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Meyers & Flowers has filed new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Chicago among several other Illinois Catholic Dioceses and religious orders on behalf of victims of priestly and employee sexual abuse. The lawsuits outline how the Church and religious organizations failed to exercise reasonable care to protect children under their supervision to prevent child sexual abuse. Meyers & Flowers Partners Jonathan P. Mincieli and Peter J. Flowers have filed lawsuits on behalf of the abused to achieve justice for the victims who have endured years of trauma due to their exploitation by religious leaders that used their position of trust and respect to take advantage of vulnerable minors.
For decades there has been worldwide news coverage about the Catholic Church clergy’s sexual abuse of children. After years of cover-ups by the Church’s leadership, victims are bringing to light the horrifying acts that happened behind closed doors of religious institutions. Our clients depict an all too familiar story of Church leaders’ serial predation of innocent parishioners and students. The victims were raised to exhibit trust, respect, and obedience towards religious leaders as they were regarded as individuals possessing high morals and immense power. These Christian leaders took advantage of their superior position and harmed those to whom they had a duty to provide guidance, supervision, and religious education.
In the newly filed lawsuits, Jonathan Mincieli and Peter Flowers allege Catholic Churches did not take seriously the potential for abuse and did not do enough to protect these children from sexual abuse. "It was all too easy for priests and religious supervisors to be routinely alone with the children in their care. The Courts of Illinois recognize that it is foreseeable in these circumstances that sexual abuse can occur. The Defendants had the opportunity to prevent this and simply did not do enough,” added Mr. Flowers. “It was the Church’s responsibility to protect its young people from those they hold to such high regard. They failed them miserably. The religious organizations must pay the consequences as children now have to deal with the aftermath of their employees’ egregious acts.”
After working closely with our clients and thoroughly investigating the cases, we discovered that “in all but one case the abuser was on a list of those credibly accused of abuse distributed by the Diocese,” said Mr. Mincieli. This disturbing finding reinforced the fact that these abusers knew that they were not being supervised because they went on to abuse other children.
Churches must establish procedures to better check and oversee their staff while also being held accountable for their failure to protect children from preventable abuse. It is a daily battle for victims of sexual offences, as they live with the damage for the rest of their lives, long after the abuse stops. The filing of these suits is just the beginning of the legal process to claim some justice for our clients.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, please contact our team of sexual abuse lawyers ready to help victims and their families obtain the confidence to confront the responsible parties and hold them accountable for the irreparable harm caused by such predatory conduct. Contact us at 877-446-7576 or online to request a free case evaluation.
Catch up on the latest firm happenings in our monthly newsletter. In November's round-up read about our acquisition of Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates, P.C., the firm's "Best Law Firm" ranking, our newest partner James A. McPhedran, and more.
Jonathan P. Mincieli has spent over 20 years devoted to giving his community and victims across the country the highest level of representation in times of crisis. “I take very seriously my commitment to serving the people of the Tri-Cities area. I not only work here, I live here, raise my children here, attend church here and coach soccer here. My reputation is everything. I continually strive to be a member of the community that people can turn to and trust in their time of need.” After receiving his law degree cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, Jonathan established a successful career as a trial lawyer handling personal injury matters involving construction site injuries, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, and sex abuse. After a successful career as a defense attorney, Jonathan joined the firm as a partner in 2015. Since then, Jonathan has resolved hundreds of complex cases and obtained tens of millions in recoveries for his clients. His record-breaking verdicts and vigorous advocacy have earned him selections by his peers as both a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer.
Here is what Jonathan has been passionately working on lately:
$1,125,000 to Family for Mother’s Wrongful Death Due to a Hospital and Physician’s Negligent Failure to Recognize Signs of Internal Bleeding
Jonathan earned a $1,125,000 settlement on behalf of the family of Mary who died of a brain hemorrhage due to the negligence of an undisclosed hospital and her physician. The 68-year-old woman complained of weakness, fatigue, and labored breathing. Concerned, she sought out professional medical advice at her local hospital but was discharged at the recommendation of her primary care physician, Dr. Shah. As her condition continued to worsen, she consulted Dr. Shah the very next day. By the time Mary arrived at the office, she had significant bruising and the office staff found it difficult to draw blood. Despite the hospital and her physician having knowledge of Mary’s Coumadin prescription, a drug that can cause life-threatening internal bleeding, Dr. Shah did not check her blood coagulation or recognize her signs of internal bleeding. Mary tragically died of a brain hemorrhage less than 48 hours after her doctor’s visit. Led by Jonathan, the Meyers & Flowers team is proud to have held the hospital and doctor accountable for their negligent failure to recognize obvious signs of internal bleeding and work towards making sure other families do not experience this preventable devastation.
