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Rick Grossman - Wheel Rim & Tire Explosion Attorney

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Updated 03/02/2012
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Steinberg, Burtker & Grossman, Ltd.

55 E. Monroe Street
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60603 -5791

Phone: 866-942-8024 (Toll Free) / 312-726-4444
Fax: 312-726-2333
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Law Firm Overview

Wheel explosions/Multi-piece wheel explosions

and tire belt tread separation can have devastating consequences. Military, mining, intermodal rail and sea container port employees changing tires, inflating tires or working near lock ring type wheels are often seriously injured or suffer wrongful death. For more than 50 years manufacturers have known that the wheels can explode without warning and kill, yet they continue to be produced.  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration "OSHA", attempted to ban the production of the wheels but failed at the hands of the wheel manufacturing lobby. In the tire and wheel industry they are commonly referred to as "widow makers" with good reason. 

Tread Belt Separations

Defective tires cause thousands of traffic accidents every year. These accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. There have been many high-profile tire recalls in the past few years, highlighting the severity of this problem These recalls included both domestic and Chinese manufactured tires for automobiles, trucks and SUV's. Tread separation is the single largest reason for recalls, including the well publicized Bridgestone/Firestone tires. It is caused by tire tread separating from the tire casing due to a design or manufacturing defect. This tread separation may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in collisions, roll over, severe injuries or death for the occupants through no fault of the driver.

Tire Blowout

In addition to tread separation, design or manufacturing defects can also cause tires to blow out without any cause. Blowouts are described as a tire coming apart rapidly, with resulting sudden loss of air pressure.

Victims and their families often do not know where to turn for compensation. Employers shirk their responsibility. Manufacturers' may often be on the other side of the globe and most attorneys lack the knowledge, experience and financial resources to prosecute these types of cases.

Do not lose hope.

Attorney Rick Grossman  has over 34 years of personal injury litigation experience. For many years, he has focused on complex field of wheel and tire litigation.  In a recent case involving the explosion of a multi piece rim he recovered over $8,300,000. on behalf of a severely injured tire serviceman.

Pursuing the Compensation You Deser ve

Working with engineering experts in multi-piece wheel explosions, or tire failure analysts he has successfully pursued damages from:

  • Manufacturers located world-wide who failed to provide sufficient training, warnings and specification for the limited useful life knowing that these wheels will fail
  • Employers who failed to provide adequate training and proper safety measures to prevent injuries related to working with multi-piece wheels
  • Tire manufacturers attempting to save money by constructing tires without the use of appropriate nylon (or other synthetic cap plies) or utilizing thin air chamber inner liners. The resulting heat buildup can lead to tire belt separations, rollover accidents with tragic consequences.

Nothing can make up for the loss of your loved ones or your serious injury. However, the wheel, tire manufacturers and your employer should be held accountable for their part in your suffering.

Begin Your Case as Quickly as Possible

Evidence is an important part of wheel and tire litigation. We need it to answer important questions such as:

  • What caused the explosion?
  • Did the lock ring detach?
  • Did metal fatigue or failure cause the rim base or flange to break off?
  • Was tread belt separation the culprit?

Preserving the evidence from alteration or destruction can be the difference between winning and losing your case.

The longer you wait to begin your case, the more likely that important evidence will be altered or destroyed. Call toll-free 866-942-8024 to discuss how he can help you fight for your maximum compensation. As your lawyer, he will put all of his years of experience and resources to work fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Referring Attorneys

Many of my client's are referred to me from other attorneys who either do not practice personal injury law or lack the knowledge and experience to handle such a complex matter.  Referral fees are paid to these attorneys in accordance with the rules of Professional Responsibility.

Place your trust with Richard J. Grossman as so many others have.



Areas of Practice

  • Multi-piece wheel, rim, tire explosions and separations within the United States
  • Motor Vehicle and Trucking Accidents--Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability Law
  • Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Construction Injuries
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Workers Compensation
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Machinery & Tools, Motor Vehicle Defects, Construction Accidents

Office Information


55 E. Monroe Street
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60603-5791


866-942-8024 (Toll Free)




Contact Us

Websites (Top Chicago Injury Attorney-Blog)

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Main Office
55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 2920, Chicago, Illinois 60603
(866) 942-8024

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