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Monday, April 10, 2017


The Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter has confirmed that the $602,000.00 combined award obtained by attorney Michael Viglione last week in Lake County Circuit Court is a record verdict.

Viglione obtained a $552,000.00 verdict on behalf of a female client who had a prior L3-L5 fusion and L3-S1 decompression laminectomy 75 days prior to her October 18, 2014 automobile accident.  The plaintiffs claimed that the accident aggravated the female's pre-existing back issues.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017


A Lake County jury has awarded a 74 year old woman and her husband a combined $602,000.00 for injuries sustained in a 3 car collision on October 18, 2014.

At the time of the accident, the female Plaintiff was in recovery from a prior L3-L5 fusion and L3-S1 decompression laminectomy performed 75 days prior.  Plaintiffs alleged that the collisions caused development of chronic pain below the fusion leading to implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.  Plaintiffs claimed that the injuries derailed her recovery from surgery and severely impacted her quality of life.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Don't Just Assume Your Damages Case!

You are injured in a Lake County motor vehicle accident.  You experience immediate pain in your lower back.  You have never had a back problem a day in your life.  You have never seen a therapist, chiropractor, or doctor for back pain.

Before you know it, you go from the Emergency Room, to your primary care physician, to a therapist, and eventually to an orthopedic surgeon.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


I was hit in a crosswalk when a car ran a red light.  My medical bills are mounting and the at-fault party's insurance company is denying liability and telling me I have no case.  What should I do?

ANSWER:  Call us today!

Pedestrian injury cases can involve severe, devastating, permanent losses.  It is a simple fact of life that when a car collides with a human body, the car always wins. 

However, simply because a car hit you as a pedestrian does not entitle you to a recovery.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Hypocrisy of Tort Reform

Understanding why medical malpractice reform is a betrayal of conservative ideology is one of many reasons to oppose it.

The bedrock of political conservative ideology is that the federal government should be divested of power, and instead, states should be free to govern themselves as each sees fit.  Ironically, the United States House of Representative's, "Protecting Access to Care Act," which is the latest effort at federally imposed tort reform, violates this most basic conservative principle.

The Act intentionally seeks to preempt state legislation by imposing a nationwide cap on non-economic damages awards in medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and prescription drug negligence cases.  The Act further seeks to preempt state legislation on issues such as: the statute of limitations on filing these cases, rules of joint and several liability, and introducing evidence regarding medical bills in these cases.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Recover for Grief and Sorrow

Cook and Lake County liability occurrences which cause the wrongful death of a loved one have devastating consequences upon spouses, children, and family members.  In addition to causing loss of financial support and companionship, wrongful death claims can also cause tremendous grief, suffering, and sorrow.

In Illinois, emotional damages stemming from wrongful death claims are recoverable and deserve to be compensated. Compensating these damage elements requires eliciting testimony from family members, grief counselors, and psychiatrists.  Proving emotional suffering can also involve presenting mementos of a loved one such as birthday cards, family movies, and gripping memories.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lake County Medical Malpractice

A loved one recently experienced an extremely bad outcome at a Lake County hospital.  Can we contact you to discuss our rights free of charge?

Yes.  Our experienced staff of Lake County medical malpractice lawyers are ready to discuss your potential medical negligence case immediately.  One of our firm's partners, Kathleen Ryan, is a former nurse who can expertly evaluate your injuries, potential medical negligence, and explain exactly what a physician or hospital did incorrectly to contribute to your negative outcome.

In addition to providing an initial case consult, we will review medical records on your Lake County Medical Malpractice case to determine whether you have a viable cause of action.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Condition

I had neck surgery four years ago from which I fully recovered.  I was recently rear-ended and now my neck is killing me again.  Can I still recover in a personal injury case?

Yes.  Illinois law allows for recovery in the event that you have a pre-existing condition that is worsened by a motor vehicle (or other liability) accident.  The key to obtaining recovery in this situation is your ability to prove the degree to which your condition was aggravated by the collision.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017



Slip and fall injuries on things such as snow and ice, spilled water or liquids in a store, or even defective floor mats, can have devastating consequences on individuals and families.  Although fall down injury cases may seem simple, and proving liability may appear clear, the reality of litigating these cases is far murkier.

Insurance companies fiercely defend fall down cases.  Injured individuals who present claims for these incidents may be met with defenses such as: a denial the fall down ever occurred, a claim that an investigation was made of the area in question immediately after the incident and everything was in perfect condition, the disappearance of any incident reports and/or surveillance video that could prove basic facts concerning the occurrence, and the argument that everything could have been avoided had you merely looked where you were walking.

These defenses/tactics are commonplace.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hit and Run Accident Compensation

I sustained severe injuries in a hit and run accident.  The at-fault driver fled the scene and was never identified. Is there any way to get my medical expenses compensated?

Answer: almost certainly yes.  

Most motor vehicle drivers in the state of Illinois carry uninsured motorist coverage on their automobile insurance policies.  This coverage protects drivers in the event that they are injured by motorists with no insurance.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Anesthesia Malpractice Attorneys

Have you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to the adverse effects of anesthetics during a surgery?  If so, contact us today to discuss your rights.

Anesthesia errors occur when patients are sedated, vulnerable, and unable to protect themselves.  The consequences of these medical mistakes can include becoming brain damaged, permanently living in a vegetative state or with severely reduced cognition, and even death. 

The critical questions in any Chicago or Waukegan anesthesia malpractice case are: (1) what went wrong during surgery; and (2) how can you prove it.  

Obtaining your medical records and having them reviewed by an anesthesia malpractice attorney is the best way to evaluate whether you have a claim.
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