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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.

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.

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.

Reebok To Pay $25,000,000

You may have seen those shoes that claim to provide extra tone in your legs and buttocks if you will simply buy the shoes and walk in them.  The manufacturer of one of those shoes, Reebok International, Inc., has agreed to pay a whopping $25,000,000 to settle a charge brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.  The FTC charged that Reebok falsely advertised the shoes with such claims. “The FTC wants national advertisers to understand that they must exercise some responsibility and ensure that their claims for fitness gear are supported by sound science,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

To settle the charges, Reebok agreed to a Federal Court order to stop making claims that toning shoes and other toning apparel are effective in strengthening muscles, or that using the footwear will result in a specific percentage or amount of muscle toning or strengthening, unless the claims are true and backed by scientific evidence.  “It is pretty clear that the FTC is cracking down on false advertising.  This is a good thing because consumers rely on manufacturers to be truthful.  This shows that they often are not,” said Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a dangerous product, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or email us.  We can help.

Dixon Law Office Wins Appellate Victory

She slipped and fell on invisible ice in a parking lot while leaving work.  She suffered very serious injuries from the fall.  From that day on, her life has changed.  To get compensation for her serious injuries, she hired Dixon Law Office.  “We knew she was right.  We also knew that proving it would be very hard,” said Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III.  Grant began investigating the case.  “Slip and fall cases are difficult, many lawyers will not take them.”  Grant was not dissuaded.  Grant began his representation by taking the unusual step of taking statements from the witnesses before filing suit.  “We wanted to be sure the evidence supported the case,” he said.

The suit filed named the landlord and snowplow company among others as defendants.  “Our investigation showed that the parking lot consistently had ice in it.  Witnesses told us that it was happening because the snowplow contractor was plowing snow into the corner of the building, it was melting and then freezing when it got colder.”  As the case continued, they learned the landlord was repeatedly told of the problem but never fixed it.

Predictably, defendants filed motions to end the case prematurely.  They all claimed that the case was improper.  Though Grant fought all the motions, the court granted the motions.  They had lost.

Grant was not satisfied.  “I recommended we file an appeal because I felt the judge had not properly considered the evidence,” he said.  “Fortunately, my client agreed.”  Few lawyers do trial work.  Even fewer do appeals.  It is truly rare to have a lawyer like Grant who does both.  Grant personally wrote the appellate briefs and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court.

The Appellate Court issued their opinion on September 30, only 10 days after hearing the case.  Grant noted that, “having a result that quickly is unusual.”  The opinion was solidly in favor of his client.  It reverses what the lower court judge did and sends the case back to the trial court.  “I am so happy for my client.  She is seriously injured and just wants the chance to have a jury hear her case,” Grant said.  He concluded, “I am also very proud of the work my office did in this case.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and want an attorney who will fight hard for your rights, contact Dixon Law Office by email here or phone at 708-354-9880.  Our staff will work hard to get you or your seriously injured family member the compensation the law guarantees them.  They are here to help.

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.

Appellate Court Hears Case by Dixon Law Office Lawyer

Dixon Law Office founder, G. Grant Dixon III, recently argued a case before the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.  “Any time you have the opportunity to present your client’s case before an appellate court, it is an honor and a privilege,” Grant said.  The case involved a Dixon Law Office client who slipped and fell on invisible ice in a parking lot.  “The facts and law of the case made it very interesting,” Grant said.  While very few lawyers have the skills to be able to go to trial on a case, even fewer can handle appeals.  To do both is very rare.

Aggressively pursuing a case sometimes means presenting it to an appellate court.  Dixon Law Office has the experience in both trial and appellate courts to handle your case properly.  If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, call Dixon Law Office at (708) 354-9880 or contact them by email.  They can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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.

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.

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.

2011 Brings New Laws, Many Changes

More than 670 new laws take effect on January 1, 2011. Some of the more extensive changes are in the Illinois Motor Vehicle Act. Laws regarding several special license plate statutes, railroad crossing sign and signals laws, instruction permits for minors, and commercial driver’s licenses were all amended. Penalties were added for certain violations of the Motor Vehicle Act. A list of just some of the amended Acts (an Act is a whole section of laws about a special topic) are listed below.

In addition to the amendments, totally new Acts come into force on January 1. These include the Psychiatry Practice Incentive Act, Lupus Education And Awareness Act, and the Homeowner’s Solar Rights Act.

