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Eatery settles wrongful death suit for $1.1 million

Harriet McLeod Reuters 2:25 p.m. CDT, August 6, 2012 CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The owner of a South Carolina restaurant has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed last December in a fiery car crash. Quentin Gregory Miller, 32, died on December 17 when his car was struck from behind on a bridge near Charleston in an early morning collision and burst into flames, according to police. The driver of the vehicle that struck Miller's, Adam Joseph Brunelle, was an assistant manager for Charleston's Husk restaurant at the time. He...

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Parents sue over daughter’s death at hotel

Chicago schoolteacher died after sliding down railing at Palmer House Hilton July 26, 2012 The parents of a Chicago schoolteacher who fell four stories to her death at the Palmer House Hilton have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, alleging the hotel and promoters of a Halloween party did not take enough security measures during the event almost two years ago. In the suit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, James and Deborah Duskey alleged the hotel and Surreal Chicago and Adrenaline Y2K, the event promoters, didn't hire enough security personnel and failed to warn their daughter, Megan, of the dangerous stairwell during the...

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Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011 drowning at Geneva dam

By Harry Hitzeman Relatives of a Naperville man who died last August saving a child from drowning near a dam along the Fox River in Geneva has sued the city for wrongful death, arguing the city knew about the dangers posed by the lowhead dam but did not do enough to restrict access to that area. Randy Suchy, 59, died Aug. 5, 2011, saving a 12-year-old boy who slipped and fell into the water during a church outing. The Bolingbrook boy was rescued, but Suchy was caught in the boil for several minutes despite rescuers’ efforts to save him. Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011...

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Father of teen killed on camping trip sues tour company

The father of a Lake Forest teen killed by a falling tree while on a student camping trip in Wyoming last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tour operators. Elizabeth Burns of Lake Forest was helping set up camp in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness about 66 feet away from the base of a 75-foot tree when the tree fell and struck her. She never regained consciousness, witnesses said. Her father, Michael Burns, filed the federal wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago on Wednesday against Wilderness Ventures, the commercial backpacking company based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that operated the tour. Father of teen...

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Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with personal injury lawyer

LAUREN BOYER York Daily Record, Pa. 1:10 p.m. CDT, May 9, 2012 YORK, Pa. Teens driving. Treading through icy parking lots. Super gluing. These, and other potentially hazardous activities, were discussed Friday in a ydr.com live chat featuring attorney Gregory Bair of Stock & Leader. Bair is a member of the York firm's litigation practice group. His concentrations include injury law; domestic law and other issues, such as auto and motorcycle accidents; wrongful death; product liability; animal injuries; and injuries resulting from falls. Readers logged on to ask Bair questions -- the good, the bad, and the downright amusing. Readers talk insurance, accidents during chat with...

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NFL wants suit moved to federal court

CHICAGO (AP) – An attorney for relatives of the late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson says the NFL wants to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the league moved from Cook County court to federal court. Thomas Demetrio says he'll fight the effort because he doesn't want the case lumped in with lawsuits filed around the country by former NFL players. Demetrio says the NFL wants the cases consolidated because the separate cases add up to what he calls a "bureaucratic nightmare" for the league. In the lawsuit, Duerson's family alleges the NFL negligently caused the brain damage that led the 50-year-old...

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Lawsuit claims jail inmate died due to beating

An investigation by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office found no evidence that anyone at the jail willfully or intentionally harmed Gruber. However, the lawsuit claims Gruber was pepper sprayed and beaten by sheriff’s officers during processing at the jail, and that his subsequent requests for medical assistance were denied, despite the presence of contract medical personal at the jail, Correct Care Solutions, a health-care provider based in Nashville, Tenn. Medical staff failed to investigate or assess Gruber’s injuries, the suit alleges, which also names Correct Care Solutions, along with along with four nurses and one supervisor employed by the firm. The...

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Lawsuit: Nursing home failed to protect patient from resident with `violent criminal record’

By Bridget Doyle TribLocal reporter March 8 The family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died after a physical altercation with another patient at Oak Park Healthcare is suing the west suburban nursing home for wrongful death, according to a press release issued Thursday by the family’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Chicago-based Levin and Perconti, alleges the facility violated federal and state nursing home regulations in failing to protect patient from physical abuse and failing to provide appropriate supervision, according to the press release. Anibal Calderon, an 80-year-old resident of the Oak Park Healthcare Center, “was assaulted by a 66-year-old resident with...

