Category Archives: Illinois Personal Injury Attorneys

Attorney Joe Pierotti Obtains 5 Times the Insurance Company’s Offer for a Client Rear-Ended by an Uninsured Motorist

Attorney Joseph PierottiOur client was rear-ended by an uninsured driver exiting a Target parking lot. The accident resulted in whiplash that required our client to endure months of physical therapy. Attorney Joe Pierotti filed an uninsured motorist claim under our client’s policy. The insurance company responded with a $2,300 settlement offer, which Attorney Pierotti quickly rejected considering the injuries and treatment our client withstood. Instead, Attorney Pierotti made a demand for arbitration and took the matter to a hearing, where the Arbitration Panel awarded our client over $13,000 to compensate for her injuries. With Attorney Joe Pierotti’s expertise and perseverance, our client received more than 5 times the insurance company’s pre-arbitration offer to settle.

If you have been in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Results may vary based on specific injuries and the circumstances surrounding each individual case.  The results listed above are not a predictor of the same results in similar cases.

Have You Gotten Your Dot? Illinois’ Yellow Dot Program

illinois-yellow-dot-program“Got the Dot?” is Illinois’ slogan for their statewide initiative designed to provide important medical information about vehicle drivers and passengers in case of an emergency. Illinois implemented the Yellow Dot Program in 2011 to decrease deaths on their roadways. According to the Yellow Dot website, people who experience a traumatic injury have the best chance of survival when they are seen and treated within an hour of being injured. In the moments following a serious crash, every second counts. This program has been put into place to ensure that those seconds are not wasted.

The Yellow Dot program assists first responders in knowing important medical information about people involved in an accident. Information contained on the medical cards can be the difference between life and death. To join the program, you need the following three things:

  1. A clear photograph, which will be placed on your medical card to identify you.
  2. Personal information, such as your name, emergency contacts, medical providers, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, and any current medications. This info is placed on your medical card, which will be placed in your glove compartment.
  3. The yellow dot decal, which will be placed on the lower corner of the rear-facing window on the driver’s side. The decal alerts responders that you have your medical card located in your glove compartment.

If you live in Illinois and haven’t joined this initiative, it is highly recommended that you do so. Any person at any age can take part, so you should have medical cards made for anyone who frequently drives or rides in your car, especially if someone has a specific medical concern. Go to YellowDotIllinois.org to find information, order Yellow Dot materials, and see locations where you can get your dot decal. Other states participate in similar programs, so if you don’t live in Illinois, it is encouraged that you visit your state’s department of transportation website to view what you can do. Accidents are unpredictable, so it is best to be prepared. You never know – a program like this could save your life.

When Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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While some people have experience with lawyers, others do not have any at all. Those who have not been involved with a lawyer in the past can be hesitant when deciding if they need a lawyer. According to Nolo.com, if any of the following situations happen to you, the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer are almost certainly worth the time and money it takes to have a lawyer represent you.

Long-Term or Permanently Disabling Injuries

Some accidents can result in injuries that significantly affect your physical capabilities or appearance for an extended period of time, or even permanently. Figuring out how much a serious injury is worth can be difficult. If you believe your injuries might be long term or permanent, you should contact an attorney.

Severe Injuries

The amount of your accident compensation is determined by the severity of your injuries. The severity of your injuries is measured by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have, and the length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range within which that compensation may fall becomes wider. In such cases, it is worth the expense to have a lawyer handle your claim to make sure you receive compensation at the highest end of the range.

Medical Malpractice

Injuries or illness can occur due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical provider. The medical questions and legal rules involved in these cases are complex, so it is recommended that you hire an attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases.

Toxic Exposure

In the increasingly chemical world, you can become ill from exposure to contaminants in the air, soil, water, products, or food. Claims based on such exposure are difficult to prove and often require scientific data. Chemical companies, food producers, and other industries have taken measures to protect themselves from such legal issues, and the required evidence can be hard to come by, so you will want to get expert help.

When an Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

In many instances, regardless of the nature of your injury, the amount of your medical bills, or the result of lost income, insurance companies either refuse to pay or refuse to pay reasonable amounts to settle claims.  In such cases it is imperative that you hire a lawyer in order to force the insurance company or government agency to make a fair settlement offer. In some cases, a lawyer can negotiate a settlement for you for more than you originally thought possible.

Finding a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

A good way to find a lawyer is to ask friends, injury specialists, or other lawyers for referrals. You can also do your own research and interview potential firms. It is important to base your decision on information about the lawyer’s education, experience, and general philosophy of practicing law to ensure that they will be a good fit for you and your case.

If you or someone you know has been in any of these situations, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys.  Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Attorney Joe Pierotti Obtains Jury Verdict of More Than Two and a Half Times “Final Offer”

Attorney Joseph Pierotti

This case involved a rear-end motor vehicle accident in which the defendant admitted negligence at trial, but disputed injuries and damages. The at fault driver had insurance coverage with $20,000 policy limits, but the insurance carrier offered our client only $6,000.  The case went to trial, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in excess of the policy limits, and more than two and half times the insurance carrier’s final offer. Our client received the compensation they rightfully deserved with the help of Attorney Joe Pierotti.

If you have been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Results may vary based on specific injuries and the circumstances surrounding each individual case.  The results listed above are not a predictor of the same results in similar cases.

Attorney Dan Davis Gets Client $30,000 More Than “Final Offer”

Attorney Dan Davis received a low “final” settlement offer from an at-fault insurance company.  Rather than just accept the insurance company’s decision, Attorney Davis kept on fighting for his client.  He filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client and eventually forced the insurance company to settle the claim for $30,000 more than the original “final” offer.  The attorneys at Davis & Gelshenen work hard to fight for your rights and make sure you get what you deserve.