$350,000 Settlement for Woman Who Slipped and Fell at an Oak Park Gas Station
On the frigid morning of February 16, 2018 Linda pulled over for gas at an Oak Park Citgo. The temperature was in the low 20s. It had been a snowy winter thus far with 15 inches of snow fall earlier that month. However, the temperatures fluctuated above and below freezing in the days prior to Linda’s visit. When Linda stepped out of her van to pump her gas, she immediately slipped on ice and fell, fracturing her left kneecap. She underwent two surgeries to repair the injury and later another to remove the hardware, which had become painful. Jonathan and the Meyers & Flowers team “established that melting snow would drip from the canopy above the pumps to certain areas of the station. The ground around the pump sloped in such a way that caused the melted snow to create a path in front of the pump where Linda fell that refroze overnight,” said Jonathan. Despite this, the Defendant claimed that their employees had a custom of checking the area daily and salting when ice or snow was present. Jonathan worked closely with his client to contest liability. “Jonathan Mincieli was wonderful to work with. He was dedicated to my case and although the process was over 2 years beginning to end, he stayed true and committed to us,” said Linda. Jonathan negotiated $350,000 for Linda to assist with past medical bills and help her regain her normal quality of life.
$850,000 Settlement for Estate of Tiffany Thrasher After Murderous Attack in Her Apartment Community
Attorneys Jonathan Mincieli and Craig D. Brown worked together to obtain a $850,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a 33-year-old woman. In April of 2017, Tiffany Thrasher was brutally attacked and murdered by another tenant of her Cook County apartment community. “Over the course of the two years they all worked diligently to investigate, find evidence and build a case to find justice for my sister and to hopefully prevent another tragedy in the future. Jon made sure I was always informed of the progress and what stage we were in on the case,” said Tiffany’s sister. The successful settlement did not only raise awareness about landlords’ need to protect their tenants but was a significant settlement to help Tiffany’s family rebuild their lives after such tragedy. Due to the unusual nature of the case, Jonathan and Craig proceeded under a novel theory of law that allowed them to establish liability and realize a recovery for the family, which is typically prevented by Illinois law in cases such as this.
$350,000 Lawsuit Resolved Against Construction Company on Behalf of Injured Construction Worker
With the collaboration of Partner Craig Brown, the pair secured a $350,000 settlement for a 48-year-old construction worker who fell from an unguarded deck. Although lacking proper safety equipment, the Plaintiff was directed by supervisors to install a sliding glass door in a new apartment building. Due to absence of protective equipment, the worker fell from the deck and sustained a fractured wrist and dislocated shoulder, both of which required surgery to repair. Jonathan and Craig faced difficulties as the Defendant claimed our client possessed the fall protection harnesses that should have been used, which would have prevented the fall. Through the team’s efforts, Jonathan and Craig used the language from the building’s construction contracts to establish that the Defendants remained responsible for the safety of those on the site and should have directed their employee to use the fall protection.
A Carol Stream teenager was awarded a $325,000.00 settlement after sustaining a chemical burn to her scalp due to the negligence of an unlicensed cosmetology student at Pivot Point Academy, a suburban Chicago beauty school.
On March 28, 2018, Stephanie, 17 years old at the time, visited Pivot Point Academy to receive a haircut and a color treatment, a routine procedure for the teenager. SD, an unlicensed cosmetology student, began the treatment under the supervision of her licensed cosmetologist and instructor. During the coloring process, as the cosmetology student began wrapping Stephanie’s hair in foil, Stephanie described “a very strong burning feeling on the left side of [her] scalp.” When Stephanie expressed her concerns to the student, Stephanie was assured that the burning sensation was normal and the student proceeded to finish the lengthy bleaching, coloring, and haircut process while Stephanie sat in excruciating pain, feeling too guilty to speak up once again.
