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Corboy & Demetrio announces with profound sadness that its founding partner, Philip H. Corboy, died this morning in his home in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Mary Dempsey, at his side. Phil was 87 years old.

When meeting potential clients to explore whether a medical malpractice case should be investigated, common issues arise which confront families in providing necessary health care to their loved ones. 

When my children were little, one of my pet peeves was that they would not turn off the lights when they left a room.  If it was dark and they were going upstairs to get something from their rooms, they would turn on the upstairs hall light; stop in and use the bathroom leaving the lights on; go to their room; grab what they needed and come back downstairs leaving their room, bathroom and hallway lights on.  I always saw it as an unnecessary waste of energy and money lighting an area that did not need it.  A compromise was achieved: I installed presence detectors.  They had light when needed; I had lights turned off when not needed.        

Italian cruise ship will be removed whole from the water, according to news reports.

The family of a woman who went into the hospital for a one-day surgery has settled a wrongful death claim filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of her estate for $2,500,000. An order approving the settlement was entered by the Honorable Kathy M. Flanagan.

Chicago Lawsuit Claims Charter Bus Company Negligent in Hiring Driver 

On the first Monday of every October, the United States Supreme Court begins a new term and schedules arguments on new cases.  This new term, which begins next week on October 4th, will be no different.

Medical malpractice cases are among the most expensive to bring and difficult to win. Nationwide, including Illinois and Cook County, the defense prevails in medical malpractice trials almost 80% of the time. For this reason alone, the screening process that determines what cases should be pursued through a lawsuit is critical to the likelihood of ultimate success through either settlement or a favorable plaintiff’s verdict.

Even as trial lawyers, we follow the sage advice of our 16th President, when appropriate, to “discourage litigation…Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.”  But, when extreme carnage is caused by clear negligence, it is the law’s mandate that the damaged victim be made whole.  In these situations, the offenders must be held accountable.  Responsibility is a noble goal, but in the face of tragedy, who is responsible, for what, and how?

On Friday, June 11, 2010, over 200 attorneys from law firms all over the city volunteered their time at social service agencies around the city through the Women Everywhere - Partners in Service Project (“WE”), Community Service Day. As president of WE, I was overwhelmed by the contributions and support given to this project.

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