November 2018Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce Partners Sean Murray, Marc Taxman, James Hardy and Associate Lindsay Scheidt have settled federal civil rights and workers compensation claims in the amount of $9.1M on behalf of four nurses who were involved in a hostage situation at Delnor Hospital. It was alleged that on May 13, 2017 a Kane County Sheriff Officer unshackled a violent inmate who was brought to the hospital for surgery. After the inmate was unshackled, the inmate took control of the officer’s gun and took two of the nurses hostage. The inmate repeatedly beat and raped one of the nurses before he was shot and killed by a S.W.A.T. team officer. TPMB filed a federal civil rights 1983 action alleging that the officer violated the nurses 14th Amendment Due Process Rights by creating a danger that did not otherwise exist pursuant to the “State Created Danger” doctrine. TPMB also alleged that the hospital security company failed to properly take action. TPMB also made workers’ compensation claims on behalf of the four nurses. The case made national headlines. Our firm is proud to resolve the cases for the nurses who were victims of this horrific event.
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It’s another overwhelming trial victory for the firm in Court this week as associates Lindsay Scheidt and Haig Himidian obtained a $220k verdict on a soft tissue injury auto case in Chicago. Our firm’s client was a backseat passenger in an airport shuttle heading home from a work conference. While stopped in traffic on I-190, the airport shuttle was rear ended by a taxi cab driver. As a result of the impact, Plaintiff was caused to hit her head against the seat in front of her. She sustained neck and upper back strain and pain in her head. Plaintiff incurred approximately $26,000.00 in medical bills. The offer before trial was $15,000.00, which was rejected. The jury awarded $220,000.00.
On December 10, 2018 Marc A. Taxman will be speaking at the Illinois Trial Lawyers “Medical Malpractice Seminar” held at the JW Marriot Hotel in Chicago. This prestigious seminar is held annually and attended by hundreds of the top lawyers in Illinois. Marc spoke on the topic of Closing Arguments in Medical Malpractice Trials.
On November 8, 2018 our firm welcomed Brennan Hutson as an Associate Attorney at Taxman, Pollock, Murray, & Bekkerman, LLC. Brennan has been with Taxman, Pollock, Murray, & Bekkerman from the day the firm was founded. Previously a law clerk at Bekkerman Law Offices, Brennan eagerly followed Gerald J. Bekkerman to become a part of the TPMB team.
Brennan graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May of 2018. In the classroom, Brennan earned the CALI award for scoring the highest grade in five of his classes: Constitutional Law, Evidence, Pre-Trial Litigation, Supreme Court Review, and Criminal Procedure. As a trial lawyer, he is proud to represent victims of wrongful death, automobile accidents, premises liability, construction negligence, and other catastrophic personal injuries.
Our firm welcomes Brennan and wishes him the best as he embarks on his career helping those injured by the negligence of others. Brennan is now the 15th attorney at the firm.
Partner Brad Pollock has settled a record high DuPage County motorcycle accident case for $2.6 million dollars. Brad represented an automobile mechanic who was riding a motorcycle in suburban DuPage when he was hit by a left turning vehicle in an intersection. Our client testified his light had changed from green to yellow as he had started to enter the intersection and expected the left turning vehicle to yield to him, which it did not. In addition to alleging negligence, Mr. Pollock alleged spoliation and destruction of evidence against the insurance company which destroyed the vehicle’s black box even though our firm asked for it to be preserved. Our client sustained several fractures to his foot and required several surgeries, but has returned back to work full time.
Partner Brad Pollock resolved a difficult medical malpractice case on behalf of our 85-year-old client who suffered a spinal cord injury during the course of a procedure to implant a spinal cord stimulator. Brad specializes in complex medical malpractice cases throughout northern Illinois.
Partner Marc A. Taxman settles a difficult case involving a 15-year-old boy who was hit by a car while running across a street mid block. The case was contested and the $750K settlement was reached at mediation.
Partners Sean Murray and Marc Taxman and associate Lindsay Scheidt settled a case for a union insulator during trial for a total package of over $1.1M. Our client was involved in a trip and fall incident during a construction project. While carrying materials he tripped over another contractor’s tool belt resulting in a knee injury and aggravating arthritis in his knees. The case was highly contested. Our firm fought hard and obtained an excellent result in this disputed case. Taxman, Pollock Murray & Bekkerman has decades of experience representing union members and trades people injured on construction sites and takes great pride in doing so.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC was proud to host and sponsor the annual Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council happy hour and networking event on October 14, 2018. Associate attorney Julie Pustilnik is President of the Council and several of the firm’s lawyers are alumni of the law school.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman, LLC, welcomes Joshua Rubin as the 14th, and newest, associate attorney at our Chicago office. Joshua brings with him an extensive knowledge regarding medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and other types of personal injury cases. Joshua takes pride in protecting the injured and helping them navigate an oftentimes difficult journey after suffering a catastrophic injury or loss.
