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Recently, our Chicago nursing home attorneys settled a lawsuit with Evergreen Healthcare Center in Evergreen Park for $575,000. Attorneys Steven M. Levin, Margaret P. Battersby Black and Carl F. Silverman worked on behalf of the granddaughter of the victim who sustained injuries while living at the nursing home. The victim developed several bed sores that worsened d and eventually contributed to her death. The lawsuit we filed on behalf of the victim alleged that Evergreen Healthcare staff failed to properly prevent, monitor and treat the victim’s bed sores, and these injuries contributed to her tragic death. Her family now has closure and can begin to heal after this horrific ordeal.

In February 2007, the then 77-year-old victim suffered a stroke and was admitted to a Chicago hospital. She was later transferred to the Evergreen Park nursing home for rehabilitation where the staff noted that she was at high risk for bed sores due to her immobility. The victim’s family noted that when they would visit, they could smell that she had not been changed, was never turned over, and on one occasion they even noticed that her feeding tube was loose. In fact, the only persons who ever noticed her bed sores were her family members, not the staff whose job it is to provide care for her. In fact, the victim developed bed sores on her heels and sacrum. Our senior partner and co-founder, Steven Levin noted that, “[o]n each occasion, it was her family, not the nursing staff, who discovered the new sores. Her sores worsened and her overall condition deteriorated. She was hospitalized two months later and diagnosed with sepsis, dehydration and pneumonia.” Tragically, the victim died in May 2007 from these injures.

The facility’s staff was obligated to prevent the victim from developing pressure ulcers and was required to frequently reposition her and closely monitor her skin condition. However, our investigation revealed inconsistencies in her charts and a failure to properly assess the progress of her bed sores. Our office filed a complaint in December 2008 in the Circuit Court of Cook County and the case was settled last month.

Our firm achieved a $1.5 million settlement for an injured construction worker and his family on December 28, 2012. Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte represented the plaintiff in the case. Our client was working as a temporary laborer at a residential construction site hired to do clean-up work at the site. While there, the victim was sweeping and picking up various debris on the second floor. Another temporary laborer from the agency and the victim moved a piece of plywood that was covering a chimney stack opening to that they could sweep around and underneath it. Our client did not see the large hole because the piece of plywood was obstructing his view and fell through the opening to the ground floor, sustaining serious injuries. His injuries included a fractured ankle, fractured pelvis, and fractured hip.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) law requires holes like the one that our client fell through to be affixed and marked. The chimney that our client fell through was neither fixed nor marked. OSHA is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation, especially in the workplace. These laws are in place to protect the health and safety of all workers, including construction workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction site, it is important that you understand your rights to any benefits and compensation owed to you under the law. Construction site accidents can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that after going through such trauma your goals are to make sure your medical bills are paid and covered, that you do not suffer financially through lost wages, and that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your work. Our firm has significant experience handling cases for victims of construction accidents and their families. This experience in matters of construction workplace liability has enabled us to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients in such cases. If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction site, please contact our experienced construction accident attorneys for a consultation to review the specific facts of your case with you and inform you of your legal rights, free of charge.

Levin & Perconti is proud to report that our firm recently obtained a noteworthy settlement for a Chicago area man who sustained a life altering head injury while at work. Our attorney on the case, Jeffrey Martin, a partner with 30 years of experience, obtained a $750,000 settlement for his injured client.

The case began in October 2008 when our client was working as a receiving manager at a store in Bartlett, IL. Our client was unloading a new shipment from a semi-truck at the store’s loading dock. His co-worker drove a forklift into the back of the truck in order to lift our client up so he could reach items that shifted during transport. Our client wanted to show the truck driver how poorly the items had been loaded so his co-worker hit the side of the truck to get the driver’s attention. Instead of exiting his cab, the driver pulled the truck away from the loading dock, causing the forklift to fall off the dock and catapult our client. Our client hit his head and also sustained injuries to his back, hands and shoulder.

He suffered a closed head injury that caused him to suffer seizures and endure long-term cognitive issues that included depression and forgetfulness. Then in May 2010, our client’s brain began to bleed resulting in brain surgery a year later for removal for a vascular legion, which is essentially a group of snarled blood vessels that can burst.

