in which she slipped on a spillage. Irene Heslop had worked at the store in Hulme for seven years when the accident occurred in March 2007. She had been going about her duties […]

Damages Are Taxable, Even for “Political Discrimination” Says IRS

If you sue for physical injuries like a slip and fall or car accident, your damages are tax-free (except for punitive damages and interest). The tax-free treatment applies even if you sought lost wages because you couldn’t work after your injuries. Before 1996, “personal” damages were tax-free, including emotional distress, defamation, etc. But since 1996, […]

Psychiatric Drugs Used for Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes Cause Undue Risk

Says Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Dec 30, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Families with a loved one in a nursing home that has dementia should be vigilant about their care. Government inspectors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently found that dementia residents are often being prescribed strong psychiatric […]

Ill. restaurant settles sexual harassment lawsuit

The Associated Press CHICAGO — A company that owns a KFC and Taco Bell restaurant in Mendota has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. In a news release Thursday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it filed a lawsuit that alleged a store manager harassed female employees for […]

Parents Sue After Teen Dies During Wisdom Tooth Surgery

By KATIE MOISSE | ABC News – Wed, Dec 14, 2011 The parents of a Maryland teen who died earlier this year during wisdom tooth surgery have sued the oral surgeon and the anesthetist for medical malpractice. Jenny Olenick, a 17-year-old junior at Marriotts Ridge High School in Woodstock, Md., died in April from complications […]

The dangers of concussion in the young

HOUSE CALL: The dangers of concussion in the young Dr. Hunt Batjer serves as chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Posted December 12, 2011 at 9:28 p.m. SAN ANGELO, Texas — Concussions shouldn’t be taken lightly, particularly in youngsters. Unlike adults, children and adolescents are […]

Prince Harry Car Crash Photographer Seeks Compensation

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 A photographer, who suffered serious personal injury after being run over by an unmarked police car, believed to be transporting Prince Harry, has launched a claim for car accident compensation. Fifty four year old Tony Margiocchi an ex-policeman and former soldier, was hit by a Ford Galaxy people carrier outside the […]

Concealing evidence: prosecutors gone wild

“Given the Supreme Court’s repeated endorsement of professional discipline as the appropriate vehicle for addressing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, one might suppose that state bar agencies frequently sanction prosecutors. In fact, prosecutors are rarely held accountable for violating ethics rules. A Chicago Tribune study identified 381 homicide cases nationally in which Brady Violations (withholding evidence) […]

Widower Says Texting Driver Killed His Wife

By GLYNIS FARRELL WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CN) – A lumber truck driver killed a woman by running a stop sign as he texted while driving, the woman’s husband says. Alexander Lumber Co. employee Kenneth Englert broadsided the late Patricia McNamara’s car on Sept. 30 “while using a telephone and/or texting,” McNamara’s husband says. Kevin McNamara sued […]

Jackson’s Dad Says ‘There’s More’ as Conrad Murray Civil Case Looms

By LUCHINA FISHER and SHEILA MARIKAR Now that a criminal jury has found Dr. Conrad Murray‘s guilty of involuntary manslaughter, his case will head for civil court where Murray could be found liable for medical malpractice. The Jackson family is ready for the next chapter. On his way out of Monday’s court hearing when Murray […]

Fallout From Listeria Outbreak Hits Wal-Mart: Retail

In late August, Charles Palmer ate cantaloupe bought at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) store in Colorado. Two weeks later, he began feeling sick, then became unresponsive and was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a listeria infection. Now the 71-year-old retired Marine isn’t just suing Granada, Colorado-based Jensen Farms, which grew the tainted […]

Alcoholic energy drink maker Four Loko sued by family of dead student

By Heather Somerville / McClatchy Newspapers FRESNO, Calif. – The family of Rod Fiorini, a Fresno Pacific University student killed in a police shooting last year, is suing the makers of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. Brett and Pam Fiorini, who live in Bakersfield, Calif., are seeking damages for the wrongful death of their […]

Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse: 48 Victims Sue Sugarland (DISTURBING VIDEO)

INDIANAPOLIS — Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy. Attorneys representing at least 20 law firms across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky filed the complaint […]

Cook County Jury Finds in Favor of Federal Signal Corporation in Trial of Eight Firefighter Hearing Loss Claims

By Federal Signal Corporation OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 22, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a leader in environmental, safety and transportation solutions, announced today that a Cook County, Illinois jury absolved the Company from any liability in lawsuits brought by eight Chicago firefighters and found that the Company’s siren products were […]

Will power tool makers’ liability change?

November 6, 2011 While the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s possible requirement for table saws to include flesh-sensing technology appears likely to be implemented, the extent to which product liability exposures will increase remains to be seen. “I don’t think it’s going to increase litigation,” said C. Barry Montgomery, partner at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. […]