After returning home, Stephanie’s extreme discomfort persisted for several more hours. Stephanie’s mother, Eileen, ultimately contacted the academy whose employees downplayed the severity of her injuries, stating that the burn was minor and discouraging Stephanie from seeking medical treatment. After Stephanie’s burn did not improve over the next several days, Stephanie was forced to see both a board-certified pediatrician and board-certified plastic surgeon. Both physicians reported observing a 5x7 cm hairless, open wound. Stephanie’s plastic surgeon discussed his findings and prognosis and recommended that Stephanie undergo a procedure known as a scalp reduction to repair the burn. After discussing the risks and benefits of the procedure with her family, Stephanie elected not to proceed with surgery.
Stephanie continues to deal with the ramifications of her disfigurement every day. For almost two years, the high school student had to exercise extreme caution in attempts not to worsen her wound. It affected all aspects of her daily life and held her back from her favorite activities; swimming, sleepovers, lunch at school, sports and countless other high school activities.
On the recommendation of a family member, Stephanie’s family reached out to Michael Lenert, a Partner at Meyers & Flowers. “After my first consultation, I felt comfortable having the Meyers & Flowers team work on my case and fight for me. I felt like they had my best interests in mind at all times,”said Stephanie.
Led by Mr. Lenert, the Meyers & Flowers team worked closely with Stephanie and her family to earn rightful compensation and gain closure on this life-altering event. After a thorough investigation of the case, we elected to pursue a claim against Pivot Point Academy. Lenert alleged that Pivot Point, through the negligent acts of its employee and student, caused Stephanie’s injuries.
“After conducting an investigation into these events, there was no evidence that the hair products used by the Academy were defective. Accordingly, it was our contention that the doctrine of res ipsa applied as the burns to Stephanie’s scalp in and of itself was reasonable evidence that it arose from a want of proper care.”
Despite Stephanie enduring tremendous emotional trauma and having her lifestyle as a young teenage girl completely upended, Stephanie’s medical bills totaled only $2,000. Due to the lack of economic damages and a successful recovery from the burns, Mr. Lenert had to maximize his client’s compensation by arguing that a high value must be paid for Stephanie’s non-economic damages, including her disfigurement, loss of normal life, and physical pain and emotional suffering. “In a conservative venue with such limited economic damages, it was critical that we be able to illustrate the lifelong emotional toll of these events.”
Another hurdle faced in prosecuting Stephanie’s claim was a Hold Harmless Agreement she executed prior to receiving services at Pivot Point. Mr. Lenert and his team were able to successfully argue that the Agreement was invalid. “By immediately fronting this issue and providing our detailed analysis as to the invalidity of the Agreement, we were able to convince the Academy that it would be unsuccessful in raising such a defense.”
After two years of working with Stephanie as she finished high school and entered her college years, the Meyers & Flowers team settled her case for $325,000.00.
“Mike was very considerate of how I was feeling and what I wanted, ensuring that I was happy with the results we got,” shared Stephanie. “They were very compassionate and explained everything in detail so that I could understand what was going on in the case. The team wanted me to recover the best I could and referred me to other doctors and resources which really showed that they cared about me, not just my case.”
Putting our clients first is at the forefront of everything we do at Meyers & Flowers. Our firm demands justice for those who have been forced to deal with unnecessary tragedy. If you or a loved one have been a victim of negligence, please contact our team of experienced attorneys at 877-221-2511 or online to request a free case evaluation.
On December 12, 2017, Claire visited her primary care physician complaining of radiating pain on the left side of her chest for several days. Her physician and her physician's assistant diagnosed her with benign inflammation in the area where her ribs connect to her breastbone and sent her home with a prescription for steroids.
5 days later, Claire was in the emergency room suffering from a massive heart attack. She never made it out of the hospital and experience great pain and suffering before she passed away 9 months later. Claire is survived by a loving husband of 45 years, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
This case is currently pending in DuPage County and is being handled by trail attorneys Craig D. Brown, Jonathan P. Mincieli, and Peter J. Flowers. The firm expects the case to go to trial in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022.
“Tragically, Claire’s physician and physician assistant ignored obvious clinical signs that she was having a heart attack on December 12, 2017. All they had to do was order an EKG that would have confirmed she was in the beginning stages of a heart attack and she would have received treatment that would have prevented any permanent damage to her heart,” said Craig Brown.
