Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that a $2,250,000.00 settlement has been reached in The Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a 46 year old man who sustained significant injuries to his right knee following a bicycle accident in June of 2014. The case was settled on the eve of trial by Gerald Bekkerman and Jennifer Bekkerman of Bekkerman Law Offices. The lawsuit stemmed from a bike crash on Damen and Chicago Avenue in which the Plaintiff, a 46 year old musician, was riding in a bike lane on his way to work. At the same time, an employee of a construction company, driving a company vehicle, a Honda Insight, made a left hand turn into the path of the cyclist, causing a collision. There were no witnesses to the occurrence. Plaintiff alleged he had the right of way on a green light and was riding in the bike lane. Defendant claimed he entered the intersection, stopped, waited for traffic to pass, and then as he was making a left turn, the cyclist came out of nowhere crashing into his car. Bekkerman Law Offices retained an accident reconstruction expert to support Plaintiff's version, and dis-prove the defendant driver's. The settlement amount takes into account the severity of the injuries, including right knee trauma, with fractures above and below the knee joint, and several surgeries to place and remove hardware. The settlement also compensates the Plaintiff and his family for the two year struggle he has had to overcome his injuries through several surgeries, dozens of therapy sessions, prolonged hospitalizations, and for his severe mental and physical pain and anguish.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce the hiring of two new associate attorneys, Jared Duke and Haig Hamidian. Jared Duke is a promising litigation attorney with a great skill for relating to and understanding the issues injured people face on a daily basis. Prior to joining Bekkerman Law Offices, Jared worked primarily as a civil litigation attorney for small businesses and in the area of creditors' rights throughout Illinois. Throughout his career, he has acquired hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients through settlements and trials. He has also advised and guided numerous business owners through the formation and expansion of their companies. Haig Hamidian is an experienced personal injury trial lawyer with a history of great results for clients in and out of the court room. Prior to working at Bekkerman Law, Haig was an associate at a personal injury firm for two years representing individuals against insurance companies after sustaining serious injuries. Haig brings compassion, knowledge of the law, and great enthusiasm to his role as an attorney at Bekkerman Law Offices. Jared, Haig join the 6 lawyer team at Bekkerman Law Offices, one of Chicago's fastest growing and prominent personal injury trial law firms. Contact any of our experienced attorneys for a free consultation today if you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your rights.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that the Circuit Court of Will County has approved a $1.5 million dollar settlement for the estate of a special needs handicapped adult who died in October of 2011 after she suffered numerous falls at her group home. The decedent, age 60, was a long time resident of Cornerstone Services, a group home for adults with mental disabilities. Beginning in the summer of 2011 she began to experience repetitive falls while in the home, with several of these falls resulting in head injury. Despite her deteriorating health, the group home failed to properly notify her doctors and take her to needed medical appointments. A fall in late September of 2011 resulted in a brain bleed and the decedent was hospitalized for 4 days. Upon returning to the group home, no precautions were taken to monitor her or care for her deteriorating health. As a result, she suffered 4 more falls, the last of which resulted in a head injury with a chronic subdural hematoma, which led to her death the same day. The decedent, who was unmarried and had no children or parents, was survived by numerous cousins, including her guardian, age 81, who retained Bekkerman Law Offices to seek justice on behalf of her deceased cousin. The case settled after nearly 3 years of litigation on the eve of a jury trial in Joliet, IL.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that Meghan McDonald has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Meghan has been with the firm as a law clerk since 2013 and is proud to permanently join the team as an attorney this past year. Meghan is a promising trial attorney who is passionate about helping injured people. Meghan earned her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school, she was elected President of the Society of Women in Law and served on the Chicago-Kent Student-Alumni Board. While in law school, Meghan appeared on the Dean's List and was inducted into the Bar & Gavel Honor Society for outstanding service to the law school and the community.
Gerald Bekkerman, founding and managing partner, has been recognized by his peers as an Emerging Lawyer in a survey conducted by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.Emerging Lawyers are made up of 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.
On July 1, 2015, Bekkerman Law Offices moved to its new office, located at 444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000. The newly built suite overlooks Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River in the heart of the Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods, Chicago's commercial, entertainment, hospitality and residential centers. The new office is walking distance to the Circuit Court of Cook County and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that Jennifer Bekkerman has joined the firm as a partner. Jennifer joins the firm after five years of practicing complex commercial litigation defense and trial work at Winston & Strawn LLP, a Chicago-based international law firm. Jennifer's prior practice focused on trial work in state, federal and multi-district litigation cases concerning product liability, antitrust, federal regulatory compliance, and white collar criminal defense matters. Jennifer will focus her time as a senior trial counsel, supervising the attorneys at Bekkerman Law Offices in all aspects of trial practice and litigation. Jennifer is excited to join her husband Gerald and the staff at Bekkerman Law Offices.
