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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.


  • $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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Our Chicago construction accident lawyers represent victims of construction accidents.

Construction workers face a higher risk of injury or death than workers in other professions. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports, one in five worker fatalities occur in the construction industry. Many of these injuries can be traced to violations of state and federal safety regulations that are designed to protect workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We can investigate your case and determine the options available to you for seeking a recovery of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Simply call or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.

Construction Accident Facts

20.3% of worker fatalities in private industry in 2013 occurred in construction, or a total of 796 deaths. The four leading causes of construction worker fatalities were:
Construction Accident Facts
In Illinois, 12% of all fatal work-related injuries and 2% of non-fatal work-related injuries in Illinois occurred in the construction industry.

Types of Construction Accidents

Our law firm represents injured victims and families who have lost a loved one in all types of construction accidents, including but not limited to:

  • FallsOSHA states that 37 percent of construction accident fatalities involve falls. Types of falls include falls from elevations, ladder falls, scaffolding falls, and falls associated with contact with equipment or machinery such as cranes or forklifts.
  • Struck by Object – Construction workers can suffer permanent or fatal injuries when struck by falling tools, loads being moved into the area, falling materials and similar incidents.
  • Electrocutions – Contact with high voltage is one of the most common causes of death in the construction industry. OSHA states that 8.9 percent of all worker deaths result from an electrical accident.
  • Crush InjuriesAccidents described by OSHA as “caught-in/between” are usually crush accidents. OSHA states that 2.6 percent of all worker deaths are associated with this type of accident, which can include being crushed by machinery or hit by heavy falling objects, tools or equipment.
  • Forklift AccidentsUntrained and unlicensed forklift operators put all other construction workers in the area at risk. This equipment is also prone to rollovers. Even fully trained and experienced forklift operators can suffer serious or fatal injuries in a rollover.
  • Highway Construction AccidentsConstruction workers who are involved in building or improving streets, highways and roads are at extreme risk of injury. Not only must they deal with passing traffic and the uncertain behavior of drivers, their own equipment operators may create situations of extreme danger.
  • Toxic Chemical ExposureThere are a number of toxic substances used in the construction industry, including paints, solvents and sealants as well as a range of other toxic substances that put workers at risk. Any worker should be protected from exposure with mandated safety gear such as masks and respirators.

Injured on the Job? Contact an Illinois Construction Accident Attorney

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is prepared to move forward at once to protect your right to full compensation after a serious construction accident. We pursue damages from every possible source for our clients. We also represent families who have lost a loved one in a construction accident. Call or contact us online today for more information.

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