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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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Law student dies in fall at Union League Club

Associated Press Authorities in Chicago say a 26-year-old law student has died from injuries he suffered when he fell two stories at the Union League Club on Christmas Eve. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Eric Fatla died Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police say his death appears to be an accident. via Law student dies in fall at Union League Club - chicagotribune.com....

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Marin jury awards $11.7M in personal injury case

Posted: 12/25/2010 SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—A Marin County jury has awarded $11.7 million to an elevator mechanic who claimed he suffered serious injuries during construction of a San Rafael hotel three years ago. David Travis accused the general contractor, Spokane,Wash.-based Bison Builders, of failing to maintain a safe work environment at the Extended Stay hotel construction site in 2007. Travis' attorney, William Veen, tells the Marin Independent Journal Travis hit his head multiple times on scaffolding that was too low, suffering herniated discs. Bison Builders disputed that Travis suffered those injuries at the construction site, pointing out that he didn't report them until two months...

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Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall cases, often referred to as premises liability cases, require a careful understanding of the interplay between the facts and Illinois law. If you have fallen on someone else's property, that doesn't mean they are responsible for your damages. You still have to establish why you fell, and show that the property owner was negligent. In cases involving a slip and fall, be sure to identify what you slipped on, whether it may have been liquid, an unreasonably slippery surface, or snow and ice, that accumulated unnaturally. Slip and Fall Lawyer in Chicago...

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What do you get a lawyer for Christmas?

John Browning Legally Speaking The Zope Gazette Mon Dec 20, 2010, 07:00 AM CST ROCKWALL — Around this time of year, it’s fairly common to see lists of holiday gift suggestions – for the sports fan in your life, the techie, the music buff, and so on. But what about your friendly neighborhood lawyer? Whether it’s the nice young lady who incorporated your business, the probate lawyer on the corner who drafted your will, or even the personal injury attorney who got you a good settlement from that car wreck, why not remember your favorite lawyer this Christmas? To make your shopping...

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Personal Injury Accidents

We have all heard of the Miranda warning. It requires police to advise criminal suspects that if they talk, their words can and will be used against them. This rule does not apply in civil cases. If you have been in a car accident, and the insurance company for the other driver calls you, you do not have to talk to them. They won't warn you, but be assured that if you do talk, what you say can and will be used against you. Chicago Personal Injury Attorney...

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Personal Injury Lawyers Suggest Calling a Tow Truck No Matter How Bad an Accident May Look

(US NEWS SOURCE) December 20, 2010 - If you car has damage that appears to make it unsafe to drive, call a tow truck. If it has any rubbing, squeaking, leaking, or doesn’t roll straight, call a tow truck even though it may not look like a total loss. Driving your car away from the scene conveys to an insurance company that your accident was a minor one. You should call the police every time that you are in a car accident and request that they come to the accident scene and make a report....

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After 13 deaths since 2000, nursing home for disabled is making changes – Chicago Tribune

Top administrator replaced better cleanliness, more programs for kids in the works December 18, 2010| By Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, Tribune reporters A Chicago care facility where a high number of disabled children have died in recent years said it has taken numerous steps to improve care, including replacing the top administrator, hiring more staff and retraining employees. "We're looking at everything critically," said Bob Molitor, chief operating officer of the Alden nursing home chain, which oversees Alden Village North on North Sheridan Road. "Are we weak in that area? If we are, we want to boost that up." Alden Village North has...

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Peoples Energy accuses Tetzlaff, firm of malpractice in Enron case

By: Joseph B. Cahill and Todd J. Behme December 16, 2010 (Crain's) — Peoples Energy sued high-profile Chicago lawyer Theodore Tetzlaff on Wednesday for malpractice, alleging he authorized the destruction of documents in a class-action suit in violation of a court order. The lawsuit, which also names Mr. Tetzlaff's firm, Ungaretti & Harris LLP, seeks at least $4.66 million. Most of that is the difference between the amount for which Peoples settled the case and the lower amount it believes would have been accepted had the documents not been destroyed, according to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court. via Peoples Energy...