Bekkerman Law Offices, LLC is proud to announce a $4.5 million dollar settlement on behalf of two women seriously injured as a result of being struck by a driver operating a semi-truck in rural Ohio on behalf of a national trucking company. The crash occurred overnight while the women were on their way back to Chicago from a road trip. The defendant truck driver denied ever seeing victims' car before impact. Both women, an aunt and her niece, sustained significant injuries. The aunt, 70 years old, sustained multiple fractures of her jaw, mouth and hip, requiring oral surgery, extensive dental work and jaw therapy, and prolonged hospitalization. She may require a future hip surgery in the future. The niece, a 37 year old, was previously on disability due to an underlying pre-existing neurological condition that required a ventricular shunt to be placed into her spine and brain. The shunt fractured in this crash, requiring 4 revision surgeries. Her neurosurgeons testified that while the shunt was properly repaired, the woman would have prolonged permanent consequences from the crash, including the need for possible future spine surgery. Bekkerman Law Offices was able to file and keep the case in the Northern District of Illinois Federal Court under diversity jurisdiction. Through retained experts, including an accident reconstructionist, Plaintiffs were able to confirm the fault of the truck driver, and rule out any comparative fault on the driver (niece). A thorough investigation by Bekkerman Law Offices into the driver revealed a history of speeding tickets, reckless conduct, and a DUI and failed drug test, all while working for the national carrier. Through a retained safety expert, Bekkerman Law Offices was able to plead willful and wanton entrustment to set up an award of potential punitive damages at trial.
October 2014Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that each of its three attorneys has been selected as a 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star. This exclusive distinction, determined solely by peer review and recommendation, is awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in the state. This is the 4th consecutive year that Gerald Bekkerman has been selected for this honor and the first year that both Jonathan Treshansky and Octavio Duran have been honored. Bekkerman Law Offices congratulates both Jonathan and Octavio on their peer recognition and award. With three top notch trial attorneys, recognized and respected by their peers, Bekkerman Law Offices continues to be the right choice for those seeking aggressive and competent representation for their injury cases. Call our office for a free consultation to speak with any of our attorneys to discuss a potential case.Read Full Article
Bekkerman Law Offices has reached a settlement in a boat accident injury case in downstate Illinois case which is believed to be the largest reported settlement in Shelby County, IL. The $850,000.00 settlement comes on behalf of a 25 year old female boat passenger who was seriously injured when the operator of the boat she was on unexpectedly took a sharp left turn while traveling at speeds in excess of 25 mph n Lake Shelbyville. The young woman was thrown to the side of the boat and sustained a fractured disc in her cervical spine. She required neck surgery, prolonged rehabilitation, and continues to have permanent pain and disability to date. Medical experts retained by Bekkerman Law Offices testified that the young woman will need another surgery in her lifetime to repair the damage to her neck in the accident.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that Octavio Duran has been hired as an associate attorney. Octavio is a successful and reputable young trial attorney who has practiced personal injury law exclusively for the past three years in Chicago. Octavio has deep ties to the Hispanic community in the Chicago land area and is a mentor and leader in his community. Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to have Octavio join its team of personal injury trial lawyers and looks forward to many more successes in and out of the courtroom with the addition of Octavio to the team.
June 2014Bekkerman Law Offices has filed suit against the Chicago Transit Authority for the wrongful death of a 31 year old man who was found dead after being struck overnight by a non-operating CTA train at the Green Line Pulaski stop. An article citing the circumstances of the incident can be found here:Read Full Article
Partner Gerald Bekkerman was interviewed by WGN news on the use of bike helmet cameras and video admissibility for accidents in personal injury cases.
Partner Gerald Bekkerman was quoted in the Chicago Sun Times on the issue of potholes and sinkholes plaguing the City of Chicago.
After a weeklong trial at the Daley Center in Chicago, Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that a Cook County jury has returned a $2.27 million dollar verdict against the City of Chicago for an injured U.S. Postal worker who's leg fell into a sinkhole while he was walking in a pedestrian crosswalk. The incident occurred in March of 2008 in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The injured postal worker sustained a torn ACL and other knee injuries, requiring six surgeries since 2008 and has not been able to return to full duty work. Partner Gerald Bekkerman and associate Jon Treshansky argued the case. The Honorable Richard Elrod presided. The jury of twelve deliberated just under 5 hours before coming to a unanimous verdict. The $2.27 million dollar verdict accounts for the past and future medical expenses and lost wages incurred by the postal worker.
