• Ever since he became the youngest attorney in the nation to secure a jury verdict in excess of $1 million at 28 years old, attorney Joseph A. Power, Jr. has set a standard for excellence that few others have been able to meet. After securing more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for his clients and winning countless awards over the course of his career, Mr. Power, Jr. has been inducted ...
  • An apparent engine failure caused the right side of American Airlines Flight 383 to catch fire on October 28, injuring 20 people. The plane destined for Miami, FL reportedly caught fire as it was taking off from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. So far, eighteen people have filed a lawsuit against Boeing, General Electric, and American Airlines. The plaintiffs allege that defective ...
  • Every year, the 40 Under Forty Committee at Law Bulletin Publishing Company selects the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in Illinois to receive their prestigious award. This year, more than 1,300 attorneys were nominated, and we are thrilled to announce that Power, Rogers & Smith attorney Carolyn Daley Scott was selected to 2016’s list. “Carolyn has found a way to uniquely ...
  • Jeronimo Yanez, the St. Anthony, MN police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile on July 6 of this year, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday morning. He was also charged with two felony counts of intentional discharge of a firearm. Yanez is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. Castile, a 32-year-old black man and cafeteria worker, was pulled over on a busy stretch of ...
  • Attorney Todd A. Smith Featured in Lawdragon
    Power Rogers & Smith founding partner Todd A. Smith was recently featured in Lawdragon’s Lawyer Limelight, an interview series that features top lawyers across the United States. The interview, published on October 24, covered topics ranging from Todd’s origins as a criminal defense lawyer to his love for the Chicago and Evanston, Illinois and his involvement with various public ...
  • After securing over $180 million for clients in settlements alone, the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. maintained it position atop the Chicago Lawyer Settlements report for the seventh year in a row. Through their tireless work, the attorneys secured nearly $184 million in settlements for its clients between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, including 52 settlements of at least ...
  • Samsung’s attempt to fix their spontaneously combustible Galaxy Note 7 smartphones is officially over now that the replacement phones have started catching fire. The company began sending customers replacement devices in September after they initiated a global recall to address the faulty-battery issue, but reports of those second devices still catching fire has pressured Samsung to stop ...
  • Power Rogers & Smith, LLP attorney Devon C. Bruce filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. on behalf of Michael Taylor who was injured after his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames. According to Taylor, he woke up to his phone shooting out flames one morning in mid-August. The flames caused burns ranging from first to third degree across his ...
  • Power Rogers & Smith founding partner Todd A. Smith was one of only two speakers invited to the European Trial Lawyers annual conference from the United States this past weekend. He addressed the conference in Madrid, Spain on the topic of “Personal Injury and Consumer Class Actions in the U.S.” on Saturday, September 10. Todd specializes on serious aviation, personal injury, ...
  • More Than 4 Million Vehicles Recalled by General Motors
    General Motors Co. released a statement this morning announcing the recall of nearly 4.3 million of their vehicles from around the world over defective seatbelts and airbags, including about 3.6 million from within the United States. According to General Motors, the problem is related to a software defect that can prevent the vehicles’ seatbelt from working, and can prevent the airbag from ...
  • What Are Surgical Never Events?
    Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans trust surgeons with their lives and wellbeing. Unfortunately, surgical errors are a reality and they occur more often than you might think. According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers, medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths every year, which would make them the third leading cause of death in the ...
  • The Risks of Compartment Syndrome
    Compartment syndrome is a dangerous and incredibly painful condition that is caused when pressure builds up from swollen tissue or internal bleeding in your arms and / or legs. This pressure buildup can prevent oxygen and nourishment from reaching muscle and nerve cells through decreased blood flow. This condition can be either chronic or acute. Acute Compartment Syndrome Acute compartment ...
  • The family of Joy Lambert filed a wrongful death lawsuit on August 18 after Lambert was killed in what is alleged to be an unjustifiable police chase on February 8, 2016. The police chase in question reportedly reached speeds of 83 miles per hour through rush hour traffic and lasted for two and a half miles. It ended when the car Deputy Christopher Moski was pursuing slammed into Lambert’s ...
