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uberUber’s self-driving vehicle service took a bit of a detour in March, when the company temporarily shut down the service in Phoenix and Pittsburgh after a self-driving Uber vehicle was involved in a crash in the Phoenix area. After the accident was determined to be the fault of the other driver, Uber quickly resumed the service, Reuters reported.

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Christopher J. JohnsonCongratulations to Christopher J. Johnson on being named a Partner at Katz, Friedman Eagle Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck!! Chris handles Personal Injury Cases and has a special interest in trucking and auto accident claims. He represents his clients at the highest level and has an ongoing history of successful settlements and verdicts on behalf of those injured. We are very proud of Chris and are excited about his future at the firm!

Philip A BareckPhilip Bareck won the Appellate Court case of Dunteman v. Caterpillar which reestablished the principle that an employee’s self treatment of a work-related injury, at home, which worsens the condition is still work-related!

The Appellate Court unanimously reversed the Illinois Workers’ Compensation majority decision which had denied benefits and determined that as long as the work accident plays “a” role in the ultimate condition, it is still considered work-related.

Bareck has been interviewed and quoted concerning the impact of the Duntemandecision on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation System and has recently spoken at the WCLA Case law Seminar and Winnebago Bar Association concerning the case.

Philip A BareckRichard Johnson and Frank Bertuca were awarded the William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award for their work on the Amicus Curiae Committee during the past year. Johnson and Bertuca prepared a Friend of the Court Brief supporting a firefighter’s right to lifetime insurance arising out of an occupational injury. The Illinois Supreme Court will be addressing this case this Fall Session.

airplaneThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a final rule that bans the use and transport of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The ban applies to all U.S. and foreign airline carriers with scheduled flights into and out of the United States. When aviation accidents and injuries occur, a personal injury attorney can provide legal assistance for airline injury compensation.

In-flight Smoking

Today, virtually all U.S. airlines prohibit in-flight smoking to protect the health of passengers and prevent serious aviation accidents that result in airline injury compensation. The in-flight smoking timeline:

Mr. Johnson is proud to treat his clients like family and achieve the best possible outcomes

CHICAGO, IL, December 4, 2015, Attorney at Law Richard Johnson has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in workers’ compensation.

Richard K Johnson“Individuals choose Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck because we treat our clients like family members,” says Mr. Johnson, who brings with him 23 years of legal experience to the Chicago region. At the full-service legal practice, Mr. Johnson focuses on workers’ compensation, social security disability, personal injury, unions, and labor law. He was immediately intrigued by this niche area of law; thus, he has spent his career taking on challenges that have allowed him to climb to the top of his field. In recognition of his professional excellence, U.S. News and World Report named Mr. Johnson and his team ‘Firm of the Year for Workers’ Compensation Representing Claimants’ in 2013. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the field of Workers’ Compensation each year since 2008 and he has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the last three years by his peers.  He recently learned that he will be named among the Best Lawyers in America and the Best Worker’s Compensation Claimants Lawyer in Chicago for 2016.

Car troubleWhen people lease a car from a rental car company in Illinois, they expect to receive a vehicle that is safe to drive. Yet that is not always the case. Unfortunately, drivers may receive an unrepaired car that has been recalled by the manufacturer for a safety issue. Not only does this put the driver at risk of getting into a car accident, but a car accident attorney Chicago knows that it also endangers the lives of everyone else on the road. A proposed bill aimed to change this policy has been introduced to the U.S. Senate, and advocates are hopeful that if the bill passes, it will save the lives of innocent motorists across the country.


The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013, was created in the memory of two sisters who lost their lives after renting a car in 2004, according to CNBC News. Unbeknownst to the girls, the rental car they were given had been recalled for a flaw in the power steering hose. The girls were killed when the faulty hose started on fire, causing the car to smash head-on into a tractor trailer.

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