Prior to joining Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman, Joshua spent his career defending claims against hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and other practitioners at a premier national defense firm. This experience has given Joshua valuable insight into how the defense evaluates cases, works them up, and eventually determines whether to resolve a case or take it to trial. Joshua uses that knowledge to identify those factors that made him uncomfortable as a defense lawyer and utilize them to his advantage when seeking justice for his clients.
Joshua received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law located in Chicago, Illinois and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Joshua is married and lives in downtown Chicago with his wife. In his free time, Joshua enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams.
The personal injury and workers compensation law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman was once again proud to be a named sponsor and supporter of the annual Illinois Bar Foundation Gala, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Our firm is proud to support the IBF and it mission. Over fifty years ago, a handful of visionary leaders founded the Illinois Bar Foundation. Their initial commitment was to provide aid to deserving members of the Illinois Bar who, because of age or infirmity, could no longer provide for their own care or support. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its scope to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.
Many law firms say they take cases to trial but few actually do. The lawfirm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC takes pride in taking cases to trial, small and big. Our lawyers are taught to prepare every case as if it is going to trial in order to put maximum pressure on insurance companies and corporations who face us in Court.
A recent example of this was when Partner Gerald J. Bekkerman and associate Jonathan Treshansky took a case to verdict and obtained a $517k jury verdict against a truck driver and truck company following a rear end crash on I-294 in the fall of 2014. As a result of the crash, our client, re-aggravated a pre-existing back injury which had bothered him his whole life, and underwent a microdiscectomy back surgery to try to fix the problem. We argued that the injuries and the surgery greatly affected his life and that he deserved compensation for his injuries, his pain and suffering, and his possible future medical bills.
The insurance company for the trucking company did not offer more than $15k before trial and only got serious about settlement after a jury was picked and trial got underway. In the end the jury fairly and properly compensated our client for the damages caused in this crash, awarding over half a million dollars.
Our firm is please to announce that associate Jon Treshansky reached a record settlement in Will County for $1,600,000.00 for a client who slipped and fell on an unnatural accumulation of ice in a parking lot of a business office. Evidence uncovered showed that despite numerous complaints, the owner of the building refused to repair a leak in the gutter that caused water to freeze. The property owners blamed the snow and ice removal company, who in turn argued they were only contracted to clean the parking lot, not the walkway. Our client sustained a fractured left tibia/fibula and underwent surgery, she then unfortunately developed a neurologic component to the injury called CRPS. The Defendants hired "experts" to dispute both liability and the nature and extent of the injuries. Jon sorted it out with hard work, passion and great lawyering - which is what he does for his clients.
Partner Marc A. Taxman and associate James P. Lynch obtained a $1,032,300.79 excess verdict in an automobile case for two women who sustained back injuries. Our firm tried to settle the case without filing a lawsuit for the full policy limit of $250,000.00, but Allstate refused to offer the money and denied the claims arguing that the injuries suffered by our clients were not related to the collision. Allstate ultimately settled for a total of $1,045,923.61 after the trial and excess verdict.
Partners Sean Murray and Gerald Bekkerman have reached a settlement in the amount of $5.25 million for a motorcyclist injured in an intersection crash in rural Indiana in July of 2017. The settlement represents the maximum amount of the insurance coverage available for the defendant driver. The case stemmed from a disputed “he said, she said” intersection crash where our client sustained devastating injuries to his leg, ultimately necessitating a below the knee amputation. Our firm was aggressive in the early stages of the case, hiring the best experts, including an accident reconstructionist, and was able to collect critical evidence to support the position that our client was not at fault and was not speeding at the time of the crash. The settlement concluded the lawsuit that was pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana filed by our firm.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman associate attorney Jim Lynch achieved a noteworthy settlement on the eve of a jury trial scheduled to begin in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The settlement of $800,000.00 is against the City of Chicago and a group of various contractors and subcontractors for their negligence in repairing a sink hole that developed on a busy residential street in Chicago. The sink hole was negligently paved over, leaving a huge crater, but no warning signs were put down for motorists. Our firm’s client, a young business executive, was riding on his scooter at a normal speed in his lane of traffic when his scooter hit the cave in, flipping him off, and causing him to fracture his leg. He needed surgery to place hardware to repair his broken leg and lost significant income being away from his business.
Jim sued several defendants, who all pointed fingers at each other, and refused to take blame for this avoidable error. In the end, Jim’s tenacity in bringing the case to trial and holding all involved, including the City of Chicago, responsible, resulted in an $800,000.00 settlement for his client.
Partner Gerald Bekkerman and associate Katie Moorehouse have recently settled a Nursing Home negligence case in Illinois for an 85 year old woman that involved a stage 3 bed sore on the sacrum that became infected and necessitated debridement and surgery. Our firm alleged that the defendant nursing home violated custom and practice and the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act in their treatment and handling of our client. On a positive note the bed sore fully healed, after a few months of extra nursing home care at another facility. The case settled for $837,500.00, one of the highest nursing home negligence settlements in Illinois this year. Trial was set to begin in September.
