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Wrong Way Crash Injures Two

Early this morning, a wrong way driver traveled six miles up I-55 and crashed into another vehicle on Lake Shore Drive – critically injuring both drivers. The Jeep slammed into the Toyota Corolla on the ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to the outbound Stevenson. The injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Both drivers were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Alcohol is suspected as a possible factor in the accident.

Car crashes can happen when you least expect them and can produce serious injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident, Dixon Law Office can help. Our attorneys have the experience to get you the results you deserve. Contact us at 888-354-9880 or through our website to learn more.

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Britax Recalls 14,000 Infant Safety Seats

Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling certain Chaperone restraint systems for infants because the harness adjusters may detach from the seat.  The affected seats were built between September 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011 – 14, 220 of which were sold in the United States. If the adjusters – which are used to tighten and loosen belts to keep the child in the seat – were to break, the child would not be properly restrained during a crash.  These types of defects have the potential to be serious and even fatal. If you own one of these sets, please discontinue use and find appropriate contact information for the company here.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a product defect, contact us at 888-354-9880 or here  to see how we can help. G. Grant Dixon III, attorney and founder of Dixon Law Office, has the experience  to ensure that your case is handled properly.

Car Crash with Chicago Fire Department Engine Injures Nine

An 18-year-old has been charged with a DUI after crashing into a Chicago Fire Department engine on Tuesday night. The crash happened at South Halsted and 128th Place and sent nine people, including three children, to the hospital.  Christopher Caston was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, and driving with no proof of insurance. The children and two adults are hospitalized (four at Advocate Christ Medical Center and one at Stroger Hospital in Chicago) in critical condition. The four firefighters were treated at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island and are in good condition.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, Dixon Law Office can help make things right. Our office has the experience to see your case to a just resolution. Contact us at 888-354-9880 or here to see how our attorneys can assist you in your case.

Dixon Law Office Settles Car Accident Case for $200,000

In Lombard, Illinois, our client was sitting in the back seat of a friend’s car discussing evening plans. The defendant then rammed his car into the rear driver’s side of the vehicle, injuring our client. As a result, she was left with a large scar on her forehead. Dixon Law Office settled the case for $200,000.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, Dixon Law Office can help. G. Grant Dixon III, attorney and founder of Dixon Law Office, has the experience to negotiate a fair and just settlement for your case. Call our office at 888-354-9880 or contact us here so we can help you get started.

Man Dies After Being Struck by Bus

A visually impaired man was killed after being hit by a Pace Bus in Oak Park, Illinois. He was initially taken to Loyola Medical Center with serious injuries to his legs, but died shortly after getting to the hospital. The accident is continuing to be investigated by the Oak Park Police Department.

Car accidents involving pedestrians are serious and oftentimes can be fatal. Dixon Law Office has experience in accidents involving commercial vehicles as well as pedestrians.  If you or someone you know has been injured, our attorney can help. Contact us at 888-354-9880 or here to find out more information.

Dixon Law Office Wins Case against Pace Bus Company

Our client, a pedestrian, was in the crosswalk of La Grange Road and Hillgrove in La Grange, Illinois when she was struck by a Pace Bus. As a result, she was seriously injured and suffered long-lasting effects. After a vigorous process and intense trial, Dixon Law Office was awarded a verdict against Pace Bus Company in the amount of $475,019.74.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a bus or other commercial vehicle, we have the experience to assist you in getting the results you deserve.  G. Grant Dixon III, attorney and founder of Dixon Law Office, has the trial experience to take your case the distance. Contact us at 888-354-9880 or through our website to see how we can assist you in your case.

Teen Pedestrian Struck by Semi-Truck

A high school senior is in serious condition after being hit by a semi-truck outside of Curie High School. The student was pinned under the truck after being struck. The teen suffered serious injuries and is currently in critical condition at Mt. Sinai hospital.

Car accidents involving pedestrians are serious and can be fatal.  G. Grant Dixon III, attorney and Dixon Law Office founder, has the experience to handle these cases.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident or as a pedestrian,  Dixon Law Office can help. Email us or call 888-354-9880 to see how we can best serve you.

