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Walsh, Knippen & Cetina Leading the Fight Against WanaBana

Pouches related to WanaBana Lawsuit concerning high lead levels

The attorneys at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered are representing a family whose minor daughter was severely injured due to unsafe lead levels in WanaBana food.  After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration initiated an ongoing investigation, WanaBana voluntarily recalled multiple products, including its apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches, Schnucks applesauce pouches with cinnamon, and Weis cinnamon applesauce, due to dangerously high lead levels.  The investigation revealed WanaBana’s products contain lead levels over 2,000 times higher than recommended safety limits.  Ingesting even small amounts of lead can cause severe health …
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Matthew Heimlich’s DCBA Brief Article “Five Essential Differences Between Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Neglect Cases”

  Attorney Matthew Heimlich’s article, “Five Essential Differences Between Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Neglect Cases” has been published in the June 2020 edition of DCBA Brief, The Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association. A link to the full text of the article can be found here.

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“They’re Not Going to Even Pay My Medical Bills?” – Issues Getting Medical Bills Into Evidence at Trial

  One of the most common refrains we hear from clients is that they want the at-fault party to pay for their medical bills.  This is obvious and understandable.  Medical care can be incredibly expensive and exorbitant bills for treatment made necessary by an injury can quickly create financial hardship, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured.   However, when trying to resolve injury cases, insurance companies frequently offer settlement amounts less than the charges for the medical care caused by their insured’s negligence.  This is a mystery to most people …
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Can I Get Punitive Damages In My Case?

  Punitive damages are a special category of damages.  They are designed to punish bad conduct and deter similar conduct by others in cases where the Defendant’s actions are particularly outrageous.  They are outside of the usual scope of damages in injury cases, which are intended to compensate the injured person for their harms and losses. Whether or not your case could involve punitive damages depends on what type of case you have and the specific facts of your case.  In some situations, punitive damages are not available under any …
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10 Ways to Lose Your Personal Injury Case

People often come into personal injury litigation with serious misconceptions about how the legal process works.  This ultimately can lead to claims being lost or settled on unfavorable terms.   Personal injury claims are almost never as simple as presenting a statement of what happened and making a demand for your damages.  Actually obtaining full and fair compensation from the responsible party can be tricky.  Insurance companies may be reluctant to offer you a fair deal and the pathway to recovery is full of potential pitfalls.  Here are a few mistakes …
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Congratulations to Our Leading and Emerging Lawyers!

Leading Lawyers Magazine named partners Ed Walsh, Jim Knippen and Mike Cetina as Leading Lawyers and attorney Matt Heimlich as an Emerging Lawyer for 2019. Leading Lawyers Magazine also ran a separate feature on founding partner Ed Walsh. Congrats to all!

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WKC NEWS: We Have A Verdict!

Earlier this week, attorneys Michael Cetina and Matthew Heimlich obtained a verdict of $588,788.18 against a nursing home on behalf of the family of an 84 year-old resident who fell and fractured her hip. An excellent result for deserving clients!  

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When a Seller Is Liable in an Injury Case

Illinois’ product liability law allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit against anyone involved in the distribution chain of the product that caused your injury. This can include the manufacturer of the product, the seller, and anyone who handled the product in between. The manufacturer ends up being the sole defendant in many cases. Illinois has a law, commonly called the seller’s exception, that instructs the courts to dismiss defendants that are not manufacturers of the product. However, there are exceptions to the seller’s exception that permit you to …
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Electrician Suing White Sox for Roof Top Accident

An electrician who was injured while working at Guaranteed Rate Field is trying to collect damages from the Chicago White Sox and two other defendants who he says were liable for the accident. In Zahumensky v. Chicago White Sox Lmtd., the plaintiff claims that the defendants’ negligence created an unsafe work environment that led to his injury. A circuit court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, but an appellate court overturned that ruling for two of the defendants. Case Details The plaintiff worked for a sign company that …
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Effective Testimony in a Nursing Home Negligence Case

Nursing home residents are trusting the doctors and staff of the facility with their wellbeing at a time when they are less capable of taking care of themselves. If a nursing home is negligent in its care, a resident has a right to compensation for his or her worsened physical condition. Documentation of injuries and expert testimony are important in proving that the resident’s condition is the result of improper care. Residents need people who are willing to testify on their behalf during the case. Resident as a Witness The …
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