The attorneys at our Chicago firm successfully advocated on behalf of the families of two elderly victims in recent weeks. Both of the cases were handled by attorneys at Levin and Perconti, resulting in Cook County jury verdicts for these victims of negligence.

The first case involved 88-year-old Anna Blokh who tragically passed away nine months after falling off a table in Northwest Community Hospital’s radiology department, suffering injuries. We filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital on behalf of Ms. Blokh’s family in 2009. Our attorneys proved to the jury that Ms. Blokh’s fall off at Northwest Community Hospital was the cause of her death, resulting in a notable award of $584,301.50 to her family. The Honorable Judge Daniel Lynch of the Circuit Court of Cook County presided over the trial that began October 29, with closing arguments taking place November 1. Attorneys Margaret Battersby and Cari Silverman represented the family.

The second case was a nursing home cause involving the wrongful death of 81-year-old Emilio Opio in a suit against the Imperial Grove Pavilion in Chicago. Mr. Opio fell while at the facility, suffering a brain injury, resulting in his death from complications. Seasoned nursing home lawyer John Perconti and associate Patricia Gifford obtained a $645,000 verdict for the surviving family of Mr. Opio.

We are proud to share that, once again, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have achieved justice on behalf of a client in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Chicago neurosurgeon who irreparably damaged our client’s spinal cord because he was medically negligent.

Attorneys Steven M. Levin & Jordan S. Powell won a settlement totalling $3 million, which will help to compensate our 78 year-old client for the pain and suffering, and the permanent paralysis she suffered when the doctor improperly inserted a pain pump that permanently damaged the woman’s spinal cord.

On march 6, 2007, the neurosurgeon performed surgery on the woman to fix a pain pump that was previously inserted in her some to deliver medication to manage her back pain. According to attorney Levin, as a result of the doctor’s negligence, “for the past five years, our client has struggled to adapt to life without the use of her lower limbs… his attempt to fix her pain pump caused far greater health problems, and robbed her of her ability to walk or move around on her own.”

An Illinois man alleges that he was hurt by a falling piece of concrete while working at a refinery. The man filed an Illinois personal injury lawsuit earlier this month in Madison County Circuit Court against the construction company and other defendants. He was working as a pipefitter and welder and was working in a trench when a large section of concrete built to hold the excavating machinery broke off and fell into the trench. The personal injury plaintiff alleges that he was unable to escape the falling debris and it knocked him to the ground. He states that he sustained serious injuries to his back during the injury. The Illinois plaintiff is asking to be paid more than $400,000 in damages for medical expenses and lost wages along with court costs.

Individuals have a right to a safe and healthful workplace and may receive benefits under workers’ compensation if they have suffered an injury on the job. Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage and should give their employees a workers’ compensation claim to complete and return. According to state law, a workers’ compensation claim is the remedy when an employee sustains an on-the-job injury, which means that an injured worker cannot file a negligence lawsuit against his or her employer or co-worker. But, if a workers’ compensation claim arises as the result of the negligence of another person, a door opens to another area of recovery. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the third party in addition to the workers’ compensation claim. For example, our Chicago personal injury lawyers represent clients in cases where negligence caused their serious personal injury or wrongful death. We recently represented a 27 year-old roofer in an Illinois workplace injury who was paralyzed when he fell from a roof as a result of the general contractor’s failure to provide appropriate safety devices. The workplace negligence lawsuit was resolved with the 27 year-old injured man receiving a $5.7 million settlement.

To read more about the Illinois personal injury lawsuit, visit the Madison Record.

A Chicago medical malpractice lawsuit involving a former police officer against the nurses who treated them has been settled for $17.7 million by a Cook County judge. Represented through his brother by Chicago personal injury lawyers Steven M. Levin and Margaret P. Battersby, the settlement marks the end of a five year road after the Illinois police officer plaintiff suffered an injury that put him in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. The victim was taken to the UIC Medical Center after suffering a personal injury he received while on the job. He had hit his head on a curb after being thrown over a car while responding to a disturbance call outside of a local bar. Later, the victim suffered a stroke and was taken to the hospital. To drain excess fluid from the victim’s brain, physicians inserted an external ventricular drain. The nursing staff, however, failed to properly monitor the victim’s intracranial pressure during this period. The victim’s brain pressure rose to a dangerous level overnight and the staff failed to notify the physician on duty until the plaintiff victim had already suffered a major brain injury.

