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Pekin Insurance Company’s declaratory action is dismissed

courthouseWe were happy with the result in this case. Pekin Insurance Company’s declaratory action is dismissed. Decision and Oral argument are linked below.

Decision (PDF)

Order (PDF)

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2016

Legal Answers on Avvo.com

Mr. Gravlin often answers legal questions on Avvo.com. Below are some recent answers he has provided.

Posted Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin File Sixth Lawsuit Filed Against Dr. Charles DeHaan, Chicago Area Doctor Sexually Abused Patient In Home

Dr. Charles DeHaan also facing criminal aggravated sexual assault charges in Winnebago County, Illinois

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin filed suit on behalf of another victim of sexual battery and assault committed by their physician, Dr. Charles DeHaan, near Rockford, Illinois. The civil complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, alleges that Charles DeHaan sexually assaulted the patient under the pretense of conducting in-home medical examinations.

This civil lawsuit, which seeks damages in excess of $50,000.00, also alleges that Charles DeHaan’s inappropriate behavior with his medical patients was known to his employers Housecall Physicians Group of Rockford, S.C., Housecall Physicians of Illinois, S.C., and MD@Home Management, LLC and those employers failed to intervene.

According to a news article published by mystateline.com on April 17, 2015 The Winnebago State’s Attorney’s Office is currently prosecuting Charles DeHaan for alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Rockford Area. The mystateline.com article states Charles DeHaan was arrested on April 16, 2015 and is set to be arraigned on April 17, 2015.

As stated on the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation’s website Charles DeHaan’s medical license was suspended on January 16, 2014 for “sexually inappropriate conduct with multiple patients as well as authorizing Controlled Substances for individual without establishing physician-patient relationship,” however; according to the Sun-Times report he is still licensed to practice in other states.

Charles DeHaan, was arrested for health care fraud in January of 2014 as outlined in a Department of Justice press release. The federal complaint alleged that Charles DeHaan engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare through his business, HouseCall Physicians Group of Rockford, S.C. The press release states Medicare fraud charges carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for Charles DeHaan.

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015

Workers Exposed to Asbestos Hazards at A.M. Castle & Co. in Franklin Park, Illinois

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued Franklin Park, Illinois based A.M. Castle & Co. seven citations after the company failed to adhere to industry standards for workplace safety conditions. The citations came after OSHA’s Chicago North Office received a complaint against the wholesale distributer of metal and steel stock.

Two of the citations were for repeated violations which the company was cited for after an investigation in 2012. These repeated violations were for not providing awareness training to employees who perform housekeeping operations in areas that contain asbestos or presumed asbestos containing material and not making a copy of the OSHA Asbestos Standard readily available and accessible to affected employees.

OSHA’s area direction in Des Plaines stated “Asbestos exposure can cause long-term and irreversible damage to the lungs. A.M. Castle needs to re-evaluate this facility and correct these hazards immediately”.

The five serious violations the company was cited for include failing to provide annual asbestos training to employees involved in Class IV asbestos operations, failing to ensure training on asbestos was in accordance with OSHA standards, failing to inform employees of the possible location of asbestos within the workplace, not developing and implementing a written permit-required confined space entry program, and several others.

A.M. Castle & Co is facing a fine $59,720 as a result of their violations.

If you or anyone you know has been exposed to asbestos or injured while on the job and would like the skilled representation of The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin, LLC. please contact us at 312-201-9961. Se habla español.

Sourcehttps://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=27690

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015

The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin files suit on behalf of fifth alleged victim of sexual assault by doctor in northern illinois

The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin filed suit on behalf of another alleged victim of sexual assault. This lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, brings the total to five alleged victims of sexual assault represented by The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin. The lawsuit again contains allegation of sexual misconduct against Dr. Charles Dehaan under the pretense of performing in-home physical medical examinations. The lawsuit also alleges the medical providers Dr. Dehaan worked for knew of the sexual misconduct and failed to act. If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted by Dr. Dehaan or any other doctor, please contact The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin.

