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Bruce Robert Pfaff

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  • I hired a law firm to represent my deceased sisters wrongful death which turned into a pharmaceutical mass tort-8 years we have

    waiting, now to find that supposedly "i " did not follow or give timely info to them so the courts dimissed the case....that is a lie- i never received what they are saying i did not respond to, etc....i had the oppurtunity to speak to my lawyer "...

    Bruce’s Answer

    This looks like an awful situation. If I were you, I would ask for copies of all court orders concerning your case and then for a written explanation or a meeting with the responsible lawyer to learn exactly why the case was dismissed. If you feel like the wrong thing happened after going through those steps, you should consult with a law firm that prosecutes legal malpractice case. Our firm does and if you feel you need our help after learning more, feel free to contact me. Bruce Pfaff, Chicago, bpfaff@pfaffgill.com.

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  • My mother's house is making her sick. What options do I have?

    After purchasing a DW MH, it remained on their lot for approx. 2-3 months while we prepared the land. While on the lot, the dealer had no cap on the top, so rain ruined the inside marriage wall. When brought to the land for setup, we told them to ...

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    A successful case could be brought depending on that laws of the state that control the issue. I assume the seller of the motor home is in the same state as your mother's residence. In all likelihood, that state's laws will govern. Leaving the motor home exposed to the elements could easily be shown to be negligent; not removing the mold before delivery equally bad. The difficult issue may be to establish whether the mold from the motor home caused your mother's illness. A medical doctor will be needed to establish that essential element to the case. If your mother has a serious condition, the situation warrants consultation with a lawyer expert in product liability or personal injury law in the state where the events occurred.

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  • Do we have a case? Is it worth researching?

    My dad was recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis; he worked at a phosphate mining company for around 35 years. He recently had a coworker stop by to see him that he has not seen or spoken to in years. He told his former coworker of his diagn...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I am very sorry to learn of your father's situation. I am licensed to practice in Illinois and I am unsure where your father's exposure occurred so please take my suggestions with that grain of salt. Worker's protection and compensation laws do vary from state to state.

    A worker injured due to a jobsite exposure is entitled to worker's compensation benefits if a claim is timely filed. The worker may also obtain compensation against companies other than his employer if he can establish the exposure was due to their fault, typically negligence or the sale of an unsafe product.

    Please feel free to follow up with me with specifics if you believe I can be of service.

    My best wishes to you and your family, Bruce Pfaff, Pfaff & Gill, Ltd., Chicago.

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  • Can you sue the manufacturer for a product defect if the product was purchased used.

    If a person purchased a used motorcycle from a used dealer and then the motorcycle was defective and caused severe injury to the person, can he then sue the actual manufacturer of the motorcycle? Also, do you know of any recent Florida cases where...

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    The short answer is "yes," a dealer that is negligent and causes injury by selling an unsafe product can be successfully sued. Another possible theory is breach of warranty if the dealer extended a warranty. I cannot answer if that has been done in Florida recently, I am an Illinois lawyer.

    If you need referral to a competent Florida lawyer, I would be glad to recommend one or more of my friends who practice there.

    Best wishes, Bruce Pfaff, Chicago

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  • What can do I do when I find a thin, about 2 inch metal piece in my burrito at a restaurant?

    A couple days ago I went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant and ordered two tacos and a burrito. Half way through the burrito, I noticed something in my burrito that didn't look like food. It was a thin piece of metal, about 2 inches long. Luckily...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I cannot suggest that you pursue any legal claim. Since you feel fine and are not sick at all, this falls into the "no harm, no foul" category. The restaurant's courtesy to you after you reported the problem is commendable. Good luck to you!

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  • Could an Automaker be held responsible for contributing to a fatality due to defective airbags?

    My aunt lost her life when the car she was driving crashed into and then went over a concrete meridian structure and into the river. She drowned when the car went underwater. Airbags should of deployed at initial impact, but didn't. My mom wond...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I practice law in Illinois so to be sure, you might wish to check with a lawyer currently licensed in California. I do represent a good number of people in cases against automakers. I have learned from my work that airbags are "supplemental restraint systems" designed to minimize traumatic injuries to occupants in frontal or side collisions (if the vehicle has side airbags). I have never heard that airbags had any purpose to help float a car nor do I think that could be possible considering the physics of the situation.

    What seems to be the most important question is why did your aunt's vehicle go out of control in the first place?

    If your aunt's family is interested to pursue a claim, they should take all steps possible to preserve the vehicle in its present condition and document the scene carefully. Sincerely, Bruce Pfaff, Chicago

    If you need anything further, please feel free to contact me.

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  • Kindly list 10 defective product for me. thanks

    just want to know the kind of products that are defective in nature

    Bruce’s Answer

    Strict product liability is defined differently in different states. In Illinois, for example, a product is defective or unreasonably dangerous if it is unsafe when put to a reasonably foreseeable use or if the risks of the particular design outweigh the benefits of that design. We have had successful cases against these products just as a brief series of examples: front seats on Ford Escorts, front seats on Ford Explorers (they are weak and fail during certain rear impacts), a water cooled roof in an industrial furnace, punch press machines without adequate safeguards, over the counter medications sold in capsule form that were not tamper resistant, etc.

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  • Is there any legal action I can take?

    I recently discovered a dime in a pint of ice cream. Although I didn't ingest the dime, I feel that I was put in a dangerous situation. What, if any, legal action can I or should I take?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Dear Ambler,

    You were put at risk but happily that risk did not cause you harm. I see no basis for you to seek more than a refund or replacement of your ice cream.

    Best wishes, Bruce Pfaff

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  • Can i sue and who can i sue if i found a bone in my yogurt but i was not hurt?

    it was a store brand product

    Bruce’s Answer

    If you are not hurt, why would you want to pursue a lawsuit? Being a plaintiff in a lawsuit in no walk in the park. I wish you well,

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  • What kind of lawyer is needed to represent the following case?

    Death caused by defected implanted defibrillator: The implanted defibrillator was set to shock the patient's heart on demand when needed only. The defibrillator began to constantly shock the patient's heart randomly, leading to his death. A few mo...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I agree that it should not be hard for the family to find a lawyer. It may not be an easy, open and shut case, but based on what you wrote, there seems to be a strong basis to investigate a wrongful death claim. Obtaining the medical records and autopsy report, if an autopsy was done, would be very helpful. A lawyer should carefully review to see if there are issues of medical negligence or a product defect. Please let me know if we can help, Bruce Pfaff, Chicago, www.pfaffgill.com, bpfaff@pfaffgill.com.

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