Lawsuit Venue-Dispelling Old Myths

Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Serving Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will Counties

In law and litigation, “venue” describes the county or district in which a case must be heard. Unfortunately, there are many preconceived notions and myths about venue, typically involving juries and what they will or won’t do. For example, one common myth in Illinois is that the county in which a case is heard determines whether a victim will receive justice, and in Illinois, victims/injured plaintiffs can only get a fair trial in Cook County.

Recent Justice in DuPage and Kane Counties

However, two recent cases demonstrate just how this is a myth: In DuPage County, a jury awarded an a woman who lost her unborn child due to negligence by staff at a Naperville hospital $11.5 million in a medical malpractice case. In addition, in Kane County, injury lawyer John Perconti recently settled a trucking accident/wrongful death lawsuit for $6.5 million. Our client, his wife and their three-year-old son were driving to a pumpkin patch on Halloween when a trucker driver, who was under the influence of marijuana and driving an unsafe, overloaded semi-truck, barreled into the rear of our client’s pick-up truck. As a result, his 32 year-old wife died at the scene, and our client and his son suffered significant personal injuries. The family received $4.7 million for the wrongful death of our client’s wife, $1.5 million for his injuries, and $300,000 for the personal injuries his young son endured. The wrongful death portion was the largest wrongful death settlement recorded in Kane County.

Research and Representation Count

These recent cases demonstrate that preconceived notions about lawsuit venue are unproven and often become self-fulfilling prophecies. In reality, the only way to understand the influence that venue can and will have is to perform jury research in the county where the case will be tried. What attorneys have settled cases for in the past does not predict what juries will do.

In fact, we are confident that clients who are injured or have had loved ones die due to someone else’s negligence or an intentional act will receive fair and reasonable compensation when they are represented by attorneys who possess the appropriate experience, knowledge and resources.

This Also Applies to Settlements

When it comes to settling with insurance companies, being in a “more conservative venue” also will not stop an insurance carrier from going to settlement for the same amount as any other venue; again, if you have a good case, then you have a strong case, regardless of venue. This is especially true for medical malpractice cases, which often go to settlement.

Levin & Perconti

Since 1992, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti have successfully resolved cases for clients in courts throughout Illinois. Our experienced lawyers do not let location hinder our efforts, and we will never settle a case for less than it is worth because of venue.

If you have suffered a personal injury, or a loved one has died due to negligence in Illinois, call us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 to discuss your legal options. You may also complete our personal injury contact form and an attorney will call you back shortly.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client