Chicago injury lawyer, Tim Cavanagh, founding partner of Cavanagh Law Group applauds Senator Richard Durbin on his stand against the discrimination of victims of medical malpractice. On February 25, 2010, Senator Durbin made the following statement during President Obama's Health Care Summit:
Chicago Injury Lawyers, Tim Cavanagh and Matt Rundio, partners at Cavanagh Law Group, obtained a $3 million settlement in a complex regional pain syndrome case several months ago. The settlement was featured in the February, 2010 issue of "Vested Interest." The magazine is published by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where Mr. Cavanagh serves on the Board of Managers. The magazine stated:
Prominent Chicago injury law firm, Cavanagh Law Group is investigating potential product liability cases arising out of the Toyota recall. For weeks, the media has reported on disturbing evidence that Toyota withheld evidence of the number of complaints from sudden acceleration incidents. The company originally claimed that it started receiving complaints in 2007 but new evidence has revealed that complaints started as early as 2004. While Toyota issued a recall of certain vehicles in 2007, it originally blamed floor mats for sudden acceleration problems. Last week, an internal Toyota memo from July, 2009 came to light. The memo revealed that Toyota saved $100 million by getting the government to allow it to replace floor mats in 55,000 vehicles as a solution to its sudden acceleration problem. While Congress investigates, there is a reported criminal investigation pending.
Chicago Injury Lawyer Tim Cavanagh has received the highest possible ranking by Martindale-Hubbell ("A.V.") and Avvo ("10 Superb") in 2010. Cavanagh has been ranked A.V. by Martindale-Hubbell for nearly 20 years.
On April 4, 2009, Lois Poole was stopped in traffic on Harlem Avenue at Lexington Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. Ryan Haggerty, while driving a vehicle owned by his family's auto dealership, Jerry Haggerty Chevrolet, Inc., failed to stop his vehicle in time and slammed into the rear of Poole's car. On February 18, 2009, Cavanagh Law Group filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The case is titled Lois Poole v. Ryan W. Haggerty, et al., No 10 L 2141. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant failed to keep a lookout and was using a cell phone at the time of the crash. This marks the fifteenth lawsuit filed by Cavanagh Law Group because a driver was using a cell phone while driving. Lois now suffers from a disc injury in her lumbar spine which will likely require surgery to repair.
On the evening of December 30, 2009, Qusai Issa was driving his 2003 Ford Expedition in Berwyn, Illinois. The inside of his vehicle suddenly became engulfed in flames. A local newspaper reported that a man driving behind the Ford Expedition saw the fire erupt and saved Qusai from certain death. Qusai was transported to Loyola University Medical Center with third degree burns over 50% of his body. Qusai remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Loyola to this day.
On February 9, 2010, a vehicle crossing the railroad tracks at River Road and Northwest Highway in Des Plaines, Illinois was struck by a Metra train. The collision between the Crystal Lake bound No. 657 train was at 8:10 p.m. during the most significant snowfall of the year. Both the 71 year old driver and the 68 year old passenger were taken to Lutheran General Hospital. The driver was listed in fair condition but the passenger was pronounced dead. The Des Plaines police are investigating.
On October 9, 2009, John Bruce, an employee of United Airlines (UAL), was working for UAL on a military base in Kuwait when an employee of CAV International, a South Carolina corporation hired by the United States to operate military airports, mistakenly moved a "belt loader" and catapulted John off the loader and onto the pavement of the tarmac 20-30 feet below. John suffered a devastating head injury that resulted in his death the following week. On February 2, 2010, Cavanagh Law Group was retained by the family of John Bruce. The next morning, Tim Cavanagh filed a Rule 224 Petition for Discovery in the Circuit Court of Cook County naming United Airlines and CAV International as respondents. The petition seeks all evidence in possession of UAL and CAV including videotapes, witness statements and documents relating to the CAV employee who caused John's fall. On February 5, 2010, Cavanagh appeared before the Honorable Diane Larsen, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, seeking an order that all evidence be preserved and made available to Bruce's attorneys. Over objection of the respondent's attorneys, Judge Larsen granted Bruce's Emergency Motion for a Protective Order.
On February 8, 2010, Cavanagh Law Group filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit against Putiporn Kaewmookda arising out of the death of 13 month old Joshua Molina. On February 1, 2010, Joshua was in his car seat in his father's Honda Civic which was at Parker and Cicero Avenues. Kaewmookda was driving his car southbound on Cicero Avenue without his headlights on and in the northbound lanes of traffic. Kaewmookda had just fled the scene of an earlier crash at Belmont and Cicero Avenues when his car collided at a high rate of speed with the Molina vehicle. Baby Joshua's car seat was pushed through the rear windshield. His father, Joshua pulled him out of the vehicle where Chicago Fire Department Paramedics took control and rushed him to Children's Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His parents, Joshua and Amy Alanis also lost their two close friends, Orlando Rodriguez and Aldo Maldonado, in the collision. They were seated next to baby Joshua in the rear seats of the Honda Civic.
On February 8, 2010, Cavanagh Law Group filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit against Chicago police officer Joseph Frugoli and Dugan's on Halsted, the bar that served him alcohol. The case arises out of a horrific car crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on April 10, 2009 that resulted in the deaths of Andrew Cazares, 23, and Fausto Manzera, 21. On that day, Cazares pulled his vehicle over on the side of I-94 near 18th Street because of a flat tire. Frugoli, a Chicago Police Detective, with a blood alcohol level of 0.277 (over 3 times the legal limit) drove his vehicle into the Cazares vehicle, killing the two young men. Frugoli has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI by the Cook County State's Attorneys Office. The criminal case, which has generated significant media attention, is currently pending at the Criminal Courts Building at 26th Street and California.
On February 8, 2010, Tim Cavanagh will file a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Amy Alanis and Joshua Molina. On February 1, 2010, Mr. Molina was driving his car westbound on Parker Street (on the northwest side of Chicago) with four passengers in the car, including his girlfriend Amy Alanis and their toddler son, Joshua.