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Successful personal injury cases require intense preparation, a solid strategy, and a keen understanding of how to communicate with judges and juries. The difference between a routine settlement and a record-breaking award often comes down to the training, insight, and skill of the plaintiff’s attorney.

In May, Richard Pullano organized and led a discussion on how to maximize damages in personal injury cases. Pullano presented questions to an impressive panel of lawyers, who provided expertise and insight into best practices for opening statements, direct examination of plaintiffs, cross examination of medical experts, closing arguments and other integral aspects of the trial process.

On August 15, 2005, an inmate in a California jail was beaten to death by jail detention deputies. The attorneys for the family of the inmate said that the settlement sends a strong message to law enforcement that the beating of a completely defenseless inmate will not be tolerated.

Illinois residents are all too familiar with this tragic story. Thousands of complaints each year are made against police officers from Chicago to Champaign. However, few of these complaints ever result in disciplinary action against the law enforcement official.

Richard L. Pullano secured an additional $1 million for a medical malpractice victim, bringing the total settlement to $7.5 million.

In 2003, a neurologist and neurosurgeon at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare failed to properly review an MRI film and X-ray that showed a cancerous growth on the spine of Glenview resident Michael Corbitt. An internist who identified the abnormality never informed Michael of the problem. The cancer continued to grow, causing his spine to collapse. Michael, a husband and father of two daughters, is now permanently disabled and lives with chronic pain.

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