Personal Injury

The driver of a dump truck who struck a bicyclist when turning from southeast bound Milwaukee Avenue onto Kilbourn Avenue has been issued two traffic citations by the Chicago Police Department. The two citations stem from the fatal crash which occurred early Wednesday morning. The police officers that originally arrived at the scene did not issue citations, but it appears that after the Major Accidents Investigation Unit became involved and additional details emerged that the traffic citations were issued. The driver of the dump truck was issued a citation for negligent driving and another for an improper right turn.  “Negligent…
A 37-year old Chicago bicyclist has been killed in an apparent “right hook” at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Kimball Avenue on the city’s northwest side. According to news reports, the bicyclist was riding southeast on Milwaukee Avenue when she was struck by a dump truck as its driver turned right onto Kilbourn Avenue.  This section of Milwaukee Avenue contains marked bike lanes on both sides of Milwaukee Avenue and the adjacent section of Kilbourn that runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Metra’s Grayland station and Schurz High School are near this intersection and there is near constant bicycle…
Ben Joravsky Show Podcast (11/2/19) Jim Coogan Discusses Impeachment & The Law Below is a link to a recent Bonus Edition of “The Ben Joravsky Show,” where Jim Coogan returns to the show answer Ben’s usual question: “How Is This Legal?” In this episode, Ben and Jim examine some of the legal arguments being put forth by the president’s lawyers outside of Impeachment. They also discuss the rapidly-developing evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump and the Impeachment process. Jim answers important questions about the uncommon legal issues that arise when Congress exercises its unique authority over Impeachment. Specifically,…
Keating Law Offices, a Chicago-based personal injury firm that devotes part of its practice to representing victims of bicycle collisions, is proud to be the title sponsor of the Keating Law Offices Illinois State Cyclocross Championship. The state championships will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Woodstock, Illinois. Cyclocross is the fastest growing bicycle discipline in the country and has seen exponential growth over the past decade. The sport is especially popular in Illinois where fall and winter climates are perfect for the races over fields and hills. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices take great…
When a marriage breaks down, one spouse may decide it is better to hide or spend–or even destroy–certain assets rather than risk the other spouse gaining control of the property in a divorce. Such thinking is not only short-sighted and foolish. It can also place the spouse who misused the asset in a weaker legal position before the divorce court. What we are really talking about here is a legal concept known as “dissipation of marital assets.” The Illinois Supreme Court has defined dissipation as the use of marital property or assets for purposes outside of the marriage when…
Residents Have the Right to Appeal a Nursing Home Discharge Decision When a resident is transferred or discharged from a nursing home, the change can create monumental impacts on the emotional, physical and financial well-being of an already vulnerable individual and those who remain dependent on others for their daily care. Common reasons for a facility to discharge, according to The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, may include: the nursing home cannot provide adequate care for the resident; the resident’s health has improved to the point that he or she no longer needs nursing home care;…
Negligence Led To 66-Year-Old’s Death in Chicago Nursing Home Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, October 29 on behalf of the family of Jaime Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez tragically bled to death at his west suburban nursing home after receiving a kidney transplant just one month earlier. Before his unexpected and preventable death, doctors were pleased with the man’s recovery and family members were excited for Mr. Hernandez’s future after waiting nearly seven years for his new kidney. According to the lawsuit, staff at Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center LLC at the Aperion Care facility located at 8200 Roosevelt…
Halloween is back! For kids, this ‘spooky’ holiday can be one of the most exciting nights of the year. Dressing-up as their favorite character, going from door to door trick-or-treating with their friends, family and neighbors are activities that kids wait every year for. However, there is some scary road and pedestrian statistics that every moms and dads should know prior to Halloween. Here are some scary statistics: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in…
An often-overlooked issue in Illinois divorce cases is whether or not a spouse–usually a woman–wants to revert to the use of her maiden or former last name. Many people simply do not think about this until after the divorce is final. Some of you might just assume you can just start using your maiden name … Continue reading “New Illinois Law Simplifies Process for Restoring Maiden Names After Divorce”
With fall upon us and winter approaching, parts of the country are already experiencing inclement weather. Heavy rains and winter storms can wreak havoc on driving conditions and pose a real danger to Illinois motorists. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) statistics, more than 5.8 million vehicle crashes occur every year. Approximately 21 percent of those involved hazardous weather. Slippery or icy roads can lead to a driver losing control of his or her vehicle, resulting in car accidents with serious injuries or even fatalities. That is why it is even more important for everyone on the road…
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Chooses Levin & Perconti Attorney Margaret Battersby Black for 40 Under 40 List Levin & Perconti’s Margaret Battersby Black has been named to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40 List for 2019. 40 Under 40 is a highly selective honor process which recognizes outstanding attorneys from across Illinois. The 39-year-old plaintiff’s attorney, who is also the parent of two young children alongside her husband Jeff, joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in 2006, was promoted to associate attorney in 2008 and named Partner in 2014. Margaret has since led a run of…
How to Find Out If Your Parent’s Nursing Home Has a History of Abuse or Neglect? Choosing a long-term care facility for your parent can feel completely overwhelming and the decision-making process is often stressful on the entire family. Thankfully, beginning October 23, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a much-needed change to how families can be better informed of Illinois nursing homes that have been cited for violations related to abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Nursing Home Compare tool will now include a bright red “abuse icon” next to these troublesome homes. If you’ve…
The attorneys of Levin & Perconti are pleased to announce the firm secured more settlements over $500,000 than any other law firm in Illinois over the last year. Having reached 58 of these top-dollar settlements between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the firm brought in more than $75 million for its clients and was also highlighted in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s 2019 Settlement Survey as one of the top five law firms in the state for total settlements secured. Each year, Chicago Lawyer and the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter — a sister publication within Law Bulletin Media — examine top reported…
When someone hears the term “hit and run,” it conjures up an image. For some, it’s a baseball play where the baserunner moves toward the next base as the pitch is delivered, and the batter’s job is to put the ball in play. For others, it’s a movie or a song. For lawyers, it is a term we hear often from our potential clients, but one that people frequently misunderstand. Hit and Run — What Is It? A hit-and-run personal injury accident is one in which another vehicle strikes the vehicle in which you are the driver or a passenger,…
How to Find Out If Your Parent’s Nursing Home Has a History of Abuse or Neglect? Choosing a long-term care facility for your parent can feel completely overwhelming and the decision-making process is often stressful on the entire family. Thankfully, beginning October 23, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a much-needed change to how families can be better informed of Illinois nursing homes that have been cited for violations related to abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Nursing Home Compare tool will now include a bright red “abuse icon” next to these troublesome homes. If you’ve…
When it comes to divorce, Illinois courts will generally accept decrees issued by other states or foreign countries under a legal principle known as “comity.” But there are limits to comity. An Illinois court may withhold comity if it believes the foreign state or country’s court deprived the parties of basic due process or otherwise … Continue reading “Is a Divorce Obtained in a Foreign Court Valid in Illinois?”