Clifford Law Offices has partnered with Urban Alliance Chicago, a program that works with the Chicago Public School system to provide year-round employment to high school seniors. One hundred companies and firms across the city employ students with paid workplace opportunities. The program was launched last year by Amy Rule, wife of Mayor Rahm Emanuel who now serves as the organization's founding advisory board chair.
You might think it's impossible to forget there is a kid in a car. That only happens to irresponsible parents, you might say, shaking your head. News flash: It can happen to anyone, regardless of education or social standing. As the temperatures climb, so too does the risk of injury or death from heatstroke. Thirteen children have already died in hot cars this year. But this tragedy is 100 percent preventable. You should know what we can do to spread the word about the risks and consequences of leaving a kid in a hot car. By the Numbers:
Medical malpractice lawyer, Susan Capra, was interviewed by Clifford Law Offices in regards to malpractice cases. She explained the two common types of malpractice saying, "During surgery, [if] a surgeon cuts a wrong blood vessel or cuts on the wrong site - that's an affirmative act. An example of an omission would be a failure to diagnose the condition." Omission could also mean the doctor failed to pick up the red flags. She explained that in order to have a case you need four elements. First, the doctor has to have a duty with the patient. In order words, there has to be a professional physician-patient relationship. This is usually an element that is not difficult to establish, says Capra. The second element is the breach of that duty (or a deviation from the standard of care), or the doctor did something that a reasonable doctor would not. Basically, an error was made. Third, you need a proximate cause, which is a proximal link between the error and your injury. Lastly, you also need a serious injury. Many times one of these elements will be missing from the case. When this happens, attorneys are not able to proceed. Capra also explained the legal definition of medical malpractice and what to do if you believe you are a victim. The full interview, produced by Clifford Law Offices, can be watched here:
Illinois law caps the number of permissible hours a driver can be on the road at 11 hours. Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Indiana was on the road for more than 12 hours, according to media reports from authorities. He allegedly was speeding through a construction zone when he made a sudden lane change and caused a chainreaction crash involving two cars and a van, killing four people, Illinois State Police reported. Four others in the vehicles were injured in the tragedy. Pam Zekman, investigative reporter at CBSChannel 2 in Chicago reported that the truck driver who has been criminally charged in this incident has been accused by prosecutors of falsifying his log books. Zekman went on to report that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new rule that would require all trucks to have electronic logging devices, something that may have prevented the terrible tragedy Monday. Currently, paper logs are used which can be easily falsified. Electronic logs would be hooked to the truck's engine. Federal officials may announce the new rule by next year, Zekman reported. Bob Clifford was interviewed by Zekman on a story that appeared on the 10 o'clock news in Chicago earlier this year about the dangers of truckers who work too long of hours on the road, in violation of federal and state laws. Clifford spoke about this type of misconduct to Zekman and said that the federal government must work harder to ensure that truckers are following rules that are set out to make the roads safer. The interview came on the heels of information that Clifford Law Offices reported on its website of truck accidents being on the rise. A report from the American Association of Justice (AAJ) last year said that 2011 (the most recent year that complete data are available), 3,757 people died in collisions with trucks and 88,000 more were injured. It marked the second straight year fatalities were up and was an 11.2 percent increase over 2009.
