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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois on March 05 2009. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $29.1 Million Verdict - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1...

    $29.1 Million Verdict

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict.

    On April 2, 2010, attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured the $29.1 million verdict on behalf of Christian Arroyo. Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois rendered the verdict for Christian and against the United States of America after a week-long bench trial. The government-employed doctors were found guilty of negligence having to do with their obstetrical and neonatal care. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard proved that prophylactic measures to prevent infection should have been taken prior to Christian’s birth and that the signs and symptoms of a neonatal infection were missed, causing profound brain damage.

    The government appealed the verdict based on the statue of limitations. The government said that the suit was untimely because it was brought more than 2 years after the baby was discharged from the hospital following birth. Attorneys case-resultsfully argued that the lawsuit was timely filed because the Arroyos did not know and had no reason to know that the brain injury had any sort of doctor or government cause.

    Today, Christian Arroyo is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.

    Attorney Patrick Salvi II said: “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed this verdict on behalf of Christian, and rejected the government’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the misconduct of the doctors involved by asserting that they should have been sued sooner.  The money will be essential in giving this young man a chance in life given his severe and permanent disabilities.

    For more information on the Arroyo case [07C4912], or the Law Firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Patrick Salvi II at (312) 372 -1227 or psalvi2@salvilaw.com.

  • $17.9 Million Truck Accident Verdict - March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L....

    $17.9 Million Truck Accident Verdict

    March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $17.9 million verdict on behalf of a 47-year-old Lombard, Illinois woman following a two-week jury trial before Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams.

    Just before a Cook County jury awarded the woman a $17.9 million verdict, Patrick Salvi and the defense lawyer reached a settlement of $14 million. The verdict would have been decreased by 30 percent, due to contributory negligence of the Plaintiff, cutting the total to $12.6 million. By reaching a settlement in this case, the Plaintiff was able to receive an additional $1.4 million for her injuries!

    “It was a win-win!” said lead counsel, Patrick A. Salvi.

    On October 23, 2012, the Plaintiff, a 47-year-old school teacher, was on her way to work, driving westbound on Cermak Road, at the intersection of Wolf Road in Hillside, Illinois, when she collided with a semi-trailer truck. The Plaintiffs alleged the truck driver failed to yield to the right-of-way vehicle before making a left turn.

    The Plaintiff suffered a C6 incomplete spinal cord injury, leaving her unable to return to work. The Plaintiffs claimed that she would require attendant care due to her injuries.  The Defendants alleged the Plaintiff did not need as much attendant care as was claimed and could return to work with accommodations.

    “The money will help our client move on with her life and help take care of all her medical needs,” added Patrick Salvi.

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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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truck accident statistics
van accident statistics
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motorcycle accident statistics
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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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