CHICAGO (April 24, 2017) – With deadly crashes on the rise across the United States, two Chicago aldermen have called upon the Chicago Police Department to implement new technology that would better enforce the city’s traffic laws and determine if drivers had been texting prior to an injury crash.
The technology, called a “textalyzer,” would work similar to a breathalyzer but would connect to drivers’ phones to help officers determine if a driver was swiping or typing prior to an accident. The textalyzer is the brainchild of a New York father who lost his son in a car accident. The device is still in the prototype stage and has yet to be implemented, but legislators are mulling the idea in several states.
Attorney Brian Salvi of the Chicago car accident law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is throwing his support behind the Chicago aldermen’s resolution and says the proposal to use “textalyzer” is an important step in cracking down on distracted driving in the city.
“As a personal injury attorney, I see the tragic results of texting while driving on a regular basis. It is my hope that implementing technology such as the textalyzer will engender drivers of all ages to make a conscious effort to change their dangerous habits behind the wheel,” Mr. Salvi said.
Mr. Salvi is available to weigh in on how this technology would be beneficial for people who are injured in a car accident, how the data could be used in court, and how this could potentially make drivers more aware of their dangerous habits.
For media inquiries, please contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s Public Relations Manager, Marcie Mangan, at (312) 372-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICAGO (April 10, 2017) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is pleased to announce Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi and his wife, Lindy, have been named recipients of the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI.
The Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence recognizes Italian Americans in a variety of fields who have become a pride and inspiration to the Italian community. Mr. and Mrs. Salvi were recognized in the field of “Entrepreneurs” for their work with Salvi Sports Enterprises.
In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Salvi entered the world of minor league baseball and purchased the Gary SouthShore RailCats. After finding much success with the RailCats, including reaching the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, the Salvis expanded their enterprise to include a 100% interest in both the Schaumburg Boomers and the North Shore Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League), as well as a minority interest in the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (Futures Collegiate Baseball League). Under the Salvis leadership and direction, the mission of Salvi Sports is to combine family, fun, and baseball to provide an exceptional level of fun, affordable family entertainment in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
Mr. and Mrs. Salvi will be honored by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI during a ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at White Eagle Banquets in Niles, Ill.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227.
Lake Villa woman’s 2016 death linked to deadly Elizabethkingia bacteria outbreak
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (April 4, 2017) – Attorneys Tara R. Devine and Elizabeth Olszewski of the law offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of a Lake Villa woman who died after a nursing assistant misread her chart and failed to resuscitate her. The victim was also linked to the same strain of bacteria that caused a large outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and Michigan.
On March 29, 2016, an employee of the Warren Barr North Shore nursing home in Highland Park, Ill. found 52-year-old Kimberly Cencula unresponsive in her bed. The employee misread Ms. Cencula’s chart and did not resuscitate her before calling 911. After about 30 minutes, the employee realized she had misread Ms. Cencula’s chart, which advised she should be resuscitated and all life-saving measures taken.
By the time the paramedics arrived at the nursing home, Ms. Cencula was pronounced dead. Ms. Cencula’s death prompted an investigation conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Warren Bar North Shore was cited and fined by the department for the fatal incident.
** Nursing Home footage from the night of Ms. Cencula’s death is available upon request**
According to a lawsuit filed in Lake County court on April 4, Warren Barr North Shore, LLC failed to adequately monitor Ms. Cencula’s condition and maintain policies and procedures to ensure that full code patients can be easily identified and saved.
Ms. Cencula’s family and their attorney, Tara Devine, are available to discuss this lawsuit and investigation in more detail. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312)-372-1227 or email@example.com.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (April 3, 2017) – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II, and Eirene N. Salvi of the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained an $11.25 million jury verdict on behalf of the family of a 33-year-old mother who was killed in a 2015 double fatal crash.
On February 6, 2015, around 8:45 a.m., an employee of Anderson Automotive, Inc. was driving a 2004 Mazda RX8 westbound in the 5200 block of Guilford Road near Roxbury Road when he swerved into the eastbound lane of traffic, striking a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 33-year-old Chamicwa Black.
The Anderson Automotive employee was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Black was taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, where she later died.
Ms. Black’s son, Jaquan, who was 8 years old at the time of the crash, was taken in by his grandmother, Venus Black. Jaquan has suffered significantly and was forced to transfer schools due to bullying regarding his mother’s death.
“Chamwica was a loving and protective mother whose life was cut too short because of this driver’s negligence. Chamwica’s son has had to go through life without the guidance and support of his wonderful mother,” The Black family’s attorney Patrick A. Salvi said. “I am so glad the jury recognized the magnitude of this loss.”
Anderson Automotive admitted negligence for the collision. On Friday, March 31, 2017 a Winnebago County jury awarded the family of Chamicwa Black $11.25 million.
“This award will help take care of young Jaquan and pay for any counseling,” Mr. Salvi said.
The defendant, Anderson Automotive, Inc., was represented by Harvey Paulsen and William Nickol of Paulsen, Malec & Malartsik, and were insured with Sentry Insurance for over $15 million. The defendant’s last offer was $2 million.
The plaintiffs were also assisted by attorney Aaron D. Boeder of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
CHICAGO (March 15, 2017) –The Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is on a mission to find local adoptable pets a loving home in 2017.
The firm, which 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. As a law firm that takes on many dog bite cases a year, the attorneys have seen far too many animals that have not been properly socialized. That is why the team aspires to finding adoptable pets a home that will make a heartfelt effort to train and nurture them.
“Animal welfare and advocacy have always been an important part of my life. I love animals and it saddens me greatly that too many pets do not have safe, loving and forever homes,” Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Paralegal Jo Ella Erriquez said. “However, I’m beyond thrilled and proud that my firm is standing with The Anti-Cruelty to help. I’m hopeful that this may engender interest from other people to do the same!”
Each month, a Salvi Law team member visits a shelter and posts 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.
In addition to featuring a furry friend each month, the firm has made a sizeable donation to the Anti-Cruelty Society. The organization says donations like the one made by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard assist the organization “in their mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.”
“Educating the public on respect and care for animals has been a crucial tenet of our mission ever since 1937. [We] partner with more than 80 local schools and community organizations on a regular basis,” Amanda Martinez Byrne, Director of Individual and Corporate Giving for the Anti-Cruelty Society said. “These collaborations help us empower students and families to be responsible, compassionate contributors to society.”
Byrne says one of the organization’s most vital resources is the Field Services team of Humane Investigators who travel throughout Chicago responding to reports of animal cruelty and neglect. Ever since the first full-time Humane Investigator was hired in 1922, they have helped transform the lives of countless animals throughout the city, while simultaneously educating the public on how to properly respect and care for their pets.
For more information on Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s “Pet of the Month” program, please contact Marcie Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 372-1227.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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