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Average Injury Verdicts in California

Jury Verdict Research found earlier this year that the average money damage award for personal injury trials in California is $1,814,094. The median verdict, perhaps a better statistic, is $114,305. Other interesting facts from the study: The median verdict in a wrongful death case is $2,212,936, compared to the national average of $1,450,000 Approximately 17% of the verdicts in California were back and neck strains. They pull the median and average verdicts down. The median back and neck strain verdict was $10,885 California plaintiffs in personal injury cases received an award 41% of the time. The median California...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

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. Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer ...

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Crestwood reaches deal in tainted drinking water lawsuit

Residents of south suburb will get $500K, plus free trash pickup, vehicle stickers and business licenses for 2 years December 10, 2010| By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter Crestwood will pay residents $500,000 to settle one of the class action lawsuits filed against the south suburb for secretly pumping contaminated water to households for more than two decades. The deal, approved this week by a Cook County judge, also will provide residents with free garbage pickup for two years, as well as freezing fees for vehicle stickers and business licenses. And village officials will hire an independent environmental consultant to certify that Crestwood's drinking...

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More Americans Putting Off Retirement

Millions of older Americans are working later in life due to the recession, according to a new survey by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. The report found that 1.6 million older Americans are putting off retirement, leaving less jobs for younger workers and adding to the high unemployment rate. Last year, 64.9 percent of Americans ages 55 to 64 were working or actively seeking work. That is up two percent from 2006, according to the report. The vast majority of those who have put off retirement, have done so because of the recession. Despite the stock market gaining back much of what it...

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Chicago IL Accident: Fan Falls 35 Feet to His Death During Bears Game

December 3, 2010 (NewYorkInjuryNews.com - Injury News) New Source: JusticeNewsFlash.com 11/30/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan Chicago, IL—A Woodstock man died just one hour after falling 35 feet at Soldier Field Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. The unfortunate incident, which the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled to be accidental, occurred during a Chicago Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to information provided by the Chicago Sun-Times. Reports indicated 23-year-old Stuart Haverty was at a Bears game when he decided to jump over a three-foot barrier on the colonnade level during halftime. Upon doing so, he...

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Toyota injury claims survive dismissal attempts

(Reuters) - A federal judge largely rejected Toyota Motor Corp's attempts to dismiss personal injury claims brought over sudden unintended acceleration, according to a tentative order posted on Wednesday. The personal injury cases are proceeding at the same time as a proposed consumer class action over economic loss suffered by people who purchased Toyota vehicles. Last month U.S. District Judge James Selna similarly kept intact the bulk of the economic loss case. Toyota claimed that the personal injury plaintiffs failed to offer specific allegations of an actual defect in their vehicles' electronic throttle control system. via Toyota injury claims survive dismissal attempts | Reuters....

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Family Sues Baseball Bat Maker Easton Over Boy’s Injury

Updated: Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010, 7:20 AM CST Published : Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010, 7:20 AM CST Sun-Times Media Wire The parents of an northwest suburban boy who suffered a brain injury and hearing loss was after being struck by a baseball hit off a metal bat last spring have sued the maker of the bat, calling it unreasonably dangerous. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday by Robert and Cheryl Schutter of Mokena, state heir son, 11-year-old Jake Schutter, was pitching in a game for the Mokena Blaze on May 5 in Hecht Park in Mokena. It was...

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Supreme Court to hear Walmart case

By Jonathan Birchall in New York Published: December 7 2010 01:34 | Last updated: December 7 2010 01:34 The US Supreme Court is to decide whether the largest class action employment lawsuit in US history can proceed against Walmart, the discount retailer, in a case that is being closely watched by other large corporate employers. Walmart appealed to the highest US court in the summer after a federal appeals court in California gave the go-ahead for a sex discrimination suit filed in 2001 that now covers an estimated 1.5m current and former women employees. The case was brought in the names of seven...

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Can Lawyers Be Trusted – On the Internet?

As an online marketer I have worked for many years developing, deploying and studying evolving ways for marketing professional services online. My specific focus has been both lawyers and their firms and financial services firms. While financial services firms are notoriously conservative in their initiatives, lawyers often approach comatose. There are many understandable reasons for this which I won’t explore here. But one of them is the fear and uncertainty perpetrated through each state’s bar association rules about exactly how they might go to market. Fear has a chilling effect on exploration and that includes lawyers’ effective use...