We don't absolutely know who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17, killing 298 persons including at least one American citizen, or why they did it. We do know we need to take immediate steps to prevent such an "outrage," as President Obama called it Friday, from happening again. Shooting down a civilian jet is unacceptable in modern times. Irina Tipunova, 65, told reporters how the body of a woman crashed through her roof. Everything in her house started to shake, she said. "Then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen." It was the deadliest attack ever on a commercial airliner. There were no survivors from the flight of the Boeing 777, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Bodies were scattered over nine miles of rebel-held territory near Ukraine's border with Russia. According to the United Nations, 80 of those who died were children. Was what happened horrific and unthinkable? Yes, but mourning the dead and expressing our shock is not enough. The international community must take concrete action, led by the United Nations peacekeepers so that the perpetrators can see the world is against them, to quickly and, if need be, forcefully root out the cause and limit the possibility that similar future tragedies would occur in Ukraine or another war zone, such as Gaza, Israel, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. It's believed that Flight MH-17 was blasted from the sky by one or more surface-to-air missiles, known more commonly as SAMs. On Monday, a cargo airplane was shot down in the same area. On Wednesday, two Ukrainian fighter jets were downed in the same region, apparently by air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The U.S. military and intelligence community, along with the United Nations, should eliminate the SAM resources in those areas, even if it requires military force. Rhetoric alone won't prevent more deadly missiles from rocketing skyward. How else can we protect the flying public? The International Civil Aviation Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration should issue notices prohibiting nonmilitary flights over all portions of Ukraine and neighboring areas of Russia, not just the limited spots that were added by the FAA late Thursday. France already has banned flights over all of Ukraine. But the new FAA advisory only says that "due to recent events, all flight operations by U.S. operators within the Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions are prohibited. Events have indicated the potential for continued hazardous activities." International and U.S. civil aviation authorities should issue the same ban for any other international areas where conflict or terrorism is prevalent and where SAMs and AAMs are potential threats in the altitude ranges used by commercial flights. It is time for every carrier to reassess its routes. Even though its flight path wasn't prohibited and other aircraft had flown it without incident, MH-17 was flying in a known conflict zone only 1,000 feet above the 32,000-foot ceiling of the restricted airspace that had been set up in Ukraine. With three planes downed in the previous three days and knowing SAMs are capable of reaching 49,000 feet or higher, aviation authorities knew any flight there was at extreme risk. The loss of another Malaysia Airlines carrier calls into question the safety and risk-management practices of the airline and the Malaysian regulatory authorities. Malaysia Airlines has been looking for Flight MH-370 and its 239 passengers and crew since March 8. The loss of two 777s in the past four months is a new record for the airline industry, as well as evidence that it needs to take an aggressive, safety-first approach to all flight operations, planning, and equipment issues. Flights in conflict areas where missiles or other aviation threats exist should be ended. As we have learned from these two incidents, every jetliner should have deployable flight recorders and GPS-based tracking systems so that, in the event of an emergency, we can know what happened and end the needless, endless speculation that haunts the aftermaths. We owe that much and more to the victims.
As a horrified world looks on the tragedy that continues in Ukraine over the handling of the remains of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, questions of liability surface. Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, was interviewed today (Saturday, July 19, 2014) by Washington Post reporter Roberto Ferdman on a story about the questions of liability in countries under conflict. ("Liability in Flight 17 Crash Could Reach $1 Billion.") The story was picked up by Associated Press and distributed around the world including to the Chicago Tribune. Although various international treaties and conventions will play a role in the amount of money a family can recover for the loss of a loved one, experts are saying that Malaysia Airlines reinsurer ultimately may be held responsible. Clifford, however, added that "'there will be a case filed by New York, Netherlands, and other countries, against either Ukraine or Russia.'" Clifford acknowledged the difficulties in recovering from those countries. Just this past week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit In New York cleared the way for the largest single recovery of sovereign assets by victims of state-sponsored terrorism to date by freezing nearly $2 billion held in frozen New York bank accounts to be handed over to claimants who sued Iran over its role in multiple acts of terrorism. The underlying case, Peterson v. Iran, was filed on behalf of 812 victims or victims' relatives who suffered as a result of a 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut. Under New York law, judgment creditors have a right to require a bank to freeze assets pending a court evaluation of their claims. In the Peterson v. Iran case, the court found that the international securities intermediary, Clearstream Banking S.A., was actually owned by Iran's state-run Bank Markazi. Last year, the court had the money placed in a trust pending appeals from the defendants. Clearstream settled but Iran has appealed. That case may provide precedent for the claims of those who lost loved ones in the unfortunate tragedy involving the intentional terrorist downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Clifford Law Offices will be featured on the Chicago television network, CAN TV, in regards to interviews featuring lawyers from the Chicago law firm. One interview is with Clifford Law attorney, Susan Capra. She discusses medical malpractice including some of the common types, what someone should do if they believe themselves to be a victim, and what needs to happen in order for a lawsuit to be filed. The other interview that will be aired on CAN TV features Clifford Law's Keith A Hebeisen on the topic of tort reform. The interview explains tort reform, the history of it in the state of Illinois, what the average consumer can do about tort reform, and more. Here are the interview air times: Susan Capra on Medical Malpractice July 18th, 2014 at 8:55pm on channel 21 July 19th, 2014 at 9:15pm on channel 21 July 25th, 2014 at 9:40pm on channel 19 Keith A. Hebeisen on Tort Reform July 21st, 2014 at 9:55pm on channel 19 July 23rd, 2014 at 11:30pm on channel 19 To learn more about Susan Capra, please visit: http://goo.gl/JzJx0b. To learn more about Keith A Hebeisen, please visit: http://goo.gl/OJm4BO. Thank you to CAN TV for airing these educational interviews.
