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Are you one of the thousands of Chicago motorists who saw a flashing white light in your review mirror as you drove through an intersection? Did you open your mail a few weeks later to find a traffic and color picture of your car going through that intersection while the light was red? Did you pay the fine? If a recent court ruling is upheld, you may be due for a refund. Continue reading

One of the largest drawbacks of our civil justice system is the amount of time it takes to litigate a case from start to finish. Here in Chicago, it is not uncommon for a medical malpractice case to take four years from the time the case is first examined to the point where the case reaches a final resolution. One of the common questions our clients ask is for an explanation of the many steps involved in litigating a complex medical malpractice case. While these phases of litigation are themselves, the subjects of volumes of books, this blog post attempts to provide a very basic overview of the major various stages of litigation involved in a complex lawsuit. Continue reading

One of the most pressing issues facing the city of Chicago is the current gun violence that plagues the community. It seems as though every day the local news is reporting on another shooting or other violent crime involving guns across the city. While the issue of gun control and firearm regulation has sparked heated debate across the county, the neighboring city of Milwaukee recently tried a new, untested approach at regulating firearms: using the legal system to hold gun shops who are careless in firearm sales accountable for violent crime resulting from an illegal sale. Just yesterday, Milwaukee’s efforts appeared successful. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “a jury late Tuesday found Badger Guns and its owner liable in the wounding of two Milwaukee police officers in a first-of-its-kind verdict that was being watched nationwide. Continue reading

Leopold & Associates has been fighting for victims of serious injuries in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. During that time, our clients have come to rely on us for being accessible and down to earth while working our hardest to be tireless advocates for our clients’ legal rights. We pride ourselves on being available for our clients, even long after a case may have ended. We are always happy to try our best to answer any legal question you may have. In that light, we tried to compile some of the most frequent questions our clients ask us about their cases. Continue reading

In less than a week, the state of Illinois will be without a budget unless Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically controlled state legislature can come to an agreement. For the past several months, Governor Rauner has refused to sign a budget unless the budget includes a number of “pro business” regulations that he believes are important for Illinois’ economy. So far, the Legislature has rebuffed working with Rauner on these non-budget regulations until an actual budget is passed. One such regulation advocated by Governor Rauner is tort reform, a law designed to limit how much compensation a victim of medical malpractice or other serious personal injuries can receive from judge or jury of their peers. Continue reading

Quite often, the individuals involved in a serious car accident focus on the initial cause of the accident.  Did a vehicle cut another driver off when changing lanes?  Did a driver lose control of his or her car when racing down the highway at a dangerous speed?  Were the roads icy or unsafe to travel on?  These questions are generally the starting point of any accident investigation.  Yet it is also important to look at the resulting damage and what factors may have contributed to the severity of the accident and whether steps could have been taken to minimize or mitigate any harm that came to a driver or passenger after the initial cause of the accident occurs.  Recently, a federal court in Texas focused on the latter issue holding a highway guardrail manufacture liable for serious injuries, and even deaths, caused by a design change in the companies’ guardrails.  This finding of liability resulted in a $663 million judgment. Continue reading

Earlier this week, a Chicago CTA Bus drove off the road on Michigan Avenue killing one person and seriously injuring several others.  Last month, there was a horrific derailment of an Amtrak train outside of Philadelphia that left eight passengers dead, hundreds more injured and is expected to cost over $200 million in damages and insurance claims.  These tragedies are stunning in regards to not only the number of injured but also the extent of their injuries. And because they involve paying passengers who are being transported by someone else, they are looked at very differently under the law. Continue reading

FootballOn first blush, it may seem preposterous that deflated footballs in New England would have any relevance to the every day work of a Chicago personal injury law firm. Perhaps, the most common thread is that one of the attorneys at Leopold & Associates hails from New England and is a die-hard fan of all things Boston Sports. At the same time, as the media spends countless hours dissecting the conclusions made by an NFL investigation into allegations of cheating by the New England Patriots, many are asking whether there is sufficient evidence to convict the football team in a court of law? And by examining the evidence from a legal perspective, one is likely to conclude that a conviction would be “more probable than not.” Continue reading