Below is a list of just a few of the Acts that are changed in 2011.
Animal Welfare Act
Riverboat Gambling Act
Abused And Neglected Child Reporting Act
Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities Code
Illinois Food, Drug And Cosmetic Act
Sanitary Food Preparation Act
Illinois Manufactured Housing And Mobile Home Safety Act
Manufactured Home Quality Assurance Act
Fish And Aquatic Life Code
Game Protective Regulations Game And Fur-Bearing Animals
Local Food, Farms, And Jobs Act
Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act
State Commemorative Dates Act
Wildlife Code
Illinois Forestry Development Act
Illinois Highway Code
Toll Highway Act
Railroad Police Act
Illinois Vehicle Code
Illinois Commercial Safety Towing Law
Child Passenger Protection Act
Snowmobile Registration And Safety Act
Clerks Of Courts Act
Juvenile Court Act Of 1987
Criminal Code
Criminal Offenses Offenses Against Property Act
. Rights Of Crime Victims And Witnesses Act
Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act
Sex Offender Registration Act
Illinois Marriage And Dissolution Of Marriage Act
Adoption Act
Illinois Domestic Violence Act Of 1986
Probate Act
Real Property Act
Transfer Fee Covenant Act
Mobile Home Landlord And Tenant Rights Act
Business Corporation Act
Not For Profit Corporation Act
Employee Credit Privacy Act
Family Military Leave Act
Line Of Duty Compensation Act
Unemployment Insurance Act

If you have any questions about any law, please call us at Dixon Law Office. We are here to help.

Snowblowers Recalled by Honda

American Honda has recalled more than 18,000 snow blowers because of fuel tank leaks, causing the potential for fires. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has received 90 reports of seeping or dripping gas from these snow blowers. According to a report by the CPSC, the fuel tank joint and o-ring located on the underside of the fuel tank can seep or drip fuel over time, posing a fire hazard. The snow blowers are red and black. The frame serial number is located on the rear of the machine just below the engine and the model number is located on the side of the front scoop. The effected model/frame serial numbers are:
HS724 / SZBE-1037913 through 1046577
HS928 / SZAS-1151080 through 1169012
HS1132 / SZBF-1018734 through 1025998

If you own one of these snow blowers, stop using it immediately and return it to your retailer. If you have questions this or any other product, please contact us at Dixon Law Office. We are here to help.

Jury Duty

As a very young lawyer, I was on trial before a very seasoned trial judge.  The judge was late in his career and nearing retirement.  He ran his courtroom with military precision and took no guff from anyone. You could tell, however, that he loved his job.

After some preliminary lawyer stuff, the jury was marched into the courtroom for jury selection.  The sheriff ordered us all to stand, out of respect, for the potential jurors.  The grey-haired judge then gave a little speech.  He said that our Country is unique from every other country in the world because it allows ordinary citizens to decide cases.  He said citizen juries were so important to our Founding Fathers, they put it in the Constitution so that the right of having citizens listen to cases would not be taken away.  That system has served this Country ever since.

The judge then said something I had never considered.  He said our Country asks us for our service in only two situations: war and jury duty.  Both require you to take an oath.  Both require your time.  Both require work.  And, both can involve life and death.  He asked that jury to take the work of jury service as seriously as we do service in times of war.

Recently, I was called for jury duty.  Like most people, I did not like the idea of having to spend a day at jury duty.  I did not have time for it.  I had other things to do, more important things to do.  Besides, who would put a trial lawyer on their jury?

Dutifully, I arrived at the courthouse on the given day at the time.  I walked the long hallways to the jury room.  When I arrived, I found hundreds of people.  Some were old, some young, some moms, some dads, some single people.  People from about every walk of life and in every color and shape.  It was a wide cross-section of Chicagoland.

We began the day by watching a short video about our jury service.  It explained the process of a jury trial in civil and criminal cases.  It explained who the parties were and their roles in the courtroom.  The video explained who was in charge and who could say what.  Other than being somewhat old, the video explained the process well.

As I listened to that video, I was reminded of my work.  As a trial lawyer, I have the privilege of spending a fair amount of time in front of juries.  I am constantly amazed at how 12 people work so hard.  They always pay attention.  They always look at the evidence very carefully.  They always take their job very seriously. In nearly every case, they arrive at the right decision.  All that work for about $17 a day.

The words of that old judge ring in my ear nearly every time I stand front of a new jury for the first time.  I feel honored that these people have taken their duty to their Country seriously.  I feel honored to be a part of a process that allows ordinary people to do these extraordinary things.  I enjoy helping my clients navigate through the process.  I love it when those juries give my clients the justice they deserve, the justice that was delayed for years.

Back in the jury room, we were getting packed up for lunch when jury panel 3 was called.  That was me.  Along with about 30 other people, we walked down to the courtroom.  I sat in the seats and listened as the judge’s clerk called out names for people to be questioned.  I was not picked to serve on the jury and, I must admit, I was a little disappointed.  I wanted to hear the evidence and make a decision with 11 other people.  Still, I know that just by being there, I served my Country in a small way.  Along with hundreds of others that day, I did my duty.

 If you have any questions about jury service, call us at Dixon Law Office, we are here to help.

Safest Cities, Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

When one thinks of the most crime-riddled city in the US, few would put St. Louis, Missouri even close to the top.  Still, the Associated Press is reporting that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US.  The report is based on a study issued by the FBI on crime in the US.  While true, St. Louis has the most reports of crime in the US, the FBI tells people accessing the study, “The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.”  Seems like the FBI does not even think we should be using the stats for that purpose.  Interesting that the FBI shows so many reports in St. Louis but not much else can be gleened from it other than that.  You can read the AP story at this link, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjbTudvgLq379jbYawS7w_WOFUjA?docId=22c9981f4ca34807ba7ac8dc07726067

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