Partner Gerald J. Bekkerman was recently honored with being selected as one of the "40 Under 40" attorneys to watch in Illinois by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. This prestigious award is given annually to Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 who have shown themselves to stand out with their results and acumen. Jerry's accolades made his selection, from a field of over 2000 other peer nominated lawyers, an easy task for the selection committee. Selection is limited to 40 attorneys across all practice areas and each candidate can only submit 10 nomination forms from peers in the community. Jerry was nominated by several current and retired Judges, mediators and defense lawyers for this honor. The firm congratulates him on this honor.
Partner, Marc A. Taxman, obtained a $1.5 million settlement for a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a truck at an intersection. Our client suffered a fractured pelvis and other injuries. This was a partial settlement with the driver of the vehicle and the case continues against the trucking company.
This May marked the one year anniversary of the tragic hostage situation at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. The hostage crises and escape of the dangerous criminal was a national news story. A dangerous inmate with a history of multiple felonies who was in jail awaiting trial and potentially a lengthy prison sentence was brought to the hospital after he intentionally ingested a jail issued sandal. While in the hospital, he was unshackled by his guard. The inmate then used that opportunity to attack the guard and take his gun. The inmate left his room and encountered several Delnor nurses, at which time he physically assaulted several nurses and took one nurse hostage, brutally beating and raping her before he was killed by police.
Our firm was retained by four nurses, including the nurse who was brutally beaten and raped. A lawsuit was filed in and is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for violations of the nurses civil rights by the Sheriff’s Office of Kane County and negligence by the private security company contracted to keep the hospital secure.
The case has made national and international headlines and has raised awareness for the risks that nurses and medical professionals have to face as part of their jobs. Our lawfirm is proud to represent the brave Delnor Hospital nurses and hope to get them justice for their trauma.
Anyone can settle a case, but to get extraordinary results, trial lawyers need to take cases to trial! If our adversary makes a fair settlement offer that we can recommend to our client - we resolve the case. BUT, if they do not - we proceed to trial and let a Jury resolve the matter. For the second time in a row, one of our youngest trial lawyers, Ms. Lindsay Scheidt, counseled our client to refuse a settlement offer that she felt was simply not fair. Ms. Scheidt took the case, a motor vehicle crash, to trial and the Jury agreed with her! In the case, a City of Chicago Police Officer struck our client off his bike in Chicago, causing him to suffer back and shoulder injuries. The jury found that the Officer was 100% at fault. Before trial began, the City of Chicago offered $15,000.00 to settle and then issued an ultimatum before jury selection; IF our client would accept it they would pay $45,000.00 to settle. This was refused. Ms. Scheidt tried the case and the Jury returned an award of $180,000.00! Lindsay was also assisted at trial by one of our newest attorneys, Sam Carl.
Partners Sean Murray and Gerald Bekkerman have reached a partial settlement of $2 million dollars in a wrongful death construction site accident case currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The settlement was reached against two subcontractors working at a roofing project at a warehouse in Waukegan, IL. Our firm represents the estate of a 20 year old roofer who fell through an open and unmarked skylight, and died as a result. A lawsuit was filed against the building owner, general contractor, and several subcontractors for negligence in the control, operation and management of the job site, which led to this unfortunate tragedy. The case remains pending and in litigation against the general contractor and owners, with a trial date set for 2019.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, Sean Murray and Gerald Bekkerman have been named Super Lawyers for 2019. Additionally, Julie Pustilnik, Jim Lynch, and Jon Treshansky were recognized as Rising Stars. All of these lawyers will be featured in Chicago Magazine for this distinction.
The Super Lawyers recognition is a coveted distinction based on a solely peer review methodology. The award is given to only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys and is awarded based solely on the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.
On Friday, March 23, 2018 Partner Gerald Bekkerman spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers "Ethics & Professionalism Seminar" in Oak Brook, Il. Jerry's topic was "Ethics and the Use of Social Media During Trial". Jerry addressed a crowd of over 200 lawyers and discussed social media and its interaction with all aspects of a Civil Jury Trial. Mr. Bekkerman has tried over a dozen cases to jury and has picked even more juries throughout Illinois and nationally. He understands that a firm of trial lawyers representing injured people need to be able to understand the minds of jurors and why people get compensation from their peers when they have been injured by people, businesses and corporations and their insurance companies.
Partners, Marc A. Taxman and Bradley N. Pollock, settled a case in DuPage County for $1,550,000.00. The case involved a 60 year old Electrician who fell from a ladder during the construction of a garage at a residential home. Our client suffered a torn rotator cuff and nerve entrapment. We are proud of this result and happy that our client was properly compensated under the law. Our firm is known for our expertise in handling the most complex personal injury cases, throughout the Chicago area, including DuPage County where we have an office and where partner Brad Pollock has previously been recognized by the DuPage County Bar Association as their lawyer of the year!
