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Who is responsible for injuries sustained in ride-share wrecks?

Nowadays, more and more people across Illinois and around the nation rely on ride-share companies to transport them around. As these services increase in popularity, so, too, do the number of questions users have about who bears liability for ride-share car wrecks. While, in a standard car crash, you can typically rely on your own insurance company to cover any damages, dealing with ride-share wrecks is a bit different and typically more complicated.

Unfortunately, there is no all-encompassing, one-size-fits-all answer to the question of who bears responsibility for ride-share crashes. Instead, it depends on several different factors.

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. reaches $3 million settlement for cauda equina syndrome case

J.T., a 30 year‐old Chicagoland woman, presented to the Emergency Department at a local Chicago hospital with severe back pain. She was admitted to that hospital under the care of H.A., M.D., a hospitalist employed by United Elite Hospitalists, LLC.

While an inpatient and under Dr. H.A.'s care, J.T. developed saddle anesthesia and urinary retention. Dr. H.A. ordered a neurosurgical consult and spoke with A.A., M.D. via telephone. The substance of that telephone consult was in dispute.

Does vaping cause lung cancer?

You know how, in some cases, the dangers of a particular product, substance or habit do not become well-known until long after it gains popularity? Many safety advocates believe that the same will hold true when it comes to e-cigarettes, suspecting that these increasingly popular vaping products may not, in fact, be as safe as the manufacturers might want you to believe.

While it is true that there is still much for the public to learn about the safety of e-cigarettes and related vaping products, there is a general scholarly consensus that these products are, in fact, harmful.

Moraine Valley Community College Riley Spreadbury Scholarships Awarded By Bruce and Deborah Pfaff

On Friday, Bruce and Deborah Pfaff awarded six students at Moraine Valley Community College Riley Spreadbury Scholarships. The scholarships are in honor of Bruce's former client, a young woman who has achieved many great things after much adversity. Riley was valedictorian at Moraine Valley in 2016 and appreciates all the school did for her.

Bruce R. Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. Served as Tournament Chairman for Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club for the 117th Western Amateur Championship

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Any vehicle can roll over, and the result can be catastrophic

Rollovers account for only about 3% of all major vehicle accidents in the U.S. However, they are the cause of roughly 30% of all passenger fatalities.

Many people die when they are partially or fully ejected from the vehicle during a rollover. If the victims survive, they may have to endure catastrophic, life-altering injuries.

Chicago is home to risky hospitals

When you go to a hospital, you expect to receive the best care possible. However, depending on the exact hospital you go to, you could face a greater risk of suffering from medical malpractice

The Leapfrog Group recently released its finding of potentially dangerous hospitals in the Chicago area. The study found that five hospitals in Chicago that received a "D" rating. This rating means that patients at these hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death than hospitals with an "A" rating. Over 100,000 people lose their lives each year due to negligence at hospitals, so it is paramount for people local to Illinois to know what hospitals near them have an insufficient rating. 

Record DeKalb County Work Injury Verdict

A DeKalb County jury entered a record verdict for almost $6,000,000 on Tuesday afternoon for a 33 year-old Winnebago man injured when the aerial lift he was working on failed causing him to fall 20-25 feet. In September 2015, 29 year-old Jeremy Heckelsmiller was hired to remove a chimney on a rental property in DeKalb when the upper boom arm of the lift he was working on suddenly snapped and threw Heckelsmiller to the ground. Plaintiff brought claims against the owner and operator of the lift and the owner of the rental property who arranged for the work to be done.

Lawsuit Filed After Tragic Collision With Tanker Trailer

Pfaff, Gill and Ports recently filed suit on behalf of the surviving husband and children of Corina Miller. Corina was a 41-year-old woman who lived in Wyoming, Illinois. She died on July 11, 2017 when the Jeep vehicle she was driving on a country road struck and went under a tanker trailer that was being backed across the road into a farmer's driveway. The trailer had no side underride guards and was not conspicuous on a dark road with no artificial lighting. Her Jeep did not have any forward collision warning or braking systems. The suit names the farmer, the trucker and his employer, as well as the manufacturer of the 2014 Jeep Patriot and the tanker trailer. It is pending in Peoria County, IL. For more about this case, read our current lawsuit filed in Peoria County.

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