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by Car in Elgin

In Elgin, a woman died Sunday night after being hit by a car while she was crossing the street. This was not a hit-and-run and alcohol was not involved. Her name has been withheld until family is notified.

Car accidents involving pedestrians can produce serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Dixon Law Office has experience to handle these types of situations. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident or as a pedestrian, Dixon Law Office can help.  Speak to one of our attorneys by calling 888-354-9880 or contacting our office here.

Woman Dies from Crash Injuries

Just one day after her wedding, a Buffalo Grove woman, Shruti Phadnis, was involved in a fatal car accident on Illinios Highway 21 in Lincolnshire. Her car collided head-on with a vehicle traveling the wrong way. A few days after the accident, Shruti died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. Three other individuals were hospitalized, but have since been released.

When a loved one is seriously injured or dies in a car accident, it can leave the family emotionally and financially drained.  At Dixon Law Office, we can help. We can work to make sure that the liable parties are held responsible and that you and your family get the justice deserved. Our attorneys have the experience to handle each situation with empathy and sensitivity. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact us at 888-354-9880 or here  to see how we can help you during this difficult time.

Oak Park Car Accident Leaves One Injured

Today, a driver was injured in an eight-car pile-up on I-290 in Oak Park, Illinois.  The driver’s condition has stabilized, but the outcome could have been much worse, particularly with several cars involved. Accidents involving multiple cars can be serious and sometimes fatal. Always exercise proper motor vehicle safety when driving.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a serious car accident, our attorneys at Dixon Law Office can help. We bring the right experience to help ensure that you are taken care of. Please call our office at 708-354-9880 or contact us to schedule an appointment.

Ban Cell Phones? NTSB Says Distracted Driving Must End

The National Transportation Safety Administration has recommended that all cell phone use – emails, texts, and calls – be banned.  The agency notes that thousands of American have died in crashes in Illinois and around the country from distracted driving.

Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III, is a lawyer who frequently represents victims of serious car crashes.  “Few people admit they are distracted when driving,” he said.  “This problem has reached epidemic proportions.”  He is right.  Some 3,092 roadway fatalities last year involved distracted drivers, although the actual number may be far higher, NHTSA said.  The NTSB report can be found at this video link: NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an automobile crash or trucking accident, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or email them here.  They have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve.

Rules (Hopefully) Pull Dangerous Taxi Drivers Off Road Sooner

Riding in a Chicago taxi cab can be a scary experience.  “Many cab drivers have terrible driving records with many accidents, some even serious,” said Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III.  Grant has represented victims of bad cabbies.

Recently, the City of Chicago announced proposed reforms of the cab driving rules.  “One of the most important proposed changes is that the City of Chicago will have real-time access to the Secretary of State’s moving violation database,” Grant said.  Right now, taxi drivers submit their own driving records and have to do it only once a year.  Grant continued, “the current system is easy to abuse.  It relies on cab drivers to be honest about their driving record.  It is simply not a practical system.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in Chicago, Rockford, Naperville, Aurora, Berwyn, LaGrange, Hinsdale, or any other Illinois town, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or email them here.  They have the experience to get you the results you deserve.

Texting Kills When Driving

We all understand that driving while drunk is dangerous and wrong.  We would never close our eyes for 5 or 6 seconds while we speed down the road.  Studies show that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.  Looking at a test message, or worse sending one, often takes 5 or 6 seconds.  We take our eyes off the road while we do it.  It is so dangerous.

Where u at?  That simple text cost one girl her life.  Watch this powerful video that shows the consequences of  texting while driving.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because someone was texting while driving, email Dixon Law Office or call us at (888) 354-9880 today.  We help people injured and killed by the negligence of others every day.  We can make it right.

Results Matter for 1,400,000 Reasons

On a foggy day in December, 2006, a truck driver pulled out into the intersection of a State Highway.  He knew he could not see but he pulled his rig – loaded with 80,000 pounds of corn – into the intersection anyway.  Sadly, another truck was coming over the bridge right into the intersection.  The second driver, Steven Smith, could not avoid crashing into the trailer of the truck that had pulled out in front of him.