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Drugged Driving Deaths, a Pervasive American Problem

Posted by Pierce Egerton, December 02, 2010 3:38 PM Driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) data and prevention efforts often focus on drunk driving. But drugged driving presents a serious risk for property damage, personal injury and even death. Sadly (and scarily,) the trend is on the rise. The new fatality analysis released by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) also confirms the involvement of drugs in fatal crashes has increased by five percent since 2005. via Drugged Driving Deaths, a Pervasive American Problem | InjuryBoard Greensboro....

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Personal Injury Law Firm Creates Family Safety Library; GJEL Accident Attorneys News Center is Resource for Motorists, Cyclists, More

Orinda, Calif. (Vocus) December 1, 2010 Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys), a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm in the San Francisco Bay area, has published an online news center as a family resource on issues pertaining to motoring on the nation's roadways and bicycle paths. With a focus on driver safety, the news center features a series of auto insurance quizzes, important accident documents, and several interactive infographics that provide state-by-state snapshots of driving laws; the impact of teen brain development on driving; and bicycling safety laws throughout the country. Personal Injury Law Firm Creates Family Safety Library;...

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Woman seeks personal injury compensation after losing a finger

29 Nov 2010 A woman who lost a finger at a public event is seeking personal injury compensation for the pain and suffering she was caused. Clare Wiffin, 37, was attending a race at Kempton Park in Sunbury with her family when the accident occurred last year, Get Surrey reports. She needed to get some money out and asked a member of staff where she could find the nearest cash machine. The assistant directed her down an alley to the right-hand side of the course, but when Ms Wiffin went down there she was confronted by a high fence. She put her hands on top...

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$2.7 million settlement in 2007 NYE porch death

November 29, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A settlement was reached with the family of a man who died in a New Year's Eve porch accident in 2007 in Chicago's Lakeview community. Michael Doyle, 25, was at an apartment in the 3100-block of North Clark when he fell through a porch rail while trying to adjust his chair. The apartment's management company, Kenard Management Corporation, has agreed to pay Doyle's family $2.7 million. Doyle is from Cincinnati. He was living in Chicago and working for a futures trading firm at the time of his death. via $2.7 million settlement in 2007 NYE porch death...

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Ex-Kaplan employee alleges company framed him after he became a whistle-blower

Trial begins Monday for Ben Wilcox, a former dean at Kaplan who is accused of sending threatening e-mails to Kaplan students, employees and executives Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law, November 30, 2010 A trial opened Monday in a Chicago federal courtroom against an alleged computer hacker that promises to reveal more than the details of a cybercrime. Jury selection began in a case against Ben Wilcox, a 45-year-old River Forest resident who faces charges of hacking into his former employer’s computer system and sending out harassing e-mails. The former employer is Kaplan Higher Education, a for-profit education company based in Chicago that is part...

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New York City Injury Lawyer News: DePuy Hip Implants Have High Failure Rate

11/11/2010 // New York, NY, US // New York City Accident Lawyer // New York City injury lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter New York, NY (New York City Injury Lawyer News) With approximately 400 complaints regarding the failure of a hip replacement implant reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a span of more than two years, DePuy faces increased scrutiny and a slew of pending personal injury lawsuits. DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson company, recalled about 93,000 hip replacement implants in August, due to a 12 to 13 percent failure rate associated with the devices, according to information provided...

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Negligence Claims Aren’t To Blame for Physician Shortage

Negligence Claims Aren't To Blame for Physician Shortage, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer Says A Northwestern School of Medicine study overstates the impact of medical negligence litigation on the state's supply of physicians, Illinois medical malpractice attorney Patrick A. Salvi says. A recently released Northwestern medicine school study wrongly tries to blame the state's medical liability environment for driving new physicians to practice elsewhere, Illinois medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi says. According to a story on the Feinberg School of Medicine website, the study found that half of all graduating Illinois medical students leave the state to practice, a trend that could soon...

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