August 29, 2011
Farmers Insurance Group says it has reached a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging the insurer underpaid medical expenses related to automobile accidents. Farmers continues to deny the allegations but says it chose to settle the lawsuit “to avoid the burden and expense of continued litigation.”
The class alleged Farmers failed to pay reasonable expenses for medical services based on the insurer’s use of certain claim adjustment systems and procedures. The settlement includes Farmers Insurance Co., Farmers Insurance Exchange, Truck Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange, Mid-Century Insurance Co., Farmers Group Inc., Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. and other subsidiaries.
The settlement was preliminarily approved in the District Court of Canadian County, Okla., where the class-action suit In Re Farmers Med-Pay Litigation was pending. The settlement class is made of policyholders whose claims for medical payments related to an auto accident under med-pay or personal injury protection PIP coverage were adjusted between Jan. 1, 2001 and Feb. 9, 2009 and whose claims were paid at less than the amount billed and med-pay PIP payments were less than the limits of coverage.
If you were a Farmer’s Insurance insured during the relevant period, you may get more information and file a claim here.
August 25, 2011
A Cook County jury has awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man given the blood thinner heparin that was contaminated with fake ingredients sourced in China.
Hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter International Inc. and its supplier, Wisconsin-based Scientific Protein Laboratories, after federal regulators determined in 2008 that heparin was contaminated with a nutritional supplement that mimics the real drug in routine tests for potency.
Thursday’s verdict in favor of the estate of Steven Johansen of Oak Forest was the first to result from the litigation.Attorneys say the man received low doses of contaminated heparin in December 2007 during dialysis. He later received a higher dosage and died.After heparin was linked to hundreds of life-threatening allergic reactions, the drug was recalled by Baxter International.
August 23, 2011
Taradji Law Offices is pleased to announce that we have filled our open Associate Attorney position. Benjamin J. Thomas will join us as an associate attorney starting August 29, 2011. Benjamin was born in Liberty, Illinois in 1982 and obtained his BA in Political Science in 2005. He attended The John Marshall Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May of 2010.
Prior to joining Taradji Law Offices, Benjamin handled a wide range of matters, including domestic relations cases, criminal defense, and plaintiff’s civil litigation cases. He currently practices primarily in the area of personal injury.
While not practicing law, Benjamin is an avid outdoorsman, and fisherman. He has also volunteered for various organizations, which includes the Senator John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential Campaign and has assisted and organized fund raising events for President Barak Obama’s 2004 Senate Campaign.
Benjamin may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 19, 2011
The photos and awards that fill Rasul “Rocky” Clark’s bedroom tell the story of a star high school athlete.” I like looking at them,” Clark tells CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid. “They mean a lot.”
His dream of playing pro football ended eleven years ago at age 16, after a tackle during a high school football game left him paralyzed below the neck.”I have a totally different appreciation for life,” Clark says. ” I don’t take anything for granted.”
Clark’s family didn’t have insurance so for 10 years the school district’s $5 million catastrophic insurance policy paid for his around the clock care. But last year that money was exhausted.” I thought I was being taken care of for the rest of my life,” Clark says. His mother Annette quit her job to care for him day and night. “They gave him ten years to live,” she says. “He wasn’t supposed to live beyond that.
They depend on donations, but it’s not nearly enough. Medicaid pays for some medical care, but not the $70,000 a year medication that protects his one working lung or for a new wheelchair. To pay for his care, Annette missed mortgage payments and last month the Clarks received a foreclosure notice.
August 12, 2011
How long does it take to settle a malpractice case its been 6 years for my family now and is it to late to consult another attorney.
You have a right to change attorneys at any time for any reason. But it is highly inadvisable.
There are no formulas and there are no time limits. The best place to inquire about your case and the reason it has taken 6 years and may take even longer is to ask your attorneys about the reason. Write down your questions and ask for a face to face meeting with the attorney who is in charge of your case. Ask your questions and ask followup questions and keep asking until you are satisfied with the reasons and you have a clear understanding of where your case is.
Lack of proper communication is the single most reason of disagreements between clients and their attorneys.
August 11, 2011
Patient’s Right To Know Act was long over due-There are no reasons why the consumer should not be made aware of the negative points contained in the records of the doctor to whom the consumer is entrusting his or her life. Information is consumer’s friend and more information makes for better decision making process by the consumer.
Patients will have access to detailed histories of Illinois doctors — including whether the physician has been fired, convicted of a crime or has made a medical malpractice payment in the last five years — under a new law that takes effect this week.
The Patients’ Right to Know Act, blocked by the doctors’ lobby for more than a decade, passed this year as a stand-alone bill after a Tribune series found that state regulators allowed dangerous doctors, even those convicted of sex crimes, to continue practicing. Patients were often unaware of the physicians’ criminal convictions, malpractice payments or terminations.
In signing the law Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn called it the “No. 1 consumer bill.”
Chicago Safety laws – Chicago Personal Injury – Quinn Signs Law Requiring Back-Seat Riders to Wear Seat Belts
August 10, 2011
Remember Princess Diana? She died in a motor vehicle accident where, had she wore her safety seat belt, chances are that she may have survived the crash that caused her death. Impact with anything inside a vehicle by your body will cause harm–harder that impact, more harm and injuries you will sustain. The new seat belt law is good and is there to prevent Chicago personal injuries sustained in automobile and motor vehicle accident. So remember to wear your seat belt!
The new law requiring everyone to wear their seat belts goes into effect Jan. 1. Currently, people riding in the front seat of a vehicle have to wear their seat belts, but people in the back seat are only required to be belted in if they are under 18. Officials said it was the latest measure to improve safety on Illinois roads. Others actions by the state have included a ban on texting while driving and increased training for student drivers.
Secretary of State Jesse White said making rear passengers wear seat belts will protect not only them but those people in the front seat as well. “If by chance they are not buckled up, they could become a human missile for those in the front of the vehicle,” White said.
Buses, taxicabs and emergency vehicles are exempt from the new law.
August 4, 2011
I debated with myself a lot in the decision to post this example of Chicago personal injury leading to the death of a motorcycle rider. It is true that ridding a motorcycle without a helmet is simply cool-feeling the air, the freedom of the road-there is seldom a feeling that can replace it. But, it is also true that in the collision between flesh and pavement, the latter will always win. There are no two ways about it. The pavement will win. So please wear your helmet when ridding your motorcycle–you may decorate it and make it into something that proclaims the YOU about you to the world-but, wear a helmet, will you?
Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars.He was pronounced dead at a hospital.Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.