The Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal published an article on trial practice written by ADWB partners Roy Dripps and Michael Blotevogel. The article analyzes issues related to defense motions in limine and recommends specific strategies to combat overreaching by the defense attorney. Attorneys from around the state have commented that the article has benefited them in their practice.
The Illinois State Bar Journal recently relied on ADWB partner Roy Dripps to provide specific legal citations to show why it is improper for defense counsel to contact an opposing party’s family members, instead of that party’s lawyer, to encourage settlement. Although others offered general opinions on the issue, Roy cited to Rule 4.2 of the ethics rules, which prohibits attorneys from directly contacting parties who have their own attorneys, and specifically its comment 4 (“A lawyer may not make a communication prohibited by this Rule through the acts of another”), to show that these attempts are prohibited. Dripps said, “Hopefully the citation puts this issue to rest and prevents improper communications with parties through their family members.”
Welder developed low back problems as a result of the repetitively traumatic nature of his job with steel foundry. The employer denied the claim and ADWB’s John Winterscheidt took the case to trial to compel the company to pay the employee for his lost time from work and to compel the company to authorize and pay for the employee’s medical treatment. After a successful trial, the company appealed the Decision to the Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Commission increased the amount of money due the injured employee. The welder resumed his medical treatment and while it was determined that no surgery was necessary, employee was unable to return to his job as a welder. Following vocational rehabilitation, employee successfully began a new career and was further compensated $155,000.00.
ADWB partner, John Winterscheidt, obtains a quarter-million dollar recovery for a school custodian who injured his shoulder while carrying a ladder. John fought the insurance company to facilitate the best medical treatment available for his client, and the treatment ultimately resulted in multiple shoulder surgeries and permanent restrictions that prevented custodian from returning to his regular job. The custodian was paid workers compensation benefits for over five years culminating with a lump sum payment of $250,000.00 when the employee reached the age of 65.
ADWB partner, Roy Dripps, will be honored on October 21, 2015. He will receive the 2015 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award in Chicago. This award is given annually to a select few attorneys who are recognized for their outstanding trial work and client representation. Dripps, a partner at ADWB, focuses his practice on maritime, barge, towboat and Jones Act injuries.
ADWB partner, Charles Armbruster, is named a Leading Lawyer in America. From the organization’s website:
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In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed the order of a lower court and reinstated the case of a car hauler driver injured while using an auto transport truck. In Taylor v. Cottrell, Inc. Roy Dripps and Michael Blotevogel of ADWB successfully argued that the trial court misunderstood the circumstances leading up to the court’s dismissal of the case. The 8th Circuit agreed with these arguments and specifically referenced the “selective quotes … taken out of context by Cottrell …” in reaching its decision. Roy Dripps, said he was gratified that the panel “unequivocally rejected (Cottrell’s) invitation to convert treating physicians into hired expert witnesses and refused to block injured workers’ access to medical treatment during the pendency of their cases.”
When a company denied that its factory worker had an accident while at work, ADWB partner, John Winterscheidt took the company to trial and represented the worker through the company’s appeals to the Appellate Court. After the Appellate Court ordered the company to pay the employee’s medical bills associated with his neck surgery and ordered the company to pay workers’ compensation for the client’s time missed from work, the company still refused to compensate its injured employee. Winterscheidt took the company back to court and this time the company was ordered to pay medical bills in the amount of $77,473.80 plus an additional $10,468.30 for time the client missed from work, $1,470.00 for vocational rehabilitation costs and $58,669.15 in penalties for the company’s actions, for a total of $148,081.25. The company was also ordered to pay the client $445.01 a week for the rest of his life.
The Illinois Supreme Court declined a request by the defendants to reconsider earlier rulings by both trial and appellate courts finding in favor of a passenger injured by a pizza delivery driver. As a result, the 2011 verdict against a major pizza delivery company and others will stand. With costs and interest, the total recovery will be well above $2,900,000.
The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fifth District affirms a jury’s award of over $2,000,000 for a van passenger injured when a pizza delivery driver ran into his vehicle. In Bruntjen v. Bethalto Pizza, LLC, d/b/a/ Imo’s Pizza, the Court let stand the jury’s findings of fault against the defendant driver, the franchise where he worked, and Imo’s corporate headquarters. This opinion once again confirms that the people of Southern Illinois are entitled to expect all drivers to obey the rules of the road when operating their vehicles, whether for personal or business use.
$1.5 million settlement for broken leg and aggravation of pre-existing PTSD
I.W.C.C. $300,000 settlement for 63 year old driver with knee injury.
I.W.C.C. $250,000 settlement for 42 year old laborer with low back injury.
Illinois, confidential six-figure settlement for invasion of privacy and trespassing
I.W.C.C. $50,000 for knee injury
I.W.C.C. $84,353 for repetitive hand and arm injuries
I.W.C.C. $135,921 for un-operated back injury
I.W.C.C. $142,000 for back injury
I.W.C.C. $150,000 for back and abdominal injury
I.W.C.C. $175,000 for back injury