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.
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.
Last week, the firm filed suit on behalf of Daniel Sopocy's children in Lake County. Daniel died from traumatic head injuries he sustained after the Beachbody P90X Chin Up Bar he was using in the family home disengaged from its mounting place over a doorway. He fell to the concrete floor and struck his head. The firm has sued Beachbody for selling an unreasonably dangerous product. Daniel is survived by his three children. For more on the case, see our lawsuit filed against Beachbody.
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.
Some of us in the office love to garden. Some of us have used Roundup in the past, but won't any more in light of recent scientific evidence and jury verdicts finding a link between Roundup's active ingredient and certain cancers. See below:
Imagine going to the emergency room to receive treatment for a serious condition, such as diabetes or chest pain. After the health care provider sees you, you feel groggy and disoriented, and may not have the mental capacity to give the doctor a phone number for a relative to pick you up. Despite being obviously unable to function on your own yet, hospital staff deems you ready for discharge and calls a taxi or walks you to the bus station. This nightmare situation sounds like something out of a dystopian movie, but unfortunately can occur to patients in Illinois and elsewhere.
As a construction worker, you take pride in your job and accomplishments. Working in construction is not easy, but it is commendable and fulfilling. Unfortunately, the construction industry is highly dangerous. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were 1,034 construction fatalities in 2016.