According to Co-Counsel Jonathan Mincieli, “It is an honor and privilege to represent such a wonderful family who needlessly lost the most important person in their lives. We are excited to present Claire’s story and our case to a jury if the insurance companies for the Defendants refuse to make a reasonable settlement offer.”
For the ninth consecutive year, Meyers & Flowers, LLC has been ranked in U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list with regional rankings this year in Personal Injury Litigation and Workers' Compensation Law.
Firms recognized in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" are acknowledged for professional excellence and received consistently impressive rating from peers and clients during the rigorous evaluation process. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are listed on a national and metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities for their excellence throughout the legal industry. Meyers & Flowers, LLC received regional Tier 1 rankings in Chicago for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants.
Meyers & Flowers is honored by the recognition and will to continue to demand justice for those who have experienced catastrophic events. To learn more about Meyers & Flowers, click here.
(Peru, Illinois – October 30, 2020) – The law firm of Meyers, Flowers, Bruno & Herrmann is pleased to announce it has acquired Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates, P.C. in Peru, Illinois. The venerable Illinois law firm was led by Anthony C. Raccuglia until his passing in 2019 and has served the North Central Illinois area, including the counties of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Grundy since 1959. The law firm is also pleased to announce it has changed its name to Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran and Herrmann with the addition of James McPhedran as a partner. The office is located at 1200 Maple Drive in Peru, Illinois.
“At Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann, we have always respected Tony Raccuglia and Jim McPhedran’s legal philosophy of enduring community awareness and neighborhood involvement. In so many ways, it matches our own,” said Peter J. Flowers, a Founding Partner at Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann.
“We are committed to honoring Tony’s legacy by continuing his steadfast approach to practicing law and his unwavering commitment to serving his clients. We also are fortunate to have Jim McPhedran join our team. He brings a valuable perspective on the Illinois Valley that allows us to grow and address the needs of our clients.”
Much like Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates did over its 60-year history, Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann relentlessly pursues justice for clients in a range of personal injury, medical malpractice, workplace injury, trucking accidents and wrongful death cases, as well as business litigation matters across Illinois, the United States, and worldwide. The firm also represents those injured by defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals resulting in numerous multi-million dollar and billion-dollar settlements. The on-going work in these areas has been instrumental in bringing about needed changes to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries while also fundamentally increasing patient safety.
“Everyone in the Illinois Valley legal community knows Jim McPhedran,” said Patrick Herrmann, a partner at Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann. “He has built his career on his integrity and steadfast commitment to his clients. Over the years, I have watched with admiration as he puts that commitment to work in both the courtroom and in the La Salle City Council Chambers. That’s why it is such an honor to have him join our firm.”
Mr. McPhedran has served the Illinois Valley for more than three decades as part of the Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates team. His work with Mr. Raccuglia resulted in several record-breaking million-dollar verdicts and settlements. As a partner at Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann, he focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and accident litigation. He also continues to serve as the city attorney of La Salle, Illinois.
“I joined Tony at Raccuglia & Associates because his firm was dedicated to serving my hometown and the people of the Illinois Valley. For decades, we made an unwavering effort to provide exceptional legal services and the best solutions for our clients,” said Jim McPhedran, a partner at Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann.
“It is now a privilege for myself and most of the staff of Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates, P.C. to join the Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann team. Their commitment echoes the commitment that Raccuglia & Associates made to the Illinois Valley years ago. And, their legal acumen, trial skills and dedication as well as also being very good people to work with allows us to continue to provide quality legal services to our clients today and well into the future.”
One of Mr. Raccuglia’s cases involved a client riding his motorcycle when he was struck by a van that ran a stop sign. In early 2019, Mr. Raccuglia, then 85, laid a sound foundation for a potential successful result in the auto accident and personal injury case by winning a major motion. Then, after Mr. Raccuglia’s untimely passing, but before any agreement was reached between the two law firms, Attorney Craig Brown of the Meyers, Flowers, et al firm, began working on the case with Mr. McPhedran.
“I thought from the outset of the negotiations with the Meyers & Flowers group shortly after Tony’s passing, that this firm provided a great potential to carry on Tony Raccuglia’s legacy,” said Mr. McPhedran. “However, when Craig Brown helped our client by locating an additional expert for the case without even knowing whether an agreement would ever be arrived at between our two law firms, I had my answer. It further showed me the firm was comprised not only of great lawyers, but of very good people who could help us carry on Tony’s legacy.”
