Chicago car accident attorney concerned for pedestrian safety as Spring approaches
CHICAGO (February 21, 2017) – New data released by the Chicago Department of Transportation shows 44 pedestrians were killed by motorists in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014.
Chicago’s high rate of pedestrian fatalities is shocking compared to nationwide statistics. Data shows the number of pedestrians killed by motorists has been on the rise since 2013 in Chicago. In January 2017 alone, six pedestrians were killed by motorists, compared to five pedestrian fatalities in January 2016. Additionally, six bicyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in 2016.
READ MORE | Report by Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council
Chicago car accident attorney and transportation expert Jeffrey J. Kroll says the new data is disturbing and reflects a growing number of pedestrian-involved cases coming in to his firm, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. Mr. Kroll says distracted driving is a major factor in this surge in pedestrian deaths.
“This problem is only going to get worse as the weather breaks and more people head outdoors. In a city like Chicago where more people use walking and biking as a means of transportation, drivers need to put down their phones and be vigilant of their surroundings,” attorney Jeffrey. J. Kroll said.
Mr. Kroll is available to discuss this new study and the various ways drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists can make the streets of Chicago a safer place. Mr. Kroll has represented a number of pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured or killed by motorists. In addition, he authored a chapter title “Pedestrians vs. Motorists, Why Can’t We All Get Along?” in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s publication.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Kroll, please contact Marcie Mangan, Public Relations Manager, at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO (February 7, 2017) – The Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is pleased to announce Partner Tara R. Devine has been named one of the Chicago Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Influence.
Each year, the Chicago Business Journal recognizes women in the area who have made an impact both professionally and in their communities. Each of the women chosen to this year’s list have also been active in mentoring younger executives, working with nonprofit organizations and pursuing charitable endeavors.
Ms. Devine started her career with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard as a law clerk in 2004 and was named the firm’s first female partner in 2011. Ms. Devine has dedicated her career to fighting for justice for her clients. She concentrates her practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, nursing home negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Ms. Devine, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or email@example.com
CHICAGO (February 3, 2017) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is proud to announce the Lifetime Achievement selection of Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession.
To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for lifetime membership are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.
Patrick A. Salvi founded the Illinois law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard in 1982 in Waukegan, Ill. The firm represents clients in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s record of success includes more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
For more information, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHICAGO (January 20, 2017) – The Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has committed to finding local adoptable pets a loving home in 2017.
The personal injury law firm that has locations in Chicago and Waukegan has teamed up with the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago and Save-A-Pet in Grayslake to feature an adoptable pet every month. Starting in January 2017, a Salvi Law team member will visit a shelter and post a photo and adoption information for one pet on the firm’s social media pages and website in an effort to find these furry friends a loving family and home.
“As a law firm that takes on many dog bite cases a year, we see far too many animals that have not been properly socialized. That is why we are committed to finding pets in need of adoption a home that will make a heartfelt effort to train and nurture them,” Attorney Brian L. Salvi said.
Mr. Salvi and his wife Eirene, who is also an attorney at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, are the proud parents of two Maltese pups.
For more information on Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s “Pet of the Month” program, please contact Marcie Mangan at email@example.com or (312) 372-1227.
Victim did not sustain head injuries in catastrophic crash due to helmet
KANE COUNTY, Ill. (January 18, 2017) – Attorney Jennifer L. Ashley of the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $1.5 million settlement on behalf of a 25-year-old veteran who lost his legs in a car accident.
On the afternoon of June 8, 2016, Clayton Oates, who was 24 years old at the time, was driving his motorcycle on a country road in Kane County when a 73-year-old woman driving an SUV made a left turn in front of him. The impact of the crash left Mr. Oates in critical condition and both his legs were amputated at the knee.
“Drivers should always be cautious of their surroundings, especially when encountering a motorcyclist because the injuries can be so catastrophic,” Oates’ attorney Jennifer L. Ashley said. “Mr. Oates’ survival is a testament to the importance of wearing a helmet. Clayton had no head injury whatsoever due to the fact he was wearing a helmet,”
For more information on this settlement or to schedule an interview, please contact Marcie Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 372-1227.
