Joscelyn Johnson Verdict

Joscelyn Johnson was 38 weeks pregnant when her doctor, Dr. Emanuel Javate scheduled her to be admitted to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights early to induce her due to pregnancy induced hypertension and an expected large for gestational age baby. Joscelyn and her significant other, Christopher Burress, were thrilled about the imminent delivery but never could have imagined the tragedy that was about to unfold.

Joscelyn suffered a rare complication known as a uterine rupture, a condition where the uterus tears causing a disruption of the blood flow and thus the oxygen flow to the fetus. Although the nurses and the doctor were supposed to be monitoring her they shrugged off the warning signs and tragically assumed that all was well when it wasn’t. Dr. Javate didn’t even come to the patient’s room to see her until the baby had receded up the birth canal–a highly unusual event that invariably means a rupture is occurring. When he did finally come in, instead of ordering an immediate C-section, he told the nurse to give her Continue reading

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General Motors’ Ignition Switch Defect

GM released last week a 325-page investigative report conducted by Chicago attorney Anton Valukas exposing the automaker’s failure to fix a deadly defect that lingered for more than a decade and is now blamed for at least 13 deaths. GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to a defective ignition switch, which could be turned off inadvertently by a light tap, or the weight of a heavy keychain. Continue reading

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New Rideshare Ordinance in Chicago

The Chicago City Council has approved a measure to regulate rideshare companies such as Uber X, Lyft and SideCar. Unlike taxi drivers, people offering rides with these services use their personal cars, which do not have to be registered with or inspected by the city. The drivers also do not have to undergo training or licensing as public chauffeurs and there are no additional insurance requirements. Aldermen voted 34-10 in favor of the new regulations. Continue reading

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CTA Blue Line Train Crash at O’Hare: Know Your Legal Rights

More than 30 people were injured on March 24, 2014 when a CTA Blue Line train ran into a platform at O’Hare and came to rest on an escalator. All of the injured were aboard the train and were taken in fair or good condition to four area hospitals.

The eight-car train was wedged near the top of an escalator used by commuters at the Blue Line terminal. The CTA said that the cause of the accident remained under investigation, although speed may be a factor. The operator will also undergo drug and alcohol tests as part of standard procedure.

As the investigation continues, victims will have many questions about their legal rights. If you or a loved one was injured, call the accident lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today for a free legal consultation.

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USE DISCRETION ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

In Miami, a teenage girl shared confidential information about her father’s settlement in an age discrimination lawsuit and cost her father $80,000.  Her father’s $80,000 settlement was subject to a confidentiality clause.  His daughter boasted about it on Facebook and the 3rd District Florida Court of Appeals judge held that this violated Continue reading

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EXPEDITED SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCESS FOR VETERANS TO LAUNCH MID-MARCH

Veterans will receive high priority and expedited decisions if they tell Social Security they have a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100% permanent and total. Veterans can show proof of their disability by submitting their Veterans Affairs Notification Letter. This will not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits as the veterans still have to meet strict eligibility requirements for disability. However, it will definitely speed up the otherwise very long process of trying to obtain Social Security disability benefits. The Acting Commissioner, Carolyn Colvin reported, “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve.” Here, at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., we are up to date on the latest Social Security disability developments and news and are always looking for ways to help expedite our clients’ disability appeals. Continue reading

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DESPITE RECENT REPORTS IN THE NEWS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY STANDARD IS STRICT

Despite recent reports in the news, it is not easy to get on Social Security Disability. The Social Security disability standard is very strict and close to 75% of applicants are turned down initially and even after appeal, 60% of applicants are denied disability. The downturn in the economy has caused Social Security judges to become even stricter and award rates have declined.

Here at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., we will aggressively appeal the rights of disabled people. We represent claimants who truly deserve the benefits and suffer with significant disabilities and chronic illnesses. To win appeals, it takes extensive medical evidence and an experienced attorney to guide you through the process and judiciously represent throughout your appeal and your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If you are disabled and unable to work, please contact Lauren D. Cohen.

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Dog Bite Prevention

More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.  Most of these victims are children and one in five will require medical care. However through proper education and training and responsible dog ownership practices, most of these bites can be prevented.

It is important to understand that any dog is capable of biting, regardless of breed or size. Even the nicest dog can snap or bite when injured or afraid. All children and adults should learn how to keep themselves safe around dogs, including these tips:

  • Never approach or touch an unfamiliar dog without first asking to owner’s permission. If an owner is not present, do not go near the dog.
  • Do not put your face close to an unknown dog – this includes “hugs and kisses.”
  • If you are cornered by a dog, remain still and avoid eye contact. Never run and/or scream. When the dog stops paying attention to you, slowly back away.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Call one of the injury lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. to discuss your rights.

 

CTA Train Crash: Know Your Legal Rights

A Chicago Transit Authority train crash early Monday morning that left dozens of people injured is also raising legal questions. An empty CTA train was parked in a service yard and somehow ended up on the Blue Line.  The unmanned train then crashed head on into an oncoming train at Forest Park’s Harlem Station.  At least 30 people were sent to hospitals, the Chicago Tribune reports.

An investigation being led by the National Transportation Safety Board is in the process of determining what exactly happened by looking at surveillance video and interviewing workers. As the investigation continues, victims will have many questions that may affect their ability to get compensation for their injuries.  If you or a loved one was injured, call the accident lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today to discuss your legal rights.

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Surgeon Forgot Where Pacing Wires Were Placed: $5.5 Million Award To Maryland Family

Just before a Maryland woman underwent cardiac bypass surgery, a surgeon placed the typical pacing wires on her chest.  These wires help the doctors regulate the patient’s heart during recovery and can be removed by either clipping them or pulling them off.  However, the surgeon forgot where the wires were placed and how many were used.  Six days after her surgery when a nurse pulled out the pacing wires, the patient began bleeding profusely, underwent emergency surgery and died.   It was deemed by the jury that the surgeon was at fault and they awarded the decedent’s family $5.5 million.  This case was prosecuted by a Maryland lawyer.  At Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., we represent Illinois victims of medical malpractice and fight vigorously for our clients to help achieve justice in egregious cases such as this one.

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