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Fire on the 50th Floor at John Hancock Building Injures Five

A fire broke out in an apartment on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Building Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21, 2015) on Michigan Avenue as thousands prepared to watch the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival that included a parade of 40 floats in anticipation of the holiday season.

Five people were injured, most suffering smoke inhalation. Among the injured was a Chicago police officer. The apartment dweller where the fire broke out reportedly got out safely. Shoppers and tourists saw fire and smoke billowing from the apartment as record snow fell.

Kevin P. Durkin and Sean P. Driscoll receive an award for Trial Lawyer

SPD.KPD.Award2015.jpgKevin P. Durkin and Sean P. Driscoll receive an award for Trial Lawyer Excellence presented by John Kirkton of the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Brad Cosgrove to Speak at ITLA Med Mal Seminar

Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices and successful medical malpractice trial attorney, will be speaking at the Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA).

The morning seminar on Saturday, Dec. 5, will deal with a number of topics that come up at trial. Cosgrove will speak on "Utilizing Demonstrative Exhibits to Prove the Case." He recently received an $8.25 million verdict in Cook County in a medical malpractice case.

Craig Squillace Obtains Record $4 Million Settlement in Trucking Accident Case

Craig Squillace, associate at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a record $4 million settlement on behalf of a 60-year-old woman who was killed when her vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck on I-80. The settlements represents a record in Will County for the wrongful death of a woman over 60.

Mary Maher of suburban Park Forest died at the scene. She was stopped in her vehicle in heavy traffic when a semi-trailer owned by Bell Warehousing of Flint, Michigan, slammed into her car, pushing her into another semi-trailer in front of her. She left behind two adult children who live in Illinois. 

Executive Plane Crashes in Akron, Ohio, Leaving at Least Nine People Dead

A business jet carrying seven people and two pilots crashed into an apartment building this afternoon (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015) reportedly killing everyone on board in a fiery crash while on approach to Akron Fulton Airport in Ohio..

Several witnesses said they saw the aircraft clip electrical and telephone wires before hitting the apartment building and then careening into an embankment. A second building in the area, believed to be a home, also was damaged by the crash, according to witnesses. It also was reported that the plane appeared to just fall out of the sky, barely missing cars and a school bus by about 50 feet. The plane burst into flames upon impact.

Clifford Law Offices Obtains $20 Million Settlement on Behalf of Man Injured by Truck

Robert A. Clifford and Bradley M. Cosgrove, partners at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a $20 million settlement today (Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015) after being assigned to trial on behalf of a man who was severely injured when a tractor carrying hazardous materials t-boned his vehicle.

Tracy Brammeier Moderates Cook County Circuit Court Walk Through

Tracy A. Brammeier, associate at Clifford Law Offices, moderated a program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) designed to provide a basic introduction to the Cook County Circuit Court's practices and procedures. Brammeier, YLS Special Project Coordinator, put together an afternoon program that addressed the nuts and bolts of practice in the court that included Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Also included in the tour was the clerk's office and the filing of documents including e-filing as well as the basics of service of process involving the Cook County Sheriff's Office. "Basics of Probate Procedure and Tips for Practitioners" was presented by Hon. Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County; "Basics of Probate Procedure and Tips for Practitioners" was presented by Hon. Mary Ellen Coghlan, Presiding Judge of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County; and "Basics of the Criminal Division and Tips for Practitioners" was presented by Hon. Neera Walsh of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. The informative and interesting program offered continuing legal education credit for lawyers. 

Clifford Law Obtains $8.25 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case Against Chicago Hospital

Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, this afternoon (Nov. 4, 2015) obtained an $8.25 million verdict against a Chicago hospital on behalf of a family who lost their father and husband due to negligence following a total knee replacement surgery. Adam Szwarek, Sr., was a patient at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago from December 8 - 10 of 2009. Following the surgery, he suffered a heart attack that caused hypoxia, anemia, confusion and disorientation, which was alleged to have gone untreated by medical personnel including the hospital residents. It led to shock and an inadequate blood flow to his vital organs, including his heart. Szwarek, 68, died two days later at the hospital from a massive myocardial infarction. "The death of Mr. Szwarek was avoidable had medical personnel ordered simple, cheap, available and non-invasive tests in response to his signs of heart attack" Cosgrove said following the verdict. "If the medical personnel had simply acted reasonably, Mr. Szwarek would be alive today for his wife and his son. This never should have happened to this wonderful family." The five-man-seven-woman jury came back in two hours and 20 minutes following a 10-day trial before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Suriano at the Daley Center. The case was brought by Szwarek's estate. The jury award $3.25 million for grief and sorrow, and $5 million for loss of society to the widow and his adult son. Marta M. Kowalczyk, associate at the firm, assisted at trial. Kowalczyk has now assisted in verdicts totaling more than $15 million. Cosgrove has had a string of successful verdicts and settlements since joining Clifford Law Offices two years ago totaling more than $70 million. Last year he was listed as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 years of age by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices' Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).
Case No.: 11 L 13030
Attorneys for defendant Presence Saint Joseph Hospital:
John N. Seibel and Myriah Conaughty
Cassiday Schade LLP
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606

Volkswagen Emissions Scam Expands to Yet Other Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently revealed that the Volkswagen emissions scam extends to thousands more cars including the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, the 2014 Touareg and the several more Audi models. In September, it was revealed that as many as 11 million cars were affected worldwide.

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