Mr. Smith turned to Dixon Law Office for help.  The defense tried to argue that Mr. Smith could have swerved his truck over a median and into oncoming traffic.  G. Grant Dixon III, founder of the Dixon Law Office, set out to prove that his client was not at all at fault.  He and his team were able to locate an independent witness who saw the entire crash.  That witness said the driver of the semi should never have pulled into the intersection at all and that the Dixon Law Office client, Mr. Smith, acted properly.  The witness also described how seriously Mr. Smith was injured.

Indeed, the injuries were horrific.  At the time of the crash, Mr. Smith was thrown into the windshield.  He was covered in blood and his neck was shattered.  Witnesses described how he was barely conscious at the scene.  Doctors at the emergency room learned that the 33 year-old driver’s neck was shattered but the injuries were too complicated to be treated there.  The patient was forced to return home to El Paso, Texas, with a broken neck to get treatment there.

The neck injuries were so complicated, in fact, that most doctors would not even treat him.  Finally, one of the premier neurosurgeons in the world agreed to see him.  That doctor later performed surgery using a computer and was able to help treat the condition.  Even with that, Mr. Smith was left in terrible pain.

Grant then began to prepare the case for trial.  He traveled to Louisiana to meet with the surgeon.  Face-to-face, Grant was able to discuss his testimony in detail.  Grant also discussed the facts with many other witnesses, all to get ready for trial.

As the case progressed, the other side asked mediate the case.  Mediation is where the lawyers present their case to an independent lawyer who evaluates the case and makes recommendations about settlement.  After hours of mediation, the mediator recommended a settlement of $1,400,000.

At Dixon Law Office, we combine compassion and strength to respresent all our clients. Dixon Law Office founder, Grant Dixon, has been recognized for his work in the courtroom by other lawyer and his clients. For more than 20 years, he has helped people in the Greater Chicago area and across the nation with catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He has won millions of dollars in compensation for his clients in verdicts and settlements because of his ability to take on opponents of all sizes. Find out how he and the staff at Dixon Law Office can help you and your family. For a free consultation, please call 888-354-9880 or contact us online.

Serious Injuries from Bus Crash, Serious Results

When a pedestrian is crossing the street, they assume they are safe.  “This woman was doing exactly what she was supposed to do.  She was crossing with the light and in the crosswalk.  The bus driver just blew it,” said G. Grant Dixon III of the Dixon Law Office.   The bus driver made a left turn into the crosswalk, striking the woman. Witnesses described how the woman went flying and laid unconscious on the ground.

Sadly, the woman was very seriously injured.   She was hospitalized for days, missed three months of work, endured more than two years of therapy, and left with permanent pain.  Her entire life became ruled by pain.

After retaining Dixon Law Office, the staff immediately began its work of showing how terrible the conduct of the driver was.  Investigation revealed the driver was fired after the incident and had a number of prior problems with her employer.

After a lawsuit was filed, the work continued.  “We filed motions claiming that the lawyers and witnesses for the bus company  had hidden evidence four times in this case alone,“ Grant said.  They continued to fight the case all the way through trial.

The trial result was impressive.  Grant and his team were able to secure a verdict of more than double the last offer.  Grant continued, “all my client wanted was to be sure her medical bills were paid and some compensation for her life of pain.  I am proud that we were able to do that even though the bus company fought us every step of the way.”  She and her husband were so happy with the representation, they recorded a video for Dixon Law Office, available here.

Dixon Law Office staff has tremendous experience in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving bus accidents.  We understand the severe injuries caused by these accidents, and we know how to handle the insurance companies. Please call our office at 708-354-9880 to schedule an appointment or contact us online. Your consultation is free.

Thankful

We at Dixon Law Office are a thankful bunch.

We are thankful to live without pain.  Every client comes to us with a story.  That story always ends the same: pain.  Inevitably, someone did something seriously wrong.  That wrong caused our client to get hurt.  It may have been the driver that ran a red light and hit the bicyclist.   It may have been the truck driver who was speeding.  It may have been the doctor who did not run that test.  It may have been that employer who removed the guard from the machine.  In each case, the victim ends up hurt or killed.  For those that survived, that hurt leads to a life lived in pain.  We are thankful to live without pain.