Robert Clifford is no stranger to the media. Here he is pictured in 1987 facing the press following the filing of a legal action on behalf of Nancy Clay, a 31-year-old woman who died of smoke inhalation in a Chicago high-rise when firefighters were unable to reach her, despite her many calls for help. As Bob Clifford put it, "It is one of those rare cases that [raise] the public's consciousness about two primary issues: the operation of the 911 system and the adequacy and effectiveness of the city's response to a high-rise fire." The case led to significant changes in Chicago's emergency response system, which may have saved lives over the years.
Bob Clifford (yes, he wears eyeglasses sometimes) is pictured here with a client from 1993 -- Lillie Ruth Roberts of Chicago's south side. Mrs. Roberts received a record $14.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice action more than 20 years ago. Following the two-week trial, Mrs. Roberts said, "My attorneys made it all possible. I think they did a great job. Even when I had some doubts, they made me feel it was always possible. Without them I couldn't have won the case. They helped the jury understand what was the truth".
Question of the day Can I legally operate a cooking business out of my home? Answer: A new Illinois law creates a category of "home kitchen operators," defined as those who make less than $1,000 from producing food in their own homes to sell by themselves or for a religious or charitable organization. The law authorizes local governments or health departments to inspect a home kitchen operation if there is a complaint or disease outbreak. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and monthly columnist for the Chicago Lawyer magazine, wrote his July, 2014 column entitled "Arbitration Mandate Fails PR Test." In this article, Clifford condemns the recent efforts of General Mills to force binding arbitration on anyone who "liked" one of its products on Facebook, downloaded a coupon, subscribed to an e-mail newsletter or simply purchased a product. Public outcry followed, so General Mills reversed their course of action; most likely in response to a potential boycott of its products. To read Robert A. Clifford's entire article on this topic, click here.
by Robert A. Clifford The philosophy of Clifford Law Offices is for our lawyers and our staff to provide a high level of professional services to our clients. We deal with people who are traumatized, have lost loved ones, and are in difficult circumstances where their judgment might be impaired. They need well trained, professional advice and it is my expectation that the lawyers of Clifford Law Offices provide the highest level of service that they can, using scholarship, effort, and commitment. It is also a mission at Clifford Law Offices to give back to the Chicago community. Our lawyers raise money for cancer victims, support organizations like the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and raise money for at risk and under privileged children. Recently we got involved in helping fund mental health initiatives. Supporting our local community is something that we truly believe in. I'm also proud of the fact that we conduct annual symposiums on professionalism and ethics. This year, we've had over 3,000 lawyers register for a free seminar with professors, judges and regulators. These symposiums are important because it allows lawyers to learn, grow, and overall do better work. We don't call this a profession for nothing. Being a lawyer is a "noble" profession. This means that lawyers must take the best interest of their clients. It's about serving their clients and acknowledging their best interests. Our clients have rights and we expect those rights to be respected and honored. And if our clients aren't getting that, we go get it for them. Because of the work we do and the reputation we have, cases that we handle get resolved at the highest range of value. The philosophy of Clifford Law Offices is for our Chicago-based lawyers to be involved in scholarship within their profession, to be involved in their community in a meaningful way, to make sure they keep their trial skills at the highest level, and frankly, to make sure they are tough. I am proud to be surrounded with lawyers who care about their work and are passionate about helping others. For more information about Clifford Law Offices and its community involvement, please visit: http://cliffordlaw.com/about/community-involvement/
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