Rest in Peace: The Most Famous Wrongful Death Cases on the Books

Rest in Peace: The Most Famous Wrongful Death Cases on the Books

Wrongful death cases are an unfortunate fact of life. The most common causes of wrongful death are a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, injuries at birth, wrong medication prescriptions, negligence, and surgical errors. This is a terrifying and real problem that people...
Personal Injury Tips: What to Do When a Dog Bites You

Personal Injury Tips: What to Do When a Dog Bites You

Suffering a dog bite is a scary experience. Because most dogs are friendly, people sometimes forget that dogs can be unpredictable. Dogs are animals, and their instincts will take over in some situations. If a dog feels threatened, scared, or overly excited, it can...
10 of the Most Common Construction Accidents Seen by Attorneys

10 of the Most Common Construction Accidents Seen by Attorneys

Construction sites are dangerous places for workers. Out of 4,693 work-related deaths in 2016, 21.1% were in the construction industry. The injury rate for construction workers is higher than any other industry, and construction workers are at risk every day at work....
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case? Here Are 10 Signs You Do

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case? Here Are 10 Signs You Do

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, following closely behind heart disease and cancer. Yet, there is a misconception that medical malpractice cases are only sought after by scammers who are trying to make a quick buck....
What is Premises Liability?: Everything You Need to Know

What is Premises Liability?: Everything You Need to Know

Have you been injured due to someone else’s failure to maintain your property? We know that you want to be certain that the law is on your side. After all, why should you have to pay your medical bills and miss out on work because of someone else’s...
How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer: 10 Questions to Ask

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer: 10 Questions to Ask

If you’ve recently been involved in a road accident, a slip-and-fall that left you injured, or the victim of an animal bite, it’s time to find a personal injury lawyer. This realm of law is centered on helping the victims of accidents get back on their...
Top 10 Signs Your Loved One is Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse

Top 10 Signs Your Loved One is Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse

Every year, more than 1.3 million people receive support in nursing homes. These facilities are designed to help people with day-to-day activities including bathing, eating, and taking medication, among others. Unfortunately, some facilities don’t offer the same...
What is Nursing Home Neglect? 4 Common Types of Abuse

What is Nursing Home Neglect? 4 Common Types of Abuse

With 1 in 10 older Americans suffering from some kind of elder abuse at the hands of a caretaker, it’s important to take nursing home neglect seriously. Nursing home neglect takes place when people are at their most sensitive and vulnerable. It’s a...
What to Do If You’re a Passenger in an Uber Car Accident

What to Do If You’re a Passenger in an Uber Car Accident

Car accidents are never fun. But do you know what to do if you’re in an Uber car accident? Traveling in an Uber changes the process after an accident. You might feel uncertain about what your next steps should be. Should you contact your insurance company? What...

Mason falls through a car dealership

$2,000,000 — MASON FALLS THROUGH A CAR DEALERSHIP A 55-year old bricklayer fell through a concealed hole in a roof of a car dealership suffering injuries to his elbow, shoulder and knee. Although he returned to work five months later, a Cook County jury awarded him...

Misplaced intravenous line

$2,250,000 — MISPLACED INTRAVENOUS LINE A 55-year old man, who was hospitalized due to complications arising from organ failure, had an intravenous line administered while in the intensive care unit. The intravenous line came out of the vein but the IV solution...

Woman struck by a three-mile-per-hour collision

$2,300,000 — WOMAN STRUCK BY A THREE-MILE-PER-HOUR COLLISION A 26-year-old woman, while waiting in the drive-through line at a fast food restaurant, was struck from behind injuring her shoulder. The injury developed into a rare nerve disorder called reflex sympathetic...

Trump tower beam falls on worker’s head

$3,500,000 — TRUMP TOWER BEAM FALLS ON WORKER’S HEAD In 2012, Trapp & Geller settled a case against the general contractor and others in the amount of $3.5 million for negligence in allowing a support beam to fall and strike a laborer’s head. The laborer suffered...

Plumber falls through floor of trump tower

$3,750,000 — PLUMBER FALLS THROUGH FLOOR OF TRUMP TOWER An apprentice plumber fell through the floor of Trump Tower landing on the concrete below. He sustained injuries to his back, shoulder and ankle. He was able to return to work following the...

Woman mistakenly given death penalty drug in emergency room

$8,000,000 — WOMAN MISTAKENLY GIVEN DEATH PENALTY DRUG IN EMERGENCY ROOM A 46-year-old woman with a stomach ache goes to the emergency room. The doctor ordered Pepcid, which is a common drug prescribed to relieve minor stomach ailments. Instead, the nurse on duty gave...

Misread ultrasound results in brain injury to newborn

$10,000,000 — MISREAD ULTRASOUND RESULTS IN BRAIN INJURY TO NEWBORN First-time mom was ecstatic to learn she was having twins. A routine ultrasound taken just prior to her due date showed that the twins were in fetal distress and emergency procedures needed to be...

Mother given excessive pitocin during labor

$12,000,000 — MOTHER GIVEN EXCESSIVE PITOCIN DURING LABOR, CAUSING BRAIN DAMAGE TO HER NEWBORN CHILD Chicago-area mom, expecting her first child, was admitted to a suburban Chicago hospital. During labor, the doctor ordered Pitocin, which is a drug used to stimulate...
How To File A Wrongful Death Claim

How To File A Wrongful Death Claim

It really only takes a fraction of a second for your life to change irrevocably. And most of the time it’s not because you just won the lottery. Instead, many of us experience life changes due to horrible circumstances often beyond our control. An accident at...
What To Do After Suffering A Construction Injury At Work

What To Do After Suffering A Construction Injury At Work

As a construction worker, you can file a workers’ compensation claim if you get injured while doing construction work. This will give you compensation benefits to help you get through your injury. The exact system of this claim varies from state to state, but...

