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Lisa M. Ciharan of Anesi Ozmon Named an Illinois Emerging Lawyer in 2020

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Chicago, IL – April 24, 2020 – Anesi Ozmon associate, Lisa M. Ciharan, has been recognized as an "Emerging Lawyer" in Illinois for 2020 by Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which publishes the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer.  

The Emerging Lawyers list is based on a peer survey and is designed to identify the top two percent of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger or practicing law 10 years or less, and have proven themselves professional, ethical, and experienced at an early point in their legal career. Lisa was recognized for her work in Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.
Lisa was born in Romania and emigrated with her family to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in Hubbard, Ohio, where she was a talented soccer player and was academically accomplished. In early middle school, she played on a boys’ soccer team because it was more competitive. As a freshman in high school, she started on the girls’ varsity team. Lisa says that...

Anesi Ozmon partner Scott C. Sands recently obtained a $2.3 million verdict for an injured railroad worker under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA)

Scott C. Sands

FELA is a United States federal law enacted in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers who are injured on the job where the employee can prove that the Railroad was at least partly negligent in causing the injury or where a defect in the railroad’s locomotives or cars contributed to cause the injury. The benefits and damages a railroad employee can be entitled to include compensation for past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement.

In the above-mentioned case, Plaintiff, age 58, was a train engineer employed by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, and was seated in his stationary locomotive on the date of the incident. He was waiting for a caboose to be coupled onto his engine when another 143-ton locomotive with a 25-ton caboose unexpectedly rear-ended his 124-ton locomotive. The impact speed was 7 mph and pushed plaintiff’s locomotive, which had its brakes fully applied, 6.3 feet. Plaintiff suffered a herniated disc at L 1-2 with nerve root compression, a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder requiring surgery, and aggravation of preexisting degenerative conditions in his lumbar and cervical spine. His injuries...

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