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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.

01 December 2016

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Father of man killed by drunk driver, Chicago car accident attorney available to speak on legal and personal ramifications of impaired driving

CHICAGO (December 1, 2016) – December marks National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which raises awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The annual campaign was implemented to remind drivers to celebrate safely during the holidays. The Chicago personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is joining the cause to warn drivers of the consequences of driving while impaired, both legally and personally.

December is one of the nation’s busiest travel months, and also one of the most dangerous. On average, 25 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes per day in December, according to a report from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Additionally, 30 million Americans drive drunk and 10 million Americans drive while impaired by drugs each year.

In 2012, 21-year-old Phillip Briner was killed by a drink driver as he was on his way home from work at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.  The driver who hit Phillip along the Dan Ryan Expressway admitted to having two beers and two shots within two hours of the fatal accident. His blood alcohol content was a .106, above the legal limit.

“To me, drunk driving is the one crime in America that is 100 percent preventable. The hardest thing for me was knowing all of the things my son was going to miss. He never had the chance to get married or know the joy in seeing his own children born,” Phillip’s father Andrew Briner said.

Andrew Briner is sharing his son’s story in the hopes of preventing others from drinking and driving. In addition to Mr. Briner sharing the personal turmoil he and his family experienced after the loss of his son, attorney Patrick A. Salvi II is available to discuss the legal ramifications of driving while impaired and offer some tips for not drinking and driving after a holiday party.

“Impaired driving includes distracted driving and driving under the influence. Our firm has seen far too many families suffer at the hands of a drunk or distracted driver. We hope this campaign will remind motorists to pay attention and not risk their lives or the lives of others by driving while intoxicated,” Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Patrick A. Salvi II said.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Mr. Briner and Mr. Salvi, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com

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02 November 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard PC ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

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”:

  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    • Chicago
      • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

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.

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01 November 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard working to keep our children safe on the roads

EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) Student Awareness Initiative

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 mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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26 October 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. listed among top law firms in 2016 Settlement Survey

survey-finalCHICAGO (October 27, 2016) –  The Illinois law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. was highlighted in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s 2016 Settlement Survey as one of the top law firms in the state.

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 mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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29 September 2016

Fundraiser to benefit young woman paralyzed by O’Hare bus shelter

Fundraiser to benefit young woman paralyzed by O’Hare bus shelter

Kendra Scott Jewelry to donate 20% of profits to help Tierney Darden

kendra-gives-backOctober 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:

Location:          Kendra Scott Chicago the-tierney

900 North Michigan Avenue L3-18

Chicago, IL

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 mmangan@salvilaw.com with any questions or for more details.

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01 September 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Partner Jennifer L. Ashley Wins 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

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 jashley@salvilaw.com .

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22 August 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Prichard P.C. Announces Eirene N. Salvi as New Associate

Eirene-224x224CHICAGO (August 22, 2016) – Salvi Schostok Pritchard P.C. is pleased to announce Eirene N. Salvi has accepted a position with the firm. Ms. Salvi comes to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard from a prominent Plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Chicago.

Ms. Salvi concentrates her legal practice on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability. In her first trial, she helped obtain a verdict of over $1 million on behalf of a victim of medical malpractice.   She is also interested in immigration law and ensuring that immigrants have access to justice.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Salvi routinely gives back to the community.   She serves as an auxiliary board member of Lawyers-Lend-A-Hand to Youth, a non-profit that connects members of the legal community with organizations to mentor at-risk youth.  Ms. Salvi is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Ms. Salvi received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. While in law school, Ms. Salvi served as an extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center.  She was also successful in filing an application for humanitarian parole for the victim of gross human rights violations in the Central Democratic Republic of Congo.  Her academic accomplishments include receiving the University of Notre Dame Academic Scholarship and membership in Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society.

Ms. Salvi is fluent in Spanish, Japanese and French.

Eirene N. Salvi can be contacted at (312) 372-1227 or esalvi@salvilaw.com

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15 August 2016

Three Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America 2017

Three attorneys including Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi, and Partners Jeffrey J. Kroll and Jennifer L. Ashley of the Illinois personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have been honored by one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession

CHICAGO, IL (AUGUST 15, 2016)Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Jennifer L. Ashley of the Illinois plaintiff’s personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. This esteemed distinction only recognizes the top 4 percent of attorneys in the country.

