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.
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.
PGP is very glad to be a sponsor of one of the world's great amateur golf tournaments this summer at Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, MI. This will be the 117th playing of The Western Amateur tournament and the forty-first time that Point O' Woods has hosted the event. Bruce Pfaff is the tournament chair for the club.
Pfaff, Gill & Ports is proud to again contribute to the success of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund. We encourage you all to do the same, it is an excellent charity! Over the past 30 years, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund has provided high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to assist in their ability to obtain a quality education. Since its establishment in 1989, DMSF has awarded over 2,400 high school scholarships to these worthy students. Currently, there are over 440 Murphy Scholars enrolled in 80 partnership high schools.
A 35-year-old electrician learned he had a cancerous lesion in his right kidney in March 2016. He was referred to a urologist who told him and his wife that he required survival removal of the kidney, a nephrectomy. The urologist told them the cancer was Stage I, it would not require chemo or radiation therapy, and the man would return to work in 4-6 weeks with no residual injury. His life expectancy was to be little diminished by the cancer or surgery. That turned out to be wrong.
We're happy to share that Michael T. Gill and Matthew D. Ports were named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers list in the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff practice area. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Illinois. Congratulations to Mike and Matt on their selection to this year's list and for their ongoing dedication to representing victims and families harmed by medical negligence, defective products, construction negligence, motor vehicle accidents, and other unsafe or dangerous conditions.
Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. is pleased to announce that shareholders Bruce R. Pfaff, Michael T. Gill, and Matthew D. Ports were selected as 2017 Leading Lawyers for Illinois. Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Media, helps legal consumers identify experienced, reputable attorneys by practice area, with less than 5% of licensed lawyers in Illinois receiving the distinction. The selection process is unique and more rigorous than other attorney search sites, beginning with a survey that asks all licensed lawyers in the state who they would recommend to a family member or friend if they were unable to take the case themselves. Only lawyers most often recommended by their peers make the list. In the crowded and competitive field of legal services, it is an honor to be recognized and respected by our peers and colleagues in the Illinois legal community. Thank you.
Bruce Pfaff has been appointed a member of the Sandra Day O'Connor Juris Award Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has accepted his invitation to participate and very much looks forward to the privilege of helping to select next year's recipient of this award. Sandra Day O'Connor was one of our best Supreme Court justices and the award in her name honors judges in the United States or Canada who have demonstrated exemplary independence in performing his or her duties, often in difficult or dangerous circumstances. Justice O'Connor is the personification of a dedicated judge and person who cares greatly about our country.
Bruce Pfaff was happy to participate in a significant fundraising event for the Evans Scholars Foundation operated by the Western Golf Association on September 11, 2017. The event was a pro-am fundraiser at the BMW International Championship at Conway Farms and brought together local pros with amateurs who are interested in making a substantial commitment to help fund the Evans Scholars. The Evans Scholarship Foundation provides tuition, room and board, and support for nearly 1000 undergraduates today, and it is growing. Since its founding in 1930, more than 10,000 student-caddies have attended college through the Evans Scholars. As always, the Western Golf Association ran a terrific event.
A recent article in the Pekin Daily Times about the upcoming retirement of Associate Judge Richard McCoy features a discussion of its effect on the two high-profile wrongful death cases pending in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court for Tazewell County, Illinois. Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. represents the plaintiffs in both these lawsuits.