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City of Park Ridge found liable in boy’s death, ordered to pay $5M

By JENNIFER JOHNSON jjohnson@pioneerlocal.com March 13, 2012 1:36PM The city of Park Ridge has been ordered to pay $5.18 million to the estate of a 15-year-old Park Ridge boy following last week’s verdict in a wrongful-death lawsuit stretching back seven years. A jury on March 8 found the city liable in the death of Maine South High School student Joseph Furio, who died Oct. 31, 2004, from a drug overdose. JoAnn Abruzzo, Furio’s mother and administrator of his estate, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2005, alleging that Park Ridge paramedics had failed to properly evaluate her son and provide medical care when...

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Suit filed in death of woman killed while walking along Eisenhower Expressway

By Clifford Ward Special to the Tribune 3:26 p.m. CDT, March 15, 2012 The family of a woman struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking along the Eisenhower Expressway after a DUI arrest filed a lawsuit today, saying a state trooper negligently allowed the woman to go free even though she was still under the influence of alcohol. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County court by the family of Diana Paz, 25, of Chicago, who was struck and killed Sept. 2. Shortly before her death, Paz was stopped for driving the wrong way on the Eisenhower and was...

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Fourth District vacates McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdicts; New hearings on whether Honeywell witness must testify

On the first day of trial in one of the cases, Honeywell lawyer Gary Zimmerman of Chicago told Circuit Judge Paul Lawrence that Charm "has unequivocally stated he will terminate his contract with Honeywell rather than be obligated to travel any significant distance to testify, including being obliged to travel to Illinois to testify." According to court documents, Charm had previously testified at 22 trials in Bloomington. On April 7, three days into the trial, Lawrence directed a verdict for plaintiff Vickie Hoogerwerf. The next day, jurors determined Honeywell owed Vickie Hoogerwerf $2.95 million for the wrongful death of husband John Hoogerwerf, $1.07...

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Mother: Cop, Not Ex-Boyfriend, Deserves Prison Time

The night of the crash, Chicago Heights Police Officer Chris Felicetti pulled LaFond over and arrested her for driving with a suspended license. She blames the officer for handing over her keys to a heavily intoxicated Conner, then 22, after telling the officer she was the designated driver. "That’s when I grabbed my keys and told him again [that] he cannot drive my car, he has been drinking. And that’s when he said, 'Everything is going to be under control,'" she recalled. In legal filings, Chicago Heights has contended LaFond wanted Conner to drive her son home that night. At Conner’s sentencing, Will...

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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 Englert and Alexander Lumber in McHenry County Court. He claims Englert "failed to stop his vehicle for a stop sign," drove "at a speed greater than reasonable," and killed his wife by smashing a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck into her 2004 Chevy "while using a telephone and/or...

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Lawsuit filed by children of firefighter who died when roof collapsed

By Dawn Rhodes Tribune reporter 9:22 a.m. CDT, October 19, 2011 The daughter and son of a Chicago firefighter are suing the owners of a foreclosed South Shore laundromat, alleging their failure to properly maintain the building resulted in their father’s death last year. Jennifer Stringer and Edward Stringer Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai, owners of Sing Way Cleaners in the 1700 block East 75th Street. Edward Stringer, 47, was among the firefighters dispatched to a fire at the abandoned building on Dec. 22. As some of the firefighters went inside to put the...

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Two more lawsuits filed in Indiana stage collapse

Two new separate lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with last August’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Both lawsuits were filed by the same lawyer, personal injury attorney Kenneth Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana. The first suit, filed in Monroe County Superior Court in Indianapolis, seeks compensation from the State of Indiana for the wrongful death of 29-year-old Christina Santiago of Chicago. Santiago entered into a civil union with her same-sex partner Alisha Brennon. Both attended the Indiana State Fair where the band Sugarland was about to take the stage when a fierce storm with high winds toppled the stage. Brennon...

