Posted On: August 31, 2009

Chicago Area Therapist Accused of Childhood Sexual Abuse

A 26 year old Libertyville, IL, therapist from Kids Hope United in Lake Villa, IL, has been charged with criminal sexual assault following allegations of inappropriate contact with a 14 year old patient. Cori Rivelli, of the 1800 block of Milwaukee Ave., is being detained in a Lake County Jail facing a $200,000 bond. Reports indicate that Rivelli allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a patient at Kids Hope on more than one occasion over the summer. These encounters allegedly occurred at Rivelli’s Libertyville apartment while she was transporting the boy from the Kids Hope residential facility to see his parents in Peoria, IL.

The allegations reportedly surfaced after a staff worker overheard the boy mentioning details of the sexual relationship to another resident. There are also reports that Rivelli had revealed details about the inappropriate behavior to a co-worker. Rivelli has been placed on administrative leave from the facility.

The sexual abuse victim may have claims against both his abuser and the facility where he was staying. Chicago attorney Joesph G. Klest has over twenty nine years of experience handling sexual abuse claims. As a victim’s rights advocate, attorney Joseph G. Klest understands the often sensitive and emotional nature of sexual abuse cases. Additionally, attorney Klest helped co-author the current statute of limitations in childhood sexual abuse cases and has argued the issue in front of the Illinois Supreme Court. If you have any questions, or would like to contact attorney Klest, please click here.

Posted On: August 29, 2009

Chicago Boy Killed in Workplace Accident

A Chicago youth was killed earlier this month at a South Side worksite when he fell off his father’s lap as the man was operating a Bobcat. The tragic accident occurred at a construction site outside a building on the 8000 block of South Ellis Avenue which was being converted to condominiums. According to reports, the boy was fatally injured when the father backed the Bobcat off a curb causing the front-loader to jerk and the bucket to fall. The young boy fell forward out of his father’s arms and out of the Bobcat. He was mortally wounded by the falling bucket of dirt. The boy was pronounced dead at 10:42 a.m. on August 12th at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Family members related that the father would routinely bring the boy with him to worksites in an effort to both save money on child care and spend time with the boy. The boy was getting ready to start 4th grade at Sawyer Elementary School in Gage Park, IL.

The tragic workplace fatality serves as a reminder of the potential severity of workplace injuries. A Chicago personal injury attorney can help victims of workplace injuries explore potential avenues of recovery. If you have any questions regarding workplace injuries or would otherwise like to speak to a lawyer please call us today.

Posted On: August 25, 2009

Chicago Pedestrian Killed in Semi Accident; Police Initiate Crosswalk Safety Program

A Chicago man was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a large tractor trailer at the corner of Chicago Ave. and Ashland Ave. in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. According to the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit, 59 year-old Stephen Richardson was crossing the street around 10:30 p.m. when he hit by an 18 wheeler semi truck. Richardson, of the 2900 block of South Michigan Avenue, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County following the fatal accident. He was pronounced dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office at 10:30 p.m. Charges related to the pedestrian-truck accident have not been filed according to Police News Affairs Officer Gabrielle Lesniak. The Chicago Police’s Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the fatality.

In a related story, the Chicago police have reinstated a sting operation aimed at cracking down on motorists that fail to yield to pedestrians. The program, which was announced on Monday, is aimed at Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood. Undercover police officers posing as pedestrians will be ticketing and fining motorists that fail to yield at pedestrian crosswalks.

The latest sting operation is aimed at preventing accidents such as the one that claimed the life of Stephen Richardson. The family of the deceased pedestrian might have a wrongful death claim against the trucker and the trucking company. If you have any questions related to Chicago pedestrian fatalities or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: August 21, 2009

Chicago Construction Worker Killed at South Side Construction Site

A construction worker was killed last Tuesday when the Bobcat front-end loader that he was operating plunged seven stories. The fatal Chicago construction accident occurred at a Chicago Housing Authority demolition project in the 2400 block of South State Street. According to published reports, the victim was pinned between the Bobcat and the ground around 9:30 a.m. Investigators from OSHA have revealed that the victim was in the Bobcat at the time of the fall. He was reportedly unresponsive when emergency crews arrived. The accident occurred at a six building project site that is expected to be completed by this December.

The construction accident victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. One eyewitness was quoted as saying “They had to use a crane to lift him out. They put him in the ambulance after that they put the collar on his neck and everything. He didn’t look too good. He wasn’t moving.” Chicago police are still investigating the tragic construction fatality.

Posted On: August 14, 2009

Northwest Side Chicago Car Accident Leaves Two Critically Injured

A very serious Chicago car accident resulted in two severe injuries yesterday morning on Chicago’s Northwest side. The car crash occurred at the corner of North Devon Ave. and West Nagle Ave. around 5:30 a.m. According to Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez, a white delivery truck which was registered to Michele Baking Co. was left upside down following the crash. Michele Baking Co. is located at 3140 Mannheim Rd. in Franklin Park, IL. Information related to other vehicles involved in the crash has not been released.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva reports that two people were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, in critical condition following the crash. One of the victims is reportedly a pregnant woman. The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigations Unit is investigating the Chicago car wreck.

Serious car accidents can be physically and financially devastating. If you have been involved in a Chicago car accident or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: August 6, 2009

Chicago DUI Car Crash Kills South Side Woman

An alcohol related car accident claimed the life of a South Side woman early last Saturday morning on Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway. The two vehicle car crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the busy Chicago expressway near the Halsted street exit around 1:50 a.m. According to an Illinois State Police District Chicago trooper, the accident was caused by a wrong way driver travelling south in the northbound lanes. The head-on collision claimed the life of one woman and injured two others. The Chicago Fire Department was called out to the scene of the accident where they reportedly had to extricate the victim from a severly damaged car.

Reports indicate that the victim, Margaret Nwake of 6969 N. Ashland Ave., was a passenger in the vehicle when it collided with the wrong way driver. Nwake was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital around 2:49 a.m. by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the wrong way vehicle that caused the accident remains in custody as of Saturday but has yet to be charged. The Illinois State Police are investigating the fatal accident.

Alcohol related car accidents often lead to very serious injuries and even death. If you have questions regarding alcohol related car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: August 3, 2009

Illinois Expressway Car Accident Kills One; Injures Another

A deadly Chicago car accident left one dead and one seriously injured yesterday around 3:00 a.m. The fatal car crash occurred on Chicago’s Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near South Kostner Avenue. According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred when a 25 year old driver drove off the expressway and into a tree. The driver died in the crash while a 28 year old female passenger was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The female passenger reportedly suffered two broken legs as well as head injuries. Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the car crash. The car accident is still under investigation.

If you have been involved in an alcohol related Chicago car accident, you should contact an experienced injury lawyer as soon as practicable to investigate the crash and protect your rights. If you have any questions regarding Chicago area motor vehicle accidents or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney please click here.

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