By:  Heather A. Begley

Chicago Accident LawyersAs trucking injury transportation attorneys, we represent individuals from Illinois and nationally who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents involving trucks. Injured plaintiffs are permitted to proceed with lawsuits against brokers in truck accident cases, according to a recent decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Miller v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., et al. No. 19-15981 The plaintiff suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. A freight broker serves as an intermediary between a shipper who has goods to transport and a carrier who has capacity to move that freight. The freight broker in the Miller case, C.H. Robinson, arranged for the trailer to transport goods for Costco Wholesale, Inc. The plaintiff alleged that C.H. Robinson negligently selected an unsafe motor carrier. The United States District Court for the District of Nevada initially dismissed the plaintiff’s claim based on the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (the “FAAAA”), finding that state law claims that are “related to a price, route, or service of any… broker” are preempted. The appellate court reversed that finding based on an applicable exception: “the safety regulatory authority of a State with respect to motor vehicles”. Congress intended to preserve the States’ broad power over safety, a power that includes the ability to regulate conduct not only through legislative and administrative enactments, but also through common-law damages awards. This is an important finding on behalf of individuals who are injured in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents involving trucks wherein a broker was used to assist in the transport of goods.

Cook County personal injury attorney for Lyft sexual assaultLyft is facing waves of lawsuits alleging that the ride hailing giant has failed to adequately protect its passengers and has ineffectively responded to reports of sexual assault. On Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, a lawsuit was filed in California state court on behalf of 14 women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by their Lyft drivers in 2018 and 2019. The ride-hailing giant was more recently hit with five additional lawsuits filed by women who allege that they have been raped or sexually assaulted. These women are not alone – Lyft received nearly 100 complaints of sexual assault against its drivers in California alone between 2014 and 2016. 

The suit alleges that Lyft often fails to report these crimes to police, and it has adopted policies to silence victims who report their experiences. “Lyft has made a concerted effort in the media, in litigation and in criminal cases to hide and conceal the true extent of sexual assaults that occur in their vehicles,” the complaint says. 

One victim, a 33-year-old mother of five who suffers from blindness, relied on Lyft to get her safely to and from the grocery store. She was raped in her home after her driver carried her grocery bags inside, despite her protests. She reported her assault to Lyft and was asked to share details of the assault with a male representative. She stated, “It felt like I was being assaulted again.” Lyft sent a follow-up email in which the employee merely wrote that he was “so sorry to hear about this awful experience” and could “definitely understand why this made you feel unsafe and uncomfortable.” 


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"CookSeveral more cases of Legionnaires Disease have been confirmed at a retirement community, Convenant Living at the Holmstad in Batavia, Kane County, Illinois. According to a news release from the Kane County Health Department, the retirement community is notifying residents, the residents’ identified contact, and staff after four more cases were confirmed. These 4 individuals are among the 251 which have been confirmed to date this year.

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection that people can get by breathing in small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria. LD and Pontiac Fever (a less severe infection caused by the same type of bacteria) may also be called “legionellosis.”  The bacterium grows and spreads in human-made water systems. Officials with the Kane County Health Department said there are four more cases and that they are closely monitoring this situation.

Following exposure to the bacteria, the onset of symptoms is usually between 2-14 days. Symptoms of illness may include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. People 50 years of age or older are at an increased risk of Legionnaire’s disease. Some studies indicate that more than a quarter of LD diagnoses are fatal. LD, also referred to as Legionella pneumonia, has several life-threatening complications, which include, but are not limited to, the following:


Cook County police officer lawyerJames P. McKay and Philip P. Terrazzino obtained a $212,000 verdict for Chicago Police Officer Yvette Lozano for injuries she sustained in an automobile collision while in the line of duty. Following a trial at the Daley Center in front of Judge Ann Collins-Dole, a Cook County jury reached the verdict in favor of Officer Lozano.

On August 28, 2015 at 10:15a.m., Officer Lozano was responding to a home invasion in progress with her lights and sirens activated when her squad car was struck by a driver who failed to stop and pull to the right as required by statute. As a result of the crash, Officer Lozano sustained a right elbow injury and vertigo. She missed one year of work due to her injuries. 

After undergoing a long recovery and intense physical therapy, she returned to work with the Chicago Police Department and now works in an office role. “We are pleased that justice prevailed and that Officer Lozano will be compensated for her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering,” Terrazzino said.  “It took four years and a two-week jury trial, but the jury system got it right in the end.”

Cook County Lyft passenger injury attorneyThousands of companies rely on third-party vendors to ensure that they are hiring safe individuals with no criminal history. The dominant firm in this industry, Sterling Talent Solutions, employs people across the globe to perform background checks using its own software.

According to Buzzfeed News, much of the work involves international, low-paid employees sorting through records, despite the emphasis on technology. Offshore workers contend that the working conditions have “led to manual errors, problems with technology, and even panic attacks and injuries from the stress and repetitive nature of the work.” Additionally, workers contend that records databases can be incomplete, and they do not always have enough information to determine whether a job applicant has been convicted of a crime.

Nearly 200 lawsuits have accused Sterling of various failures with their background check procedures. These include instances where violent criminals go unnoticed by Sterling’s background checks and go on to harm others through their newly attained employment.

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