The significant ruling Mr. Raccuglia obtained and the workup that had been done on the case prior to his passing, combined with the additional expert located by Mr. Brown, greatly assisted Mr. McPhedran in reaching a just $5 million settlement shortly before the then scheduled 2019 trial date. The settlement is one of the largest in the county obtained for a case of that type. The client had significant injuries that he continues to suffer from and will for the rest of his life.
Mr. Brown and Mr. McPhedran negotiated a $1.95 million settlement for another client of Raccuglia & Associates. In that case, a man was tragically killed in a vehicle/truck accident on a very foggy morning when a driver of a truck pulled out from a stop sign. The decedent leaves a surviving spouse of many years as well as four adult children. The defense raised numerous arguments, including that the collision was an “Act of God.” However, Mr. Brown & Mr. McPhedran demonstrated to the defense that the decedent was in the right and negotiated a just settlement to provide compensation to the family for the loss of their loved one.
Mr. Brown and Mr. McPhedran also very recently negotiated a $3.5. million settlement for another client of Raccuglia & Associates. The client suffered a severe brain injury, amongst other injuries, during a horrifying car crash involving a semi-truck. The settlement will allow the client to obtain the ongoing care he will need over the rest of his lifetime and compensate him for his permanent injuries.
Anthony Raccuglia’s Legacy
“Many of us at the Meyers & Flowers office in Chicago worked on cases with Tony over the years. He was a formidable lawyer and a loyal colleague that we were lucky to call a friend,” said Mr. Flowers. “We are dedicated to following in his footsteps and continuing his passion for the law and his community.”
The son of Italian immigrants and coal miners, Mr. Raccuglia, opened his Illinois Valley-based law firm 60 years ago in his hometown of La Salle with a focus on civil litigation. That same year, he was appointed Assistant State’s Attorney and served as a full-time prosecutor in the felony division. He prosecuted several major felony cases, including one of Illinois’ most high-profile cases, the Starved Rock murders, in addition to many other civil cases.
Upon Mr. Raccuglia’s retirement from the State’s Attorney’s office in 1968, he continued to practice law as a plaintiff’s attorney in personal injury, medical malpractice and automobile negligence cases. Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates obtained numerous million-dollar trial verdicts and settlements in its many years of existence.
About Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran & Herrmann
Led by Illinois Super Lawyer and former President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Peter J. Flowers, our team of experienced trial attorneys and medical malpractice lawyers routinely take on complex legal challenges and succeed. In addition to representing clients locally in Illinois Valley and throughout Illinois, we also work nationally on a full spectrum of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, and wrongful death. Our attorneys are well respected across the US for representing clients who are victims of defective medical products and pharmaceuticals. Connect with Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, McPhedran and Herrmann at mfbhlaw.com on Facebook at facebook.com/MeyersAndFlowers and Twitter at twitter.com/meyers_flowers.
Trial Attorneys Craig Brown, Peter Flowers and Tom Connelly recently filed a wrongful death medical practice lawsuit against Rush Copley Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and Dr. Andras Ladanyi that involves the death of a woman who died during a routine hysterectomy.
According to Mr. Brown, “Our client went to the hospital for a routine robotic assisted hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. One hour into the surgery, she started to bleed internally. Her surgeon’s inappropriate efforts to stop the bleeding made the bleeding worse. She continued to bleed for approximately one hour and 40 minutes before her surgeon asked for help from cardiovascular surgical experts. By the time the new surgeons arrived to try to stop the bleeding, she had already lost too much blood and she passed away.”
According to Mr. Flowers, “We filed this case on behalf of her husband and children because her surgeon failed to comply with the standard of care. Our client would be just fine if he would have used appropriate surgical technique to stop the bleeding or if he would have called for help right away from the cardiovascular surgeons who have the expertise to stop internal bleeding.”
The case is currently pending in Cook County, but the defendants have filed a motion to transfer the case to Kane County. The firm expects to be able to keep the case in Cook County and the case is expected to proceed to trial in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021.
Meyers & Flowers Partners Craig D. Brown and Peter J. Flowers recently filed a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit against OSF Heathcare System and OSF St. Francis Medical Center as well as several of their physicians because they negligently failed to stop their client’s nosebleed as she was recovering from a traumatic brain injury which caused her to choke to death hours before she was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital.