We are thankful to work where we do.  Every day, we have the privilege of helping clients who work in very difficult conditions.  Many of our worker’s compensation clients are forced to work in dangerous places.  The construction site is not safe because the boss will not supply safety equipment.  The manufacturing plant is full of tripping hazards.  The office worker is forced to work in a chair that is painful to her back.  They all have bosses that illegally threaten them if they refuse or complain.  Many work on but end up with serious injuries.   We are thankful to work where we do.

We are thankful for today.  For all of our clients, the day they were hurt just another day.  They neither expected nor believed that the day would end any differently than the day before.  But it didn’t.  For them, the day ended very differently.  For them, that day ended like no other.  A catastrophic injury.  Amputation.  Pain.  For some, death.  We are thankful for today.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed because of the fault of someone else, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We have the training and experience to get you the compensation you deserve.  Our results prove it.  Call us today at 708-354-9880 or contact us by email.  We are here to help.

Truck Crashes – Trucks Must Follow the Same Rules of the Road

Some of the most horrific and tragic crashes involve large trucks and semis.  Many of these trucks weigh more than 80,000 and cause tremendous damage when involved in a crash.

Well-established regulations require trucks to follow the same rules of the road as other drivers.  Section 392.2 of chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations is part of the Federal regulations that govern trucks.  It says:

Every commercial motor vehicle must be operated in accordance with the laws, ordinances, and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it is being operated. However, if a regulation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes a higher standard of care than that law, ordinance or regulation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation must be complied with.

That means that truckers have to follow the driving rules of the State in which they are driver OR the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules, whichever is HIGHER.  According to G. Grant Dixon III, founder of the Dixon Law Office, “these strict rules are there to make sure trucks are operated safely and when they are not, the driver and his employer are held responsible.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, call us at Dixon Law Office.  Our expert staff has years of experience handling all kinds of trucking crash cases.  We will hold the company responsible and fight to recover the compensation you need to pay medical bills and to cover lost income and other expenses.  For a free consultation, please call 708-354-9880 or contact us online.

Powerless

This past Monday, a strong thunderstorm rolled through the Chicago area leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.  Hundreds-of-thousands of people were left without electricity, telephone, or cable television.  We at Dixon Law Office were not spared from the damage.  Electricity and our internet connection were severed for two days.  Because of advanced planning, we had a back-up generator that kept the phones and computers running.  Still, the storm reminded us of how much of a disruption to our normal lives a storm like this can cause.

During that time, we were reminded that what brings clients to our door is a storm of a different type.  For nearly all our clients, they did nothing to cause the trauma in their life.  They were victims of another person’s poor choices.  Our clients walked out their doors that day thinking it was just another day.  For most of them, that day ended with pain and trauma.  Sadly for many others, they never came home again.

When speaking with our clients, they often express how they feel powerless.  If they had the power to stop the pain, they would.  If they had the power to bring back that amputated limb, they would.  If they had the power to turn back time, they would.  If they had power to alter the course of that car or change that doctor’s actions, they would.  But they are powerless.

One of the greatest privileges we have at Dixon Law Office is to help those powerless people.  While we cannot stop the pain, regrow a limb, turn back time, or change that doctor’s actions, we can hold those who do wrong accountable.  The system is not perfect.  But when we can look at our client and say we have held the wrongdoer responsible, we know we have given power to the powerless.

If you or a loved one has been left powerless because of the wrongs of another, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We can help give power back to the powerless.

Pedestrian Safety

Taking a stroll along the sidewalk is a pleasure most of us enjoy.  However, when a driver is not paying attention, it can be dangerous.  Dixon Law Office founder G. Grant Dixon III represented a woman who was walking on the sidewalk when a driver drove over the curb and hit her.  “She was seriously injured,” Grant said.  “She was pinned and trapped under the car.  She was in the hospital for months and required treatment for many months after that.”  The driver claimed he fell asleep at the wheel in the middle of the day.  Grant took the case and vigorously pursued the driver and owner of the car.