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

“Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise,” said CEO Steven Naifeh. “Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success.”

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Patrick A. Salvi was recognized in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Salvi has been listed by Best Lawyers since 2005. Mr. Salvi is the managing equity partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and established his firm in 1982. Since then, Mr. Salvi and his firm have won more than $1 billion on behalf of injured clients, including 215 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.

Jeffrey J. Kroll was recognized in the field of Personal Injury Litigation and has been selected by his peers to Best Lawyers in America since 2011. Mr. Kroll is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and has over two decades of experience as a trial lawyer. Mr. Kroll has also lectured on more than 140 occasions throughout the country and has authored more than 85 published articles. Mr. Kroll has obtained verdicts or negotiated settlements on over 78 occasions where the results have exceeded $1 million.

Jennifer L. Ashley was named to the Best Lawyers list in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. Ms. Ashley is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and has been a trial lawyer for more than 15 years. During her career, Ms. Ashley has tried well over 100 cases to jury verdict. Since starting at the firm in March 2012, Ms. Ashley has won over $22 million on behalf of her clients.

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About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $1 billion on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 215 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.

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15 August 2016

Patrick A. Salvi Named 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Patrick SalviChicago, IL (August 15, 2016 ) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. attorney Patrick A. Salvi was recently selected as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in the Chicago area.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Patrick A. Salvi was also listed in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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About Patrick A. Salvi

Patrick A. Salvi concentrates his legal practice in several limited areas primarily involving a trial practice in cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation litigation, and wrongful death.

Today, Mr. Salvi is one of the most prominent attorneys in the country. Mr. Salvi was selected in 2014, 2015 and 2016 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. In 2016, Salvi was named to three Leading Lawyers Magazine Top Ten Lists, including “Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law”, “Top 10 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois,” and “Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Illinois” from a survey of legal peers conducted by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Additionally, Salvi was the recipient of a 2011 and 2012 Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence by The Jury Verdict Reporter and Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Mr. Salvi and his firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have obtained more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements, including 215 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.

 

 

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12 August 2016

Record $4.5 Million Settlement for Victim of Porch Collapse

CHICAGO (August 12, 2016) – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi and Andrew J. Burkavage of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have obtained a record-setting $4,500,000 settlement on behalf of a young man who was injured after falling from a balcony.  The settlement represents the largest porch collapse settlement in Illinois history.

The legal team at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. investigated the matter and determined that the failed balcony railing had not been maintained for many years, leading to pervasive rusting. With this information and with top-notch experts prepared to testify as to the structural engineering and property management issues in the case, the team was two days into trial when the defendants offered the record-setting settlement amount.

“If the property owners had properly maintained the balcony, and ensured that it was up to code, our client would not have suffered the injuries he did,” Partner Patrick A. Salvi II noted.  “I hope this case can serve as a reminder to property owners and managers that safety must always be a priority.”

While the property owner replaced the entire balcony structure after the incident occurred, we at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. hope all property owners and property managers will be careful in implementing sound policies and procedures to make sure repairs are made before there is a devastating injury.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with the attorneys, please contact Marcie Mangan, Public Relations Manager, at (312)-372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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02 August 2016

Dentist Drops Instrument Down Patient’s Throat During Root Canal

CHICAGO (August 2, 2016) – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Rob L. Kohen of the Chicago law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. obtained a $675,000 settlement in Cook County on behalf of a man who was injured after a dentist dropped a barbed broach down his throat.

On October 1, 2014, Janusz Pawlowicz of Hoffman Estates visited Dr. Beata Kozar-Warchalowska at Gentle Dental Services in Des Plaines, Ill. to have a root canal procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Kozar-Warchalowska dropped a barbed broach (a dental file) down Mr. Pawlowicz’s throat. When Mr. Pawlowicz noticed Dr. Kozar-Wachalowska searching in his mouth for something, she initially told Mr. Pawlowicz that she did not know what had happened to the broach she was using.

Three days after the root canal procedure, Mr. Pawlowicz began to experience nausea and severe abdominal pain. On October 10, Mr. Pawlowicz went to the hospital and had an x-ray done that revealed the dental instrument was lodged in his gastrointestinal system.

Mr. Pawlowicz was forced to have surgery to remove the broach from his stomach.

“I feel very lucky and thankful to be alive,” Pawlowicz said.