Amanda was a compassionate 22-year-old recent college graduate working as a special education teacher in Central Illinois. In the early morning of October 30, 2019, as Amanda was heading to work, she was struck head-on by a semi-truck who crossed over the center line. She was rushed into the operating room for lifesaving procedures at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Following her emergency surgeries, Amanda was transferred to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) were she remained for 16 days. During her time in the SICU, she failed a swallow test which confirmed she was at risk for aspiration.
As Amanda continued to improve, the hospital arranged for her discharge and transfer to another hospital for transitional and rehabilitative care. Unfortunately, due to a series of negligent actions by the attending physician of the trauma team, Amanda died in the hospital.
More specifically, an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) noted that Amanda was bleeding from her nose and coughing up blood. The APN administered two anticoagulants. Less than an hour later, Amanda’s mother reported the bleeding resumed. In response, a Registered Nurse suctioned Amanda’s nose and throat, turned off the anticoagulants, and called the trauma team. About 20 minutes later, two trauma residents placed nasal packaging, dismissed the bleeding as a simple nosebleed, and ordered the RN to turn Amanda’s medication drip back on.
Despite Amanda’s known aspiration risk, her trauma team did not increase monitoring of her vitals or reverse the anticoagulants and did not transfer her to the intensive care unit for much-needed continuous supervision. Just eight hours before her scheduled release from the hospital, she was found unresponsive and pronounced dead because she choked on the blood that was draining from her nose.
“The tragedies of this case are hard to put into words. The doctors and nurses who performed emergency surgery saved Amanda’s life and she was in the process of making a great recovery. Amanda was a fighter, she loved life, and she was literally about to get discharged from the hospital when her doctors took her nose bleed for granted. All they had to do was realize she had not yet fully recovered her ability to swallow and she was at risk for aspiration. If they would have simply stopped her nose bleed, she would be with us today,” said Craig D. Brown.
Filing suit is just the first step toward justice for Amanda and her family. The Meyers & Flowers team will relentlessly pursue rightful compensation for this tragedy and do everything in the power to hold OSF Healthcare System accountable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has deterred many from public transportation and ride sharing. More and more are turning to an alternative form of transit namely - electric scooters, also known as e-scooters. These products are transforming how many are traveling our streets in cities across the country.
Piggybacking off the success of ridesharing and bike rental apps, electric scooters found widespread popularity in late 2017. They have been marketed as an inexpensive, simple mode of transportation to get across congested city streets. E-scooter companies such as Lime, Bird and Spin, have continued expansion into college campuses and smaller towns.
Motorized scooters made their first Chicago appearance in July of 2018, piloted by several brands. Presently, 2020, Chicago has granted permission to three shared e-scooter companies to operate pilots as stated in the City of Chicago’s E-scooter Share Pilot Program. Bird, Lime and Spin launched 10,000 scooters citywide, but after only a few months of testing the technology, countless users have endured serious injuries.
Riders have poured into emergency rooms for injuries ranging from broken bones to facial lacerations and most concerning, head traumas. The numbers are alarming. A Consumer Reports investigation revealed 1,500 e-scooter injuries and eight deaths have occurred since late 2017 across the country.
The law is racing to keep up with this new transportation craze to put rules in place to provide safer use, but the lack of uniform policies and regulations surrounding how the companies should operate and what protocols users must follow have created hurdles for the public and lawyers. Most areas are consistent with their stance on sidewalk traffic and helmets. Although, many electric scooter apps recommend riders wear a helmet during operation, the companies neglect to provide helmets. Nor do the scooter companies assist in enforcing protective wear as many states, including Chicago, do not require helmets to be worn. The absence of rules poses serious danger to both users and pedestrians.
The most common concerns leading to injuries that are not the fault of the users are:
“The electric scooter companies are quick to place blame on riders for their accidents yet fail to accept responsibility for the countless injuries that are directly related to their product’s faulty parts and poor upkeep,” said Meyers & Flowers Founding Partner Peter J. Flowers. “Companies are claiming their consumers are aware of the risks and that the users agreed to their own liability, but the companies are not supporting their end of the deal when providing broken scooters.”
According to the Washington Post, in August two mass torts were filed against the biggest e-scooter companies, Bird and Lime, after a string of class actions had been filed prior. The suit alleges the companies failed to properly maintain their scooters, resulting in injury to nearly 90 plaintiffs.
