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A suspected gas leak is thought to be the cause of an explosion that destroyed multiple houses and injured six people in Plano, Texas earlier this week.
On the afternoon of Monday, July 16th, an unexpected explosion occurred in a house occupied by a single male resident. The resident of the home was transported to the Medical City Plano. The neighboring house on the east side was also severely impacted due to its proximity to the blast. The home was being rented by the Jagielski family. Mother Jennifer, father Philip, and their three children were immediately transported to different hospitals
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Three People Connected to the Greater Chicago-Area Still Unaccounted For After Florida Condo Collapse
On Friday, June 25, 2021, The Chicago Tribune reported that more than 150 people were missing after a high-rise condominium partially collapsed near Miami Beach early Thursday. It’s estimated that 55 of the 136 residential units were affected. According to local officials, at least four people have died in the catastrophic event, and more than ten have been injured. The search amongst the rubble is expected to continue for several days and possibly weeks using rescue dogs and unique search technology and equipment such as sonar. 
Public records
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Congratulations to these Levin & Perconti attorneys recognized in Leading Lawyers magazine as Top Attorneys. Their peers have recommended these exceptional attorneys in their practice areas among the nation’s best. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer, and less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Emerging Lawyer.
Levin & Perconti partners Steven Levin, John Perconti, Susan Novosad, Michael Bonamarte IV, Kelly Sabo Gaden, and Margaret Battersby Black have achieved the Top Chicago Injury Lawyer recognition for their work representing clients in medical
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Levin & Perconti Names Attorney Kelly Sabo Gaden as Firm’s Newest Partner
Levin & Perconti is thrilled to welcome our newest partner, attorney Kelly Sabo Gaden. With nearly 15 years of experience in representing nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their families, medical malpractice, and other personal injury cases, she adds further depth to the industry-leading firm’s practice in representing and protecting our most vulnerable communities.
“Kelly is an extremely talented and effective trial attorney. She will make a strong addition to the firm in this leadership role,” said founding partner Steven Levin. “She shares our mission of
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What Do You Know About the Migrant Shelters Around Chicago?
Thousands of children remain detained by Customs and Border Protection and ICE, and horrific stories of abuse and neglect continue to erupt from the centers these young migrants have been forced to call home. For more than 20 years, Chicago has been the temporary home to many children who have been detained after entering the U.S. Some of them have either crossed the border alone or, most recently, were taken and separated from their parents under the Trump Administration immigration policies. Some of the displaced children are taken to the
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Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After Police Shooting of Ricardo Muñoz
Attorneys Steven Levin, Daisy Ayllon, and Julie Murphy from Levin & Perconti in Chicago are representing the family of Ricardo Muñoz in a wrongful death suit against the Lancaster Police Department and local officials. The team is working alongside Michael Perna and Ryan Borchik of Pennsylvania’s Perna & Abracht Law Offices.
Ricardo Muñoz, of Pennsylvania, was fatally shot by police on Sept. 13 in response to his family asking for assistance during his mental health episode. Mr. Muñoz, 27, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
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Proposed SAFE TECH ACT Could Help Safeguard Against Fraud, Abuse, and Exploitation of Online Users
With so many more individuals, organizations, and private companies using mostly online-based and platform-mediated channels to reach communities and consumers, many of us have started to question the safeguards and civil rights protections regarding who is responsible for abusing or exploiting those involved, especially in moments of tragedy. In response, the SAFE TECH ACT has been introduced by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and rallied for by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and designed to make it easier for targets of fraud, exploitation,
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Fashion Executive Charged with Sex Trafficking Crimes Against Women and Young Girls
On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. attorney’s office, the F.B.I., and the New York Police Department charged an influential and wealthy fashion executive with sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, and several other related crimes that involved dozens of women and girls as young as 14 over a 25-year-period. More than 80 women from the United States, the Bahamas, and Canada have signed on as plaintiffs. At the time of the assault, many victims were sought out to be models or actresses, recruited by Nygaard’s company.
According to The New
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Levin & Perconti Attorney Megan Shore Represents Women in Massage Envy Sexual Assault Cases
A male massage therapist sexually assaulted at least three women at an Old Town spa facility in separate incidents last year. Personal injury firm Levin & Perconti represents two of the women, referred to in court filings as Jane Doe and Jane Doe #2.

  • On December 10, 2019, a male Massage Envy Spa Chicago therapist sexually assaulted Jane Doe #2, removing her towel to expose her body and touching her buttocks and genitalia. The incident was reported to a spa manager.

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Levin & Perconti Represents Family Who Lost Mentally Ill Son in Deadly Encounters with Pennsylvania Law Enforcement
Levin & Perconti attorneys Steven Levin and Daisy Ayllon are representing the family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by police in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Chicago-based legal team says police made numerous mistakes in handling the situation leading up to the 27-year-old man’s death when they failed to consider Ricardo Miguel Muñoz’s mental wellness, further allowing the situation to escalate.
“On the day of his death, Mr. Muñoz’s family made several concerning calls and requested help
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As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues investigations of clusters of Covid-19 cases among cruise ship passengers and staff, many are left to wonder how this may have happened in the first place, and if the quick spread of the novel disease was due to corporate negligence. At least 32 cruise ships have now been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, resulting in deadly exposures to the disease, illness, and extended quarantine stays onboard. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation published on May 1, 2020 revealed that many of these ships continued to go on with voyages knowing
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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
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Companies Can Prevent Fatal Lung Disease in Stone Fabrication Workers
Thousands of U.S. workers are getting sick from cutting, grinding and polishing slabs of artificial stone used to make kitchen and bathroom countertops. The “engineered stone” is at risk of creating damaging levels of respirable crystalline silica in a workplace. Workers have been linked to cases of death and dangerous and irreversible lung injury in stone fabricators who cut, grind and polish high levels of the mineral silica, and then breathe in silica dust outputs.

An updated report by the Centers for Disease Control Doctors titled Severe Silicosis in Engineered
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Zantac and Generic Ranitidine May Be Harmful
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revealed that Zantac and generic varieties contain a chemical that could be linked to cancer, called

N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Concern erupted when private lab Valisure found the contaminant and alerted FDA officials of a problem stemming from the composition of the drug. Several large pharmacy chains and stores such as Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens have since suspended the sales of Zantac branded heartburn medicines and generic versions that contain active ingredient ranitidine. Three drugmakers – Apotex, Sandoz and GlaxoSmithKline – have recalled generic versions.

The
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Episiotomy Complications After Childbirth
As more women speak up about their pregnancy challenges, share delivery stories and post-partum struggles, many are starting to let their doctors know that the unnecessary episiotomy they performed during childbirth has created lasting injuries and made sexual intercourse painful if not impossible. The American Pregnancy Association identifies these situations in which an episiotomy may be needed for any of the following reasons:

  • Birth is imminent and the perineum hasn’t had time to stretch slowly
  • The baby’s head is too large for the vaginal opening
  • The baby is in distress
  • The mother needs a forceps or


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Toxic E-Cigarette Products Cause Deadly Respiratory Illness Outbreak and 1 Death in Illinois 
As of September 5, 2019, health officials reported to The Washington Post that five people have now died of a lung illness linked to vaping with another 450 possible cases in 33 states and one territory known. E-cigarettes, which officials define as battery-operated devices that heat a liquid and deliver an aerosol product, are most commonly used to inhale nicotine but can also be used to deliver (vape) THC, CBD and certain types of oils.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released
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