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Construction work poses many dangers. In fact, construction work produced the second-highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says.

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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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Construction accidents often result from unsafe working conditions, faulty equipment, lack of safety precautions or human error. Construction accident injuries can make it impossible for the victim to continue to earn a living. Some result in wrongful death.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, the Chicago construction accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have the experience and expertise to pursue your case and help you obtain the maximum monetary reward you are entitled to receive. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a construction site accident, contact us today at our toll-free number or through our online form. We can provide a free, no-obligation consultation.

Common Construction Site Injuries in Illinois

There are many possibilities for injuries at a construction job site. Preliminary BLS numbers for 2011 say there were 759 fatal workplace accidents in the construction industry during the year.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Company compiles a Workplace Safety Index of serious non-fatal workplace injuries every year. It is based on data from the BLS and the National Academy of Social Insurance and work­ers’ compensation claims from across the country.

Common construction injuries in Illinois include:

  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Lacerations (cuts)
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocated joints
  • Eye injuries
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Burns and electric shock.

The 2011 Workplace Safety Index by Liberty Mutual indicates the most common causes of these injuries, including:

  • Overexertion (caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and/or throwing)
  • Falls to the same level
  • Falls to a lower level (such as from a ladder or scaffold)
  • Bodily reaction (from bending, reaching, climbing, standing, sitting, slipping)
  • Being struck by an object (such as material or equipment falling from above)
  • “Highway incidents” (i.e., car / truck / forklift accidents)
  • Being caught in or compressed by objects or machinery
  • Being struck against objects (such as being pushed into doors or walls)
  • Repetitive motion injuries (i.e., repeated stress or strain)
  • Violent acts (i.e., assault).

Violations of Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) rules contribute to many job-related accidents at construction sites. OSHA policies for job-site safety include provisions for:

  • Safety training
  • Protective equipment required on a job site
  • Fire protection/prevention
  • Proper sanitation.

Specifically, construction accidents might be caused by:

  • Unsafe tools or machinery
  • Insufficient illumination
  • Lack of protection for head, eyes, ears, face, respiratory function, feet, etc.
  • Collapsed scaffolding
  • Improper ventilation
  • Slippery surfaces.

Developers and general contractors have a legal obligation to ensure that their construction sites are safe. If you have been critically injured at a construction job, you have a right to compensation for your losses. This would include money for medical bills, lost wages during your recovery, future lost wages in cases of debilitating injury and for your pain and suffering. An experienced construction site accident attorney can help you negotiate with insurance companies or pursue a legal claim to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer for Help 

Whether you are a worker severely injured on the job or an innocent passerby injured at an Illinois construction site, the Chicago construction accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have the experience and expertise to help you obtain compensation you deserve.

We are experienced Illinois construction accident attorneys and trial experts. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., construction accident attorneys have obtained significant recoveries for clients.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a construction site accident, contact us today at our toll-free number or through our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Accident Underscores Need for Safety in Roadside Construction Zones

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The news of a 19-year-old driver being charged with a DUI after striking and killing a construction worker in a road construction accident on the 4900 block of South Western Avenue was certainly upsetting to hear about. According to the…

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