Posted Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin files suit on behalf of another alleged victim of sexual assault

The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin files suit on behalf of another alleged victim of sexual assault. This is the fourth lawsuit filed by the Law Offices of Michael Gravlin against Dr. Charles Dehaan for sexual misconduct. See story below. If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted by Dr. Dehaan or any other doctor, please contact The Law Offices of Michael Gravlin.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Doctor-Charged-With-Sexual-Assault-of-Patient-Faces-New-Allegations-283431191.html

Posted Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Michael J. Gravlin Featured in WGN Radio’s “Legal Face-Off”

The hosts of “Legal Face-Off” sat down with Michael J. Gravlin of The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin to discuss the unique theory of liability posited in Hope Farney v. Matthew Geerdes. Legal Face-Off, which can be heard on WGN.fm, “is a fast paced, high energy legal program dealing with the hottest issues of the day.”

In Farney, the complaint alleges that a Defendant negligently placed a phone call to a person operating a motor vehicle. Due to this negligent phone the recipient-driver was involved in an auto collision. As a result of the auto collision the Plaintiff was killed.

Mr. Gravlin, after taking the deposition of the Defendant Matthew Geerdes, filed additional counts against multiple Defendants, including the negligent phone-caller. Mr. Gravlin stated, “I wanted to leave no stone unturned.” Mr. Gravlin added “there is now new legislation that you can’t use a cell-phone in your car for just this reason.”

Jason Whiteside, one of the hosts of Legal Face-Off agreed, stating “he has a very good argument…and should set precedent in Illinois.”

http://wgn.fm/2014/10/17/workers-comp-reform-distracted-driving-and-jameis-winston-selling-autographs/

Posted Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin has Case Featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, a specialty newspaper for Cook County attorneys published since 1854 highlighted a case currently being litigated by The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin.

The case, Hope Farney v. Matthew Geerdes et al. was filed in Ford County, Illinois. The complaint alleges that a Defendant negligently placed a phone call to a person operating a motor vehicle, which then caused the driver to be involved in an auto collision. As a result of the auto collision the Plaintiff was killed. The case is the first of its kind in Illinois.

The theory of liability is based on Kubert v. Best, a civil case in New Jersey, where a woman was sued for texting a driver who was involved in an auto collision. The Law Bulletin states “the New Jersey Appellate Court found the suit did not present enough evidence to impose a duty on the texter but found that the scenario is possible if the sender knows the recipient is driving.”

Sean J. Mussey, an associate attorney for The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin, was quoted in the article analogizing that knowingly making a phone call to a person operating a motor vehicle is “… just like if you’re a passenger in a car and cover the eyes of the person driving.”

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2014/10/13/Cellphone-Caller-Sued-10-13-14.aspx

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/nj-superior-court-appellate-division/1642801.html

Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin obtains over $1 Million Global Settlement for 44 year old man injured while operating CTA bus

On February 11, 2011, the plaintiff was operating his Chicago Transit Authority bus. The plaintiff stopped the bus near the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Laramie Avenue in Chicago at a marked bus stop. While the plaintiff was stopped, the defendant’s vehicle struck the rear, driver’s side area of the bus. The plaintiff immediately suffered from neck pain, head pain, neck pain, right arm pain, and lost consciousness after the vehicle collision.

Having handled many similar cases in the past, the lawyers for The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin investigated the collision and determined their client was entitled to seek monetary recovery for his medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages through a personal injury lawsuit and under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

The plaintiff visited medical specialists that found a herniated disk in his back and nerve damage that produced right arm numbness. The plaintiff’s injuries required five months of physical therapy, three injections to his back, and surgery. Even with the treatment, plaintiff continued to experience numbness in his right arm. The plaintiff’s medical specialists concluded that due to the vehicle collision, plaintiff would experience right arm numbness and pain for the rest of his life.

The plaintiff began work as a bus operator for the Chicago Transit Authority in 2004, enjoyed his work, and looked forward to many years as a bus operator. However, because of his injuries suffered in the collision he could not return to work as a Chicago Transit Authority bus operator. An economist estimated the as a result of the accident the plaintiff would lose over $1 million in future wages and economic benefits because of his inability to safely return to work as a Chicago Transit Authority bus operator.

The lawyers for The Law Offices of Michael J. Gravlin litigated the plaintiff’s case for over three years in both the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; leading an in-depth investigation into the collision, conducting numerous depositions, and participating in extensive motion practice to secure the highest settlement possible for their client.

Posted Friday, October 10th, 2014

Lawyer Michael J. Gravlin featured in Chicago Sun Times

Attorney Michael J. Gravlin is featured in a recent article in the Chicago Sun Times regarding a case where a man received the wrong prescription at a Chicago south suburban Hazel Crest Walgreens.

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Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2014