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Our law firm receives almost daily calls from potential clients seeking an attorney to assist them with a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, we probably reject 99% of these cases. Why? There are a myriad of reasons, including problems with liability, problems proving that the malpractice caused the plaintiff’s injuries, or the plaintiff’s damages might not be significant enough to justify filing a lawsuit.

Medical malpractice cases are maybe the most difficult type of lawsuit to litigate. The attorney litigating the case must not only be well versed in this area of the law, they must also become knowledgeable in the area of medicine involved.

Many potential clients think that just because they had a bad result after seeing a doctor, they have a good medical malpractice claim. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. A bad result does not necessarily mean there was bad medicine.

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Many new automobiles being sold today have keyless ignition systems. In order to operate these vehicles, the owner merely has to have their keyfob near the push button starter. There is a convenience factor in not having to take out your key when you start your car. Problems have occurred, because the driver can park the car, walk away with his keyfob and the car will keep running. Thirteen people have now died, because they mistakenly left their keyless ignition vehicles running in their garages and went inside their homes. As a result, carbon monoxide entered their homes and killed them. Now a product liability lawsuit has been filed against several automakers. Continue reading →

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On June 5, 2015, attorney James Bonebrake obtained a verdict of $492,350.00 on behalf of his client.

The plaintiff, Mr. Bonebrake’s client, went to the Brothers’ Lounge (owned by defendant Sandona Corporation) for a birthday party for one of his friends on October 11, 2011.  While there, plaintiff and his friends consumed alcohol and the evidence showed that plaintiff was intoxicated.  The owner of the bar signaled for the bouncer, co-defendant, Tywan Howard, to approach plaintiff.  Plaintiff, and two of plaintiff’s friends who were with him at the bar that evening, testified that Howard approached plaintiff and asked him a question.  They testified that plaintiff did nothing to provoke Howard or anyone else in the bar that night, including the female bartender behind the bar at the time of the incident.  They further testified that Howard suddenly punched plaintiff in the cheek and knocked him to the ground. All of plaintiffs’ witnesses testified that they could hear the sound of plaintiff hitting the ground, head first.  The ambulance and police were called, and plaintiff was taken out of the bar via ambulance in a pool of blood from his head.  He had very little memory of the events and remembered awakening at MacNeal Hospital some time later.  Continue reading →

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 6.5 million individuals work at over 250,000 construction sites and thousands of workers are killed or injured every year.

Potential hazards for workers in construction include:

  • Falls (from heights);
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Governor Bruce Rauner claims that the Illinois economy is weak. His proposal to solve this alleged problem is to institute lawsuit and workers’ compensation reforms, however, the facts simply do not support him.

First, the Illinois economy is not weak and it is growing at a steady rate. As of January 2015, the unemployment rate dropped two points from a year ago to 6.1 percent. For seven straight months in 2014, Illinois led the country in the rate of decline of its unemployment rate. In 2014, Illinois increased the number of people employed by 106,000.

In addition, frivolous lawsuits are not a problem driving away business. In Illinois, over 70% of lawsuits are actually filed by companies suing each other or individuals for money. Since 2007, the number of all civil cases filed in Illinois courts had declined by 26 percent since 2007. As for medical malpractice, since 2003 the number of lawsuits filed has declined by 40 percent. When frivolous lawsuits are filed, we have a judicial system where the judges have the power to dismiss these cases before they are ever tried before a jury.

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In Illinois, texting while driving is banned and as of 2014, hand-held cell phone use while driving was also banned. Drivers must use a hands free device to talk on their cell phones while driving. However, even using a hands free device is a distraction that can result in an accident.

crashed-car-1148745-mDistracted driving results in hundreds of thousands of automobile accidents that result in injuries every year. In 2012, there were over 3,000 deaths from distracted driving, but the actual numbers of deaths might be much higher. Seventy-seven percent of Americans, in a recent survey, admitted to using a hand-held cell phone while driving and 69 percent admitted to texting behind the wheel. The problem is that most people over estimate their ability to drive while distracted.

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