The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) recently honored our Levin & Perconti Chicago personal injury attorney Michael F. Bonamarte IV with a volunteer award. In a press release, ITLA announced Mr. Bonamarte as a recipient of the William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award for 2011.
The award is given to recognition of “dedicated volunteer service and professional efforts on behalf of the ITLA Amicus Curiae Committee in preparing legal briefs before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts during the past twelve months.” This includes legal work done on behalf of important principles in the Illinois justice system.
For example, blog readers know that both Michael Bonamarte and Steve Levin wrote and submitted an amicus brief to the Illinois Supreme Court in the case of Vincent v. Alden-Park Strathmoor, Inc. The case involved what legal rule would apply to damages that a family could receive following the wrongful death of their loved one from poor nursing home care.
Our attorneys argued in support of the nursing home victims in that case who suggested that the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act did not preclude them from recovering punitive damages if their loved one died from the poor care that they received. The position was logical in that it preserved the purpose of the punitive damages (punishment) in the cases when their conduct was the most egregious-leading to the death of the resident. Finding otherwise meant that negligent nursing homes actually stood to financially benefit from their conduct if a resident was killed instead of merely injured.
All of our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain committed to both assisting our own injured clients and helping to shape the legal system for all those who seek justice and fairness in our state courts. We will continue to advocate in all capacities to ensure that our legal system serves those who depend on it.
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