Patrick A. Salvi selected as one of the top 10 lawyers out of all categories of law and out of 96,000 Illinois lawyers
CHICAGO (January 13, 2017) – Illinois Super Lawyers has named 12 Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. attorneys to its annual list. They include Patrick A. Salvi, David J. Pritchard, Jeffrey J. Kroll, Patrick A. Salvi II, Matthew L. Williams, Jennifer A. Ashley, Aaron D. Boeder, Elizabeth R. Olszewski, Brian L. Salvi, Nikole K. Messerschmidt, Andrew J. Burkavage, and John A. Mennie.
Patrick Salvi, David Pritchard and Jeffrey Kroll have all been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2005. The 12 Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard lawyers who were named to the list are not only dedicated to their clients, but published authors, accomplished speakers, experienced trial attorneys , members of several professional bar associations, and involved in their community.
In addition to being named Super Lawyers, Patrick A. Salvi was listed to the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 List. His peers selected him as one of the top 10 lawyers out of all categories of law and out of 96,000 Illinois lawyers. Jeffrey J. Kroll was listed to the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 100 List.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
For more information on Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or email@example.com.
CHICAGO (January 9, 2017) – Attorneys Matthew L. Williams and Tara R. Devine of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained an $18.5 million settlement on behalf of a child who suffered a serious brain injury due to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis.
On August 25, 2011 Paola Guevara, a twin, was born at 36 weeks. Roughly two weeks later, her father noticed she had a fever, was not finishing her bottle, and seemed more irritable than normal. Therefore, he brought her to a pediatrician at Access Family Health Center, a federally funded clinic in Pilsen, Ill. Although this was clearly a sick visit, the pediatrician documented a well child exam and noted that Paola had a low temperature of 96.6 degrees. Temperature instability, irritability, and difficulty eating can all be indicative of an infection, including meningitis. Despite the presence of these signs and symptoms, the pediatrician sent Paola home.
Later that day, Paola’s condition deteriorated and her father again took her to the doctor, but this time she went to Holy Cross Hospital. Unfortunately, Holy Cross did not have a pediatric unit so she was transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital in the middle of the night. A pediatrician immediately suspected meningitis when he saw Paola in the morning, but by then the meningitis progressed to sepsis and caused a devastating neurological injury. As the result of the nearly 20-hour delay in diagnosis and treatment, Paola experienced severe and irreversible brain damage, requiring 24-hour care and supervision.
The settlement was reached entirely with the United States Government since Access Family Health Center is a federally funded clinic.
“Paola’s father noticed something was wrong with his baby and did everything right. Unfortunately, her pediatrician did not recognize that her symptoms were signs of a developing infection,” said the family’s attorney, Matthew L. Williams. “Timely diagnosis and treatment of infections is critical to the health and safety of newborns, and all children for that matter. I give credit to the government for accepting responsibility and providing much needed help for this wonderful girl and family.”
As part of the settlement, a structure has been created to provide for all of Paola’s medical needs for the rest of her life.
“Matt Williams and Tara Devine continue to show why they are two of the best malpractice lawyers in the state. They work up a case as well as anyone, and this result is another testament to that,” said Patrick A. Salvi Sr., Managing Equity Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorneys Elizabeth R. Olszewski and John A. Mennie also represented Guevara.
In the New Year, bicycles will have the same rights as motorists and prices will surge for various traffic offenses
CHICAGO (December 17, 2016) – Illinois Car Accident Attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll of the personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. wants to remind drivers of new Illinois laws that will impact motorists as of January 1, 2017.
“Our firm saw far too many bicycle fatalities in 2016.” said Jeffrey J. Kroll, Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. “It is encouraging to see lawmakers taking steps to ensure cyclists and motorists can peacefully coexist on Chicago’s busy streets.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Kroll, please contact Marcie Mangan, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Public Relations Manager, at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (December 6, 2016) – For many Lake County residents, the stretch of westbound I-94 near Gurnee, Ill. is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road. Many drivers even refer to the exit at Grand Avenue as “100 feet of terror.”
In September 2016, eight people were injured in an accident involving a semi-truck at this location. The crash sent a total of seven people to the hospital with minor injuries and one person to the hospital in critical condition. Shocking video of the crash was caught on camera and posted on social media.
The September pile up is just one of many accidents that have occurred near exit 132 on westbound I-94. One Round Lake, Ill. man says he is lucky to be alive after a recent accident at the exit.