The plaintiff, a former police officer in Stone Park, Illinois, is now a quadriplegic and cannot communicate. He filed Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits against several nurses and a health-care staffing company alleging that their negligence caused the Illinois medical malpractice victim’s quadriplegia. It is a tragic fact that the former Stone Park police officer will never be the same again. While money will not make the victim whole by reversing his injuries of brain damage and quadriplegia, it will help to afford his care. Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Steve Levin reported that he was happy that the adverse parties were able to reach a medical malpractice settlement with the assistance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge. He stated, “I think it’s a very sad and tragic case that could have easily been avoided had basic nursing functions been performed properly.”

Read more about the Illinois medical malpractice settlement, visit the Chicago Law Bulletin.

A Chicago tour bus accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the south end of Chicago recently sent twenty people to area hospitals. Fortunately, the bus accident victims received only minor personal injuries, according to officials. According to the Illinois State Police, the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway at 47th Avenue were shut down because of the Chicago bus tour accident. The spokesperson stated that officials were still investigating and did not have any details about the bus tour accident circumstances as of Sunday evening. A total of thirty four people were reported to refuse medical treatment on the scene.

Our Chicago injury lawyers have successfully handled almost every single type of motor vehicle negligence case and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the victims and their families. Our Chicago injury lawyers’ resolutions include a record-setting $10 million Chicago car accident settlement for a young boy who was hit by a city Fire Department truck while playing in an open fire hydrant on the Independence Day holiday. The Chicago car accident resulted in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis.
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In 2006, a 51 year-old woman who had trusted two of her local health care facilities passed away from something preventable! The woman, who had cerebral palsy, died from multiple infected pressure ulcers on different parts of her body. The wrongful death victim was being provided weekly medical treatment from Hutcheson and round-the-clock care from Country Crossing Assisted Living. Nonetheless, she suffered such significant pressure ulcers that they ultimately caused her death. The wrongful death lawsuit alleged that the health care facilities were only treating one of the victim’s pressure ulcers.

Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers recognize that most pressure ulcers are preventable. The health care industry has developed ways to reduce and prevent pressure ulcer development by assessing those individuals who are at-risk for developing pressure ulcers and treating them accordingly.

In the wrongful death lawsuit following the 51 year-old woman’s death due to pressure ulcers, the jury found the owner of Country Crossing Assisted Living and Hutcheson liable in the wrongful death after a week-long trial. The jury awarded $4 million dollars to the victim’s family for pain and suffering and a $5.5 million dollar award for the wrongful death lawsuit. The jury also awarded $2,683.00 in funeral expenses.

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit settlement was recently reported in The Madison St. Clair Record. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit was approved recently in Madison County Circuit Court and now the woman’s wrongful death suit filed over the deaths of her husband and infant son in a tow-truck accident is now over. The judge entered the final approval of the confidential settlement on February 15, 2011. The Illinois plaintiff filed an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit against a tow truck driver, his employer, and the owners of a pub for damages in excess of $50,000. At one time, there was also a motion to add “punitive damages” to the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit. As an aside, punitive damages are often awarded where compensatory damages – the actual damages to compensate the claimant for loss, injury, or harm suffered – are deemed inadequate as a remedy. They are intended to reform and/or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the injury lawsuit.

According to the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit, the defendant had been drinking at two bars before he answered a tow call placed by the wrongful death victim. Another victim, the nine-month old son of the driver, had been a passenger in the car which had run out of gas. The two truck allegedly hit the stalled car, pushing it into the man who was outside of the vehicle. His nine month old son passed away shortly after from his injuries. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit contended that the bars sold the driver the alcohol that led to the crash. The Illinois lawsuit defendant also faces criminal charges in connection with this tragic accident.

More information about the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit is available at The Madison St. Clair Record.

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