The results of the work were impressive.  The court awarded the woman $4,000,000 in compensation for her injuries.  “The size of the verdict shows how seriously this wonderful woman was hurt,” Grant continued.  “She was simply going to the store to buy some milk and her life was changed forever.”  If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We have the trial experience in real cases to know how to handle your case.  We are here to help.

Dangerous Vehilces – Small Electric Cars

They are popular in retirement communities.  You may have seen them cruising around the treets of your neighborhood.  The look like electric golf carts on steroids.  The ave headlights, seatbelts, and seats but not much else.  They are cute and fun looking with top speeds up to 30 mph.  And they are very dangerous.  “Most people think they are safe simply because they are on the road,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office.  “The Federal government does not allow them on Federal roads but some States allow them on State roads,” he said.  The reason they are so dangerous is simple, “if you are in one of these in a crash, chances are you will be very seriously hurt or die,” Dixon said.  Federal safety regulations don’t apply to the cars because they are not permitted on Federal roads.  A video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows how dangerous these vehicles really are http://youtu.be/roLcNwRi1Sk.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an electric vehicle crash, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We are here to help.

Car Seat Safety – Children Under 1 Year Old

Before you take your new baby on the road, make sure you have a safe car seat.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration
, children less than 12 months old should be in a rear-facing car seat.  Seats that are removable or have multiple positions  may
not be fit to use on your small child.   NHSTA recommends referring to the owner’s manual of the seat to see if your child will fit.  When installing your seat, consult both the manual of the seat manufacturer as well as your car.  Also, many local police and fire departments will help you install the car seat properly.   If you have any questions about car seat safety, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We are here to help.

June is National Safe Driving Month

June is National Safe Driving Month. At Dixon Law Office, we have represented hundreds of clients who have been injured in automobile accidents.  In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people died from accidents caused by distracted driving.  Every single one of these deaths is preventable.  If you pledge to not drive distracted – keep your eyes on the road and use Bluetooth devices – Motorola will give you 50% off any device of theirs that you buy. Great program!

Dixon Law Office adds DuPage County Office

Dixon Law Office has recently added a second office, expanding into DuPage County, Illinois.  Grant Dixon, founder of the firm, said, “It was important to us that we have an office that is easy for our clients in DuPage County to get to.”  The new location is at 3 Golf Avenue in downtown Clarendon Hills.  It is conveniently located near all the train station.  The new office serves all communities in the area including Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Willowbrook, Wheaton, and Lombard just to name a few.  Grant continued, “Helping clients in DuPage County and around the country is our mission.  We hope this new location will let us be of service to even more people.” 

If you or a loved one is in need of an aggressive and tough lawyer to handle your case, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or stop by one of our offices.  We are here to help.

Consumer Safety Website Launches

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has launched a new website to help consumers. The website is called www.SaferProducts.gov.  With the new website, “consumers will have open access to product safety information that they have never seen before and the information will empower them to make safer choices,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, chairperson of the CPSC. On the Report tab, consumers report any problems they have with a product they already own. On the Search tab, consumers can check products to see if there are any reported problems or recalls.  “This website makes more of the amazing data the CPSC has available to the public and hopefully will encourage manufacturers to report unsafe products more quickly,” Dixon Law Office founder Grant Dixon said. 

The website can be found at www.SaferProducts.gov

Dropped Call

A woman dropped her cell phone as she was recently driving through Park Ridge, Illinois. She reached to pick it up. As she did so, she swerved and struck a parked car. That car hit a second car, the driver drove into a third. The woman reportedly continued driving until she pulled into the Village Green Shopping Center, 678 N. Northwest Hwy. According to the accident report, the woman said she did not immediately stop after the accident “because she was shaken and scared from what just occurred and did not know where her phone was.” Distracted driving is a real problem today. This accident could have been avoided if the driver had simply pulled over after dropping her phone. Seems like an expensive dropped call.

Read the full story here: http://getshortlink.com/12138

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