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Managing partner Stephen D. Phillips recently featured on The Result, a podcast where top trial lawyers from across the country share a large verdict or settlement and discuss how they achieved the result. Mr. Phillips discussed a 2016 wrongful death case that resulted in a $25 million jury verdict.
A Tragic Loss and A Powerful Defendant
The wrongful death victim in this case was a 62-year-old retired garbage man who was hit by a drunk driver. Mr. Phillips represented the victim’s widow, who had been married to the victim for over 40 years at the time of his death.
The
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What does a spinal cord injury cost? The cost depends on the severity of the injury and your age when the injury occurs, but if your spinal cord is injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a Chicago personal injury attorney may be able to help with the costs.
About 250,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries are a consequence of damage to ligaments, vertebrae, spinal column discs, and/or the spinal cord itself. These injuries often cause permanent disability in children as well as adults.

Spinal cord damage may be
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In September, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about top-loading Samsung washing machines after reports that some of the washers have exploded. Unfortunately, not everyone who owns a Samsung washer got the word, because in the first week of October, another Samsung washing machine exploded in Plano, Texas. According to Plano resident John Stark, the top of his washer blew off and the sides warped as the machine continued to fill with water for the spin cycle. Flying debris reportedly caused other damages.
The explosions have also generated a federal class action lawsuit against Samsung that
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Is your child at risk for a traumatic brain injury – TBI?
How do brain injuries happen, and how many traumatic brain injury victims are children?
If your child sustains a traumatic brain injury, what are your family’s rights?
And what are the prospects for a child who sustains a catastrophic, permanent brain injury?
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the U.S., TBI is the primary cause of death and disability for children ages 0-to-4 and for adolescents ages 15-to-19.
In the United States, about 150,000 young people under the age of
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More than ten million automobiles, trucks, and other motor vehicles are registered and insured in the state of Illinois. If you are driving or riding in one of those vehicles and you are injured in a traffic collision, you will probably file an injury claim with an insurance company, either your own company or the other driver’s.
However, in some cases, the insurance company may insist that the insurance policy you are making a claim against does not cover your accident. You may even receive a letter from a company attorney telling you there is no coverage.
Don’t be intimidated.
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Deciding to send a relative to a nursing home is never an easy decision. There’s no shame in placing your loved one in a nursing home, but unfortunately, many nursing home residents are subjected to abuse or neglect.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, it’s important to seek justice against the at-fault party with the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer.
WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT CASES?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can negatively impact the victim’s life in many ways. These victims are
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When someone you love is no longer able to live independently, a decision must be made about the best arrangement for your loved one’s care. That decision is far too often made at a time of personal and family crisis, frequently just as your loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital subsequent to a serious illness or operation. If your family has an elderly or disabled loved one who is residing at a long-term nursing home facility, your family needs to be in constant communication with that facility’s staff, needs to make frequent surprise visits, and needs
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When you share the road with professional truck drivers, it can be scary. At times, they drive very fast and aggressively. When you see truck accidents on the news, it never looks good. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tractor trailers only make up three percent of vehicles registered, but nine percent of all fatal accidents can be attributed to tractor trailers? Why is this rate so high? Let’s take a look at reasons why truck accidents happen and how to avoid them.
Prescription, Illicit, and Over-The-Counter Drugs
Drugs are the most prevalent reason
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Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us that here in the United States, more than 15,000 deaths every year are linked to opioid use alone.
Can a doctor who overprescribes painkillers be held liable for medical malpractice? Precisely how would medical negligence be determined in such a case and how can a Chicago medical malpractice attorney help?
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
If a patient becomes addicted to a prescription painkiller, is it the doctor’s fault? Or is it the patient’s? Is the addiction a consequence of medical
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Politicians and public health authorities in the United States often point proudly to reductions in traffic fatalities due to seat belts, airbags, and heightened enforcement of DUI laws. From the years 2000 through 2013, traffic fatalities in the United States dropped by 31 percent. Still, the National Safety Council estimates that more than 32,000 people were killed and more than two million were injured on U.S. streets and highways in 2013. Can we do better?
Yes, we can, and a number of other nations already are. According to a study released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and
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Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional’s negligence leads to the deterioration of a patient’s medical condition, additional injury to the patient, or the patient’s wrongful death. If you have suffered harm at the hands of a medical professional, you may be entitled to seek legal damages with the help of our medical malpractice lawyers.

Offered here are the answers to a number of frequently asked questions about medical malpractice. These are general, introductory answers, but if you are yourself a victim of medical malpractice, you’ll need to seek the specific advice pertaining to your own circumstances by consulting
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By state law, Illinois assisted living centers are required to keep records of patient care and staffing. Maintaining these files allows the state to monitor facilities to ensure care being rendered to nursing home residents is appropriate and safe. When misconduct is reported, records also allow the state and lawyers like the nursing home abuse attorneys at Phillips Law Offices to determine whether assisted living centers properly cared for a patient.
Even with state regulations in place, abuse in nursing homes and other assisted living centers remains an all too common occurrence. In fact, more than half a million
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More than a million people in the U.S. sustain some kind of back injury every year. If another person’s negligence is the reason your back has been injured, you may qualify for compensation, and you should discuss your rights promptly with a Chicago personal injury attorney.
What are your legal rights if your back has been injured because someone else was careless? What do you have to prove in order to receive compensation? How can a personal injury attorney help? If you’ll keep reading, you’ll learn more about back injuries – and more about your rights.
What Are the
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After a traffic collision, a driver who has sustained injuries because the other driver was negligent will be entitled to compensation for those injuries. But some insurance companies try to avoid paying – or paying fully – for injury claims.
Here’s a list of five common but questionable tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying claims:
TACTIC #1: DELAYS
Insurance companies are obligated to handle claims expediently, but less reputable insurance companies will stall or delay payment. They’re hoping that you’ll give up and go away.

Too many people do exactly that. If an insurance company consistently tells you
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If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. However, one important option to consider while seeking compensation is engaging a personal injury attorney. This post will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of hiring a personal injury attorney after a car accident in Chicago.
Following an accident, individuals often wonder, “Do I need a personal injury attorney?” and “How much do they cost?” At Phillips Law Offices, we have dealt with just about every type of personal injury claim you can imagine. We take our time answering all
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If you’ve been in a truck accident in Chicago, and you’re reading this, you already know that the best way to get a fair settlement is to find a lawyer that specializes in truck accidents. Let’s look at some steps you can take to make sure you find the best truck accident attorney in Chicago.
Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney in Chicago?
If your accident happened in Chicago, you should hire a truck accident attorney that works in Chicago, because they will be familiar with all the local and state laws and statutes. Having experience in
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