What is a “Whistleblower”?

Lincoln’s law is one of the original “whistleblower” laws in the United States. During the Civil War, government contractors sold the army sugar but instead delivered sand, sold gunpowder but instead delivered sawdust, sold “boots” made of cardboard. In response, Congress enacted the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act has evolved over time and is currently one of the United States’ best tools for recovering tax money from crooked business practices.

The False Claims historically protects “whistleblowers” who report instances of individuals or businesses bilking the government. The False Claims Act incentivizes whistleblowers by paying the whistleblower a portion of the funds recovered (usually 15-25%). For example, in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline, a foreign corporation, settled a False Claims Act for $2 billion (which translates to an approximate $300 million to $500 million payment to the whistleblower(s)).

The most common claims under the False Claims Act involve false price reporting practices, Medicare/Medicaid fraud including illegal kickbacks to physicians.

It is estimated that approximately $48 billion has been recovered since 1986.

If you are aware of businesses bilking the government and taxpayers, we can help you present your claim.  Call the Law Office of Keith Short at 618-254-0055.

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Carpal tunnel cases can still be won

This week we received the arbitrator’s decision in a disputed carpal tunnel case.  We won because we were well prepared and our client was equally ready for trial.  Winning cases is common for us.  But, winning a carpal tunnel case in Illinois has become extremely difficult in the last few years.  The legal pendulum has swung much too far to the right.  CTS cases are now extremely difficult to win and the values awarded have been cut by more than half.  Many lawyers are afraid to take on these fights because they might not win…and if they do then they won’t win enough money.  The Law Office of Keith Short isn’t afraid to fight carpal tunnel cases, cubital tunnel cases and other repetitive trauma claim.  If we do our jobs well then we will win enough compensation to make it worth our time and appropriately compensate the client and ensure that all the medical bills are paid.  If we don’t win, we don’t get paid.  So, if you want a law firm that’s not afraid of the fight then call the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-254-0055 or 618-655-9499.

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Hire the law firm other lawyers trust.

In the last two months the Law Office of Keith Short has been hired to represent lawyers in two separate matters.  Both lawyers are excellent litigators and very seasoned attorneys…and both lawyers wanted a tenacious trial team to represent them, so they hired our firm.  We are currently representing over 100 clients who were referred to us by other law firms.  Those firms could have handled the cases themselves and kept all of the fees.  They didn’t.  Instead, they made the choice to refer the cases to us and take only 1/3 of the fee.  But by hiring us they know they increase the chances they’ll get paid and so will the clients.  We are very good at what we do. Our litigation teams are so successful that we’ve been asked by multiple defense lawyers to represent their respective family members.

If other lawyers, other firms and even defense lawyers turn to us, so should you.  If you need help then call us for a free consultation.  The Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.  Or visit us at www.keithshortlaw.com.

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$200,000  Employment Law Settlement

We are proud to protect working people. Jack Daugherty, who recently joined The Law Office of Keith Short, was able to resolve a Wrongful Termination claim on behalf of our client for $200,000. Other lawyers told her she didn’t have a case.  We listened to our client, we believed her, we dug in, and we won.  Jack is a great lawyer who obtained a fantastic result for the client!

Every case must be assessed on its own merits.  But, if you want aggressive lawyers who are not afraid of a fight then call the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-655-9499

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Law Office of Keith Short adds great trial attorney!

We are excited to announce that we have a new addition to our team. Meet Jack Daugherty.

Jack has successfully helped injury victims recover fair compensation. He has handled medical malpractice cases, car accidents and worked on multi-million dollar asbestos cases. Jack has extensive experience in high-dollar cases, but still believes there is no such thing as a small case. Jack is a true trial lawyer who loves the fight.  For Jack every case, big or small, is a serious case.

As a law student, he clerked for the late Judge Paul Riley (a Madison County Circuit Judge and Federal Judge) and for Judge Andreas Matoesian (a Madison County Circuit Judge). Jack began working for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office under Bill Haine as a third-year law student. While in the State’s Attorney’s office, he took a wide variety of cases to jury trial, ranging from DUI to serious felonies. After four years as a prosecutor, Jack entered private practice. He has handled almost every type of case imaginable during his two decades of practice. He has successfully defended people charged with serious felonies and has considerable Civil Rights litigation experience. Jack also handles employment and labor law.

Jack lives in Edwardsville, his hometown. He has three beautiful children and is active in various civic and public welfare organizations. In his spare time, if he isn’t with his children, he can usually be found riding his bicycle or fishing.  Jack is a great asset to our team and the lawyer you need.   If you need help, give us a call at 618-254-0055.

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A real-life example of how horrible a work comp insurance company can be…they refused to accept the opinion of their own doctor!

