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Rick Grossman
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Successful Representation in Chicago and all of Illinois
Successful Representation in Chicago and all of Illinois

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"We guarantee that we will not charge you a fee if we do not win your case"

Visit our website at: http://www.rickgrossman.com/ for more information on your potential injury case.


When I entered the practice of  law more than 38 years ago, Chicago personal injury lawyers were not permitted to even suggest that you hire them for fear of being accused of solicitation. In short, a Chicago injury lawyer was expected to sit in his office and wait for the telephone to ring. New clients resulted from the referrals of former injured clients or other attorneys.
As the years progressed Chicago injury attorneys began advertising their services in newspapers. 800 telephone numbers were activated to allow the public to call in and ask legal questions for free.  This technique got around the solicitation fear as the attorney could always state that there was no solicitation since the individual called them!  The next step was the television commercial in which attorneys generally offered their services to the public.  Since there was no one on one solicitation, the commercial passed the ethical standards of the day.

The next step in legal advertising was of course the internet. One day a potential client came to my office seeking to hire a personal injury attorney to redress the death of his father in an auto accident. He had heard that I was a highly experienced trial lawyer but refused to retain me since I did not have a web page.  When I asked him to explain his decision, he stated that only the best trial lawyers have web pages and without such a page I was not one of them. I was shocked by the statement, given my years of successfully prosecuting Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice suits on behalf of my clients’.  The very next day I began the development of my web page!

The latest rage for those Chicago personal injury attorneys that flood the airways with commercials is to advertise "We guarantee to not charge you a fee if we do not win your case.”

These attorneys act is if they had just reinvented the wheel! Given the fact that personal injury attorneys have always been retained on a contingent fee basis, they have never charged a fee without a successful recovery. Is this a good reason that you should hire this Chicago injury attorney?

Since (apparently) all good Chicago trial attorneys have web pages how does a client select the right one? Well, you now know that it should not be based upon the representation that: "We Guarantee that we will not charge you a fee if we do not win your case."
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Concussion Syndrome and the NFL
Concussion Syndrome and the NFL
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The new reality of slip or trip and fall lawsuits
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It is interesting that young medical malpractice defense attorneys are often personally offended that their doctor client was sued.  When the situation presents itself I simply remind them that absent the lawsuit they would not have a job.  The misunderstanding is usually quickly cleared up!
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When I began my career it was unethical to solicit clients by advertising since the practice of law was a "profession". My how times have changed.
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The State of Illinois has enacted a new law approving same sex marriage. I anticipate a field day for Illinois matrimonial  attorneys
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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Rodgers v Imeri that “Where the defendant in a dram shop case is being defended by the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund after defendant’s liability insurer was declared insolvent, and where plaintiff has already made an insurance recovery from plaintiff’s underinsured motorist insurer and from the alleged intoxicated person’s liability insurer, and where the jury returns a verdict in excess of the defendant’s maximum liability under the Dram Shop Act, the reduction for ‘other insurance’ recoveries set forth in Section 546(a) of the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund Act applies. 
If the dram shop insurance company had been solvent there would have been no setoff verdict or against the defendant’s maximum dram shop liability?The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Rodgers v Imeri that “Where the defendant in a dram shop case is being
defended by the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund after
defendant’s liability insurer was declared insolvent, and
where plaintiff has already made an insurance recovery from
plaintiff’s underinsured motorist insurer and from the alleged
intoxicated person’s liability insurer, and where the jury
returns a verdict in excess of the defendant’s maximum
liability under the Dram Shop Act, the reduction for ‘other
insurance’ recoveries set forth in Section 546(a) of the Illinois

Insurance Guaranty Fund Act applies.  If the dram shop insurance company had been solvent there would have been no setoff

verdict or against the defendant’s maximum dram shop

liability?
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Steinberg Burtker & Grossman, Ltd. attorneys Richard J. Grossman and Colleen L. Murphy recently settled a birth injury case  against Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago for the sum of $3.75M.  The plaintiff now a teenager sustained a significant brain injury during birth when her oxygen supply was compromised and ignored by agents of the hospital.  It was alleged that a timely cesarean section procedure would have avoided this unfortunate permanent injury. Fortunately the plaintiff did not sustain any physical injuries or other disabilities.  If you or someone you know is a victim of medical malpractice or other injury please contact us at (312) 726-4444,  rickgrossman@lawyer.com.
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