Our team of experienced Chicago attorneys has won hundreds of personal injury lawsuits and will walk you through your legal options after experiencing an electric scooter accident. Our goal is to help injured victims obtain the right compensation and justice they deserve. Please contact us at 877-221-2511 or [email protected] to explore your potential Bird scooter lawsuit, Lime scooter lawsuit or other shared scooter accident lawsuit.
On March 17, 2018, James and Anna were driving south on Route 31 through the intersection of Route 64 on their way to their daughter’s track meet when a truck driver drove through a red light and crashed into the side of their car. Fortunately, James only suffered minor injuries. Sadly, Anna suffered a concussion resulting in chronic headaches which prevented her from working as a retail store manager for an extended period of time.
“This case was very challenging because Anna had a long history of seizures and chronic migraine headaches before this crash and her MRI after the crash did not show any traumatic injury so the defense initially disputed our claim because they were convinced the crash did not cause any permanent injuries. Instead, they claimed her chronic headaches after the crash were caused by her preexisting seizure disorder. After we obtained compelling deposition testimony from Anna’s neurologists, her chiropractor and from our traumatic brain injury expert, the defense changed their position and we were able to negotiate a very fair settlement that compensated Anna for her pain and suffering and also compensated James for his loss of consortium,” said representing attorney and partner Craig D. Brown.
Mr. Brown and the Meyers & Flowers team worked closely with the couple to ensure their personal injury case was approached with compassion and vigorous advocacy to provide Anna with some relief as she continues to live with her injuries.
“To go through this traumatic of an experience, you’re already dealing with all the physical ramifications of the accident and the accident itself which is overwhelming. Craig made the process so much easier not having to worry about the case, so I could focus on getting better. He instantly made me feel at ease which is what you need when you are in that situation,” said Anna.
“I had a hard case because it was an injury people couldn’t see, but he never underestimated my injuries. He really believed in me and I couldn’t ask for someone more positive and affirming. I don’t know if there would be any other attorney or firm that would go after an injury that no one could see but he assured me he was going to handle it all. I had complete trust in Craig and the process because I truly believed he was in it because he cared about my husband and I.”
If you or a family member have been involved in a car crash or trucking accident, please contact the Meyers & Flowers team of attorneys at [email protected], 877-221-2511, or online to request a free case evaluation.
Continuing the legacy built by the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee NEXT is on a mission to build the next generation of pilots through aviation education and career opportunities. The organization works to bridge the gap between the lack of economic prospects in African American communities and the growing need for pilots and experts in the aviation industry. The summer-long program guides at-risk students through various courses, including flight training and leadership development, free of charge. The program prepares the Cadets to earn their pilot’s licenses and launch them into an aviation career.
Meyers & Flowers is proud to work with Tuskegee NEXT to continue “building the future of the skies”.
Meyers & Flowers partners, Craig D. Brown and James A. McPhedran, recently obtained a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of a 25-year-old man who sustained severe brain injuries after a collision with a tractor trailer that attempted to make a left turn across a rural highway in Central Illinois.
On August 29, 2017, John was heading southbound on a rural highway when a semi-trailer truck pulled out of the intersection to make a left-hand turn in front of John.
As the sun began to rise that morning there was thick fog covering the highway leading to extremely poor driving visibility. Although the commercial truck driver was unable to adequately see oncoming traffic, he attempted to make a left-hand turn heading northbound. “This is a classic example of a professional truck driver failing to comply with FMCSR 392.14, which requires extreme caution in hazardous conditions and obligates the professional driver to discontinue driving when conditions become sufficiently dangerous,” said Brown. As he pulled into traffic, he abruptly stopped his cab once he approached the median to avoid another motorist to his right driving north. His stopping blocked both southbound lanes creating an unavoidable hazard for John.
By the time John could see the potential danger and attempted to brake, it was too late. The impact of John’s Chevrolet colliding with the left side of the 79,000-pound vehicle resulted in substantial damage to his pickup truck. John suffered a broken leg and a severe brain injury in the collision.