Today’s example of work comp BS:  Client was injured when struck by a truck.  He treated with a company doctor who thought our client was hurt but thought surgery was not necessary at that point.  We sent him to a doctor we trust; he said the client would only return to work if he had surgery.  Work comp didn’t like that opinion so they sent him to another doctor (a respected surgeon).  That doctor agreed with our expert that the client needed surgery.  Did the insurance company listen to their chosen expert?  NO!  Instead, they’ve decided to rely on another doctor who has never actually met my client and isn’t a surgeon.  That other doctor is someone who reviews charts for insurance companies and issues reports which are almost always favorable to the insurance company.  They’re now claiming our client isn’t even hurt.  It is shameful.  We will take the depositions of the surgeons, go to trial and ask for penalties and attorney’s fees.

If you need help fighting for your work comp rights then call the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.

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When you have to fight your own auto insurance company…call us first.

 

People buy uninsured motorist insurance (UM) because they want to protect themselves in the event they are injured by someone without insurance or by a hit and run driver who gets away.  It is amazing how often a UM claim is denied.  Call us when you need help fighting your insurance company to get the benefit you paid for.  Here are two examples: Two weeks ago we tried an uninsured motorist and won $88,000.00 for our client.  Last Friday we had a trial where the insurer denied the insured the benefits of the policy he paid for!  Another arbitration hearing led to another win.  This time we won our client $22,800.00.  One of the arbitrators wanted to deny the case outright, claiming we couldn’t prove the accident even happened; there were no witnesses, no photos and almost no observable damage to the car.  In the end we won because we had our case and client well prepared.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault then call the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.

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OUR 5 RULES OF REPRESENTATION…WHY WE HAVE THEM.

At the law office of Keith Short we have 5 rules that all clients must accept before we will agree to represent them.

  1. Never lie.  Lying is the surest way to lose your case.  Get caught lying, exaggerating or omitting information and your case is over.
  2. These cases take a long time.  Be prepared to wait 1, 2 or even 5 years before it’s concluded.  You must be patient.
  3. It’s your case, but we (the firm) are in charge.  We have an obligation to do what’s best for you so we will.  We will talk with you and explain everything, but trust us in the major decisions.
  4. Don’t ask what your case is worth until the end.  We take cases because we believe in you.  Whether your case is worth a thousand or a million dollars, we have the case because we like it and we like you.  We don’t and won’t know what your case is worth until all the evidence is in.  So, asking in the beginning is a bad sign.  Understand that our fates and our fortunes are aligned.  What’s good for you is good for us.
  5. You must cooperate.  You must help us win your case; that means answering interrogatories, attending all of your medical exams, doing depositions, providing information, etc.  If you don’t do your part we cannot win.  An example is below.  It is not our case, but a perfect example of a plaintiff who didn’t help his attorney (himself, he was pro se).  Whether you have a lawyer or not, you have to provide information…you have to work.

In action alleging that defendant terminated plaintiff in retaliation for plaintiff-employee’s statement that he was going to file worker’s compensation claim, Dist. Ct. did not err in finding for defendant on ground that plaintiff failed to prove any damages arising out of defendant’s alleged acts. Dist. Ct. had previously precluded pro se plaintiff from presenting any evidence other than his own testimony (due to plaintiff’s prior failure to respond to any of defendant’s discovery requests, as well as his failure to abide by deadlines to identify exhibits and witnesses), and plaintiff further failed to explain at trial how he determined that he had incurred $133,000 in damages, what he had been paid by defendant, or whether wages he had received from subsequent employers had reduced his claimed damages.  Plata v. Eureka Locker, Inc., No. 16-2030 (May 9, 2017) C.D. Ill. Affirmed

 

 

 

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Uninsured motorist client receives arbitration award of $87,000.00

This week, one of our client’s received an arbitration award of just over $87,000.  The gentleman was injured on vacation when his truck was “t-boned” by an uninsured motorist.  The client had uninsured motorist coverage within his own car insurance policy.  We took the case to a three member panel arbitration and received a very fair award.  It helped that our client did not cause the accident and, most importantly, was found to be a very credible, very like-able person.  We have to push hard to get our client’s what they deserve.  Give us the chance to fight for you.

If you have been in an accident and need help just call:  The Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.

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WORK COMP TRIAL VICTORY… $508,000 AWARD!

In a hotly contested trial our client was awarded a total of just over $508,000 in medical benefits, back wages and permanent injury.  The case involved a shoulder and lumbar spine injury.  The employer and its lawyers refused to accept liability for the lumbar spine injury (the vast majority of the award).  In a 14 page decision the Arbitrator found for our client.  This case was referred to us from a Chicago law firm who already had an expert for our client.  We thought we knew a better expert in St. Louis and referred our client there.  The expert did the lumbar fusion and testified in the case.  It was on the strength of our client’s preparation and the expert testimony (we took 3 depositions) that we won.  A lot of the credit has to be given to my work comp team of Sam and Abi.  They were great!  If you want the same effort for your case then call us at 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.  We cannot guarantee the same result, just the same effort.  The Law Office of Keith Short

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