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  • $15.2 Million Personal Injury Verdict - Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Aaron D. Boeder...

    $15.2 Million Personal Injury Verdict

    Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Aaron D. Boeder of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. of Chicago, IL obtained a $15.2 million verdict on behalf of a man who was seriously injured when he was struck and run over by a forklift at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The trial began on August 4, 2015. The verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Lorna E. Propes in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

    On September 18, 2012, Thomas Neuhengen of Cudahy, Wisconsin, 33, was working as a spare parts manager for Hermle Machine Co. LLC, helping with the tear down of the company’s booth from the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place. He was knocked down and his left foot was run over by a 58,000 pound 40/60 Versa Lift forklift. Neuhengen’s attorneys allege the forklift driver, Frederick Neirinckx, failed to keep a clear view of the path of travel, failed to maintain a proper lookout and failed to use a spotter.

    Additionally, according to the complaint, Global Experience Specialists, the company that set up the show and hired Mr. Neirinckx did not have a policy in place to make sure forklift drivers were trained and evaluated three-years prior to the 2012 IMTS. The company also failed to assign a three-person crew to the 40/60 Versa Lift. Global Experience Specialists was cited with four safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    As a result of the accident, Mr. Neuhegen suffered a de-gloving injury to his left foot, requiring a number of surgeries. Mr. Neuhegen is a staff sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and prior to the incident served two tours of duty in Iraq.

    “As a result of a corporation ignoring safety rules, Tom’s life will never be the same,” said lawyer Patrick Salvi II. “The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial impact and ongoing challenges this incident has had on Tom. We hope this verdict serves as a reminder to companies to ensure employees receive proper training and resources.”

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According to the most recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 285,477 accidents involving motor vehicles on state roads in 2013. Out of those crashes:

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The IDOT reports that the following vehicles were involved in the majority of the state’s crashes in 2013:

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On average, each motor vehicle accident-related emergency department visit in the U.S. carries a cost of $3,300, while each hospitalization costs about $57,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Of course, costs vary depending on many different factors, including a victim’s age and the severity of the injuries suffered. Other damages must also be considered, including lost income and pain and suffering.

The lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have experience with handling a wide variety of vehicle accident cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We understand the unique issues that different types of accidents present, and we are committed to seeking full and fair compensation for each one of our clients.

Our experience includes:

Car accidentsA majority of passenger car wrecks are due to driver carelessness or recklessness, including drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving and speeding.
Truck accidentsCrashes involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial typically involve the need for immediate investigation, multiple parties (including out-of-state and foreign companies) and careful navigation of state and federal rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry.
Motorcycle accidentsMotorcycle riders frequently are struck and injured by a car or truck because the other driver failed to look or made some other careless maneuver.
Bicycle accidentsIllinois law defines bicycles as vehicles and gives bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities as others who use the state’s roads. Those rights must be protected, including the right to be compensated for one’s losses after an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Pedestrian accidentsA pedestrian hit by a car is almost certain to suffer serious and potentially fatal injuries. The elderly and disabled face the highest risk of being involved in a pedestrian-car collision.
Boating accidentsMany boaters fail to take appropriate classes for operating boats or see a day on the lake as a party and operate their boats while drunk, distracted or otherwise acting irresponsibly.
Jet Ski accidentsAnyone who operates a PWC with disregard for the safety of others can be held liable for damages they cause. If the design of the PWC has caused a malfunction that led to an injury, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Bus accidentsPrivately operated tour buses often lack important safety features and are operated by companies that negligently hire and fail to supervise dangerous drivers.
Public transportation accidentsAgencies that offer public transportation such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) can be held liable if negligence among their employees or operations puts the safety of passengers at risk.
Forklift / work vehicle accidentsForklifts and other heavy equipment (bulldozers, backhoes, graders, hydraulic lifts or cranes) are a leading cause of workplace injuries.
Aviation accidentsAccidents involving private, commercial or corporate airplanes and jets, helicopters, ultra-light planes, hot air balloons or hydrofoils are require technical investigations to determine what went wrong and why.

What You Should Know About Illinois Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are five important items to know if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Illinois:

  • Compensation – A vehicle accident claim in Illinois may seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring or disfigurement, loss of a normal life and other damages. Wrongful death compensation may be sought by eligible family members whose loved one was killed in a crash.
  • Comparative fault – If you are determined to be more than 50 percent responsible for a vehicle accident, you may be barred from recovering damages. If you are less than 50 percent at fault, your damages may be reduced accordingly.
  • Passengers’ rights – Passengers injured in accidents caused by others, including the driver of the vehicle they were riding in, may seek to recover for their injuries and damages.
  • Statute of limitations – With few exceptions, a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois must be filed within two years of the vehicle accident. A wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of the deceased individual’s death. You must take into account the time necessary to investigate the accident, making it important to get legal help as soon as possible after a crash.
  • For-profit insurance companies – An insurance company’s goal is to protect its profits. The company needs to pay as little as possible for every claim. This is why you should never accept a settlement offer without having an experienced vehicle accident attorney review your case.

Contact an Illinois Vehicle Accident Attorney

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. offers free consultations. We can provide a thorough review your case, including any settlement offer you may have received from an insurance company, and we can protect your right to just compensation for your losses after a vehicle accident. We work with clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. To learn more, simply call or contact us online today.





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