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Dog Bites Man, This IS a Story Worth Telling



One of the early lessons in any good university's journalism program is that "dog bites man" is not a story while "man bites dog" has front-page potential. 
Dogs biting people or getting into it with another dog is a common occurrence while the novelty of a man choosing to bite a dog is an interesting story worth telling. 
We disagree. 

Dog bites may be common, but the victims of these vicious attacks deserve to have their stories told.  While it is possible that most dog bit situations are mere nibbles and not and part of playing with dogs, often times the injuries from a dog bite are life-changing. Thus, while it is important to learn form past dog bite cases to prevent future bites, it is also important to realize that those who are victims of bites deserve to be compensated for the damages they suffer as a result of negligent pet owners who contribute to these attacks. After all, the responsibility to properly train and restrain a dog falls to the owner.

Many dog bite victims are children. They face a lifetime of physical and psychological issues and deserve to be supported as they go through the recovery process.  These damages can run for the entirety of a child's life and can involve specialized experts to determine the amount of the harm.  This is precisely why an experienced attorney is so important. 

So How to I pursue a Claim for a dog bit case in Illinois? 

People who are injured as the result of a dog bite have the option of pursing financial compensation through a personal injury claim. In Illinois this takes the form of a negligence action--just like other personal injury cases such as automobile accidents and premises liability.  The Illinois Animal Control Act can also apply and should be consulted at the outset of a claim.  A successful claim can result in a settlement or verdict that provides funds to cover damages such as medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost earnings. 

To be successful the victim must prove that the owner of the attacking canine had a duty to protect the victim from the attack, that they failed to do so, and that the damages from the attack were the result of the failure.  

One of the worries our clients express frequently is a concern about pursuing a claim when it was a family member's, friend's or neighbor's dog that lashed out. This is understandable. The good news is that  personal injury claims seek compensation through available homeowners' insurance policies, not by directly going after the financial resources of dog owners.  This is why individuals purchase insurance policies and why premiums are paid each month.  Filling a claim will likely not impact the cost of the policy either.  

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how you can protect your rights or the rights of a loved one after a dog bite. 

The Syngenta Class Action Has Been Certified.  The Time to Opt-Out is Rapidly Approaching. Learn the Facts



If you grew corn at any point in the last three years, you need to act soon to opt- out of the Syngenta Class Action lawsuit.  Simply put, a class action is not the way to pursue this issue.  Since we all farm differently, it make no sense  to be lumped into a class action with fewer options.   Still, in this litigation, attorneys in the Kansas City MDL (Multidistrict Litigation) have convinced the Court that a class action is a proper way to resolve the problem and now, whether you have already signed up with Koester & Bradley or another firm, you must opt-out of the class action.

Compounding the situation, farmers wishing to pursue individual claims only have until April 1, 2017 to choose to be adequately compensated for losses related to Syngenta.

We all remember the StarLink fiasco, and the Syngenta Class Action is shaping up to me more of the same.  Another agricultural class action developed more recently relating to long grain rice, and the same class actions attorneys, are once again muscling the class through even though individual farmers in the rice litigation made almost $50 million more than those that participated on the class.

Court deadlines are fast approaching, and this is what the class action attorneys want so that as few farmers as possible elect to pursue individual claims. The lawyers that want this case to be a class action filed their motion back on June 15, 2016. Then, U.S. District Court held a hearing on September 13, 2016, to determine how the case would proceed. The court has recently ruled that the case against Syngenta will move forward as a class action.

Koester & Bradley believes individual representation is the best option for farmers and we are basing this opinion on past results. No two farms are exactly the same. Legal representation should not be the same for everyone either. Our team will fight for your farm with integrity, honesty and character, and we have aligned ourselves with other top-notch firms to reach the goal.

We are a group of lawyers that have banded together to take on multinational conglomerate Syngenta® and other companies that are responsible for you losing the China corn market. By uniting and working collaboratively with other firms, Koester & Bradley is able to deliver results on a national level and able to go to battle with large companies such as syngenta.

Our group will be releasing opt out forms and answering questions throughout the entire process, and our motto remains- No Hard Sell, Just the Hard Facts.

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  

Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.