According to Jim McPhedran, “This case was very challenging in several respects. The defense argued John was at fault because he was driving too fast in the dense fog and thus his excessive speed prevented him from stopping in time to avoid the collision. Second, they argued a jury in down state Central Illinois County would be too conservative to award a large, just verdict. Fortunately, we hired expert accident reconstruction witnesses who were able to produce a video recreation that among other things illustrated how and why John was not at fault. Also, we were able to demonstrate to the defense that we have obtained many seven figure settlements and verdicts which helped us convince the defense to pay a settlement that was equal to what a jury most likely would have awarded recognizing that in an appropriate case, local juries in Central Illinois can also provide a just verdict to fairly compensate injured persons and their families.”
The settlement was finalized during a mediation in May, several weeks before trial was set to begin. The $3.5 million payment will help cover John’s lost wages while giving him the ability to maximize his quality of life.
“John is a great young man who had his life changed in an instant by a truck driver’s reckless decision to make a left turn across a rural highway in dense fog. He is now able to afford the best cognitive therapy that is already helping him recover more quickly. Hopefully, he will continue to get a little better each day and ultimately return to work as a truck driver,” said Mr. Brown.
“We went to this law firm with our hardships, and they reached out and did everything in their power to help us so that we could concentrate on my son and what was needed to bring him back to us,” explained John’s mother.
“I have a deep love for my family, and we wanted only what we could have to help my son get the care he needs to live the best life he can, every day, as he will have ongoing issues for the rest of his life. This law firm and/or staff have done this and more, and we are so thankful. We give our heartfelt blessings to the Meyers & Flowers family.”If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car crash or trucking accident, contact Meyers & Flowers today at [email protected], 877-221-2511, or online to request a free case evaluation.
Meyers & Flowers’ partners Ryan P. Theriault and Peter J. Flowers continue to represent victims nationwide that are seeking rightful compensation from Stericycle, Inc. The lawsuits allege unlawful and fraudulent billing practices whereby Stericycle inflated customers’ bills up to 18 percent biannually and then lied to its customers about pricing.
In 2013, a diverse group of plaintiffs including more than 246,000 dentists, veterinarians and other small business owners across the country filed a class action lawsuit against Stericycle, a Lake Forest, Illinois-based company providing medical waste disposal. Since that time, the company has been under fire for taking financial advantage of their clients. Medical practices and various other small companies seeking biohazardous disposal services were frustrated with how Stericycle was doing business after finding escalating fees that were not stated in their contracts.
Hard-working clients bought Stericycle’s flat-fee plan and agreed to long-term contracts to avoid future cost increases. To their surprise, they were subjected to undisclosed price increases and excessive fees with short timelines to end their contract before being renewed for several more years. The lawsuit states that customers experienced up to 18 percent biannual price increases on their fixed-price contracts without notice or justification from the company.
The disposal company used an electronic billing and accounting software system, called Tower. An investigation of their billing software found Steri-Safe customers’ accounts automatically set to increase the bills of “small quantity” or (“SQ”) customers every 6 months. The businesses affected by their fraud were the SQ clients that made up 97% of worldwide Stericycle’s clientele.
“The scheme alleged in this case was purposeful and intended to defraud our clients” said attorney and partner, Ryan P. Theriault. “We intend to hold Stericycle responsible for this conduct.”
When clients discovered the suspicious charges on their invoices, many flooded the phone lines of Stericycle’s customer service department to dispute their bills. The business owners were connected with representatives that were trained to give false information to explain the outrageous costs. Stericycle claims that the hidden fees in their invoices were based on operational fees and fuel costs. Although these external factors fluctuated, one element stayed consistent, the increasing services’ cost.
When the clients rightfully refused to comply and wished to end their contracts, the employees were instructed to give “price reductions” with the goal of getting customers to pay as much as possible. If the business owners refused, Stericycle threated collections and pursuing legal actions.
Numerous small business owners across the country contacted the Meyers & Flowers team to gain rightful compensation for Stericycle’s overcharging over many years. Partners Ryan P. Theriault and Peter J. Flowers have taken on their claims and have worked closely with the firm’s clients to hold Stericycle accountable for their unjust price increasing.
“Though they have paid hundreds of millions to some victims, Stericycle still refuses to accept responsibility for the harm to hundreds of our clients,” Flowers said. “We are prepared to litigate these matters fully and to have a Court tell them they must accept the consequences of their actions.”
Our team of experienced attorneys at Meyers & Flowers are here to help. If you or another have been injured, please contact us at 877-221-2511 or [email protected] for information about your legal options.
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