While our firm is one of the preeminent and recognized personal injury firms in Chicago and throughout Illinois, we handle cases and obtain fantastic results all over the Country. The lawyers of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC have obtained settlement and verdicts all across the United States and routinely handle complex personal injury litigation nationally. One example was recently, when associate Jon Treshansky reached a $700k settlement on behalf of an injured Chicago truck driver who was involved in a rear end crash with another truck in rural Nebraska. Our client sustained a back injury that caused him to miss time from driving after a back surgery. His colleague, also in the truck with him, also sustained a soft tissue neck injury, and that case was resolved for $400k, for a total settlement of $1.1 million.
A good lawyer knows when to settle a case and when to take one to trial. Associate Jonathan Treshansky recently resolved a case for his client for $850,000.00 on the eve of trial. A fantastic result considering the maximum insurance limits available were $1 million, and the defense lawyers had strong arguments to make that could have potentially brought a lower result at a jury trial. Our client was injured when a semi truck merged into his lane, injuring his shoulder and back, and requiring surgery. However, there was evidence that the insurance defense lawyers for the truck driver would have made arguments at trial showing our client could share a percentage of the blame, and that his injuries may have pre-dated the crash. Instead of risking a jury verdict that could have been less than the offer, or potential appeals if an excess verdict over the insurance policy limits was obtained, Jon made the economic and efficient decision for his client to settle the case for $850,000.00. The money was paid quickly and the client was satisfied with the result, in light of the risks and delays that potentially awaited.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman would like to welcome Casey L. Stanton, R.N., to our team. Casey is a registered Critical Care Nurse in active practice with 15 years of experience. Nurse Casey has joined the TPMB team to assist us in evaluating medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases. We are fortunate to be working with such a talented, experienced and passionate medical professional who will be able to assist our attorneys and clients in complex medical cases.
February 2018Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is pleased to announce that founding partner Bradley N. Pollock has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the lawyers on ‘The Top 100’ list in Illinois for 2018. ‘The Top 100’ list consists of 100 lawyers selected from all areas of the legal practice throughout the State of Illinois. With over 90,000 lawyers in Illinois, it is quite a distinction to be named to this exclusive group of 100. Super Lawyers has a rigorous selection process that includes independent research, peer evaluation, peer recognition and professional achievement.
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Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that we have added Samuel Carl as an associate attorney. Prior to joining the firm, Sam spent years protecting the rights of injured victims and their families, securing millions of dollars for his clients winning jury verdicts and settlements. Sam has shown throughout his career that he is not afraid of a challenge, and will fight passionately to hold accountable those responsible for harming innocent people. Known as a caring, diligent and fierce advocate, he is well-respected by his colleagues as well as his opponents. Sam obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul’s College of Law in May 2011, where he was named to the Dean’s List. Before that, he received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delaware where he earned distinctions as a scholar athlete playing Division 1 tennis. Sam was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, Sean Murray, Gerald Bekkerman and Jim Hardy have been recognized as Illinois Leading Lawyers. Leading Lawyers is a distinction governed by Law Bulletin Media. Law Bulletin Media is a diversified print and electronic information company that has been serving the Chicago legal and business communities since 1854. Selection for this accolade is stringent, with only a select few professionals in select fields of law being recognized and nominated by their peers and judges.
Additionally associates Jared Duke, Julie Pustilnik and Jim Lynch have been recognized as Illinois Emerging Lawyers. Emerging Lawyers are selected from the top two percent of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger or practicing law 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. The firm congratulates everyone on these accolades.
Taxman Pollock Murray & Bekkerman is proud to conclude its first year as a lawfirm. This first year was one of many accolades, accomplishments and significant growth. We started this firm with 9 accomplished attorneys, 4 partners and 5 associates, who brought over 75 years of experience combined with them and in excess of $300 million of verdicts and settlements. We finished the year totaling an additional $27million in verdicts and settlements. We won three jury trials. We added a workers compensation department, adding veteran attorney Jim Hardy as a partner leading that department. We added an additional two attorneys, Jim Lynch, an Illinois Emerging Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star with 10 years experience. We also added Katherine Moorhouse, an experienced nursing home attorney to lead our firm’s nursing home negligence practice. We added almost 500 new clients, all innocent people injured due to the negligence of others, across dozens of counties across Illinois, and nationwide.
As we look forward to 2018, Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC continues to grow and achieve impressive results in and out of the courtroom. We look forward to even bigger things ahead in 2018!