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$24 million award upheld in fatal ’04 crash

By Bill Bird wbird@stmedianetwork.com Apr 5, 2011 OTTAWA — A near-$24 million wrongful death and personal injury award has been upheld, almost seven years to the day after a 10-vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 55 that killed two men from Naperville and Seneca and permanently injured a man from Aurora. A 3rd District Illinois Appellate Court panel on Wednesday upheld the record verdict rendered by a jury in Will County Circuit Court. It held three defendants liable for $23.75 million in the April 1, 2004, crash that killed Joseph G. Sperl of Naperville and Thomas Sanders of Seneca, and injured Aurora resident...

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Family sues restaurant over seventh-grader’s fatal food allergy

Family sues restaurant over seventh-grader's fatal food allergy Chinese food at school's end-of-year party had peanuts or peanut oil, lab says March 18, 2011|By Joel Hood, TRIBUNE REPORTER The family of a Chicago Public Schools seventh-grader who died last year after an allergic reaction to peanuts at a school party has filed a wrongful-death suit against the Chinese restaurant that provided the meal, claiming the student's teacher told the restaurant to avoid peanut products. Gil Ross, an attorney for the family of Katelyn Carlson, 13, said CPS officials told them they had been aware of Carlson's severe peanut allergy even though that information was...

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Family files wrongful death suit against ambulance company

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Boston) - "Something that should have been very, very routine, ended up in a nightmare for myself and my family," said the victim's brother Peter Zacarelli. It's been two years since Peter Zacarelli lost his 68-year-old sister Barbara Grimes. Zacarelli said, "I spoke to her that morning and she said I'm going to be going for dialysis, and I said hey Barb, I'm going to try to drop by tonight or I'll talk to you later and that was it." It was January 31st, 2009 and it was the last time he spoke with her. Grimes was being transported home...

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What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death

February 26, 2011 Various things we can all learn from the Newport Beach bicycle accident causing a death with an alleged DUI. What Ehline Law Accident Attorney Says You Should Know About Alleged DUI Newport Beach Bicycle Wrongful Death. LOS ANGELES, CA, February 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. an innocent, 41 year old bicyclist was struck while riding his bicycle east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near Spyglass Road by a white Volkswagen Jetta. The bicycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. The driver of the injury causing Jetta, Danae...

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Vs. AEG Can Proceed, Judge Rules – Music, Celebrity, Artist News

Katherine Jackson and family are pursuing a claim against concert promoter. By Gil Kaufman When he was alive, Michael Jackson was forever embroiled in a series of complex and expensive-sounding lawsuits. But even in death, the late King of Pop is the subject of major legal action. None could potentially be bigger than the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert promotion giant AEG Live. Reuters reported that a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday that the civil lawsuit can go forward. It will proceed in parallel with the criminal case against Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray,...

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City Slapped With Another Blizzageddon Wrongful Death Suit

Last month saw two wrongful death lawsuits against the city in regards to the December Blizzageddon and now we can add a third to the list. On the morning of Monday, December 27, 2010—the day after the worst of the blizzard—the son of Bed-Stuy resident Lillie Cockburn, 56, found his mother lying unconscious on the floor. He quickly got her back in bed and called 911, around 7 a.m., and waited for help. Nobody came. He tried again at 1 p.m. but again, no ambulance came. Finally a family member helped drive her to the hospital, it was too late....

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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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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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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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Wrongful death suit: Round Lake Beach inmate died at Menard facility

By Beth Kramer Nov 23, 2010 Lawyers recently filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Ingram’s surviving family in Round Lake Beach, according to attorney Benjeman Nichols of Cavanagh Law Group in Chicago. Ingram died on June 26 while in custody at the Menard Correctional Facility, according to Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel. Ingram was taking psychotropic drugs, which have the tendency to raise a person’s core body temperature. The temperature high that day was 96 degrees and it was 91 degrees near Ingram’s cell, Dudenbostel said. link...

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The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children

October 27, 2010. By Brenda Craig Chicago, IL: Attorney Michael Angelides believes that there is no foreseeable end to the number of victims of mesothelioma, a rare but always fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos that fills the lungs with tumors and essentially suffocates its victims. The Other Asbestos Victims—Spouses and Children "The diagnosis rate for mesothelioma in the US has remained constant for years, and is projected to be constant for years to come," says Angelides, whose firm Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides & Barnerd has represented hundreds of clients affected by mesothelioma in every state in the US. "This was a 100...

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