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Partner, Miranda Soucie, Argues In Front of the Supreme Court

Spiros Law, P.C. partner Miranda Soucie traveled to Springfield where she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court. Ms. Soucie argued on behalf of Spiros Law, P.C. client, Barbara Monson, against the City of Danville.

Ms. Monson fell as a result of an improperly maintained portion of sidewalk resulting in several injuries. While the city argued that they are immune from liability, Ms. Soucie argued that they have “the duty to exercise ordinary care to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition.”

The Illinois Supreme Court hears very few cases each year and we were honored one of ours was chosen, giving Ms. Soucie the opportunity to argue before the Illinois Supreme Court.

One killed, two injured in crash near Foosland

A 29-year old man from Foosland was killed in a crash in Northwestern Champaign County on Thursday night. Authorities say that a driver’s failure to stop at an intersection led to the collision, which killed one and injured two others. Illinois State Police say that the accident occurred at the intersection of County Road 3200 N. and Illinois 47.

The 22-year-old driver of the other vehicle was reportedly trying to pass a third vehicle in the intersection when he struck the victim’s car. The driver and another 22-year-old passenger were taken to Gibson Area Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver was also issued tickets for disobeying a no-passing zone, improper passing at an intersection, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

To learn more, read the full News-Gazette story and check back here for regular updates.

Four vehicle collision in Iroquois County leaves 1 dead and at least 2 injured

A four-vehicle crash on Tuesday morning on Illinois 1 in Iroquois County resulted in the death of an Indiana man. At least two others were transported to a local hospital for treatment. According to authorities, the 75-year-old victim was stopped at a red light at an intersection on County Road 500 when a semi-trailer failed to stop and struck his vehicle from behind, pushing him into the intersection. His vehicle was struck by both a car and a minivan that were headed southbound in the intersection. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the semi-trailer was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Read the full news report on The News-Gazette, and check back here for updates on this tragic story.

Kickapoo fire truck responding to an apartment fire collides with car, injuring at least one

The southbound lanes of Illinois 1 have been closed, and a northbound lane has been shut down at Ross Lane following a serious collision. Authorities are on the scene and emergency medical personnel have already transported at least one person to an area hospital after a fire truck collided with a passenger vehicle and overturned.

A tanker truck from the Kickapoo Fire Protection District was responding to a large fire at an apartment building in downtown Westville when the accident occurred. Other fire crews from Westville and neighboring departments were able to respond to the fire.

Read more about this developing story at the News-Gazette or check back here for more information.

Two killed in head-on collision on Illinois 1 near Hoopeston

A head-on collision on Illinois 1 near Hoopeston has left both drivers dead, according to a report from the Illinois State Police. The accident occurred at 6:21 p.m. on Wednesday near County Road 3870 N.  It is believed that a 59-year old woman heading southbound in a minivan was hit head-on by a 52-year old man driving a pickup truck. Authorities do not know the reason why, but the driver of the pickup truck crossed the center line into the southbound lane, causing the vehicles to collide. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was airlifted to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, and the names of the victims have not been released. For more information on this story, read the News-Gazette report, or check back with us for more details.

Alcohol-related rollover crash on I-74 leaves 1 dead and 5 injured near Ogden

Authorities are still investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 74 near Ogden that occurred at 11:27 p.m. on Friday night. A 27-year old Danville man was killed in the rollover accident, and five other men aged 15-24 were transported to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries. The occupants of the Chrysler Pacifica were headed east when their vehicle left the road, hit the median wires, and overturned, ending up in the westbound traffic lanes.The deceased was ejected from the vehicle in the crash. Illinois State Police state that alcohol was found at the scene, and they did not know if any of the individuals in the accident were wearing seatbelts at the time of the rollover crash.

Because police are still investigating the accident, no tickets have been issued and the official cause of the accident has not yet been announced. For more information on this devastating accident, follow the story at The News-Gazette, or check back here for more details as they are announced.