Partner Sean P. Murray has been recognized by his peers to be featured in the 24th addition of The Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber work in the area of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation. With this distinction, Mr. Murray now ranks among the top five percent of private practice attorneys nationwide, as determined by his peers. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 7.4 million confidential evaluations by other attorneys.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman is proud to announce that partner Sean P. Murray presented the coveted Thurgood Marshall award to Mr. Eric Whitaker at the U.S. Minority Contractors Association 26th Annual Gala on November 8, 2017. Thurgood Marshall was a legendary and groundbreaking civil rights attorney who went on to become one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in the history of the court. We congratulate Mr. Whitaker on receiving the USMCA’s highest award. TPMB is also proud to continue to sponsor the USMCA’s mission and to be a strategic partner with this great organization.
TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman is proud to announce a $700,000.00 settlement for an over the road courier who was injured while driving in Ohio. While there, he was cut off by a driver towing a trailer park home, causing him to crash into a median. He sustained a fractured ankle which required surgery and has affected his ability to drive. His medical bills were just over $100,00.00. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Illinois under diversity jurisdiction against an Indiana corporation. The issue of whether Ohio law and Ohio caps on non-economic damages of $350,000.00 applied to this case was disputed, which means this result is even more significant for the client.
Partner Sean Murray is proud to announce that he has obtained a $400,000.00 settlement plus a waiver of a $142,000.00 workers compensation lien for a 52 year old Local 393 Ironworker who injured his shoulder while attempting to move a glass window panel at a jobsite in unstable, muddy ground conditions. Our office alleged that the defendant General Contractor failed to provide safe ground conditions for the ironworkers to perform their work, resulting in our client having to work in unsafe, unstable conditions. Sean Murray and the other partners at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman have over 75 years of experience in representing hard working men and women injured on the job and have been proud to represent ironworkers who have been injured on the job site due to the negligence of others.
TPMB partner Marc Taxman, along with partner Gerald J. Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik, are proud to announce that the office has finalized a $3 million dollar settlement for the estate of a man who died after a tracheostomy tube that was placed inside him became dislodged at a Chicago area hospital. This case involved a 70 year old, retired male ICU patient, who had been hospitalized in a Chicago Area Hospital since March 31, 2012 for acute necrotizing pancreatitis and was in kidney, cardio and respiratory failure. On April 12, 2012 he was given a Tracheotomy tube airway due to the respiratory failure. On April 15, 2012 when a nurse was turning him she claimed that she noticed the tracheostomy tube was broken. The tracheotomy tube became dislodged either because of it being pulled by the ventilator tubing or because it was broken and an airway emergency was called. The patient lost oxygen and suffered an irreparable anoxic brain injury leaving him in a vegetative state. Life support was removed and he died 2 days later on April 18, 2012. The Estate brought claims based on Hospital negligence for losing the airway and not re-establishing it timely and against the “Medical Device Manufacturer” based on a defective Tracheostomy tube. The decedent left his wife, who is now 70 years old, and an adult daughter, who now 35 years old. No wage loss or medical bills. The case settled after a jury trial was commenced and a jury was selected and sworn in.
TPMB partner Marc Taxman is proud to announce a $1,160,000.00 settlement (with a full waiver of the workers compensation lien) for a personal injury case involving an ironworker who was tying rebar in a basement on top of a waterproofing membrane before the concrete pour. The waterproofing membrane got wet and the Plaintiff, an experienced iron worker, slipped and fell and injured his shoulder. He had 2 rotator cuff repair surgeries and has permanent overhead restrictions. The ironworker’s medical bills were $119,000.00 and his lost wages and benefits claim was $190,000.00. This result was achieved after years of hard work by Mr. Taxman on behalf of his client.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray and Bekkerman is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray have been yet again recognized as Leading Lawyers by the Law Bulletin Media Publishing Company. In addition, partner Gerald Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik have been recognized as Emerging Lawyers. This distinction is peer recognized and awarded to only the top 2% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.
Taxman, Polloc, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that the Illinois Super Lawyers publication has once again recognized many attorneys from the firm as both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray were recognized as Super Lawyers, while Gerald J. Bekkerman, Julie Pustilnik, Jim Lynch, and Jon Treshansky were recognized as Rising Stars. All of these lawyers will be featured in Chicago Magazine for this distinction, which is a selective peer nominated selection process, which is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in Illinois.
TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman, with the help of attorneys Jim Lynch and Jennifer Bekkerman, has secured a $1 million dollar settlement for the estate of an intoxicated man who fell onto the elevated tracks at a CTA train station in Chicago when security failed to identify him and remove him from the station. The 2014 incident occurred on the Green Line “Pulaksi” stop at 2:00 a.m., a time when the station was supposed to be closed to the public. However, on this date the CTA agent working at the station failed to lower the gate and close the turnstiles, thus allowing the decedent, who was highly intoxicated and trying to take the train to his house, enter the station. After he entered, despite the CTA agent being present, decedent was allowed to roam the platform for 20 minutes while intoxicated and stumbling. Eventually, he got too close to the tracks, slipped and fell, and landed onto the tracks where 30 seconds later he was run over by an overnight cleaning train that sped through the station. This tragic event could have been avoided had the station been properly closed and had he had been escorted out, as required under CTA rules. The decent, unemployed, left behind two small children and an ex-wife.