If you were injured in a car accident and would like a FREE CONSULTATION with Attorney Davis, call 1-866-427-2121 or email him at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.  Davis & Gelshenen always fights to get you more.

Stay Safe On Your Bicycle this Fall

Please remember to follow these cycling safety tips from Davis & Gelshenen:

  1. Have the correct bike for the terrain you’re  biking on.
  2. Make sure that when you purchase your bicycle, you get fitted appropriately.
  3. Buy the right gear.  This includes a helmet, front and back bike lights, bright or reflective clothing, comfortable shoes, bike gloves, and sunglasses.
  4. Check your bike’s tire pressure and brakes before every ride.
  5. Know the rules of the road and use turn signals.
  6. Never Drink and Ride.
  7. Never talk on a cell phone while riding.

If you have been in an accident on your bicycle as a result of someone’s negligence, contact Davis & Gelshenen for a free consultation at 866-421-2121 or email us at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.

Recent Salmonella Outbreak, Egg Recall is Largest in United States History.

After people throughout the United States experienced an outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning, the infectious bacteria has been traced back to the egg distribution company Wright County Egg of Galt.  This company distributes eggs to California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa under multiple brand names.  According to the Chicago Daily Herald, the outbreak may have sickened as many as 1,300 people.  Congress has subpoenaed the owner of Wright County Egg of Galt, Austin DeCoster, to testify regarding the outbreak.

Illnesses have been reported in Minnesota, California, and Wisconsin as a result of the salmonella outbreak.  Symptoms of salmonella bacteria can include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.  It can be fatal to children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems.  The best way for people to protect themselves from the salmonella outbreak is to either throw away or take recalled eggs back to the store.

The FDA is working to create legislation that will mandate egg producers to purchase only salmonella free chicks and have producer houses test for salmonella.  The FDA encourages consumers to take the following steps to stay safe from salmonella:

  1. Refrigerate all eggs.
  2. Make sure to use eggs within 3 weeks of purchasing them.
  3. When cooking eggs, make sure to cook until the yolk is firm (not runny).
  4. Cook all foods with egg in them thoroughly.

If you have been injured by the recent salmonella outbreak, Davis & Gelshenen can help.  Call toll free at 1-866-427-2121 for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our experienced attorneys or email Partner John J. Gelshenen, Jr. at jgelshenen@dgattorneys.com.

Have You Been Affected by the Recent Legionnaires’ Outbreak?

Cudahy, Wis. –A Legionnaires’  Outbreak at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital infected 8 people with the deadly water borne bacteria during the months of February and March of 2010.   The Hospital’s decorative waterfall has been identified as the bacteria source.  If you or someone you know has been injured by this outbreak please contact Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for more information.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?  Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by inhaling legionella bacteria.  If left untreated, the disease can lead to respiratory failure, septic shock, and acute kidney failure.  People most susceptible to the disease are older adults, smokers, and people with already weakened immune systems.  Symptoms of the disease develop between 2 and 14 days of exposure and can include headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, as well as confusion and changes in mental ability (Mayo Clinic).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year, “between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’.”  However, it is believed that many occurrences are under reported due to the rare nature of the disease (CDC).

Legionella bacteria thrives in damp warm environments, yet rarely causes harm in nature.  Legionella bacteria thrives in man-made environments such as pipes, faucets, and shower heads.  Outbreaks have historically been linked to whirlpools on cruise ships, cooling towers in AC Units, decorative fountains, swimming pools, physical therapy equipment, and water systems in hotels, hospitals, and retirement homes (Mayo Clinic).

If you have been injured by the recent Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital or any other medical injury due to the negligence of a hospital, contact Atty. John Gelshenen toll free at 1-866-427-2121 or email him at jgelshenen@dgattorneys.com for a free consultation.

Seatbelt Use Makes For Safer Roads In July

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that increased seatbelt use has been a catalyst for fewer driving fatalities in Wisconsin.  This July, we have seen the second lowest crash fatalities for the month since 1944.

Dennis Hughes, the chief of safety programs for the Bureau of Transportation safety reported that “A major reason why traffic fatalities are low is that safety belt use has reached an all-time high in Wisconsin.”   According to Mr. Hughes, part of this trend can be related to the new seatbelt laws passed in Wisconsin last year allowing police officers to stop drivers for not wearing their seatbelt.  Approximately 79% of drivers in Wisconsin are buckling up.

Make sure to buckle up when you’re on the road.  Let’s keep Wisconsin safe!

Attorney John Gelshenen Obtains $260,000 Settlement for Out of State Client

Attorney John Gelshenen’s client traveled to Wisconsin for his job.  After renting a car, a negligent truck driver rear-ended the client’s rental car.  As a result of the collision, the client herniated a disk in his back.  The herniation caused the client to undergo a year of medical treatment.  Because the treatment failed, the client had a lumbar fusion surgery to remove the disk.  Attorney Gelshenen convinced the at- fault insurance company to pay a $260,000.00 settlement to cover the client’s medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

If you were injured in Wisconsin or Illinois, and are far away from home, Davis & Gelshenen LLP can help.  With offices throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, we are in the best position to investigate the accident, take photographs, interview witnesses,  contact local law enforcement, deal with local insurance companys, and commence litigation, if necessary.

Davis & Gelshenen LLP clients can rest assured that their case is being handled by a local attorney who knows all the ins and outs of the law, no matter where they are.