For more information or a copy of the complaint, please contact Marcie Mangan, Public Relations Manager, at 312-372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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[JANUS PAWLOWICZ and BARBARA PAWLOWICZ v. GENTLE DENTAL SERVICES, LTD., and Illinois Corporation and BEATA KOZAR-WARCHALOWSKA, DDS. Case No.: 2015 L 003984]

 

 

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01 August 2016

Lawsuit Filed Monday in Nation’s First Bike-Sharing Fatality

Chicago, IL (August 1, 2016) – Attorney and transportation expert Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has filed a lawsuit against a truck driver and his company on behalf of the family of Virginia Murray, who died after she was struck while riding a Divvy bicycle in the Avondale neighborhood.

Virginia Murray, 25, was an experienced bike rider who was wearing a helmet and abiding by the rules of the road on the morning of July 1. According to a police report, Murray and a flatbed truck were both traveling north on Sacramento Avenue when the truck ran Murray over while attempting to make a turn onto Belmont Avenue. Murray suffered head trauma as a result of the accident and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The deadly crash marks the first known fatality of a bike-sharing rider nationwide and comes as the city of Chicago and more than 100 municipalities around the country are implementing or expanding rideshare programs to attract more riders. In Chicago, Divvy offers more than 5,800 bikes to nearly 2 million Chicagoans.

“The number of bikes on the road is outgrowing the number of bike lanes in the city. This horrific accident sheds light on the fact drivers need to be extra vigilant of their surroundings, especially in a city where biking is such a common mode of transportation,” Attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard said.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Court asserts that the truck driver was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout for bicyclists on the roadway and failing to yield the right of way to a bicyclist. Divvy, the city of Chicago, and the Chicago Department of Transportation are listed as Respondents in Discovery in the case, meaning the entities have information essential to the case against the defendants, Cosmin A. Radu and A&B Flooring Supplies, Inc.

“Asking bicyclists and motorists to peacefully coexist is a recipe for disaster. Ginny’s death tragically marks the nation’s first bike-sharing death. But if we cannot find a way to safely accommodate bikes on busy roadways, this will not be the last tragedy of this nature,” Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll said.

Attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll and the parents of Virginia Murray will hold a press conference Monday at 2 p.m. at the Law Offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, 22 W. Washington Street in Chicago. At the press conference, Mr. Kroll will discuss the case and rideshare safety in more detail, as well as distribute a copy of the complaint. For questions or more details, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312)-372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com.

 

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27 May 2016

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Urges Motorists to Drive Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which marks the official start of the summer travel season. Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend. In fact, AAA estimates more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record. But more drivers on the road means an increased risk of car accidents. View Online Release.

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18 March 2016

Jury awards $1.6 million to family of Willowglen Academy resident

Largest of its kind in Stephenson County

Freeport, Ill. – Attorneys Tara Devine, Elizabeth Olszewski and John Mennie of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. won a record-$1.6 million wrongful death verdict in Stephenson County for the family of Ivette Ruiz, a 40-year-old mentally disabled resident of Willowglen Academy of Illinois, Inc. (“Willowglen”), a company located in Freeport, Illinois. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Jury Verdict Reporter, this verdict is the largest of its kind in Stephenson County history. The trial began on March 7, 2016 and was heard by Stephenson County Judge David Jeffrey (Estate of Ruiz v. Willowglen, Case N. 12 L 5).

On December 2, 2010, despite a history of prior falls and medical issues including sprains and a fracture in her foot and ankle, Willowglen’s staff disregarded Ms. Ruiz’s safety, leaving her alone without supervision and assistance, which resulted in her having two serious falls on that day. After the second fall, Ms. Ruiz was transported from Willowglen to the emergency room at FHN Memorial Hospital, but due to her severe injury had to be transferred to Rockford, where she underwent emergency surgery at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center to treat her massive subdural hemorrhage. Ivette Ruiz died 12 days later on December 14, 2010 from a severe brain bleed. The death certificate lists blunt trauma to the head as the only cause of death.

“This tragedy is only made worse by the clear realization that this never had to happen. While no sum of money will ever bring this loving woman back to her family, hopefully this verdict will lead to both improved communication among staff and quality of care for Willowglen residents,” said attorney Tara Devine.

For additional information or media inquiries contact Jennifer Dolan at 312-519-0568.

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