On Labor Day weekend, Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman was proud to sponsor and participate in the annual Southeast Side Labor Day Parade. This event is an old 10th Ward tradition, which celebrates union pride and solidarity, a true community event. The parade consist of dedicated Unions such as Iron Workers Local 63, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, UFCW Local 881, and IBEW Local 134 to name a few, along with neighborhood schools, local businesses, and non-profits. For years, our firm has dedicated our work to representing men and women of labor from various trades and unions across the Chicago area and Northern Illinois. Our experience and reputation in workers compensation and personal injury work injury cases is well known in the community. We look forward to continuing representing the hard working men and women of labor with their legal needs.
TPMB is proud to have entered into a Strategic Partnership with the U.S. Minority Contractors Association. The purpose of USMCA is to provide unique professional, educational, technical and consultive services to both the membership and the community at large. The organization aims to provide the best consultive services possible in the construction, environmental, building maintenance, architectural engineering design, hospitality training and general service industries. It also serves as the advocacy agency for minority contractors and subcontractors in the suburban community. TPMB is proud to associate with such a great organization and proud to assist its members who have legal questions and need legal help. We are looking forward to assisting the USMCA in its advocacy for minority business owners, contractors and subcontractors in the community. In August the firm sponsored the annual Golf Outing and looks forward to a long relationship with this great organization.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that we have obtained a $1,500,000 settlement on behalf of a Local 63 ironworker that injured his left non-dominant shoulder while moving a 400-600 pound piece of glass on a jobsite. We alleged that his injury occurred because he did not have the proper equipment to move the glass. Our firm has dozens of years of experience representing iron-workers, tradesmen, laborers and all types of construction workers in injury cases. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for men and women in labor and in the trades. We are extremely pleased we could assist this particular ironworker and his family.
Partners Sean Murray and Gerald J. Bekkerman have filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, for a longshoreman who was riding his motorcycle home from work when he was struck and injured by a driver in a Mercedes Benz. The crash caused a horrific leg injury for our client, and eventually led to his being amputated. The defendant, a Florida resident, was found to be at fault after a thorough accident reconstruction and investigation. Our office will now be working to make sure every possible dollar of insurance coverage available can be obtained to compensate our client for his horrific injuries.
Partner Sean P. Murray has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a man who died from choking on a piece of bread while residing at a Community Integrated Living “CILA” facility. CILA facilities are homes for individuals with mental impairments. CILA staff members are expected to supervise and monitor the residents of the homes and make sure they are kept safe. In our case, in addition to having a severe mental impairment, the resident had a history of difficulty swallowing and was on a strict soft diet. We have alleged that the CILA home negligently allowed the resident to eat bread in violation of his diet and failed to appropriately monitor him while eating, leading to his death. The case is currently pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Associate Jim Lynch was recently recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in the Civil Plaintiff Litigation category. This result is a great honor for Jim and reflects the hard work Jim has put in over his career. Jim is an avid trial lawyer, and his years of experience as a defense lawyer prior to joining our firm has given him a unique perspective on how to efficiently litigate cases for maximum value. TPMB congratulates Jim on this well-deserved recognition.
TPMB Attorneys Gerald J. Bekkerman and Julie L. Pustilnik recently settled a case for $1,185,000.00 for a woman who sustained significant injuries when she was hit by a delivery truck while walking through a pedestrian crosswalk in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. The woman suffered a head injury resulting in dizziness, vomiting, headaches, jaw pain, reduced cognitive stamina, and cognitive impairment, as well as low back pain, radiculopathy, and disc bulges in her lower back requiring multiple rounds of physical therapy. Her low back pain continued and radiated into her left hip, ultimately leading to a hip labral repair surgery 2 and a half years after the incident. While the Defendant claimed that the hip surgery was unrelated to the collision, Jerry and Julie’s advocacy for their client prevailed, and they were able to secure an outstanding result.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce hiring of Katherine Moorhouse as an associate. Katie brings with her an extensive knowledge regarding medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and other types of injury cases. Known as both a tough litigator and compassionate ally for her clients, Katherine has built a positive reputation due to her record of success and client-friendly approach. Katherine received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law School located in Chicago, Illinois. She began her legal career at a law firm that dealt extensively with medical malpractice and nursing home work, gaining extensive experience in claims against hospitals, nursing home cases and plaintiff’s litigation. As an active part of the legal community, she holds memberships with the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Katie is a welcome addition to the team at TPMB.
Partners Sean Murray and Gerald J. Bekkerman have filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois for the wrongful death of a young roofer who fell through a open skylight at a roofing construction project in Waukeegan, IL. The roofer was originally from Tennessee and came to Illinois to work as a subcontractor on the project. Numerous safety violations and OSHA violations have been discovered on the project, and prior to the death of this worker, another worker had fallen through a similar open skylight. The owner of the project, the general contractor, and the roofing company who hired the decedent have been sued by the grieving family of the decedent for their damages under the Wrongful Death and Survival Act.