Bill Bertram was on his way home from work around 5:15 p.m. on November 16, 2016 when he was struck from behind as he was waiting to exit at Grand Avenue. A total of four cars were involved in the crash and the accident left Bill with injuries to his back, neck, left shoulder, elbow and wrist.
“I am lucky to be alive. But I am still feeling the pain from the accident. I have had a headache every day since the accident, and it is really hard to function sometimes,” Bill said.
Bill says he travels along the stretch of road every day on his way home from work in Evanston and has witnessed several accidents. He says the problem is the design of the exit, there is not enough room for people to exit. Bill also notes there are not many alternative routes for people who exit at Grand Avenue.
“You are really taking your life into your own hands when you drive near there, because you really don’t know how people are going to drive. Something needs to be changed or there will definitely be another accident,” Bill said.
This stretch of I-94 is a popular route for people visiting Six Flags Great America. Bill notes a problem with the exit is that people who do not normally drive that way are not prepared to abruptly stop for the backed up traffic at Grand Avenue. Bill hopes motorists who drive I-94 regularly will slow down and really be vigilant of their surroundings to help decrease the amount of accidents.
Bill, who was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion at the time of the crash, says he plans to write a thank you note to Ford Motor Company for designing a car that “really works the way it should in an accident.”
Bill Bertram has hired the Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard to represent him in his case.
For more information on this crash, or to schedule an interview with Mr. Bertram and his attorney, Jennifer Ashley, please contact Marcie Mangan at email@example.com or call (312) 372-1227.
CHICAGO (December 2, 2016) – The Illinois personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is proud to announce four of its attorneys have been named Emerging Lawyers by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In addition to being named Emerging Lawyers, Salvi Law Partners Patrick A. Salvi II and Tara R. Devine were ranked among the top 10 Emerging Lawyers in Illinois. Ms. Devine was also named the top female Emerging Lawyer in the state.
Each year, Emerging Lawyers Magazine recognizes the top lawyers in Illinois who are 40 and younger or who have practiced for 10 or fewer years. This year, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s Tara R. Devine, Patrick A. Salvi II, Aaron D. Boeder, and Brian L. Salvi were selected by their peers as leading lawyers in their areas of practice.
Tara R. Devine was recognized for her work in nursing home negligence law and personal injury law. In addition, Ms. Devine was ranked as the top emerging woman attorney and among the top 10 Emerging Lawyers. Please click here to learn more about Ms. Devine and her personal successes.
Patrick A. Salvi II was recognized for his work in general personal injury law, professional malpractice personal injury law, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, and product liability. In addition, Mr. Salvi was ranked among the top 10 Emerging Lawyers. To learn more about Mr. Salvi and his practice, please click here.
Aaron D. Boeder was recognized for his work in general personal injury law and professional malpractice personal injury law. To learn more about Mr. Boeder, please click here.
Brian L. Salvi was recognized for his work in general personal injury law and professional malpractice personal injury law. To learn more about Mr. Salvi’s practice and his personal successes, please click here.
To contact our Emerging Lawyers, please call 312-372-1227 or fill out our online form.
CHICAGO (November 2, 2016) – For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 2 practice areas.
Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
The 2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.
Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard PC received the following rankings in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard was founded by Illinois attorney Patrick A. Salvi in 1982 in Waukegan. In founding Salvi Law, Mr. Salvi believed that victims of negligent conduct should have access to prompt answers and expert legal help. The firm remains committed to that guiding principle of client service. Today, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with 15 attorneys, more than 30 staff members and offices in Chicago and Waukegan. The firm’s record of success includes more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements, including more than 215 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.
CHICAGO (November 1, 2016) – Patrick A. Salvi II of the Illinois law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is concerned about the epidemic of distracted driving crashes involving teens.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, with fatality rates nearly three times that of any other age group. Distraction is now believed to contribute to more than 50% of teen crashes. Distracted driving crashes are now unfortunately a growing part of Mr. Salvi’s practice, but working together we can stop these senseless tragedies. That is why Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is offering local schools a distracted driving educational program that has been recognized by traffic safety experts as one of the most effective for teens.
