A third year Chicago law student who was struck by a taxi and paralyzed filed suit against the driver who hit him, the driver’s employer and a construction company whose work-site protective tunnel created a “blind corner” and contributed to the accident, according to the student’s lawyer and list of legal directories.

The suit was filed by Kurt D. Lloyd on behalf of Donald Hallsten, a student at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Hallsten, 26, was on his way to class at about 9:15 a.m. on December 16, 1999 when he was struck by a Dino Cab Co. taxi driven by Richard M. Owusu, according to Lloyd.

Hallsten had been northbound on a bicycle under a construction site protective tunnel occupying the left lane of traffic on Dearborn Street between Chestnut Street and Delaware Place, Lloyd said. Kenny Construction Co. had built the tunnel adjacent to its multi-story building project, Lloyd said.

When Hallsten reached the north end of the tunnel and entered the crosswalk at Delaware place in an attempt to cross Dearborn Street eastbound, he was struck by the taxi, Lloyd said, adding that there were no signs warning motorists about pedestrians who were exiting the tunnel and entering the crosswalks.

“Nobody knows your there until your out [of the tunnel],” Lloyd said. “[Hallsten] was in the crosswalk. He was where he was supposed to be. When you come out [of the tunnel] the traffic is not aware of your presence until you’re out in the lane. It’s a blind corner.”

Currently, Hallsten is being treated for paralysis from the waist down.

The suit seeks damages “not less than $50,000” from each of the three defendants.

The case has been assigned to Cook County Circuit Judge Philip L. Bronstein in the Law Division. Hallsten v. Kenny Construction Co., et al.. 97 L 1092.

$1.1 Million Verdict Returned In Dental Malpractice Case

    A Winnebago County jury has awarded a Rockford woman $1,172,728.03 in a dental malpractice case.  It is the largest dental malpractice verdict ever awarded in Illinois, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Kurt D. Lloyd.

    Dorothy A. Hicks went to oral surgeon John F Wonderlick in 1987 to have a tooth pulled.  Wonderlick’s assistant checked the woman’s blood pressure and then Wonderlick gave the woman seven milligrams of valium over 90 seconds and 80 milligrams of sodium brevital over five seconds to anesthetize her for 10 minutes.

    Wonderlick pulled the tooth and left the room.  One of his two dental assistants felt for Hicks’ pulse and tried to wake her, then left the room.  The other dental assistant remained in the room and watched the patient’s breathing, but did not monitor her vital signs again.  One-half hour after the drugs had been administered, Hicks had a cardiac arrest.  She was revived in two minutes, but suffered irreversible brain damage.

    In 1989, Hicks attorney Kurt Lloyd filed a suit against Wonderlick and Rockford Oral Surgery Ltd.

    Hick’s lawyers said Wonderlick administered the sodium brevital at eight times the recommended rate of speed.  They also argued that the doctor and assistants failed to monitor vital signs and the dentist left the room while the patient was still unconscious.

    Wonderlick and Rockford Oral Surgery Ltd. were represented by Lawrence Kream of Kostantacos, Traum, Reuterfors & McWilliams in Rockford.  They contended that the dentist and his assistants monitored Hicks in conformance with the normal standard of care.  They also said the rate of injection of the sodium brevital was proper and the doctor did not violate the standard of care by leaving the room.

    The plaintiff’s attorneys had asked the jury to award about $3 million.  The trial lasted six days.  The jury was out for about four hours before reaching its verdict on Dec. 19.  Judge Harris Agnew presided in the case, Dorothy A. Hicks v. John F. Wonderlick, D.D.S. and Rockford Oral Surgery Ltd., No. 89 L 21. via Lawyers of Distinction

Kentucky Brain Injury Law Firm: 16-Month-Old Girl Dies from TBI Caused by Jefferson County Multi-Vehicle Collision

A Kentucky multi-vehicle collision in Jefferson County has claimed the life of a 16-month-old girl. Daphnie Mangrum was pronounced dead from a traumatic brain injury at a local hospital on Saturday. Mangrum’s mother and two siblings were also injured in the catastrophic Kentucky car crash, which occurred on the Dixie Highway on Thursday afternoon. The three of them are expected to recover.

According to Louisville Metro Police, at about 4:48pm, a Mazda drifted into the center lane, hitting a Dodge Caliber, which then struck a Chevy Lumina before hitting a Dodge Ram truck. Daphnie and her family members were riding in the Lumina. The children in the car were reportedly not properly restrained. The driver of the Mazda and the Lumina were transported to hospitals. West Point resident Janet Crowell, who was driving the Dodge Caliber, was pronounced dead at the crash site.

Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of TBI’s, followed by fall accidents and athletic injuries. 
• Every 15 seconds, someone sustains a TBI.
• TBI’s occur when there has been a jolt or blow or a penetrating injury to the head. 
• 1.4 million people sustain TBI’s each year. 
• 50,000 people die from TBI’s annually.
• About 2,685 kids, ages 14 and under, die from TBI’s each year.

While traumatic brain injuries can range from mild (approximately 75% of TBIs are mild TBI’s) to severe to fatal, there are those who do survive and continue to live with catastrophic TBI’s that require them to receive long-term, specialized care. A TBI can affect one’s senses, memory, and the abilities to communicate, comprehend, and reason, as well as result in personality changes, depression, and changes in behavior, as Setareh Law has observed.

Living with a serious TBI can be costly and life changing. Losing someone you love because they sustained a fatal TBI can be incredibly traumatic.

Louisville Premises Liability Lawsuit Filed Over Kentucky Stairwell Collapse

In Jefferson Circuit Court, two people who got hurt when a stairway in a Louisville building collapsed are suing the owners of the century-old building for Kentucky premises liability. The Louisville personal injury accident occurred on March 3 when Alan DeLisle and Pattie Clare took a tour of the Fort Nelson property with owners Paul and Carolan Bariteaus. DeLisle oversees Louisville’s downtown development and Clare is his chief deputy.

The stairwell fell two stories, and Paul Bariteau, Clare, and DeLisle became trapped beneath the debris. Carolan was able to arrive at the 3rd floor before the stairway dropped out. She was rescued by firefighters.

According to the Louisville premises liability lawsuit, the Bariteaus should have been aware the structure was not safe, should have maintained the building, should have repaired any hazardous conditions, and should have warned the victims of possible hazards. The two metro workers are seeking a jury trial and compensatory damages. Their lawsuit also names Forte Development Inc. as one of the Louisville premises liability defendants.

According to a spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, no city inspectors have been to the building over the last five years because no work occurred on the premise that warranted a safety inspection. The building was constructed in the 1880’s. Paul Bariteau purchased the building over 10 years ago.

If you were injured on another person’s property, you may be entitled to boynton beach criminal lawyer. Examples of some common kinds of premises liability cases, include:

Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents: Slipping, tripping, or falling on the ground because there was an unsafe condition that caused the accident. This can result in painful, debilitating injuries, such as head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, and hip injuries.

Inadequate Security: A person becomes a victim of a violent crime because there wasn’t enough security or lighting on the property that could have prevented the incident from happening.

Defective Conditions: A person is hurt because of a defect on the property or a defective product on the premise that the property owner could have and should have removed or repaired but failed to do so. Contact Nathan Davidovich employment law firm for help.

Inadequate Maintenance: A property owner fails to repair an existing hazard on a premise and/or fails to warn patrons or visitors about the danger.

Lexington Teen Driving Accident: One Kentucky High School Student Dies and Three Others Are Seriously Injured

At Bryan Station High School, students are anxiously waiting to find out the condition of three of their classmates who were seriously injured in a Lexington motor vehicle crash on Monday night. One of their other classmates, 15-year-old Nathaniel Lee Stuckey, died in the collision on Russell Cave Road on Monday night.

The driver of the car, Nicoli Petitfrere, 17, and passenger Jasmine Marks, 16, are still in critical condition, while Kierra Fulz, 17, is in fair condition. According to Lexington police, speed may have been a factor, with the teenagers’ car going faster than the 55 mph speed limit.

The Kentucky teen driving accident took place around 7pm when Petitfrere lost control of the white Toyota Camry and drove off the narrow two-lane road, striking a rock wall and hitting a tree head-on. Three of the Kentucky car crash victims had to be extricated from the Toyota. Stuckey, who was sitting in the front-passenger seat of the car was pronounced dead at the crash site.

Dangers of Speeding
• Speeding is a contributing factor in over 30% of deadly US traffic accidents.
• It occurs on freeways and on local streets.
• You can be speeding even if you are abiding by the posted legal limit if the weather conditions warrant that you drive slower.

Speeding Facts by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
• Speeding played a role in than 13,000 motor vehicle fatalities in 2007.
• 88% of traffic fatalities where speeding was involved took place on Interstate highways.
• 24% of speeding-related deaths occurred on roads with speed limits posted at 35 mph or lower.

If you were seriously injured in a Kentucky car crash, retaining the services of an experienced Lexington car accident lawyer can make obtaining your financial recovery a lot easier. Your personal injury team at Umansky Law can work with accident reconstructions and other accident experts who can help determine whether speed or another factor was the cause of your deadly Lexington auto accident.

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