May 2017TPMB has been retained by four nurses who were involved in a tragic hostage taking incident at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL on May 13, 2017. The hostage crises and escape of the dangerous criminal was a national news story. A dangerous inmate with a history of multiple felonies who was in jail awaiting trial and potentially a lengthy prison sentence was brought to the hospital after he intentionally ingested a jail issued sandal. While in the hospital, he was unshackled by his guard. The inmate then used that opportunity to attack the guard and take his gun. The inmate left his room and encountered the Delnor nurses and took one of them hostage for several hours, during which time he repeatedly assaulted her. Partner Sean Murray has filed a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the nurses Due Process rights for the actions of the guard and the Kane County Sheriff’s Department in creating a danger by unshackling the inmate and other violations of protocol. A news conference was held on the date of the filing. Further information on this lawsuit can be found in various media articles, including:
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce the addition of partner James B. Hardy to the lawfirm. Jim Hardy will be heading the firm’s workers compensation department. Jim has spent his entire legal career helping injured workers and their families. He has argued vigorously on behalf of his clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Cook County Circuit Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Jim has practiced exclusively in the field of workers compensation law for over 15 years and has achieved numerous noteworthy results. Jim has been recognized by his peers in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and was elected to the Officer position of Treasurer in January of 2016. Notably, Jim is slated to become President of the WCLA in 2019. For more information on Jim, please read his full biography here (link to Jim Hardy bio).
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Gerald Bekkerman and associate Julie Pustilnik have just settled a case for a total of $4.8 million dollars for a family of three that sustained significant injuries in an automobile crash on the Kennedy Expressway in 2014. The aggregate result is a combination of a jury verdict and two settlements that were reached during jury selection. The clients, a son, his Mom, and his Aunt, alleged that a driver of a pickup truck cut them off in their car on the highway, forcing them off the road and into a light pole. The defendant alleged that the son rear ended him. The offer on the date of trial was ZERO to the son. Our office was able to secure a settlement of $1.6 million for the aunt (spine fracture, shoulder fracture), and $1.1 million for the mom (spine fracture) during jury selection. After a one week trial, the jury returned a $1.25 million verdict for the son, which our office subsequently resolved for $2.1 million in lieu of a re-trial, bringing the total settlement for this automobile crash to $4.8 million. The TPMB trial team put on a spectacular trial in a difficult case and earned a great result for the clients.
TPMB has filed a lawsuit against the owner, general contractor, and subcontractor of a housing complex being built in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for the death of a construction worker in February of 2017. The construction worker had a brick fall on him from the third floor where employees of other contractors were negligently performing their job. Numerous OSHA safety violations were discovered at the construction site. The family of the decedent has hired the firm to prosecute its case for damages under the Wrongful Death Act, including for their grief and sorrow, loss of companionship and society, and burial expenses.
TPMB partner Gerald J. Bekkerman was an invited lecturer at the Annual Illinois Trial Lawyers Association “Damages” Seminar which was held on March 31, 2017 in Oak Brook, IL. The seminar attracts hundreds of Plaintiff lawyers from the Chicago area. Gerald’s presentation was called “Addressing and Overcoming Weaknesses with Your Client’s Damages” Gerald’s shared his experiences and tips on maximizing value on personal injury cases and preparing a case for trial. Gerald, along with partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock, and Sean Murray, serves as an elected Manager on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Board of Managers.
TPMB senior associate James P. Lynch presented a continuing legal education seminar to the DuPage County Bar Association Elder Law Section on “The Current State of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Contracts and Related Negligence Lawsuits.” Jim has many years of experience in the litigation of nursing home negligence lawsuits and shared his wisdom and experiences with members of the DuPage Bar Association.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC associate attorney, Jonathan D. Treshansky recently settled a case against a trucking company for the full insurance policy limits of One Million Dollars. Jon meticulously worked the case up for our 36 year old male client who was rear ended at a stop light by a semi tractor trailer at a low speed. Because there was minimal property damage and more than a month gap in medical treatment, the pre-suit offer was only $15,000. Jon filed suit and patiently waited when conservative treatment failed to relieve our client's back pain and he eventually followed up with a neurosurgeon requiring back surgery. There was no wage loss claim made. The settlement is meant to account for the pain and suffering and loss of normal life experienced by our client, as well as paying for any potential future medical treatment he may need going forward by the injuries causes by the trucking company.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce that Jennifer L. Bekkerman and Lauren Tuckey Murray have joined the firm as of counsel. Here's a little background on these two outstanding lawyers:
Jennifer L. Bekkerman has been practicing for 7 years. She began her career in the litigation department at Winston & Strawn LLP gaining experience that only the highest escholon of lawyers can receive in civil litigation defending corporations in lawsuits and government investigations. Jenny was appointed Deputy Special Prosecutor to assist Mr. Dan Webb in a high profile criminal investigation. Jenny now focuses on strategizing and researching complex issues in our civil cases and assisting with trial strategy and procedure for our attorneys. Jenny is also the founder and Co-Chair of the WBAI "Legally Mom" Initiative.