How to Prevent Construction Accidents This Summer

Summer Brings More Than Heat in The Summer for Construction Workers For most people, summer means vacations and sunny days at the beach. For those working in the construction industry, summer is typically associated with longer shifts and endless heat. Summer does...
6 Car Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

6 Car Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

More than 250 million cars travel on US roads and over 2 million people are injured each year in accidents. Another 35,000 individuals lose their lives each year due to traffic accidents in the United States. Keep reading for essential car driving tips to make sure...
5 Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

5 Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

When someone is involved in an accident, they may not only be physically hurt but also worried about how to start the process of obtaining compensation for their injuries and paying any medical bills. An accident is something that one is unprepared for. This article...
10 Signs You Might Need a Workers Compensation Lawyer

10 Signs You Might Need a Workers Compensation Lawyer

There are nearly 3 million workplace-related injuries a year in the US. While some of these are the fault of an employee, many are due to negligence by employers or third parties. If you suffered an injury that causes financial or physical problems, you may need to...
Who Pays Compensation After A Car Accident?

Who Pays Compensation After A Car Accident?

In the event that you’ve been harmed in a fender bender in Chicago, you may wonder who is going to pay for your medical treatment. An injury settlement or a verdict at trial is great, but that won’t help you pay your medical bills right away. Your insurance, the other...
What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence

It was unquestionably a difficult decision to place your elderly family member into a nursing home. Now you suspect your loved one may be experiencing nursing home negligence. Sadly one out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some form of elderly abuse....
10 Road Safety Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

10 Road Safety Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

In 2015, 3,477 people were killed as a result of crashes caused by distracted drivers. Another approximately 391,000 people were injured. Distracted driving is a serious problem throughout the United States, and far too many people are traveling on the roads every day...

6 Questions to Ask Your Lawyer After a Trucking Accident

Car accidents happen every day, but you don’t think one will happen to you until it’s too late. This could be anything from a fender bender to a trucking accident with a large vehicle. Either way, a thousand things start going through your head once the...

7 Reasons You Should Hire a Car Accident Attorney

Car Accident Lawyer Chicago An alarming new report from the National Safety Council says that fatal traffic accidents in Illinois rose 4% percent in the first half of 2017, to 516 from 494 during the same period in 2016. Even more sobering? The state’s fatality...

Construction Site Accidents

Construction work has one of the highest rates of workplace accidents. More than 4500 construction workers were killed on the job in 2015. While construction work is not only linked to employment fatalities, it also can result in severe accidents that can leave the...

Truck accident: Motorcyclist dies when semi driver cuts him off

On behalf of Jeremy Geller of Trapp & Geller posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Whenever the busy Illinois roads are shared with large trucks, motorists and those on motorcycles must take particular care. The weight of a semi truck, along...

Project managers criminally charged after trench collapse death

Illinois construction workers have the right to safe work environments, and it is the responsibility of employers to comply with safety regulations to ensure worker safety. Too many families nationwide have to cope with the deaths of loved ones whose employers put...

Mother files premises liability suit against trampoline park

Entertainment centers across the country, including in Illinois have a responsibility to provide safe surroundings for visitors to the amenities. To ensure safe entertainment, proprietors must provide qualified supervision for dangerous activities. Some entertainment...

Driver trapped between truck and crane in construction accident

Construction workers, including commercial truck drivers in Illinois, have rights to safe working environments. Construction truck drivers rely on the owners of the trucks to carry out regular maintenance to ensure safe operation. It is not uncommon for a construction...

Dangerous conditions at shopping center leads to lawsuit

When consumers nationwide, including in Illinois, visit shopping centers, they expect to encounter safe surroundings in which they can relax and enjoy the many wares on offer. Most owners of shopping complexes take proper care of building maintenance and expect their...

Truck accident: Sleeping driver crashes into 13 vehicles

On behalf of Jeremy Geller of Trapp & Geller posted in Truck Accidents on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Motorists on Illinois roads are often exposed to the dangers posed by fatigued operators of commercial trucks. One driver was so tired recently that he allegedly fell...

Child injury: Laundry pods pose severe hazard to small children

Manufacturers of products such as detergents likely consider the preferences of adults when they design packaging for their products. Unfortunately, the packaging ultimately chosen may unintentionally be attractive to the naturally investigative natures of children....

How do you navigate a day care center child injury claim?

On behalf of Jeremy Geller of Trapp & Geller posted in Child Injury on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Many Illinois parents will likely admit to a feeling of concern each day that they drop off a child at day care. Unfortunately, in some cases, those concerns are well...

Woman files premises liability lawsuit after fall at Wal-Mart

Store owners nationwide, including in Illinois, have an enormous responsibility to provide their customers with safe surroundings that are free of hazards. They must also ensure that staff members are adequately trained to be on the lookout for dangerous conditions...

Premises liability: Lawyer dies after falling from escalator

On behalf of Jeremy Geller of Trapp & Geller posted in Premises Liability on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Illinois readers may be interested in a case of a tragic death that occurred at a Metro Station in another state. The surviving family of a 35-year-old attorney...