The program is available without cost to schools as part of a nationwide campaign in partnership with End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The program was developed by Joel Feldman, an attorney in Philadelphia, after his 21-year-old daughter, Casey, was killed by a distracted driver. With the help of teen safety experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a PowerPoint presentation was developed which is interactive, science-based, and contains a mix of humorous videos and role play exercises to engage teens. There are no bloody or graphic videos and the speakers do not lecture teens, but talk in a respectful manner to seek their ideas to help to curb this epidemic. The speakers freely acknowledge that they have driven while distracted and are working to change the driving culture in our country so that distracted driving will no longer be acceptable. This program has reached more than 300,000 and is continually updated based on student and teacher feedback and the most recent research. Presentations have been coordinated with SADD, FBLA, FCCLA chapters and other organizations.
This Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report describes the program in detail. Here is a reference letter from a principal of a high school which has hosted the program for the last several years.
The presentation can be given in classrooms, during health/physical education sessions, or assemblies and is adaptable to your time demands from 40-75 minutes.
To schedule a presentation with your school, contact Marcie Mangan, Public Relations Manager at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual survey is based on settlements reported to the Jury Verdict Reporter between July 2015 and June 2016 that were $500,000 or more. The report includes confidential settlements for which Jury Verdict Reporter editors were able to verify details between both parties.
The 2016 Settlement Survey included 563 settlements, totaling $1.1 billion. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. ranked in the top 9, settling eleven cases for a total of $25,500,000.
“We are honored once again be recognized among the top firms in the state. The achievement is a testament to the hard work our lawyers put in on a daily basis,” Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi said.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard was founded by attorney Patrick A. Salvi in 1982 in Waukegan, Ill. The firm represents clients in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s record of success includes more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
For more information on the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or email@example.com.
October 8, 2016 (CHICAGO) – Kendra Scott will host a Give Back Event at their Chicago store on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The company will donate 20 percent of proceeds from both in store and phone orders to Tierney Darden’s Rehabilitation Fund.
Tierney Darden of Mundelein, Illinois had just returned from a trip to Minneapolis with her mother and sister on August 2, 2015 when the bus shelter she was standing next to outside of O’Hare International Airport collapsed onto her during a storm. The accident left Tierney, a 24-year-old dance student, paralyzed from the waist down. Personal injury attorneys from the Chicago law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. filed a lawsuit on her behalf.
Since the accident, Tierney has had to overcome physical and emotional hurdles. The event coordinator for Kendra Scott Jewelry read about Tierney’s accident and wanted to host a fundraiser to help her.
“Tierney was excited to learn about the fundraiser as she loves jewelry,” her family said.
Tierney has customized a piece of jewelry named “The Tierney” that will be for sale at the event. Event details are as follows:
900 North Michigan Avenue L3-18
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Please note, online orders are NOT included in the event.
Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please contact Marcie Mangan at 312-372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more details.
The Women of Distinction Award identifies women who have made a difference in Lake County and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and community
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (September 1, 2016) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is proud to announce Partner Jennifer L. Ashley is a recipient of the Lake County Journal’s 2016 Women of Distinction Award. The Women of Distinction Award identifies women who have made a difference in Lake County and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and community.
Ms. Ashley will receive the award at the 2016 Lake County Journal’s Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on October 25, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mundelein. Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m. and the lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The award ceremony will provide honorees with an opportunity to share their stories and attendees with networking opportunities with other local women. In addition, Ms. Ashley will be profiled in the October issue of Lake County Magazine.
Ms. Ashley joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard in March 2012 and was named partner in January 2014. She concentrates her practice of law in the areas of personal injury, which includes auto accidents, premises liability, wrongful death and products liability. Ms. Ashley has tried well over 100 cases to verdict before a jury. She also serves as an arbitrator in Lake County for municipal and small claims cases. In addition, she is involved in many legal associations, including the Lake County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.
Ms. Ashley regularly volunteers at Prairie State Legal Services, where she does pro bono legal work for those who cannot afford an attorney. She has helped many people with legal issues including orders of protection, housing, divorce, and parenting rights. Ms. Ashley is also a trustee of the Lake County Bar Foundation, which is a charitable organization whose goal to allow all people access to the administration of justice.
Ms. Ashley lives in Libertyville, IL with her husband (Mark Nazarof) and their two children, Henry (7) and Victoria (4). She is able to balance her roles as a successful lawyer and a devoted mother, while continuing her volunteer work for various charitable organizations of Lake County.
Jennifer L. Ashley can be reached at (847) 249-1227 or at email@example.com .