Lauren Tuckey Murray has been practicing for 6 years. She began her career with a prestigious insurance defense firm and had her first trial right out of the gate. Lauren continued to post impressive results defending multi-million dollar professional negligence, product liability, construction negligence and wrongful death lawsuits in both State and Federal Courts. Lauren was named a Leading Lawyers "Emerging Lawyer" in 2014, '15 and '16 and a "Rising Star" in 2016 and 2017 and she currently serves as a pro bono Child Representative at the CVLS.
Both lawyers are active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois holding offices, receiving accolades and chairing events and committees.
The resource of insight, collaboration and counsel that these lawyers provide to our firm makes us better, smarter, more prepared and more effective in our representation of our clients' interests.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce the hiring of James P. Lynch as a senior associate attorney. James P. Lynch is a trial lawyer who represents victims and their families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, he practiced commercial litigation at a prominent Chicago law firm, where he defended some of the largest trucking companies, bus operators, and insurance companies in the country against personal injury claims. Jim's experience defending against such personal injury claims gives him valuable insight to maximize his clients' recovery due to the negligence of others. In the short time period that Jim has represented the injured and their families throughout Illinois, he has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016, 2017) and featured in Chicago Magazine for this distinction, which is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois. During this same time period, Mr. Lynch has recovered millions in the process for injured clients through settlement, mediation and trial.
Jim received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007, where he was a recipient of the Corboy Trial Advocacy Fellowship, the CALI Award for the highest grade in Appellate Advocacy, and a member of the Dean's List. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC partner Brad Pollock believes in giving back to the legal community. On Friday, March 4th Brad was bestowed the honor of being the course instructor selected to give the demonstration Opening Statement at the Keith E. Roberts, Sr. Civil Trial Advocacy Program held at the DuPage County Courthouse. Brad gave the mock opening statement on behalf of an injured Plaintiff. The four week limited enrollment tuition based course is open to licensed attorneys seeking to sharpen their jury trial skills. The program is unique in that the mock trial presentations are presided over by sitting Circuit Court Judges. Lawyers interested in future programs can contact the DuPage County Bar Association for more information.
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC partner Gerald J. Bekkerman was honored to be asked to speak at an upcoming seminar being put on by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. The annual “Damages” seminar brings together some of the top attorneys in the field of Plaintiff's personal injury in the State of Illinois and attended by hundreds of attorneys. The seminar is taking place on March 31, 2017 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. Gerald will present on the topic of “Overcoming weaknesses in your client's damages.”
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC is proud to announce the opening of a second office in DuPage County. The new office will be located at 1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 500, in Lisle, IL. The second office will provide the firm's suburban clients easier access to the firm and its lawyers. Our Plaintiff's personal injury law firm handles cases in every county in the Chicagoland area, including DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall, Winnebago, Lake and of course Cook. We are proud to represent victims of negligence and injured people throughout the state and are available for new client appointments at the Lisle office starting February 1, 2017.
February 2017Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a construction worker who was killed at a construction site of a condominium building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on February 4, 2017. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) as well as the Chicago Police is investigating the incident.
Our firm specializes in construction negligence and work injury cases, including wrongful death cases at construction projects. These types of cases require the most experienced and dedicated attorneys. For a listing of just some of our firm's results in previous construction accident and work injury cases, click here.Read Full Article
The law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman is proud to announce that partners Marc Taxman, Brad Pollock and Sean Murray have been named Illinois Super Lawyers for the year 2017. In addition, partner Gerald Bekkerman, and associates Julie Pustilnik and Jon Treshansky, were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2017. The Super Lawyers recognition comes after a thorough selection and peer review process conducted by lawyers and judges in the State of Illinois. Only 5% of all practicing attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% are recognized as Rising Stars. The TPMB firm is proud of these peer based recognitions for its attorneys.
January 2017On January 16, 2017 the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ran a feature front page story on the formation of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC. The news story, titled “Old Colleagues Launch New Firm” discusses the history of the partners and their relationships and the motivation for the launch of the new firm.Read Full Article
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC has filed two separate lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County for two seriously injured railroad workers under the F.E.L.A. (Federal Employers Liability Act). This act protects railroad workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment. The two lawsuits, one against Amtrak, the other against BNSF, stem from the negligence of the railroad in causing the severe and life altering injuries suffered by two hard working rail road workers. For more information on your rights if you are injured while working for the railroad, read our firm's Practice Areas summary of F.E.L.A. and railroad work injuries.