Since 1982, personal injury attorney Robert H. Hanaford has represented clients in state and federal courts. Learn more about Robert H. Hanaford and his case results below.
Robert Hanaford is an effective trial lawyer with a long record of success, having won tens of millions of dollars for his clients. He has represented clients in some of the most complex civil and criminal defense lawsuits involving death and serious injury resulting from trucking, aviation, construction, workplace, and product accidents.
He has provided counsel on numerous high-profile cases, including construction, rail road, trucking, and aviation accidents that have gained national attention. Robert has represented clients in cases involving FAA, Trucking, Federal Rail Administration, and OSHA safety regulations.
Hanaford was co-lead counsel in a case that changed railroad safety throughout the world. After years of litigation, the traffic and railroad signals at the intersection were proven not to be coordinated and timed properly. After nearly 10 years of litigation against the State of Illinois, Union Pacific Railroad, the bus company, and signal maintenance companies, attorney Hanaford helped settle the case for 27.3 million dollars, a record-breaking settlement at the time.
Our attorney from the Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford understands that almost anyone can be arrested for DUI and that DUI cases can be complex. To properly defend a DUI case requires an in-depth knowledge of police DUI investigative procedures, the scientific principles of alcohol and drug testing by breath and blood analysis, and laboratory chemical blood testing procedures. Robert studies and understands these issues
If you had a blood or breath test for drugs or alcohol, the defense of your case must include a challenge to breath and blood test procedures. Robert is experienced in laboratory blood testing procedures. He has attended training on blood testing, including a six-day intensive course at the University of Texas – Arlington on laboratory Blood Drug Analysis.
Robert is certified to instruct the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) Field Sobriety Testing Procedure. This roadside field sobriety test is the nationally recognized standard that police use in administering standardized roadside sobriety stunts, namely, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS).
We call these field sobriety “stunts” because they are designed for failure and are not particularly indicative of impairment from alcohol or drugs. There are specific NHTSA procedures that police must carefully follow in administering the tests. A lawyer must be experienced in cross-examining police officers on these procedures.
Fox River Grove: Bus-Train Crash
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A Chicago-bound commuter express train traveling 70 MPH hit a school bus killing 7 students and injuring many others:
Defendants were the school district, Illinois Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and signal maintenance companies. The case settled for 27.3 million.
Electrocution Death: Death of electrician on Chicago highrise.
Electrician was electrocuted during the retrofitting of the HVAC system to digital: Owner and General Contractor violated OSHA regulations pertaining to lockout/tagout procedures. Defendants argued that the worker failed to wand the circuit to test for electricity.
Commercial diver death at ComEd nuclear power plant cooling tunnel: Commercial diver doing work on power plant intake valves at a depth of 60 feet went into cardiac arrest. Investigation by Hanaford lawyers and dive medicine experts determined there was insufficient air pressure at the power company dive platform airdrop for the depth of dive. ComEd argued that the employer and driver were at fault. The case settled for 2.5 million dollars.
Tractor Trailer Truck Rear-Ended Motorcycle on Interstate:
Motorcyclist hit from behind and dragged by tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 35 by Madison, Wisconsin. Hanaford attorneys and experts determined that the driver had intentionally violated federal hours of service requirements. Case settled for 2 million dollar insurance policy limits.
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