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Boating Accident Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

The state of Illinois borders one of the largest lakes in the world, and hosts nearly 160 unique other lakes and waterways. While boating and water sports are favorite activities for thousands of local residents, it is important to recognize that lakes can be very dangerous places. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard have been handling boating related cases for more than 30 years and can help you.  

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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – 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. 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 - September 06 2011 CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the...

    $29.1 Million Verdict

    September 06 2011

    CHICAGO, IL – 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 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement - Chicago, IL (June 23, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi of the law firm Salvi, Schostok &...

    $17 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

    Chicago, IL (June 23, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $17 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of two-year-old boy from Waukegan, Illinois boy, who suffered severe and irreversible brain damage during a surgery to remove a cyst on his throat. The settlement was approved in Cook County.

    The plaintiff had a condition known as a thryoglossal duct cyst. This condition was to be corrected on October 18, 2013 with the Sistrunk procedure, where the surgeon removes a portion of the hyoid bone (small bone in the throat) along with the cyst. During the procedure, the plaintiff alleged the thyroid membrane and larynx were injured. As a result, swelling and a hematoma developed in the plaintiff’s throat.

    A second emergency surgery was ordered and staff attempted to intubate the plaintiff unsuccessfully on three occasions. An emergency tracheostomy was performed, but the plaintiff had already been without oxygen. The plaintiff suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage.

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Countless numbers of boaters take advantage of Lake Michigan, Des Plaines River, Chicago River, Fox River, Illinois River, Chain O’Lakes and the many small streams throughout the Chicago area. Unfortunately, boating accidents occur too often on these waterways.

Sometimes, these accidents can’t be helped. Some occur because of adverse weather conditions; other times, however, a boating accident may be caused by the driver’s negligence or some defect in the boat or its equipment.

If you were involved in a boating accident that was caused by negligence or a boat defect, you may be entitled to compensation. The Chicago boating accident lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help. With offices conveniently located in Chicago and Waukegan, we have helped numerous boat crash victims throughout the state.

In fact, our firm recently obtained a $1 million boating collision settlement on behalf of a client who became trapped under a capsized boat. While every case is different, we have the expertise and knowledge about boat wrecks to help you win the largest amount of compensation possible given your situation.

To schedule a free consultation, call our Chicago boating accident attorneys today at 877-975-7991 or use our online form.

Boating Accidents Occur in the Chicago Area

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 102 boat crashes occurred in Chicago in 2009. These boat wrecks led to 70 injuries and 25 deaths. Nationally, there were 4,588 accidents in 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard reports. These accidents caused 3,081 injuries – 758 fatal – and an estimated $52 million in property damage.

The majority of Illinois boating accident deaths result from drowning, and most victims were not wearing a life jacket. Also, statistics show that fatal boat crashes more likely occur when boaters lack proper safety instruction. For instance, the Coast Guard indicates that only 11 percent of the fatalities in 2011 occurred on boats where the boat operator had reviewed boating safety instructions.

Causes of Chicago Boating Accidents

The U.S. Coast Guard data shows a clear link between deaths and a lack of boating safety knowledge. But there are many causes of boating accidents. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, common causes of boating crashes include:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to ventilate the boat or equipment
  • Failing to properly observe other boaters (i.e., improper lookout)
  • On-board navigation lights that do not work properly
  • Boat operator inattention
  • Inexperience of the boat operator
  • Restricted vision
  • Infraction of the rules of the “road,” including right-of-way rules
  • Sharp turns
  • Starting the boat in gear
  • Improperly anchoring the boat
  • Loading the boat incorrectly such as distributing weight improperly or overloading the boat
  • Equipment failure
  • Hull failure
  • Machinery failure
  • Overly congested waterways
  • Hazardous waters, including waves or wakes
  • Bad weather
  • Missing or insufficient navigation aids
  • Fires caused by spilled fuel or vapors igniting.

In some cases, a combination of these factors may contribute to an accident that injures or harms someone.

Our Chicago Lawyers Hold Negligent Boaters Accountable

Human error, improper boat maintenance or boat defects are the underlying cause of most boating accidents. If any of these factors played a role in an accident that injured you or caused the death of a loved one, you may be able to seek legal relief. Possible scenarios include:

  • Being the passenger on a boat driven by a friend or acquaintance who was drunk, failed to obey the rules or otherwise failed to act with the reasonable care that any boat driver should exhibit. You may be able to make a claim against the boat operator for negligence.
  • Being on a boat involved in a collision caused by another vessel, such as a boat or jet ski. You may be able to hold the driver of the other watercraft responsible. This, too, would be a negligence case.
  • defect in the design or build of the boat caused the accident. You may be able to hold the manufacturer or seller of the boat responsible. In this case, you would need to bring a product liability case against the manufacturer. If the boat malfunctioned when used as intended and caused or contributed to the harm you experienced, then the manufacturer would be strictly liable for your injuries.
  • You trusted someone to perform maintenance on your boat. If that person failed to properly service or maintain it or failed to identify broken or damaged parts, he could be held responsible for negligent maintenance.

The Chicago boating accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help. We can determine if one or more potential defendants exists in a boating accident case. If so, you may be able to collect money for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages. If the boating crash resulted in a death, the victim’s family members may pursue a wrongful death claim.

Proving Negligence in Chicago Boating Accident Cases

When you make a claim against a boat operator or one responsible for boat maintenance, you will need to prove negligence to receive compensation. Negligence can typically be proven in one of two ways:

  • Negligence per se – You may make a negligence per se case if the boat operator violated safety laws that exist in Illinois to protect boaters. In these cases, negligence is assumed. The injured victim is not required to prove negligence. For instance, under Illinois boating laws, it is unlawful to operate a boat in a “No Wake” zone at a speed above 5 mph. If a boater was operating his boat in such a zone at a higher speed, then he would be in violation of a safety law. If an accident resulted from his high speeds in the No Wake Zone, he would be assumed negligent in the eyes of the law.
  • Negligence – You may also make a common law negligence claim. This involves showing that the boat operator or person responsible for maintaining the boat was more careless than a reasonable party would have been in his situation.

Our Chicago boating accident attorneys can help you to determine which legal theory or theories are best to make your claim after a boat wreck.

Contact Our Chicago Boat Accident Lawyers Today

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys have obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of clients. We have recovered verdicts in excess of $1 million in more than 180 cases and collected a total of more than $630 million in damages for our clients. We can put our skill and experience to work for you in your boating accident case. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 877-975-7991 or use our online form.

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