Shannon Law Group - March 2020

135 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 2200 Chicago, IL 60603

3550 Hobson Rd., Ste. 403 Woodridge, IL 60517

312-578-9501 | MARCH 2020


It is our distinct honor and privilege to represent our clients in court. However, we want to do more for you than just that. We want to provide resources to help you navigate the legal system, so I thought I would devote this month’s column to our new publications. As you may know, we have a team of attorneys who concentrate on handling trucking cases that have resulted in catastrophic injuries. Over the last decade, we’ve handled cases in the trial courts, but we have also set precedent in the appellate courts for transportation cases. Many times, innocent drivers are hit by semitrucks that carry the bare minimum of insurance. It is then the job of the innocent driver’s lawyer to find all entities responsible for the crash. It is vitally important for the lawyer to find

out which entities, if any, were actually controlling this driver during the trip.

for when punitive damages are appropriately applied.

In one of our appellate cases, Taluc v. C.H. Robinson, we set the precedent for holding a broker liable for the acts of its trucker. In this case, the jury found that the broker controlled the trucker and therefore should be liable for the acts of its agent. In another one of our appellate cases, Baumrucker v. Express Taxi Cab, our client was hit while on a crosswalk by a cab driver who had not been vetted and had a history of reckless driving. The jury found that the cab company had acted recklessly in hiring the driver and awarded punitive damages against the cab company. In this case, we set the precedent for holding transportation companies liable for reckless hiring of drivers and set some of the standards

Our terrific trial lawyer Pat Cummings thought it would be a good idea to write a book for our clients to address the issues that arise in trucking cases. His book, “How to Avoid a Trucking Nightmare: What You Need to Know After a Truck-Related Injury” will hit the presses in the coming months. I’ve read the manuscript, and it is very well done. Our second publication will address mesothelioma, the disease caused by asbestos exposure. When I first started as a lawyer in Chicago nearly 30 years ago, I represented an asbestos manufacturer and handled numerous mesothelioma cases. Many times, I took depositions of men from their bedside as they were dying from this horrific disease. Men are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2020. We were recently retained by a man who was set to enjoy his retirement. We decided to write an informational pamphlet on the issue entitled “Meso Killers: A Saga of Corporate Greed, Lies, and the Painful Deaths of American Workers.” This publication will be available in the coming months, as well. If you would like a copy of either of these books, stay tuned to our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Email Brittany at if you would like to be put on the waitlist to receive a free print copy of “How to Avoid a Trucking Nightmare” or “Meso Killers” when they’re published. – Joe Shannon

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