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Toxic Tort Law

For many years, the Firm has been actively involved in the representation of clients with mass tort exposure. Madison County, Cook County and St. Louis City are sites of a large number of lawsuits involving a variety of toxic torts including asbestos, benzene, welding fume, thimerosal, vinyl-chloride, and many others. Our Firm has the knowledge and experience necessary to defend your company in this highly volatile area of the law.

Our attorneys have extensive experience developing legal defenses on toxic tort matters. As a result of our many years of experience, our team has developed a library of legal, medical and professional literature as well as case material related to asbestos, erionite, and various other toxic and/or carcinogenic substances. In addition, the lawyers who work in this area are familiar with and are in contact with expert witnesses who are available to consult on the claims being made. We utilize this knowledge, experience and these resources to build a defense for your company and to promote early resolution. However, if trial is necessary, our attorneys are experienced in defending clients through jury verdicts and the appellate process.

HeplerBroom Toxic Tort Trials

Case Name: Michael L. Haskell v. Lincoln Electric Company, et al. (welding)
Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff: Robert Bosslet, Jr. of Bosslet & O'Leary, Ltd., Granite City, IL
Lead Counsel for HeplerBroom: Jeffrey Hebrank
Toxic Disease: Parkinson's welding fume
Court in Which the Case was tried: Madison County, IL
Name of the Judge: Hon. Daniel Stack
Outcome: Defense Verdict

Case Name: Steven A. Boren v. Airco, et al. (welding)
Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff: Robert G. McCoy of Vaughan Cascino Law Office Ltd. of Chicago, IL
Lead Counsel for HeplerBroom: Jeffrey Hebrank
Toxic Disease: Parkinson's welding fume
Court in Which the Case was tried: Madison County, IL
Name of the Judge: Hon. Daniel Stack
Outcome: Defense Verdict

Case Name: Lawrence Elam v. Lincoln Electric Co., et al. (welding)
Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff: Robert G. McCoy of Vaughan Cascino Law Office Ltd. of Chicago, IL
Lead Counsel for HeplerBroom: Jeffrey Hebrank
Toxic Disease: Parkinson's welding fume
Court in Which the Case was tried: Madison County, IL
Name of the Judge: Hon. Nicholas Byron
Outcome: $1 Million Verdict for Plaintiff

Case Name: Walker v. Lincoln Electric Co., et al. (welding)
Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff: Robert G. McCoy of Vaughan Cascino Law Office Ltd. of Chicago, IL
Lead Counsel for HeplerBroom: Jeffrey Hebrank
Toxic Disease: Parkinson's welding fume
Court in Which the Case was tried: Madison County, IL
Name of the Judge: Hon. Nicholas Byron
Outcome: Defense Verdict

Case Name: Donaldson v. Central Illinois Public Service Co. (coal tar/benzene)
Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff: Thomas Londrigan of Londrigan, Potter & Randle, P.C. in Springfield, IL
Lead Counsel for HeplerBroom: Stephen Kaufmann
Toxic Disease: 3 childhood neuroblastoma
Court in which the case was tried: Christian County, IL
Name of the Judge: Hon. Mark M. Joy
Outcome: $3.2 Million Verdict for Plaintiff


 

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

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The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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