February 2014Partner Gerald Bekkerman was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and the American Bar Association Journal on the issue of video recording devices and bicycle accident cases. The articles can be found here:Read Full Article
A Cook County Circuit Court Judge has approved settlement in the amount of $900.000.00 for the families of 2 minors who suffered third degree burns and scarring to their bodies after being burned with sulfuric acid. The incident occurred when a fellow minor took a container of high grade drain opener containing sulfuric acid and poured it on the 2 injured minors. The sulfuric acid was alleged to be left out on the property where the minors resided. The landlord and property manager at the premises were sued by Bekkerman Law Offices and a settlement agreement was entered into by the families of the minors and the landlord's insurance company after 3 years of litigation. Each minor's estate will receive $450,000.00. For more information on the case see this previous news story.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that for a 3rd straight year, partner Gerald J. Bekkerman has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers rising star. As in years prior, Gerald is thankful and humble for this peer distinction, which only recognizes 2.5% of the best young attorneys in Illinois as voted upon by fellow attorneys and judges.
July 2013Bekkerman Law Offices has filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Will County in Joliet, IL against Cornerstone Services Inc., a long term nursing and care facility for physically and mentally disabled people. The suit stems from the untimely and tragic passing of a special needs 61 year old female resident who sustained injuries after numerous falls at the Cornerstone facility. Ultimately a final fall resulted in the passing of the female resident due to severe head injuries. The family of the special needs resident has retained Bekkerman Law Offices to investigate and prosecute the case on the family's behalf. The case has been covered locally by the Joliet Herald, click for the story here.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that partner Gerald Bekkerman has obtained a record setting jury verdict of $350,000.00 after a week-long jury trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Clarksville, TN. This verdict for a family of suburban Chicago residents who were injured on the interstate in rural Tennessee when they were struck from behind by a tractor-trailer while traveling to a family vacation in Florida, is the highest reported automobile jury verdict in that jurisdiction in Tennessee.
February 2013Bekkerman Law scores another jury verdict for an injured Chicago cyclist. Despite 4 separate witnesses testifying on behalf of a defendant and against our client at trial, it took just under 1 hour for a jury of 12 Cook County citizens to find that a driver of a sedan was 100% at fault for causing an accident with a cyclist in Chicago in May of 2011. The jury returned a six figure verdict for a 25 year old student who sustained a broken elbow which needed surgery after the defendant turned his sedan into Plaintiff's path in a street with no marked bike lane. This verdict represents yet another unanimous victory for an injured Chicago cyclist represented by Bekkerman Law Offices. Read our Chicago Bicycle Injury Blog for more information.
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that Jonathan Treshansky has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Jonathan is a recent graduate of DePaul College of Law and received his b.a. from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Jon is a zealous advocate for injured people and an aggressive trial attorney. Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to welcome Jon to the team.
For the second consecutive year Bekkerman Law Office is proud to announce that Gerald Bekkerman has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star. This award is given to only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys and is awarded based solely on the recommendation of peers in the legal profession. Mr. Bekkerman is proud to have received this great honor for a second consecutive year and will continue to work diligently for the rights of injured people in Illinois and Wisconsin.
January 2012Bekkerman Law Offices has helped finalize a $525,000.00 settlement for the family of a teenage autistic boy who was violently assaulted by a Chicago Police Officer in 2009. The case received national attention.Read Full Article
Bekkerman Law Office is proud to announce that Gerald Bekkerman has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers 2011 Rising Star. This award is given to only 2.5% of Illinois attorneys. This distinction recognizes Mr. Bekkerman's efforts as he continues to fight for his clients in and out of the courtroom.
December 2010Bekkerman Law Offices files lawsuits on behalf of several Chicago bicyclists as a result of "dooring" injuries, where motorists fling their doors open in front of a cyclist passing in the bike lane, in violation of City of Chicago ordinance. For more Chicago Bicycle Rights and Laws, visit our blog. September 2010Bekkerman Law Offices files lawsuit against landlord and property manager for leaving hazardous chemicals on residential property which caused horrific 3rd degree burns to two minors.Read Full Article December 2009Bekkerman Law Offices files civil rights lawsuit against City of Chicago Police Officers who violently assaulted an autistic teenager in his family's restaurant.Read Full Article