Spiros Law is proud to sponsor Culture Shock Danville

This year, Spiros Law has joined other local businesses in proud sponsorship of the three-day music fest, Culture Shock Danville. The festival will take place September 22-24, and will feature amazing bands, craft and art vendors, and food vendors for festivalgoers to enjoy. Bands that will be taking the stage at the festival include The Main Squeeze, Matthew Curry, Steady Flow, The Werks, The Royal Hounds, and many, many others. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a longer list of acts that will be appearing. The finalized lineup and times have not been released yet, but check the festival’s official page, CultureshockDanville.com in the coming week for more details.

The three-day festival promises to provide family-friendly fun for people of all ages, and the best part is, admission is free!

The entire team at Spiros Law is excited to sponsor this great event and enjoy some great entertainment with our neighbors here in the Danville community.

AAJ Webinar Set to Feature Spiros Law Attorney Miranda Soucie

The American Association for Justice has scheduled a talk on August 22 that is set to be hosted by the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, and features four speakers including one of Spiros Law’s own: Miranda Soucie. She will be joining Ken Levinson, Mike Neff, and Dan Chamberlain in a discussion about preparing a discovery and preparing yourself and your client for 30(b)(6) depositions. The name of the webinar is Slip & Fall Webinar Series Part III: Discovery & Deposition Tactics and will begin at 2:00 pm on Tuesday for those of you in the Eastern Time Zone.

Updated Story: Death of nursing home resident likely the result of “systemic issues” at Good Shepherd Manor

Daily Journal/Tiffany Blanchette

Following the death of a 69-year-old man who was a resident at Good Shepherd Manor nursing home in Moment, the Illinois Department of Public Health released a report citing “systemic issues” at the home. The report faults the elder care facility for the man’s death from heat stroke after being left in a facility van after a group shopping trip.

Investigators cited Good Shepherd’s violations of the group’s own policies, including a policy prohibiting outdoor activities when the outside temperature exceeds 90 degrees (the temperature the day in question was 92.7 degrees, according to reports), as well as the fact that only one individual in the group of thirteen was authorized to go on the shopping trip. According to the story in The Daily Journal:

“Ultimately, the report concludes that “based on review and interview the governing body and management failed to provide facility operating direction and oversight resulting in systemic issues affecting all 15 individuals who reside at the facility.” It adds: “The facility failed to develop and implement policies and procedures documenting protocols to ensure the safety of residents when participating in community outings.”

The proper care of elderly family members and friends is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. When elder care facilities fail to follow their own policies and procedures, residents may suffer unnecessarily. We will continue to monitor and report on this continuing story. For more information, contact the attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 443-4343 or check back on our blog for updates.

Alleged violations lead to $50,000 fines for two Danville nursing homes

Danville Care Center and Gardenview Manor, two nursing homes in the Danville area, were both cited with Type AA violations and have each been fined $50,000 in connection to alleged violations that led to resident deaths. This information was released this week by the Illinois Department of Public Health in its first quarter nursing home violation report.

Type AA violations are given “when there is a condition or occurrence at a facility that proximately caused a resident’s death”. This violation is the third in four consecutive months for Gardenview Manor, a 213-bed facility located at 14792 Catlin-Tilton Road in Danville. Authorities say the facility failed to properly assess a particular resident’s risk for falls and serious injury and institute the correct safeguards accordingly. The resident suffered a serious fall that resulted in serious injuries that led to the individual’s unfortunate death.

The other facility, Danville Care Center, received the Type AA violation in March. The facility failed to “honor a resident’s Advanced Directive and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation when the resident was found unresponsive.” According to the News Gazette story, the facility has requested a hearing.

At Spiros Law, we believe that the elderly should be treated with the utmost care and compassion at all times. When we place our loved ones in the care of an elder care facility, we have a reasonable expectation that our loved ones will be tended to and cared for with respect and dignity. Failure to safeguard the health and well-being of a parent or grandparent is unacceptable. If your loved one has suffered injury or worse due to the negligent actions of a caregiver or facility, do not hesitate to contact us immediately to discuss your rights and the actions you may take to hold them accountable.