  • Founding Partners of Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. Joseph Power, Jr., Larry Rogers, Sr. and Todd Smith have all been selected by their peers to the 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America © . Power, Jr. has received the award every year since 1987, Roger, Sr. has received the award every year since 2001, and Smith has received the award every year since 1997. The list, which consists of the ...
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
    In the United Stated each year, 30 percent of all injury-related deaths are caused by traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [1] , which totaled more than 50,000 deaths in 2010 alone. The CDC estimates that 2.5 million people sought treatment for, were hospitalized for, or died from effects from TBIs in 2010 – a 70 percent increase ...
  • Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?
    After the loss of a loved one, filing a lawsuit cannot bring them back, but when a loved one dies as the result of another’s wrongfoing, certain individuals have the right to seek compensation for expenses and hardships relating to the loss. When a loved one dies, who can bring a lawsuit? It’s important to note that only real parties in interest – the survivors who have suffered ...
  • What is a Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?
    Subgaleal hemorrhage, caused when the emissary veins rupture, is a potentially lethal condition affecting newborn children. This type of extracranial hemorrhage causes blood to accumulate between the skull and scalp, also known as the subgaleal space, and is one of the most dangerous brain bleeds due to the fact that nearly half of a newborn’s blood can fill that subgaleal space. Causes of ...
  • Failure to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes
    Gestational diabetes affects thousands of pregnant women in the United States each year. Not only does the mother have an increased risk for health complications, gestational diabetes creates an increased risk for health issues and birth injuries to her baby. While there are a variety of ways to help treat this type of diabetes, it’s vital for your doctor to stay vigilant and mitigate or ...
  • July 12, 2016 Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. partner Larry R. Rogers, Jr. appeared on FOX 32’s Good Day Chicago on July 12 to speak about the recent shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile at the hands of a police officer. Rogers, Jr. represents Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Castile who livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting to Facebook. “She did speak to [police] initially ...
  • Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, appeared on ABC News’ Good Morning America to speak about Castile’s shooting at the hands of a police officer last week. Castile was shot following a routine traffic stop last week in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The 32-year-old black man was pulled over for a reportedly broken tail light, when he was shot four times by police officer ...
  • What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic"?
    While there is no strict legal definition of a catastrophic injury, it generally means a severe injury that leads to either permanent or long-term disfigurement or disability. These types of injuries often include a lifetime of medical treatment, multiple surgeries, and a difficult recovery process. Two main factors to be considered when determining whether or not an injury can be defined as ...
  • Emergency Room Mistakes: Why They Happen & Common Errors
    Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working in emergency rooms are trained to manage multiple patients at a time under a variety of circumstances. Despite this training, however, warnings signs are sometimes missed or policies are neglected, which can cause a patient serious injury. According to a study published in BMC Emergency Medicine in 2009, 60 percent of all medical errors that ...
  • Hypoxia in Birth Injury Cases: Causes & Risks
    Hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen to the body’s tissues, can be especially damaging to a fetus and newborn baby. Perinatal hypoxia — when the infant receives inadequate oxygen before, during, or after birth — can occur when birth complications cause the infant to stop breathing. In cases of mild hypoxia, babies can recover without any permanent disabilities. In cases of moderate to ...
  • How Can Brain Injuries Be Caused by Medical Malpractice?
    Brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries one can suffer. Unfortunately, there are a variety of medical mistakes that can lead to permanent and catastrophic brain injuries. A few of the more common causes of brain injuries due to medical errors are described below. Birth Injuries Brain injuries sustained at birth are many times the most catastrophic. Brain trauma can adversely ...
  • The Risk of Truck Tire Blowouts in the Summer
    The summer months are upon us, and it’s time to prepare for the scorching sun and rising temperatures. While sunburn may be your biggest worry on the beach, there are potential dangers facing you on your journey to the sandy shores. Truck tire blowouts, a problem any time of the year, become increasingly likely as the temperature rises during the May through October months. Tire companies ...

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